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GTR Tyre Cake

GTR Tyre Cake

A week after researching Softball gloves for Megan’s Birthday, I was google spotting for images of GTR tyres for Mitchell’s birthday cake. This cake was quite a challenge for an artist who selects her new car because it is available in a gorgeous shade of passion red! As usual google never fails with a variety of images and with these and photos Irene sent of Mitchell’s car, I set to work on this Tyre Cake for Mitchell. Set on a grey stone look-a-like cake board, I was so excited when the cake started resembling a tyre with printed edible GTR logo and Mitchell’s name. Thanks Irene for this brilliant challenge for Mitch’s 30th Birthday and for trusting me to get it right!

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Wendy Figurine on Books

Wendy Figurine on Books

As 2018 starts, I find I have a few cakes and sugar pieces that I still have not blogged, however the new year is always a time of reflection of the year that has just swiftly wizzed by, mixed with the anticipation of the beginning of a new chapter. My life, and not just my sugar life, is recorded in special anecdotes on my Cupcakes2Delite blog which you are now reading. Initially I started this blog because I wanted to leave behind some sort of photographic legacy of what I had learnt to create. It then quickly changed into a way that I could show my appreciation for the family and friends in my life and has now shown me just how much I have evolved in these years as a sugar artist.

Wendy Figurine on BooksI paid tribute to my blogging guru, Wendy, in Jan 2014, in my post about the Wine Fairy I created for her birthday. The little Wine Fairy captured the character of Wendy with her black bob and red and black outfit. Wendy kept this little figurine all the way to 2017, when she finally true to her name became ‘legless’ (the figurine that is and not Wendy)!!!

Wine Fairy Figurine for Wendy, Jan 2014

Wine Fairy Figurine for Wendy, Jan 2014

With my anticipation for 2018, came the need to say a thank you in the form of an ‘updated’ Wendy figurine for Wendy as all my hours of baking, designing, creating, photographing and writing would not have been recorded if it wasn’t for this blog that Wendy patiently taught me how to set up. Thank you Wendy for sewing that blogging seed in my brain and making it seem like an intriguing way to record my story. Not only has it been fun to write my own posts but it has been fun to be invited to write guest posts on other blogs.

My 2018, Modern Day Wendy Figurine, had to show the Wendy we know today.  You will be pleased to see Wendy, that  you have developed a gorgeous decolletage since 2014,  and your little figurine is showing off your brand new funky, spikey hair style (thanks to Craig and his magic scissors), a sassy new figure and of course most importantly your love for books! I chose the last 3 books you excitedly posted on facebook as a pretty perch for your sugar butt. Thank you for all the gorgeous books, old and new, that you choose for us to read, it certainly makes my literary life that much more interesting!

Wendy Figurine on Books

Thanks to you, I have been able to share my blogging knowledge and encourage others to use blogging as a business tool for their sugar and other work. Thanks to you the pages of my life have a way to be shared with my family, friends, clients and teachers. Enjoy your new little Wendy and here’s to 2018 being a fantastic sequal to 2017!

 

Wendy Figurine on Books

Wendy Figurine on Books

Wendy Figurine on Books

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Orange Ruffle Flower Cake for Tanya

Orange Ruffle Flower Cake

As Tanya was going to be travelling around the world to celebrate her birthday, we decided to have an early 50th Birthday party for her and this was the cake I made to mark her grand old 50 years on this earth. Tanya loves orange and chocolate so a chocolate ganached cake with frilled flowers in shade of orange was perfect for her. I snuck in just a tasty bit of extra orange into the buttercream by adding fresh orange zest and Cointreau Liquer. Thank you Tanya for all the years of friendship, sharing school days when our boys were younger (how can we forget their crazy market days together?) and now sharing precious days where we catch up during our crazy schedules. Enjoy all the 50th Birthday celebrations to follow with your family and have a wonderful trip.

Orange Ruffle Flower Cake

A huge thank you to Ray of Crystal Candy for another innovative product, her Crystal Candy Edible Flakes. I chose her Edible Flakes in Rose Gold to decorate the ganache and to cover the cake board for this cake. These dainty flakes of gold contrast here so beautifully with the rich chocolate and they just melt in your mouth so don’t affect the taste of the cake in any way. Here’s to our Golden Oldie of a friend (only kidding Tanya!!!)

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Nature Themed Wedding Cupcakes in a Jar

Nature Themed Wedding Cupcakes in a Jar

Inge’s excitement over her cake and cupcakes was contagious as she explained to me her idea to present each of her & Mike’s guests with a cupcake in a jar. We met for the first time choosing the glass jars that were to hold her delightful wedding favours. This tall elegant bride was so relaxed with the ideas I showed her and it was easy to then take Inge’s excitement and translate it into this simple but elegant naked wedding cake and these pretty cupcakes in a jar.

The cream ruffled flower was a perfect topping for this naked cake which would not have been complete without the hearts hugging each other close at the base of the cake and resting on the fun swirl embossed cake board.

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It is always fun being left to do a variety of cupcake decorations and for Inge and Mike’s wedding I included the kissing hearts, the wood embossed heart with its tiny partner, embossed flowers and ruffled flowers. I popped the vanilla cupcakes with apple buttercream swirls and chocolate chip cupcakes with vanilla swirls into the jars, added loads of pearls and beads to clink daintily in the jars and then closed the flip top lids to keep the cupcakes safe for their trip to the wedding venue.

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Inge’s initial response to seeing the photos of her cake and cupcakes was to tell me that … her heart was so happy and the beautiful thank you message after their wedding made my day:

“I cannot say enough thank yous – the cake you made me was absolutely delicious it was so so beautiful and Mike was so impressed. The cupcakes were a winner and I would recommend you to everybody. Everyone was raving about them, they even had cake for breakfast! Thank you, thank you so much.”

 

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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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Travelling, Sewing & Gardening Book CakeTravelling, Sewing & Gardening Book Cake

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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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

Sylvanian Families Cake

 

Sylvanian Families Cake

Even though my children are well grown past the age of small character toys, I am often magically transported back to my childhood with so many of my cake orders for young children and this was definitely the case with this cake for Jané. Who could nor find these little Sylvanian Family characters an absolute delight at any age? What fun it must be for children to collect these sweet character families and all the room accessories that go with them. There is a beautiful innocence in the design of these characters that is refreshing to come across these days.

As Jané’s party was a sleepover party, her mom, Janita, asked me to do a bed with these 6 Sylvanian Family characters on and around the bed. The colour palette was a pale pink and delphinium blue, so I embossed a rose pink sugar paste with daisies and covered the bed with this adding the white paste for the sheet along with the Crystal Candy Graceland Lace Mold lace trim. I lightly air brushed the pink duvet cover and blush pink throw and also the wood embossed headboard and base board of the bed. The blue pillows and floor mat were the perfect addition for the accent of blue on this pretty bed.

Sylvanian Families CakeSylvanian Families Cake

Sylvanian Families Cake

The characters included a Zeelandia sugar paste rabbit, mouse, hedgehog, squirrel, cat and piglet all from the Sylvanian Family collection. I matched the outfits as closely as possible to the photos Janita sent me and then popped two of the happy creatures on their comfy bed and the remaining four on the wood embossed sugar paste floor. The baby hedgehog stole my heart with her cute hair do and gorgeous dress. Janita was once again delighted with this cake for her daughter and the best compliment ever was her saying that she loves ordering cakes from me as it makes her feel like a child again!

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Sylvanian Families Cake