A Night at the Oscars
Craig celebrated his 21st with an Oscars Themed party for his guests and his mom, Adele, asked me to do cupcakes for the occasion. I created red carpets, ticket stubs, old fashioned movie reels, tuxedos and evening dresses, envelopes, directors’ boards and of course popcorn boxes from sugar paste. I added these to vanilla iced red velvet & vanilla cupcakes. These cupcakes were loads of fun to make and I was so delighted to see how they fitted in so perfectly to the elegantly decorated hall that Adele had so perfectly planned for her son’s 21st. Thanks again for your order Adele and I was delighted to hear that everyone enjoyed their cupcakes.
And the Oscar goes to……
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.
The Fairy on a Cushion Cake was the workshop Grace Stevens of Cupcakes By Design gave on her second day here in Johannesburg. After doing the Filler Flowers and Teddy Workshop I couldn’t wait to do the 3rd workshop. Once again we were hosted by Vicci in Northcliff and it was brilliant to spend time again with these 2 extremely talented ladies and meet new people who were just as keen to learn from Grace as I was. The pictures below show our work in progress, from top left all the dusting colours and gel colours we had to decide on for our fairies and their flowers, bottom left my fairy with her feet up waiting patiently for a pretty hairdo and wings and finally Grace’s swift hands deftly demo how she covers her cushion cake ready for her fairy to rest on.
Fairies at Play!
Once again Grace taught us one of her beautiful cake designs and allowed us to express ourselves and bring out the character in our individual fairies. Here they are below with their cute but naughty faces happily resting without a care in the world on their cushions.
Showing off our work!
I was so delighted with my cake that no one was left alone until they had seen it or at least seen a picture of it! I do have a great group of family, friends and clients who were so supportive and shared in my excitement and thanks everyone for your facebook likes and comments they mean the world to me! When your 19 year old son shares this on his facebook page you know you are going up in the sugar craft rankings…. thanks Teigh!
Fairy & Cushion Detail
Thank you Grace for such amazing workshops and I will treasure your book and practise and practise more till your next workshop in Johannesburg. Cape Town is certainly blessed to have your talent! A huge thank you to Vicci for introducing me to Grace and for all the laughs and the inspiration you share in your work.
Away with the Fairies!
It was so exciting to finally meet Grace Stevens of Cupcakes by Design and take part in 3 of her Johannesburg workshops while she was in our busy city. I had bought her book, Celebration Cakes, at the National Sugar Craft Show in Pretoria and after many hours looking at each exquisitely crafted cake I was apprehensive about being able to manage the workshops. Well I needn’t have been at all as Grace is a brilliant, funny and patient teacher who has a unique gift in being able to humbly share her amazing knowledge in a fun environment. We started with the dainty Filler Flowers Workshop and the collage above shows Grace tenderly dusting colour onto her completed flowers on the left and our groups of completed flowers opposite.
In the afternoon we moved onto doing the Teddy Workshop and as you can see by our completed Teddies, we had loads of fun with these cute sugar craft creations. It was my first time making something this size out of sugar paste and I was so happy with my completed teddy and her cute patches, buttons and stitching details. Once again Grace’s way of teaching in carefully planned out steps made it a really fun class to follow. Grace is an inspiration to all those who have a passion for sugar craft as her designs are not only fun to follow but she teaches in a way that allowed us to bring out the unique character in each piece we crafted. The picture above right shows three teddies, Grace’s teddy being a little coy, Vicci’s yellow teddy, a little shy and sad and then mine looking at me in amazement as if to say “I didn’t know you could do this!” Thanks Grace for sharing your time and knowledge with us.