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Welcome Summers!!





After four months of long winters in the hills, the bright sun and warmth in the air with flowers in full bloom, is more than welcome.

To celebrate the onset of summers coupled with my parents visit to my house after many years, I decided to make something special and synonymous with the Summers !!

I love trying out new flowers and finally sat down to make "The Majestic" Sunflowers ...

I used two cakes of completely different flavors for this arrangement!! The only similarity was that they were both eggless and had walnuts in them. The bottom tier is a Danish apple walnut cake and the top tier is a date walnut cake infused with plum jam.

I would love to share the "casualties" I met whilst making this cake...

I ran out of fondant for covering both the cakes and time demanded me to finish the cake ASAP.. So I tried a short cut by first placing the smaller cake on the bottom tier and then draping both of them with a single sheet of fondant. So far I have always covered both cakes individually with fondant and then made the tiers. It was slightly difficult doing "the short cut" way as the fondant tends to tear.

I covered them with the ivy leaves and thats where the scallops and the fondant ribbon lacing came in!!

The overall look was appealing and I loved the sunflowers :))

I would also like to inform you that I will not be able to blog or visit your wonderful spaces for two weeks... See ya soon :))

48 comments:

Anitha said...

Hi Swati,
Sorry to hear about the difficulties you had while making the cake. But, the final outcome is marvelous :-)

You are so good with the gumpaste flowers & the arrangements. The sunflowers sparkle & the Ivy leaves gives it the lift.

Your parents would have loved your creation & be very proud of you.

A designer's mistakes create new creations :-)

Anitha

Ti said...

Happy Summer for u.. its getting cold on OZ, start an autmn.

Btw i wish i could make those flower from gumpaste,like you...

But i never get a change to do the course, because i had a 14 months old daughter

Maybe one day ^_^

Namratha said...

The cake looks great Swati, inspite of the shortcomings!! :) I know its really hard to cover an individual cake at a time with fondant, so this one must have been a herculean task...well done!

Anonymous said...

Swati,

The Sunflowers look stunning. The petals are so delicate and life like, very 'soft' look. I also really think that you have done a SPLENDID job in coloring and shading them.

Ingenious idea with the short-cut. Lucky parents to have a daughter so thoughtful. Anyone would be so honored to have such a lovely creation hand made JUST for them.

Keep up the terrific work and hope that your family keeps inspiring you to make these masterpieces, I still remember the Doll Cake for your daughter and the Chocolate cake for your mother-in-law, and now this!

Treat for our eyes.

Seena said...

Swati, thats so beautiful and appropriate to welcome summer.. :)

Smita said...

Di

The pair of sunflowers look awesome !!
I liked its placement on the plain white background.

I am pretty sure ma pa must have liked the "looks" as well as the "taste"..

Missing the fun ..

The Caked Crusader said...

The sunflowers are so wonderful that, at first glance, I assumed they were real! I should know better by now - you are a wizard at making flowers!
Beautiful cake

www.thecakedcrusader.blogspot.com

Swati: Sugarcraft India said...

Dear Anitha

I love the spirit with which you make your own cakes and admire others..
My parents really liked the cake ..even after eating it ..ha ha ...so the whole adventure was funfilled!!
Yeah, its all about learning from your mistakes!!

Swati: Sugarcraft India said...

Sure Ti you can easily make them whenever you get set go!!!
With a small kid at home its difficult to squeeze in time for elaborate stuff... But kids grow up soon and you will find ample amount of time to pursue with your hobbies and interests...

Swati: Sugarcraft India said...

Thanks Namratha... yes, I made things difficult for myself!! Finally allz well that ends well ;)

Swati: Sugarcraft India said...

Anonymous

Thanks so much..Yes its the family and friends who inspire, encourage and look at the brighter side of things... The sunflowers are so synonymous with the sunny and brighter side of life!!

Swati: Sugarcraft India said...

Thanks Seena... Yeah I love sunflowers..Have you seen fields of sunflowers in full bloom..Its breathtaking!!

Swati: Sugarcraft India said...

Smita..Thanks sweetie...We are all waiting to have more fun when you are around...See a soon!!

Swati: Sugarcraft India said...

Caked Crusader..Thanks Dear...Its lovely to hear such words from you... Your words are very inspiring and will always try to do my best !! Thanks once again.

Bharathy said...

Summer is never 'happy' for us living down in the plains..coz it is merciless!..:(
Sun flowers do talk about the glazing hot Sun!

They look astonishingly original and very beautiful...A real good change to see the bright sunflowers beautifying a cake top! :)
Well Done,Swati!

Swati: Sugarcraft India said...

Very true Bharathy..The summers in the plains are treacherous indeed. Can imagine your plight.
Thanks for your appreciation for the flowers..Glad you liked them!!

sra said...

Hi Swati, your cakes look great. I hope you and your parents have/had a wonderful time.

Cham said...

Parents should be proud of u :) Wonderful creation, U know how to play with simple plain sugar......Great job!

Uma said...

Another wonderful creation from you! Simply superb. Those sunflowers look so lively. Good one, Swati!

Purnima said...

wow.. The flowers look so preety..How did u find a heart to eat them ;-)

Rachel said...

great looking sunflowers there....how long do they stay good?

Dhivya said...

Those flowers look wonderful:))beautiful creation and so creative..kudos to u:))

Cynthia said...

You do summer so well. :)

Swati: Sugarcraft India said...

Sra, Cham, Uma, Purnima, thanks a lot for your lovely comments..

Rachel, I am glad you asked me about the flowers.. The sugarcrafted flowers can stay for a long time...6 months to a year and sometimes even longer if well preserved. Since they are made of sugar, they are sensitive to moisture and heat and thus have to be protected from both. Heat and moisture would tend to wilt out the flowers making them lose their shape. Heat also fades out the colors, so they should never be exposed to direct sun.
The flowers stay very well during the winters and can be left on the tables etc as a centre piece.. My peony is still intact !!!
I always suggest to store the sugarcrafted flowers and leaves etc. in cardboard box with some silicon sachets which serve as good moisture absorbents.
The cardboard box is better than storing the flowers in airtight plastic containers as I have experienced that they remain much fresher in the shoe box for example..
Hope this helps Rachel.

Swati: Sugarcraft India said...

Dhivya, thanks !! U are too sweet!!

Cynthia you always bring a smile...Thanks dear.

krystyna said...

The Majestic Sunflowers ...it is amazing job! My lovely sunflowers.
Great for welcome your parents and summer!
Congratulations!

Pixie said...

The flowers look stunning and so real!

Swati: Sugarcraft India said...

Krystyna and Pixie thanks so much ..
Love having you here :)

Kate / Kajal said...

haha its always summer where i am. Thats why i should be learning icing frm u as every time i think of using cream or chocolate it just melts off.
As always .... this looks stunning. Its sheer talent !

Ivy said...

Hi Swati,
Thanks for visiting my blog. I also have a blog in English if you want to visit it. http://kopiaste.blogspot.com
I am really impressed by your work and this is really art. How can you eat such masterpieces.

Faery said...

This cake is so beautiful it seems like natural flowers are decorating it and I guess it is delicious too. Bravo Swati

Swati: Sugarcraft India said...

Dear Kate and Faery

Thank you girls!!! Its great to hear such words of encouragement from you.. Thanks for being there!!

Dear Ivy

Thanks for visiting me ... Greece is really a lovely place to be.. Shall see you often..

Rosie said...

Hi Swati, what stunning sunflowers and cake! Your talent and skills shine through as always :)

Rosie x

Swati: Sugarcraft India said...

Dearest Rosie

I really had started missing you here.. Its great to see that you are feeling better now.. Wish you good health always !!

Margaret said...

Another stunning masterpiece of sugarcraft.
I too thought the sunflowers were real until I read your posting.

HULYA said...

Dear Swati,
I really love your creations.This is the kind of flower I love most.
Wish you all the succes and happiness in your life .Have a nice weekend:-))(MUTFAKTA BIRI MI VAR??? )

Cakelaw said...

This cake looks gorgeous with those big bright sunflowers on top - sunflowers always make me smile. I love the sound of the two different flavours of cake.

Kalpana said...

Wow!

Cooking and the City said...

Hello Swati your cake is beautiful. I love the flowers :-)

Sugarcraft India said...

Dear Cakelaw, Kalpana, Cooking and the City

Thanks to all of you for stopping by here ... I really appreciate that.. Will see each other soon...

TBC said...

What a stunning cake!

Meera said...

Awesome. Wonderful. Fantastic. Splendid... It happens everytime, when I see ur creation. I fall short of adjectives. Great job.

Really waiting for summer.
Happy summers to u.

Homecooked said...

Wow...the cake looks beautiful!!! The flowers looks so real.You are really very talented!

Susan said...

So cheery, Swati! We are quite a few months away from sunflowers, but this cake puts me in a summer mood. : )

Sagari said...

what a beautifullllll cake with brighh colorsss,excellentttt

krystyna said...

Your "Welcome Summers" post and this wonderful cake with the sunflowers
made my mood happy!

Many blessings and success!
hugs!

Susan from Food Blogga said...

First I was impressed by this magnificent cake, Swati. Then when I read about your ingenuity in, you really wowed me!

sandhya said...

the cake looks fabulous swati.... gorgeous sunflowers...