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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

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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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Chocolate & Cream Drizzle Cake

Chocolate and Cream Drizzle Cake

Chocolate and Cream Drizzle Cake

You can always be guaranteed a great glass of champagne or two and loads of laughs when celebrating anything with Ivana and this was definitely the case when she celebrated her birthday with her friends in July. Her birthday cake had to be just as elegant, beautiful and as fun as she is, so I added a creamy chocolate drizzle to this dark chocolate ganached cake. I enhanced a few of the dreamy drizzles with some champagne sugar pearls and then added the sugar pearls and champagne choc rocks to the base of the cake to complete the elegant look. I moulded soft dreamy layers of cream sugar paste into ruffled flowers with pearly centres and added these whimsical flowers to the top of Ivana’s cake. We toasted a wonderful friend with delicious champagne, snacks and decadent chocolate cake. Here’s to another great year Ivana filled with loads more love and laughter.

Chocolate and Cream Drizzle Cake

Chocolate and Cream Drizzle Cake

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Happy Birthday to a Wonderful Friend!

The Thinker in Colour!

The Thinker In Colour Cake

The Thinker In Colour Cake

From the moment I walked into Wayne’s shop, I was in awe of the colour, creativity and innovativeness of the brain behind the edible baking goodies in the array of bottles that filled the shelves. On meeting him it became clear I had met a somewhat of a unique sugar genie in the suppliers of cake decor world. How then was I to say thank you to Wayne for this new world of colour on his birthday? Behind his passion and dedication to hard work in putting out his products, comes a great deal of thought and Rodin’s The Thinker, immediately came to mind as the perfect character for Wayne’s The Thinker in Colour Cake.

The Thinker In Colour Cake

The Thinker In Colour Cake

As he has a wicked sense of humour, I knew it would be ok to create a somewhat cheeky character as my take on The Thinker and into my head popped the idea of a book filled with ideas and it’s tongue in cheek title…50 Shades of…Colour. My sugar character shows this man baring his thoughts and ideas to the world and contemplating what creation to bake next from his recipe book. I had to include the edible printed pages from his website as being privileged to photograph and show off Wayne’s creations is such fun and he throws out constant challenges which have thrown me on to a steep and fun learning curve with regard to both my passion for photography and challenging myself in ‘outside of the box’ thinking!

The Thinker In Colour Cake

The Thinker In Colour Cake

Finally his wild abandon for colour had to be part of this cake and I chose this edible print with its burst of colour and pattern as the cover for the book. The layererd sugar paste flower with its non pareiled centre was inspired again by the colourful world I have been introduced to and to represent the beautiful sugar paste flowers and matching pearls he and his ladies create for his customers. Thanks Wayne for something so new in my world of baking and thanks for the craziness and laughs along the way!

The Thinker In Colour Cake

The Thinker In Colour Cake

The Thinker In Colour Cake

The Thinker In Colour Cake

The Thinker In Colour Cake

The Thinker In Colour Cake

As I was about to deliver the cake, Beauty, the lady who works for me looked at the cake , smiled and said “this man looks like he thinks too much”! She completely hit the nail on the head with that comment!