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June 16, 2016 in Birthday, Celebration Cakes | Tags: 3D, bespoke, birthday, Black, Blue, brown, buttons, Cake, cake decorater, cake decorating, cake topper, Celebration, contact, create, delicate, deliver, deliver to East Midlands area, delivering, delivers, derby, Derbyshire, design, detail, doll, dots, East Midland, email, event, fabric, Flowers, hair, handmade, inspiration, Leicester, leicestershire, little boy, little girl, model, modelling paste, Nottingham, nottinghamshire, occasion, order, Pink, polka dot, rag, rag doll, ring, royal icing, Skirt, special, stitch effect, Stitching, sugar paste, tel, unique, White | Leave a comment
Well I am back. It’s a while since I posted anything on my website.
So it’s sunny outside and I think I may go out in the garden and mow my lawn so this will be a small blog.
I just thought I would have a go at making a rag doll that would be perfect for a little girls birthday cake. It’s around 5 inches in height and took around 4 hours to create.
This cute little rag doll is made entirely of modelling paste. I first started with the legs then attached the feet. Putting a stitch effect around the booties to emphasize that is a rag doll made of fabric.
I used a lollipop stick to hold the body to the top of the legs and hold the body up straight.
Using embossed rolling pins I then dressed the model body with a pretty skirt and worked upwards towards the shoulders.
Just getting the basics down, I moved on to the arms and hands with more stitching embossing using another lollipop stick to hold the arm up (I had to prop this up for 24hrs to dry and hold).
Making the face was fun and enjoyable – just to see what I could do – I surfed the net to get an idea of what rag doll faces were attractive and put my own stamp on it.
All the pretty flowers, dots and detailing were the last job of the day.
I also am thinking of making a little boy rag dog in blue to match at some stage.
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January 7, 2015 in Celebration Cakes, Wedding Cakes | Tags: anniversary, beautiful, Beeston, bespoke, birthday, Black, bows, brand, branding, buttons, Cake, card, Celebration, character, Clifton, credit card, deliver, delivery, derby, Derbyshire, design, East Midlands, figure, figurine, Flower, frill, girl, hair, hand, hand painted, hand-crafted, hand-made, lady, Leicester, leicestershire, local, localcard, Logo, man, membership card, modelling paste, newsletter, Nottingham, nottinghamshire, paint, Pink, plaque, Rushcliffe, sandals, shoes, Skirt, special, sugarpaste, suit, tie, toes, trousers, unique, wedding, White | Leave a comment
Nottingham LocalCard have just celebrated their 2nd Anniversary and kindly requested I make them a cake with their logo to celebrate.
I recently added my business to their website www.nottinghamlocalcard.com so this cake will be featured in their January newsletter too! How exciting!
When designing a cake you need some inspiration so the best place to look for it in this case was their website. I needed to see what the membership card looked like, fonts, colours and any other unique feature to them that might make the cake special. Sometimes it can help by doing a very quick sketch.
Creating cakes has been in my life for over 3 years now and I never stop amazing myself at what I can do or new techniques I can teach myself – there is always something new to learn. I still like to be true to myself and produce a pleasing design out of my head rather than someones book or off the internet with as little cutters as possible (all hand-cut and hand-made; the only shop bought cutters used in this design is the flowers on the girls shoulders and a frilled circle cutter for the skirt). I still get thrilled when I am working on a cake and seeing it evolve as every cake is different and beautiful.
I decided on making a rectangle cake that I could place a plaque (credit card shaped) on top. Firstly, I started the membership card by mixing a similar colour referenced to the website colour (you are never going to match exactly) into some white modelling paste, rolled it out thinly and then cut a rectangle with round corners out of it. This was then left for 24 hours to harden.
The next step was to cut out the logo with a scalpel in white and black modelling paste, let them harden and hand paint a keyline in black around the white letters. After that they were attached with edible glue.
I kept cross referencing to the membership card to make sure I was getting the style correct and that the logo was in the right position before hand-painting the rest of the lettering directly onto the plaque in black and white again following the brand. When all this was complete I carefully lifted the finished plaque up and attached it to the top of the cake with more edible glue.
The website features members’ holding their membership cards so this inspired me to make characters doing the same. I created a man and a woman, both holding tiny cards, wearing the same colours to reflect the rest of the cake and make it all coordinated.
The characters were started from the feet upwards. For the girl the feet and legs were made separately then the skirt is attached on top of that. Then it was time for the body then the arms followed by the head. The man was created in the same way but obviously wearing a suit. The finer details such as the painted toe nails, buttons and small membership card were added last. Inside each figure is one plastic dowling which must be removed if the figures are to be eaten but the rest is all edible.
LocalCard loved the cake and took photographs for their newsletter to come out in January. I hope you enjoyed reading about this.
If you’d like me to decorate a cake in a similar bespoke style or something completely different for your special occasion then please feel free to contact me for a quote. Copper Top Cakes is based in Nottingham and delivers to the East Midlands area. Please feel free to leave me an email or a message and I will always get back to you as soon as possible.
I created this castle cake for a little girl called Amber for her 6th Birthday. It was inspired by the fairy tale Rapunzel.
Each tower was hand made and rolled out of solid icing then decorated with delicate flowers and leaves.
At the top of the centre tower is the princess leaning out of the window calling out for her prince charming.
If you’d like me to decorate a similar castle cake for a birthday or perhaps even a wedding then please feel free to contact me for a quote.