Even though my children are well grown past the age of small character toys, I am often magically transported back to my childhood with so many of my cake orders for young children and this was definitely the case with this cake for Jané. Who could nor find these little Sylvanian Family characters an absolute delight at any age? What fun it must be for children to collect these sweet character families and all the room accessories that go with them. There is a beautiful innocence in the design of these characters that is refreshing to come across these days.
As Jané’s party was a sleepover party, her mom, Janita, asked me to do a bed with these 6 Sylvanian Family characters on and around the bed. The colour palette was a pale pink and delphinium blue, so I embossed a rose pink sugar paste with daisies and covered the bed with this adding the white paste for the sheet along with the Crystal Candy Graceland LaceMold lace trim. I lightly air brushed the pink duvet cover and blush pink throw and also the wood embossed headboard and base board of the bed. The blue pillows and floor mat were the perfect addition for the accent of blue on this pretty bed.
The characters included a Zeelandia sugar paste rabbit, mouse, hedgehog, squirrel, cat and piglet all from the Sylvanian Family collection. I matched the outfits as closely as possible to the photos Janita sent me and then popped two of the happy creatures on their comfy bed and the remaining four on the wood embossed sugar paste floor. The baby hedgehog stole my heart with her cute hair do and gorgeous dress. Janita was once again delighted with this cake for her daughter and the best compliment ever was her saying that she loves ordering cakes from me as it makes her feel like a child again!
Christmas would not be complete without sweet nougat, dainty gold stars and naughty angels to delight the Christmas sweet table! Michelle, Tanya and I always have a pre-Christmas party before we all start our festivities with our families and as usual it was a great chance to chat, laugh and eat! Thanks to Michelle we had tasty eats and drinks and a beautiful Christmas table to sit at. I made these Christmas themed cupcakes with rich red cranberries, sweet juicy pieces of glace pineapple, white chocolate drops and a hint of vanilla. Before I baked the cupcakes I added a large piece of macadamia nougat to each cupcake and as they baked the nougat bubbled over the baked surface of the cupcake. Of course with it being a festive girly celebration I laced each cupcake with orange liquer, dusted them with icing sugar and sprinkled them with a galaxy of tiny ethereal gold stars from Nicoletta. No wonder Michelle’s angels had these sweet grins on their faces when they saw these heavenly cupcakes arrive!
This post is a huge thank you to Etty van Urk of Cake Dutchessfor introducing this Better Modelling in 10 Days Tutorial on her facebook page. I didn’t know what to expect but after joining the group and setting aside a bit of time for the 10 days I was eager to see what we would create. Etty’s idea was for members to do a pre-assessment Angel on a Cloud Figurine and then for her to do a step by step live video tutorial for the 10 days and then see how everyone in the group improved with the tutorial practice.
I didn’t join in time to do the pre-assessment but I was hooked from Day 1 after seeing Etty modelling the beginning of this figurine and managed to complete my angel watching Etty’s friendly and informative tutorials. We started with the cloud, made our tiny seated angelic bodies, practised arms and progressed over the 10 days to this completed angel. Each one of us ended up with a unique Angel on a Cloud, each with its own delightful personality. My angel is this cute little girl angel complete with pink teddy and dummy, a very naughty face and cute round butt!
Not only did I take myself out of my comfort zone in order to model a baby, but I met a fantastic group of bakers from all over the world who were friendly and motivating to each other. I also learned that I am getting more competitive with my figurine modelling and that I do love to help and share my knowledge of what I have learned over the last 3 years of modelling figurines and 6 years baking. Thank you again Etty for your time and passion in helping us improve our modelling skills through your Better Modelling in 10 Days!
Thanks Gail for trusting me with this order of sugar paste Mother of Pearl Roses. Somehow making roses is always great sugar therapy and I loved making these last week. Thanks Pat of CakesbyPat for having the patience to teach me how to make roses last year, learning from you definitely gave me the confidence to enjoy making sugar paste roses for customers.
Gaby celebrated her 18th birthday yesterday with family and friends and as she has the most gorgeously warm and sunny personality and just because yellow happens to be her favourite colour, I made an array of Yellow Flower Cupcakes for her. Ceire mentioned that she loves sunflowers so I added a couple of 2 toned sunflowers with chocolatey brown centres and then I made sugar paste ruffled flowers in shades of valencia, sunflower and mimosa. The final flowers were the 5-petaled flowers. I made these with daisy embossed flower paste in the same shades and added mixed pastel non-pareils and then bright yellow embossed centres. To seal the deal on the yellow theme for the day I made passion fruit and white chocolate cupcakes and added a creamy swirl of pale yellow buttercream before adding the bright yellow array of flowers.
To our beautiful Gaby, it has been so great watching you grow all these years into the beautiful young woman you are today. May your sunny disposition take you into many more hearts and wonderful memories as you start on a new adventure in your life.
One of the tiniest guests of the party loving his cupcake….. just made my day!
I have been baking cupcakes, making themed toppers and helping add to memorable celebrations now since 2011 and have been blessed with amazing customers whose awesome comments only want me to do better each time they order from me. These cupcakes were ordered by a new customer who asked me to do these as a gift for 2 friends, one a teacher and one a gym-lover. As per usual I made unique and individual toppings for these 2 orders. They were baked and decorated and ready to fetch on Tuesday last week at the request of this customer. I received one excuse after the other as to why she could not fetch these cupcakes (I had even made 2 offers to deliver on the Tuesday) and at 8pm Thursday was still waiting for them to be collected! What flaws me is that would she order croissants from a bakery on a Tuesday and then expect them to be fresh by the Friday if collected so late? Unfortunately I had to tell her I had taken it that the order was cancelled as she had made no effort to collect these for her friends and even if she had they would no longer have been fresh by the Friday!
Unfortunately for these friends they lost out on beautiful custom made cupcakes but fortunately for me this is the first time I have had this happen in 6 years of baking so can only say I am so grateful for the wonderful customers I do have and I love that you trust me with your orders again and again!
Inspired by the photo of this bride’s exquisite lace dress for her wedding day, the groom’s elegant suit and the fun photos of this couple together, I created this Bride and Groom Sugar Paste Couple for Mandy-Lou of Annah-Fudge Gourmet Cupcakes. After having tried every sugar paste available on our South African market for modelling faces and figurines, I am delighted to say I finally found one that is just so easy to use for modelling and that is, Zeelandia Sugar Paste. It is not quite as magnificent as the Italian modelling paste I have been privileged to use but it rushes up to the winning post as a really close 2nd. It is beautifully pliable and does not get the cracks and quick drying out flaws that our other pastes so easily get. It also colours beautifully with gel and powder colours. A huge thank you to Kelly Jayne’s in Decor Park for stocking this wonderful paste, it has made a huge difference to the quality of my modelling work and is saving me loads of time with it being so easy to use. No more tearing my hair out to create beautiful faces! These 2 characters perfectly show off the soft translucency of this paste for figurine work.
The Zeelandia paste was also perfect for this bride’s dress as I needed it to fall as elegantly and simply as the actual wedding dress. I draped the paste on my petite figurine and then added the lace detail of the dress by first making some lace using the Crystal Candy Midnight Garden Lace Silicone Mould and their Crystal Lace-Signature Blend. The lace mimicked the intricate details of the brides lace dress and with this lace detail I was able to capture the open lacey back of the dress with the added pearls for the button detail. No wonder this sugar bride looks so beautifully radiant and serene showing off her gorgeous dress. The sugar groom was not to be totally outshone by his bride and he is proudly wearing his long-tailed jacket and bright purple cravat and waist coat. Once again Zeelandia paste to my rescue for the soft cuff, tails and collar details of his crisp white shirt. Wishing this couple all joy and love as they begin their journey as husband and wife!