Thursday, June 12, 2014

Ink & Batter #6: The Winner's Curse by Marie Rutkoski!!


Happy Thursday everyone! Welcome to a new edition of Ink & Batter!

This week's cupcakes are inspired by one amazing book with one hell of a beautiful cover, and as much as I've tried, I don't think I've done justice to the absolute beauty that is The Winner's Curse by Marie Rutkoski!

As Becca had already done a version of this stunning cover for her Cover Puppies, she's doing a different cover this week, but do check Gentry being as gorgeous as Krestel HERE! Puppies in dresses for the win!




Since I was already making red velvet mini-cupcakes to test the recipe for my friend's wedding, I thought they'd be perfect for the colour scheme of the book and chose brown lines to match the cover since the base is brown flooring. And I did my best to give the impression of the dress with the coloured icing!


















I had quite a few ideas for decorations to make for these (like the piano, the daggers and the Bite & Sting tiles) but I asked Marie on Twitter and she asked her followers in turn, so some of these are also their suggestions, like the boat! I also tried hand modeling a krestel, but making birds of prey is out of my abilities!

The daggers & tiles, along with the piano and notes are for Krestel; the scroll horseshoe & hammer are for Arin's stint as slave blacksmith; the boat, anchor and rope for Krestel's escape; the wine cup and tie are for the party that started it all; and the sword and money bag for both the money that bought Arin and the one that saved Kestrel and swords that started the rebellion.

I hope you'll love these cupcakes, guys! I tweeted a sneak peek of them a while back and Marie said she loved them, so I'm beyond happy!

Next week I'll be back with more book inspired cupcakes, so stay tuned for even more Ink & Batter, guys!

30 comments:

  1. Pili!!!!! Your cupcakes just keep getting prettier! I LOVE these! They're all stunning, but I particularly love the dagger one, it fits the cover so well:) Can't wait to see what gorgeous thinks you bake up next!

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    1. Thank you sooooo much, Jenny!!! I'm already plotting new recipes!! I'm gonna be baking this weekend for more recipes & posts!! ;)

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  2. I love your Ink and Batter posts!!! I have yet to read this book, but want to so bad. Beautiful cupcakes!

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    1. Oh you have to, Lisa! It's an amazing book!!
      Thank you!!

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  3. Again, these look so nice, too pretty to eat! Who destroys this after you're done shooting? :D Great job as always ;)

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    1. Thank you, Ula! One of my besties got these as her birthday present! ;)

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  4. You've topped yourself, again, and yes, you do the cover justice! I love how the colors in the icing swirl together. They look like roses. I think my favorites might be the sword and the dagger, only because you don't normally expect to see them on pretty cupcakes. :)

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    1. Thank you sooooo much Stephanie!! =D

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  5. Awesome cupcakes yet again, Pili! I love them so much :) I totally got the WINNER'S CURSE vibe from it. I especially love the last one! Look at the details of that goblet and how it seems to sparkle! Great job again, Pili!!! :D :D Can you come to the Philippines now and make some for the booknerds here? Ahihihi <3

    Faye at The Social Potato Reviews

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    1. You've just given me an idea, Faye! I'll travel the world paying with my cupcakes for lodge and food! ;)
      Thanks a lot!!

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  6. The gorgeous cupcakes aside, those fondant decorations are beautiful Pili! They are so detailed and so beautifully articulated.. I am just staring at them with an open mouth...

    I have absolutely no idea how you do it, Pili! You're so gosh-darn talented! I wish you'd move here just so I could come over and then you could fatten me up ^_^

    Thank you for sharing these with us as always :)

    Rashika @ The Social Potato

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    1. Thank you so much, Rashika!
      Playing with fondant is a way to relax and de-stress for me, and many things can be done with special molds, cutters and whatever modelling ability you might have!
      I wish I could have you has next door neighbour to swap books, ARCs and have you eat all the cupcakes so I could make more!!

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  7. You are so good at these! :) You have done it again!

    The details on these are so beautiful!

    The music themed one is wonderful. The piano and the music notes are so well done! :)

    Thanks for sharing lovely! :D xxx


    Alex @ The Shelf Diaries

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    1. Thank you so much Alex!! =D
      Molds and cutters help a lot when my hands aren't deft enough too! ;)

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  8. Do you know that your pictures are bad for my wasteline!? They set off my sweet tooth something fierce! These are beautiful. i love the swirled frosting too but thats the norm for u girl! and how great is cover puppies I think its my new fav feature!
    <3 Britt @ please feed the bookworm

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    1. Sorry not sorry! ;) Thank you Britt!
      And isn't it super brilliant and adorable?? Becca is so talented! Thursdays have to be my fave days cause I share my cupcakes and I get to see what new amazingness she's made with her pups!

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  9. I LOVEEEEEE this book so much and these cupcakes are so perfect! I STILL don't understand how you do all this!! Oh my gosh.

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    1. Thank you, Nikki!! So happy to hear you love them all!! =D

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  10. The knife, I love it! All of these are really well-decorated! Perfect cupcakes for a perfect book :D

    Alyssa @ The Eater of Books!

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    1. *grins widely* So happy to hear you love them! Thanks Alyssa!

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  11. Oh my goodness, Pili!!! These are SO dang creative! I loved The Winner's Curse, and I bet I'd love to nom on those pretty cupcakes, too! You have some great talent, girl!

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    1. Thank you sooo much Melissa!! =D They were pretty yummy too, btw! ;)

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  12. Oh my gosh, Pili! The dagger! Bite and Sting! That is my absolute favorite one. I like the wine one, too! Wow. You did a wonderful job of matching the colors to the cover and picking out items from the book. Love it, love it, love it. And obviously, I love this feature.

    Wendy @ The Midnight Garden

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    1. Thank you so much, Wendy! I'm so happy to hear you think I did justice to this stunning cover!

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  13. I am kind of in awe right now. More than "kind of" actually. WELL DONE. And also, way to multitask ;) Great post!

    Jessica @ Rabid Reads

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  14. Oh, how I love this. Thank you so much for making and sharing sweetie :D I LOVE THEM. This book is perfect, hih. <3 And these cupcakes fit so well with the story :) Sigh. Perfect. <3

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    1. YAY! Thank you so much sweetie! I'm so happy you loved them! =D

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  15. You are so talented! The cupcakes look amazing (and very, very yummy). :)

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