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Picture This Cupcake Class – held at Kelly Jayne’s

Picture This Cupcakes - Cupcakes 2 Delite Class at Kelly Jayne's

The Picture This Cupcake Class was one of my favourite to present last year at Kelly Jayne’s, Decor Park. With my love for small details and colour, these moulded frames with their tiny flower details were perfect for me to design and teach. My inspiration came from small clay frames seen on Pinterest and the small moulds I had for flowers.

Picture This Cupcakes

This group of ladies worked hard to create 6 mini frames with their sugar flower “paintings”. Each collection of sugar art work was unique and they certainly allowed their creativity to translate into gorgeous mini masterpieces. The best part of teaching is meeting new students and introducing them to another sugar art concept and then sharing their sense of accomplishment. Thank you to Kelly Jayne’s for hosting this class and well done ladies! Thanks for the great feedback on this class.

Picture This Class - Kelly Jayne's
Picture This Class - Kelly Jayne's
Picture This Class - Kelly Jayne's
Picture This Class - Kelly Jayne's
Picture This Cupcakes

The moulds for these picture frames and mini blossoms are available from Kerry of Fondant Solutions. The fine filigree detailed mould is a Katy Sue Mould.

Picture This Cupcakes
Picture This Cupcakes
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Rose Cake Macaron Tower – Helen’s 50th

Rose Cake Macaron Tower

A walk through Helen’s garden is a gift of tranquility, beauty, love and floral passion. Helen’s gentle touch and knowledge can be seen in every living space of her garden and home. It was with this in mind that I designed her 50th Birthday Rose Cake Macaron Tower. The brief was roses and pale pastel colours with macarons inspired by a family visit to the Laduree shop in Paris.

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I made these roses from flower paste, carefully dusted in pastel shades of yellow, pink and peach. The pastel macarons completed the tower cake: soft yellow (lemon flavoured), perfect rose (rose water flavoured), pastel green (made with a combination of pistachio and almond flour), pretty orange (orange blossom) and pale brown (chocolate flavoured with cocoa).

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Beautifully displayed in Helen’s home, this cake showcased her personality and it was a pleasure to create this cake and then to share in such a beautifully planned 50th celebration.

Thank you for your kind words Helen:

” Thank you so much for the most incredible cake and macarons. You are a genius. It was perfect… the subtle delicate flavours, the subtle colours, everything.”

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Unicorn & Triceratops Birthday Cake

Unicorn & Triceratops Birthday Cake

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.

Unicorn & Triceratops Birthday Cake

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.

Unicorn & Triceratops Birthday Cake

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.

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Blair & Duncan’s Wedding Cake & Macarons

Wedding Cake - Blair & Duncan

Sitting in a warm coffee shop in a freezing cold London in Dec 2017 together with Blair was the first I heard of Blair’s plans for her wedding back in Johannesburg. What a contrast to the beautiful August day a few months later that Blair and Duncan shared for their wedding here in South Africa with family and friends. When Blair mentioned a cupcake tower for her wedding cake, I had only tried macarons a few times and had given a few classes and demos on how to make them. As Blair was adamant I was making her cake, I set out to perfect these tiny (often troublesome) bites of deliciousness.

Wedding Cake - Blair & Duncan

My inspiration was Blair’s choice of an Autumn Sunset colour palette and Carol Anne’s meticulous planning of every detail of this wedding & her choice of flowers that would bring to life the colour palette. The result was a colourful ombre macaron tower topped with the wedding cake with an array of sugar paste flowers. The final flourish was the B & D initial topper cut by Rebecca at The Crazy Lemon to match the initials on the wedding invitation. I painted the back of the clear cut initials to match the invite colour.

Wedding Cake - Blair & Duncan

I chose to make  a peachy coral rose, yellow and purple ranunculus and white sweet peas to top the white fondant cake.

The macarons in the matching colours were from top to bottom; blue – Flavour Nation Hazelnut, purple – Flavour Nation Grape, berry – Flavour Nation Mixed Berry, peach – Flavour Nation Naartjie and mustard – Flavour Nation Passion Fruit. Huge thanks to Andre Sonnekus who photographed the macarons so beautifully. More of the perfect moments Andre captured will be featured in my next post.

Thank you again Blair for the opportunity to be part of your wedding day in such a special and colourful way!

Blair & Duncan's Macaron Tower - Andre Sonnekus Photo

Photograph – Courtesy of Andre Sonnekus Photography

Blair & Duncan's Macaron Tower - Andre Sonnekus Photo

Photograph – Courtesy of Andre Sonnekus Photography

Blair & Duncan's Macaron Tower - Andre Sonnekus Photo

Photograph – Courtesy of Andre Sonnekus Photography

 

Pink & White Roses for Jan

Pink & White Flower Paste Roses

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.

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Wendy’s Roses Then(2013) & Now(2017)

Wendy's Rose Cake Topper

Even if I had had a crystal ball in 2011, when I started Cupcakes2Delite, I could never have predicted how my friends would become an intricate part in the story of my business. The fun, the learning and the inspiration I have received from them is woven into the history of the writing of this blog.

Wendy's Rose Cake Topper

Wendy celebrated her 50th Birthday in the September of 2013, and she asked me to do her birthday cupcakes with a blue roses theme. I made her cupcakes and as a small gift added a 6 inch cake with a topper of blue & white roses, a butterfly & flowers on embossed sugar paste (pictured below). I blogged the birthday cake and cupcakes in a post Beautiful In Shades of Blue. In 2013, I had very little experience in the art of sugar flowers and didn’t even know what flower paste was. I was really proud of this little work of art though and it meant so much to Wendy that she kept the topper until last year when she asked me if I could redo it for her as it was looking a little sad!

Wendy's 50th Cake & Cupcakes 2013

Wendy’s 50th Cake & Cupcakes 2013

Wendy's Rose Cake Topper

Here is the same topper renewed and upgraded in 2017. I kept the topper to a tiny 5 inch size to fit into the glass display dome (thanks Ivana for spotting the perfect dome…..my friends even know what I am looking for when they are out shopping!)

The reward of seeing the growth in my sugar skills cannot surpass all the years of friendship with Wendy, but how awesome that the years of friendship have inspired the contrast of these 2 sugar pieces. Thank you Wendy for trusting me all those years ago with your birthday cupcakes and for loving something so simple that I had made for you, that you wanted it again to keep for another few years. I am honoured that this tiny rose display in its glass dome will think it is a sugar jewel sitting amidst your precious Swarovski pieces!

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Wendy Figurine on Books

Wendy Figurine on Books

As 2018 starts, I find I have a few cakes and sugar pieces that I still have not blogged, however the new year is always a time of reflection of the year that has just swiftly wizzed by, mixed with the anticipation of the beginning of a new chapter. My life, and not just my sugar life, is recorded in special anecdotes on my Cupcakes2Delite blog which you are now reading. Initially I started this blog because I wanted to leave behind some sort of photographic legacy of what I had learnt to create. It then quickly changed into a way that I could show my appreciation for the family and friends in my life and has now shown me just how much I have evolved in these years as a sugar artist.

Wendy Figurine on BooksI paid tribute to my blogging guru, Wendy, in Jan 2014, in my post about the Wine Fairy I created for her birthday. The little Wine Fairy captured the character of Wendy with her black bob and red and black outfit. Wendy kept this little figurine all the way to 2017, when she finally true to her name became ‘legless’ (the figurine that is and not Wendy)!!!

Wine Fairy Figurine for Wendy, Jan 2014

Wine Fairy Figurine for Wendy, Jan 2014

With my anticipation for 2018, came the need to say a thank you in the form of an ‘updated’ Wendy figurine for Wendy as all my hours of baking, designing, creating, photographing and writing would not have been recorded if it wasn’t for this blog that Wendy patiently taught me how to set up. Thank you Wendy for sewing that blogging seed in my brain and making it seem like an intriguing way to record my story. Not only has it been fun to write my own posts but it has been fun to be invited to write guest posts on other blogs.

My 2018, Modern Day Wendy Figurine, had to show the Wendy we know today.  You will be pleased to see Wendy, that  you have developed a gorgeous decolletage since 2014,  and your little figurine is showing off your brand new funky, spikey hair style (thanks to Craig and his magic scissors), a sassy new figure and of course most importantly your love for books! I chose the last 3 books you excitedly posted on facebook as a pretty perch for your sugar butt. Thank you for all the gorgeous books, old and new, that you choose for us to read, it certainly makes my literary life that much more interesting!

Wendy Figurine on Books

Thanks to you, I have been able to share my blogging knowledge and encourage others to use blogging as a business tool for their sugar and other work. Thanks to you the pages of my life have a way to be shared with my family, friends, clients and teachers. Enjoy your new little Wendy and here’s to 2018 being a fantastic sequal to 2017!

 

Wendy Figurine on Books

Wendy Figurine on Books

Wendy Figurine on Books

Sugar Paste Figurines

Now and Then Wendy Figurines