Inge’s excitement over her cake and cupcakes was contagious as she explained to me her idea to present each of her & Mike’s guests with a cupcake in a jar. We met for the first time choosing the glass jars that were to hold her delightful wedding favours. This tall elegant bride was so relaxed with the ideas I showed her and it was easy to then take Inge’s excitement and translate it into this simple but elegant naked wedding cake and these pretty cupcakes in a jar.
The cream ruffled flower was a perfect topping for this naked cake which would not have been complete without the hearts hugging each other close at the base of the cake and resting on the fun swirl embossed cake board.
It is always fun being left to do a variety of cupcake decorations and for Inge and Mike’s wedding I included the kissing hearts, the wood embossed heart with its tiny partner, embossed flowers and ruffled flowers. I popped the vanilla cupcakes with apple buttercream swirls and chocolate chip cupcakes with vanilla swirls into the jars, added loads of pearls and beads to clink daintily in the jars and then closed the flip top lids to keep the cupcakes safe for their trip to the wedding venue.
Inge’s initial response to seeing the photos of her cake and cupcakes was to tell me that … her heart was so happy and the beautiful thank you message after their wedding made my day:
“I cannot say enough thank yous – the cake you made me was absolutely delicious it was so so beautiful and Mike was so impressed. The cupcakes were a winner and I would recommend you to everybody. Everyone was raving about them, they even had cake for breakfast! Thank you, 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!
Annah Fudge Gourmet Cupcakes & Cupcakes2Delite Bride and Groom Figurines
I couldn’t wait to see the Olive Barrel Cake that Mandy of Annah Fudge Gourmet Cupcakes designed for Kerry & Michael’s wedding celebration as she had asked me to make the Bride and Groom Figurine that was going to top the cake. I had delightful photos of the couple to use as my inspiration for these cute sugarpaste figurines & I placed Kerry happily sitting on Michael’s knee in her beautiful embossed sugarpaste wedding dress.
Bride & Groom Figurine
Thanks Mandy for trusting me with these figurines for your cake. Your cupcake tower looked perfect for the theme with the Olive Barrel Wedding Cake.
This post is long overdue as I made this sugar couple for Rezelle and Dion who got married in a wonderfully romantic service a couple of months ago. They chose as the theme for their wedding Ballet versus Rock as Rezelle has had a passion for ballet since she could walk and Dion is a talented musician and performer and loves his music. It was amazing to be a part of this special couple’s wedding in making their cake topper and the wedding cupcakes and then being invited with my family to celebrate their wedding service and reception with them. I had tremendous fun creating these two characters to resemble Rezelle and Dion and I was delighted with their reaction on seeing their wedding cake topper. The cupcakes I made in bright and pale pastels to match the colour scheme of the day. What awesome families you two have and how perfectly they each helped in their own way to make your day memorable.
I photographed the Ballet and Rock bride and groom as they sat comfortably on their beautiful wedding cake made for Rezelle and Dion by Sarah of Sugar Cookie Cakes. Sarah had designed the wedding cake with a cascade of rainbow roses from the top to the bottom tier and the sugar Rezelle and Dion were a perfect topper to such a beautiful cake. I wish you many years filled with happiness, joy, dance and music!
I was so excited to once again be able to do one of Grace Stevens‘ Johannesburg workshops in July. Grace presented a number of workshops with the theme, Whimsical Wedding. As I have never done fondant covered cupcakes, I was really keen to do the Whimsical Wedding Cupcakes. You can see Grace’s deft hands in motion in the photos above as she showed us how to not only cover a cupcake in fondant but how to emboss the fondant and then decorate the cupcakes with pretty roses, flowers and pearls. Below I have shown my roses in the making in shades of pastel rose and yellow and my embossed sugar paste ready for my cupcakes.
Whimsical Wedding Workshop
Grace’s attention to detail in her workshops in how she creates her decorations and how she teaches made this a fantastic workshop and I am now loving working with this new technique of decorating cupcakes. I chose a number of different embossing plates to complete my cupcakes and I was delighted with the light fresh colour combinations for the roses and pearls. Thank you again Grace for sharing your knowledge with us in such a fun environment, I can’t wait until your next trip to Johannesburg!
Darren and Chelsea celebrated their wedding day with their friends and family last Saturday. The weather turned a tad chilly as winter finally arrived in Johannesburg. They had chosen a perfect colour scheme for this time of year, lavender, cream & plum with a touch of green and Wendy asked me to do the cupcakes in these colours. The flavours they chose were lavender, amarula, cappuccino and chocolate and they were excited to let me experiment with different sugarpaste decorations for the cupcakes. As you can see in the backdrop of the photos above Darren and Chelsea had a quirky and unique wedding invitation in the form of a small record in a sleeve with all the event details printed on it. I made funky flowers, roses, butterflies and music notes in their colours and popped a different one on each cupcake with a couple of sugar pearls for effect. I put some of the cupcakes into filigree cupcake holders in cream and plum and the overall result was fun, young and pretty.
I was so delighted to be able to do these cupcakes for Darren and Chelsea’s wedding as I have known Darren for a few years now since my son, Teigh, started taking drum lessons with him. Darren is not only a brilliant musician and drummer but he is an exceptional young man in the humble yet passionate way he teaches his students. He has a wonderful influence on all his students and his calm, fun and professional manner endears him to all those who meet him. Music was Darren’s passion in life until he met Chelsea and in her he has found someone who shares his love for music. Darren and Chelsea may your married life together be filled with song and laughter and loads of cupcakes of course for all your celebrations together!
I wish I could remember the text Darren sent me after first tasting one of my chocolate cupcakes a while ago as he made me laugh then. Thanks Darren for your love of my cupcakes and thanks Wendy for all the attention to detail and care you put into this order for your son and beautiful new daughter-in-law. The quote on Darren and Chelsea’s invitation is a perfect one for this couple, “Your love will be safe with me.”
Maxine and Steven got married on Saturday and they chose a colour scheme of Turquoise, black and white which is a fresh and modern colour scheme for any occasion. Jenna, Maxine’s sister, ordered the cupcakes for the wedding from me and it was brilliant to experience all the time, care and attention to detail she put into making sure the cupcakes were going to be perfect for her sister. Inspired by Jenna’s love for her sister, I wanted to make sure that each cupcake would surprise and delight the bride and groom and their wedding guests. Jenna and I agreed on 3 different flowers for the cupcakes, the black blossom and then the combination of the flat and shaped black and turquoise flowers. I embossed each flower before stacking them and giving them pearl sugar bead centres. Each cupcake was finished with a swirl of black beads (I found a brilliant long shaped tweezer from the Tool Shop and it makes it easier to place the beads on the cupcakes exactly where I need them – Yay my new favourite decorating tool!) The picture below shows another of the beautiful cupcake stands I ordered from Russell and it is brilliant to have these stands to showcase my cupcakes.
Thank you Jenna for your order and thanks to Jean for transporting the cupcakes to Glenburn Lodge. May this be just the first of many amazing family celebrations as Maxine and Steven begin their new life together