Bonita and Ross got married this weekend past. They had a Steampunk wedding in the very picturesque- and very apt- Kaapschehoop and I just have to send you to Jeanette Verster Photography to see some pictures! Some of the guests were dressed up in the Steampunk theme too! Bonita’s mom made her dress and her dad made much of the decor – so special!
So back in May, Bonita sent me a picture of a cake she’d found on the internet and asked if I could do something like it for her. At first I said it may be better to find someone closer to the wedding venue to do it for them (Kaapschehoop is several hours drive from me), but after searching for a while they came back to me and we started planning!
I was very excited about this cake! I started seeing ideas in my head even while we were talking about it!
And I am very pleased with the result.
Here are some of the wheels and cogs when they were drying- I hadn’t quite finished the painting to make them look metallic yet…
It was several days work all together- spread over several weeks- as each cog and wheel was designed and hand made by li’l ol’ me, as was the cake topper. The cake’s bottom tier is chocolate and the top tier is red velvet, all covered and decorated with sugarpaste which I then painted to get the metallic sheen.
Bonita and Ross also ordered red velvet and chocolate cupcake-in-a-jar wedding favours! They supplied the ribbons and the silver spoons, and after collecting them from me they added little “eat me” tags and put their “thank you” stickers on the sides of the jars.
You can see a picture of a finished jar with its tags and thank you sticker here!
My daddy darling turned 60 this September, and my son turned 21 this past April! We didn’t have money to do something “big” for my son in April (we went out for dinner in celebration) so we decided to combine my dad’s and my son’s milestone birthdays and have one celebration for both.
This cake is a chocolate cake filled with chocolate butter icing. I then covered the cake with blue and black sugarpaste, half-half, and decorated one side of the cake for my dad and the other half of the cake for my son. The decorations were handmade (without moulds) out of sugarpaste and we served it for dessert. It was polished off in short order and I was very glad not to have half a ton of left over chocolate cake!
For my son’s side of the cake I made a sugarpaste skull. Or tried to… Heh heh… The nature of fondant (AKA pettinice, sugarpaste or plastic icing) means that as it dries it cracks if you manipulate it which worked like a bomb to make the skull look cracked and old, but I got the shape of the skull a little wrong and it looks more like a Neanderthal or a gorilla… LOL!
For my dad’s side of the birthday cake my mom and I together made a yellow duck wearing a life-saver and smoking a cigar!
I also served some of my own recipe “fudge” (strawberry, cappuccino and vanilla flavour) which is not like South African “traditional” fudge in that it has white chocolate in it. Its sweet and rich and its much like eating little blocks of ice cream and it just melts in your mouth!
Colette ordered a dedication cake for her triplets and their big brother (two boys and two girls) for this weekend! Each child has a handmade “angel” bear on top of the cake with their initials painted onto a paw-pad by hand and I had SO much fun making these little bears!
This 30cm, gluten free, vanilla cake is filled with pink and blue vanilla butter icing, iced with white vanilla butter icing, and then covered with a thin layer of white sugarpaste.
The big silver dragees were pressed into the sugarpaste and created a bit of a quilted effect on top of the cake. The pink and blue crosses on the side were cut by hand. The date is done with moulded white sugarpaste numbers glued onto the cake cover with small silver dragees used as date seperators.
*forgive the picture quality… I am camera-less right now and have to resort to using my phone camera.
Dawn’s Aimee wanted a dragon cake that looked like “Toothless” from her- and my- favourite movie “How To Train Your Dragon” but because I can’t infringe on copyright I convinced her to let me do a black dragon of my own design.
This novelty girly dragon- with pink nails, pink eye shadow and pink lipstick- is sculpted of vanilla cake with strawberry butter icing and strawberry ganache and rice krispy treats and then covered with black sugarpaste.