Monday, February 25, 2013

Figurines and flowers

Last week was the 4th cake in the series of cakes that I did for the speech therapist at my kids' school.  She had another birthday in the family...this time, her step daughter.  I was asked to make a red velvet cake with vanilla buttercream.  For decor, she supplied me with a photograph and asked me to create figurines of the birthday girl and her 5 year old daughter.  I was told that the mom is fashionable and likes bright colors and that both should wear dresses.

I have done several figurines to date, but each one is a learning experience.  There are so many different techniques out there, especially when it comes to facial features.  I have books and video tutorials bookmarked for reference, so I spend alot of time reviewing those and experimenting with various looks.  I actually did 3 different heads for the mom figure, trying a silicone clay mold, a few different eye and nose methods, and finally, a painted eye.  I love the way they turned out.  I look forward to doing many more of these figurines...they add such a personal touch to a cake.

I also elected to also try my hand at fondant peonies to complement the design and colors.  Although I am happy overall with how these turned out, I will fine tune a few things the next time I do them.  

Thanks so much to Barbara for trusting me with the birthday cakes for all "her girls".  It's a pleasure to be considered for such a special honor.

Confectionately yours!

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