So honored to be a part of this beautiful collaboration in 2017! The inspiration for my cake design was a beautiful painting by Nekea Blagoev, I fell in love with the way she used textures and shadows in her paintings, I knew I wanted to try to recreate one in cake form! I painted my design with food coloring gels on top of a fondant covered cake. I used a blue gray background with a crackle finish and painted my tree design after the background had fully dried and cracked. The final step was to layer both white sanding sugar and sugar pearls to recreate the layered textures Nekea uses in her paintings. I love the way her use of shadows and textures brings an ethereal feeling to her work! It was such an honor to have the opportunity to recreate her design in sugar and be a part of this wonderful collaboration!