My English Nirvana Project

This is the English Nirvana Style of cake decorating which is not practised much today as it is very delicate and prone to breakages. Since this was a project, I used a cake dummy which is nothing but a polysterne drum but very good for practising and preserving too.

I had to prepare the floating top collar which you see on the top and some panels which it stands on. I also did the picture in the centre which uses the figure piping techniques.. Coloring it was the most relaxing thing in this. I etched some flowers and stems within each panel to make it look more appealing...

Its completely done with royal icing.

This week was very eventful and full of surprises. I was overjoyed to see that my blogger friends nominated me for some awards :

E for Excellent Award

This was given to me by Hulya , a blogger from Turkey and she has some exquisite recipes to share with us . Thank You Hulya for this gesture..

I would like to extend this award to

Rachel of Tangerines Kitchen
Shn of Mishmash
Cooking and the city

Arte y Pico Award

Dear Rosie of Rosie Bakes a Piece of Cake presented me with The Arte y Pico Award. Rosie is a very inspiring and encouraging blogger and a friend..I really feel lucky to have known you Rosie and I treasure this truly :))

Here's how it works

You select 5 blogs that you feel excel in creativity, design, interesting material, and also contribute to the blogging community, no matter what language.
The rules for the Arte y Pico Award are:

1. You pick five blogs that you consider deserve this award for their creativity, design, interesting material, and also contribute to the blogging community, no matter what language.
2. Each award has to have the name of the author and also a link to his or her blog to be visited by everyone.
3. Each award winner has to show the award and put the name and the link to the blog that has given her or him the award itself.
4. Award-winner and the one who has given the prize have to show the link of Arte y Pico blog, so everyone will know the origin of this award.

Here are my Five choices again it is a difficult one for me to choose only five!


You Make My Day Award

This was given to me by Cooking and the city...A very sweet person with a wonderful blog..

I am extremely happy to share this with some people who have been very encouraging, helpful and are very sweet people. You really really make my day!!

Susan from Food Blogga
Swati Raman Garg

The list is long..But each one of you deserve it so much...

Yummy blog award

I was graciously given this award again by simple and sweet Precious..Thanks dear..

I would like to pass this on to

..A wonderful blogger from Greece..She has the utmost traditional greek recipes!!
Rosie.. A lovely baker with droolworthy posts
Hulya..Yummy recipes really!!
Tartasacher ...Her recipes are so delicious
Carmen.. Another yummy blog
Maria ..a real goddess in the kitchen

So girls enjoy your awards!!!

I will be occupied the next few days so will be off blogging for a while..Will catch up with you soon :))


Homecooked said...

Oh my God! This is sooooo beautiful! You really are talented! Is it a fondant cake?

Sia said...

swati, my goodness!!! i am lost for words!!!

Shilpa said... I don't have any words..Just want to say its mindblowing. I just feel that way whenever I see any of your cakes. They are so so good. I have seen many cake decorating competitions here on TV and I sincerely think you would have won most of them if you had participated. You are too good Swati and you deserve each one of those awards and many more. Thanks a lot for passing me the award.

Maria said...

Swati you are so lovely, thanks so much for my award ;o)


Margaret said...

Thank you!! Mx

Margaret said...

Hi it's me again - forgot to say how difficult it is to leave you 'feedback'. Everything is always so perfect and breathtaking beautiful! Mx

glamah16 said...

You constantly amaze me. I wish I coukld travel to visit you and take some lessons!I did some sugar craft this weekend and thought of your beautiful work.Thanks for the award and well wishes.

Uma said...

Yet another wonderful creation from you Swati! lovely cake decor. Kudos to you! Congrats on the very well deserved awards and thank you so much for thinking of me to pass the award. I am so honored.

tartasacher said...

Hello Swati you are so lovely, thanks so much for my award.
I love youand your blog. Sincerely thanks. Best and whises

Cham said...

Girl, i cannot believe it is a edible!
Congrats on your award series.... U deserve them and i wish many more to u.
U know well how to play in sugar Swati...Bravo!
Thank u 4 for the surprise, u make my day.

Rachel said...

love the etching..never seen anything like better start classes wher I live as well..

Cngrats on all the well-deserved awards.. :D

You made my day with that award..thank you!

Swati: Sugarcraft India said...

Thanks Homecooked..That was really quick..
Its not fondant..Have done it completely with royal icing.

Sia, its nice to have you back!!

Oh Shilpa, you have really been too kind..Thanks a lot for the encouraging words..It just helps me to get better and try different things..Its actually a great feeling when you accomplish something you had been thinking will be difficult to do..I had only been thinking since months to try my hand with collar work, but once I started, I enjoyed it tremendously. Its a work with a great deal of patience but the hard work gets rewarded when friends like you have so much to say!!
Enjoy your award sweetie, you deserve it totally!!

Swati: Sugarcraft India said...

Maria, you are most welcome!!

Margaret, you are so sweet..thanks dear!!

Glamah, ha ha ..come over dear..we will party!!!

HULYA said...

Dear Swati,
I am really very suprised and happy to take such an award from you.Thank you very much.You are wonderful as I always say I can't find the words to express how gorgeous your cakes are:-))Have a nice day.Love From Izmir :-)

Swati: Sugarcraft India said...

Uma, thanks so much and you really have been so encouraging and spontaneous all these past months..How could I not think of you!!

Cham , you are a darling... really meant sharing the award with you!!

Rachel, thanks dear..and am very happy to give you the award...Its a different thing I tried this time..glad you like it!!

aparna said...

Hi Swati, this is brilliant work...I know it's a very difficult technique..I admire your patience. The painting is picture perfect. Try the flooding work in white next time...your painstaking work would look breathtakingly spectacular:)) Nope, I am not saying it doesn't look great sure's positively magnificent:)) Keep it up:)

Ivy said...

I am so honoured. Thank you very much Swati for the award and hope you will be back soon.

Sukanya Ramkumar said...

That was a amazing job... Looks so good...Congrats on ur awards... U really deserve it...

Sukanya Ramkumar said...

Hay Sawati... Where do u learn this in India?

Faery said...

Firts: I want to tell you that you deserve all these awards and more, not only as a person who makes all these beautiful decorations and keep your blog really beautiful but also as a friend, Second: Thank you so much for my award I will proudly place it in my blog, and Third : I love the decoration in this post it is sooo beautiful and delicate

Mishmash ! said...

WOW! I am is so perfect even though design is so intricate and delicate.....I havent heard of this English Nirvana to read more on this....but congrats on being able to accomplish this project so beautifully and perfectly...really amazing ! :)

And congrats on that array of awards you have received and am glad to receive one from you :)


Namratha said...

WOW!!! You made this whole thing in Royal Icing, awesome Swati. I can imagine how fragile it must have been, Royal icing does get brittle at times. Well done!

Congrats on all of your awards dear, very well deserved and thanks for giving me one day...very sweet of you :) Glad you think I make your day!! :)You definitely made mine now.

Swati: Sugarcraft India said...

Dear Hulya
Thanks dear... Your words are so encouraging..

Aparna, I was waiting to hear from you.. Thrilled to hear your views..Ya will try somethiing in white next time..It will definitely look great in white!! Thanks sweetie!!

Ivy you deserve the award dear with so many delicious posts !!

Swati: Sugarcraft India said...

Hello Sukanya, I learnt the techniques of flooding and collar work with the help of books.. I tried it for the first time and it turned out fine though I need to improve tons!!
Thanks for your appreciation.

Sweet Faery
Thankyou..thankyou..thankyou for your kind really make me smile :))

Shn, its always great to hear from you. It was a joy passing on the award to you.. Glad to know you liked this style..

tartasacher said...

Swati thanks.
I have liked much the award. I have distributed it already. I wish the best thing you and your blog is simply wonderful. I will visit it whenever it can to see the wonderful cakes.

So lovely Swati Best and whises

Susan said...

Swati, you must be feeling Nirvana now, what with all these well-deserved awards! Congrats on the recognition, and thank you for thinking of me. You've just made my day, too. : D

Asha said...

YUM!! Great title too.

Enjoy all the award, you deserve it!Thanks for thinking of me too. Hugs!:))

Rosie said...

Swati, Oh my goodness you constantly amaze me with your talent and skills - that cake is a master piece!!

Congratulations on your awards because you truly deserve each and every one of them! :)

Many, many thanks for my awards I am truly touched and honoured to receive these :)

Best wishes Rosie x

Madhuram said...

Swati, I second Shilpa's comment. We see so many pastry competitions here and you would have definitely won each and every one.

I don't know what they say it in hindi properly, "nazar lagna" or something like that. So please ask the elders in your home to do something for you. Your creations are tooooo good. Especially this one. Each of your creation is outbeating the previous one.

I really really wish you peace and happiness so that you can create many more pastry masterpieces like this one.

Pravs said...

beautiful work ! You are very talented.

Li@ said...

beautiful sugar craft,you are really talented


Sig said...

Hi Swati, first of all WOW, you are just amazing!!

Secondly congrats on all the awards, totally well deserved... And thirdly, thank you for thinking of me! :)

Enjoy your break!

Cakelaw said...

This cake deco is just gorgeous (even on a cake dummy!). It must have taken you hours, and looks so delicate.

Thanks for the award - much appreciated :)

Swati: Sugarcraft India said...

Dear Susan, I had a good laugh.. happy to share the award with you as you really make my day dear!!

Asha, thanks .. You really have been encouraging and very prompt in leaving a note for me always..

Rosie, what can I say to you... Its great to know you and have you as a dear friend.. Cheers to the blog world!!

Swati: Sugarcraft India said...

Madhuram, you make me blush..Thanks dear for all those lovely words.. You motivate me to do better!!

Pravs, thanks dear!!

Li@, welcome to my space and I am glad to know you like my work!!

Swati: Sugarcraft India said...

You are welcome Sig...You deserve it!!

Cakelaw thanks!! Enjoy your award dear!!

Carmen said...

thank you very much for the award
but your cake is wonderful yessssssssssss

Purnima said...

Wow Swati ..what intricate ,delicate designing of the cake .. More than a cake it simply a piece of art..

Cooking and the City said...

Swati that cake is beautiful, just lovely. congratulations on your awards, very well deserved. thanks so much for my award :-)

Dell xo

tartasacher said...

Hi again...I have a surprise for you awaiting at my blog..

Thanks and kisses

meeso said...

That's an awesome cake! Congratulations on the awards :)

Imma said...

You deserve so much more than an excellent award! Your work is truly pure art! BRAVO!!!!!

Kate / Kajal said...

Oh my good god !!! Pls tell me you are human. This is just splendid work swati. 'm speechless. U put me to shame with your talents.

And oh ya ... thnx for the award :D

Homecooked said...

Hey I have something for u on my blog...check it out :)

Cakelaw said...

Hi Swati, I have nominated you for an award here:



LG said...

Very Creative and Excellent work Swati. You really rock girl so please collect rocking girl blogger award from my blog :)

Anitha said...

Very nicely done Swati. I really appreciate the enormous amount of patience you have to create such delicate masterpieces :-).

The details on the picture & the frames are excellent.

Thanks for tagging me & nominating me for the award.


Min said...

Hi Swati, I really admire your work. Can you come down to Malaysia to give some classes ? haha..just joking :)

maybelles parents said...

congrats on the for your cake, i would love to know about the piping technique. btw, I will be making cabbage kimchi this weekend so come by my site next week.

Cynthia said...

I am constantly in awe of your talent.

Thanks for sharing the award.

The Caked Crusader said...

Stunning cake - quite breathtakingly beautiful

tartasacher said...

Swati Thanks for your visits and comments. Alsto thahks for coming to collect him award. I hope you have your trip well ido.

The version of the award in English is "Love me"

Best and whises,Swati

Swati: Sugarcraft India said...

Thankyou everybody for the constant support and inspiration.
A special thanks to Ivy, Tartasacher, Homecooked and LG for sharing some awards..I will display them soon:)

Anonymous said...


I recently saw the pictures of the wedding cake for President Bush's, I am sure that the White House Corps of Hospitality and Catering missed something special here!!!
The design and the delicacy are truly exquisite. However, as you have christened it "English Nirvana". I will try to keep a stiff upper lip and be understated in my opinions.


(Remember, I am being understated here)

Jyothsna said...

Congrats on those awards, Swati! You've done really well for yourself :)

Erika said...


This (and all of your work) is amazing! I wish I could come to India to be your apprentice! Love your pictures!