A wave of inspiration hit me and I was really eager to start sculpting a miniature one, just like hers. And so in my Flickr comment where I gushed crazily about her talent, I also sought for her permission to 'copy' her cake design.
(it's sad that 'copy' is now a bad word, all thanks to the abusers.)
Jacqueline, the owner of PetalsweetCakes, sent me a lovely Flickr mail and soon enough, I got to sculpting on the miniature version!
As I gently sculpted peony petal after peony petal, I thought the final peony looked big enough.
But alas! (hahaha, somehow I feel like an old pirate saying that.) The miniature peony is still significantly smaller than the real-life peony.
For a while, I was engaged in a futile search for miniature ribbons, which Jacqueline had wrapped around the life-sized cake. And so I could only sculpt in the likeness of sugarpaste ribbons, in as close a color shade as I could match with the life-sized ribbons.
Even with all of the deviations from the different cakes, I was mighty pleased with my finished sculpt. Well, I did not plan for the cakes to look entirely alike, as the Elegant Peony Cake was more of an inspired piece than an exact replica. :)
The miniature cake measures at 1.7cm in height (from top of peony to cake base), and 1.5cm in diameter.
But I'm sure the life-size cake must taste a billion times better than its miniature version! :)
If you live in La Jolla, California, you ought to contact Jacqueline for her fabulous sugarpaste flower designs! They are mindblowingly amazing, just go look at her Flickr photos!
If you're interested in learning how to make your own, she is also preparing to be a teacher in sugarpaste decorations, so go ahead and contact her!
It has been barely a month since Christmas, but the whole 2009-2010 makes last Christmas sound ancient!
And so, I've decided I had no more time to waste on posting photos of some of the commissioned orders I received during Christmas.
This might be a surprise to some, but about half of my commissioned orders are non-food sculpts.
Let the photos below be inspiration for your Valentine's gifts too! :)
An army of earrings!
In my schooldays, I was very fond of doodling swirly designs on my notepads.
Therefore, I was really happy when a customer requested for a monochromatic swirl earring.
A necklace charm, decked out in snowdrops and a christmassy red.
bowl 'em over. (i used the exact same phrase in one of my old posts!)
The simple, classic FAT heart. :)
A miniature chanel bag replica.
Your answer to all the crazily expensive gift requests from friends. :)
Of all the earrings I sculpted, I wanted to keep this bright, cherry one for myself the most.
There were a few more Christmas orders besides those shown here, including a crazy, grinning rabbit's head with blood all over his white cheeks. I was contemplating if I should post the photo, but decided the blood stains looked a tad too realistic for this blog. heh.
for the curious (Kiva, you come to mind I don't know why haha!), click here to see what the necklace pendant was modelled after.