Those who are familiar with my cakes are probably acquainted to my fairly bizarre flair with sugar craft creations. The proportions are always little 'off', the colours are bold, bright and vibrant and they never necessarily appear realistic. I just love creating images from my head; which...I do admit...sometimes...are fairly illogical, but *shrug* it's my personal touch.
A good example would be this weeks cake I made for a Landscape Architecture student at UNSW who's turning 21 on Saturday. I received a couple of specific details from a friend of mine who made the cake order and requested for "something chocolate". Georgie; the birthday girl, has brunette hair often tied up in a thick head band and loves flat toe peep shoes. I thought it would be a cute idea to have a summer dress on the doll to match the whole 'alice'-in-marshmallowland scene.The cake took me more than 2 days to complete due to the little fiddly critters and details on the wild flowers. Here's my favourite "creature" I nick-named "The- THING"! haha it was initially supposed to be a toad/frog but having too much green in the pond would just be boring. I didn't adhere it to the cake with icing so it could be moved about; just for fun *grin*.
The cake was Milk chocolate covered in chocolate buttercream and frosted with desiccated coconut to give it a field-like surface. The leaves and shrubs were piped with royal icing and flowers, shrooms and tiny animals were molded from sugar paste. It was a lot of fun to make. Especially the bits of mini marshmallows on flower wire. *sigh* it'll be fun to pull them out one at a time, eating them as you go along! LOL.
These are close up shots on the small critters and flowers...I personally feel they are abosolutely adorable!! I hope the birthday girl likes her cake...I'll probably hear about it tomorrow *cross-fingers**ps: Notice the little new clever tabs at the side of my archives!? THanks HEAPS for your time and effort Nayan. I Love how neat my blog looks now!! :)
Edit: WHooppz...almost forgot to post pictures of the "leftover cake batter"-cupcakes I often make from excess. Frosted with the buttercream from the main cake and topped with a cookIE! Lucky for me, I only had enough batter left for 3 small cupcakes; I could have eaten a DOZEN of these! YUM!!
It's a simple idea, which would probably take you less effort than purchasing a tacky decorative flower from the supermarket isle! *wink* this definitely looks more scrumptious by far!