So that being said I've been getting pretty adventurous with flavouring icings and such. Did a few trials recently which were pretty neat and worked pretty well. I mentioned a large cupcake order (60 assorted cupcakes) and I did my classic vanilla with buttercream, chocolate with buttercream and vanilla with strawberry buttercream flavour.. AWESOME. I got really excited and decided to try more combinations.
I now have a few more flavour oils to try. I played with orange flavour oil this weekend. I made one batch of my chocolate cake and split it in two.. With the first half I made a simple batch of chocolate cupcakes, with the second half of the batch I added orange flavour oil directly to the batter with some orange zest. When the cupcakes were baked, I whipped up a half batch of buttercream icing and flavoured it with the orange oil. Well, the results were good, but could have been better. I forgot to half the flavouring, so in both instances, the orange flavour was a bit too strong, though the amount would have been perfect for a full batch. Also, I thought the zest in the cake would work better than it did, and since it wasn't visible at all, I figure I'll skip it next time and just stick to the oil. The cake was iced with my chocolate icing recipe and my cupcakes were filled with the buttercream. So there are so many new things in there that I learned to do, it was a very neat weekend. The cake tasted a lot like a Terrys chocolate orange, which are tasty.. mmm.. They weren't made fancy, because I didn't need to really, they were just to try.