Tea Time Butterflies – As Seen in Tea Time Magazine

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Bake up beautiful butterfly treats fit for a fancy afternoon tea party!  Our Butterfly Wafer Paper and Butterfly Cupcake Wrappers were featured in TeaTime Magazine!

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Vanilla Cupcakes with Salted Browned Butter Frosting

Yield: 12
Ingredients:
  • –  ½ cup unsalted butter, softened
  • – ⅔ cup granulated sugar
  • – 3 large eggs
  • – 1½ teaspoons vanilla extract
  • – ½ teaspoon butter extract
  • – 1½ cups all-purpose flour
  • – 1½ teaspoons baking powder
  • – ¼ teaspoon salt
  • – ¼ cup whole milk
  • – 1 recipe Salted Browned Butter Frosting (recipe follows)
  • – Garnish: butterfly cupcake wrappers and edible wafer paper butterflies
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350°.2.
  2. Line a 12-well muffin pan with cupcake liners.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, combine butter and sugar. Beat at high speed with a mixer until light and fluffy, approximately 5 minutes. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Add vanilla extract and butter extract, beating until incorporated.
  4. In a large bowl, combine flour, baking powder, and salt, whisking well. Add flour mixture to butter mixture in thirds, alternately with milk, beginning and ending with flour mixture, beating just until combined.
  5. Divide batter among wells of prepared pan. Tap pan on counter-top to level batter and reduce air bubbles.
  6. Bake cupcakes until a wooden pick inserted in the centers comes out clean, approximately 17 minutes. Let cool completely in pan on a wire cooling rack.
  7. Remove cupcakes from pan and place in decorative cupcake wrappers, if desired.
  8. Place Salted Browned Butter Frosting in a piping bag fitted with large open-star tip (Wilton 1M), and pipe a decorative swirl on top of cupcakes.
  9. Garnish each cupcake with an edible wafer paper butterfly, if desired.

Salted Browned Butter Frosting

Ingredients:
  • – 1½ cups unsalted butter, softened
  • – 5 cups confectioners’ sugar
  • – 2 vanilla bean pods, split, scraped, and seeds reserved
  • – 1½ teaspoons fine sea salt*
  • – 2½ tablespoons whole milk
  • – 2 teaspoons heavy whipping cream
Instructions:
  1. In a medium saucepan, melt butter over medium-high heat until it foams. Using a rubber spatula, scrape bottom of pan to keep butter from burning so butter will brown evenly. (Lower heat, if necessary.) Let butter foam a second time. Stir, watching carefully so butter does not burn, until butter is a deep golden yellow and has a nutty aroma.
  2. Transfer browned butter to a heatproof bowl, and let cool to room temperature. Refrigerate until butter becomes solid but soft enough to cream in a mixer.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, beat chilled browned butter with a mixer at medium speed, approximately 2 minutes. Add confectioners’ sugar, beating at low speed until fluffy. Add reserved vanilla bean seeds and salt to butter mixture, beating to combine. Add milk and cream, beating at high speed until frosting is light and fluffy.
  4. Use immediately.

Photos & Recipe From TeaTime, July/August 2017

Click here for more recipes from Butterfly Tea – TeaTime Magazine!

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How To Make Wafer Paper Butterflies

Learn how to make 3D Wafer Paper Butterflies for topping your cookies, cakes and cupcakes!

Materials:
Instructions:
  1. Wafer paper butterflies will work on a variety of baked goods. Wafer paper butterflies can be attached to royal icing, fondant, and buttercream surfaces.
  2. Let your icing dry completely. (When using royal icing or buttercream.)
  3. Carefully cut out wafer paper butterflies using craft scissors. Be careful, wafer paper is fragile!
  4. Spread a thin layer of edible clear writing gel or Karo Light Corn Syrup onto the printed side of the wafer paper butterfly and slightly fold in the center, so the wings are bent up. Place each butterfly in a section of the egg carton so wings will dry standing up.
  5. Add shimmer to the butterflies by dusting with a small amount of Pixie Dust using a small paintbrush. Let butterflies completely dry in egg carton.
  6. Adhere butterflies by using a dab of edible clear gel on the underside of the body of the butterfly and attaching to the cookie, cake or cupcakes. Hold in place for a minute or so, then let completely dry.

To view & shop our entire collection of Wafer Paper Butterflies click here!

The Springerle Series: Papercasting

 

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By Fancy Flours Employee Lindsey K.

Welcome back for our second tutorial in the Springerle series! We’ll be covering how to make a papercast using our beautiful House on the Hill molds. Papercasts have so many uses. Put them on cards, use them as tags, wall décor, ornaments… or wrap honey jars to make a personalized gift as we’ll show you today.

Missed our first post where we made Paperclay ornaments? See it here! You’ll also get a quick history of what a Springerle is.

We used cotton linters from Arnold Grummer, who specializes in paper supplies. Their linters are non-toxic so you can feel safe going from cookies to papercasts and back! Grummer has pages of ideas and a papercasting video that is very helpful for our visual learners.

And now let’s make these adorable jar wrappers!

Materials:

  • Cotton Linters (we found ours from Arnold Grummer)
  • Springerle Mold (see all our available molds here!)
  • Water
  • Blender
  • Medium Bowl
  • Fine Mesh Strainer
  • Sponge
  • Towel
  • Drying Rack
  • Ribbon
  • Hot Glue Gun
  • Black Tea Bags (optional)
  • Colored Tissue Paper (optional)
  • Glitter (optional)
  • Colored Pencils (optional)

Instructions:

1. Fill your blender about 3/4 full of water.

For the darkened ivory effect shown in our tutorial: Use hot water, add two tea bags and let them steep for 4 minutes. The linters will dry slightly darker using the tea method than they appear when wet.

For color: Add colored tissue paper after you put in your linters (step 2). Start with small strips and blend. Add more until your desired shade is reached. Only use the tissue paper since it has paper dyes. Do not use other colorants. You can also add glitter for some subtle sparkle at this stage.

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2. Remove the tea bags if you used them. Put a handful of paper linters into the blender and purée until it becomes a pulp.

3. Place your mesh strainer into the bowl. Pour a “pancake” of pulp into the strainer using a continuous, circular pouring motion. Make the pancake as big as your design. This saves you from having to reshape after the fact.

Tip: If the pulp isn’t coming out easily, you can add more water to the blender and re-pour.

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4. Prep your workspace by placing a towel down. Have the sponge and drying rack within arm’s reach.

5. Dump the pulp from the strainer into your open, flat hand. Lightly press the pulp to remove some of the water, but you still want it to be very wet at this point. After pressing, plop the pulp onto the mold so it covers the whole design. (No need to coat the mold with a release agent). If you need more pulp, simply place it back in the strainer and pour more onto it from the blender. We used the Bee Skep for our honey jars.

6. Using the sponge, press out as much water from the  pulp as you can.

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7. Using a corner of the towel you’ve laid down, press the rest of the water out. Keep moving the towel to a dry spot as you press so that you can tell when most of the water has been extracted.

Tip: Make sure to press deeper parts of the design harder. For example, the bee’s abdomen. For particularly detailed spots, use your fingers to press the pulp into it.

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8. “Deckle” the edges by placing your thumb along the edge of the design and pulling off the extra with your fingers or tweezers. This gives a fun, home-made look, but you can also use scissors after the mold is dry to create a clean edge.

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9. Pick up the mold and turn it upside down. Gravity will be your aid. Lightly pull away all edges and carefully remove the cast.

Tip: If you’re unhappy with your cast, just toss it back in the blender and begin again!

Removing-cast

10. Place your papercast on the drying rack and let dry 12-24 hours (depending on humidity). You can make as many casts as you have pulp in your blender by returning the poured water right back into it. The water will last 3-4 more handfuls of linters before needing to be replaced.

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11. If you plan to color your casts, now is the time! After they’re dry, you can use acrylic paint, colored pencils or thin markers. We used colored pencils for this Cornucopia design.

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12. Now back to our little bee! Gather your hot glue gun, honey jars, dried papercast and desired ribbon cut to the diameter of your jars. I put down aluminum foil and parchment paper to protect my work surface from the hot glue.

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13. Using the hot glue gun, attach your papercast to the center of your ribbon.

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14. Once that cools, wrap the ribbon and papercast around the jar and glue the two ends of the ribbon to each other.

15. Ta da! You’ve created a sweet personalized gift!

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While I was at it, I made these cute napkin rings using the same method of attaching the cast to a ribbon.

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Owner of House on the Hill, Connie Meisinger, created several other beautiful papercasts. Here they are for a bit of inspiration.

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Slide 1: Pine Cone Card

Slide 2: These molds have retired, but we have a beautiful grape mold for your wine gifts in our Taste of Switzerland Set.

Slide 3: Gift tags of Fireworks, Pine Cone, Santafest and Snowman

Slide 4: Deep Santa Card

Slide 5: Bee made and colored with markers by our own Fancy Flours employee, Patty!

 

Show us what you’ve created! We would love to see your work either by email at info@fancyflours.com or in the comments below.