Food Styling Challenge: Raspberri Cupcakes

filed under: Chocolate Cakes on July 15, 2013
Food Styling Challenge
The Food Styling Challenge is all about showcasing talent for styling food. I have asked 12 amazing bloggers to pick any chocolate cake recipe they want and style it anyway they want. The catch? They only have $25 to do it! Join us on the journey to see how they can transform a cake stand into a work of art!


Raspberri Cupcakes. This girl oozzes talent and creativity. Seriously. Have you been to her gorgeous blog? ย Steph is the mastermind behind this Purple Ombre Sprinkles Cake cake. ย  And this Fudge Brownie Cookie Dough Cake. ย  Or these stunning Oreo Marshmallows.

I am in awe of the talent of my beautiful friend. Maybe one day she can teach me a few tips! ๐Ÿ™‚

Please do stop by her blog for the FULL RECIPE to this jaw-dropping cake. I know its a recipe that I have not tried before, and I cant wait make it!
Did you find the Food Styling Challenge to be easy or difficult?

It was my favourite kind of challenge! I had so much fun with it. Since I knew I didn’t have a lot to spend on props I wanted to make a cake that would look great on its own; I couldn’t resist decorating them with some heart-shaped macarons (I make them a lot, I think they make a great cake topper!) And I always love hunting for props.


Food Styling Challenge: Raspberri Cupcakes

Was the spending limit a challenge?

It was definitely the trickiest part of the challenge for me. Good homewares are not cheap in Australia, especially the antiques and vintage-style kitchenalia that I tend to gravitate towards. I may have bent the rules slightly by giving myself a $AU27 limit instead of $25 since I took the currency conversion into account! Even then it took a bit of digging around, but I managed to find some gems in one of my favourite antique stores; a gorgeous silver serving platter for $20, plus a $5 cake server and a vintage lace doily for $2. It was totally worth the effort, I love the props that I found and I will definitely be using them again!

Food Styling Challenge: Raspberri Cupcakes

What are your favorite props to style with?

I am always on the lookout for affordable props and my shelves are starting to buckle under the weight of all the bits and bobs that I have collected over the years. As you can expect from the type of desserts that I usually post on my blog, I have accumulated a LOT of cake stands. My favourite props tend to be the slightly beat up pieces that I find in antique stores. I was in heaven when I went antique shopping in England last year, I wanted to buy everything!

Food Styling Challenge: Raspberri Cupcakes

What is your favorite part of the challenge?

I loved every part of it. I love baking cakes, I love shopping for props and I love putting it all together in a photograph. I didn’t even have to think twice when Amanda approached me with the idea for this challenge. Thank you so much for letting me be a part of it!

Food Styling Challenge: Raspberri Cupcakes


Thank you Steph, your cake is beyond beautiful!

Be sure to check out past participants!

January-Dine & DishWhite Chocolate Cake February-Verses From My KitchenChocolate Cake
March-Inspired by CharmOreo Cake April-Tidymom

Chocolate Cake from Tidymom

May-Family Fresh Cooking

ChocolatePancake Cake

June- Picky Palate

Double Chocolate Butterfinger Layered Cake

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  • Rachel @ Baked by Rachel says:

    So cute!!! What a fantastic styling job.

    • Amanda says:

      I agree! She is amazing. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar says:

    Absolutely stunning!

    • Amanda says:

      Isnt she talented?!?!

  • Robyn Stone | Add a Pinch says:

    Pretty cake!!!

    • Amanda says:

      So pretty!

  • Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweet says:

    Absolutely gorgeous cake! Love the heart macarons toppers!

    • Amanda says:

      Arent those the most perfect touch? ๐Ÿ™‚

  • nessa says:

    The macarons are such a pretty touch!

    • Amanda says:

      Can you imagine how good they taste too??? ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Kiran @ says:

    Such a beautiful masterpiece!! Thanks for introducing yet another wonderful baker, Amanda ๐Ÿ™‚

  • JessB says:

    Two of my favourite blogs collide! I love Steph’s work so much, she is a real inspiration to me, especially as she lives in Australia too, so she uses familiar measurements and ingredients, but in such an original way!

    Of course, I love Amanda, too – this may sound a little silly, but your work seems a little exotic to me! I love reading American baking blogs, and hearing about all the fantastic creations being made on the other side of the world.

  • Sommer @ ASpicyPerspective says:

    This is one gorgeous cake!! Love the macarons on top!

  • TidyMom says:

    I love everything about this!!…….and I can’t get to that recipe fast enough! this cake is calling my name!

  • TidyMom says:

    I had to come back with a question……… do you cut such a perfect piece of cake? is there a trick? when I do it, the frosting is full of crumbs, my slices never look this perfect! do you chill the cake before cutting?

    • Amanda says:

      I cant speak for Steph, but yes, I chill a cake when I want perfect slices! ๐Ÿ™‚

      • Steph says:

        Yes I definitely chill the cake first! And I also heat my knife a bit by running it under hot water ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Tiffany | baking at tiffanys says:

    So cute and fun! Love the cake plate too.

  • Margie Fuller says:

    I mentioned you in a blog post.
    Beautiful cake!

  • Julee Rachels says:

    I LOVE your site and have enjoyed making every recipe you post. It started with your rose cake. I made four in one week (along with the white cake and lemon curd recipes) and gave them away just because I enjoyed doing it. I only use your white cake recipe now to rave reviews. I also enjoy getting a peek into your family life — how precious. I have told several friends who share my love of baking to log on and see what you are doing. It’s always different. Thanks for adding the tutorials!

    • Amanda says:

      Thank you so much Julee! Sounds like you are an avid baker and a blessing to those around you. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Rhonda Stewart says:

    Hi amanda
    What a beautiful cake.
    What is the filling you used

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