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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.

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This cake was designed around a Play Station hand console for a boy who loves playing all varieties of computer games that are available in todays world of new technology and gadgetry.

Square vanilla sponge birthday cake with gaming hand consule, red and black stripes on orange and birthday wishes

Hand Made Modelling Paste Hand Console Cake

Firstly I don’t play computer games so I had to research what a hand console looked like. I basically printed a photo off the internet to the correct size and cut out a template of the shape. After rolling the black modelling paste to the desired height I used the template to cut out the main body of the console then proceeded to rub my fingers around the sharp edges to soften. Creating the handles was a different technique of rolling the modelling paste into a sausage, then reducing one end to a soft point and then cutting out the other end to fit the main body again using the template. This was finished by hand painting all the symbols in edible food colouring.

Birthday Wishes piped on celebration cake in a sans serif font with black royal icing

Birthday Wishes

The square sponge cake is covered in pale orange sugarpaste on which the console sits. Finished off with royal icing piped birthday wishes and black and red stripes to create a striking 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 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.

 

 

Inspired by watching Downton Abbey and old episodes of Poirot I wanted to create a beautiful Art Deco style wedding cake. Each tier has it’s own distinct style, the top one takes it cue from 1930’s cinemas and other similar buildings, the second from flapper dress fabrics popular at the time.

Intricately designed 4 tier wedding cake

Intricately designed 4 tier wedding cake

The third tier takes it’s ideas from cabaret and jazz clubs and the lower tier depicts a wedding scene, complete with the happy couple, a Rolls Royce and the church on the hill.

Art Deco Inspired Wedding Cake Detail

All the fine details were hand cut out to create this unique cake.  The only bought cutter used on this cake was for the dainty pink flowers around the band.

Wedding Scene

If you’d like me to decorate a cake 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.

 

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This 90th birthday cake was created for a man who used to be a captain of a Maersk tanker before he retired.

Maersk Tanker 90th Birthday Cake

Maersk Tanker 90th Birthday Cake

The Maersk tanker is in 3D relief so that it is deeper at the front than the back. The blue background makes the red tanker zing and stand out more.

 

Captain of the high seas

Captain of the high seas

This is a characterised version of Bas in his captains outfit that he wore everyday on this job.

The tanker has intricate piped detail to reflect the pipes and tanks on deck and the whole cake is finished off with a red and blue rope effect border.

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 the East Midlands area.

I have used this cake design before for a Birthday celebration but this has been recreated, with a few additions,  for a couple of cake decorating demonstrations for the British Sugar Guild I have this year.

How Does Your Garden Grow Birthday Celebration Cake

How Does Your Garden Grow Birthday Celebration Cake

This time I have tried to keep all the vegetables and fruit the correct size in relation to each other. Strawberries, tomatoes and grapes have been added this time. I have also modelled some peas in pods which are so tiny – the pods are only 10mm long this means you can work out how small the grapes are.

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.