I was called by a lovely lady who wished to order a cake to celebrate her father’s 90th birthday. After a relaxed consultation during which I got to hear many stories about her dad’s life, I suggested we build a cake around the theme of a tool box. There were going to be some grandsons at the party who would love nothing more than an iced cookie shaped like many of the tools their granddad used to own.
This cake was challenging in working out what materials to use to make it look the most realistic, but the part I loved the most was taking all the memories and stories I had written down during our chat and bringing them to life on and around the cake. I make some decorations out of fondant and iced some other pictures and words in buttercream.
Happy 90th birthday Garnet, I hope you had a wonderful celebration surrounded by those most dear to you!
A past client contacted me about making her birthday cake. She wanted a woodlands theme and, after a consult and cake tasting, we decided on a coffee sponge with a strong espresso icing. The cake was to resemble a tree stump and then have all the little plants and creatures you’d expect to find in a forest scattered around – toadstools, bracken, acorns… and, of course, fairies and their little friends (they are quite camera shy so you might not be able to see them in the photos)
This was a fun cake to make and all the hard work of shaping the little creatures paid off as I placed them on the cake – it really did look like a magical world.
The concept and styling of this shoot was by the lovely ladies at Green Goddess Flower Studio and the story behind it was as follows: The couple are stylish Americans who were going out for lunch in the city of Cape Town, whilst on a visit to South Africa. The romantic groom has planned a secret elopement and hired a photographer to capture the scene. The ‘groom’ asks the ‘bride’ to dress up and they wander through the streets of Cape Town supposedly on their way to lunch. When they enter a square, he has arranged for a wedding planner to be waiting with some cards saying ‘will you marry me’. He lifts her up onto a stone plinth in the square, then she looks down at him as he shows her the cards asking her to marry him TODAY! There is a Yes and No option – she says Yes of course! Then he presents her with a gift box (decorated with flowers) and inside is a flower ring (allowing the stylish bride to choose her own ring later). They rush off to the church and get married – the planner has bouquets, bouts and stationery (saying they eloped) all ready for them including a selection of bouquets for the bride. Then the lunch turns out to be a small reception planned for them with a small dessert and cookie bar and martini tray. After lunch, they wander through the city some more looking at the amazing architecture and reveling in their special moments.
How great, hey? Such fun to provide the iced cookies and macaroons to fit in with this sweet love story!
This shoot was published on greenweddingshoes which you can read about here.
The vendors that contributed towards this shoot are listed below:
Concept, Styling, Event & Floral Design: Green goddess flower studio, www.greengoddess.co.za
Photographer: Debbie Lourens Photography, www.debbielourensphotography.com
Hair and Makeup: Marnel Toerien Makeup Artist and Hairstylist http://marneltoerien.co.za/
Stationery: Secret Diary Designs http://www.secretdiary.co.za/
Brides outfits: Gavin Rajah Couture, www.gavinrajah.com
Grooms outfit: Fabiani www.fabiani.co.za
Jewellery: Kays Antiques www.kaysantiques.com
Cakes, petit fours and cupcakes: Pastry Parlour, www.pastryparlour.co.za
Venue: The Daddy Cool Bar, Grand Daddy http://www.granddaddy.co.za/
Toybox cake for my sweet friend’s baby shower
I made this Toybox cake with iced cookies for my sweet friend, Emsie, who is expecting her baby boy in January. Her baby shower was a celebration with her friends and family all bringing presents and good wishes for the almost-a-family-of-three.
I can’t wait to meet this little treasure!
Last weekend Sugar Doodle hosted another workshop at The Real Toy Company in Pinelands. Each child made 2 mini rainbow cakes and they all turned out great! Well done everyone, I hope you had fun! 🙂
Mini rainbow cake… just because!
Ah, Christmas Time! Even though I land up sweating buckets in Cape Town this time of year, it doesn`t stop me from heading into the kitchen to bake up some Christmas treats. This year I decided to put together some Gingerbread House Kits which include everything you need to make your very own gingerbread house. The house pieces are cut and pre-baked and are all wrapped up with a cake board, icing sugar, piping bags, a whole bunch of sweeties and, most importantly, very detailed instructions to help you along.
This is a great holiday activity for families and it makes a lovely centerpiece for your Christmas Table. If you`re interested in getting your hands on one of these kits, just drop me a line on firstname.lastname@example.org
large gingerbread house kit
large decorated gingerbread house
If you`re looking for another way to get your hands on Sugar Doodle`s cookies, look no further than the delightful High Tea located in Farriers Centre (53 Constantia Road) . They have got delicious treats on offer and my gingerbread families have reported that they are loving their new home and that the smell of the coffee is so enticing that it takes every bit of self-control not to jump down from the shelf and go grab a cup… 🙂
If you`re looking for a place to catch up with a friend in a tranquil setting, head to High Tea. It`s a hidden gem and well worth a visit. Their website is very informative ( http://www.hightea.co.za/ ) and their Facebook page is kept up to date by regularly posting photos of their delicious food ( https://www.facebook.com/HighTeaCakeShop )
mini gingerbread family