Even if I had had a crystal ball in 2011, when I started Cupcakes2Delite, I could never have predicted how my friends would become an intricate part in the story of my business. The fun, the learning and the inspiration I have received from them is woven into the history of the writing of this blog.
Wendy celebrated her 50th Birthday in the September of 2013, and she asked me to do her birthday cupcakes with a blue roses theme. I made her cupcakes and as a small gift added a 6 inch cake with a topper of blue & white roses, a butterfly & flowers on embossed sugar paste (pictured below). I blogged the birthday cake and cupcakes in a post Beautiful In Shades of Blue. In 2013, I had very little experience in the art of sugar flowers and didn’t even know what flower paste was. I was really proud of this little work of art though and it meant so much to Wendy that she kept the topper until last year when she asked me if I could redo it for her as it was looking a little sad!
Wendy’s 50th Cake & Cupcakes 2013
Here is the same topper renewed and upgraded in 2017. I kept the topper to a tiny 5 inch size to fit into the glass display dome (thanks Ivana for spotting the perfect dome…..my friends even know what I am looking for when they are out shopping!)
The reward of seeing the growth in my sugar skills cannot surpass all the years of friendship with Wendy, but how awesome that the years of friendship have inspired the contrast of these 2 sugar pieces. Thank you Wendy for trusting me all those years ago with your birthday cupcakes and for loving something so simple that I had made for you, that you wanted it again to keep for another few years. I am honoured that this tiny rose display in its glass dome will think it is a sugar jewel sitting amidst your precious Swarovski pieces!
Great friends like great books are to be treasured for life! Michelle is one of those great friends who fills my life with joy, much laughter and fun. She is there not only for the fun times but also for the tough times and she has enough love and care to do this with all her family and friends. When it came to designing a cake for her Fab 50th Birthday I needed to include Michelle’s family and friends in the theme as they are so special to her. It also had to be soft, feminine and pretty and it had to last through 3 different birthday celebrations. The first occasion was a surprise birthday celebration hosted by Angela for Michelle and all the Wacky Wednesday Scrapbookers. The pastel pink book at the bottom of the pile pictured above was especially for this occasion. I baked a delicious raspberry sponge with a Vanilla bean filling and chocolate ganache and I titled it, Eat, Laugh and Scrap as that pretty much sums us up! True to form we did eat the gorgeous grub prepared by Angela, we laughed loudly and of course took loads of photos to scrapbook.
Michelle then celebrated with her family and friends on a balmy Saturday evening and I used the top 4 books again for her cake for this occasion. I had made these books as false cakes for this reason and the first book on the board I made a delicious strawberry sponge with a Candy Cane flavoured filling. I covered this book in Michelle’s favourite duck egg blue and titled it, Family & Friends. The pink floral embossed book at the top of the pile had to be for Michelle and this I titled Fab 50 for her because she is just fabulous in every way. My son came up with the ‘catchy’ title for Marco’s book. Marco was Michelle’s Catch of the Day the day she fell in love with him and chose him as her lifelong husband, friend and partner. Marco has also been spotted in one of his favourite spots fishing quietly and contemplating life. Shayna, Michelle’s daughter, wasn’t able to be at the party as she has gone Big in Japan& settled into her wonderful adventure and life in Japan. Michelle had a wonderful trip to visit Shayna a few months ago and they shared so many treasured moments seeing the beautiful blossoms and flowers of the Japanese spring. Brandon, Michelle’s son, has definitely caught the Travel Bug so his book was aptly named. I added embossed ships and compasses to this book. The sugar paste roses, heart and buttons complete the feminine look for Michelle’s cake.
The final celebration of the wonderful trio of parties was a high tea Michelle hosted for her girl friends and again we celebrated with delicious food and cake. In addition to the cake I made vanilla bean cupcakes in a jar with pretty sugar paste roses and flowers and these were gifts for her friends. The soft pretty flowers were a perfect ending to a wonderful day for an amazing and truly special friend!