A bit of a belated post of this Rugby Figurine Cake I created for Reece’s 18th Birthday shortly before flying off to Ireland. Reece had just suffered a 2nd major rugby injury to his knee and underwent a 2nd operation meaning that he wasn’t able to play serious competitive rugby again. I thought long and hard whether this figurine was then the right figurine of Reece for his cake as I didn’t want to make him sad on his birthday. Inspired by this photograph taken by his dad and inspired by the passion he portrayed in his weekend festival of rugby I went ahead with it and hoped it would be accepted with the admiration it came with.
You could never capture in sugar the passion and determination this young man showed for his sport and his team mates. He worked for over 9 months with fierce drive to recover from a previous injury in order to play in such a prestigious school event. I witnessed him running on to the field with a pride I hadn’t witnessed in someone so young and then saw him play some awesome games that showed his passion for his sport. The pain and devastation that everyone around him felt for him with his 2nd injury that weekend, taking him out of the remaining games, left us truly winded. However Reece arrived back onto the field, cheering and encouraging (… and whatever else guys do….) his team from the side! I think you honestly believed your crutches were for waving and encouraging the dudes and not for holding you up!!! In those moments Reece, you showed true sportsmanship and passion for your sport, and you were and still are an inspiration to all around you. You certainly taught me that, even when the going gets tough, it is the spirit and loyalty you show in adversity that creates the person you are! Thank you for sharing this passion and love, as well as all your other amazing characteristics with us, making us laugh and smile along the way. If you take all this strength ahead with you in every adventure your life leads you into, you won’t need rugby boots to fly, just yourself!
PS….you have way better hair than I managed to capture in strands of sugar!
This Captain Morgan Cake was one of those orders that was pure fun from start to finish and I was really sad to wave goodbye to this figurine as he departed for the wild waters of the Hartebeespoort Dam to be part of a birthday celebration. Thank you Tache for trusting me with this order for your friend and how awesome to include his love for Captain Morgan Rum in your order. You asked me for a pirate on a barrel and this pirate was really proud to stand on his barrel cake. Eat your heart out Johnny Depp as Captain Morgan stole my heart that weekend and looks like he may have stolen a few others! For the full effect I made a cola flavoured buttercream for this chocolate cake. Your words of thanks were awesome Tache:
Thank you so much Lisa! Everyone was mesmerized by your incredible work… so much so that the birthday boy refused to cut his cake and took it home with him 😂 no jokes! Thank you for creating this at such short notice and for pouring so much love into what you do 💕
Last weekend’s order meant taking leave from the part of my brain that is happy thinking about pretty colours, fairy figurines and girly goodies and entering the realm of creating a birthday celebration cake for a guy! Amy asked me to make a whisky barrel for her husband, Rick, who was celebrating his 30th birthday. The cake was a 2 layered vanilla and chocolate cake, carved into the shape of a barrel. I then covered the cake in strips of wood embossed sugar paste, painted the strips to resemble aged wood and added the black metal strips and wording to the barrel.
The plaque was designed by Rick’s brother in law, also Rick, and it was the perfect addition to create an elegant and realistic look to this cake. As always I love my cakes to be placed on a board that suits the theme and the grey embossed board here was perfect for the cake and the addition of the birthday message. Wishing you a brilliant 30th Birthday Rick and may there be many an occasion to charge your whisky glass!
Rick…. ” Thank you Lisa, such a sensational creation “
Amy….” Lisa, thank you so much! The cake was an absolute hit and it was so beautiful that we almost didn’t want to cut it up! You are so talented.”
Tracy…. “Once again, you outdid yourself Lisa! Thank you for the fabulous cake – it was much admired “