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Sugar flower bouquet

September 13, 2013

Earlier this year one of my lovely sisters got married. I help her out with the wedding cake. This was a great chance use some of my new sugar flower skills following attending a fantastic class with Jacqueline Butler of Petalsweet the previous year.

I just adore Jacqueline’s flowers and style and did my best to capture the same.

Sugar flower bouquet

Sugar flower bouquet

The plan was to get the cakes supplied from a local store and my job was to do the decorating. They came iced with the base fondant already, unfortunately there were some issues with a couple of the cakes leaking so I had to do a quick bake to replace the top tiers. Gosh making wedding cakes is stressful!

I created and applied the lacework to the bottom tier.  This was done using a variety of flower cutters, veining and marking them by hand, sticking them on the cake, then going around and piping royal icing lace lines to join up the flowers. That whole process took quite some time.

The wedding venue was in Matakana, about a two hour drive away – a careful, slightly nervous drive!  I did have a cake repair kit with me in case there were any breakages on the way.  All was good and I got the cake assembled with plenty of time to get dressed and ready.  Phew!

She was very happy with the cake and had a great day, it was a beautiful wedding and they make a lovely couple.

Wedding cake

Wedding cake

Congratulations and I hope you enjoy a happy lifetime together.

Madeline

September 12, 2013

I can’t believe my granddaughter is 4 years old.  For her birthday this year she chose her own cake theme.  It did change a bit over time, she was planning ahead.

It started out she just wanted a strawberry on her cake.  Then later she upgraded that to a strawberry and a dog, followed by a strawberry, a dog and a cat.  Next Madeline was added to the list, she just loves the tales of Madeline by Ludwig Bemelmans.  The final addition was an angry bird.

Ok, so the challenge was how to put all these elements together in something that made sense….

Madeline and her dog Genevieve having a picnic in the park, and should be able to fit all the elements in.  Here’s how it turned out

Madeline

Madeline, some strawberries in the bowl of fruit and a blue (angry) bird on the park bench in the background.

Genevieve and  the cat.

Genevieve the dog watching the  cat playing with the fringe on the picnic blanket.

The full scene

The full scene


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