Pets Cake for Kirsten

Pets Birthday Cake

Natanya and her family have 2 gorgeous labradors and 5 beautiful cats that they not only adore, but that all had to fit onto one cake for her daughter, Kirsten’s 17th Birthday Cake. Thank you Natanya for sending through loads of photos of these furry friends. Luckily for me non of them are camera shy and I was able to try and represent each of them in sugar for Kirsten.

Pets Birthday Cake

I am guessing that at times they cause chaos and mayhem in their household, but I have shown them here sitting peacefully together, all looking like butter wouldn’t melt in their mouths! It was great to make you all, Spock, Mac, Leo, Luna, Pixie, Bella and Astro! Happy 17th Birthday Kirsten and I am so pleased you loved your cakes and all your little sugar animal figurines!

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Bella and Astro below looking as good as gold, but bet they are as mischievous as all labradors can be!

Pets Birthday Cake

Pixie is a cute white kitten and I made her with Zeelandia Sugar Paste!

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Rugby Figurine Birthday Cake

Rugby Player Figurine Cake

A bit of a belated post of this Rugby Figurine Cake I created for Reece’s 18th Birthday shortly before flying off to Ireland. Reece had just suffered a 2nd major rugby injury to his knee and underwent a 2nd operation meaning that he wasn’t able to play serious competitive rugby again. I thought long and hard whether this figurine was then the right figurine of Reece for his cake as I didn’t want to make him sad on his birthday. Inspired by this photograph taken by his dad and inspired by the passion he portrayed in his weekend festival of rugby I went ahead with it and hoped it would be accepted with the admiration it came with.

Rugby Player Figurine Cake

You could never capture in sugar the passion and determination this young man showed for his sport and his team mates. He worked for over 9 months with fierce drive to recover from a previous injury in order to play in such a prestigious school event. I witnessed him running on to the field with a pride I hadn’t witnessed in someone so young and then saw him play some awesome games that showed his passion for his sport. The pain and devastation that everyone around him felt for him with his 2nd injury that weekend, taking him out of the remaining games, left us truly winded. However Reece arrived back onto the field, cheering and encouraging (… and whatever else guys do….) his team from the side! I think you honestly believed your crutches were for waving and encouraging the dudes and not for holding you up!!! In those moments Reece, you showed true sportsmanship and passion for your sport, and you were and still are an inspiration to all around you. You certainly taught me that, even when the going gets tough, it is the spirit and loyalty  you show in adversity that creates the person you are! Thank you for sharing this passion and love, as well as all your other amazing characteristics with us, making us laugh and smile along the way. If you take all this strength ahead with you in every adventure your life leads you into, you won’t need rugby boots to fly, just yourself!

Rugby Player Figurine Cake

PS….you have way better hair than I managed to capture in strands of sugar!

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Bridal Figurine Competition Entry

Bride Figurine Competition Entry

This Bridal Figurine Cake deserved first and foremost a mention of the occasion that it was created for and the wonderful women I had the privilege to meet on that occasion. My previous post has the full story of this wonderful day. As she turned out to be a really pretty figurine I have added here extra photos I took of her just prior to the competition.

I created her using Sweet Revolutions by Domy Woman Mould for her face and torso. These moulds have been amazing in that they allow me to make a figurine in a much shorter time frame. The beautiful Saracino paste, as always was amazing to work with and gave my bridal figurine a soft, gentle look as she stood elegantly in her lace dress.

Bride Figurine Competition Entry

I chose one of my favourite lace designs from Crystal Candy, Will-o-the-Wisp Mould for the lace covering of the dress. Underneath the lace I added a paper thin white Zeelandia paste dress from the waist down. The lace layer I wanted to be a separate layer so I attached it in a few places leaving the remaining lace to fall naturally over the bridal figurine and spill around her onto her cake. I cut out tiny pieces of the lace design to add as shoulder and bodice details and completed her with a simple swish of brunette sugar paste hair.

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I had no idea that creating this simple cake and figurine would lead to such an extraordinary day (so many of my sugar experiences are adventures …. but this one took the cake…!) Thank you to Santi Britz of iDUC and to Vanessa Broughton of Hostess Pro for your wonderful gifts you have given and continue giving in your own ways to women everywhere.

Hostess Pro & IDuc Competition

Santi Britz (IDuc) Lisa Cunningham (Cupcakes2Delite & Vanessa Broughton (Hostess Pro)

This tiny sugar paste duck I moulded using Zeelandia sugar paste and it represented the logo and the colours of the iDUC organisation. The iDUC sat proudly on my cake and now holds a special place in my heart as we learned the story of this humble symbol of comfort from Santi Britz herself.

Hostess Pro & IDuc Competition

Cupcakes2Delite Sugar Paste IDuc

Hostess Pro & IDuc Competition

Certificate and Goodie Bag

Hostess Pro, iDuc & SACBW Competition

Hostess Pro & IDuc Competition

Santi Britz (iDUC) Lisa Cunningham (Cupcakes2Delite) & Vanessa Broughton (Hostess Pro)

Vanessa Broughton of Hostess Pro brought August, Woman’s Month, to a spectacular and incredibly moving finish with her hosting of the Hostess Pro and iDuc Cake Decorating Competition last Saturday, 26th August. The Rekord captured pictures on the day of this fundraising event. iDUC, founded by Santi Britz, was the charity chosen for this particular event and the day became not just a day for a cake competition as we arrived with our beautifully decorated cakes, but more importantly a day of meeting some remarkable women.

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This little white iDUC with its pink and turquoise hearts was not only a requirement on each competition cake, but is a symbol of gentle kindness and healing within the iDUC organisation. The iDUC project is based on the touching story of Santi Britz who, “by the grace of God, used her pain from a rape trauma to touch the lives of many.” Santi shared her story with us and took us all on her journey of pain, brokenness, hope, courage and kindness, leaving us with a message to become pro-active in a world that leaves so many young children orphaned and suffering. Santi has used her experience to help other rape survivors and her courage shines through with her humility. It was an honour to meet this incredible woman. These small sugar versions on the cupcakes and cakes brought Santi to tears as she saw how important her story was to this competition.

Hostess Pro & IDuc Competition

Hostess Pro & IDuc Competition

Vanessa Broughton of Hostess Pro, is a SACBW Business Woman of the Year 2017 Finalist and she chose to raise funds for the iDUC project as her fundraising project. Having got to know Vanessa well in the last few months, I can include her in the list of remarkable women we met on Saturday. Not only did Vanessa spend hours organising this event, she went the extra mile to promote the iDUC project visually through including the ducks on all her marketing and advertising for the day. We all knew why we were taking part in this important competition before we arrived on the day. We were introduced to the SACBW (South African Council for Business Women) & even more excited for Vanessa being a 2107 Finalist. You totally deserve this accolade Vanessa and I am holding fingers, thumbs and toes for you!

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Vote for Vanessa Broughton, finalist in the SACBW

Andries Kemp of Rolkem did the honours of graciously and rather elegantly handing out the top prizes. He delighted the ladies and gents with his stories and was one of Vanessa’s wonderful sponsors for the day. A huge thank you to Vanessa for our goodie bags and to Rolkem for sponsoring duster colours for these bags as well as some of the prizes. Vanessa’s attention to detail included bright certificates for each participant as well as a beautifully wrapped chocolate bar and of course the surprise goodie bag.

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Vanessa & Andries Kemp (right), Bernhard (left) of Rolkem

The competitors, not only women, proved remarkable in their own rights showing off their talents and support on the day. I felt privileged to have been able to enter this competition but even more privileged to have shared time with so many amazing women and men. Of course the competition could not have taken place without the 2 judges who gave so much of their time with their meticulous judging.

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Bridal Figurine Entry for the Competition

 

Hostess Pro & IDuc Competition

Certificate and Goodie Bag

While the judging was taking place, we were well entertained with a biscuit balancing and marshmallow throwing contest. I had great fun here with another amazing young woman, Carmen, who has proved herself to be my number 1 groupie. Thanks for the laughs and for sharing such a special day & so many other days with me Carmen. I am not quite sure what I will do when you leave on your new adventure, but hats off to you for your quiet courage in taking on this next chapter of your life.

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Biscuit Balancing at its Best!

Hostess Pro & IDuc Competition

Biscuit Balancing Fun!

Captain Morgan Cake

 

Captain Morgan Cake

This Captain Morgan Cake was one of those orders that was pure fun from start to finish and I was really sad to wave goodbye to this figurine as he departed for the wild waters of the Hartebeespoort Dam to be part of a birthday celebration. Thank you Tache for trusting me with this order for your friend and how awesome to include his love for Captain Morgan Rum in your order. You asked me for a pirate on a barrel and this pirate was really proud to stand on his barrel cake. Eat your heart out Johnny Depp as Captain Morgan stole my heart that weekend and looks like he may have stolen a few others! For the full effect I made a cola flavoured buttercream for this chocolate cake. Your words of thanks were awesome Tache:

Thank you so much Lisa! Everyone was mesmerized by your incredible work… so much so that the birthday boy refused to cut his cake and took it home with him 😂 no jokes! Thank you for creating this at such short notice and for pouring so much love into what you do 💕

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Once again I had fun working with my Saracino Modelling Paste and Sweet Revolutions by Domy Man Mould.

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Orange Ruffle Flower Cake for Tanya

Orange Ruffle Flower Cake

As Tanya was going to be travelling around the world to celebrate her birthday, we decided to have an early 50th Birthday party for her and this was the cake I made to mark her grand old 50 years on this earth. Tanya loves orange and chocolate so a chocolate ganached cake with frilled flowers in shade of orange was perfect for her. I snuck in just a tasty bit of extra orange into the buttercream by adding fresh orange zest and Cointreau Liquer. Thank you Tanya for all the years of friendship, sharing school days when our boys were younger (how can we forget their crazy market days together?) and now sharing precious days where we catch up during our crazy schedules. Enjoy all the 50th Birthday celebrations to follow with your family and have a wonderful trip.

Orange Ruffle Flower Cake

A huge thank you to Ray of Crystal Candy for another innovative product, her Crystal Candy Edible Flakes. I chose her Edible Flakes in Rose Gold to decorate the ganache and to cover the cake board for this cake. These dainty flakes of gold contrast here so beautifully with the rich chocolate and they just melt in your mouth so don’t affect the taste of the cake in any way. Here’s to our Golden Oldie of a friend (only kidding Tanya!!!)

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Baby Shower Cupcakes for a Girl

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Loretta had spotted my Pink Baby Cupcakes in my Cupcake Gallery and asked me to do similar ones for the baby shower celebration she was having for her daughter in Johannesburg. As always these baby girl decorations are loads of dainty fun in the making, but what made this project all the more exciting was having Carmen share the creative hours with me. With a quick lesson in the making of pastel baby feet and tiny pink teddies, Carmen enthusiastically got stuck in to help me. I couldn’t resist adding this picture of Carmen, pleased as punch with her sugar paste work!

Baby Shower Cupcakes for a Girl

From pretty pink toes, Carmen went on to help me with the itsy ditsy white sugar paste baby “footprints” and miniature flowers to pop into the intricately laced frames. I had time to play with the moulding of gorgeous pink baby-gros to which I added dainty stitching detail and heart shaped pockets. With her sugar energy and spirit in full force we finished the morning off making loads of cute buttons to add as accents on these cupcakes.  Thanks Carmen for your help and for the great company and laughs along the way, I still had a smile on my face when I baked these cupcakes that week and added our pertly pink proudly made baby decorations. Loretta was delighted when she collected her cupcake order.

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