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Monday, December 31, 2012

Happy 2013


               To all visitors a Blessed & very Happy 2013.  May the new year unfold Love, Happiness, Good Health & Prosperity to everyone.

                Till my next post, xoxo, Ophelia 

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Conceptualizing the cake decor


              As Christmas dinner was fast approaching, I had to put into action the gum paste decor that I wanted to do for my Carrot cake, so I put my thoughts into action as I needed to dry them properly before I could make the Royal Icing & piping the name of the guests on the gum paste tag & then placing them on the cake!!! I couldn't wait to see the finished product & couldn't wait to also see the surprise look of the invitees; to see whether it would evoke a smile from them.

              I had to plan in stages as all this involved a lot of time and I also needed the patience of Job; so I planned my time well & seeing the delight of the guests & also basking in the compliments was enuf reward!!!



                       Till my next post, xoxo, Ophelia & compliments of the season. 

Monday, December 24, 2012

More gum paste adventures - gum paste name tags


            We went for a short break thinking that it would just be a time for exploring the vast changes in beautiful Singapore, seeing that it has certainly been quite a while since we were there and tasting the food outlets.  Little did I suspect that I would come across Phoon Huat Co. (Pte) Ltd@ in Bencoolen Street a shop selling baking ingredient. [Also would like to say that the staff there were very helpful, haha & when I went to the shop the second time the next day, one of the staff said "Again?" & I smiled as little did she know that I am a shopaholic when it came to my baking passion]. The minute I saw the shop, which was not very far from where we stayed, I dashed in as I wanted to check whether I could buy some Gelatine Leaves.  After buying same, I browsed around the shop & lo & below, I saw so many of moulds for making gum paste, hehe.  There were so many moulds imported from England, I quietly looked around for some of the things that I saw online which I admired from afar.  

           I was happy and purchased a boot mould, the guide mould, the Celpad mould [which would enable me to roll and simultaneously make a few Orchid [my favourite flower to make] petals at one go but the one thing that made me smile in delight was seeing a mould to make heels for high heel shoes [again my favourite to make but never found success as didn't have a proper mould to make the heel, the only disappointment was that I didn't find a former for the sole of the shoe to rest but not to worry I had that covered as I bought a shoe, & like I saw on line, I stripped the top and side of the shoe].  Haha I bought so many "new toys" and even though with the high exchange rate, I was happy leaving the shop even though it burnt a big hole in my pocket.  I just couldn't wait to go home to play.

          Here are some of my latest gum paste adventure.  I was happy to buy a tag mould as I wanted to make some colored gum paste tags so that I can write on same with Royal Icing & then make a cake, [I just baked a Carrot cake] cover it with Cream Cheese Frosting and use the tags to decorate the cake & bring it as a gift for a Christmas dinner.



                    I didn't like the Green color that I bought, so I mixed Yellow & Blue to get this.  I love it as it looks so vibrant; hope that the next time I can get the same shade!!!




                 There love the boots & used my mat to get an emboss effect.  Wasn't too pleased with the baloon mould that I bought.



         
                   Love the Black tag then I mixed some white & black to get a few, different marble effect. Till my my post, wishing you a Blessed & Merry Christmas & a wonderful 2013 filled with better tomorrows, xoxo, Ophelia. 

Saturday, December 8, 2012

And another - "dressy cupcakes"


                  A friend ordered 40 Orange cupcakes from me and I had a few excess, so of course I had to do these gum paste toppers.








                          Till my next post, xoxo, Ophelia. 

sitting Golfer Birthday cake


              It has been a while since I last posted anything.  Day 136 since I first started moulding gum paste flowers and figurine and it is an awesome feeling; I feel that this is where my heart belongs.

             Every nite without fail I will be surfing the net to search for something simple on gum paste/fondant that I can do and when I saw in one of the sites of a guy sitting on the edge of the cake, I knew immediately that that I want to mould same for the Hubs' birthday & giving it my own take by adding a golf club in his hand.  If you were to ask me, on the rate of 1 - 10 in terms of difficulty, I would rate it a 7; affixing the shoe was not an easy task even though I stuck a small bottle underneath the shoe for support then came making the arms; another huge task but I never lost track of my patience, I just pushed myself until everything finally came together. After all the holidays, I will start trying to mould a more realistic nose, mouth etc in order to go to the next level.











                                      Wow I had to rectify the left arm. See the first picture for a partial make over!!!



                                       Left arm rectified and at the same time redid the bottom part of the body; thus the blue pants, as the earlier one i.e. the white pant figure toppled forward.

                                       Till my next post, xoxo, Ophelia.