Monday, August 15, 2011

Slowly catching up.....

I know I keep saying this, but I just have no idea where the year went!!

It seems like it's been an incredibly busy winter and spring is just around the corner.  I'm slowly catching my breath after a month with no weekends - with the teaching and the cakes and life in general.  On top of that, I've been cajoled into entering the Perth Royal show....again!!   

I was so adamant that I was not going to place an entry this sure up until 2 weeks ago when entries were closing.  Sigh, and yet again, I've entered myself into 4 catergories - enough to make me lose my hair!  So, if I get a little slack in the blogging will all know what's happened to me!

So here are some catching up pics of the goings on inside the sugar filled half of my life.

A Marie Antionette inspired cake.  White chocolate & mango, with macrons and Persian fairy floss.

Tiffany coloured mini lamingtons for a gorgeously styled 21st, and of course a Tiffany box & key to match.


I hope Yvonne had an amazingly memorable birthday and perhaps got a little blue box in her present pile as well!!  ;-)

Our Classic 103 class also went off without a hitch, and our students produced the most beautifully romantic cakes.  It's amazing to watch the creative process take over and how the same design can lend itself to so many different interpretations.  That, I suppose, is what artistic expression is all about.

I simply adore the basis of this design, textured wraps, lace appliques and simplistic but beautiful flowers.  I can't wait to run the next workshop again!

And some updated news in the world of cake and all things sweet.

 Seung Yun from Savour is headed to Paris to compete in the World Chocolate Master final.   Wishing her a safe trip and all the moral support I can muster ;)   I miss Savour so much.  I still dream of those petite fours & entremets!


Even more exciting news that the ultra talented Margie Carter (co author on both Planet Cake books) is to be joining Handi's Cakes on a part time basis. 

Being able to watch Margie at work is one of the most amazing experiences, and certainly one that added to my desire to pursue cake decorating as more than a hobby.  I can't wait to invite her to Perth.  3D cakes that defy we go!!!


Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Winter sweets and tweets

I love winter.  I love the cold.  I should move to New Zealand where the weather is nice and cool 9 months of the year.....maybe one day I will be able to afford a lovely apartment on the shores of a lake in Nelson or Wellington and just sit and stare at the beautiful view all day!  I cannot believe we are in the middle of winter, where on earth did the year go???

Anyways, it's been pretty busy around the place lately, orders, classes, logistics and of course finally the confirmation of Handi's classes in October/ Novemeber.  I can hardly wait for spring now!!

- here he is with Adriano and his National Cake Decorator of the Year award -

Handi will be arriving 27 October for back to back intermediate and advanced classes.  Registrations are now open through the Cake Love Couture Cakes website.

Classes include :  
The timelessly elegant double barrel (intermediate / advanced)

The technical and stunning Mad Hatter (Advanced)

The adorable Circus train (Beginner / Intermediate)

Gravity defying Figurines (intermediate / advanced)

Naturally, Glenda and myself will be hosting the Beginner and Intermediate classes leading up to Handi's workshops between now and October.

There are only a few spots left on a few classes, so don't wait too long!

Show case of cakes over the last couple of weeks.

A special thank you delivery to the Burswood Events team for the recent Western Force ball.  (the boys got cupcakes too.....but we aren't allowed to show photos of them eating them)

An adorable cake for Isabella's first birthday.  Hoot from ABC's Giggle & Hoot, who she adores.

A beautiful stylish cake with a art deco feel designed by the birthday girl - who said she didn't want a birthday party, and then got so excited planning it.  Happy birthday Tracey - Fabulous at Forty!!

Another milestone birthday for Kamal, turning the big 5 Oh.  As the construction engineer of the very impressive Lotus Temple in Delhi, India, the cake makes reference to the design and construction masterpiece.

And lastly some cute lovebirds for the Slaters.  Celebrating 10 happy and wonderful years!

Love bird production......

And the finished products.  Tweet Tweet (the sound birds make...)

pics courtesy of friends via facebook


And lastly French macaron class at the DKA Showroom

 Yes, you know your students are serious when they BYO aprons!!


 I hope everyone enjoyed the sweetness in their lives this week!