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E stands for . . . Elf (Edible Alphabet Collaboration – Cake Dutchess)

Elf Figurine for Cake Dutchess Edible Alphabet Collaboration

When it comes to innovation and teaching in this gorgeous world of sugar and cake art, Etty van Urk of Cake Dutchess has to one of the most fun, down to earth and creative leaders we have at the moment. Etty has not only created her gorgeous modelling paste; Cake Dutchess Modelling Paste, but will be launching her new set of high quality stainless steel Modelling Tools in the next few months. Etty is a Craftsy instructor and her adorable animal tutorials are amazing in their creativity and are easy to follow.

Having heard about Cake Dutchess Modelling Paste through her facebook page a few years ago, I started following Etty and learning more about her Modelling Challenges where she creates a sugar piece along with students from all over the world over a period of a few days. My Angel on a Cloud pictured below was my introduction to Etty and her online tutorials.

Angel on Cloud Figurine

Angel on a Cloud Figurine – with Cake Dutchess

Soon after this modelling challenge I was so excited when I won a tub of Cake Dutchess Modelling Paste as it wasn’t available in South Africa at the time. When Etty introduced her Edible Alphabet Collaboration, I immediately thought a naughty little sugar paste Elf would be just the challenge I would love to give myself for the letter E, that I had offered to do. Needless to say, with this modelling paste which is so beautifully pliable, I had such fun creating this figurine.

Elf Figurine for Cake Dutchess Edible Alphabet Collaboration

I drew inspiration for this little guy from a couple of different elf illustrations and gave him his oversized elf boots, knitted jumper, painted striped stockings and leaf embossed cullotes held together with brown sugar twine. For his hair, I wanted him to have a really funky spikey hair style so with Etty’s modelling paste coloured with a hint of light brown, I cut tiny flat pieces of the paste to create this look.

Elf Figurine for Cake Dutchess Edible Alphabet Collaboration

A wood embossed elf-door with its gold details, stepping stones and moss floor details and pretty blossoms set my elf in his own magical enviroment for this collaboration.

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My very precious tub of Cake Dutchess Modelling Paste is now almost empty but fortunately Lollodoo is now a South African supplier of Etty’s awesome paste. It literally halves the modelling time.

Elf Figurine for Cake Dutchess Edible Alphabet Collaboration

Thanks to Kerry Crampton of Fondant Solutions Moulds for this embossing mat which I used for embossing my elf’s woolen jumper.  I can’t wait to try out some more of your embossing mats and moulds as they are such brilliant quality.

Elf Figurine for Cake Dutchess Edible Alphabet Collaboration

Elf Figurine for Cake Dutchess Edible Alphabet Collaboration

Thank you Etty for such a fun collaboration and for all the time and organisation (and grey hairs I am sure) that went into this collaboration.

Please visit the complete Edible Alphabet Collaboration here.

Looking forward to your next collaboration Etty, Animals Around the World

To find out more about Etty read this interview by Mr Bakers Cake.

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Johnny (Jorge) Walker & Ozzie

Johnny Walker Cake Topper

2017 ended with another challenging but really fun figurine project. Ivana asked me to translate Jorge’s appreciation for Johnny Walker and his love for their cute Scottish Terrier, Oscar, into sugar for his birthday in December. She new exactly what she wanted to surprise Jorge with on his special day and this became my inspiration for this figurine. Using my precious stash of Saracino Modelling Paste, I created a Johnny Walker figurine with his recognizable stride and red jacket but made him more a “Jorge” Walker to suite Jorge’s character. Once again just loved using Domy’s Sweet Revolution Man face mould. Ozzie looking adoringly up at him, was modelled using black Saracino Modelling Paste.

Johnny Walker Cake TopperThe signature gold top hat, I modelled with ivory coloured paste before painting it using Rolkem’s Special Gold mixed with alcohol. Ruffled white paste strips completed his over-sized collar, cravat & cuffs and he proudly sports a black bow-tie & painted goatee.

Johnny Walker Cake Topper

With gorgeous glutes and sugar paste legs like these, no wonder Johnny ‘Jorge’ Walker looks so dashing and confident. After the birthday celebration, I had him back again in my kitchen, this time to make a keepsake display platform (wood-embossed) for him and Ozzie to stand on. Thank you Jorge and Ivana for loving him that much that he is now standing proudly on his own shelf in your shop, that is the best thank you ever!

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The delicious cake, lovingly made by Ivana, to accompany Johnny & Ozzie to Jorge’s celebration and a fantastic collection of Johnny Walker make the perfect backdrop for this figurine.

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PJ Masks Cake for Christopher and Erin

PJ Masks Cake

PJ Masks Cake

This is the type of research for a cake that I absolutely relish.  Sitting down to watch PJ Masks on Disney Junior with my cup of coffee, I felt that I should be watching it sitting cross-legged on the floor with a cup of chocolate milk! This has to be one of the cutest children’s shows on TV at the moment and I loved the message conveyed in the first episode so much, that I was intrigued enough to watch another 2 episodes!  It was even more fun paying a visit to the toy store to buy the tiny figurines that would be my inspirational template for these 3 sugar paste figurines below; Gekko, Catboy and Owlette.

PJ Masks CakeIt has been fun to create cakes for Sue’s twins for her baby shower, their Christening and 1st and 2nd Birthdays so how brilliant to be asked to create yet another for their 3rd Birthday. Christopher fancies himself as Catboy and Erin sees herself as Owlette as they both love this show in which 3 friends are able to morph into their alter egos and go on the most amazing adventures.

To create the magical ‘night sky’ base for the cake, I covered it in a purple fondant and added first a spray of lavender then blue and finally white to the fondant. I diluted Rolkem Powder Dusts in the 3 colours using alcohol and then dipped hard bristled paint brushes into the colour before ‘spraying’ the cakes with my finger against the bristles. This was a very appropriate technique for a children’s birthday cake.

PJ Masks Cake Preparation

The 3 mini superheroes are all made using chocolate modelling paste. Catboy looking feisty and ready for action in blue and light blue stripe details, Gekko in bright leaf green (his suit textured, using a tool I use to create smiles on my tiny cupcake figurines) and then the pretty but strong & wise Owlette in a gorgeous pillar box red cat-suit trimmed with pink details. They stand awaiting their next adventure while along the bottom edge of the cake, the baddies, in 2-D, look on in the anticipation of action.

PJ Masks Cake

PJ Masks Cake

To complete the PJ Masks scenario for Christopher and Erin, I added buildings with edible paper windows and doors and highlighted accents. Twinkling stars and a full moon made for a bright night for all these characters to meet. Thank you Sue for allowing me to capture the sense of fun and adventure that Christopher and Erin must feel every time they watch their favourite TV show.

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Valentine’s Day Cake Tutorial

Valentine's Day Cake

Combining passion and romance for Valentine’s Day with Crystal Candy Passion and Romantique Stencils. These are the photos from a photographic tutorial on using Crystal Candy Cake Artistry Edible Gel and Crystal Candy Stencils to make an elegant Valentine’s Day Cake.

Valentine's Day Cake

Crystal Candy Stencils are an invitation to play with design and colour in a new way for me. I have always been hesitant to stencil on a cake covered in fondant as I always thought what if I make a mistake or don’t press hard enough etc and ruin my fondant. This stencilling onto edible paper was a way for me to practise stencilling and gain more confidence and I was really chuffed with how it turned out. Using a blob of Crystal Candy Cake Artistry edible gel in red, I spread this across the Romantique stencil, with its swirls of hearts amidst elegant whirls and dots.

Valentine's Day Cake

I just love that I surprise myself every time I lift the stencil and reveal the printed pattern on the edible paper. I have to admit, I did a small whirl in my kitchen with delight at this new stencil.

Valentine's Day Cake

Pops of red fondant hearts on wire to give height to my cake….

Valentine's Day Cake

…..and more stencilling, this time with the Passion stencil and black edible gel onto a red fondant heart.

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Finished cake with edible paper beautifully and simply stencilled, red stencilled heart and matching red hearts just because there can’t be too much love on Valentine’s Day!

Valentine's Day Cake

My embossed pristine white board with tiny hearts and detail to complement the theme of Love is in the air…..& most of all on this cake!

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The happy ending of this romantic bake….thank you Ray and Crystal Candy for more awesome products to enhance our cake decorating adventure!

To all my fellow bakers, may there always be an abundance of love sprinkled on every cake creation that you dream up!

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Baby Girl Cupcake Toppers

Baby Girl Cupcake Toppers

Pink happiness must be in the air as this is another post on tickled pink sugar pieces! It is so exciting when I have a new client who loves something they have seen on my website and asks me to recreate it for them.  In this case it was these cute Baby Girl Cupcake Toppers that I had made for Baby Shower Cupcakes for a Girl.  Shantelle was baking special cupcakes to celebrate the birth of twin girls in her family and was going to add these toppers to her cupcakes.  Thank you Shantelle for your enthusiasm and willingness to travel to collect your toppers. I couldn’t resist photographing these tiny pink sugar delights.

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Baby Girl Christening Cake

Baby Girl Christening Cake

Baby Chelce, her gorgeous sister and her mom and dad came all the way from Australia for her Christening celebration in South Africa.  Her grandmother, Catherine, was so excited to be sharing this celebration with all her family and friends and she wanted a special cake in pink and white with a sugar paste figurine of her beautiful granddaughter.

Baby Girl Christening Cake

I made a delicious vanilla sponge with a strawberry jam and buttercream filling and a buttercream coating.  I popped this gorgeous soft sponge cake onto and embossed board before completing with Chelce’s name, pink and white rolled sugar paste roses and finally a cute sugar paste Chelce figurine. Thank you so much Catherine for your wonderful excitement on seeing the cake you had ordered and for inviting Ed and I to be part of such a special day with your family.  We still need to set a date for more declicious cake testing!

Baby Girl Christening Cake

Crystal Candy Memoir Stencilled Board Tutorial

Crystal Candy Memoir Stencilled Board Tutorial

After posting photos of a Swirls and Roses 50th Birthday Cake I made recently, I had a few inquiries as to how I had decorated the cake board. This is a simple tutorial which I hope helps you create some beautiful cake boards. Remember your cake board is like the perfect “pair of shoes” to complete your cake and no cake should be presented ‘barefoot’ to any client.

Crystal Candy Memoir Stencilled Board Tutorial

I first covered my board in white fondant and allowed it to dry overnight. I placed the Crystal Candy Memoir Stencil across the middle of the cake board first and completed the steps that I am about to explain to you. The reason for doing the middle first is that once it has dried you are able to do the sides one after the other with no fear of smudging.

Crystal Candy Memoir Stencilled Board Tutorial

Once the middle section has dried, line up your stencil so as to complete the design on one side of your board and pin to your board. I pinned in an area I knew would be covered by the cake. You could also pin in an area already covered by a swirl to masterfully disguise any pin marks (see the red pin).

Crystal Candy Memoir Stencilled Board Tutorial

I chose piping gel to which I had added concentrated black Rolkem powder for this cake board but Crystal Candy Stencils can be used with royal icing or a mixture of royal icing and piping gel as an alternative. I love the ‘phone a friend’ option whenever I am in doubt and as usual Ray from Crystal Candy was ready to give advice. In this case she said I would need to use a very concentrated black piping gel in order to achieve a black stencilled board. I thought mine looked concentrated enough, however you will see that with black you have to mean business when it comes to colouring anything!

Crystal Candy Memoir Stencilled Board Tutorial

Pop a generous dollop of the piping gel over your stencil and grab your versatile cake scraper.

Crystal Candy Memoir Stencilled Board Tutorial

Pull the gel firmly across the stencil so that all the design areas are covered. Make sure here not to move your stencil in the process as you don’t want any smudges to ruin your beautiful board. Also remember not to go over the stencil onto any completed areas of your board.

Crystal Candy Memoir Stencilled Board Tutorial

Gently hold your stencil in place and remove all the pins. Carefully peel back the stencil away from your cake board and admire your stencil work as it is revealed. Going back to the colour, you will see here that my  black piping gel did not have enough pigment in  it, and it created a dark grey design instead of the inky black I envisioned for my cake design.

Crystal Candy Memoir Stencilled Board Tutorial

I decided here that it was not a good idea to let tears drop onto my board and there was no time to start my board again so I pulled out my sparkle dusts and found Rolkem’s Raven Sparkles to sprinkle over the wet gel design. This is easier if you do it over a sheet of baking paper as you can tip the board and gently knock any loose dust off the board. Fold the baking paper and then return any extra sparkles to their glittery home.

Crystal Candy Memoir Stencilled Board Tutorial

I washed my stencil at this stage and hung it over the edge of my counter to dry before using it to repeat these steps on the other side of my board. Ray suggested a feather to dust off the remaining glitter but with no feathered friends to defrock, I used this really soft fan brush. I remember in my first demo by Andries of Rolkem about 5 years ago…..in the days when I used to wander into Jodees not knowing the difference between a concentrate and a sparkle….Andries said he had been given a brush exactly like this one and it proved to be perfect for ‘feather’ dusting.

Crystal Candy Memoir Stencilled Board Tutorial

This is the stage where if you are an extrovert you will dance and if you are an introvert you will become an extrovert immediately! I am never shy to do this happy dance even though I may get strange looks from my family, as I believe there is no harm in a dash of this happiness  sprinkled over my work!

Crystal Candy Memoir Stencilled Board Tutorial

Here I have assembled all my decorative elements, including the swirled cake board,for this cake before popping the fondant cake onto it. The final step was ribboning my board with a deep black ribbon which really makes the swirls pop on the board.

Thank you to these amazing suppliers:

Crystal Candy for your amazing collection of stencils…I can’t wait to try out another design!

Rolkem for the Raven Sparkles to my rescue.

Jodees for the edible printed image of a hand I had coloured in for this design.

Crystal Candy Memoir Stencilled Board Tutorial

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