Sunday, April 12, 2009

Alleluia! Alleluia!

In the Name of Our Risen Lord, a Blessed and Joyful Easter to All!


Monday, March 23, 2009

A Sweet Respite from Winter

The calendar tells us that spring has arrived, but it sure is dragging itself across the threshold. I am weary of winter and long for color, yes, even the ubiquitous, gaudy forsythia. So I offer a small respite from dreariness in the form of a bouquet of sugar flowers featuring a Gerbera daisy, hosta leaves, a few rose buds and a sprig of variegated ivy. The petals on the Gerbera have been individually wired so as to allow movement of the petals as well as stability. In other words, there's less chance of breakage. The wire used, of course, was a # 32 or 33, white so as to be barely visible in the almost paper-thin petals. Hope my little offering cheers you up a bit and hopefully I'll have something major to post soon.


Tuesday, February 24, 2009

It's Mardi Gras!

I can't let this day go by without acknowledging it. Since I don't have a new sugar piece to post celebrating the day, here's a couple of links to past posts:
Laissez Les Bon Temps Roulez
More Mardi Gras Madness

The Diva has a musical Mardi Gras post at her blog Antonia's Music Notebook


Tuesday, February 17, 2009

And Now for Something Completely Different...

Not to be outdone by the Diva, I have also created a new blog. This one is meant to showcase my religious statuary restorations such as the rennovated Baby Jesus statue pictured to the left. There are plenty of before and after pictures as well as the stories of each of the statues and some of the techniques employed in the repairs. So please have a look: Statua Rinnovata


The Diva Launches New Blog!

I cordially invite you to view my new blog, Antonia's Music Notebook. Posts will cover my musical interests including tips and resources for the amateur musician. Don't forget about my websites The Music Classroom and Musical Theater World for additional resources.


Saturday, February 14, 2009

A Valentine for Eileen and Eddy...

This cake represents my one and only foray into cold porcelain cake decorations. The dove, flowers, pearls and quilted ribbon are made from cold corcelain, a clay-like substance similar to gumpaste developed in South America and spread to the British Empire where it has become hugely popular among cake and sugar artists. Although it has a similar look to sugar work, is is synthetic and will last forever. It is worked like sugarpaste with slight differences; one has to keep separate tools for the cold porcelain and when placed on the cake should have a separator between the cake and the decoration. It can also be painted with oil paints. I have used only a slight touch of magenta coloring at the rose centers and overdusted the decorations with a pearl dust.

The pearl heart and the small dish on top of the cake are made of gumpaste. The dish and the separator heart-shaped disk have been painted with silver lustre dust. The heart-shaped cake is dense almond with an egg yolk rum buttercream, a lemon curd filling and a layer of almond dacquoise under the filling. It is covered in marzipan paste and finished with a citrus flavored rolled fondant. Because I chose a black foamcore base, I opted not to cover it with fondant. Instead, piped royal icing "doodles" decorated with silver dragees highlight each corner. At the back of the cake royal icing leaves finish off the cold corcelain rose. Large silver dragees stud the fondant which has been given a sheen with pearl dust.

Happy St. Valentine's Day to Eileen and Eddy and Lovers Everywhere! And a Happy Anniversary to Theresa and John!


Monday, January 26, 2009

Happy 30th Birthday, Antonia!

In celebration of the Diva's milestone birthday, we look back to her Senior Recital on May 1st, 2005 at Monmouth University. And since no birthday is complete without cake, we give you her recital reception cake featuring a sugar piano, roses, orchids and jasmine.


Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Happy Birthday Aquarians!

I designed this sugar centerpiece for our annual Aquarian birthdays celebration. No cake involved here; a flourless chocolate cake was made separately. The sugar fish swimming across the back bottom of the lower tier represent the birthday celebrants. So, Happy Birthday to my friends Ray, John, Maureen and Jim. And a special 30th Happy Birthday to the baby fish, my niece Antonia!