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This amazing cake was created last week for a lovely couples 25th Wedding Anniversary party. They do a lot of walking with their dog Minty who loves to chase squirrels and this is what the bespoke cake design is based upon. This beautiful cake topper is actually sat on a cake board so it could be removed before the cake was cut and saved as a memento of their special day.

Walkers 25th Wedding Anniversary Cake

 

Walkers/Ramblers 25th Wedding Anniversary Celebration Cake

These hand-made figures are sat on a log which was based around a photograph that was supplied to me when the cake order was placed.

Walkers 25th Wedding Anniversary Cake

This is their cute little West Highland terrier called Minty which is roughly around 1½ inch wide and 1 inch high. He is eyeing up the squirrel which is even smaller than Minty and holding an acorn.

Walkers 25th Anniversary Cake

Around the actual cake a meadow was hand-painted with edible food colouring featuring daisies, butterflies, dragonflies and ladybirds surrounded by bright green grass.

Ramblers 25th Wedding Anniversary Cake

When designing and creating cakes it’s best to make sure the cake decorating looks good from all angles – even behind.

Ramblers 25th Wedding Anniversary Cake

 

The result of all this hard and enjoyable work was a cake I was very proud of and was just what the couple had in mind – and they loved it.

This kind of cake decoration could be applied to wedding cakes as well as all the other varieties of celebration cakes too.

If you’d like me to decorate a cake in a 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.

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Well it’s nearly that time of year again…time to get ready for the big day and organise all the food, puddings and Christmas cakes a few weeks in advance for the big parties. I just had to make these cute little snowmen throwing snowballs at each other, having fun at Yuletide and perched on top of some yummy mini fruit cakes.

Handmade snowmen throwing snowballs at each other

Handmade snowmen throwing snowballs at each other

This snowman got bowled over by the snowballs

This snowman got bowled over by the snowballs

Snowman enjoying his snowball fight

Snowman enjoying his snowball fight

Ideal to make all Christmas parties festive with that special touch

Ideal to make all Christmas parties festive with that special touch

These unique hand-made snowmen have their hats and scarves hand-painted in edible gold to match their gold buttons and the gold snowflakes. They will look great on any festive table.

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 leave me an email or a message and I will always get back to you as soon as possible.

This vintage Wedding cake was designed for a unique vintage themed Wedding at Papplewick Pumping Station, Nottinghamshire. The blue-green Royal icing textured surface, with the silver shimmer all over, enriched the colours of the fresh flower garlands adorning it.

Textured Royal Icing with Garlands of Fresh Flowers

Textured Royal Icing with Garlands of Fresh Flowers

Garlands with Hydrangeas were draped around the edge of this 2 tiered fruit cake to create a very dramatic and beautiful effect complementing the brides original vintage dress.

Extra Deep Tiers made from Rich Fruit Cake

Extra Deep Tiers made from Rich Fruit Cake

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 leave me an email or a message and I will get back to you as soon as possible.

This cake was inspired by my beautiful large lilac poppies that I grew from seed in my new garden. In the Summer they burst into these fantastic delicate flowers which only lasted one day before throwing all the petals around the garden like confetti.

Purple Poppy Celebration Cake

I have never made these flowers before and do not have any metal cutters so I cut off a head and dismantled it. Sometimes they only had 4 petals and sometimes 6. I proceeded to make templates in card of the petals to keep for future use and took a photograph to cross reference with as well.

The center was made first and then the stamens were added after that. The white with a hint of pale lilac petal paste was cut and wires inserted to produce four large petal. Finally they were painted to simulate the patterns on the real flowers; I like my finished flowers to look pretty but not altogether too realistic to show they are handmade.

The cake was completed with a frill down the front that highlights the flower.

If you’d like me to decorate a cake in a similar bespoke style for a 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. I am reachable between 1.00pm – 2.00pm in the day and evenings plus weekends. Leave me an email or a message and I will get back to you as soon as possible.

I was commissioned to create this wonderful Golden Anniversary cake for a couple celebrating 50 years of wonderful marriage. Congratulations you both.

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This couple are a real inspiration and so they required a beautiful fruit cake decorated in gorgeous gold flowers to signify their 50 years together.

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I really enjoyed creating these little flowers using specialist cutters and veiners and then finished these by painting them gold once they had dried.

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When searching for the correct ribbon I had my gold lustre dust in my hand and the ribbon in the other as I wanted a good match (there are a few different golds – two different golds would clash and not look beautiful enough).

And then with a steady hand I piped the wording onto a pre-hardened plaque I had made. Once that was dry I used the finest brush I had to painted the piping in the same gold.

If you’d like me to decorate a cake in a similar bespoke style for a 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. I am reachable between 1.00pm – 2.00pm in the day and evenings. Leave me an email or a message and I will get back to you as soon as possible.

I am now an accredited British Sugar Guild Demonstrator (BSG) after passing my final assessment. This means I demonstrate to a high standard following the guidelines outlined by the BSG so you get a more interesting, pleasant and informative experience.

Introducing myself to everyone who came to the demonstration

Introducing myself to everyone who came to the demonstration

 

This is me half way through the demo painting on the sugarpaste

This is me half way through the demo painting on the sugarpaste

 

Here is my current display

Here is my current display

 

 

I was asked to create this wonderful 3 tier Birthday cake with a little lady perched on the corner surrounded by the things in life she loves; football and boots, champagne, tanning lotion, lipstick and iPhone.

Little Lady on a Flowery  Cake

 

The middle tier is turned around 90 degrees to give space to sit the lady on and add more interest.

Little Lady with Football Boots

The finished cake is covered in pretty flowers and the handmade figure is covered in a purple petal styled dress.

Football and Boots, Champagne, Lipstick, Tanning Cream and iPhone

All the little intricate items sat at the ladies pixie booted feet are all handmade and edible – some hand painted.

Ever wondered how long it takes to make a cake like this – well this took me around 17 hours but it was worth it.

This cake can lend itself to a wedding cake too if a groom was added or even just a flowered cake without the figure.

If you’d like me to decorate a cake in a similar bespoke style for a 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.

 

Well here I am again with the second sample for ‘Painting on Icing’ I used at my demo.

Flower Cut Out Painted Sample

I like to have a go at what is on trend but it is nice to come up with something original. It’s amazing all the inspiration that is around you to help you design something different to what everyone else is creating.

I found a pattern I liked but changed it to be my own and the colours I loved so I picked similar colours to the original pattern. Another pattern with different colours on could have been used for the inspiration instead. I started off by painting a watercolour version with my changes on watercolour paper to see if I liked it. Drawing around my cutting tools on the paper to see how the final version would look helped too.

The flower shapes in the middle are different flower shapes to the original pattern – I just looked in my tool box and used a flower and scalloped edged cutter I already had and a piping nozzle was used for the small circles.

My special mixture of edible food colours were made to create a thick paint that dries slowly in the palette but quick on the sugarpaste. The edge of the scallops and the flowers were painted in a dark brown with a very fine artists brush and the swirls were all painted free hand. Also I painted some pretty flower shapes in pearl lustre that show up when they catch the light.

I feel that this was a very attractive,  modern and was far different from the original inspired pattern I found and turned into my own design. This unique sample looks amazing and could easily be applied to make a spectacular multiple tiered wedding cake..

If you’d like me to decorate a cake in this style for a 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.

 

Well I know I have been away a bit but I am in the middle of renovating our bungalow – I had itchy fingers and needed to get ready for a British Sugar Guild demonstration I had coming up. The theme was ‘Painting on Icing’ and therefore I came up with a few different ideas to show everyone.

I created each piece on a 9 inch square board as this was a much better size to demonstrate (cheaper than a whole dummy cake)  – Look out for more of my samples over the coming days and eventually I will make them up into cakes and show them on my blog too!

Bronze and keyline painting of poppies

Bronze and keyline painting of poppies

This was my first example of what can be done painting with edible food colouring. I have been to art college and have been trying to replicate gouache paints and have therefore been experimenting with mixing different makes of colouring to achieve my desired effect. I wanted to paint with as little brush strokes showing as much as possible on the finished product and have a sharp edge. Quick drying on the cake but not in the palette was also needed – you know how the powder and vodka mix dries too quickly.

Inspiration came from all different sources of media. Firstly I had my design mapped out on watercolour paper so this could be tweaked on the actual design on icing.

The basic design was traced on to the icing and then the background colour applied leaving the desired white areas. After this had dried I used a fine art brush to trace the white poppies and then all the rest of the lines were painted freehand. This unique sample looks amazing and could easily be applied to make a spectacular multiple tiered wedding cake with petal paste white poppies on the top.

If you’d like me to decorate a cake in this style for a 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.

This fantastic cake was designed for an avid Welsh Rugby Fan for his 80th Birthday party. The cake was a conglomerate of the Welsh flag, a rugby ball and some bright yellow daffodils.

Designed for a Welsh Rugby Fan

Designed for a Welsh Rugby Fan

First of all I moulded the rugby ball in my hands to get the correct shape and then added the stitching and other details. Next came the tricky flag; the red dragon was cut out by hand and attached to the flag which in turn was attached to the cake and finished of with an edible black pen to create the outlines.

Handmade Rugby Ball And Sentiments

Handmade Rugby Ball And Sentiments

To finish off this design was the cheerful handmade daffodils. For that extra special touch I added some cupcakes with rugby ball and daffodil detail. Some royal icing piping and the wording and voila a finished work of art.

If you’d like me to decorate a similar cake for a 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.