Wedding “Cake” Topper

This couple didn’t have a wedding cake as such – they had cheese instead! How cool is that!
To decorate it, they ordered this custom-made sugar piece with the couple in their wedding clothes, and their beloved Dachsunds at their feet.

They also wanted to include their hobbies – the bride loves to bake and the groom loves to fly fish.

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I Have a Bit of a Sweet Tooth

I have a sweet tooth, but not a sweet tooth for everything – if that makes sense? I would rather eat a cookie than a cupcake or a slice or cake, and I love caramel and toffee, and jelly sweets.

A while ago I saw a video on Facebook for something called a Brigadeiro – a Brazilian treat made with butter and condensed milk, and I just had to try it! Its exactly the kind of sweet treat I love!
The classic Brigadeiro is a chocolate sweet, and its a long slow cooking process to get it to the right consistency. I wanted these to at least last the weekend 😛 so I made little dark chocolate and white chocolate “cups” to put the truffles into.

The chocolate ones were amazing! A rich, dark chocolate truffle!

There was also a strawberry recipe, but I didn’t have any strawberries so I went with blueberry, and they were so yummy!

There are also recipes for other flavours – a cookies and cream one, and a coconut one!

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Pink and Brown Teddies

I had so much fun with this order for little Mira’s first birthday celebration!

The cake has a vanilla bottom tier and a chocolate top tier, both covered with pink sugar paste. The top tier has baby’s name on the front with little gold dragees as accent, and a brown sugar paste bow.
The bottom tier is quilted and the little brown pearls were piped on with royal icing.
The cake topper is a sugar paste teddy wearing pearls and a bow, holding a pink #1.

There were chocolate cupcakes in gold paper cups and vanilla cupcakes in pink paper cups, decorated with handmade sugar paste cupcakes toppers teddybear faces – with bows and pearls.

There were also teddy-shaped cookies, decorated in pink, brown and white royal icing!
Mira’s mommy had a pink and brown tulle tutu made to go around the base of the cake, and the birthday girl had a matching tutu to wear for her party!   🙂   I got this picture from Nadine of the cake with its tutu!

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After the Birthday Party

In August I entered my first cake contest – the Hostess Pro Sugar Craft Cake Studio SACBW National Cake Decorating Competition – in support of iDuc.
My piece was called “After the Party“, with a teapot on a table, a cupcake, and little grey mice nibbling on candles and cookies, and relaxing in a cup of leftover tea.  

It was made with polystyrene dummies, not real cake, covered and decorated with handmade sugar paste pieces. I didn’t place (I knew I wouldn’t, I worked in a hurry and my precision suffered), but the judges loved the concept, and they loved my characters. One of the rules was to have the iDuc logo and colours on the cake. The colours weren’t hard to do – the pink, purple and mint green were easy to incorporate, and I turned the logo into the teabag tag (this was the only edible print permitted on the cake). 🙂

Here are a few pictures I took at the Hostess Pro Sugar Craft Cake Studio Cake Decorating Competition at Faircity Roodevallei Hotel on August 26th. There were some wonderful cakes on display, and each one was very carefully judged and scored.

Our Guide Dog Puppy Riggs went with us and he was an absolute superstar!

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