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Oct 31, 2014

Blue Ruffle Cake with a Bag & Shoes

I was asked to create a cake for a joint 30th & 60th birthday party which took place last Saturday. When we first started talking about the cake, they were looking for something that used different shades of blue and had a real feminine feel. They decided on a blue ruffle cake with some shoes and a bag modelled ontop…

The cake itself was a 9inch chocolate cake and I used 4 different shades of icing/ fondant to create the ruffles up the side, going from navy blue at the bottom to white on the top. I then modelled the shoes based on a pair of Louboutins that they really liked. To create the gumpaste shoes I used the same template that I created for my mini shoes tutorial and printed them out bigger so that they looked in proportion to the cake.

The large bag was then created using the same blue gumpaste. I think the bag and shoes went really nicely together, and I loved how this cake turned out. I really hope that the 2 birthday girls had a fantastic birthday.

Oct 29, 2014

Gumpaste Hydrangea Video Tutorial

Keeping with the theme of flowers, for this video tutorials I thought I would show you how I create my hydrangea flowers. I love creating hydrangea flowers as I think they look so pretty on their own, or as part of lots of flowers. I usually try and make a variety of shades which I dust with petal dust as I think this makes them look so realistic when their together.

The photo below is an example of the hydrangeas in a bright pink colour placed in a dome of flowers on the top of a wedding cake. I love how they can be used to fill the gaps between larger flowers like the roses and peonies.

Please find below the video tutorial. I really hope you like it and find it useful in your own cake decorating. If you do please subscribe to my YouTube channel. Also I would love to hear what you think of my new video tutorials, so if you have any comments or questions please just let me know.

Oct 24, 2014

Peach Birdcage & Lace Wedding Cake

This summer was full of wedding cakes, and I wanted to go into more detail about the ideas and techniques behind some of the cakes, starting with this 4 tier peach lace birdcage theme wedding cake.

Now this was one of the cakes I was most nervous and excited about, all at the same time, and the reason for this was because it was actually for my Brother and now Sister In-Law’s wedding cake. I was so excited about their wedding and I wanted to create something they would love and that would match their theme and stationery perfectly…

They had a very vintage theme wedding with birdcages, lace and roses all with a peach theme. The cake itself was made up of a 12 inch lemon cake, 10 inch vanilla & chocolate orange ganache cake, an 8 inch fruit cake and a 6 inch birdcage dummy cake on the top. The reason I chose to use a dummy cake on the top was because we were trying to create the height with the cake, but didn’t want too much cake left over, as everyone was going on holiday after the wedding and I would have been left to eat it.

Using the dummy cake worked out really well as I was able to start decorating this before making the rest of the cakes. To create the colour on the birdcage I covered the dummy cake with white icing/fondant and before adding all the details to the birdcage I airbrushed it with peach and apricot Kroma color airbrush colour to create a gradual gradient going down the surface. I then created lengths of round icing using an extruding gun and placed these down and around the birdcage shape to look like the wires. One of my favourite parts about the birdcage was the 3D birds which sat on the outside of the birdcage. These really stood out and brought the whole theme to life.

The lace around the cake was edible lace and I had searched for ages to find a lace mat which I thought looked dainty and realistic. As soon as I saw it I knew it was what I was looking for, the lace mat was the eternity mat by Cake Lace. I coloured the lace mixture in peach before putting it onto the mat and baking it in the oven. I then used a knife to straighten the bottom edge to run along the edge of the cake tier as this design mirrored itself on both edges.

I finished off the cake with gumpaste flowers, including different shades of peach roses, hydrangeas, buds and green leaves. I have created a video tutorial on how I make my gumpaste roses, so if you would like to see that, please take a look. I loved creating this cake and I was so happy Ben & Amy loved it. It was a lovely wedding and I was a really proud sister.

Oct 15, 2014

Gumpaste Rose Video Tutorial

Whether it is a birthday cake, an anniversary cake or a wedding cake one of my favourite cake decorations to make is a gumpaste rose. They really bring a cake to life, in any colour and any size they add a classic beauty. I love creating gumpaste flowers and my aim is to make them as realistic as I possibly can. Starting from the inside out, the flowers come to life with every new layer of sugar.

I am so excited to share with you all how I make my roses. Everyone has there own little tricks and techniques and I really hope you enjoy this video tutorial. If you do please subscribe to my YouTube channel. Also if you have any comments about anything in the video please just let me know, I would love to hear from you.

Oct 1, 2014

Brush Embroidery Dome Cupcake Tutorial

I am so excited to share this with you. It has been around a year since I last put up video tutorial, but from today I will be posting 2 video tutorials a month. This video shows you the techniques that I use to create not only my domed cupcakes, but also the brush embroidery detail on the top.

I love these cupcakes, they are so pretty and delicate and can be made in any colour. They look great in pastel colours and can be used for a birthday or as part of a wedding cupcake tower. I have just put the cupcakes into ivory paper lace wrappers…

I really hope you enjoy this tutorial and find it useful. If you do please subscribe to my YouTube channel. Also if you have any comments about anything in the video please just let me know, I would love to hear from you.