What is life without a hint of drama? This was the last of my pieces for the Crystal Candy Hobby X, 2017 display. A simple but effective sugar paste mask made to show off different techniques for using Crystal Candy products. I first embossed the sugar paste with a Crystal Candy Lace mat by gently pressing the mat into the rolled out sugar paste. I then added the sugar paste to the shaped mask & once dry I painted it black and then dusted it with Crystal Candy Lustre. The lace I added to one side of the mask to keep part of the embossed mask showing. The final step for some elegant drama was the addition of the dusted feathers and dainty pieces of lace peeking out behind the feathers. I added non-edible crystals as this was for show only. As Crystal Candy was show casing their brand new Edible Fabric, I cut 2 long strips of the Edible fabric and added these to the mask. The fabric folds and falls just as real fabric does so the ribbons fall naturally on your cake and there is no drying out and cracking in the draping of the ribbon.
I could never have imagined a few years ago when I attended my first Hobby X and admired all the beautiful works of art, that I would one day be asked to create for one of the stands.
Having worked with Crystal Candy Edible Fabric on my figurine, I was so excited when Ray asked me to create 3 exhibition cakes for her using her Edible Lace and Edible Fabric. The design for the lavender and cream were inspired by designer dresses and the dusty rose and copper cake was an adaptation from a cake by Evil Cake Genius. I will save the designs and ideas for another post! All 3 cakes and my figurine are on display at Hobby X, Johannesburg this weekend. Thank you Ray for trusting me with your display cakes and for giving me the opportunity to work with both your lace and your edible fabric.
New products in the baking world are like nuggets of gold to any baker so no wonder I had a glint in my eye when Ray of Crystal Candy asked me to try out her new Edible Fabric on a figurine for her. I was inspired by a wedding dress I had seen on Pinterest which was perfect to combine the Crystal Candy Lace and Edible Fabric. I used the Lady LoveLace Lace Mould to cover the bodice and fitted skirt of my figurine and then draped the satin look Edible Fabric to mimic the draped folds of the bridal dress. What a privilege to be asked to work with your new product Ray and create this sweet bride daintily clad in your Lace and Edible Fabric.
The beautiful peaceful gardens and Italian ambiance of Casalinga were the setting for the surprise 70th Birthday Lunch for Brenda last week and this pretty Pink Roses and Midnight Garden Lace Chocolate Cake looked so pretty on the table against the backdrop of greenery twinkling in the South African sunshine. Brenda met my mom in hospital over 48 years ago. My mom had just given birth to me and Brenda was about to give birth to her beautiful daughter, Robyn. They became life long friends and as my mom couldn’t be there for Brenda last week, it was so special for my dad and myself to be there with Brenda, her family and friends for her special celebration. Thanks to Tracey, Tom and Robyn; Brenda enjoyed a special lunch in a beautiful setting.
I made pretty pink sugar paste roses and added Midnight Garden Crystal Candy Lace to a chocolate ganached cake. I used the same mat to emboss the pink board around the cake and finished off with a woven pink ribbon.
Even though my children are well grown past the age of small character toys, I am often magically transported back to my childhood with so many of my cake orders for young children and this was definitely the case with this cake for Jané. Who could nor find these little Sylvanian Family characters an absolute delight at any age? What fun it must be for children to collect these sweet character families and all the room accessories that go with them. There is a beautiful innocence in the design of these characters that is refreshing to come across these days.
As Jané’s party was a sleepover party, her mom, Janita, asked me to do a bed with these 6 Sylvanian Family characters on and around the bed. The colour palette was a pale pink and delphinium blue, so I embossed a rose pink sugar paste with daisies and covered the bed with this adding the white paste for the sheet along with the Crystal Candy Graceland LaceMold lace trim. I lightly air brushed the pink duvet cover and blush pink throw and also the wood embossed headboard and base board of the bed. The blue pillows and floor mat were the perfect addition for the accent of blue on this pretty bed.
The characters included a Zeelandia sugar paste rabbit, mouse, hedgehog, squirrel, cat and piglet all from the Sylvanian Family collection. I matched the outfits as closely as possible to the photos Janita sent me and then popped two of the happy creatures on their comfy bed and the remaining four on the wood embossed sugar paste floor. The baby hedgehog stole my heart with her cute hair do and gorgeous dress. Janita was once again delighted with this cake for her daughter and the best compliment ever was her saying that she loves ordering cakes from me as it makes her feel like a child again!
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.
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!
Thulani is a gentle, quiet man who makes us ladies magic cappuccinos and smoothies when we visit The Den at Trinityhouse, Randpark Ridge. I was showing off a couple of pictures of my Baby Shower Cake Topper to Lisa and Thulani mentioned that his daughter was turning 3 and that he would like me to make a cake for her. What could be more perfect for Dineo, celebrating her 3rd birthday with her family, than a bright pink teddy in a pastel pink tutu adorned with lace flowers cut out from a Crystal Candy, Midnight Garden lace design. The separate butterflies from this same mat I added as tiny features to the completed cake.
Dineo’s tutu-ed teddy needed a beautiful cake to sit on and I covered a decadent chocolate cake in a white chocolate ganache before covering it in a the palest of pink fondant. I used my new Crystal Candy, Will-o-the-wisp, lace mat and wrapped the cake in these delicate lace patterns allowing some of the design to gently kiss the embossed pink cake board. Mini non-pareil centred blossoms were perfect flower centres to the pretty lace and made this cake perfect for a little girl’s birthday celebration. Happy Birthday Dineo!