Saturday, September 27, 2008
The "cake" pictured above is actually a display sugar piece only. I know that it seems out of sync with this time of year but it was one of only two projects on which I worked this past year and I was not able to post the pictures during the appropriate season. It was created for the 2008 Easter Vigil/RCIA at my church. Because I was working on this project while still undergoing medical procedures, I decided to skip the baking of cakes and concentrated my strength on the decorative aspects. I even borrowed the lamb from a previous cake. Most of my energy, such as it was, was channeled into the sugarpaste flowers which included narcissus, freesia, forsythia branches and variegated ivy. The "water" spilling from the overturned urn was created with piping gel and represents the Sacrament of Baptism. The Lamb represents the Sacrament of the Eucharist while the Dove represents the Sacrament of Confirmation. The Gothic style Cross and draped cloth represent the Resurrection. The cake dummies (styrofoam forms) and the foamcore base are covered in rolled fondant and edged in purple and yellow ribbon.
I have been out of pocket for quite a while now due to a serious medical problem. But, by the grace of God, a whole lot of prayers, the support of family and friends and some extraordinary medical care, I return to my sugar art once again with gratitude and thanks.
My most recent project was a replica of the Taj Mahal created for a 60th birthday party; cakes were made separately from the sugar sculpture. The entire piece measured 3x3 ft. and was apx. 30 in. high.