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Tuesday, 2 February 2010

Sugarcraft Sofa



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I was asked the other day whether I knew anyone who did cake decorating. Well, I had a few hours to spare over the weekend, so I volunteered the fact that I do a little myself.

The lady in question was making a birthday cake, and whilst she was happy baking the cake and doing the basic icing, she wasn't confident about making a person and sofa.

Well, that sounded achievable, and it's always good to keep in practise, so I agreed to help her out.

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I started off by colouring the icing, then built up the sofa one piece at a time. Note the cocktail sticks for structure.

Sofa under constructionSofa base
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I then built the figure straight onto the sofa:

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I could probably write several posts full of sugarcrafting tips, but for the moment, here are some points to keep in mind when colouring your own sugarpaste:
  • Colouring a large block of sugarpaste takes quite some time if you want an even finish. It's impossible to rush. (It is, however, possible to cheat by purchasing pre-coloured icing.)
  • Mixing deep colours is particularly hard. If you want black, you should almost certainly just go and buy some which has been professionally coloured by machine.
  • Never use liquid colours with sugarpaste, or you'll ruin the consistency. You can buy special gel colours - a small pot is expensive, but will last for years.
  • Start with a small amount of colouring and add more gradually until you reach the shade you're after. On the other hand, if you do go too dark, you can rescue almost anything by adding more white. With gel colours, dipping the end of a cocktail stick into the dye is an easy way to pick up a starting quantity.
  • Always make up more than you think you'll need of any given colour. Similarly to when you're buying yarn for knitting or paint for your bedroom, you need to work with a single 'lot', because you'll never get the exact same colour twice.
  • The marbled effect of half-mixed colours can be beautiful. Particularly if you're in a hurry.


41 comments:

Steve & Sarah Travel the Long Way Round said...

Wow! That's pretty amazing. Reminds me of Wallace and Gromit.

The Cooking Photographer said...

That couch is the cutest! You are sweet to do this for someone and it looks like a lot of fun too.

Laura

Stephanie V said...

That is wonderful - so cute. I like the 'buttons' on the cushions. Nice that you had an opportunity to share your talent and some tips with us.

L.C.T. said...

That's really cute and very well done. Will bear the tips in mind... :)

Jumbleberry Orchard said...

Aww I love this! Especially the detail on the sofa! That's quite a talent to have! :-)

Tabor said...

NIce. Years ago I did some cake decorating for family...but it was tremendously time consuming and I am glad my kids are grown.

"And so our stories go..." said...

Aw, that is so cool. Anything next...a pull out sofa maybe :-) Love the man.
Mary

Christy said...

this is really cute..i find making people particularly difficult...your little guy looks fab!
and i too love the detail on the sofa

LindyLouMac said...

Ciao Rachel, I am here as you kindly made a visit to My Blog today via SITS. Thanks for commenting to which I will reply.

Meanwhile I am returning the compliment.

The sofa and person are brilliant, talented lady.

Phunkyrockgal said...

I've never tried sugarcraft. I've done some work with fondant before.

Thanks for stopping by my blog!

Anything Fits a Naked Man said...

That...is...ADORABLE!!! I can't believe you started off by saying you do a "little" cake decorating!! You're AWESOME!! What talent!

My mom took a cake decorating course when we were kids and was actually quite good at it. She made all our birthday cakes growing up. Only problem was, they were so beautiful, we always cried when she cut into them! It's only now, as an adult, I realize the incredible time and effort that went into them!

Thanks for the post! Great work!!

Chef E said...

Freakin' adorable girl! Reminds me of the British characters, animated clay figures, guy and his dog, I love them! I can here this little guy talking to me now...uh, I mean you know my imagination...although sugar speaks to me often...

Michelle said...

Hello!
absolutely adorable! wow

Diane said...

Is there anything you can't do, woman?! I LOVE that! It's a doorbell (as I used to say to my daughter when she was little... before she thought I was a dork ;)

Love your new profile pic, by the way!

Jenny Woolf said...

Nice! like Wallis and Gromit

Lavender and Lilies said...

He's so cute! I'm impressed!

Daphne said...

Super cute.

Ocean Girl said...

So cute and amazing to see how you build it.

But will someone pick it up and try to eat it with the stands?

BLOGitse said...

wowowow, what a piece of art you've made!
Have a great day!

http://BLOGitse.blogspot.com

Elizabeth Marie said...

How cute!! I always thought cake decorating would be so fun and difficult, you've done an amazing job! XOXO

bellsknits said...

ha! So great! Love love love! I've done some colouring, just red and green for christmas, and I agree, the pastes or gels are best. Liquid isn't much good for anything really.

Helen McGinn said...

This is one thing I'm a bit rubbish at, except for flowers! That is pretty awesome looking, well done and how nice of you to help out.

Helen xx

Chef Aimee said...

I give you so much credit - cake decorating is intimidating to me!

MsBabyPlan said...

Thank you Rachel for stopping by and giving me some advise. Much appreciated. I love to have people who can nicely pat my back when I need it, is comforting :)

Paloma said...

Wooooooooooow! That is SOOOOOOOO CUTE!!! GREAT JOB!!!

Thanks a lot for stopping by my blog! Isn't SITS great? It allows us to connect with other women and their great blogs! Like this one you have! I am loving it so far!

I hope I'll see you by my blog again soon!

Paloma (from The Coffee Shop)

Captain Dumbass said...

That's amazing, nice work.

Mama Michie (aka Michaela) said...

That is so cute! I don't think that I would be able to do that without destroying it first!

Annie said...

Following you from Friday Follow.

MJ said...

That's so cool! One of my mum's friends works on cakes and it's such a cool skill to have - I'm in awe of you. :)

http://dreamingspiresandoldcartyres.blogspot.com

Melissa B. said...

So cute! I was a little crafty in the kitchen myself the other day. Did 6 dozen iced sugar cookie hearts for my daughter's birthday. Woo-Hoo! SITS sent me by, and I'm glad they did...

No Such Thing

WendyB said...

Adorable!

Tereza said...

You're a magician!:)

Simply Life said...

wow! I have never seen anything like that! SO impressive!

tammy said...

stopping by from SITS to say HI!!

I am always impressed with people that have the talent to create these kinds of things. Love it and think it's way too cute. I bet the lady was thrilled with it. :) Thanks for the tips...I might actually find the courage to attempt some myself.

Mommyof2girlz said...

Happy SITS Sharefest! This is so cool, you are very talented! I love to watch the Food Network Cake Challenges when they have to create things like this. It always amazes me :)

Shanny said...

What a cute little mister.

Thank you for sharing your tips. I always wanted to get my hands on some sugarpaste.

Sunday said...

Wow! That was pretty good for someone just trying their hand at it!
I wouldn't have a prayer if I tried to do that!
I stopped by from Saturday SITS sharefest.

Pete said...

Love the couch! And well done on such a brilliant cake decoration.

Tracie said...

How cute! Is there anything you can't do?

Cranky Mommy said...

Very Cute!

Happy SITS Day!

Sculptures for sale said...

This is so adorable!! hats off to your creativity!! :D

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