Christmas Wreath Cake

Christmas Wreath Cake with Candied Oranges

Inspired by everything beautiful about Christmas, oranges, nuts, chocolates, candy canes & something sparkly, this Christmas Wreath Cake was a perfect addition to our Christmas Scrapbooking party.

Christmas Wreath Cake with Candied Oranges

I made an orange sponge cake in a ring mould, turned it out and sliced it in half. Puffs of Flavour Nation Passion Fruit butter cream reunite the two halves and provide a soft cushion for all the goodies on top. The roses were a perfect marriage of the orange flavour theme as well as the rich Christmas red for the occasion, so they went onto the cake first with two candy canes resting in front of them. A red and gold covered chocolate Christmas bauble balanced the red on the plate alongside the cake.

Christmas Wreath Cake with Candied Oranges

Orange candied slices stand glistening in the buttercream puffs and the final addition of flaked chocolate logs, almonds, pieces of goji berry and beetroot granola and rose gold dusted Chuckles rounded off (excuse the pun) the Christmas wreath look for this cake. All that was left was for the girls to enjoy every slice amidst happy Christmas cheer.

Christmas Wreath Cake with Candied OrangesChristmas Wreath Cake with Candied OrangesChristmas Wreath Cake with Candied Oranges

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Andre Sonnekus Photography …………Blair & Duncan’s Wedding Cake

Blair & Duncan Wedding - Andre Sonnekus Photo

Photograph – Courtesy of Andre Sonnekus Photography

The inspiration for Blair & Duncan’s Macaron Tower Wedding Cake was an Autumn Sunset Colour Palette. The story behind this cake is captured in my previous blog post. This post is to pay tribute to the magicians behind this wedding. We know that Blair magically captured Duncan’s heart before they began to plan a wonderful August wedding in Johannesburg. They chose as their wedding venue, the picturesque Memoire Wedding Venue.

Truly the most exquisite wedding bouquet I have ever seen created by Carol Anne Frey and then so perfectly photographed by Andre here.  These colours were the inspiration for Blair and Duncan’s Wedding Cake and Macaron Tower. I could not have asked for a more exciting colour combination. Carol Anne, your passion and love for flowers is captured so beautifully in this bouquet you so lovingly created for Blair and your  talent shows in your attention to every detail in the planning and decor for this wedding.

Blair & Duncan Wedding - Andre Sonnekus Photo

Photograph – Courtesy of Andre Sonnekus Photography

Blair & Duncan Wedding - Andre Sonnekus Photo

Photograph – Courtesy of Andre Sonnekus Photography

A huge thank you to Rebecca from The Crazy Lemon for this perfectly cut perspex cake topper. You were able to replicate the B & D initials exactly as they were printed on the wedding invitation. I gave them a quick coat of paint on the back and voila we had the matching colour.

Wedding Cake - Blair & Duncan

I love how Andre got close up and personal here with my macarons capturing each colour tier …..

Blair & Duncan's Macaron Tower - Andre Sonnekus Photo

Photograph – Courtesy of Andre Sonnekus Photography

Blair & Duncan's Macaron Tower - Andre Sonnekus Photo

Photograph – Courtesy of Andre Sonnekus Photography

Blair & Duncan's Macaron Tower - Andre Sonnekus Photo

Photograph – Courtesy of Andre Sonnekus Photography

As usual Flavour Nation provided the awesome flavours that went into each macaron filling.

And of course the awaited cutting of the cake ….

Photographs courtesy of Andre Sonnekus Photography 

I couldn’t have been asked to be part of a more gorgeous wedding than this and it was a pleasure to work with both Blair and her wedding planner, Carol Anne.

Thank you Blair for these kind words of thanks:

” Lisa, where do I begin! Thank you for the amazing cake and macarons. Everyone commented on how delicious they were, and they disappeared in no time. It looked so stunning, absolutely beyond our expectations.”

                                      Photographs courtesy of Andre Sonnekus Photography

Blair & Duncan’s Wedding Cake & Macarons

Wedding Cake - Blair & Duncan

Sitting in a warm coffee shop in a freezing cold London in Dec 2017 together with Blair was the first I heard of Blair’s plans for her wedding back in Johannesburg. What a contrast to the beautiful August day a few months later that Blair and Duncan shared for their wedding here in South Africa with family and friends. When Blair mentioned a cupcake tower for her wedding cake, I had only tried macarons a few times and had given a few classes and demos on how to make them. As Blair was adamant I was making her cake, I set out to perfect these tiny (often troublesome) bites of deliciousness.

Wedding Cake - Blair & Duncan

My inspiration was Blair’s choice of an Autumn Sunset colour palette and Carol Anne’s meticulous planning of every detail of this wedding & her choice of flowers that would bring to life the colour palette. The result was a colourful ombre macaron tower topped with the wedding cake with an array of sugar paste flowers. The final flourish was the B & D initial topper cut by Rebecca at The Crazy Lemon to match the initials on the wedding invitation. I painted the back of the clear cut initials to match the invite colour.

Wedding Cake - Blair & Duncan

I chose to make  a peachy coral rose, yellow and purple ranunculus and white sweet peas to top the white fondant cake.

The macarons in the matching colours were from top to bottom; blue – Flavour Nation Hazelnut, purple – Flavour Nation Grape, berry – Flavour Nation Mixed Berry, peach – Flavour Nation Naartjie and mustard – Flavour Nation Passion Fruit. Huge thanks to Andre Sonnekus who photographed the macarons so beautifully. More of the perfect moments Andre captured will be featured in my next post.

Thank you again Blair for the opportunity to be part of your wedding day in such a special and colourful way!

Blair & Duncan's Macaron Tower - Andre Sonnekus Photo

Photograph – Courtesy of Andre Sonnekus Photography

Blair & Duncan's Macaron Tower - Andre Sonnekus Photo

Photograph – Courtesy of Andre Sonnekus Photography

Blair & Duncan's Macaron Tower - Andre Sonnekus Photo

Photograph – Courtesy of Andre Sonnekus Photography

 

Apple & Lemonade Meringue Kisses

 

Apple & Lemonade Meringue KissesTiny mouthfuls of meringue kisses this time in Flavour Nation Apple and Lemonade, small bursts of flavour in every bite.
Apple & Lemonade Meringue Kisses
                                    Apple & Lemonade Meringue Kisses
Apple & Lemonade Meringue Kisses
                                      Apple & Lemonade Meringue Kisses

Meringues Kissed with Flavour Nation White Chocolate

Meringue Kisses in Blue, Pink and White

It is always fun to just play with flavour and colour and to experiment with new products. This time it was flavouring my meringue kisses in swirls of blue, pink and white with Flavour Nation White Chocolate. I then sprinkled these tiny sweet swirls with Bella Rose Sprinkles in matching pastels (thanks Auryn for your colourful bottles of sprinkles).

Meringue Kisses in Blue, Pink and White

The small puffs of meringue swirls needed something sweet & dainty to rest on so I baked these mini doughnuts flavoured with Flavour Nation Chocolate Marshmallow and then covered them with a dashing pink glaze before adding more sprinkles and the meringue kisses. Biting into these treats was heavenly with the delicious soft baked doughnut, sweet glaze and then the crunch of meringue to complete the taste symphony!

Meringue Kisses in Blue, Pink and White

Meringue Kisses in Blue, Pink and White

Flower 21st Cake

Flower 21st Cake

Sadie celebrated her 21st Birthday earlier this year ….. yes much earlier …. I have been away too long from my blogging!  This layered cake was a huge trend in the cake world this year and it is always difficult to make a trendy cake original.  When Di ordered this particular design for her daughter, I was so delighted to take part in this 2018 trend.

Flower 21st Cake

Di’s brief was a citrus flavoured cake and pink decorations, so I opted for 1 delicious orange sponge cake & the other a naughty naartjie flavour with puffs of zesty lemon buttercream between the 2 sponge layers and on top. If you look closely you will see I piped the meringue kisses in different styled swirls and combinations of soft and vibrant pinks & sprinkled them with tiny white beads. What you can’t see is that these tiny sweet kisses were a delicious passion fruit flavour. Flavour Nation made 2018 just the most delicious year ever as they introduced us to over 70 gorgeous water-based flavours.  I will admit here that my collection is growing weekly and many of the fruit flavours have been used to enhance 1 or 2 G&T’s this year!!!!

Flower 21st Cake

Roses tinged with bright pink and perfectly pert strawberries were all I needed to complete this delicious ensemble and I an embossed white fondant board just added the extra elegance.

Thank you Di and Sadie for another Cupcakes2Delite order and for allowing me to play with one of the sweet trends of 2018.

Flower 21st Cake
Flower 21st Cake

Unicorn Cupcakes – creating sweet magic!

Unicorn Cupcakes

The Unicorn craze has hit Cupcake2Delite blog here with this order of cupcakes for Sharon’s daughter’s 6th birthday. It is always tricky to make something that is being produced by almost every baker, uniquely mine, so these are definitely inspired by the hundreds of unicorn cupcake images. I hand moulded the unicorn horns and then painted them with Crystal Candy Diamond Lustre Dust in Autumn Harvest which is a pretty rose gold colour. I added cute ears dainty flowers and sprinkles in mixed colours. These all settled into rainbow swirls of pink, lilac and blue buttercream resulted in the Cupcakes2Delite version of Unicorn Cupcakes. Happy 6th Birthday Thando!

Unicorn Cupcakes

From Sharon: “Hi Lisa! the class is still talking about Thando’s birthday and especially the cupcakes!  As usual, they were yummy! Thanks once again!”

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