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Paddy’s Day Popcorn

Paddy's Day Popcorn

Paddy’s Day Popcorn ….. perfect for leprechauns, fairies, elves and in fact any one with a sweet tooth celebrating St Patrick’s Day today! Pop a bag of popcorn kernals in the microwave and have all your sweet additions ready alongside your popcorn. I chose green and gold sprinkles, green speckled eggs, white mini marshmallows and some pretzels that I dipped in green chocolate and sprinkled with tiny gold beads.

Paddy's Day Popcorn

I tried out Act 2 Popcorn in Sweet and Salty flavour & have to admit it is delicious ready popped even without all the added sweet treats. I melted white chocolate and added an oil based apple flavouring to the chocolate before pouring it all over the popped corn. All the treats added to the mixture made a gorgeous, tasty and totally fun Paddy’s Day treat.

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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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Christmas Wreath Cake

Christmas Wreath Cake with Candied Oranges

Inspired by everything beautiful about Christmas, oranges, nuts, chocolates, candy canes & something sparkly, this Christmas Wreath Cake was a perfect addition to our Christmas Scrapbooking party.

Christmas Wreath Cake with Candied Oranges

I made an orange sponge cake in a ring mould, turned it out and sliced it in half. Puffs of Flavour Nation Passion Fruit butter cream reunite the two halves and provide a soft cushion for all the goodies on top. The roses were a perfect marriage of the orange flavour theme as well as the rich Christmas red for the occasion, so they went onto the cake first with two candy canes resting in front of them. A red and gold covered chocolate Christmas bauble balanced the red on the plate alongside the cake.

Christmas Wreath Cake with Candied Oranges

Orange candied slices stand glistening in the buttercream puffs and the final addition of flaked chocolate logs, almonds, pieces of goji berry and beetroot granola and rose gold dusted Chuckles rounded off (excuse the pun) the Christmas wreath look for this cake. All that was left was for the girls to enjoy every slice amidst happy Christmas cheer.

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Flower 21st Cake

Flower 21st Cake

Sadie celebrated her 21st Birthday earlier this year ….. yes much earlier …. I have been away too long from my blogging!  This layered cake was a huge trend in the cake world this year and it is always difficult to make a trendy cake original.  When Di ordered this particular design for her daughter, I was so delighted to take part in this 2018 trend.

Flower 21st Cake

Di’s brief was a citrus flavoured cake and pink decorations, so I opted for 1 delicious orange sponge cake & the other a naughty naartjie flavour with puffs of zesty lemon buttercream between the 2 sponge layers and on top. If you look closely you will see I piped the meringue kisses in different styled swirls and combinations of soft and vibrant pinks & sprinkled them with tiny white beads. What you can’t see is that these tiny sweet kisses were a delicious passion fruit flavour. Flavour Nation made 2018 just the most delicious year ever as they introduced us to over 70 gorgeous water-based flavours.  I will admit here that my collection is growing weekly and many of the fruit flavours have been used to enhance 1 or 2 G&T’s this year!!!!

Flower 21st Cake

Roses tinged with bright pink and perfectly pert strawberries were all I needed to complete this delicious ensemble and I an embossed white fondant board just added the extra elegance.

Thank you Di and Sadie for another Cupcakes2Delite order and for allowing me to play with one of the sweet trends of 2018.

Flower 21st Cake
Flower 21st Cake

Unicorn Cupcakes – creating sweet magic!

Unicorn Cupcakes

The Unicorn craze has hit Cupcake2Delite blog here with this order of cupcakes for Sharon’s daughter’s 6th birthday. It is always tricky to make something that is being produced by almost every baker, uniquely mine, so these are definitely inspired by the hundreds of unicorn cupcake images. I hand moulded the unicorn horns and then painted them with Crystal Candy Diamond Lustre Dust in Autumn Harvest which is a pretty rose gold colour. I added cute ears dainty flowers and sprinkles in mixed colours. These all settled into rainbow swirls of pink, lilac and blue buttercream resulted in the Cupcakes2Delite version of Unicorn Cupcakes. Happy 6th Birthday Thando!

Unicorn Cupcakes

From Sharon: “Hi Lisa! the class is still talking about Thando’s birthday and especially the cupcakes!  As usual, they were yummy! Thanks once again!”

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Softball Birthday Cake for Megan

Softball Birthday Cake

This Softball Birthday Cake was a ‘homerun’ of a cake for Megan’s birthday earlier this year. It is always fun to have a challenge to create something new from chocolate modelling paste and this softball glove and ball were new for me. The closest I have got to anything softball has been to admire the photo accolade of Megan being chosen to play for Gauteng Softball while she was a school softball athlete. The chocolate modelling paste was easily formed into this glove … I had a real one to guide me for the shaping, stitching and lacing … my stitching tool came in handy and strips of black modelling chocolate were perfect to finish off the lacing detail.

This sport has remained a passion for Megan through her years of study at university and it was such a fun idea her mom had to use this as the theme for her celebration cake. It was a pleasure to create this cool cake for you Megan.

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Basset Wedding Couple

Basset Wedding Couple Cake Topper

These 2 sugar Bassets completely stole my heart and it was hard to let them go on their merry way to celebrate a wedding. This is another story where my client, Nicole, asked me to make a Basset Wedding Couple in sugar for her sister’s wedding. Not being a natural at creating animals, I was hesitant to accept the order and then not be able to capture the cute spirit of the 2 bassets in the photograph Nicole sent me. With my client’s faith in me, I hand modeled these 2 characters and finished the shy but pretty bride basset with her rose lace veil and her dashing groom with his top hat and jacket. Thanks Nicole for allowing me to breath some sugar life into your family bassets for such a beautiful wedding.

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