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Louis Vuitton Cupcakes

Louis Vuitton Cupcakes

Charlize celebrated her 18th Birthday in lavish Louis Vuitton style this weekend and her cupcakes were made to match the theme and colours of her birthday celebration.  I made a variety of small Louis Vuitton handbags, scarves, shoes and logo discs which I popped onto Louis Vuitton logo flowers for Charlize’s cupcakes.  The creamy vanilla and decadent chocolate iced cupcakes were the perfect colour palette for these sugar paste decorations. Thanks to a last minute visit to Laeeque Bakeware in Overport, Durban on Wednesday, I found the a perfect handbag mould with the elegant Louis Vuitton handbag. Thanks Nadim and your staff for excellent service and I will definitely pop in on my next trip to Durban.

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Have fun Charlize being 18 and thank you Vanessa for such a fun order. My best reward was to wake up to Vanessa’s thank you message this morning…

“Thank you for having such an awesome talent . . . your cupcakes were just the best . . . they looked absolutely stunning. . . (smiley faces)”

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50th Birthday Cupcakes

50th Birthday Cupcakes

John celebrated his 50th in gold and navy style and Janita ordered these cupcakes for his special day. Simple but fun 50’s and gold pearls specially coloured to match the cupcake holders were quick and easy to do for this celebration.

Janita’s thank you on Monday morning: “Lisa, thank you for John’s lovely and tasty cupcakes. And the photos!”

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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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Lace & Rose Cupcakes

 

Lace & Rose Cupcakes

Happy Birthday Tracy and so pleased you enjoyed these cupcakes with your family.  I know how you love fondant iced cupcakes, so I made half your cupcakes with fondant domes decorated with the always beautiful Crystal Candy Lace. The Valentina Lace Mould  was a perfectly elegant choice for these cupcakes. I completed the gift box with six buttercream swirled cupcakes with rolled roses and tiny pearls.

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Denise & Matt, Olive Green, Grey & White Wedding

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Denise & Matt were married yesterday in the beautiful and tranquil setting at Kloofzicht Lodge. What a pleasure it was to be a part of their special day and to make their wedding cake and cupcakes. Once again, I had an easy going bride, ( I have yet to meet one who hasn’t been an awesome client!). Denise described the layout of her tables and her decor ideas and then let me run with my creativity using the olive green, grey and white of her colour scheme for the day. Denise chose vanilla cake with loads of caramel chocolate chips and a raspberry flavoured buttercream and I ganached it in a silky dark chocolate before covering with sugar paste. The sugar paste roses and addition of soft pretty olive leaves added to the simple elegance of this cake.

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The cupcakes in the matching flavour, popping with melted caramel chips were a delight to the guests with a variety of pretty toppings in the olive green, grey and white. Two hearts joined in a beautiful ceremony were depicted in the two hand moulded and embossed hearts on the cupcakes and soft ruffled flowers with pearly centres and roses and rolled roses brought together the elegant feeling of this wedding. Thank you Sue for your feedback this morning and once again I love knowing that everyone loved the cake and cupcakes…..the best reward for any baker!  You must have been so proud of your beautiful daughter yesterday, what a stunning bride. Wishing Denise and Matt a wonderful and memory filled life together!

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Birthe’s Book Cake

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“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.

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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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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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Coral Butterfly & Flower Cupcakes

Coral Butterfly & Flower Cupcakes

Once again I was given free sugar rein with this cupcake order. Sarah just said anything pretty for Kayla’s 17th Birthday. These cupcakes had to hold just a tad extra charm as Dom, Sarah’s daughter, her chief baker, is away and couldn’t bake her sister’s cupcakes this year. I have heard Dom bakes and decorates with passion and wild abandon & I knew that she would be making sure I did these cupcakes perfectly for her sister.

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I chose shades of coral and went big with bold embossed butterflies that I shimmered with Crystal Candy Diamond Lustre (Starburst) and centred with tiny beads of colour. The flowers I made by first embossing my paste with Crystal Candy Midnight Garden Lace Mould and then cutting out larger and smaller flowers. The centres are adorned with larger pearls in gorgeous contrasting colours. All the butterflies and flowers were added to generous swirls of white chocolate buttercream before their photographic debut!

Have a fantastic celebration tonight Kayla and the best compliment was that the first thing you wanted to do when you saw your cupcakes was to send these photos to your sister!

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