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?  Steph is the mastermind behind this Purple Ombre Sprinkles Cake cake.   And this Fudge Brownie Cookie Dough Cake.   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! 🙂

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!
Food Styling Challenge: Raspberri Cupcakes
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. 🙂

  • 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? 🙂

  • nessa says:

    The macarons are such a pretty touch!

    • Amanda says:

      Can you imagine how good they taste too??? 🙂

  • Kiran @ says:

    Such a beautiful masterpiece!! Thanks for introducing yet another wonderful baker, Amanda 🙂

  • 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! 🙂

      • Steph says:

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

  • 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. 🙂

  • Rhonda Stewart says:

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