I'm just having so much fun with sugar paste! Isn't this just the cutest box ever and all made out of sugar paste?! I can already picture this little gem in different shapes and colours for various occasions. Would make a great little party favour, cake topper, etc. The possibilities are endless.
I just love working with sugar paste! It is definately my favourite. Here is my very first calla lily. I think it turned out pretty cute - I just have to perfect it and voila! Let me know what you all think, and remember that I do appreciate your comments and any advice you may have :)
I'm so excited about this cake. I really enjoy working with fondant and sugarpaste. For me it is so much easier to make flowers with sugarpaste than it is with buttercream icing or even royal icing. We decorated this cake in class, and for my very first fondant cake, I think it came out very pretty. The rope needs some adjusting. I will have to practice more on that. I just love how the flower came out and I think that the drape gives it a very elegant look. What do you think?
This was the grand finale of the Wilton Course 2. Hahaha if I thought that squeezing out little stars was hard, I was in for a big surprise with the basket weaving. Again it was shear determination that got me to finish this cake. I enjoy the basket weaving, both doing it and the effect, but let me tell you I could quite happily have taken a full bottle of pain killers. My poor hand and wrist were hurting that bad!
Funny thing is my instructor told us that once you develop the muscles on the icing hand and arm, you can quite easily knock someone out. After this , I can well believe it ~ an added advantage to cake decorating ~ who would have thought?
As you can see, it looks like the purple rose is falling. Well, truth be told, it actually did. On the way home from class, I had to brake really hard because some lunatic driver cut in front me! Don't you just really dislike these people that think that they own the road? By the time I got home, the rose and part of the border had fallen onto the bird damaging the little leaves around it too. In the end, I had to put this down to a learning experience ... make sure you ice and decorate a cake well in advance before transporting it anywhere!
By the way, did you notice that the purple rose is looking more like a rose? I guess, practice does make it better :)
Well, as much fun as I'm having with cake decorating, the Wilton rose is just something that I can't do very well. I'm not sure if it is my icing consistency or me, but something is not quite right and I can't quite figure out what it is. They look like roses, just not like very nice roses. This is one of those times where you can really appreciate your friends. I had few come over for coffee and they all thought the cake looked wonderful, so by the end of our coffee session I was able to look at the cake (or what was left of it) and see that the roses, although not perfect, didn't look as bad as I originally thought. I guess I'm my worst critique, but then aren't we all?
A friend asked me to make a cake for her for a church auction. Well, let me tell you that I went into complete panic, after all I'm still a newbie!!! But I couldn't let her down, so I tried my best and in the end I thought it came out okay. She thought it was very nice, and I must admit I was pleasantly surprised when it sold for $40. Some of her friends from church came up to me and told how pretty it looked and this really boosted my confidence. :)
Aren't clowns just the happiest of people? I think they are cheerful and lively. I know that there are many people that are afraid of clowns, but I just don't see it. From what I'm told, it mostly has to do with a certain movie ... I'm so glad that I didn't see this movie! I guess we all have our fears ~ mine are scary movies, hehehe thus the reason I never saw the scary movies about clowns ;) I thought that this cake came out very cute and I was very happy because I learnt how to make a clown out of icing!
This was the very first cake I decorated after starting my lessons. After squeezing out countless little stars, I thought my hand was going to give up on me. But since I'm very determined, I finished it. Some people call it stubborn ... go figure. What ever it was, it kept me going till it was all covered! In the end it was worth, because on Easter Sunday we went to have coffee with friends and I took this cake and everyone enjoyed it.
For those of you who know me, you may already be familiar with my other blog called Lena's Creations. That is for all my paper crafting, scrapbooking, card making and general crafts.
This blog, however is going to be dedicated to my Sweet Creations only. I sat for a while and debated about it's name ~ should it be Sweet Creations or Yummy Creations. Well, I'm actually hoping that it will be both, but I didn't want the name to be too long, so I settled on the Sweet Creations.
I have always enjoyed baking cakes and desserts. In fact, although I can cook pretty nicely, at least everyone says so :), I much prefer baking. Maybe it has something to do with my sweet tooth?! All of my cakes have always been made from scratch and baked in fancy bundt forms with no further decoration being required.
However, I always admire beautifully decorated cakes and it was with this in mind that I decided to learn. So I began by taking a few classes to see if I would enjoy it and if, especially, I had the patience for it. You see, patience is a virtue that must have been in short supply when I was born, because I wasn't blessed with much of it :)
As the lessons progressed, I found that I really enjoy it. I have now successfully complete Wilton's course 1 and 2 and have started a Sugarpaste and Fondant course. I enjoyed the other 2, but I'm having a ball with this one. It is just so much fun!
I will be posting my sweet creations periodically on this blog, so come take a peek every once in a while and if you see something you like, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please remember that I'm still new at this, so if you more seasoned bakers have any advice, suggestions or kind criticism, please let me hear from you.
I was born in Lisbon, Portugal but raised in Durban, South Africa. We have now called Pearland, Texas, home for the last 19 years. I'm a stay at home mom who has been married to my best friend for 31 years, and we have two wonderful children, a daughter who is 27 and a son who is 21. I'm also the proud grandma of a 3 year old princess and a sweet baby munchkin :-)
Although I have always enjoyed scrapbooking, it wasn't until a few of years ago that my affair with card making began.
My other hobbies are reading and baking and travelling with the family to visit new places.