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You will probably recognise this cake but notice that its more vibrant in colour than before. I decided to take my first design one step further to show how the design can evolve into this beautiful celebration cake.

Extra Beautiful Butterfly Celebration Cake

All the previous hand-painting made the the gold, turquoise and a hint of silver easy to apply – like a childs colouring-in book.

Butterfly Celebration Cake Version 2

This design would be wonderful for any type of celebration cake – even a wedding cake with a difference.

Hand-Painted Butterfly 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 always get back to you as soon as possible.

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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 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 this is the final ‘Painting on Icing’ out of the trio (for the moment). Another one I will hopefully get around to creating a cake for from my designs…the list is getting longer.

Handpainted poppies on sugarpaste used in a BSG demonstration.

Handpainted poppies on sugarpaste used in a BSG demonstration.

 

Another inspired design from some wallpaper I bought. This was not traced but painted straight on the sugarpaste so the design is only influenced by the wallpaper. Each flower was painted with 2 coates to get the thick colour and the red ones were then painted in edible varnish (which doesn’t show on screen).

The leaves on the wallpaper were totally the wrong shape for poppy leaves so I changed that too.

This would look good and be very effective on a wedding or celebration cake with 3D petal paste poppies on top to finish off.

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 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 is the reverse of the blue pink flowered handbag cake that I created for a demonstration I was giving. As I explained before it is double sided in order for me to have more techniques to show to everyone.

Reverse of the blue handbag cake

Reverse of the blue pink flower handbag cake

As usual, when I am creating my designs, I like to try something a little different from the norm.

Intricate patterns

Intricate patterns

When decorating my cakes I like to use as little cutters as possible. Sometimes, when using the cutters, I try to make something out of them that they were not originally intended for.

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.

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