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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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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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Birthe’s Book Cake

Travelling, Sewing & Gardening Book Cake

“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.

Travelling, Sewing & Gardening Book Cake

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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Red & Black Flower Cupcakes for a 21st!

Red & Black Flower Cupcakes

What could be more fun and elegant than celebrating your 21st Birthday with a colour scheme of bright red, black and a hint of silver? Thank you Sharon for trusting me with Shayna’s 21st Birthday cupcake order and for allowing me to add my designs to the initial photo ideas you sent me. I made 2 different large flower designs: the red with 2 embossed & frilled petals and the black with 3 frilled open rose layers. Fantasy flowers are never complete with a generous sprinkling of pearly beads in their centres so silver and red beads were perfect for this colour scheme.

 

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The smaller embossed flowers were completed with tiny beaded centres and rolled roses & I decorated the cupcakes with contrasting pearls and baby blossoms. Thank you for your wonderful feedback Sharon and I am so pleased to hear that all your cupcakes were enjoyed at the party.

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Baby Animals Cake

Baby Animals Cake

What a cute way to start off 2017 with this Baby Animals Cake. As I blog, 2 year old twins, Christopher and Erin, are celebrating their birthday with family and friends. Jan and Sue decided on a Wild Baby Animal Theme for their cake and my only brief was that it needed to include 6 of their favourite wild animals.

Baby Animals Cake

Lording over the cake, in sweet golden yellow style, is a baby lion. He has made himself at home in the grass and looks on nonchalantly at the other animals. The zebra is Christopher’s favourite animal and he has the same sweet expression and curly hair tumbling onto his forehead as Christopher has. He is sitting close to the giraffe, Erin’s favourite animal. She is just as pretty as Erin and is peeping out inquisitively from her leafy tree. The hippo wallowing in his pool, the baby elephant looking sleepily at the rest of the gang and the impish monkey swinging from the tree complete the baby wildlife for the cake. Thank you again for your order Jan and Sue and enjoy the antics that Christopher and Erin are sure to get up to at their party!

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Bride & Groom, Romance & Lace

Bride & Groom (Lace) Figurines

Inspired by the photo of this bride’s exquisite lace dress for her wedding day, the groom’s elegant suit and the fun photos of this couple together, I created this Bride and Groom Sugar Paste Couple for Mandy-Lou of Annah-Fudge Gourmet Cupcakes.  After having tried every sugar paste available on our South African market for modelling faces and figurines, I am delighted to say I finally found one that is just so easy to use for modelling and that is, Zeelandia Sugar Paste. It is not quite as magnificent as the Italian modelling paste I have been privileged to use but it rushes up to the winning post as a really close 2nd.  It is beautifully pliable and does not get the cracks and quick drying out flaws that our other pastes so easily get. It also colours beautifully with gel and powder colours. A huge thank you to Kelly Jayne’s in Decor Park for stocking this wonderful paste, it has made a huge difference to the quality of my modelling work and is saving me loads of  time with it being so easy to use. No more tearing my hair out to create beautiful faces! These 2 characters perfectly show off the soft translucency of this paste for figurine work.

Bride & Groom (Lace) Figurines

The Zeelandia paste was also perfect for this bride’s dress as I needed it to fall as elegantly and simply as the actual wedding dress. I draped the paste on my petite figurine and then added the lace detail of the dress by first making some lace using the Crystal Candy Midnight Garden Lace Silicone Mould and their Crystal Lace-Signature Blend. The lace mimicked the intricate details of the brides lace dress and with this lace detail I was able to capture the open lacey back of the dress with the added pearls for the button detail. No wonder this sugar bride looks so beautifully radiant and serene showing off her gorgeous dress. The sugar groom was not to be totally outshone by his bride and he is proudly wearing his long-tailed jacket and bright purple cravat and waist coat. Once again Zeelandia paste to my rescue for the soft cuff, tails and collar details of his crisp white shirt. Wishing this couple all joy and love as they begin their journey as husband and wife!

Bride & Groom (Lace) Figurines

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Christmas Flavoured Birthday Love!

Christmas Cranberry, Fruit & Chocolate Cupcakes

After I had experimented with these Christmas Cranberry, Fruit & Chocolate Cupcakes, my husband, Eddie, declared them the best cupcakes I had ever made! This is a huge compliment from a man who has sampled absolutely everything that has been created in the Cupcakes2Delite Kitchen. With his birthday being a week after the sampling of these cupcakes he proceeded to place his order for his birthday celebration, Christmas Cranberry, Fruit & Chocolate Cupcakes with a sprinkling of icing sugar and nothing else.

Into the birthday cupcake batter I added cinammon, nutmeg, all-spice and then generous handfuls of plump cranberries, dried pineapple & mango and dark chocolate drops. Inspired by Eddie’s love for the simplicity in these cupcakes, I photographed them with their sprinkling of icing sugar and of course a mad helping of red polka dot cupcake holders and a red declaration of love for the man who is my world. These cupcakes will definitely be on the menu for Christmas with perhaps just a splash of Amarula Gold for total decadence.

Christmas Cranberry, Fruit & Chocolate Cupcakes

Christmas Cranberry, Fruit & Chocolate Cupcakes

Christmas Cranberry, Fruit & Chocolate Cupcakes