Today on World Baking Day, it is the perfect opportunity to say thank you to all those cupcake lovers who continue to support us bakers with their orders and ideas for their different celebrations. Without you we would not be inspired to bake as we do! I baked these Hippie Cupcakes for Denese’s birthday and her friend Lisa asked me to do Hippie Themed cupcakes. I made these funky peace signs and yellow and purple daisies and the cupcakes were a ‘tie-dye’ cupcake in yellow, orange and green. The yellow, I flavoured passion fruit, the orange, orange and the green, apple so they were truly an explosion of taste and colour as you bit into them.
Denese sent me this thank you message today: “Lisa, I just want to thank you for the cupcakes you made for my birthday yesterday. Firstly the flowers and peace signs were perfect reflections of me and the delight when I saw the insides… I can only describe it as ‘you captured the essence of me in a cupcake’ wow!!! Thanks again lots of love Denese”
This message was such a brilliant thank you Denese and I am delighted to be able to make people smile when they see my cupcakes and touch them in some small way in each celebration! So to all my cupcake clients a huge thank you on World Baking Day!
Just resting before I have to do the cake thing!
Doing the Fairy Cake Thing!
We love school holidays on a Wednesday at scrapbooking as we get to see our friends who can’t usually make it as they are dedicated teachers during term time. Jan’s daughter, Sue, celebrated her birthday last week and we thought we would spoil her a bit with an extra celebration with the Wacky Wednesday Scrappers. True to all our celebrations we had party packs, presents, plenty coffee, our usual photo shoot and thanks to Grace Stevens’ workshop I was able to make a naughty little lime green fairy for Sue’s birthday cake. As Sue loves anything pretty, this little fairy was perfect for her cake and as Sue also loves her garden I added her resting on a pink picnic blanket in a garden of flowers.
When we did this workshop with Grace, she said to us the inspiration for her fairy came from watching her young daughter resting in this position with her feet up and seeing this little green garden fairy here captures that feeling of not having a care in the world! I made some over-sized flowers and daisies with pearly centres to add to the garden cake and iced the top of the cake with lime green icing using a grass icing nozzle. I know you loved your fairy Sue and I hope that every time you look at her she makes you smile and brings a tiny bit of her peace into your life. We loved celebrating your birthday with you and we are delighted you have a few more Wednesday’s free to scrapbook with us. May all your fairy wishes come true this year!
Feeling right at home at the Memory Shed!
Wendy was so excited to have her daughter, Tracey, home last weekend and as it was not only a family reunion but also Tracey’s birthday celebration Wendy asked me to make cupcakes for her. Tracey loves pink so I iced vanilla cupcakes with a tickled pink icing and added pink flowers which I dusted first before adding a dusting of lustre powder for a hint of glamour. It was wonderful to meet your beautiful daughter and thank you once again for the incredible enthusiasm you always great my cupcakes with Wendy.
Cupcakes have become synonymous with birthdays at the Memory Shed and this time Lisa and the girls were celebrating Glyn’s birthday. Lisa left the design and colour of the cupcake decorations up to me on this order for Glyn and I chose a combination of this soft pretty pink contrasted with the sunny yellow. I added smaller yellow veined flowers to the centres of the pink veined flowers and then topped the combination with pink pearls. I made pink and yellow smaller flowers with my quick frangipani cutter and added pearls to their centres in their matching colours. As Glyn likes a bit of bling I dusted all the flowers with a lustre powder before popping them onto the strawberry pink iced cupcakes. Happy birthday Glyn and hope you had a brilliant day celebrating with your scrapbooking friends. May your year be filled with great scrapbooking days, loads of bling and a sprinkling of cupcakes for good measure!
Wendy asked me to do cupcakes for her daughter, Ashleigh, who is recovering from an operation she had a few weeks ago. She said that Ashleigh loves the colour turqoise and also loves butterflies so I made vanilla cupcakes with a light turquoise icing and bright turquoise sugar pearls. I made all the flowers, roses and butterflies in white sugarpaste which I then dusted with my Rolkem powders. I veined some of the larger flowers with my FMM Flower Veiner and then dusted from the centre of each flower first with Rolkem’s Rainbow Spectrum Peacock and then with the Rolkem Sparkles in Aquamarine for a hint of shine. For a strong contrast I added the turquoise bright pearls as the centres to the flowers and butterflies. My inspiration for these cupcakes came from the excitement Wendy showed in ordering these cupcakes for her gorgeous daughter. Wendy is so proud of her daughter and the way she is recovering. Of course colour always inspires me, making this a perfect week to blog these cupcakes with it being Holi 2013, the Indian Festival of Colour. Ashleigh’s love for the colour turquoise and having recently caught up with Andries and Rolkem’s beautiful range of colours for sugarpaste work at the National Sugarcraft Show made it easy to create these pretty cupcakes for Ashleigh. Wishing you all the best Ash for a speedy recovery!
If you have read my previous Mermaid Cupcake post you will know how thrilled I was with Vicci’s help with my mermaid’s face. Well to add to the excitement of the week, Vicci told me about the National Sugarcraft show which was held in Pretoria. I made the great trek from Joburg to Pretoria and visited all the exhibits at the show and was thrilled to see such exquisite sugarcraft on show. Even more fun were all the stands with new products on display. One of the products I purchased from Incredible Crafts was a fmm Multi Fower Veiner which I have used on some of the flowers above. I simply cut out my flowers and then popped them between the veiner which left them with a detailed veined surface. I combined turquoise, lime green and purple flowers and colourful centres for these cupcakes inspired by Byron and his girlfriend’s 4 year anniversary. I thought these funky flowers were a perfect addition to cupcakes celebrating young love.