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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.

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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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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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Chocolate Delight & Cream 80th Cake

Chocolate Delight & Cream Flowers 80th Cake

As usual, a pleasure baking for your family celebrations Vee! You chose this delicious rich chocolate cake with Amarula buttercream for your mom’s 80th Birthday.  I love that you chose the cream flowers as they contrasted so beautifully against the combed chocolate buttercream. Espresso mini meringues and chocolate balls, cream fondant rope detail and an embossed cream cake board completed the cake for this occasion.

Thanks Teigh and Carmen for my birthday voucher from Hostess Pro . I was so chuffed to be able to get this rope mould (among others) to add to my collection, it is always fun to have something different to finish off my cakes. Vanessa has such a wonderful selection to choose from so my just have to take another drive out to her shop in Pretoria!

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Sweet words of thank from Vee: “Darling Lisa, thank you so much for the absolutely beautiful, delish cake. Everyone commented on it – it was such a great hit. You are a star.”

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White Ruffle Flower Birthday Cake

White Ruffle Flower Birthday Cake

Simple but effective vanilla bean with vanilla buttercream cake for Ona’s mom’s 50th Birthday. This was an all white cake with softly ruffled sugar paste flowers & pearlized chocolate balls for decoration. I used a mixture of non-pereils and pearls from Jodees to sprinkle on the top of the cake and to finish off the cake board and some of the smaller flowers.

Sweet words of thanks from Ona: “Hi Lisa. The cake was lovely! Everyone enjoyed it! And my mom loved how it looked..100%. It literally was the cherry on the top! Thank you so much.”

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Pets Cake for Kirsten

Pets Birthday Cake

Natanya and her family have 2 gorgeous labradors and 5 beautiful cats that they not only adore, but that all had to fit onto one cake for her daughter, Kirsten’s 17th Birthday Cake. Thank you Natanya for sending through loads of photos of these furry friends. Luckily for me non of them are camera shy and I was able to try and represent each of them in sugar for Kirsten.

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I am guessing that at times they cause chaos and mayhem in their household, but I have shown them here sitting peacefully together, all looking like butter wouldn’t melt in their mouths! It was great to make you all, Spock, Mac, Leo, Luna, Pixie, Bella and Astro! Happy 17th Birthday Kirsten and I am so pleased you loved your cakes and all your little sugar animal figurines!

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Bella and Astro below looking as good as gold, but bet they are as mischievous as all labradors can be!

Pets Birthday Cake

Pixie is a cute white kitten and I made her with Zeelandia Sugar Paste!

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Rugby Figurine Birthday Cake

Rugby Player Figurine Cake

A bit of a belated post of this Rugby Figurine Cake I created for Reece’s 18th Birthday shortly before flying off to Ireland. Reece had just suffered a 2nd major rugby injury to his knee and underwent a 2nd operation meaning that he wasn’t able to play serious competitive rugby again. I thought long and hard whether this figurine was then the right figurine of Reece for his cake as I didn’t want to make him sad on his birthday. Inspired by this photograph taken by his dad and inspired by the passion he portrayed in his weekend festival of rugby I went ahead with it and hoped it would be accepted with the admiration it came with.

Rugby Player Figurine Cake

You could never capture in sugar the passion and determination this young man showed for his sport and his team mates. He worked for over 9 months with fierce drive to recover from a previous injury in order to play in such a prestigious school event. I witnessed him running on to the field with a pride I hadn’t witnessed in someone so young and then saw him play some awesome games that showed his passion for his sport. The pain and devastation that everyone around him felt for him with his 2nd injury that weekend, taking him out of the remaining games, left us truly winded. However Reece arrived back onto the field, cheering and encouraging (… and whatever else guys do….) his team from the side! I think you honestly believed your crutches were for waving and encouraging the dudes and not for holding you up!!! In those moments Reece, you showed true sportsmanship and passion for your sport, and you were and still are an inspiration to all around you. You certainly taught me that, even when the going gets tough, it is the spirit and loyalty  you show in adversity that creates the person you are! Thank you for sharing this passion and love, as well as all your other amazing characteristics with us, making us laugh and smile along the way. If you take all this strength ahead with you in every adventure your life leads you into, you won’t need rugby boots to fly, just yourself!

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PS….you have way better hair than I managed to capture in strands of sugar!

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