Where have I been for the last 4-5 months? What have I been upto? Why did I disappear all of a sudden? I’m sure you’ve been wondering. Oh yes, I’m guilty as charged. Here’s why: My health had turned into a sad state of affairs after a severe E.coli infection in my body that began 7 months back. I’ve spent a considerable amount of time in and out of hospital the last few months. While that was the bad news, there’s good news too. First, although recovery has been a dreadfully slow process, I’m starting to feel better now, and hopefully no more sabbaticals once I’m back to being in the pink of health. Second, I’ve managed to work on a few ‘Sweet Somethings‘ whenever my health sporadically permitted me the time and energy that my work warrants. A new achievement for me has been learning the art of sugar-craft, and on my own. That being said, I give a lot of credibility to my mentor and BFF Mittu who’s brilliant at sugar-craft. She not only constantly motivates me to learn something new each day, but also helps with sparking off creative ideas for my orders even with living on the other side of the world from where I live. Mittu, a big thank you for everything you’ve helped with so far, and for what’s to come in the future as well. You deserve one big hug, and a huge cake of your favourite Pineapple Pastry from me!
Would you all like to see the kind of work the novice sugarcraft-er in me has been churning out? Well, have at it then. The pictures are in chronological order from the time I first started working on fondant orders earlier this year.
Spoiler: Heavy-drool alert. You’re better off with a bib around your neck before you scroll down. Don’t say I didn’t warn you! ;)
Monkey Themed Cake: My first fondant cake! Moist chocolate cake with vanilla buttercream and hand-crafted chocolate fondant monkey wearing a party-hat and holding heart-shaped balloons, surrounded by his favourite snack – bananas! Made this for a 1-year-old baby boy.
I used store-bought fondant for this order. However, was not too happy with the quality and started making my own fondant after that, and continue to do so. Nothing like home-made fondant really.
Pink, Teal and Lavender Themed cake: Strawberry Cake with vanilla buttercream with pink, teal and lavender circles in fondant, for a cherub-y 1-yr old girl. I wasn’t very happy with the finish of this cake. However, every project is a learning and I know I’m gradually getting a better foothold on the quality of my fondant work with each passing day.
Bheem Bheem, Chota Bheem! This fellow is such a rage with the kids, it’s nothing short of madness. This was a Strawberry cake with Vanilla buttercream frosting with fondant topper and fondant decorations, for a 3-year old girl.
Monkey-themed Cake: My first fully fondant-covered cake, thanks to Mittu who was in India at that time. Before she taught me how to cover a cake with fondant, I used to get petrified at the thought of doing it. Now that I know how to, there’s no looking back. Mittu and I worked together on this order and we made the main cake and topper, and 50 cupcakes with individual chocolate fondant monkey-face toppers in less than 24 back-breaking hours. Yes, we had a bakers’ night out and what fun that was! Thank you for working with me on this Mittu. XX! :)
Moist Chocolate Cupcakes with Vanilla buttercream frosting and chocolate fondant monkey toppers.
Baby Shower Cake: Coffee cake with coffee buttercream frosting, covered with fondant and home-made fondant toppers. Baby with pacifier in the mouth and peeking from under a blanket, baby booties, diaper pins, rattle, feeding bottle, prams, buttons, all hand-crafted, from scratch.
I also made Chocolate Cupcakes with vanilla buttercream frosting and customised cupcake toppers: Baby-booties in pink and blue, large and small buttons in pink and blue.
Baby’s Toys Themed 2-tier Cake: Moist Chocolate Cake with chocolate buttercream, covered with and decorated with home-made fondant toppers. The client sent me a few pics of her 1-year old’s favourite toys, and I replicated 3 of them in fondant as toppers for the cake. What made me happiest was that the kid looked at Mr. Snail and smiled, which meant he recognized it. I couldn’t have asked for anything more. That made my day.
Fashionista Cake: Chocolate cake with chocolate buttercream frosting and personalised fondant toppers.
From top (clock-wise): Lipstick, Chanel clutch, Mirror, Earrings, Nail-paint, Perfume, Hair-brush, Stilettos.
Customised Cake for the Chinoy family: Dark Chocolate Cake with vanilla buttercream frosting and personalised fondant decorations.
Poker Themed Cake: Vanilla Cake with Blueberry buttercream frosting and personalized fondant elements – cards, poker chips, dice and other poker elements.
Gym Themed Cake: Vanilla Cake with Irish coffee frosting and personalized fondant toppers for a fitness freak – trampoline, skipping rope, dumb-bells, man exercising.
Race-car and Coconut tree Themed Cake: Dark Chocolate Cake with Chocolate fudge buttercream frosting, covered with chocolate fondant and personalized race-car and coconut tree toppers.
Baby-girl Turns one: Dark Chocolate cake with chocolate fudge buttercream frosting, with top of the cake covered in fondant and personalized toppers – Teddy holding balloons, and a baby with pacifier peeking from under the blanket. I also made my first ribbon roses (seen on either side of the message on the cake).
These are some of the cakes with sugarcraft that I’ve made in the last few months. I also did some customized cupcake orders, pictures of which I’ll share in my next post and soon. Till then drool all you like on these creations, and do also let me know what you think of the work. To see pictures of all my works, head over to the official Sweet Somethings Facebook fan-page, and you will not be disappointed!
I’ve been on a hiatus in the recent past but I’m now almost ready to accept orders once again. So if you or your loved ones wants to try any of the goodies I make, you can get in touch with me on firstname.lastname@example.org or give me a tinkle on +918197884105.
So until the next time then…