Ballerina Cow Cake

Hi there,

The older I get, the more I love modelling. Working with fondant it’s so wonderful, therapeutic and funny. I can’t stop learning new techniques and styles to make my characters cute and fun.

This time I made a sugar cow wearing a frilly tutu and holding a playful position. She’s just a toddler, but she already wants to become a ballerina!! We all have our own dreams…! lol.

The cake was covered in cow hide effect fondant and decorated with some pink frills at the bottom, all matching the happy cow.

Hope you liked it.

See you soon. Moo!!

Sara

Dougal Cake (Magic Roundabout)

Hi there,

Guess who it is…

Not yet? And now?

No?? What about this?

Yeah!! I’m sure you know already. If not, don’t worry… I just knew him few days ago!

Last week was the first time I heard about Dougal, from Magic Roundabout TV show (must be because I didn’t watch it in my country when being a child). Despite he looked not familiar to me at all, I was asked to make a simple birthday cake with his face!! Such a cute and hairy dog!!

I hope you like it!

See you soon,

Sara

 

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:

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Hope you all enjoy this funny/terrifying 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

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

Mice & Cheese Cookies

Hi there!

Recently I’ve been specially interested in cookie decorating. I love piping, so when I have a cookie in front of me, I just want to pipe and pipe royal icing throughout. And once finished, I happily start piping the next one, and so on until I decorate the whole batch of cookies.

Cookie decorating it’s a quite time-consuming process (mixing, rolling, cutting, baking, preparing royal icing, decorating, drying time, packing…) although very very fun and gratifying. I usually add one more step, which is taking pictures of the result and sometimes, making photo collages.

As I mentioned in my previous post (frog cookies), I think that changing the purpose of the cookie cutters is very interesting and highly creative. Making a frog from a flower-shaped cutter, sexy underwear from a heart-shaped one… In this occasion, I used a heart-shaped cutter again to make playful mice.

If you keep the whole heart-shaped cookie, you can make mice faces  (both boys and girls!). If you cut it in half before baking, you can make some little mice. In addition, if you cut a round cookie dough in half, you’ll make the simplest and easiest mice ever :- )

I didn’t forget to make some cheese sugar cookies to make my mice happy!! Some slices ended up with a few bites…

I got my inspiration from Sugar Dot Cookies, who made some cute mice faces and squares of cheese. I added my personal touch, as well as new stuff, of course!

I hope you like them and as I did, you get inspired!

See you soon.

xoxo

Sara

Frog Cookies

Hi there!

I love the idea of changing the purpose of a cookie cutter. For instance, a  flower cutter is usually used to create beautiful flower-shaped cookies, isn’t it? But and if we think beyond that and we find another uses? We could save a lot of money in cookie cutters!

That’s also a wonderful way to develop your creativity.

What I recently did was to use a plain flower cutter to create frog cookies. I was staring at the cutter for a while and the idea appeared suddenly: cute frogs wearing a bow!! Don’t you believe me?

I chose two complementary colours to match the composition.

Quick Decorating Steps:

1) Using a flower-shaped cutter like this, make some flower cookies. Bake them and leave them to cool before decorating.

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2) Mark the cookie with the details you want to pipe, using an edible marker or a scriber (as a guide when piping).

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3) Pipe the eyes with white flood royal icing (use a scriber to spread the icing evenly and to remove any air bubbles)  → Let it set for 30 minutes before starting the next step.

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4) Pipe the face with green flood royal icing (use a scriber to spread the icing evenly and to remove any air bubbles)  → Let it set for 30 minutes.

As you can see, I don’t pipe outlines, I flood straight away.

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5) Pipe the center of the bow with dark violet flood royal icing. Optional: add some coloured sugar before the icing dries and it’ll be attached straight away  → Let it set for 30 minutes.

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6) Pipe both sides of the bow with dark violet flood royal icing. Straight away, use the wet on wet technique: pipe some dots with light violet flood royal icing or pipe two horizontal lines instead and marble the pattern with a scriber (upwards and downwards motion, from left to right) → Let it dry.

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7) When the cookies are dry enough (after 6-12 hours) pipe the mouth with red medium consistency royal icing (soft peaks) → Let it set for 15 minutes .

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8) Pipe the tongue with pink medium consistency royal icing (soft peaks) →Let it dry.

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9) Paint the pupils by using a toothpick and black food coloring → Let it dry completely for some hours before wrapping.

As another example to use a cutter with different purposes than the usual one, in a previous occasion I used a simple  heart-shaped cutter to make underwear cookies. Anyway these frogs are more genuine! They were designed using my imagination!

 Ribbit, ribbit!

See you soon,

Sara

Cake International 2014, London

Hi there,

Last weekend I went to Cake International 2014 in London. I happily spent the whole day there, enjoying like a kid all the demonstrations, competitions and exhibitions that took place in there.

My favourite demonstrations were the ones carried out by the popular Paul Bradford (who showed us how to decorate a fashion cake handbag in less than 45 minutes)  and by Queen of Hearts Couture Cakes (who taught us how to pipe beautiful buttercream flowers and how to arrange a lovely bouquet). They were extremely professional, nice and welcoming.

I loooooved many of the creations that were shown in there. I’d like to share with you some of those amazing competition cakes. You can choose the category you’re interested in or continue admiring all the pictures.

Novelty / Sculpted Cakes

Wedding / Tiered Cakes

Celebration Cakes

Sugar Flowers

Cupcakes

Decorated Cookies

Novelty / Sculpted Cakes 

OH MY GOSH!! So realistic and sooooo cute!!! It was my favourite cake.


















Wedding / Tiered Cakes

















Celebration Cakes









Sugar Flowers




Cupcakes





Decorated Cookies



Aren’t they gorgeous?? There were more wonderful cakes made by great artists, but I can’t share all the pictures because some of them were out of focus, etc.

Congratulations to all the participants! Stunning job!

As always, looking forward to the next edition of Cake International 2015.

See you soon,

Sara