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!
Following on from my previous post, I can’t wait to show you my completed cake after 5 days work learning to make these beautiful sugar paste flowers with Sumaiya Omar of The Cake Duchess. It was sweet sugar heaven when I added my carefully made roses, rose buds, rananculus, David Austin roses, hydrangeas, sweet peas, tendrils and branches and saw just how much I had learnt in the week. The bass relief on the cake completed the floral theme of this cake. What a journey it has been from following your work Sumaiya, with many oohs and aahs, to eventually having had the privilege to have done a course with you.
As usual, a pleasure baking for your family celebrations Vee! You chose this delicious rich chocolate cake with Amarula buttercream for your mom’s 80th Birthday. I love that you chose the cream flowers as they contrasted so beautifully against the combed chocolate buttercream. Espresso mini meringues and chocolate balls, cream fondant rope detail and an embossed cream cake board completed the cake for this occasion.
Thanks Teigh and Carmen for my birthday voucher from Hostess Pro . I was so chuffed to be able to get this rope mould (among others) to add to my collection, it is always fun to have something different to finish off my cakes. Vanessa has such a wonderful selection to choose from so my just have to take another drive out to her shop in Pretoria!
Sweet words of thank from Vee: “Darling Lisa, thank you so much for the absolutely beautiful, delish cake. Everyone commented on it – it was such a great hit. You are a star.”
Simple but effective vanilla bean with vanilla buttercream cake for Ona’s mom’s 50th Birthday. This was an all white cake with softly ruffled sugar paste flowers & pearlized chocolate balls for decoration. I used a mixture of non-pereils and pearls from Jodees to sprinkle on the top of the cake and to finish off the cake board and some of the smaller flowers.
Sweet words of thanks from Ona: “Hi Lisa. The cake was lovely! Everyone enjoyed it! And my mom loved how it looked..100%. It literally was the cherry on the top! Thank you so much.”
Denise & Matt were married yesterday in the beautiful and tranquil setting at Kloofzicht Lodge. What a pleasure it was to be a part of their special day and to make their wedding cake and cupcakes. Once again, I had an easy going bride, ( I have yet to meet one who hasn’t been an awesome client!). Denise described the layout of her tables and her decor ideas and then let me run with my creativity using the olive green, grey and white of her colour scheme for the day. Denise chose vanilla cake with loads of caramel chocolate chips and a raspberry flavoured buttercream and I ganached it in a silky dark chocolate before covering with sugar paste. The sugar paste roses and addition of soft pretty olive leaves added to the simple elegance of this cake.
The cupcakes in the matching flavour, popping with melted caramel chips were a delight to the guests with a variety of pretty toppings in the olive green, grey and white. Two hearts joined in a beautiful ceremony were depicted in the two hand moulded and embossed hearts on the cupcakes and soft ruffled flowers with pearly centres and roses and rolled roses brought together the elegant feeling of this wedding. Thank you Sue for your feedback this morning and once again I love knowing that everyone loved the cake and cupcakes…..the best reward for any baker! You must have been so proud of your beautiful daughter yesterday, what a stunning bride. Wishing Denise and Matt a wonderful and memory filled life together!
Georgie is always an absolute delight to bake for because when she collects her cupcakes and sees them for the first time her face lights up with the most beautiful smile. Ann asked me first to do flowers and butterflies for a Garden Themed birthday party and then when she saw sugar paste owls that I had previously made for a client she added those to her cupcake order. She said that Georgie would love the decorations in pretty pinks and limes and I added a touch of sunny yellow to accent the other colours. Georgie is a beautiful and gentle girl and I wanted her cupcakes to show that about her. I moulded owls and added tiny flowers and pretty eyelashes to make them totally girlie. Some of the owls got cute eyebrows to create a naughtier look on them.
For the sugar paste flowers I first embossed my sugar paste using my new Crystal Candy Lace Mould in their Will-o-the-Wisp design. I then used a simple 5-petal cutter to cut out the flower and again used the same mat to emboss the sugar paste centres for the flowers. I love the soft enchanting look the embossing gave these flowers. Your birthday table looked so pretty Georgie and I love that all your family and friends enjoyed your party and the cupcakes.
Not all my Cupcakes2Delite creations are ordered for occasions that are shared with smiles and laughter. Nicola’s farewell was one of these occasions! Vee ordered Farewell Cupcakes for her daughter, Nicola, to say goodbye to her family and friends. Along with the anticipation and excitement that everyone had for Nicola in her leaving South Africa to study art in Germany, were the tears and sadness in having to say goodbye to such an amazing and talented young woman. Ceire and myself were privileged to have got to know Nicola and spend time with her through all the years of Rhythmic Gymnastics, classes and competitions the girls shared together. It was a joy to watch the girls grow and mature as both athletes and friends and we both wish Nicola an amazing future as she pursues her passion in her art studies.
Tiny sugar paste suitcases with a pretty initial were perfect for these farewell themed cupcakes. The sugar paste luggage tags said a pretty blue and purple goodbye and thank you to Nicola and butterflies and puzzle pieces in both the South African and German flags show the love Nicola has for these two countries. We hope that you will be inspired Nicola in your new adventure and always carry a part of your life in South Africa wherever your journey takes you.