Saturday, July 31, 2010

Tres Chic Anemones

I love anemones.  Totally loving all the inspiring photos that customers send me to duplicate.  There's something chic about the way cake designers are using them this season.  The cakes convey a sense of romanticism and delicacy.  Maybe because the stamens of their gum paste counterparts look like delicately mascara'd eyelashes of a rosy bride?  Wow.  I'm really reaching here.  Too much imagination makes you sound like a kook.

Anyway, I feel kinda bad that I couldn't get these anemones completely filled with stamens so they could look more like the real thing but there's enough of a resemblance to justify its reasonable price.  Here's the inspiration board:
swiss polka dots and large anemone cake (bottom right) by: Elisa Strauss Cakes , 5- tier white anemone tower (bottom left) by: April Reed Cakes

And here are the beauties I've replicated:

My Hero

When I first got into making sugar flowers, I looked to Ron Ben Israel for inspiration.  His flowers and cakes were just absolutely perfect.  No one does roses like he can, and I mean no one.  I've looked.  So it's become my lifelong goal to achieve his greatness.  Here's a short collection of his work.  I had to look everywhere on the net since he doesn't put all his work on his own website.  It's pretty much just spread out everywhere in magazines, blogs and photography sites.   That just means Ron Ben Israel doesn't talk about himself, the world talks about Ron Ben Israel.
Ron Ben Israel.  Most Awesomest Sugar Flower Artist Ever

Friday, July 30, 2010

Delphinium Wedding

I worked on this order a while ago and found the pictures just recently.  I didn't post this for you!  She had delphiniums for her wedding and wanted to incorporate them into her cake.  I created a mix of delphiniums, lilies, hydrangeas, berries, and roses for her.  I used washes of powdery blue, minty jade, and sage for her colors.  Then I used a bit of yellow for the lily.  It was a nice break from all the cool colors.

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Icy White

I love this arrangement.  I had to modify a cutter I had to make the shapes for the dusty miller.  I first saw this kind of combination on Martha Stewart and was very glad to have a chance to replicate the leaves.  Here is the inspiration photo for the flowers.
And here is the result:

Sherbet Peonies!

I love these peonies I've recently made for my client.  She wanted them to be a slight ivory with just a touch of pink on the edges.  I know they'll look just beautiful for her wedding cake, it was so hard to see them go!  I have them available to be any color so the possibilities are endless.  Buy them here if you wish!

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Grand Rose

A client contacted me on Etsy who actually lived in my city!  I was very thrilled to work with someone face to face.  This was the second time I've worked with her.  She asked me to make some rather large roses to top some cakes she was making.  I've never really done roses with pointed petals so this was an adventure for me.  I strangely like being taken out of my comfort zone to do jobs like this because I make something great (more time than not!).  The largest rose was 5 inches!  The others were about 3 1/2" to 4".
This is the rose after I added some orchid purple to the center.

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Candy Apple Daisies

So sometimes a girl can't afford greatly detailed gerbera daisies for her cake, and that's totally fine because their shape is so iconic you can skim some detail and still showcase a great flower.  This is what I came up with.  I love the fact that she asked for candy apple red.  The airbrush color was so vibrant, I think my camera had some difficulty handling all that red.  Oh and my fingers were red for a week (yes I wore gloves, still don't know how it happened).  Heh! Small price to pay for these preppy little beauties.

A Vintage Birthday Party

A customer wanted to throw a wonderful and unique 1st Birthday party for her little one.  She asked for these cute little roses on ruffles to mimic some cupcake toppers she ordered from a fellow Etsian JeanKnee.
These are what she ordered:

They were a lot of fun to make.  I purposefully made them without any wires so that all the babies can devour them before getting to the cupcake. 

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Purple and Gold

It wasn't a cake to honor the Lakers (though my Laker-fan Dad loved the cake) but a cake for my Mom who was celebrating with her Class of '74 from nursing school.  The arrangement was to mimic the flowers that she used at the party.  This interpretation is a combination of anemones, sunflowers, jasmine, calla lilies, mini daisies, and freesia

Friday, July 16, 2010

Zoe Clark Sweetness

While scouring the internet for beautiful applications of hydrangea singles, I stumbled upon this very talented cake artist, Zoe Clark.  I like my roses but there's something about her roses that I just envy.  She has gorgeous work.  Please be inspired...
Little Bows!  Like little flowers for christmas time or a very chic birthday party

Breathtaking petals
I love the neatness and precision

Friday, July 2, 2010

Sunflowers

It's summertime and I just absolutely love this time of year.  I don't know if it's the flower business that forces me to take a look around at nature or if it's the right amount of rainfall this year, but, there are a lot of beautiful flowers growing everywhere!!  I am grateful for this because the most I've ever seen flowers is at the street corner markets in New York (when I vacationed there last June).  Out in New York, they just get every kind of flower there from peonies to gerbera daisies to dogwoods, sweet peas to a full array of hydrangeas.  Over here in California it's sad!  We get roses, babies' breath, daisies, maybe calla lilies, and trumpet lilies.  In the spring time, at least we got easter lilies and tulips but that's it in the flower market!  Around my area we get nice things like oriental poppies, California poppies and a bush of hydrangeas here and there.  One flower that's always around but always makes me smile here in California is the sunflower.  It's like a typical Californian; always looking into the sun, is big and boisterous with a big brown center that mimics a typical Californian's sunglasses.  A friend from Texas owns The Flying Pig Baking Co. where she makes cheesecake wedding cakes.  She likes sunflowers so I've made a few for her.  This is what I came up with.

Here is a picture of one of her cheesecakes:  Just pretty!
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