Chalkboard Effect Wedding Cake with Sugar Rose

Hi there,

A couple of months ago I made this two tier wedding cake for my friend’s colleague. She wanted exactly this design. Making the chalkboard effect tier was easier than I expected. I brushed the black fondant with a bit of icing sugar and painted the message with white food colouring powder diluted in clear alcohol.



 Hope you like it!

Sara

Beauty And The Beast Cake

Hi there,

Beauty and the Beast was one of my favourite Disney’s films when I was a kid. Since then, I’ve watched it countless times… And of course, I recently went to watch the new cinema version, which I really really loved!! Anyway, my cake is based on the cartoon movie from the 90′s.

Belle’s details (dress and roses) are fully made from buttercream and the Beast’s ones (horns and bow), out of  fondant -with cmc-. There are several ways to pipe buttercream ruffles but I decided to use a leaf nozzle, piping from bottom to top. The roses are simple rosettes piped with a large open star tip.

 

Hope you get inspired by it!

See you soon,

Sara

Aladdin and Jasmine Cake

Hi there,

This is the fondant cake I made last week for Juju’s 5th birthday party. I heard she loved it, which makes me feel so glad! :- D

I think the combination of colours is quite pretty for this theme. Purple, blue and gold.

To decorate this 10 inch cake, I mainly used fondant (to cover the cake and the columns, to model the clouds…), gum paste (to make the plaque, letters and scrolls), and royal icing (to pipe the plaque’s outline and the bottom dots).

Thanks for reading and see you in the next post! I will post some Star Wars Cupcakes 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

Sant Jordi’s Cupcakes (St George’s Day)

Hi there,

Today, April 23rd, is St George’s Day, the National day for England. This date is also important in Catalonia (where I’m from). We celebrate la diada de Sant Jordi (which is the catalan name) with very nice traditions: women are given a rose and men, a book, usually as a symbol of love and friendship. Due to this, this day is also called el dia de la rosa (the rose’s day) o el dia del llibre (the book’s day).

According to the legend, St George saved the princess from the dragon, which he slew by means of a sword. From the dragon’s blood, a rose bush grew. St George took a rose and gave it to the princess. So all catalan women are treated like princesses today, as we’re also given a rose :- )

I made this rose bush cupcakes to show one of the beautiful traditions in Catalonia during St George’s Day. They were vanilla flavoured, filled with strawberry jam (like if it was the dragon’s blood!). I pipped quick buttercream decorations (swirl, leaves…) and I topped them with handmade red fondant ribbon roses.

Happy St George’s Day! Feliç Diada de Sant Jordi!

PS: My dream garden plenty of rose bushes in a sunny day!! Deep red roses everywhere!

Creative Valentine’s Day Cupcakes

Hi there,

Few months ago, I posted the cupcakes that I brought to my first job interview as a cake decorator. I was told to bring 4 creative Valentine’s Day themed cupcakes. This was the result:

I tried to be pretty creative. All the figurines were completely hand-crafted (I didn’t use any mould) and fully edible, of course ;)

The first cupcake was a rich chocolate one with a marbled vintage clock on top. The main hours were replaced by hearts and you could read at the bottom “IT’S LOVE O’CLOCK”, written with royal icing.

It’s love o’clock

The second one was a coffee flavoured cupcake with a cup on top and some spilled coffee forming a heart-shaped spill. I also added some chocolate coffee beans around.

Coffee lovers

The third cupcake was a red velvet one. I used the cream cheese as a cloud, which was run through by Cupido. Poor Cupido!  He was hit by one of his own arrows and then he felt in love!! His feet are so cute, aren’t they?

Cupido in love

The last one was a pure vanilla cupcake. A tiny rose was growing around a heart. It was like a metaphor: “GROW YOUR LOVE”.

Grow your love

I hope you get inspired, make some romantic cupcakes and have a really really happy Valentine’s Day!

P.S: By the way, I got the job!

Cupido’s Valentine’s Day Doughnuts

Hi there,

It’s just one week left to Valentine’s Day! Are you ready for a huge sweet dose of love? If so, don’t hesitate to make these romantic Valentine’s Day Doughnuts. You’ll surprise both your partner and your tooth!

These baked mini doughnuts are coated with a thin layer of red glaze and hit by Cupido’s arrows ;) .

Cinnamon Mini Doughnuts Recipe 

I followed Peggy Porschen’s recipe, included in her lovely book “Boutique Baking“.

Equipment

Ingredients (Yields around 30-36 mini doughnuts)

  • 110 g plain flour
  • ½ tsp baking powder
  • ¼ tsp ground cinnamon
  • Pinch of salt
  • 65 g caster sugar
  • 25 g light brown sugar
  • 1 medium egg
  • 45 g whole milk
  • 40 g buttermilk
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • 15 g unsalted butter, melted

Process

1) Preheat oven to 160º C.

2) Grease your doughnut pan by spraying some oil.

3) Put together the dry ingredients in a mixing bowl (sifted flour, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, caster sugar and brown sugar).

4) In another bowl, mix together the wet ingredients (butter, egg, milk, buttermilk and vanilla extract).

5)  Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and stir until just combined.

6) Fill (just 1/2 full) each doughnut cup by means of a piping bag.

7) Bake for around 10 – 12 minutes.

8) Carefully remove the doughnuts from their tin.

9) Let them cool in a cooling rack.

10) Once cooled, decorate the doughnuts with red glaze by dipping them (see recipe down below).

Doughnut Red Glaze

Stir together the following ingredients until getting a smooth pourable glaze:

 1 cup icing sugar (around 125 g)

 2 to 3 tbp milk or water

 1/2 tsp vanilla extract

 Red colouring (I recommend Sugarflair Red Extra)

To coat these doughnuts in drippy red glaze, dip them (just the upper side) into the glaze and leave them to dry on a cooling rack.

Cupido’s arrows were handcrafted by means of a toothpick and some golden yellow sugarpaste.

I hope you like them!

See you soon and…

St Valentine’s Cupcakes… 7 months in advance!

Hi there,

After reading the title of this post, you might think I’ve gone completely mad, but I’m not…! So why did I make these cupcakes precisely in summer? The reason is that I was told to bring some home-made St Valentine’s Cupcakes to a job interview for a creative position in a well-known bakery. They suggested the topic, I just put my imagination!

St Valentine's Cupcakes

St Valentine's Cupcakes

I tried to be pretty creative. All the figurines were completely hand-crafted (I didn’t use any mould) and fully edible, of course ;)

The first cupcake was a rich chocolate one with a marbled vintage clock on top. The main hours were replaced by hearts and you could read at the bottom “IT’S LOVE O’CLOCK”, written with royal icing.

The second one was a coffee flavoured cupcake with a cup on top and some spilled coffee forming a heart-shaped spill. I also added some chocolate coffee beans around.

The third cupcake was a red velvet one. I used the cream cheese as a cloud, which was run through by Cupido. Poor Cupido!  He was hit by one of his own arrows and then he felt in love!! His feet are so cute, aren’t they?

The last one was a pure vanilla cupcake. A tiny rose was growing around a heart. It was like a metaphor: “GROW YOUR LOVE”.

St Valentine's Cupcake

It’s Love O’Clock

St Valentine's Cupcake

Coffee Lovers

St Valentine's Cupcakes

Cupido in Love

St Valentine's Cupcake

Grow Your Love

I hope you like them and you get inspired for next St Valetine’s Day or any other romantic celebration : – )

See you soon.

Sara