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

PME Masters Certificate

Hi there,

It’s been a while since I wrote last time. I’ve been quite busy lately and I haven’t been able to post as often as I’d liked. One of the reasons of my absence it’s been a cake decorating course that I’m attending during this summer at a confectionary school. It’s the one known as PME masters certificate, which is specifically focused in how to decorate a cake professionally, taking into consideration a business approach (business guidelines, copyright and license, price guidelines, transport, delivery costs…). At the end of the course you are awarded, if successful, with a professional diploma. :)

PME consists of three modules:

1) Royal Icing and Piping 

•  Coating, scroll borders, run out collars, extension borders, brush embroidery, lace designs, run out motifs, multi tiered cakes…

2) Sugarpaste

•  Coating, crimping, embossing, fabric effects, drapes, frills, ribbons, bows, sugar embroidery, modelling figures, inlay, applique, designing celebration cakes, stacking cakes…

3) Sugar Flowers

•  Unwired and wired flowers, roses, orchids, lilies, cherry blossom, gerbera, freesia, black berries, arranging sugar flowers…

 These are some of the projects I’ve made at class so far during my first lessons:

This is a cosmetic bag novelty cake. We had to sculpt the shape, coating with fondant, embossing the board, quilting the cake and adding some frills and sugarpaste details, such as the lipstick, hair ties and the eye shadow pack. It was made during a sugarpaste lesson.

This is an 8″ round dummy fully coated with fondant. We had to cover both the board and the cake with sugarpaste, use a crimper on the borders, use the inlay technique (I used the bear cutter to do so), make some fabric effect flowers, use the creative plaque plunger and add some sugar drapes. It was decorated during a sugarpaste lesson.

This is an 8″ round cake card coated with purple sugarpaste and piped with royal icing: scroll borders, lettering and brush embroidery technique. It was decorated during a royal icing and piping lesson.

I’m really looking forward to the next decorating class!

See you soon,

Sara