I have a love hate relationship with this time of year. First of all, it's spring! The lambs are leaping and the sun is shining, well supposed to be shining, and it's the month I grow by one whole year. The thing is, it's also the month that the majority of my friends and family do the same thing. My purse quivers and I'm stuck eating beans on toast for a month. But, all of that is worth it when you get to give your nearest and dearest something that makes their face light up. And that's exactly what this cupcake did.
Tate and Lyle were something of a saving grace this year. The lovely Jo contacted me asking if I'd like to try some of their fair trade sugars out as part of their We Love to Bake initiative. Well, anything that makes the next few weeks easier on my purse strings is fine by me. So I accepted and a wonderful hamper of sugars were soon winging their way to me. Thanks Tate & Lyle!
Using their array of ethical sugars I set about making a giant cupcake for my soon to be sister-in-law's birthday. This is only the third giant I've baked so I was slightly worried about my amateurish icing and slightly wonky sponge, so I decided to try my hand at a fondant bow to distract from my shaky hands work. Considering it's my first real attempt at sculpting I'm quite happy with the result, and it's made me hungry for bigger and better things. I think I'll get my little self booked onto a sugar crafting course this summer. The day I can hand craft a delicate sugar rose is the day I'll jump for joy!