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Woodland Friends Cupcakes

The forest and the adorable critters that habitat the forest were the inspiration for these cupcakes. The cupcakes were made for an upcoming texture mat set that will be available in November (the flower fun mat is featured). I love hand modeling figures and decided to create super easy figures for these cupcakes. Each character took less than 10 minutes to create. The flowers used were PME ready-to-go small and medium flowers. I love to keep ready made flowers on hand when I need just a few flowers here and there.

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Hand Molded Woodland Fox

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Sneak peek- Cupcake and Cookie Texture Sets

After many long months of waiting, I finally have the Cupcake and Cookie Texture tops almost ready to go! By next week I will have three of the six sets ready to sell. The following are the sets that will be available:

Geometric
Scroll
Whimsy Blooms
Floral
Christmas
Winter

Samples using the Geometric Cupcake and Cookie Texture Top Set:

Geometric Cupcake Tops. Elegant on their own!

1st birthday cookies with cupcake texture tops

Flower cupcake with Geometric Textures

Bunny Cupcakes with Cupcake Texture Tops

About the Texture Sets:
The texture sheets are made of a lightweight clear plastic. Either side of the mat can be used. One side will give a raised impression, while the other will give a recessed impression. Each set comes with three mats. Each mat has a design that is repeated four times. Below is a sample of the geometric set.

3 sheets- Each with a design repeated 4-x's (12 textures total)

Instructions using the cupcake texture sheets:
Bake and cool cupcake. Generously ice cupcake with your favorite cupcake icing. Lightly spray texture mat with a cooking spray. Wipe excess grease with a paper towel. Roll rolled fondant to approximately 1/16” thickness. Place the smooth, rolled side of the fondant face down on the texture mat. Place the rolling pin on one end of the fondant with the mat underneath. Firmly roll over the fondant, rolling to the opposite end. Do not double roll. Lift the mat and the fondant. Flip over the mat so the fondant is on the bottom and the mat is on top. Peel back the mat. Cut fondant using a circle cutter from Autumn Carpenter Cupcake Top Fondant Cutters. Place textured fondant circle on top of the iced cupcake. If icing has crusted, brush a thin layer of piping gel onto the icing or slightly dampen icing with a small amount of water from a squeeze bottle to adhere the fondant circle.

Coordinating Cupcake Top Fondant Cutters:
The diameter of baked and iced cupcakes may vary according to recipe, amount of batter, and amount of icing used. Choose a cutter sized to completely cover the top of the iced cupcake. Use the texture sets in conjunction with my Cupcake Top Fondant Cutters. The cutter set contains 3 stainless steel cutters, 2¾”, 3” & 3¼” for standard size cupcakes.

Sneak peek of my Cupcake and Cookie Texture Sheets

I have several designs of Cupcake and Cookie Texture Sheet Sets coming out early next year. The sets will include mats with designs for cupcakes and round cookies. Each set will include three different designs. These sheets will make decorating easy! The sample below is from my Whimsy Floral set. Other sets will be Classic Floral, Geometric, Scrolls, and two Christmas sets.

Christmas Cupcakes with Holly and Berries

Texture Mat Sets- Fabric and Floral

New this summer, are texture sheet sets.   These sheets are ideal to use for accenting cakes, decorating cookies, or adding texture to cupcake tops. The sets include 6 different texture mats with easy-to-follow instructions and samples of projects decorated using the sets.  They can be used with buttercream, fondant, gingerbread, and chocolate, making them incredibly versatile.  Each sheet size is 7″ x 10″.  Sheets are made of lightweight, clear plastic.

Texture Sheet Set Impression Mat- Fabric

Fabric set includes, plaid, argyle, knit, crocodile, stripe and houndstooth.

Gum paste and fondant purses and bags

Texture Sheet Set Impression Mat- Floral

Floral set includes: damask, roses, funky floral, paisley floral, scroll, and diamond damask

Instructions for purses

Instructions for mini cakes

Visit www.autumncarpenter.com for more ideas using these sets:

baby and teddy bear cookies

Instructions for teddy bears

Instructions for cupcakes

Pink, green and blue floral cupcakes

Cookie Bouquets for Spring Open House

Country Kitchen’s Spring Open House is this Friday, April 17.  I am giving four demonstrations on cookie bouquets.  The demos include buttercream iced cookies, chocolate iced cookies and fondant covered cookies.  The fondant cookie bouquets will be wedding and baby shower themed bouquets.  I will be demonstrating my new mini cookie cutter texture sets.  Below are samples of the cookie bouquets I am showing in one of the demonstrations.

Baby Cookie Bouquet with Mini Baby Cookies

Baby Cookie Bouquet with Mini Baby Cookies

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Mini Brown and Pink Wedding Cookie Bouquet

Mini Wedding Cookie Bouquets

Mini Wedding Cookie Bouquets

Launching of New Website/Branding

I’ve launched my new website, www.autumncarpenter.com.  It is a start and I hope (with much of my wonderful husband’s help), that we will have ideas, recipes and instructional videos up and running by July.

My mom and I have developed several products throughout the last few years.  We have been promoting these products with the brand name Country Kitchen.   We have changed product branding to now be Autumn Carpenter Designs.  Country Kitchen’s retail price will be the same as the suggested retail on www.AutumnCarpenter.com.   Retail shops who carry Autumn Carpenter Designs will have the option of being listed under “Where to Buy”.  Currently, several of our products still have the Country Kitchen site promoted on the packaging or the product.  We hope to have all products with new tooling and packaging with the new brand by July 2009.

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New Paisley Candy Mold to Coordinate with Paisley Texture Mat

I designed a paisley candy mold to coordinate with the paisley texture mat so that cakes and candies can be easily enhanced with a matching design.  Below is a sample of a cake decorated using the mold and texture mat.  The paisley texture mat was used with blue fondant directly on the cake board, and the paisley candy mold was used with coordinating colors of fondant and attached to the cake with piping gel.  Available at www.countrykitchensa.com.  More details at www.autumncarpenter.com

Retro Paisely Cake

Retro Paisely Cake