When I started this blog over 2 years ago the main purpose was to share my love of cake decorating and sugar art with others who were like-minded.
As time has gone by it has become a little bit cake, a little bit sugar art and a little bit about myself. 🙂
One of the things that always leaves me in awe of other cake decorators and sugar artists is how they find inspiration for the work they do.
I can find a picture of a 5 tiered wedding cake that is coordinated perfectly with some beautiful bride’s bouquet or it could be a simple dozen cupcakes with a perfect swirl and simple decoration that just looks so yummy you can almost taste them. Both will leave me thinking about my own ideas for a project.
I am especially in awe of those that use fashion as inspiration. Whether it’s a trendy Haute Couture bag, outrageous looking footwear or a beautiful bridal gown the ideas become endless.
The only obstacle is one’s own imagination and creativity.
So today’s topic is about finding inspiration and trying something different.
In this project I used the following for inspiration:
Flamenco dancer – Red Dress
I really liked the look of the ruffles on the flamenco dancer’s dress. I normally will use a circle or heart cutter for making individual ruffles or a long strip of fondant to make a continuous ruffle but wanted a different look. After practicing with different cutters I really liked the look I got with the four-leaf clover cutter. I cut out the pieces and then cut it in half. I ruffled the rounded edges using a ball tool. When I placed it on the cake, it draped nicely.
At first I initially thought about covering the whole cake with ruffles but I’ve seen hundreds upon hundreds of cakes like that and have done a few myself. I wanted it to be different and found this pic of the flamenco dancer swirling with a fringed shawl.
Flamenco dancer with shawl
I liked the look of the fringe and had a new cake tool that I hadn’t used yet. It is a small clay extruding tool using a 50/50 mix of Gumpaste & Fondant with the small string die.
I wanted the fringe to look like would have some movement to it so I ended up placing the fringe on 4 to 6 strands at a time and laying them across the ruffles. This was extremely time-consuming but I think it was worth it.
After I started planning and putting some of the components on the cake I thought it needed something more but was kind of stuck. After talking to my youngest son, he’s a very creative artist himself, we started looking at fashion pictures and he showed me this Alexander McQueen dress that I loved.
Alexander McQueen Dress
The look of the flowers was beautiful but I didn’t have a cutter that would exactly match the pattern. So I dug through my cutters and decided the daisy cutters in two sizes were my best option.
I originally was going to hand paint the flowers then attempt to do brushed embroidery but didn’t like the way it looked. It was too flat and I wanted the flowers to stand out more.
So I scraped them off and went with fondant cutouts with brushed embroidery instead.
I wanted the flowers to be similar in color to the ones on the inspiration dress so I painted them with new dusting powders I had not used yet. It’s a brand called Roxy and Rich. I got a really nice deep red color and a nice gold color.
After the painted fondant was dry I then started adding brushed embroidery to edges of the flowers. I was a little shaky at the beginning but it got better as I went along.
Once all the components were on the cake I thought it needed something else and went with a mixture of black piping gel and a little water. This was painted over all the black parts of the cake to give it a slight shine. I liked that it deepened the black color a little more. It had been sitting on my dining table for over a week and was starting to fade a bit.
So overall I’m pleased with the cake that came out of the inspiration pictures that I found. It is far from a perfect cake, there are flaws in the fondant covering and the fondant pieces but I got to practice some techniques that I haven’t done in quite a while and found some new ones too. I know my last cake project was a black cake as well, lol, I have a lot of black fondant left over from another project. 😀
The best thing is to practice, practice and more practice to get better at anything you do or what your heart desires.
I hope you found something useful in this cake project.
Find something that inspires you today!
Thanks for stopping by.
To all the mothers out there that are being celebrated, I hope you have a wonderful Mother’s Day!