29 October 2010

First Competition - Sarawak Themed 4-Tiered Wedding Cake

I took part in a cake competition early this month to get some experience, to force myself to produce a big cake and to meet my cake decorating idol Debbie Brown ^.^  The cake competition was organized by International Centre Of Cake Artistry, ICCA in Kuala Lumpur.

I had no idea about what a cake competition was all about previously. It's indeed a prescious experiece for me as I learned about the dos and dons of a cake exhibit besides the winning points and causes of lost.



Arghhh...... my cake was being judged by 4 prestigious international judges - Eddie Spenser MBE and Debbie Brown from UK, Rose Wallace from USA and ICCA founder Rosalind Chan. How honoured was I, hehe......

Eddie said the cake was simple but gorgeous and both Eddie and Debbie kept appreciating the Sarawakian wedding couple and saying, "gorgeous......." That's what my brother told me. He helped me to take the photo while I was peeping from a higher floor, hehe......

However, Rosalind was quite uneasy with my bared cake board, I saw her knocking at the cake board when she approached my cake. Oh, I felt so ashamed of my lack of preparation. I should decorate all my cake boards in future! No more excuse!


I love them. They are the Sarawak hornbills. I was supposed to add more decoration around them but......(no excuse, no excuse......)

The cake topper was a pair of Sarawak aborigine, Orang Ulu's wedding couple. They were the biggest figurines I've ever made. The cake tiers were 5", 8", 10" and 12" in diameters with the top, 3rd and 4th tiers 4" in height while the 2nd tier 2" in height. I was delighted that I managed to tackle them though I faced some hard time covering the bottom tier, the largest I'd ever made, again! ^^

At the end, my cake was not selected though, I gained so much in term of cake decorating knowledge and courage to make big cakes and figurines! I know I can make big cakes now. Any order (the bigger, the merrier) ? Call me, call me! *grin*


28 October 2010

Birthday Cake For Aunty

Simplicity is beauty. For a lady in her 40s, I guess it's time to make things simple. Cake with plain white fondant cover and pink roses with butterflies would be good enough to make her birthday a memorable one.

These roses were handcrafted with gumpaste, the butterflies were cut out and painted with pokka dots. Edible silver beads were added to give an elegant touch to the cake.


At the side, I added 8 pieces of fondant plates, embossed with flowers and dusted with shiny edible pink and white pearl powder. Not forgeting a birthday message to be conveyed from the giver, a young lady who was still studying at a college in Penang.

26 October 2010

3D Chinese Bun Cake For A Grandma In Penang

I was commissioned by a young lady studying in Australia to make this 3D Chinese bun cake to her grandma in Penang on her birthday.

She is one of her 10 grandchildren and the grandma has another 2 great grand children. I tried to incorporate all the figurines into my first ever big Chinese bun cake within her budget. It was so fun sculpting the figurines till I nearly forgot it was part of my work but not play-dough session when I was still a kindy's kid.



I started at 9pm and ended at 5am. A night owl indeed as a cake decorator like me. When my task was accomplished, I started to feel sleepy! Luckily the delivery was arranged at noon.

The next day after the cake was sent, I got this email from the grand daughter:

Hi Amy,

Thank you for your delivery yesterday and my whole family, especially my grandma is so happy with the cake. Thank you again for your great work. They are impressed.

Keep up the good work.

Cheers


So nice of her, the compliment and encouragement really mean a lot to me. Yeah! Keep it up! Keep it up! :)

20 October 2010

Cupcakes For Children - Jungle Book

These 20 pieces baby cakes were made for a 5-year-old birthday. He would share them with his pals at the kindergarten and all kids would get excited, just like the creator herself  *wink*.


L for lion.



Oh, it's a monkey!



In a child's eyes, tiger is never fierce.

Beside the jungle themed cupcakes, Rylan got another set of outer space cupcakes for home celebration. Both sets were ordered by his aunt. How lucky he is to have a loving aunt who has brought him such a sweet memory!






10 October 2010

Basketball And Beer Lover


He loved basketball and beer. This two interests seemed to be quite different in nature. How to combine them in a single set of cupcakes? It was a challenge to me.

His girl friend was so nice to give me the freedom of design. No restriction at all. Eventually, these were what I came out with.

It was fun sculpting the bear, beer bottle and mug with bubbles, :)
The girl friend rang me up when she received the cupcakes at The Designer Store, Sunway Carnival Mall. She sounded excited, "wow! They look really unique, I love them very much! Thanks, thanks..."

Compliment is something unmeasurable with money. We appreciate it. Each and every compliment would help to drive us a step forward. Thanks! ^.^

08 October 2010

Betrothal Cupcakes

Have you ever thought of giving cupcakes as betrothal gift (聘礼)? I've never thought of it till I was commissioned a set of betrothal cupcakes.

As this was a new idea, we had to put up our thinking caps together with the client seriously. From a draft to actual workout, the process was so interesting and inspiring!  

Red and yellow were used as the theme colours.

A few betrothal and auspicious items were chosen to be the cupcakes toppers.

Chinese wedding couple and the betrothal baskets.


So, if you would like to have a set of cupcakes as your betrothal gift as well, do feel free to call me ya......I'm the expert now, hahah! (joking) 

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