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Craig & Anthea’s Wedding Cake

Craig & Anthea's Wedding Cake

Thank you Craig and Anthea for putting all your trust in me to create your wedding cake and cupcakes. It was so cool to be able to take your 2 personalities, your characteristics & your wonderful spirit (excuse the pun here!) for life and translate them all into a unique cake for your celebration. I was also under pressure to get this order just perfect in order to live up to Anthea’s excitement of the design we came up with together. This cake was also a way to say a huge thank you to Craig for all the years he has waved his magic scissors and creative hands to make my hair feel & look wonderful. Yes he has had to put up with years of my fussy Leo ways but he manages it really well imparting his own gems of jokes and comments! There is never a dull moment in any visit to Cutz Hair Studio.

Craig & Anthea's Wedding Cake

I had so much inspiration for the sugar replicas of this amazing couple as Anthea sent me photos of her wedding dress, Craig’s suit details and also Liyah’s pretty dress for their treny sangria and grey colour schemed winter wedding at The Bridge Wedding Venue. I loved the detail in Anthea’s dress from the flattering bodice & detailed diamante waist brooch to the soft folds of the white fabric layers overlaying each other.  Thank goodness for the amazing Zeelandia Paste I used to create these sugar folds. Anthea’s rose tattoo, I created with a miniature rose stamp and edible colour and Craig’s tattoo was hand painted on his neck. Anthea asked me to include the Tequila theme in the design of the cake and I was so excited when I sourced this antique looking miniature Tequila bottle. As a surprise for them both, I included a love note in the tiny bottle. The beautiful words on the note are there own words for each other I copied from their tattoos…. “I have looked at you in millions of ways and loved you in each.” 

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It was really special to be able to have this sweet Liyah figurine sitting demurely on the board of the cake. I haven’t met Liyah, but the photos of her showed a gorgeous young girl with soft long hair. All the figurines I made using Saracino Modelling Paste, and Face and Figurine molds from (Sweet Revolutions by Domy).

Craig & Anthea's Wedding Cake

The cupcake toppers were an exciting mix of sangria and grey ruffled flowers, embossed hearts and lemon slices and wedges to continue the tequila theme. I added sugar crystals along with the lemon wedges to complete the spirited feel of these cupcakes! I loved every part of this cake creation and Anthea loved their cake so much she didn’t want to cut it! Here’s a huge thumbs up to an awesome and crazy couple, I raise my tequila glass to you and wish you only amazing adventures together and as a family.

Andrea’s thank you to me was so special:

“Lisa you truly made this cake even more beautiful than I could ever have imagined it would be! Your skills as well as your perfectionist nature just shone through on this beautiful creation! Thank you so much for your beautiful contribution to our magical day, our figurines are currently sitting in our lounge on a special little perch and everytime we walk past them, we cannot help but smile as it takes us back to our precious wedding day!”

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Celebrating a 21st in Greek Sugar Style

Greek 21st Cake

After returning from a wonderful family visit to England and Ireland, it is time to get back to my other sweet life of baking and blogging.  It is appropriate then to start with a travel themed cake that I created before my sojourn in the northern hemisphere.

Debbie gave me so much inspiration with all the careful thought she had put into this special cake for her daughter’s 21st Birthday Cake.  Not only did I have a number of photos of Steph with her family and boyfriend but I had the exciting theme of her upcoming trip to Greece and the islands they were planning to visit to translate into a sugar story.

The beginning of this story started with a sugar figurine of Steph with her sweet smile and gentle face. Steph’s other passion in her life, her yoga, I captured by popping her silky dark hair into a pony tail and dressing her in stylish yoga shorts and top.  Once she was on the cake, I added a casual sling travel bag over her shoulder.

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While researching images for the Greek Islands, I came across the themed touristy slip slops available and thought they would be the perfect way to incorporate Athens, Santorini, Mykonos & Los.  The slip slops were easy to cut out of blue sugar paste to which I added cut out edible images reflecting the 4 islands. Black embossed sugar paste straps completed each slip slop before I added them to the cobble-stoned cake board. Painted blue sugar fences, flower pots and bright bouganvillia and golden sugar sand completed the bottom tier of this cake as I tried to capture the warmth and charm of these beautiful islands.

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Steph’s ticket into adulthood I added as an embossed travel tag along with a Greek flag to the top of her cake.

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As her family,  and the time they treasure sharing wonderful adventures and activities, is so important to Steph, I added her family looking on at her from a blue wooden-shuttered window. The window opposite gave a glimpse into the love she shares with Blake who would be sharing her Greek adventure with her.

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It was a pleasure to create this story for Steph’s celebration and even more of a pleasure to experience her excitement on seeing her cake so carefully thought out by her mom. I felt so chuffed when she exclaimed “….and that is me on the cake”!  

As the door opens onto the next chapter of your life Steph, may it be one that is filled with great adventures, tremendous fun and remarkable memories!

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Wishing you many more wonderful adventures Steph!

Birthe’s Book Cake

Travelling, Sewing & Gardening Book Cake

“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.

Travelling, Sewing & Gardening Book Cake

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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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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Thank You to All my 2016 Clients

Cupcakes2Delite - Figurines 2016

Cupcakes2Delite – Figurines 2016

Without all my wonderful family, friends and customers, there would be no Cupcakes2Delite. Your love for what I create just makes me want to improve with every sweet project I take on. Thank you for trusting me with your precious celebrations in 2016 and here’s to another wonderfully sweet year!

(Apologies for the quality of these collages, they were created on my I-phone over a cocktail or 2 during my Deceember break!)

Cupcakes2Delite - Cakes 2016

Cupcakes2Delite – Cakes 2016

Cupcakes2Delite - Flowers 2016

Cupcakes2Delite – Flowers 2016

Cupcakes2Delite - 2016

Cupcakes2Delite – 2016

Bride & Groom, Romance & Lace

Bride & Groom (Lace) Figurines

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.

Bride & Groom (Lace) Figurines

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!

Bride & Groom (Lace) Figurines

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Teddy & Lace Cake

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Thulani is a gentle, quiet man who makes us ladies magic cappuccinos and smoothies when we visit The Den at Trinityhouse, Randpark Ridge. I was showing off a couple of pictures of my Baby Shower Cake Topper to Lisa and Thulani mentioned that his daughter was turning 3 and that he would like me to make a cake for her. What could be more perfect for Dineo, celebrating her 3rd birthday with her family, than a bright pink teddy in a pastel pink tutu adorned with lace flowers cut out from a Crystal Candy, Midnight Garden lace design. The separate butterflies from this same mat I added as tiny features to the completed cake.

Teddy & Lace Cake

Dineo’s tutu-ed teddy needed a beautiful cake to sit on and I covered a decadent chocolate cake in a white chocolate ganache before covering it in a the palest of pink fondant. I used my new Crystal Candy, Will-o-the-wisp, lace mat and wrapped the cake in these delicate lace patterns allowing some of the design to gently kiss the embossed pink cake board. Mini non-pareil centred blossoms were perfect flower centres to the pretty lace and made this cake perfect for a little girl’s birthday celebration. Happy Birthday Dineo!

Teddy & Lace Cake

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