This Gorilla Backpack Cake was inspired by Shaunagh’s excitement prior to her going to see the gorillas in Uganda for her birthday this August and by Grace Stevens delightful African Explorer Cake in her first book, Celebration Cakes. I haven’t done many carved cakes so it was a new challenge to take on this cake. With the clear instructions from Grace’s book it was a fun baking project and I was chuffed with the way it turned out for Shaunagh’s birthday celebration. The sugar gorilla figurine I added next to the backpack as a fun element for Shaunagh before she left to visit the beautiful gorillas. Luckily Shaunagh returned with no wildlife in her backpack and only perfect pictures to record the memories that she would treasure of her visit to Uganda.
November really can’t come soon enough with the launch of Grace Stevens of Cupcakesbydesign second book! This Vicci Fairy class she taught in Johannesburg is one of the delightful figurines that will feature in her new book and it was such fun taking part in this class with Grace. Fashioned after Vicci of Victoria Bean Bakery, this sugar figurine had to have really long legs finished off in funky boots. Thanks Grace for another class of fun, laughter and really awesome sugar art! I made Vicci in light brown boots and a vibrant coral petal dress and gave her funky blonde hair to match her fun character! She may be a little too sexy for a fairy but all fairies have to take time off to party and how could she not feel just that much more special dressed in her petite sugar flower petals?
It is always a pleasure to be transported into Grace Stevens‘ magical world of sugar art when she flies up to Johannesburg to present her sugar art classes. In this class, The Vicci Fairy, we were taken back to that fun childhood time where fairies were real and danced with abandon at the bottom of our gardens and Grace invited us each to bring these fairies to life in sugar. This tall and elegant fairy in her long boots and petal dress slowly came to life and eventually smiled mischievously at us once we had finished crafting her. Thanks Grace for once again sharing your magical talent, knowledge, stories and most of all your passion for sugar art with us in this delightful course.
Proudly holding our Vicci Fairies after the course with Grace Stevens, pictured 3rd from the left in the back row. So delighted to share such a brilliant day with all these ladies.
Last Thursday, 10 aspiring Ballet Figurine Sugar Artists welcomed Grace Stevens to Johannesburg where she presented her Ballerina Figurine Class. It is always a pleasure to be taught by Grace as she fills every moment of her classes with her remarkable talent, which she shares with carefree abandon, as well as her wacky sense of humour and her genuine passion for her craft. I must be honest I did have a sense of trepidation when I saw Grace’s beautifully balanced ballerina in her advert for her class and I was nervous that my figurine might end up a rather a dying sugar creation crying into her tutu rather than the sweet graceful sugar figurine pretty enough to grace a cake! We need not have worried as Grace patiently and expertly showed us how to create a standing sugar figurine in this class and we all went home rather proud of our petite creations.
Lisa(TQO) was the first of the 3 Lisa’s to celebrate her birthday this year during our Wednesday scrapbooking class a few weeks ago. As this was the 3rd birthday that I was privileged to celebrate with Lisa I wanted to make her a cake which would portray her passions and character in fun way. Lisa makes the most beautiful handmade bears as gifts for the special people in her life and we have seen a few of them with their delightful faces and accessories. This little pink bear (we knicknamed her Lisa) was the perfect sugar accessory for Lisa’s cake and I had such fun making her after learning how to mould bears during one of Grace Stevens’ classes this year. I have to add here that Grace is such a great teacher that after making just one bear with her, I was so pleased that I remembered everything she had taught us and for the 2nd bear I have made in my sugarcraft years, I think she is rather cute!
If I had to paint a couple of pictures of Lisa, they would all portray a beautiful, fun-loving and caring friend and if I had to choose only one it would be a picture of Lisa going out to friend’s of hers to watch Will and Kate’s Royal Wedding all beautifully dressed up for the occasion with her pretty hat for the day. There were cupcakes, pearls and roses of course that had to accompany Lisa that day and I can only imagine the raucous fun that was shared on that Royal Day! Needless to say Teddy Lisa had to have a pretty hat and bow too and her cake had to have roses to complete it. Lisa loves her quiliting so I made a sugar embossed and ‘stitched’ quilt for her to perch her pretty pink teddy bear butt on. Lisa, our forever imaginative teacher, added the 50 ‘something’ candle to the cake. Most importantly she had to have soft rolled blankets close to her because equally close to Lisa’s heart are the children that she teaches and loves at the children’s home. Once again Lisa selflessly asked for gifts of blankets for these children to cuddle up with instead of gifts for herself and what a beautiful and colourful array of cosy blankets she received for these children. Thank you Lisa for colouring our lives with your humour, your generosity and your sense of fun every Wednesday and have fun with the children warm this winter in their cuddly blankets.
We love school holidays on a Wednesday at scrapbooking as we get to see our friends who can’t usually make it as they are dedicated teachers during term time. Jan’s daughter, Sue, celebrated her birthday last week and we thought we would spoil her a bit with an extra celebration with the Wacky Wednesday Scrappers. True to all our celebrations we had party packs, presents, plenty coffee, our usual photo shoot and thanks to Grace Stevens’ workshop I was able to make a naughty little lime green fairy for Sue’s birthday cake. As Sue loves anything pretty, this little fairy was perfect for her cake and as Sue also loves her garden I added her resting on a pink picnic blanket in a garden of flowers.
When we did this workshop with Grace, she said to us the inspiration for her fairy came from watching her young daughter resting in this position with her feet up and seeing this little green garden fairy here captures that feeling of not having a care in the world! I made some over-sized flowers and daisies with pearly centres to add to the garden cake and iced the top of the cake with lime green icing using a grass icing nozzle. I know you loved your fairy Sue and I hope that every time you look at her she makes you smile and brings a tiny bit of her peace into your life. We loved celebrating your birthday with you and we are delighted you have a few more Wednesday’s free to scrapbook with us. May all your fairy wishes come true this year!
The Fairy on a Cushion Cake was the workshop Grace Stevens of Cupcakes By Design gave on her second day here in Johannesburg. After doing the Filler Flowers and Teddy Workshop I couldn’t wait to do the 3rd workshop. Once again we were hosted by Vicci in Northcliff and it was brilliant to spend time again with these 2 extremely talented ladies and meet new people who were just as keen to learn from Grace as I was. The pictures below show our work in progress, from top left all the dusting colours and gel colours we had to decide on for our fairies and their flowers, bottom left my fairy with her feet up waiting patiently for a pretty hairdo and wings and finally Grace’s swift hands deftly demo how she covers her cushion cake ready for her fairy to rest on.
Once again Grace taught us one of her beautiful cake designs and allowed us to express ourselves and bring out the character in our individual fairies. Here they are below with their cute but naughty faces happily resting without a care in the world on their cushions.
I was so delighted with my cake that no one was left alone until they had seen it or at least seen a picture of it! I do have a great group of family, friends and clients who were so supportive and shared in my excitement and thanks everyone for your facebook likes and comments they mean the world to me! When your 19 year old son shares this on his facebook page you know you are going up in the sugar craft rankings…. thanks Teigh!
Thank you Grace for such amazing workshops and I will treasure your book and practise and practise more till your next workshop in Johannesburg. Cape Town is certainly blessed to have your talent! A huge thank you to Vicci for introducing me to Grace and for all the laughs and the inspiration you share in your work.