I have decided to make a how-to video using imovie. I have worked with iMovie a few times and I thought it would work the best for what I wanted to do. Using iMovie I was able to use my laptop and have the camera on me. This allowed for me to have the tools in front of me without having to try and hold a camera. I was also able to talk as I was doing this and point the screen down so you could better see the cupcake. Using my laptop to film allowed me to easily change the view as I was making my video. I really enjoyed using iMovie as it was easy and straightforward. I also liked how it was already on my laptop so I did not have to worry about paying to get the extra features, which can be a problem when using an app. The one problem I had with using iMovie was getting it onto YouTube, as it was taking a long time to download or was not wanting to work. Other than that small problem it was very easy to use. I have enjoyed learning with the use of technology as it has allowed me to use new apps along with what I already had but never used before. I have also been able to find blogs to follow that have many recipes that I hope to be able to try. I have also started using Pinterest in different ways. As I have mentioned before I used to only use Pinterest by looking at the picture and never going into the website or blog. I have wanted to create a timelapse video for some time now but have not been able to find an easy one to use without having to pay for it. I am hoping I will be able to find one to use for my next post. If you know of any good timelapsing app please let me know!
When starting my learning project the first thing I had to learn was what I was able to do with the piping tools I had. I ended up getting a kit that gave me many tools to work with, there were also some doubles of some – meaning it was the same tool tip but just a different size. To help me figure this out I started by just looking at pictures to see if I could tell what tool they used. Some were very easy to see what they used but others not so much as they can look very similar. I believe when decorating cupcakes there are two important things you need to help yourself be successful. The first is finding a buttercream to work with, as you may have seen in my earlier posts this took me some time to find one. The next is know what you can do with your piping tools. Once you learn what you are able to make with each tool you are then able to let your creativity take over and attempt any design. The designs I was using were not from any picture, rather just something I made up as I went along. This week I decided to make chocolate bourbon cupcakes with a vanilla buttercream. Once again I have used the same buttercream recipe I have used in the past. If you wish to find this recipe you can find it in my Flower Cupcake SlideShow post. I got the chocolate cake recipe off of Pinterest. I have used this recipe many times and it really is the best chocolate cake recipe. With this you are able to make 24 cupcakes, I did not want that many cupcakes so I decided to half the recipe. This recipe does not have the bourbon in it, that was something extra that I added. I added 2oz of bourbon to the cake batter which added a really nice flavour to them. The reason I did not make the full recipe and save half for next week is because when looking on The Cake Blog I found another recipe that I am wanting to try next week!