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Japanese Girl Figurine

Japanese Girl Figurine

Danniel messaged me at the beginning of September with photographs of a sugar paste figurine she had ordered that had clearly been made in a hurry and not with a huge amount of attention to detail for her 30th Birthday Cake that weekend.  It was not in her budget to pay me for another figurine when I quoted her as she had already paid for the figurine from another baker.  Realising how important this little figurine was to her, I said if she would travel to me from Pretoria then I could help her fix it.

As I was expecting her the next afternoon I had a look at the photos to come up with a solution to fix the figurine she had ordered.  It really looked beyond just some cosmetic sugar touch ups and so I decided that I would make her a completely new figurine and I surprised Danniel as she arrived with this pretty Japanese Girl Figurine. Her message saying I had made her year was all the payment I needed for this little sugar piece.  Thank you Danniel for trusting me to rescue your birthday cake.

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Embracing Nature Competition Figurines

Embracing Nature Figurines

The Good Food and Wine Show in Johannesburg has come and gone and it was more than just a wining and dining experience for me.  I have my Embracing Nature Figurines as a daily reminder of the challenge of entering a competition piece for the show and having a fun weekend.  This sugar paste couple was my entry into the Cake Competition hosted by the South African Cake Decorators Guild (SACDG). I was so chuffed that the judges noted that they liked my “two enchanting figurines in a field of daisies”. Constructive criticism was that I needed to roll my paste thinner for my flowers.

Embracing Nature Figurines

The detailed painting Nature’s Embrace by Josephine Wallwas my inspiration for this piece as I could really choose any celebratory piece to enter in the competition. Josephine captures equally the power of nature and its gentleness and grace and her artwork resounded with me as Knysna had just been devastated by ferocious fires. Immediately following the heartbreak that came with images of families and animals left either homeless, or having lost their possessions in the fires, came the beautiful images of a caring and compassionate and generous country that came together to support those who had been affected. My two sugar characters only have eyes for each other in this piece and hopefully I managed to portray the gentleness of Josephine’s embracing trees.

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Josephine Wall's Nature's Embrace

Josephine Wall’s Nature’s Embrace

I hand moulded the faces using Saracino Modelling Paste and then used the Zeelandia for the bark covering, making sure to mark the paste to recreate the bark and then allow it to fold over their backs and waists to show their emerging torsos. Nature’s trail follows them in the ivy and daisies resting on the edible moss floor and gently chasing up the  roots and bark surrounding them.

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Bridal Figurine Competition Entry

Bride Figurine Competition Entry

This Bridal Figurine Cake deserved first and foremost a mention of the occasion that it was created for and the wonderful women I had the privilege to meet on that occasion. My previous post has the full story of this wonderful day. As she turned out to be a really pretty figurine I have added here extra photos I took of her just prior to the competition.

I created her using Sweet Revolutions by Domy Woman Mould for her face and torso. These moulds have been amazing in that they allow me to make a figurine in a much shorter time frame. The beautiful Saracino paste, as always was amazing to work with and gave my bridal figurine a soft, gentle look as she stood elegantly in her lace dress.

Bride Figurine Competition Entry

I chose one of my favourite lace designs from Crystal Candy, Will-o-the-Wisp Mould for the lace covering of the dress. Underneath the lace I added a paper thin white Zeelandia paste dress from the waist down. The lace layer I wanted to be a separate layer so I attached it in a few places leaving the remaining lace to fall naturally over the bridal figurine and spill around her onto her cake. I cut out tiny pieces of the lace design to add as shoulder and bodice details and completed her with a simple swish of brunette sugar paste hair.

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I had no idea that creating this simple cake and figurine would lead to such an extraordinary day (so many of my sugar experiences are adventures …. but this one took the cake…!) Thank you to Santi Britz of iDUC and to Vanessa Broughton of Hostess Pro for your wonderful gifts you have given and continue giving in your own ways to women everywhere.

Hostess Pro & IDuc Competition

Santi Britz (IDuc) Lisa Cunningham (Cupcakes2Delite & Vanessa Broughton (Hostess Pro)

This tiny sugar paste duck I moulded using Zeelandia sugar paste and it represented the logo and the colours of the iDUC organisation. The iDUC sat proudly on my cake and now holds a special place in my heart as we learned the story of this humble symbol of comfort from Santi Britz herself.

Hostess Pro & IDuc Competition

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Hostess Pro & IDuc Competition

Certificate and Goodie Bag

Captain Morgan Cake

 

Captain Morgan Cake

This Captain Morgan Cake was one of those orders that was pure fun from start to finish and I was really sad to wave goodbye to this figurine as he departed for the wild waters of the Hartebeespoort Dam to be part of a birthday celebration. Thank you Tache for trusting me with this order for your friend and how awesome to include his love for Captain Morgan Rum in your order. You asked me for a pirate on a barrel and this pirate was really proud to stand on his barrel cake. Eat your heart out Johnny Depp as Captain Morgan stole my heart that weekend and looks like he may have stolen a few others! For the full effect I made a cola flavoured buttercream for this chocolate cake. Your words of thanks were awesome Tache:

Thank you so much Lisa! Everyone was mesmerized by your incredible work… so much so that the birthday boy refused to cut his cake and took it home with him 😂 no jokes! Thank you for creating this at such short notice and for pouring so much love into what you do 💕

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Once again I had fun working with my Saracino Modelling Paste and Sweet Revolutions by Domy Man Mould.

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Craig & Anthea’s Wedding Cake

Craig & Anthea's Wedding Cake

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.

Craig & Anthea's Wedding Cake

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.” 

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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).

Craig & Anthea's Wedding Cake

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!”

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Figurine for Vicky’s Birthday

Figurine For Vicky

This figurine was inspired by Isabel’s love for her beautiful daughter, Vicky, and by her excitement for me when I met Domy of Sweet Revolutions and bought her Woman and Man Set Moulds in Ireland in June. Not only could I resist creating a sugar paste vesion of Vicky with Saracino modelling paste, but it was great to try out my new moulds again!

My thank you from Isabel: “It was a total hit. Everybody was raving over it!!! Thank you once again!!!”

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