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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.

Rag doll cake topper suitable for a little girls cake

Designed and created by Copper Top Cakes

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).

Ideal for birthday cakes

Detail of back of model

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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Hello all. It’s a while since I have been on here – getting a lot of house renovating and other stuff done. Now we are in the new year it’s an exciting time. British Sugar Guild exhibition at Telford in May – our branch, Burton Joyce, have all hands on deck producing a design I created for entering a table in the exhibition branch competition… that will be thrilling.

But for the time being I have been thinking of new designs to take with me when I am demonstrating and this one, would you believe it, was inspired by a cushion.

Pretty pink, green and blue cushion inspired celebration cake

Mainly hand cut flowers and leaves with piped stitching effect

I was just sitting in my living room when I glanced across at a cushion on my chair and thought that would make a lovely cake… then I did nothing with it and 6 months later I finally got around to it. It is not copied exactly like the cushion but I just used it to get my brain in gear.

Modelling paste hand cut flowers in blue and pink with cutters used for the small and very small flowers with hand cut modelling paste leave finished with royal icing piped stitching

Pretty Cushion Inspired Cake Detail

To start with I made templates out of watercolour paper for the leaves and large flowers (it’s quite stiff but easy to cut and store templates). Rolling out the modelling paste to about one millimetre I proceeded to use my templates and cut out my pink and blue flowers. This style does not require any thinning on the edges with the ball tool – just cut and use. I then used blossom and forget-me-not cutters on the smaller flowers.

Making the leaves are the same process as the large flowers. When attaching these to the cake they were not glued totally flat – it’s nice to lift the edges off the cake slightly to give it a 3D effect. Then trimmed with  a little delicate piping with royal icing to look like stitching.

With the balls around the bottom I made one the size I wanted and then keeping that aside I measured all the others next to it to get roughly the same size throughout. Now there is probably an easier way or a tool to do this but as you know I do not own a lot of tools and the least amount of tools I use the better – it makes you have more creative flair.

This cake design is ideal for any type of celebration cake – pretty cake for a teenagers birthday or it can even be translated into a beautiful wedding cake.

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.

I will always endeavour to reply to your enquiry within 48 hours. If you have not heard from me in that time it suggests that there is an error with my mailbox or server which I am currently unaware of and I would therefore ask that you try to contact me by phone or text. Thank you.

Hello everyone. Just completed this fantastic 1st rosette birthday cake for Emma who likes horses and likes to win too.

1st Rosette Birthday Cake

It’s been created in pastel blues, yellows, and greens with pretty flowers around the base (she doesn’t like pink but the cake still looks pretty).

Rosette Detail

Fortunately I had a rosette in the house to model this from. My husband came first in a classic car show with his Rover P6 and it’s usually hung up on his computer. It is always a great help if you have an actual item in front of you that you are making so you can see all the details and shape from every angle – obviously if you were modelling something like a horse this wouldn’t apply….lol.

Rosette Happy Birthday Cake

After creating the ribbons and rosette in modelling paste the cake was completed by piping 1st Emma and Happy 11th Birthday… and the cake was absolutely loved by the little lady.

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.

This cake was designed with Ascot in mind. I basically wanted to create some dahlias for a demonstration I have coming soon and thought it would look fantastic on my exhibit table.

Dahlia Ascot Hat Cake

 

These subtle pink hand-made dahlias look stunning on the hat cake – it took a few evenings to complete them by letting them dry at different stages. A ruffled piece of modelling paste that looks like draped fabric draws the eyes to the delicate flowers sitting on top.

Dahlia Ascot Hat Celebration Cake

Mounting the cake on two sugarpaste covered boards with ribbon around the edges turns quite a simple cake into a stylish hat.

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.

I was commissioned to create this bespoke wedding cake with its cascade of hand-crafted flowers for a couple who loves owls. These cute owls sit on the branch of the delicately hand-painted bride and groom’s names in a beautiful script font.

1 Tiered wedding cake with hand-made flowers, hand-painted names and owls

A single tiered wedding cake with hand-made flowers, hand-painted names and owls

Small pink roses, purple pansies, pink hydrangeas and tiny lily of the valley flowers adorn this one tier fruit cake. All of them made from petal paste and some piped royal icing for the the lily of the valley stems.

 

Roses, Hydrangeas, Pansie and Lilly of the Valley hand-made flowers

Roses, Hydrangeas, Pansies and Lily of the Valley hand-made flowers

The owls were gently sitting with the names so it would compliment the design and add to the overall effect.

Close-up of the hand-painted detail

Close-up of the hand-painted detail

These hand-made owls are so cute…looking into each others eyes that they make this a special and unique wedding cake.

Overall view of the wedding cake

Overall view of the wedding cake

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.

This was a first for me…to design a cake topper incorporating a man fishing for a 50th Birthday cake.  I had to do my research for what he would wear and what shape the fishes would be. When I create my designs I like some form of realistic reference (not anybody elses cake ideas I must stress they are totally original) and then just let the idea flow and take a form of its own.

A Day Out Fishing Cake

He had to be decked out in his fashionable fishing gear with his catch of the day…well nearly anyway. So sat on a lush green bank at the edge of a bright blue pond he is relaxing in the sun and enjoying trying to catch the biggest fish ever.

I used modelling paste for my character and fishes and modelling paste with Tylo powder for the sign, rod and basket as these needed to be harder so they could stand up andnot flop over.

I started off by covering the square vanilla sponge cake with green sugarpaste and then after leaving it to harden I then proceeded to make the pond with marbled blue sugarpaste.

Using the end of a paintbrush I formed small ripples around the waters edge to give it some movement.

Fishing Man Birthday Cake

 

For the grass I first attached a large piece of green sugarpaste and moulded it into a shape that resembled a mound. To get a rough texture I used a cocktail stick (any pointed tool will do) and dragged it upwards and all-over until all the green turned into grass.

I built the little man (he ended up about 6 inches tall) from his feet up. I first applied the boots and then the legs went on separately. The next section was his body and then his arms. At this point I inserted a lollipop/modelling stick to secure his body in place and then finished off with his head and hat.
Fishing Man 50th Birthday Cake

 

The fish that’s caught on the fishing line in the pond was created our of white modelling paste and then hand painted. On the basket I used my pallet knife to draw the basket weave pattern onto it before constructing it with edible glue. After leaving it for 24 hrs to dry I filled it with white sugarpaste and then painted the fishes in it too.

The fishing rod does have wire inside it to stop it flexing and breaking and the same wire then is the wire on the rod to catch the fish. This part is removed before eating the cake as it is not edible but needed be this way to get the best results.

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.

I’ve been waiting to have a go at this creation that’s in my head for a little while now. If you have followed my blogs before you will have seen the square plaques I have painted for my previous demonstrations; now I wanted to have a go on a cake and I know butterflies are in fashion so I felt one large butterfly would complete this dynamic cake.

Purple Butterfly Celebration Cake

 

I love the pinky lilac colour of this cake and felt it was delicate enough to hold and show off a strong design with a large butterfly.

Now I already had my painting inspiration from my previous designs so I decided to dive in and paint straight on the cake with no patterns to follow, no traced pattern. Basically I doodled this freehand onto the cake then just kept repeating a similar pattern and making it up as I went along – I love this style has it as a vintage feel and looks a bit like a henna tatoo too.

 

 

Free flowing doodle

Free flowing doodle

 

Now to the butterfly…I did not use any cutters in this process. I found photos of butterflies and cut out my own card template to get the wing shapes. It was like producing flowers really; cut out shape, insert wire, use poppy veiner to create wing veins and ball tool to soften edges. The body was more tricky and that was moulded around florist wire too. These were left for 24 hours to dry then painted and taped together to form this striking butterfly.

Lilac Butterfly Celebration 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 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.