Denise & Matt, Olive Green, Grey & White Wedding

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Denise & Matt were married yesterday in the beautiful and tranquil setting at Kloofzicht Lodge. What a pleasure it was to be a part of their special day and to make their wedding cake and cupcakes. Once again, I had an easy going bride, ( I have yet to meet one who hasn’t been an awesome client!). Denise described the layout of her tables and her decor ideas and then let me run with my creativity using the olive green, grey and white of her colour scheme for the day. Denise chose vanilla cake with loads of caramel chocolate chips and a raspberry flavoured buttercream and I ganached it in a silky dark chocolate before covering with sugar paste. The sugar paste roses and addition of soft pretty olive leaves added to the simple elegance of this cake.

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The cupcakes in the matching flavour, popping with melted caramel chips were a delight to the guests with a variety of pretty toppings in the olive green, grey and white. Two hearts joined in a beautiful ceremony were depicted in the two hand moulded and embossed hearts on the cupcakes and soft ruffled flowers with pearly centres and roses and rolled roses brought together the elegant feeling of this wedding. Thank you Sue for your feedback this morning and once again I love knowing that everyone loved the cake and cupcakes…..the best reward for any baker!  You must have been so proud of your beautiful daughter yesterday, what a stunning bride. Wishing Denise and Matt a wonderful and memory filled life together!

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Birthe’s Book Cake

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“A good book is the precious lifeblood of a master spirit.” –  John Milton

Birthe, at 80, is the master spirit of a rich, beautiful and adventurous life and her book cake for her 80th Birthday had to portray this. It was wonderful that Susan spent the time with me to make sure that I knew all about her mom before I designed the cake. Alicia, her granddaughter, speaks of her grandmother with such love and gentleness that it wasn’t difficult to take both their ideas and include them in the cake. The creative result of a few hours of sweet brainstorming was a cake that would be 3 books showing Birthe’s passion in life.

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Birthe is a Danish name and Denmark and the theme of travel was a perfect book to start with as Birthe was born and spent many years in Demark before embarking on many other exciting travel journeys. This book titled A Beautiful Journey, was a delicious red velvet cake, ganached and covered in an elegant cream sugar paste binding. I included the traditional colourful Danish houses, bicycle, the Copenhagen round tower, Danish flag and postcards. Of course no journey would be complete without a carrier bag and luggage tag which made Birthe’s travel book sassy and unique to her.

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While not travelling, Birthe’s other passions in life are gardening and sewing and knitting. Beautiful handpainted serviettes were the inspiration for the blue and yellow daisies on The Garden Grower book. The blue embossed book cover portrays the life of a gardener with the sugar fence, wheelbarrrow, bird house, watering can, gloves and of course loads of blossoms. What a beautiful gift Birthe has in being so passionate about nature and her garden and I am sure she has left all the birds singing with delight in her beautiful gardens. Cutting this cake revealed layers of tasty passion fruit and creamy buttercream to complement the theme.

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Creative Style applies to all Birthe’s accomplishments and was a perfect title for the 3rd book. When you are 80, you remember a dress pattern costing only 35c! This edible print of a Simplicity pattern from 1965 was a delight in design and colour for this book cover. All the tools a dressmaker requires I added in sugar of course and the fabric and lace are edible additions from Crystal Candy. It was so exciting to have my cake part of such a memorable celebration, with so much detail in the planning and in a beautifully decorated restaurant. Even more special was Birthe and her family and friends’ reaction to many hours spent portraying her character in sugar. Wishing you a wonderful year ahead Birthe and many more spent with such a loving family!

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Coral Butterfly & Flower Cupcakes

Coral Butterfly & Flower Cupcakes

Once again I was given free sugar rein with this cupcake order. Sarah just said anything pretty for Kayla’s 17th Birthday. These cupcakes had to hold just a tad extra charm as Dom, Sarah’s daughter, her chief baker, is away and couldn’t bake her sister’s cupcakes this year. I have heard Dom bakes and decorates with passion and wild abandon & I knew that she would be making sure I did these cupcakes perfectly for her sister.

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I chose shades of coral and went big with bold embossed butterflies that I shimmered with Crystal Candy Diamond Lustre (Starburst) and centred with tiny beads of colour. The flowers I made by first embossing my paste with Crystal Candy Midnight Garden Lace Mould and then cutting out larger and smaller flowers. The centres are adorned with larger pearls in gorgeous contrasting colours. All the butterflies and flowers were added to generous swirls of white chocolate buttercream before their photographic debut!

Have a fantastic celebration tonight Kayla and the best compliment was that the first thing you wanted to do when you saw your cupcakes was to send these photos to your sister!

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Red & Black Flower Cupcakes for a 21st!

Red & Black Flower Cupcakes

What could be more fun and elegant than celebrating your 21st Birthday with a colour scheme of bright red, black and a hint of silver? Thank you Sharon for trusting me with Shayna’s 21st Birthday cupcake order and for allowing me to add my designs to the initial photo ideas you sent me. I made 2 different large flower designs: the red with 2 embossed & frilled petals and the black with 3 frilled open rose layers. Fantasy flowers are never complete with a generous sprinkling of pearly beads in their centres so silver and red beads were perfect for this colour scheme.

 

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The smaller embossed flowers were completed with tiny beaded centres and rolled roses & I decorated the cupcakes with contrasting pearls and baby blossoms. Thank you for your wonderful feedback Sharon and I am so pleased to hear that all your cupcakes were enjoyed at the party.

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Crystal Candy Lace Mask

Crystal Candy Lace Mask

What is life without a hint of drama? This was the last of my pieces for the Crystal Candy Hobby X, 2017 display. A simple but effective sugar paste mask made to show off different techniques for using Crystal Candy products.  I first embossed the sugar paste with a Crystal Candy Lace mat by gently pressing the mat into the rolled out sugar paste. I then added the sugar paste to the shaped mask & once dry I painted it black and then dusted it with Crystal Candy Lustre. The lace I added to one side of the mask to keep part of the embossed mask showing. The final step for some elegant drama was the addition of the dusted feathers and dainty pieces of lace peeking out behind the feathers. I added non-edible crystals as this was for show only. As Crystal Candy was show casing their brand new Edible Fabric, I cut 2 long strips of the Edible fabric and added these to the mask. The fabric folds and falls just as real fabric does so the ribbons fall naturally on your cake and there is no drying out and cracking in the draping of the ribbon.

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Crystal Candy Edible Fabric & Lace Cakes

Crystal Candy Edible Fabric & Lace Cake

I could never have imagined a few years ago when I attended my first Hobby X and admired all the beautiful works of art, that I would one day be asked to create for one of the stands.

Having worked with Crystal Candy Edible Fabric on my figurine, I was so excited when Ray asked me to create 3 exhibition cakes for her using her Edible Lace and Edible Fabric. The design for the lavender and cream were inspired by designer dresses and the dusty rose and copper cake was an adaptation from a cake by Evil Cake Genius. I will save the designs and ideas for another post! All 3 cakes and my figurine are on display at Hobby X, Johannesburg this weekend. Thank you Ray for trusting me with your display cakes and for giving me the opportunity to work with both your lace and your edible fabric.

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