This Softball Birthday Cake was a ‘homerun’ of a cake for Megan’s birthday earlier this year. It is always fun to have a challenge to create something new from chocolate modelling paste and this softball glove and ball were new for me. The closest I have got to anything softball has been to admire the photo accolade of Megan being chosen to play for Gauteng Softball while she was a school softball athlete. The chocolate modelling paste was easily formed into this glove … I had a real one to guide me for the shaping, stitching and lacing … my stitching tool came in handy and strips of black modelling chocolate were perfect to finish off the lacing detail.
This sport has remained a passion for Megan through her years of study at university and it was such a fun idea her mom had to use this as the theme for her celebration cake. It was a pleasure to create this cool cake for you Megan.
These 2 sugar Bassets completely stole my heart and it was hard to let them go on their merry way to celebrate a wedding. This is another story where my client, Nicole, asked me to make a Basset Wedding Couple in sugar for her sister’s wedding. Not being a natural at creating animals, I was hesitant to accept the order and then not be able to capture the cute spirit of the 2 bassets in the photograph Nicole sent me. With my client’s faith in me, I hand modeled these 2 characters and finished the shy but pretty bride basset with her rose lace veil and her dashing groom with his top hat and jacket. Thanks Nicole for allowing me to breath some sugar life into your family bassets for such a beautiful wedding.
Thank you Sue for ordering this sugar rose display for your mom for Mothers Day. I always love creating roses from flower paste as each one develops its own perfect character and I get to put into practice all the awesome tips I learn in my different classes. The pretty white rose and pastel pink were the perfect choice for Jan and all the more wonderful to create for her with her passion for roses and her garden.
Erin chose this cute sugar paste figurine in a bikini to add to the Beach themed cake her granny was making for her 13th birthday. Using my trusted Saracino modelling paste, I modelled a sugar version of Erin with gorgeous strawberry blonde sugar hair, gorgeous smile and pretty eyes framed with a sprinkling of sun kissed freckles. No beach girl is complete without a colourful towel to sit elegantly on so out came my embossing tools to create the lime green towel for the dainty figurine.
It was brilliant to hear you had such a fun party Erin and thanks Darryn for the photos of the completed cake with the bikini girl figurine.
Another new and exciting product from Crystal Candy was the inspiration for this vintage Music Box and ballerina figurine from my previous post. This time the new Bas Relief Mould with its vintage feel, was the perfect finish for my sugar paste music box.
I dusted the Bas Relief Mould with Crystal Candy’s Pearlescent Lustre in Antique Champagne and then pressed my sugar paste mixed with chocolate modelling paste (coloured a deeply dark grey) to fit snugly into the mould. I popped the mould into the fridge for approx 15 min (time always varies with me – depending on how distracted I get while waiting!) This, below, was the result after gently peeling the paste out of the mould.
I cut this into 3 equal sections to wrap around the music box that I had formed using chocolate modelling paste and then made another vintage piece for the lid. The chocolate modelling paste mixed with the sugar paste allowed me time to press the lid to fit in line with the bottom of the box. To cover the joins I used a strip of pearls mould & the same paste to create a line of tiny pearls stuck over each join. The fun part was dusting the entire box again with a light dusting of the Pearlescent Lustre, Antique Champagne and watching each relief come to life!
With an added embossed key the music box was perfect for my ballerina figurine who balanced gracefully in her pink and lace tutu. Thank you Ray for trusting me to try out this wondeful new Bas Relief Mould.
The theme of Music automatically brought to mind a beautiful music box I was given as a child. On winding the key, the ballerina figurine turned slowly and came to a stop as the music stopped. This box is a reminder of how we need to continue to turn our own keys in order to keep the dance that is our lives in motion.
I placed her on a sugar creation of a vintage music box to remind me of the beauty of all the valued memories of my childhood. It was a perfect musical ending to receive a Silver, 2nd Place Award in the Intermediate Sugar Art Section for her at the Hostex 2018 – SACDG Competition 2 weeks ago.
As the Hostex 2018 opened its doors at Gallagher Estate this year, we were treated to an array of delectable treats, new products and everything else related to food and drink catering. The South African Cake Decorators Guild hosted their competition with all entries both cake and sugar art falling into the theme of music. Every entry portrayed a unique meaning within the theme for each decorator and it was interesting to see so many varied interpretations of the theme. Thank you to Hostex and SACDG, the judges and all the sponsors for giving us a platform to show our passion for decorating.
My figurine’s petite body, I modelled using Saracino Modelling Paste, once again just love the paste for modelling figurines. I dressed her in a delicate pink tutu adorned with patterns of Crystal Candy Lace. I was so excited to be the first to use this new Bas Relief Mould from Crystal Candy and the detail of the leaves, lace and hearts created the perfect finish to my vintage music box. Thank you Ray for letting me use this mould and can’t wait for the release of these totally awesome new Bas Relief Moulds!
When Retha’s advert breezed across my facebook page, I was already hooked and intrigued as to how she had created her delicate sugar paste figurine in her beautiful printed dress. Heidi Brukman from Kadies Bakery Supplies in Fourways offers a variety of classes and she was hosting Retha Joubert of Retha Joubert Fondant Studio who is the artist and creator of this pretty figurine. I was so excited and it was a privilege to be able to do this class of Retha’s at Kadies in April with this class being so popular. Below is Retha’s photo collage advertising this 2 day figurine modelling and edible fabric course.
As Heidi opened her doors that Saturday morning to her shoppers looking for their baking supplies, cake orders and advice that is always so generously offered by Heidi and her staff, the five of us enrolled in this class had already met Retha and each other and started yet another adventure in this enthralling world of sugar art. In contrast to the bustle of activity in the baking supplies world, Retha brought her quiet and organised personality into this environment and patiently demonstrated her figurine modelling skills to us. She explained and guided us through creating movement in our figurine to have her finally walking in the breeze through a meadow
Even in a learning environment, if you have 6 decorators together, there is the inevitable amount of chatting and sharing of ideas that go together mixed in with a good few laughs. Retha shared with us how she studied her degree in Fine Arts and only started in the sugar art world in 2014. She was asked to do a figurine for a cake for a friend of hers and that started her love for sugar paste figurine modelling. With an interest in her figurines and her passion for teaching, Retha is now hosting classes in many different venues. All her dates for this particular class can be found on her facebook page.
I loved how Retha shared her knowledge gained through her love for sculpting with us & this new, easy and innovative way to create edible fabric that dries so quickly. I couldn’t wait to photograph this gorgeous figurine who looks like she hasn’t a care in the world as she springs through the windy meadow picking wild flowers and holding onto her hat. For all those still to do a class with Retha, hold onto your hats as you start a fun learning journey with her and don’t miss out on this class.
I can’t say that we breezed out of the class on the Sunday as we had spent 2 days concentrating and focused on our sugar creations, but we did step out each very proud of what we had learned and accomplished. Thank you Retha for your patience with us all and thank you Heidi for making us feel so welcome in your shop and for working behind scenes while we all had fun. Kadies offers a variety of classes including the PME Diploma Courses that Heidi teaches. The course dates can all be found on their website.