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Crystal Candy Memoir Stencilled Board Tutorial

Crystal Candy Memoir Stencilled Board Tutorial

After posting photos of a Swirls and Roses 50th Birthday Cake I made recently, I had a few inquiries as to how I had decorated the cake board. This is a simple tutorial which I hope helps you create some beautiful cake boards. Remember your cake board is like the perfect “pair of shoes” to complete your cake and no cake should be presented ‘barefoot’ to any client.

Crystal Candy Memoir Stencilled Board Tutorial

I first covered my board in white fondant and allowed it to dry overnight. I placed the Crystal Candy Memoir Stencil across the middle of the cake board first and completed the steps that I am about to explain to you. The reason for doing the middle first is that once it has dried you are able to do the sides one after the other with no fear of smudging.

Crystal Candy Memoir Stencilled Board Tutorial

Once the middle section has dried, line up your stencil so as to complete the design on one side of your board and pin to your board. I pinned in an area I knew would be covered by the cake. You could also pin in an area already covered by a swirl to masterfully disguise any pin marks (see the red pin).

Crystal Candy Memoir Stencilled Board Tutorial

I chose piping gel to which I had added concentrated black Rolkem powder for this cake board but Crystal Candy Stencils can be used with royal icing or a mixture of royal icing and piping gel as an alternative. I love the ‘phone a friend’ option whenever I am in doubt and as usual Ray from Crystal Candy was ready to give advice. In this case she said I would need to use a very concentrated black piping gel in order to achieve a black stencilled board. I thought mine looked concentrated enough, however you will see that with black you have to mean business when it comes to colouring anything!

Crystal Candy Memoir Stencilled Board Tutorial

Pop a generous dollop of the piping gel over your stencil and grab your versatile cake scraper.

Crystal Candy Memoir Stencilled Board Tutorial

Pull the gel firmly across the stencil so that all the design areas are covered. Make sure here not to move your stencil in the process as you don’t want any smudges to ruin your beautiful board. Also remember not to go over the stencil onto any completed areas of your board.

Crystal Candy Memoir Stencilled Board Tutorial

Gently hold your stencil in place and remove all the pins. Carefully peel back the stencil away from your cake board and admire your stencil work as it is revealed. Going back to the colour, you will see here that my  black piping gel did not have enough pigment in  it, and it created a dark grey design instead of the inky black I envisioned for my cake design.

Crystal Candy Memoir Stencilled Board Tutorial

I decided here that it was not a good idea to let tears drop onto my board and there was no time to start my board again so I pulled out my sparkle dusts and found Rolkem’s Raven Sparkles to sprinkle over the wet gel design. This is easier if you do it over a sheet of baking paper as you can tip the board and gently knock any loose dust off the board. Fold the baking paper and then return any extra sparkles to their glittery home.

Crystal Candy Memoir Stencilled Board Tutorial

I washed my stencil at this stage and hung it over the edge of my counter to dry before using it to repeat these steps on the other side of my board. Ray suggested a feather to dust off the remaining glitter but with no feathered friends to defrock, I used this really soft fan brush. I remember in my first demo by Andries of Rolkem about 5 years ago…..in the days when I used to wander into Jodees not knowing the difference between a concentrate and a sparkle….Andries said he had been given a brush exactly like this one and it proved to be perfect for ‘feather’ dusting.

Crystal Candy Memoir Stencilled Board Tutorial

This is the stage where if you are an extrovert you will dance and if you are an introvert you will become an extrovert immediately! I am never shy to do this happy dance even though I may get strange looks from my family, as I believe there is no harm in a dash of this happiness  sprinkled over my work!

Crystal Candy Memoir Stencilled Board Tutorial

Here I have assembled all my decorative elements, including the swirled cake board,for this cake before popping the fondant cake onto it. The final step was ribboning my board with a deep black ribbon which really makes the swirls pop on the board.

Thank you to these amazing suppliers:

Crystal Candy for your amazing collection of stencils…I can’t wait to try out another design!

Rolkem for the Raven Sparkles to my rescue.

Jodees for the edible printed image of a hand I had coloured in for this design.

Crystal Candy Memoir Stencilled Board Tutorial

Please feel free to Like this tutorial or pop a comment if you have any questions regarding any of the products I used.

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Scrapbooking Friends Figurines

Scrapbooking Friends Figurines

It was such fun creating these 2 scrapbooking friends out of modelling paste for Mandy-Lou of Annah Fudge Gourmet Cupcakes a few weeks ago.  Not only is Mandy a complete delight to do work for she always has time for a laugh and a couple of stories even as she busily completes her orders. These 2 figurines were for a business anniversary celebration and once again photographs of the 2 gorgeous friends were translated into sugar for them. As you can see I had such fun photographing these colourful characters once they were done.

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Hostess Pro, iDuc & SACBW Competition

Hostess Pro & IDuc Competition

Santi Britz (iDUC) Lisa Cunningham (Cupcakes2Delite) & Vanessa Broughton (Hostess Pro)

Vanessa Broughton of Hostess Pro brought August, Woman’s Month, to a spectacular and incredibly moving finish with her hosting of the Hostess Pro and iDuc Cake Decorating Competition last Saturday, 26th August. The Rekord captured pictures on the day of this fundraising event. iDUC, founded by Santi Britz, was the charity chosen for this particular event and the day became not just a day for a cake competition as we arrived with our beautifully decorated cakes, but more importantly a day of meeting some remarkable women.

Hostess Pro & IDuc Competition

Cupcakes2Delite Sugar Paste iDUC

This little white iDUC with its pink and turquoise hearts was not only a requirement on each competition cake, but is a symbol of gentle kindness and healing within the iDUC organisation. The iDUC project is based on the touching story of Santi Britz who, “by the grace of God, used her pain from a rape trauma to touch the lives of many.” Santi shared her story with us and took us all on her journey of pain, brokenness, hope, courage and kindness, leaving us with a message to become pro-active in a world that leaves so many young children orphaned and suffering. Santi has used her experience to help other rape survivors and her courage shines through with her humility. It was an honour to meet this incredible woman. These small sugar versions on the cupcakes and cakes brought Santi to tears as she saw how important her story was to this competition.

Hostess Pro & IDuc Competition

Hostess Pro & IDuc Competition

Vanessa Broughton of Hostess Pro, is a SACBW Business Woman of the Year 2017 Finalist and she chose to raise funds for the iDUC project as her fundraising project. Having got to know Vanessa well in the last few months, I can include her in the list of remarkable women we met on Saturday. Not only did Vanessa spend hours organising this event, she went the extra mile to promote the iDUC project visually through including the ducks on all her marketing and advertising for the day. We all knew why we were taking part in this important competition before we arrived on the day. We were introduced to the SACBW (South African Council for Business Women) & even more excited for Vanessa being a 2107 Finalist. You totally deserve this accolade Vanessa and I am holding fingers, thumbs and toes for you!

Hostess Pro & IDuc Competition

Vote for Vanessa Broughton, finalist in the SACBW

Andries Kemp of Rolkem did the honours of graciously and rather elegantly handing out the top prizes. He delighted the ladies and gents with his stories and was one of Vanessa’s wonderful sponsors for the day. A huge thank you to Vanessa for our goodie bags and to Rolkem for sponsoring duster colours for these bags as well as some of the prizes. Vanessa’s attention to detail included bright certificates for each participant as well as a beautifully wrapped chocolate bar and of course the surprise goodie bag.

Hostess Pro & IDuc Competition

Vanessa & Andries Kemp (right), Bernhard (left) of Rolkem

The competitors, not only women, proved remarkable in their own rights showing off their talents and support on the day. I felt privileged to have been able to enter this competition but even more privileged to have shared time with so many amazing women and men. Of course the competition could not have taken place without the 2 judges who gave so much of their time with their meticulous judging.

Hostess Pro & IDuc Competition

Bridal Figurine Entry for the Competition

 

Hostess Pro & IDuc Competition

Certificate and Goodie Bag

While the judging was taking place, we were well entertained with a biscuit balancing and marshmallow throwing contest. I had great fun here with another amazing young woman, Carmen, who has proved herself to be my number 1 groupie. Thanks for the laughs and for sharing such a special day & so many other days with me Carmen. I am not quite sure what I will do when you leave on your new adventure, but hats off to you for your quiet courage in taking on this next chapter of your life.

Hostess Pro & IDuc Competition

Biscuit Balancing at its Best!

Hostess Pro & IDuc Competition

Biscuit Balancing Fun!

Cupcakes for Ashleigh’s Speedy Recovery!

Turquoise & White Flower Cupcakes

Wendy asked me to do cupcakes for her daughter, Ashleigh, who is recovering from an operation she had a few weeks ago.  She said that Ashleigh loves the colour turqoise and also loves butterflies so I made vanilla cupcakes with a light turquoise icing and bright turquoise sugar pearls.  I made all the flowers, roses and butterflies in white sugarpaste which I then dusted with my Rolkem powders.  I veined some of the larger flowers with my FMM Flower Veiner and then dusted from the centre of each flower first with Rolkem’s Rainbow Spectrum Peacock and then with the Rolkem Sparkles in Aquamarine for a hint of shine. For a strong contrast I added the turquoise bright pearls as the centres to the flowers and butterflies. My inspiration for these cupcakes came from the excitement Wendy showed in ordering these cupcakes for her gorgeous daughter.  Wendy is so proud of her daughter and the way she is recovering.  Of course colour always inspires me, making this a perfect week to blog these cupcakes with it being Holi 2013, the Indian Festival of Colour.  Ashleigh’s love for the colour turquoise and having recently caught up with Andries and Rolkem’s beautiful range of colours for sugarpaste work at the National Sugarcraft Show made it easy to create these pretty cupcakes for Ashleigh.  Wishing you all the best Ash for a speedy recovery!

Turquoise & White Flower Cupcakes