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Valentine’s Day Cake Tutorial

Valentine's Day Cake

Combining passion and romance for Valentine’s Day with Crystal Candy Passion and Romantique Stencils. These are the photos from a photographic tutorial on using Crystal Candy Cake Artistry Edible Gel and Crystal Candy Stencils to make an elegant Valentine’s Day Cake.

Valentine's Day Cake

Crystal Candy Stencils are an invitation to play with design and colour in a new way for me. I have always been hesitant to stencil on a cake covered in fondant as I always thought what if I make a mistake or don’t press hard enough etc and ruin my fondant. This stencilling onto edible paper was a way for me to practise stencilling and gain more confidence and I was really chuffed with how it turned out. Using a blob of Crystal Candy Cake Artistry edible gel in red, I spread this across the Romantique stencil, with its swirls of hearts amidst elegant whirls and dots.

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I just love that I surprise myself every time I lift the stencil and reveal the printed pattern on the edible paper. I have to admit, I did a small whirl in my kitchen with delight at this new stencil.

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Pops of red fondant hearts on wire to give height to my cake….

Valentine's Day Cake

…..and more stencilling, this time with the Passion stencil and black edible gel onto a red fondant heart.

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Finished cake with edible paper beautifully and simply stencilled, red stencilled heart and matching red hearts just because there can’t be too much love on Valentine’s Day!

Valentine's Day Cake

My embossed pristine white board with tiny hearts and detail to complement the theme of Love is in the air…..& most of all on this cake!

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The happy ending of this romantic bake….thank you Ray and Crystal Candy for more awesome products to enhance our cake decorating adventure!

To all my fellow bakers, may there always be an abundance of love sprinkled on every cake creation that you dream up!

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Welcome to your New Home Cupcakes

New Home Cupcakes

Michelle had the sweet idea to welcome her new neighbours with a gift of homemade cupcakes, and she asked me to make cupcakes with little houses on them. I cut out small houses and then used different strip and swirl moulds to add the roof and roses detail. Tiny shuttered windows and bright yellow door knobs completed these Welcome to Your New Home cupcake toppers. This sweet gift won the hearts of the family next door who thoroughly enjoyed Michelle’s delicious welcoming treat.

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Baby Girl Christening Cake

Baby Girl Christening Cake

Baby Chelce, her gorgeous sister and her mom and dad came all the way from Australia for her Christening celebration in South Africa.  Her grandmother, Catherine, was so excited to be sharing this celebration with all her family and friends and she wanted a special cake in pink and white with a sugar paste figurine of her beautiful granddaughter.

Baby Girl Christening Cake

I made a delicious vanilla sponge with a strawberry jam and buttercream filling and a buttercream coating.  I popped this gorgeous soft sponge cake onto and embossed board before completing with Chelce’s name, pink and white rolled sugar paste roses and finally a cute sugar paste Chelce figurine. Thank you so much Catherine for your wonderful excitement on seeing the cake you had ordered and for inviting Ed and I to be part of such a special day with your family.  We still need to set a date for more declicious cake testing!

Baby Girl Christening Cake

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!

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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

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Bo’s 21st Cake

21st Birthday Hat Box Cake

What a pleasure it was to create this cake for Bo for her 21st.  The photos Stephanie, her mom, sent to me showed a beautiful, poised and elegant young woman and it was fun to translate these characteristics into a sugar paste figurine for her 21st Cake.  I had to create long eyelashes, silky brunette hair and a gorgeous curvaceous figure dressed in a sexy deep coral dress.  Bo’s sister, Amy, also wanted me to add on pretty jewelry.  It is all this love and understanding that my clients show for the person who is celebrating that make me want to create the perfect cake for them.

21st Birthday Hat Box Cake

Stephanie and Amy’s idea was to have a Hat Box Cake with their beautiful Bo sitting on the box. As Bo was completing her course in BConsumer Science in Clothing and Retail Management, I thought it would be great to add details reflecting her passions. The cake board I covered in embossed sugar paste with movement on the board to reflect fabric. I added my favourite Crystal Candy Lace I made using Crystal Candy Midnight Garden Lace mat, which I dusted a soft gold.  Gold and silver antique scissors, gold buttons and rolled ‘fabric’ coral roses, a coral rose and a name tag completed Bo’s Coral and Gold Hat Box Cake.

21st Birthday Hat Box Cake

Not only was this cake delectable looking but inside revealed a chocolate cake, layered with raspberry buttercream and coated in chocolate ganache. On collecting the cake, Stephanie and Amy loved the cake and I was delighted that they had trusted me with their order.

Stephanie … ” Thank you Lisa for this beautiful cake, we loved it. “

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‘Fantastical’ Bug Cupcakes

Cute Bug Cupcakes

I am not sure if this post is about keeping it all in the cupcake family or keeping the family in cupcakes, as Michelle trusted me with yet another order for a family celebration. This time it was Cute Bug Cupcakes or as Michelle nicknamed them, ‘Fantastical’ Bug Cupcakes for her granddaughter’s first birthday party. Ava is as cute as a button and deserved to be surprised with her fantasy sugar paste butterflies, ladybugs, dragonflies, worms and bees all in soft shades of pastel pink, blue, yellow and green.

Cute Bug Cupcakes

As usual, I was so touched by Michelle’s thank you message to me….

“Ava couldn’t stop squealing with delight when she saw her ‘fantastical’ bug birthday cupcakes . . . one very happy tiny customer! Once again a huge thank you from our family for adding the ‘sparkle’ to yet another of our gatherings. No celebration would be the same without your creative talent setting the theme and adding just the right amount of whimsy. A flutter of butterfly thank you kisses from all of us.”

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Two ‘bees in a pod’ below resting sweetly on their fantasy leaves, cute pink and yellow butterflies with their embossed wings and cheeky snails completed this array of baby insects for Ava’s cupcakes.

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My thank you from Candy and Ava…

“I just wanted to thank you for making the most incredible cupcakes for Ava’s first birthday. You really are phenomenal and they added ‘sparkle’ to a very special day! Thanks again, love Candy and Ava”

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Sweet Succulent Cupcakes

Succulent Cupcakes

Just a quick few photos of Succulent Cupcakes I made recently for a client. I always love making these sugar succulents as they are fun to recreate. I added crushed Oreo biscuits to the swirls of buttercream to give a soil effect before adding the sugar plants. They never seem to go out of fashion!

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