Thanksgiving Cake. Turkey in a basket!

Hi there,

This is the Thanksgiving cake I’ve made this year for some adorable kids.

I piped a basket weave effect with buttercream and toped the cake with a cute handmade fondant turkey and some autumn leaves. I also added a tiny fondant pumpkin on the board. I really tried to show the Thanksgiving essence with every detail and combination of colours. Hopefully you can feel it!

Happy Thanksgiving!

Sara

Zombie Teddy Bear… Happy Halloween!

Hi there,

HAPPY HALLOWEEN everyone!

This year, a part from the Halloween Cookie House I made recently, I’ve dressed up a giant teddy bear cookie (9×7 inch)… After playing with royal icing for a while, I’ve turned it into a zombie! 

To turn this lovely teddy bear into a (cute) zombie, I added small spooky details such as mummy bandages, a spider web, a snake, creepy spiders, a worm coming out through the teddy’s ear, a sewed heart, stitched wounds, a bone as a bow tie…

You can see the teddy’s transformation in the following pictures , lol:

**********BEFORE**************************AFTER**********

Hope you all enjoy this funny/terrifying night!

Sara

Halloween Cookie House

Hi there,

This is the project I’ve made for this year’s Halloween night. It’s a 3D haunted cookie house! Handcrafted and completely edible! Yummmy!! Buuuut… unfortunately we’re not going to eat it, since I want to use it to decorate home for the Halloween’s party. I’m going to add a small lightbulb inside to make it shiny and spooky!

I wanted to build a cookie house since long time ago, and I decided to give it a try this year. I got my inspiration from the fantastic Haniella’s haunted gingerbread house. I added my personal touches and details everywhere to create both a creepy and cute project.

As you can see, there are a couple of witches in a difficult situation. One of them has just fallen inside the chimney. The other one has been literally squashed by the house!! In the entrance, there’s an original “welcome” poster and in the back of the house, there’s a boiling witch cauldron (that’s actually an extra cookie!!).

I prepared my own templates (walls, roof…) to cut the cookie dough and once the pieces baked, I iced them with royal icing. When dried, I assembled them together (royal icing is an excellent glue!!) until I got my desired 3D haunted cookie house.

By the way, this kind of projects are usually called “gingerbread” houses because the cookies to build them contain ginger (it’s a special recipe). Anyway, if you don’t like gingerbread cookies or simply you prefer to use plain sugar ones, no problem, it’ll also work! Just make sure they are thick (5 mm) and sturdy enough.

I hope you like it and you can appreciate all the small details in it!

Have a great Halloween night!

Sara

Jolly Möh & Pink Floyd Cake… An hilarous combination!

Hi there,

Last week I made a very interesting birthday cake, which I wanted to share with all of you. The person the cake was for, is a big fan of Pink Floyd’s music and Mario Benedetti’s poetry and she loves the cute Jolly Möh sheep and the white roses. So I designed a cake consisting on a single round tier with a Jolly Möh sheep on top wearing a Pink Floyd t-shirt and listening their music! To go with it, also made some hand piped cookies with Mario Benedetti’s verses! And, if that wasn’t enough, I also prepared a bunch of cupcakes toped with… guess what… Yes! More Pink Floyd and Jolly Möh’s! Overall, a very unusual combination that turned out to be pretty fun! Don’t you think? ;)

I coated an 8″ round vanilla cake with scrumptious dark chocolate ganache and pink rolled fondant, trying to make noticeable sharp edges (I’m a bit obsessed with that!!).

Then, I added the rest of the decorations. I mixed 2D & 3D details to emphasize some of them. I really like the earphones that Jolly Möh is using, as well has her t-shirt, haha! She’s also holding a white rose as a gift for the birthday girl. As you can see for her position, she needs a big hug!! Hug me!! ;)

It was particularly challenging to fit Mario Benedetti’s verses on a single cookie! But with a bit of concentration and steady hand, I could pipe them with white royal icing. My friend Mónica advised me that it would be a good idea to pipe white letters over sky blue cookies. She was right!

By the way, I’ve something on the works for Halloween. Something that I haven’t tried before and been wanted to do for a while now… Spooky!! Stay tuned :)

See you,

Sara

Sugar Flowers

Hi there,

A couple of weeks ago I completed the last PME module and I got the awaited masters certificate. Finally!

Here are some of the sugar flowers I made during my last course:

They’re wired flowers made of gum paste (also called petal paste) and completely hand-crafted. To make realistic flowers is key to roll the paste very thin (like real petals) and slightly dust the flowers with edible powder colouring. A beautiful option to decorate a cake!

See you soon,

Sara

Two-tiered Wedding Cake (PME Project)

Hi there,

This is the final project I made in the PME sugarpaste module. It’s a simple two-tiered wedding cake with a bride and groom sitting on the top tier.

We had to model a wedding couple from scratch by using modelling paste, as well as applying some sugarcraft techniques, such as fondant frills, bows and swags.

I had modelled some animals before, but this was my first attempt modelling people. Modelling realistic figurines is quite difficult! I have to keep practising! Anyway, I will always add my personal touch to them: I love they look happy and funny, like a character.

Working with sugarpaste is very different compared to working with royal icing. Different techniques, different results… In next posts I’ll share with you a project I made in the royal icing module for you to compare.

I’m still studying the last PME course in order to get my master’s certificate. It’s the flowers sugar one. I’m enjoying it a lot! Pictures will come soon!

Have a nice week.

And congratulations to those who are about to get married!! :)

Sara

Cookie Monster Cake & Sesame Street Cupcakes

Hi there,

Last week I made these funny cakes for a lovely 1 year-old kid. The birthday party was Sesame Street themed, so I couldn’t forget to make the most popular characters in this famous tv show!

ME WANT COOKIE! OM NOM NOM NOM!

To make the cookie monster cake I used a really moist chocolate sponge, which I covered with a thin crumb coat and blue buttercream fur (tip #233). The rest of the details, such as the eyes, the mouth and the candle, were made with sugarpaste.

ME EAT COOKIE! OM NOM NOM NOM!

To decorate the tiny Sesame Street cupcakes, I made modelling paste toppers which I attached on top of each cupcake by means of a plain buttercream swirl (tip #2A).

Here they are! Ernie & Bert, Cookie monster, Elmo, Oscar the grouch and Big Bird. So sweet, aren’t they?  ;)

I also made some animal-shaped cookies (and other shapes) which I iced with white royal icing so that the kids in the party could draw on them with edible markers. Youngest cake decorators ever! :)

Have a nice week,

Sara

Flip-flop Cookies & Cheerful Flowers

Hi there,

These are my latest cookie designs: summery and fresh! All of them were fully decorated with royal icing, but for the tiny sugarpaste flowers on the flip-flops.

I made some cute feet with painted nails and wearing colorful flip-flops.

I also made some cheerful flowers and happy sun cookies.

It was my first time using a food dehydrator to set the royal icing. I had some troubles in the past due to craters in small and angular areas and I was sure that those toe nails would be a problem if I didn’t dry them quicly. Fortunately, that useful machine worked for me to prevent my royal icing from cratering!! No craters in the nails! Yay!!

I read that the food dehydrator is also very useful to avoid colour bleeding and to dry the royal icing quicly and thoroughly despite the humid climate, which prevents the cookies from absorbing humidity and becoming soggy. They come out really crunchy, just how I like :D

I hope you liked them!

Have a good week,

Sara

Playful Monkeys in a Tree (Cupcake Cake)

Hi there,

Last weekend I gladly designed this playful monkeys’ tree cake for a kid’s second birthday party. It was composed by 38 vanilla tiny cupcakes covered with buttercream and sugarpaste.

Instead of carving a cake to give a specific shape, this kind of composition consists of adding cupcakes to a cake board, creating the desired 2D shape and decorating according to your idea.

I made three shades of green to ice the top of the tree and a yummy chocolate buttercream to pipe the trunk. Some cupcakes were covered in sugarpaste in order to make the monkeys, the balloons and the present.  I used modelling paste to model small details such as the bananas and the bow.

His mother also asked me for some Elmo cupcakes, which I happily made after finishing the playful monkeys. I enjoyed decorating both designs so much!

I’m so looking forward to creating more funny cupcake compositions!!

See you soon.

Sara

Tropical Fish Cookies For Kids

Hi there,

Yesterday I was experimenting some techniques with the leftover royal icing of my last PME decorating lesson. I didn’t want to throw it away because it was still in perfect condition. I baked some delicious fish-shaped cookies and I decorated them with colourful patterns using the marbling technique, the petal effect (to make the scales)… I think they look great for a kids’ party in the summer! Funny and simple!

Since I was in a rush, I couldn’t take as many pictures as usual. Just this one…!

I think I’ll be making more cookies next week. If so, I’ll share the result with you all to give you some inspiration!

Have a good week,

Sara