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Hat Box Birthday Cake by lenslady Hat Box Birthday Cake by lenslady
This is a Hat Box birthday cake for my niece. Buttercream icing used as a filling. Fondant in Ivory and white used to cover the cake. The flowers are made from gumpaste. They are edible, but it is much nicer to save them. When they are dry, they'll shatter like fine porcelain if dropped, and I will cry out in despair. LOL Non-toxic coloured powders are used to colour the flowers and I used piping gel to simulate the raindrops on the petals and leaves.
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Vrinda-the-Wistful Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
:wow:  I am AMAZED!  And it's beautiful. :iconlovepinkplz:
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lenslady Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks so very much!!!!  I loved making this cake, I just love making the sugar flowers. Happy New Year!!!Hug 
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Vrinda-the-Wistful Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
:iconbowingplz:  And Happy New Year to you!  :iconfurryhugplz:
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CarnalClown Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
this is lovely :D
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:iconlenslady:
lenslady Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks very much!!
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Ilyere Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2012  Student Artisan Crafter
The detail of the flowers amaze me. Especially those water drops.
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:iconlenslady:
lenslady Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks very much. I love making the gumpaste flowers.
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digikijo Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Wow, this is just wow :wow:
I can't image how long it must have taken you to make this.
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:iconlenslady:
lenslady Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks sooooooooooo much!!!!! Making the flowers took the longest.
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digikijo Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I guess so :)
Do you do this on a professional base or as a hobby, if I may ask?
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lenslady Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Strictly as a hobby.
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digikijo Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I just recently learn about gumpaste. and I'm super curious how it works.
It's a bit like marzipan, right?
Did you make your gumpaste yourself (I saw a recipe somewhere) or did you buy it? I actually never saw it at the supermarket, so I don't know where I could buy it.
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lenslady Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
So sorry for the late reply. Gumpaste is actually better to work with than marzipan, I find, and the results can be much more delicate looking. In North America (I live in Canada) we can actually purchase gumpaste already made at craft and specialty stores. There are places where you can purchase it and have it mailed to you from North America. I have made it in the past and it is just as good. Try to make it yourself first. If you'd like to know where you can order stuff from, let me know and I'll send you some information.
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digikijo Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
It must be possible to get gumpaste somewhere around here, but I just don't know where.
But if selfmade gumpaste works too, I'll try this for sure.
Thanks and no worries :)
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BlueIvyViolet Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
wow you did an excellent job!! its beautiful!!!
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:iconlenslady:
lenslady Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks very very much!!!!!
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BlueIvyViolet Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
you are so welcome!!!
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pathofpetals Featured By Owner May 9, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
nice flowers
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:iconlenslady:
lenslady Featured By Owner May 10, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks so much. I really enjoy making gumpaste flowers.
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pathofpetals Featured By Owner May 10, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
Me too! <3
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WerewTerrefGrin Featured By Owner May 2, 2012  Student General Artist
it's beautiful!
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:iconlenslady:
lenslady Featured By Owner May 3, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks much!!
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monarte Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
the flowers are amazing and the raindrops are a great touch, an eureka moment indeed :clap:
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lenslady Featured By Owner May 1, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
LOL. Thanks so much.
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monarte Featured By Owner May 3, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
you're welcome :)
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Annqueru Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2012
You have every rigth to be proud of those raindrops, not just the idea, but the execution is absolutely stunning :heart:

Not to mention the rest of the cake!
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lenslady Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you soooo much for your wonderful comments!!!! I really do appreciate you taking the time to say something about my cake.
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ginas-cakes Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Absolutely beautiful.....I love the rain on the petals....:aww:
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lenslady Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
thank you soooo much !!! I got the idea from a photo shoot I did at a local garden centre. They had just watered all the flowers and I started taking pictures of them. The results on the computer looked great so I thought of how I could do this with the gumpaste. Piping gel hardens and isn't absorbed by the gumpaste !!!! I don't have many eureka moments, but this was a good one !! LOL
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ginas-cakes Featured By Owner May 1, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
It's great when that happens...:aww:.... and it made a complete and unique finish to your cake...:)
...what's pipeing gel and what's it for? could you use it create a river or pond for example?
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lenslady Featured By Owner May 1, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks so much. Piping gel can be used to create a river or pond just by tinting it with gel food colouring. It's sold here in Canada and in the US. I'm not sure about other countries. The gel I buy is made by Wilton. If you'd like to order some I can give you the web addresses of a couple of places I order from that will ship internationally. A lot of them do. It's made out of: corn syrup, water, food starch-modified, agar gum,citric acid, and a preservative. It's the consistency of very thick corn syrup. It can be used to glaze things, write, and highlight areas on food. And, for raindrops ! LOL I haven't tried it, but maybe you could paint with it as well. When I used it for raindrops, it didn't absorb into the gumpaste and dried hard. Actually, I'm thinking here, I get a lot of 40 percent off coupons at the store I go to here, so I could buy some with a coupon and mail it to you myself. It would be much cheaper for you and I don't mind doing this at all for you. It would be a fun project for me. LOL
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ginas-cakes Featured By Owner May 2, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
That's really nice of you...:hug:
...and thanks for explaining. I'm really not aware of half the things that could make my life easier makeing cakes!

...you say you can glaze things. Would you be able to do whole cakes, like if it's a glossy guitar for example? and does it set smooth? You say that it doesn't absorb, so if I was to coat something I'd painted with food colouring paste, do you think it would smear the design?
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lenslady Featured By Owner May 9, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Hi gina. First of all, sorry for the delay on getting back to you. My computer has been on the fritz since Sunday and I wasn't able to get into Google until today. Well, I conducted the experiments and was quite successful. It can be used as a glaze on fondant and any painting that has been done on the fondant. The only catch is, is that the "painting" must be perfectly dry. If it's wet when you apply the glaze, it will spread it. I placed a piece of fondant over an upside down bowl to see if the glaze would run. It did not. I applied it with a soft bristled paint brush. Only a thin layer was needed, and the day itself was very warm and humid here. It still did not run. I applied red non-toxic powder to the fondant, as well as a mixture of the powder and alcohol. Again, when totally dry, you could paint on the gel with no transfer of colour to the fondant. I found that the piping gel had to be at room temperature, and you had to stir it before using it. But you have to avoid introducing too much air into the gel while stirring. When you mentioned the food colouring paste, I wasn't sure what you use. The paste we have here actually maintains a shine on the fondant and doesn't really dry at all. Naturally, this would smear if gel was painted onto it. Hope this helps you. Let me know if you need any other information.
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ginas-cakes Featured By Owner May 11, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thankyou so much for experimenting for me. I can see from this that there will be alot of things I can do with the gel.....so can't wait to have a cake I can try it out on. I've coppied and pasted your reply so I can go over it when I need to...you have certainly tested it to its full use.....:)
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lenslady Featured By Owner May 13, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
You're most welcome. It was a good experiment for my own benefit too. I've got some new ideas rolling around my brain now. LOL
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lenslady Featured By Owner May 3, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
An easy way to make a fondant cake shiny is to use a fabric steamer. I have a small portable one at home, with a hose, and if I apply the steam up close to the fondant, it will develop a glossy look that stays that way. I've never really tried using the gel itself, but now I'm curious. I'm going to experiment with it this weekend and I'll let you know how it turns out. I'll also test how it works with painted food colouring paste to see if it'll smear the design. So, I'll get back to you shortly.
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ginas-cakes Featured By Owner May 4, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I've seem Buddy use a steamer on Cake Boss.......never thought of doing it. I have kittens if the cakes in the kitchen when I'm cooking..:giggle:...but steam with most of my cakes means that it's shortly followed by an arm falling off or something....

...That would be great....thankyou very much..:hug:...I'll look forward to hearing what you find out..:)
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Corpse-Queen Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Beautiful flowers. I love the water drop effect!
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lenslady Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks so much. I'm quite proud of the fact that I came up with the idea. It doesn't happen often. !! LOL And I just love making the flowers. Sometimes they come out looking so realistic that people looking at them aren't sure if they're real or not. I love it when that happens.
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Corpse-Queen Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I have had my roses compared to real ones before. It is a great feeling! :)
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lenslady Featured By Owner May 1, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I think it's great fun to fool people this way. LOL And it makes me feel great too. It's a fantastic compliment to receive. You have a real talent there.
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aia-san Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2012   General Artist
Wow so nice :D
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lenslady Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you so much !!! Always appreciate the comments.
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cakecrumbs Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2012
Beautiful work. :)
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lenslady Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks. I was sooo pleased with how this one turned out. I'm usually borrowing others ideas and just expanding and changing them around, but this one was all mine, and I'm so pleased with myself!! LOL
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cake-engineering Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
love the flowers!
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lenslady Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks so much for your lovely comment. I really appreciate it.
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CarnalClown Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
beautiful! :D
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lenslady Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks. I'm so glad you liked my work well enough to comment on it. Appreciate it.
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CarnalClown Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I love cakes, making them is as much fun as eating them :)
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