I was contacted to create a christening cake for a little boy… the brief was to use blue, white, keep it simple with a train on the top. So that’s what I did!
This cake was created for a little girl’s christening. It brought together various elements of other designs I’ve done in the past. It features the Sweet Tiers signature blossoms and a cascade of hand painted butterflies, finished off with a sugar bow.
I’ve always been fascinated by babushka dolls. My mother has one that we used to play with as children, which is pretty much still in tact except for the second smallest one which is missing her top half.
Needless to say, I’ve been enjoying the recent revival of the nesting doll, there are so many beautiful crafts featuring them of late. Following the birth of my second daughter I’ve taken the opportunity to indulge my babushka fetish and her christening was the perfect opportunity to cake-ify them! Read more →
I first created this cake for my daughter’s christening in 2007. The design was based on a pair of little frilly knickers I bought for her.
I ‘ve always loved the combination of pale blue and pink and this translated beautifully into this pretty, yet sophisticated design.
The idea for the booties came from Anne Smith’s “Creative Christening Cakes” where she features this idea in a pure white style. I wanted to offset the large whimsical flowers on Julia’s cake so I came up with painting the blossoms in varying hues of pink. The result was quite dramatic and resulted in on of the most requested cake designs that I’ve created.
The latest adaptation of this design was for Amelie’s christening. As you can see my technique has changed somewhat over the last few years, the finish is much better!! The booties too, I feel, have improved.
Each pair requires over 300 blossoms which are cut, individually shaped and tinted. It’s a very time consuming and laborious process, but one which illustrated just how rewarding sugar artistry can be!
This christening cake was designed with the soft hues of blue for a baby boy in mind, something simple and elegant but suitable for an infant at the same time.
The blossoms were hand made and individually painted / dusted with lustre dust to achieve the graduated colours on top.
The height of the tiers was kind of un-intentional (!!) I didn’t realise how ridiculously high they were until it came time to cover them with fondant. Luckily I was quick and it all went well (phew!). Kind of ironic as many times I wish I had those extra few ever elusive centimeters!!
From start to finish this job was an absolute pleasure … my client liked what I had done with the China Doll, so I adapted the flowers to suit a pink christening cake for a gorgeous little girl. This design was based on a beautiful invitation which featured birds and a featured hand written message on the front.
The dove was made from modelling paste. I didn’t quite know what to expect with the figurine as I haven’t made anything as large as this for a topper. I made it well ahead of time so it had plenty of time to dry. I did have visions of wings falling off but tried to push them out of my mind!!
Chocolate fudge cake soaked with Cointreau and filled with dark chocolate ganache.
My twin sister Fotini had twins late last year (yes, its a dangerous business falling pregnant in my family!!) and for their christening cake I told my her that she would have no say in the cake and I would surprise her…. I know, its cheeky but I did because I can!!
The colours of each tier reflect the colour scheme used on the day. Fotini arranged an amazing rose wreath to decorate the church and we used that to dress the cake table at the reception afterwards. It was such a beautiful day – a busy one too as I was also Godmother to my neice – it was an honour to provide the sweet for these sweet babies!
We have kept the twin figurines as a momento… they are almost as cute as the twins themselves – but not quite!
Bottom and top tiers chocolate fudge cake filled with dark choc0late ganache, middle tier white chocolate mud cake filled with white chocolate ganache.
There is a gorgeous special occassion gift and bomboniere business in Melbourne called “Annabella Bomboniere” that has a fantastic selection of modern peices – not your usual crystal figurine kind of stuff. I designed this cake around one of the wooden china dolls they offer as a christening favour and owners Anna and Theo were kind enough to display it in their store…
She comes in all sorts of colours but I was particularly taken by the blue one and so created a cake around her. They loved it and I hope their clients love it too!
The flowers around the bottom tier are another version of the whimsical blossoms that feature on a few of my christening designs.. this time a little more sophisticated with pearl lustre dust giving them depth of colour and some stamens in the middle – just for something different!
Chocolate fudge cake soaked in Contreau syrup and filled with a luxury chocolate ganache was the basis for this little number…
My dear friend Georgia christened her youngest and I wanted to create something soft and pretty, just like scrumptious little Ellie! Hand sculpted flowers and a full sugar bow finish off this design.
The teddy has a styrofoam core – her limbs and clothes are made from sugar. The trickiest part about dressing her was , believe it or not, the bow on her head! It was teeny beeny!