Valentine’s Day Cake Tutorial

Valentine's Day Cake

Combining passion and romance for Valentine’s Day with Crystal Candy Passion and Romantique Stencils. These are the photos from a photographic tutorial on using Crystal Candy Cake Artistry Edible Gel and Crystal Candy Stencils to make an elegant Valentine’s Day Cake.

Valentine's Day Cake

Crystal Candy Stencils are an invitation to play with design and colour in a new way for me. I have always been hesitant to stencil on a cake covered in fondant as I always thought what if I make a mistake or don’t press hard enough etc and ruin my fondant. This stencilling onto edible paper was a way for me to practise stencilling and gain more confidence and I was really chuffed with how it turned out. Using a blob of Crystal Candy Cake Artistry edible gel in red, I spread this across the Romantique stencil, with its swirls of hearts amidst elegant whirls and dots.

Valentine's Day Cake

I just love that I surprise myself every time I lift the stencil and reveal the printed pattern on the edible paper. I have to admit, I did a small whirl in my kitchen with delight at this new stencil.

Valentine's Day Cake

Pops of red fondant hearts on wire to give height to my cake….

Valentine's Day Cake

…..and more stencilling, this time with the Passion stencil and black edible gel onto a red fondant heart.

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Finished cake with edible paper beautifully and simply stencilled, red stencilled heart and matching red hearts just because there can’t be too much love on Valentine’s Day!

Valentine's Day Cake

My embossed pristine white board with tiny hearts and detail to complement the theme of Love is in the air…..& most of all on this cake!

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The happy ending of this romantic bake….thank you Ray and Crystal Candy for more awesome products to enhance our cake decorating adventure!

To all my fellow bakers, may there always be an abundance of love sprinkled on every cake creation that you dream up!

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Welcome to your New Home Cupcakes

New Home Cupcakes

Michelle had the sweet idea to welcome her new neighbours with a gift of homemade cupcakes, and she asked me to make cupcakes with little houses on them. I cut out small houses and then used different strip and swirl moulds to add the roof and roses detail. Tiny shuttered windows and bright yellow door knobs completed these Welcome to Your New Home cupcake toppers. This sweet gift won the hearts of the family next door who thoroughly enjoyed Michelle’s delicious welcoming treat.

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Baby Girl Cupcake Toppers

Baby Girl Cupcake Toppers

Pink happiness must be in the air as this is another post on tickled pink sugar pieces! It is so exciting when I have a new client who loves something they have seen on my website and asks me to recreate it for them.  In this case it was these cute Baby Girl Cupcake Toppers that I had made for Baby Shower Cupcakes for a Girl.  Shantelle was baking special cupcakes to celebrate the birth of twin girls in her family and was going to add these toppers to her cupcakes.  Thank you Shantelle for your enthusiasm and willingness to travel to collect your toppers. I couldn’t resist photographing these tiny pink sugar delights.

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Baby Girl Christening Cake

Baby Girl Christening Cake

Baby Chelce, her gorgeous sister and her mom and dad came all the way from Australia for her Christening celebration in South Africa.  Her grandmother, Catherine, was so excited to be sharing this celebration with all her family and friends and she wanted a special cake in pink and white with a sugar paste figurine of her beautiful granddaughter.

Baby Girl Christening Cake

I made a delicious vanilla sponge with a strawberry jam and buttercream filling and a buttercream coating.  I popped this gorgeous soft sponge cake onto and embossed board before completing with Chelce’s name, pink and white rolled sugar paste roses and finally a cute sugar paste Chelce figurine. Thank you so much Catherine for your wonderful excitement on seeing the cake you had ordered and for inviting Ed and I to be part of such a special day with your family.  We still need to set a date for more declicious cake testing!

Baby Girl Christening Cake

Crystal Candy Memoir Stencilled Board Tutorial

Crystal Candy Memoir Stencilled Board Tutorial

After posting photos of a Swirls and Roses 50th Birthday Cake I made recently, I had a few inquiries as to how I had decorated the cake board. This is a simple tutorial which I hope helps you create some beautiful cake boards. Remember your cake board is like the perfect “pair of shoes” to complete your cake and no cake should be presented ‘barefoot’ to any client.

Crystal Candy Memoir Stencilled Board Tutorial

I first covered my board in white fondant and allowed it to dry overnight. I placed the Crystal Candy Memoir Stencil across the middle of the cake board first and completed the steps that I am about to explain to you. The reason for doing the middle first is that once it has dried you are able to do the sides one after the other with no fear of smudging.

Crystal Candy Memoir Stencilled Board Tutorial

Once the middle section has dried, line up your stencil so as to complete the design on one side of your board and pin to your board. I pinned in an area I knew would be covered by the cake. You could also pin in an area already covered by a swirl to masterfully disguise any pin marks (see the red pin).

Crystal Candy Memoir Stencilled Board Tutorial

I chose piping gel to which I had added concentrated black Rolkem powder for this cake board but Crystal Candy Stencils can be used with royal icing or a mixture of royal icing and piping gel as an alternative. I love the ‘phone a friend’ option whenever I am in doubt and as usual Ray from Crystal Candy was ready to give advice. In this case she said I would need to use a very concentrated black piping gel in order to achieve a black stencilled board. I thought mine looked concentrated enough, however you will see that with black you have to mean business when it comes to colouring anything!

Crystal Candy Memoir Stencilled Board Tutorial

Pop a generous dollop of the piping gel over your stencil and grab your versatile cake scraper.

Crystal Candy Memoir Stencilled Board Tutorial

Pull the gel firmly across the stencil so that all the design areas are covered. Make sure here not to move your stencil in the process as you don’t want any smudges to ruin your beautiful board. Also remember not to go over the stencil onto any completed areas of your board.

Crystal Candy Memoir Stencilled Board Tutorial

Gently hold your stencil in place and remove all the pins. Carefully peel back the stencil away from your cake board and admire your stencil work as it is revealed. Going back to the colour, you will see here that my  black piping gel did not have enough pigment in  it, and it created a dark grey design instead of the inky black I envisioned for my cake design.

Crystal Candy Memoir Stencilled Board Tutorial

I decided here that it was not a good idea to let tears drop onto my board and there was no time to start my board again so I pulled out my sparkle dusts and found Rolkem’s Raven Sparkles to sprinkle over the wet gel design. This is easier if you do it over a sheet of baking paper as you can tip the board and gently knock any loose dust off the board. Fold the baking paper and then return any extra sparkles to their glittery home.

Crystal Candy Memoir Stencilled Board Tutorial

I washed my stencil at this stage and hung it over the edge of my counter to dry before using it to repeat these steps on the other side of my board. Ray suggested a feather to dust off the remaining glitter but with no feathered friends to defrock, I used this really soft fan brush. I remember in my first demo by Andries of Rolkem about 5 years ago…..in the days when I used to wander into Jodees not knowing the difference between a concentrate and a sparkle….Andries said he had been given a brush exactly like this one and it proved to be perfect for ‘feather’ dusting.

Crystal Candy Memoir Stencilled Board Tutorial

This is the stage where if you are an extrovert you will dance and if you are an introvert you will become an extrovert immediately! I am never shy to do this happy dance even though I may get strange looks from my family, as I believe there is no harm in a dash of this happiness  sprinkled over my work!

Crystal Candy Memoir Stencilled Board Tutorial

Here I have assembled all my decorative elements, including the swirled cake board,for this cake before popping the fondant cake onto it. The final step was ribboning my board with a deep black ribbon which really makes the swirls pop on the board.

Thank you to these amazing suppliers:

Crystal Candy for your amazing collection of stencils…I can’t wait to try out another design!

Rolkem for the Raven Sparkles to my rescue.

Jodees for the edible printed image of a hand I had coloured in for this design.

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Please feel free to Like this tutorial or pop a comment if you have any questions regarding any of the products I used.

Wendy’s Roses Then(2013) & Now(2017)

Wendy's Rose Cake Topper

Even if I had had a crystal ball in 2011, when I started Cupcakes2Delite, I could never have predicted how my friends would become an intricate part in the story of my business. The fun, the learning and the inspiration I have received from them is woven into the history of the writing of this blog.

Wendy's Rose Cake Topper

Wendy celebrated her 50th Birthday in the September of 2013, and she asked me to do her birthday cupcakes with a blue roses theme. I made her cupcakes and as a small gift added a 6 inch cake with a topper of blue & white roses, a butterfly & flowers on embossed sugar paste (pictured below). I blogged the birthday cake and cupcakes in a post Beautiful In Shades of Blue. In 2013, I had very little experience in the art of sugar flowers and didn’t even know what flower paste was. I was really proud of this little work of art though and it meant so much to Wendy that she kept the topper until last year when she asked me if I could redo it for her as it was looking a little sad!

Wendy's 50th Cake & Cupcakes 2013

Wendy’s 50th Cake & Cupcakes 2013

Wendy's Rose Cake Topper

Here is the same topper renewed and upgraded in 2017. I kept the topper to a tiny 5 inch size to fit into the glass display dome (thanks Ivana for spotting the perfect dome…..my friends even know what I am looking for when they are out shopping!)

The reward of seeing the growth in my sugar skills cannot surpass all the years of friendship with Wendy, but how awesome that the years of friendship have inspired the contrast of these 2 sugar pieces. Thank you Wendy for trusting me all those years ago with your birthday cupcakes and for loving something so simple that I had made for you, that you wanted it again to keep for another few years. I am honoured that this tiny rose display in its glass dome will think it is a sugar jewel sitting amidst your precious Swarovski pieces!

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Wendy Figurine on Books

Wendy Figurine on Books

As 2018 starts, I find I have a few cakes and sugar pieces that I still have not blogged, however the new year is always a time of reflection of the year that has just swiftly wizzed by, mixed with the anticipation of the beginning of a new chapter. My life, and not just my sugar life, is recorded in special anecdotes on my Cupcakes2Delite blog which you are now reading. Initially I started this blog because I wanted to leave behind some sort of photographic legacy of what I had learnt to create. It then quickly changed into a way that I could show my appreciation for the family and friends in my life and has now shown me just how much I have evolved in these years as a sugar artist.

Wendy Figurine on BooksI paid tribute to my blogging guru, Wendy, in Jan 2014, in my post about the Wine Fairy I created for her birthday. The little Wine Fairy captured the character of Wendy with her black bob and red and black outfit. Wendy kept this little figurine all the way to 2017, when she finally true to her name became ‘legless’ (the figurine that is and not Wendy)!!!

Wine Fairy Figurine for Wendy, Jan 2014

Wine Fairy Figurine for Wendy, Jan 2014

With my anticipation for 2018, came the need to say a thank you in the form of an ‘updated’ Wendy figurine for Wendy as all my hours of baking, designing, creating, photographing and writing would not have been recorded if it wasn’t for this blog that Wendy patiently taught me how to set up. Thank you Wendy for sewing that blogging seed in my brain and making it seem like an intriguing way to record my story. Not only has it been fun to write my own posts but it has been fun to be invited to write guest posts on other blogs.

My 2018, Modern Day Wendy Figurine, had to show the Wendy we know today.  You will be pleased to see Wendy, that  you have developed a gorgeous decolletage since 2014,  and your little figurine is showing off your brand new funky, spikey hair style (thanks to Craig and his magic scissors), a sassy new figure and of course most importantly your love for books! I chose the last 3 books you excitedly posted on facebook as a pretty perch for your sugar butt. Thank you for all the gorgeous books, old and new, that you choose for us to read, it certainly makes my literary life that much more interesting!

Wendy Figurine on Books

Thanks to you, I have been able to share my blogging knowledge and encourage others to use blogging as a business tool for their sugar and other work. Thanks to you the pages of my life have a way to be shared with my family, friends, clients and teachers. Enjoy your new little Wendy and here’s to 2018 being a fantastic sequal to 2017!

 

Wendy Figurine on Books

Wendy Figurine on Books

Wendy Figurine on Books

Sugar Paste Figurines

Now and Then Wendy Figurines