My Cake Duchess Floraison Class Cake

My Cake Duchess Floaraison Course Cake

Following on from my previous post, I can’t wait to show you my completed cake after 5 days work learning to make these beautiful sugar paste flowers with Sumaiya Omar of The Cake Duchess.  It was sweet sugar heaven when I added my carefully made roses,  rose buds, rananculus, David Austin roses, hydrangeas, sweet peas, tendrils and branches and saw just how much I had learnt in the week. The bass relief on the cake completed the floral theme of this cake. What a journey it has been from following your work Sumaiya, with many oohs and aahs, to eventually having had the privilege to have done a course with you.

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Cake Duchess Floraison: Sugar Flower Art Course

Cake Duchess Floraison Sugar Flower Art Course

Thank you to all my family, friends and clients for being so patient with me last week as I lost myself in the sweet realms of sugar flower art.  Sumaiya Omar better known as The Cake Duchess has hands that breath life into any sugar flower in the most beautiful way. Her wedding and celebration cakes are breathtakingly beautiful and elegant and her work is inspirational. I was so privileged to take part in her Floraison: Sugar Flower Art Course last week. What a gorgeous treat from my husband to be able to take a week and focus on learning from Sumaiya. Sumaiya you presented your course so beautifully in a tranquil environment and spoilt us with delicious edibles to keep us energised each day. Your teaching skills are amazing and what I learnt was invaluable.

Cake Duchess Floraison Sugar Flower Art Course

Each course I attend always brings new and interesting people into my sugar world so not only was I delighted to learn from Sumaiya, who is an award winning cake artist, but I met two new students, Nafeesah and Faheema.  Being the gorgeous women we all are, we chatted a great deal over the week and learnt so much from each other, Sumaiya being abundantly generous with her knowledge and the three of us sharing our own stories. Nafeesah, pictured above, worked so neatly and quickly, transferring the traits she needs in her own profession to her sugar art work. You are an inspiration in how to truly multi task and do everything with care and precision. I will always picture you with that beautiful yellow David Austin rose!

Faheema, pictured below, this was the calm before the storm in this picture and boy you made us laugh when you announced you wanted to go home after the ‘fun’ of putting your first flower into the cake. Just so glad you didn’t as what a stunning cake you made! I love how you so calmly and patiently learnt a totally new skill, never having done sugar flowers, producing a colourful and pretty cake after the week. Your love of colour and style definitely shows in your sugar work!

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The three of us here, tired but inspired after the week ready to take our cakes home. Thanks again Sumaiya for your gentle humility in teaching us these flowers and sharing your skills with us …. now it is just up to us to practice!

Cake Duchess Floraison Sugar Flower Art Course

The Cake Duchess Floraison Cake below with its intriguing David Austin Rose and bass relief work was the magical invitation and enticement to an amazing week!

Cake Duchess Floraison Sugar Flower Art Course

The Cake Duchess Floraison Cake by Sumaiya Omar

Scrapbooking Friends Figurines

Scrapbooking Friends Figurines

It was such fun creating these 2 scrapbooking friends out of modelling paste for Mandy-Lou of Annah Fudge Gourmet Cupcakes a few weeks ago.  Not only is Mandy a complete delight to do work for she always has time for a laugh and a couple of stories even as she busily completes her orders. These 2 figurines were for a business anniversary celebration and once again photographs of the 2 gorgeous friends were translated into sugar for them. As you can see I had such fun photographing these colourful characters once they were done.

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Japanese Girl Figurine

Japanese Girl Figurine

Danniel messaged me at the beginning of September with photographs of a sugar paste figurine she had ordered that had clearly been made in a hurry and not with a huge amount of attention to detail for her 30th Birthday Cake that weekend.  It was not in her budget to pay me for another figurine when I quoted her as she had already paid for the figurine from another baker.  Realising how important this little figurine was to her, I said if she would travel to me from Pretoria then I could help her fix it.

As I was expecting her the next afternoon I had a look at the photos to come up with a solution to fix the figurine she had ordered.  It really looked beyond just some cosmetic sugar touch ups and so I decided that I would make her a completely new figurine and I surprised Danniel as she arrived with this pretty Japanese Girl Figurine. Her message saying I had made her year was all the payment I needed for this little sugar piece.  Thank you Danniel for trusting me to rescue your birthday cake.

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Embracing Nature Competition Figurines

Embracing Nature Figurines

The Good Food and Wine Show in Johannesburg has come and gone and it was more than just a wining and dining experience for me.  I have my Embracing Nature Figurines as a daily reminder of the challenge of entering a competition piece for the show and having a fun weekend.  This sugar paste couple was my entry into the Cake Competition hosted by the South African Cake Decorators Guild (SACDG). I was so chuffed that the judges noted that they liked my “two enchanting figurines in a field of daisies”. Constructive criticism was that I needed to roll my paste thinner for my flowers.

Embracing Nature Figurines

The detailed painting Nature’s Embrace by Josephine Wallwas my inspiration for this piece as I could really choose any celebratory piece to enter in the competition. Josephine captures equally the power of nature and its gentleness and grace and her artwork resounded with me as Knysna had just been devastated by ferocious fires. Immediately following the heartbreak that came with images of families and animals left either homeless, or having lost their possessions in the fires, came the beautiful images of a caring and compassionate and generous country that came together to support those who had been affected. My two sugar characters only have eyes for each other in this piece and hopefully I managed to portray the gentleness of Josephine’s embracing trees.

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Josephine Wall's Nature's Embrace

Josephine Wall’s Nature’s Embrace

I hand moulded the faces using Saracino Modelling Paste and then used the Zeelandia for the bark covering, making sure to mark the paste to recreate the bark and then allow it to fold over their backs and waists to show their emerging torsos. Nature’s trail follows them in the ivy and daisies resting on the edible moss floor and gently chasing up the  roots and bark surrounding them.

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Chocolate Delight & Cream 80th Cake

Chocolate Delight & Cream Flowers 80th Cake

As usual, a pleasure baking for your family celebrations Vee! You chose this delicious rich chocolate cake with Amarula buttercream for your mom’s 80th Birthday.  I love that you chose the cream flowers as they contrasted so beautifully against the combed chocolate buttercream. Espresso mini meringues and chocolate balls, cream fondant rope detail and an embossed cream cake board completed the cake for this occasion.

Thanks Teigh and Carmen for my birthday voucher from Hostess Pro . I was so chuffed to be able to get this rope mould (among others) to add to my collection, it is always fun to have something different to finish off my cakes. Vanessa has such a wonderful selection to choose from so my just have to take another drive out to her shop in Pretoria!

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Sweet words of thank from Vee: “Darling Lisa, thank you so much for the absolutely beautiful, delish cake. Everyone commented on it – it was such a great hit. You are a star.”

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White Ruffle Flower Birthday Cake

White Ruffle Flower Birthday Cake

Simple but effective vanilla bean with vanilla buttercream cake for Ona’s mom’s 50th Birthday. This was an all white cake with softly ruffled sugar paste flowers & pearlized chocolate balls for decoration. I used a mixture of non-pereils and pearls from Jodees to sprinkle on the top of the cake and to finish off the cake board and some of the smaller flowers.

Sweet words of thanks from Ona: “Hi Lisa. The cake was lovely! Everyone enjoyed it! And my mom loved how it looked..100%. It literally was the cherry on the top! Thank you so much.”

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