When it came to ‘Sgt Major’, Dev’s 16th Birthday Party, his mom, Alison, pulled off all the planning with military precision. Amidst this planning, I had the privilege of helping Alison make the Army Cupcakes and popcorn ‘grenades’ for Dev’s special day. My inspiration for the army cupcake toppers came from the clever invite designed by Alison for the day & Dev’s incredible excitement about his army themed birthday party. Silver military stars and dogtags with Sgt Dev embossed into them were a must as well as small grenades, belts, and tanks. Neatly folded sugar paste army shirts and brown army boots completed this arsenal of cupcake decorations.
‘Captain’ Alison marched in at tenhundred hours with all the equipment required for Operation Dev’s 16th and we proceeded to mix up batches of camo-coloured cupcakes, butter-iced them in army green and then decorated them with the miniature army toppers. Next we went to battle completing the ‘grenades’. We added melted white chocolate to a batch of freshly popped popcorn and tossed in candy, sprinkles and marshmallows before getting down and dirty rolling out the sticky ‘grenades’.
Operation Dev’s 16th would not have been complete without us getting decked out into battle dress and photographing the preparations for Dev and that is precisely what we did around fourteenhundredhours well camouflaged amidst the greenery of this suburban location.
This joint part of the operation was now complete and Alison took over the next day with the completion of all the arrangements for Dev’s birthday. His friends arrived and were saluted with an array of army rations to keep them nourished for the fun army activities that Alison had planned for the day. The recruits were delighted with their army cupcakes, grenades, hotdog missiles, battle chips, bullets, burger bombs, shots, thirst quenchers and sticks of dynamite. This was definitely one of the most fun cupcake projects I have ever been involved in and helmets off to communications manager, Captain Alison, for commanding her troops on such an memorable occasion. ‘Sgt Major’ Dev, who is an inspiration in himself when it comes to enthusiasm, could not have asked for a better ‘Captain’ for his mom.
Michelle had the sweet idea to welcome her new neighbours with a gift of homemade cupcakes, and she asked me to make cupcakes with little houses on them. I cut out small houses and then used different strip and swirl moulds to add the roof and roses detail. Tiny shuttered windows and bright yellow door knobs completed these Welcome to Your New Home cupcake toppers. This sweet gift won the hearts of the family next door who thoroughly enjoyed Michelle’s delicious welcoming treat.
Even if I had had a crystal ball in 2011, when I started Cupcakes2Delite, I could never have predicted how my friends would become an intricate part in the story of my business. The fun, the learning and the inspiration I have received from them is woven into the history of the writing of this blog.
Wendy celebrated her 50th Birthday in the September of 2013, and she asked me to do her birthday cupcakes with a blue roses theme. I made her cupcakes and as a small gift added a 6 inch cake with a topper of blue & white roses, a butterfly & flowers on embossed sugar paste (pictured below). I blogged the birthday cake and cupcakes in a post Beautiful In Shades of Blue. In 2013, I had very little experience in the art of sugar flowers and didn’t even know what flower paste was. I was really proud of this little work of art though and it meant so much to Wendy that she kept the topper until last year when she asked me if I could redo it for her as it was looking a little sad!
Wendy’s 50th Cake & Cupcakes 2013
Here is the same topper renewed and upgraded in 2017. I kept the topper to a tiny 5 inch size to fit into the glass display dome (thanks Ivana for spotting the perfect dome…..my friends even know what I am looking for when they are out shopping!)
The reward of seeing the growth in my sugar skills cannot surpass all the years of friendship with Wendy, but how awesome that the years of friendship have inspired the contrast of these 2 sugar pieces. Thank you Wendy for trusting me all those years ago with your birthday cupcakes and for loving something so simple that I had made for you, that you wanted it again to keep for another few years. I am honoured that this tiny rose display in its glass dome will think it is a sugar jewel sitting amidst your precious Swarovski pieces!
I am not sure if this post is about keeping it all in the cupcake family or keeping the family in cupcakes, as Michelle trusted me with yet another order for a family celebration. This time it was Cute Bug Cupcakes or as Michelle nicknamed them, ‘Fantastical’ Bug Cupcakes for her granddaughter’s first birthday party. Ava is as cute as a button and deserved to be surprised with her fantasy sugar paste butterflies, ladybugs, dragonflies, worms and bees all in soft shades of pastel pink, blue, yellow and green.
As usual, I was so touched by Michelle’s thank you message to me….
“Ava couldn’t stop squealing with delight when she saw her ‘fantastical’ bug birthday cupcakes . . . one very happy tiny customer! Once again a huge thank you from our family for adding the ‘sparkle’ to yet another of our gatherings. No celebration would be the same without your creative talent setting the theme and adding just the right amount of whimsy. A flutter of butterfly thank you kisses from all of us.”
Two ‘bees in a pod’ below resting sweetly on their fantasy leaves, cute pink and yellow butterflies with their embossed wings and cheeky snails completed this array of baby insects for Ava’s cupcakes.
My thank you from Candy and Ava…
“I just wanted to thank you for making the most incredible cupcakes for Ava’s first birthday. You really are phenomenal and they added ‘sparkle’ to a very special day! Thanks again, love Candy and Ava”
Just a quick few photos of Succulent Cupcakes I made recently for a client. I always love making these sugar succulents as they are fun to recreate. I added crushed Oreo biscuits to the swirls of buttercream to give a soil effect before adding the sugar plants. They never seem to go out of fashion!
Loretta had spotted my Pink Baby Cupcakes in my Cupcake Gallery and asked me to do similar ones for the baby shower celebration she was having for her daughter in Johannesburg. As always these baby girl decorations are loads of dainty fun in the making, but what made this project all the more exciting was having Carmen share the creative hours with me. With a quick lesson in the making of pastel baby feet and tiny pink teddies, Carmen enthusiastically got stuck in to help me. I couldn’t resist adding this picture of Carmen, pleased as punch with her sugar paste work!
From pretty pink toes, Carmen went on to help me with the itsy ditsy white sugar paste baby “footprints” and miniature flowers to pop into the intricately laced frames. I had time to play with the moulding of gorgeous pink baby-gros to which I added dainty stitching detail and heart shaped pockets. With her sugar energy and spirit in full force we finished the morning off making loads of cute buttons to add as accents on these cupcakes. Thanks Carmen for your help and for the great company and laughs along the way, I still had a smile on my face when I baked these cupcakes that week and added our pertly pink proudly made baby decorations. Loretta was delighted when she collected her cupcake order.
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.
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.”
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).
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!”