Or, food styling is INCREDIBLY hard.
Here’s one of my undoctored images before I attacked it with Photoshop
Remember these? I got some for the store, but then needed to photograph them in all their glory, so I became a food stylist for the weekend.
In order to keep more control over colours and styling etc. I decided to make my own cupcakes (this was quite probably a mistake). So I baked a batch of these (my go to cupcake recipe) and mixed up several batches of standard buttercream in vanilla, chocolate, pink and extremely pink.
I realised that I would have to improve on my usual rather haphazard cupcake icing methods and decided to get some proper equipment. An online search took me here – I can highly recommend this kit although it’s just a nice piping bag with four large nozzles.
Finally I needed a plain cupcake stand that wouldn’t detract from the cupcake wrappers themselves. Martha Stewart and Macy’s came to the rescue with the perfect stand which was even on sale.
Then followed several hours of icing and re-icing cupcakes, arranging them and rearranging them on the plate, cursing profusely when I got icing over everything and taking a million photos.
And then several more hours with Photoshop, cropping and brightening and lightening and blurring the background and eliminating icing smudges from everything.
Here are the results of literally hours of work. It always looks so easy when you see it in the magazines.
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