Friday, 29 July 2011

Gorgeous in Silver - cupcakes, Jewelry and re-invented Vintage Cutlery

I always enjoy looking at pretty things on the Internet but today felt drawn to silver and glitter and romantic images and have created a pretty “silver” collage. I decided not just to post as a “visual” feast but have included a yummy recipe for orange blossom cup cakes and some wonderful ideas for decorating them in silver for either a wedding or anniversary or just because you want to create something pretty. 

I have also found some lovely products with a silver theme, including the wonderful vintage tea spoons, two separate companies with unique ideas for re-inventing a use for beautiful vintage tea spoons.   You must visit their stores to see their great products, I think they are beautiful.

I have added links to go directly to any products you may like, just click on the shop names.

Gorgeous in Silver

Snowflake Showers wedding cake by She Takes the Cake

Silver and white bridal bouquet photo shared from ACapeCod . Morgan is the owner of this delightful blog which is about her creating a beautiful budget wedding in only 6 months.  A really lovely blog.

Kas Fabiano Bed Linen from Wallace Sacks Linens

Swarovski crystal heart beautifully wrapped in sterling silver on an 18" sterling silver chain - US$28.00 by Classic Keepsakes, please click on the link to see other designs in Classic Keepsakes etsy store. 

Full length ball gown tulle skirt as seen in collage above. Dove grey tulle lined with silver bridal satin US$345 by Tutus Chic. Tutus Chic has the most gorgeous tulle skirts and beautifully detailed bodices.  I have previously featured Tutus Chic's exquisite designs.

Vintage Silverware Silver plate Teaspoons US$19.00 by Wooden Hive . Wooden Hive takes vintage cutlery pieces and etches them turning them into unique pieces. Please take a look at their etsy shop to view other lovely designs including this unique bridal piece below at US$6.50.

The Vintage teaspoons below belong to California Spoon Rings, another etsy store. This  unique company craft beautiful vintage cutlery by bending, cutting and polishing into the most  gorgeous rings which are unisex.  I have selected three designs  below, however there are plenty more in their etsy store at California Spoon Rings

1. Vintage Orange Blossom design -  US$22.50 from California Spoon Rings
2. Sterling silver ring  New Standish Design 1905-  US$48.50 - California Spoon Rings
3. Silver spoon ring Oxford 1901 - US$20.50 - California Spoon Rings

(Please note at the time of posting all the above products were still available)

Orange Blossom Cupcakes

6oz (175g) butter, softened and chopped
6oz (175g) caster sugar
1 teaspoon finely grated orange rind
2 tablespoons orange-flavored liqueur ( I would imagine you could use orange juice instead but the taste would not be as strong)
3 eggs
5oz (150g) all-purpose (plain) flour (sifted)
1 teaspoon baking powder, (sifted)


1. Preheat oven to 180C (350F).

2. Line cupcake tins with cupcake papers.

3. Place the butter, sugar, orange rind and liqueur in the bowl of an electric mixer and beat for 8-10 minutes or until light and creamy.

4. Gradually add the eggs, beating well after each addition.

5. Add the flour and baking powder and beat until just combined.

6. Spoon mixture into cupcake tins.

7. Bake for 15 minutes or until a skewer inserted in the center of an orange blossom cupcake comes out clean.

8. Cool on wire racks before icing.

White Chocolate Icing: 

7oz (200g) white chocolate, chopped
160ml (2/3 cup) cream

1. Place white chocolate and cream in a small saucepan over low heat and stir until melted and smooth.

This recipe comes to you from All About Cupcakes, here you can find many wonderful cupcake recipes such as chocolate mallow, almond and raspberry, lemon meringue and a trillion other   flavours, in fact anything connected with cupcakes.

Some Decorating ideas for your cupcakes

sprinkled with silver edible glitter 
sorry I cannot credit this photo as cannot find the source, however if you own this photo please let me know and I will credit it accordingly :))

silver cupcake wrappers from the Craft Company
A company that has everything you can imagine to do with cakes and decorating, definitely worth a visit.

Today I will leave you today with a Greek Proverb

A heart that loves is always young

We are all wanting to stay as young as we can and it is a proven fact that happy, loving people do live longer, look younger and stay healthier.

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