These macarons captured the sweet spirit of Christmas 2019 in a whimsical way. I made Christmas Pudding macarons by adding chocolate chips into a warm brown macaron mixture. The filling is a smooth buttercream flavoured with @flavournation mixed berry. No Christmas pudding is complete without a sprig of holly so I added a sugar paste holly from @kadies_bakery_supplies to a tiny piece of white sugar paste ‘ icing ‘.
Tiny reindeer faces from @kadies_bakery_supplies and miniature white beads completed the Christmas red macarons for my Christmas gift boxes.
The boxes wrapped with a sugar cane and Christmas ribbon made the perfect …. naughty …. but oh so nice Christmas present!
This petite Rose Fairy was a figurine I made for a specially requested figurine class.
I thought I would share the tutorial with you here in this blog post.
She is a character figurine, so not anatomically perfect but totally sweet in her rose petal dress and rose leaf bodice & boots.
I hope you have fun trying out this sweet character & let me know how you get on or if you have suggestions for any other tutorials
1. Colour 100g fondant (Premium or Bakels) ivory (no cmc added)
2. Roll out your ivory fondant and cover a 7 inch thick cake board, emboss with stone embossing mat
3. Select stone colour dusting powders
4. I used Rolkem Cappucino and Terracotta
5. Lightly dust first with the lighter colour (Cappuccino)
6. Dust into the grooves & edges of your board with the darker colour (Terracotta)
7. Colour 130g fondant coral or any colour to suit your fairy (add 1.5ml cmc)
8. Push the coral fondant into your rose mould (siliko rose mould). I pushed a 3cm polystyrene ball into the paste in the mould to make the rose a bit lighter in weight. You can also create a tree trunk or rock for your fairy to sit on.
9. I used Rolkem Watermelon dust to dust the rose
10. Stick your rose onto your cake board using edible cmc glue or royal icing and have your tools ready to create your fairy.
Colour 140g Zeelandia paste a flesh colour. Add 3 ml cmc and work in well.
The paste is easier to use if allowed to settle a few hours or overnight.
You will have left over paste but I always mix up more flesh than I need in case I need to re-roll a limb or redo the head.
11. Legs (12g each) roll into 2 x 12g balls
12. Roll each ball into an approx. 8cm tapered sausage
13. Cut off at an angle a small amount of paste from the thin tapered end using a sharp knife
14/16 Roll this tapered end to form the foot and then gently pull up heel. Using your figure gentle roll the back of the knee
15/17 Fold the leg into a right angle for a sitting figurine and pull out paste to form the knee.
18. Glue the 2 legs in position on your rose
19. Roll 24 g of paste into a ball, then into an elongated teardrop. From the large rounded ended ease paste to form a kneck
20. Using shaping tools form the bust line (if this fairy is for a child this does not need to be done)
21. Twist a support skewer through the fairy torso from the kneck down and insert the skewer into the rose so that the torso fits onto the fairy’s legs.
22. Dress your fairy using rose petal leaves that have been embossed and edges softened and curled. Add rose leaf boots
23/24/25. Create the bodice using rose leaves. Let smaller rose leaves fall over the skirt
26. Roll 2 x 5g flesh coloured balls into tapered sausages
27. Roll thinner end of tapered sausage to form wrist and hand
28. Cut out thumb and then divide remaining pad into 4 using a sharp knife, roll to round thumb and fingers. Roll out to thin paste at the elbow and gently fold to form the elbow
29/30. Glue arms using edible cmc glue to the fairy torso & dress the shoulders with leaves/straps. Dust the petals and leaves to highlight the edges
I have added the head in this sequence but would recommend making the head first in order for it to dry before adding the eyes and dusting detail.
31. Roll 20g flesh coloured paste into a ball and then gently roll to indent the centre of your ball. You can also shape the chin at this stage.
32. Indent eyes, nose and cut for the mouth
33. Shape eyeshadow recess and slightly open the mouth
34. Using a balling tool make an indentation either side of the mouth line
35. Using fingers, shapers and small balling tools, shape the lips
36. Using shapers and balling tools, shape the nose and make nostrils
37. Insert small balls of white fondant for the eyeballs. Cut out 2 irises from fondant using icing nozzles and glue to the white. Do the same but smaller in black for the pupils. Carefully dust around the irises in black. Dust apricot into the recesses and shape of the nose and lips and eyes. Complete the eye using brown to dust eyeliner and black for a deeper eye line
38. Trim the skewer to size to attach the head and add cmc edible glue to the skewer. Gently add the head onto the stick making sure not to squash the face.
39. Now the hair and final details can be added to your figurine.
40. Take a step back and admire your beautiful fairy and at this step you are fully entitled to do a little happy dance!
Soft pastel blue and pink sugar paste moulded into adorable baby-gros, baby feet, framed baby portraits, tiny cute teddies and rabbits and more were what my students added to their Baby Themed Cupcakes in this fun class at Kelly Jayne’s. They all took home 6 beautifully decorated cupcakes and knowledge gained in this class, working with fondant and moulds.
It was a pleasure working with such a fun and enthusiastic group of students and great to teach again in the Kelly Jayne environment.
The Picture This Cupcake Class will be held at Kelly Jayne’s, Decor Park, on the 3rd Aug. I will be teaching how to make these picture frames. Frames are made using moulds (Fondant Solutions and other moulds) and then I will teach you how to create your own floral sugar masterpieces in these frames and how to paint your frames. You will take home 6 completed cupcakes in a pretty window cupcake box.
Paddy’s Day Popcorn ….. perfect for leprechauns, fairies, elves and in fact any one with a sweet tooth celebrating St Patrick’s Day today! Pop a bag of popcorn kernals in the microwave and have all your sweet additions ready alongside your popcorn. I chose green and gold sprinkles, green speckled eggs, white mini marshmallows and some pretzels that I dipped in green chocolate and sprinkled with tiny gold beads.
I tried out Act 2 Popcorn in Sweet and Salty flavour & have to admit it is delicious ready popped even without all the added sweet treats. I melted white chocolate and added an oil based apple flavouring to the chocolate before pouring it all over the popped corn. All the treats added to the mixture made a gorgeous, tasty and totally fun Paddy’s Day treat.
Christopher and Erin celebrated another imaginatively fun birthday together & it was brilliant to be able to make their cake again this year. Every little girl seems to be on a magical journey with unicorns, and Christopher’s interest in dinosaurs and in particular the triceratops were the inspiration for the cake that Sue had in mind for their 4th birthday.
Erin loves everything girly, so I moulded a baby unicorn in white Zeelandia sugar paste and added soft pastel twirls of paste for her hair and tail. A pretty pink bow, rainbow and clouds with tiny flowers and butterflies and of course the golden horn and ears were perfect finishing touches for this magical figurine.
The triceratops with its innocent and impish grin was perfect for Christopher’s personality and ‘ jungle’ leaves I made with Fondant Solution’s leaf mould were a perfect backdrop for this cute figurine. What fun to enter into such a magical sugar world to create this cake for Christopher and Erin.
Inspired by everything beautiful about Christmas, oranges, nuts, chocolates, candy canes & something sparkly, this Christmas Wreath Cake was a perfect addition to our Christmas Scrapbooking party.
I made an orange sponge cake in a ring mould, turned it out and sliced it in half. Puffs of Flavour Nation Passion Fruit butter cream reunite the two halves and provide a soft cushion for all the goodies on top. The roses were a perfect marriage of the orange flavour theme as well as the rich Christmas red for the occasion, so they went onto the cake first with two candy canes resting in front of them. A red and gold covered chocolate Christmas bauble balanced the red on the plate alongside the cake.
Orange candied slices stand glistening in the buttercream puffs and the final addition of flaked chocolate logs, almonds, pieces of goji berry and beetroot granola and rose gold dusted Chuckles rounded off (excuse the pun) the Christmas wreath look for this cake. All that was left was for the girls to enjoy every slice amidst happy Christmas cheer.