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This is my contribution to the Elegant Indian Fashion Collaboration part2 inspired by one of the gorgeous lehengas from the Gaurav Gupta India Couture 2016 collection. His signature exaggerated ruffles are represented by large folded fondant pieces covered with silver luster with hand painted gold gel paints. The mint drapes were made using poured Flexique. Over one hundred strands of pearls were made from gum paste and then strung from a ribbon created from wafer paper treated with Flexique. The cake is finished with delicate Phalaenopsis orchids with deep magenta centers. Photos by Mike Conway Photography
Ruffles, Lace And Jewels
My wedding cake submission for the Utah State Fair took 1st Place. My design was inspired by my mother's nostalgic pearl purse. I sculpted the heart topper out of Rice Krispie Treats & then covered it with various sizes of pearls & non-pareils. After ruffling the top & bottom tiers, I hand painted their gilded edges. I made 2 sizes of 6 petal gumpaste flowers & embossed them with my dresden tool. I molded brooches for the flower centers & hand painted them with gold & luster dust. I molded dragees using my pearl mold & painted them gold. I also made Isomalt crystals using my pearl mold. I created a 3-dimensional lace in the double barrel middle tier. I molded pieces of lace using various flower lace molds. I added the gold dragees, tiny pearls & the isomalt crystals as well as the 3 sizes of gumpaste flowers. I overpipped some of the flowers using a special technique that I learned from Kathleen Lange. I double crimped the fondant covered baseboard to create a decorative border & then hand painted it gold as well. The entire cake was dusted with super gold luster dust.
Christmas cake for a friend. Six inch chocolate fudge cake with dark chocolate buttercream filling, covered with fondant and then sprinkled with sanding sugar to give a snow-covered look. Gumpaste snowflakes dusted with edible luster dust and candy pearls. White chocolate snowflakes dusted with edible sparkly dust are on the cake board. A fun cake to make!
Invited to contribute a project using Simi Isomalt...wouldn't say no! I had my heart set on showing everyone that Sidney's product can literally stand up and defy gravity! No internal structure, The sugar is supported with sugar. Thanks for looking. I think I have a mold problem...silicone that is! I often see silicone molds as a new accessory for my isomalt station inside my studio. I found these chess pieces and have been dying to cast Simi Isomalt in them. Over the summer I saw an interesting game while attending the Star Trek convention; 3D Chess. Completely dazzled and inspired I set a goal to make a similar piece in isomalt. The entire project is Simi isomalt. There is no internal structure, all of the boards and "rods" are assembled with melted isomalt. I created the boards by printing an Icing Images iDesign checkerboard pattern onto Simi Transfer Sheets then I cast Simi Clear Isomalt atop. The pieces were melted clear isomalt cast in two part, 360 design molds. I used TheSugarArt Classic Gold and Nu Silver powder luster colors to dry dust each piece once cooled. The pieces are NOT attached to the project so you can actually play, you just may want to find a Vulcan to show you how. Live Long and Prosper!
Christmas Ornament Cupcakes 2016
Vanilla cupcakes and half balls held together and covered with cream cheese buttercream, covered with tinted Satin ice and white Satin Ice cutouts. The ornaments were dusted with luster dust and Wilton dusts, the cutouts were dusted with ultra white luster dust, caps painted with luster dust. The tissue paper covers the cupcake wrapper and adds to the illusion. No disco dust or glitter used.
Birch Bark Wedding Cake
Birch Bark Wedding Cake This four tier birch bark wedding cake was created with modeling chocolate on the sidewalls. I chose modeling chocolate and luster dusts because I wanted to create a more realistic bark. I covered the walls of the cake in white modeling chocolate, cut the top off level with the cake and dusted it with the customer's wedding color, Tiffany Blue. To create a sheen to the modeling chocolate bark I dusted the entire tier in a pearl luster dust. Then I used a the wide tipped Dresden fondant tool, to create the straight lines, and an Exacto knife to create the peeled bark effect. Once I sculpted the chocolate I used an oil based food coloring to paint in the dark lines. Once the cakes were stacked it was a matter of adding the sugar flowers. I made somewhere around 175 sugar flowers for this cake. I knew that I wouldn't use all of them but I wanted to make sure that I could create a full arrangement. I did, however, use about 80% of them. When I started the sugar flowers I made just the Tiffany Blue sunflowers. I had to contact the customer because I felt that they didn't look like sunflowers and was worried that it wouldn't be to the brides liking. She sent me an image of her wedding bouquet which had yellow and white sunflowers. So, we discussed it and decided to go with white, Tiffany Blue and yellow sunflowers. I also added sugar Stephanotis, roses and baby's breath. When I started adding the sunflowers sugar leaves it really brought the flowers out. It took me 7 eight hour days just to complete the sugar work for this cake. All together it took around 75 hours to complete but the bride was stunning, the wedding was gorgeous and the cake was a beautiful hit!
"Taylor's Wishes" was created shortly after the death of my niece. She speaks volumes of hope to me. She was originally a contribution to a collaborative effort in 2015, but has grown to become a reminder for all that you are loved, you matter, and to hold on, help is close. The fairy is inspired and with permission by Robin Wight creator of Wire Sculpture by Fantasywire I reached out to him personally and he allowed me to create "1 o'clock wishes" into edible form. With only 2 wooden skewers to make her internal structure I manipulated wafer in a Papier Mâché manner. The thistles of her dandelion and wings are isomalt. I used NU Silver edible luster dust for her "wire" look. The "hair" is also wafer. If you would like to learn how to create wafer hair I have a full color PDF booklet for sale. A portion of the proceeds are donated once a year during our pop-up Depressed Cake Shop in Las Vegas. https://www.ecwid.com/store/mitchiesmunchies/#!/Locks-of-Wafer-Tutorial/p/57163949/category=15516201 Help is close, just a phone call or text away, please reach out TEXT “GO” TO 741741 FREE, 24/7, CONFIDENTIAL National Suicide Prevention Lifeline Call 1-800-273-8255
Inspired By Chanel - Fashion Week Challenge 2015
So here she is! My first feature inside CakeCentral.com Magazine. This three tier cake is rockin some delicious edible mediums too. Her flowers are "stained" wafer and "netting" is a luster icing sheet. Her skirt is DECOgel as well as the centers of the flowers. Her fondant is hand-painted. Please click through for more close-ups. She's a gem. I think the cake #woreitbest
Snow Globe Cake Pops 2016
This was my first attempt at snow globe cake pops. The bases are re-molded medium sized Reeces cups dusted with gold luster dust. The cake pops are vanilla with pre made decorations and lightly sprinkled with sparkle sugar. These were for my Girl Scout troop after we went caroling at a local assisted living facility.
Birthday cake for my mother. Chocolate drizzle on top of a buttercream covered cake. Topped with chocolate shards brushed with gold luster dust, chocolate covered strawberries, and macaron cookies.