Before the arrival of cupcakes, we used to make iced buns, which are very similar, but have a smooth topping of icing and a decoration. I was inspired to quill lots and turn each one into a little box so that it could be used to present a little gift.
Pam McEwan from New Zealand has prompted me to do what I have intended for a long time – explain how they were made.
Use 5mm wide white strips to make a Solid Coil, 375mm in diameter. Coat it with PVA glue.
Cut a strip of light weight white paper, 20cm long and 25mm wide. Zig-zag it along its length, Each zig (or zag) should be no more than 5mm wide.
Put glue around the edge of the Solid Coil, wait for it to go tacky and then press the edge of the zig-zagged strip onto it. When completely dry, fan out the zig-zags.
To make the box sides, make a 375mm diameter Ring Coil from two 25mm wide strips. Use this ring as a dowel to make another Ring Coil similarly, which will slip over the first one. Use 10mm wide strips.
To make the lid, use 3mm wide brown strips to make a Ring Coil. Start the coil at 4cm and continue until the Ring Coil is 6cm in diameter. Push it into a ‘dome’ shape and coat the underneath with PVA glue.
Use 3mm wide white strips to make a Solid Coil 45mm in diameter. Press it into a shallow Cup shape and coat over the top surface with PVA. Glue the bun and its icing together.
Glue the smaller, deeper Ring Coil inside the paper bun case to make the sides of the box. Glue the larger, narrower Ring Coil to the inside of the iced bun lid.
Choose your decoration for the top and glue in position. The easiest decoration is a half cherry, which is simply a red Cup Coil made from about five 2mm wide strips.