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The leaves are turning golden, there’s a slight chill in the air, and the evenings are starting to draw in – it can only mean one thing: autumn is here. The really good news, however, is that the longer evenings are the perfect excuse to stay in and get crafting. So, why not celebrate with these gorgeous autumn cupcakes adorned with golden leaves, perfect for a cosy night in?
To make the leaves, roll out flower paste on a non-stick work board to about 2mm (1⁄16in) thick. Cut out petals in various sizes and colours.
Before the petal shapes dry out, add definition to transform them into leaves using the leaf veiner. First, dust the veiner with cornflour, and tap away any excess. Place one leaf at a time onto one side of the veiner. Place the top side of the veiner onto the leaf and gently press the two sides of the veiner together. Remove the leaf and set to dry on the foam cupped drying tray. This will add dimension to the leaves.
In the same manner, create several more leaves in different autumn shades and sizes.
Using a dry paintbrush and the gold lustre dust, add highlights to the individual leaves.
Leave the decorations to dry while you bake, cool and ice the mini cupcakes.
Apply groups of the leaves to the buttercream-topped cupcakes.
For this project plus loads more seasonal cupcake ideas, get your hands on Lorna Fleming's book '20 To Make: Mini Cupcakes'.