This week its National Allotments Week! Celebrating all that is brilliant about allotments, including the wonderful produce you can grow on them; the social advantages to the community; they’re importance for wildlife and keeping our air fresh!
So to help raise awareness we thought we’d go all out with this week’s Tuesday Tutorial and show you how to create your own entirely edible alloment. The brilliant thing about these cakes is they look better when they’re not perfect – much more organic like allotment vegetables should be!
First you’ll need some cupcakes and some edible dirt – we used chocolate cupcakes and for our edible dirt we put a bit of caster sugar, plain flour, a bit of butter and some cocoa in a mixer and blended until it looked like breadcrumbs.
What you’ll need…
Sugar paste in the following colours – green, orange, red & white
Non stick rolling mat
Very small daisy cutter (found in our sets of 4)
Round plunger cutter
Holly Green gel paste
Piping bag fitted with grass and hair nozzle
1. Take hazelnut sized pieces of orange paste and roll into balls, then roll and taper one end
2. Use the cocktail stick to make indents
3. Use the small end of your ball tool to make a tiny well in the top and glue a little green strand in place
1. Roll peanut sized balls of red paste, put on your surface and gently press down a tiny bit
2. Cut out a green daisy and glue to the top
3. Add a stalk
1. Roll walnut sized pieces of green paste, make a well in the bottom using your ball tool, and add a fairly chunky stalk into the well
2. Texture the top of your broccoli using the ball tool
3. Mix a little Holly Green gel colour with rejuventor spirit and roughly dab onto the broccoli with a paintbrush
1. Roll walnut sized pieces of white sugarpaste
2. Cut out rounds of green paste and gently pull and stretch them out of shape, then glue them around the outisde of the cauliflower, overlapping in places (this should take 5 or 6 leaves)
3. Texture the top of the cauliflower poking out from the leaves
Once your decorations are made flat ice all of your cupcakes with greem buttercream. Dip some of them into the edible dirt and pipe grass onto others, remembering that your grass won’t stick to the dirt if you try to add it afterwards. To have both on one cupcakes only half dip your cakes or scrape a little of the dirt off using a palette knife before piping your grass.