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Spring Breeze Cake

Spring Cake

Sweet colors and delicate flowers announcing Springtime and quite unusual for my flowers, not a single floristry wire involved in the creation of this cake!

This time I focused on colour and tenderness to conceive a design that could be very easy to recreate at home with basic equipment and little expertise and most of all, I wanted it to be super-pretty.

Spring Cake Closeup

The perfect cake to celebrate the coming of Spring if you don’t have too much time to spend on the decoration.

You can find step-by-step instructions to make the Spring Breeze cake in issue 120 of Cake & Sugarcraft Magazine.

Wishing you a lovely month of March,

Susanna x

Vintage Charm Cake

I will always remember last summer as the season of roses and hydrangeas. I love those flowers, especially when they are together. Their shapes and colours are the epitome of Nature’s beauty!

Starting from those thoughts, a few months ago I decided to design a cake featuring roses and hydrangeas. The simple idea became a project in the 2nd issue of Squires Kitchen’s Bake School Magazine. The article is a step-by-step guide to making flowers, cake and mini cakes.

SKMP must have thought the same about the magical match, because to my surprise the cake was used on the cover of Wedding Cakes magazine, issue 45!

It is a great honour for me. Seeing my work, and what was intended as a homage to Mother Nature, on the cover of a world-renowned magazine filled me with joy. When passion and hard work meet, sometimes something magic is born.

If you-like me-love roses and hydrageas, please join me on March 15th, 2013 and March 17th, 2013 at Squires Kitchen’s Exhibition in Farnham, Surrey. We’ll learn how to make blossom mini cakes. See you there, then!

Le Torte di Toni – Backstage 2

Did you enjoy the tropical cake? Here’s some backstage pictures: as you can see, the cake was assembled on location. Click here for the 1st backstage of “Le torte di Toni – Masterclass”, Gambero Rosso Channel (Sky 411).

Picking the right ribbon is very important.

In this picture, Toni is wearing a Sugar Florist Paste frangipani lei. Frangipani are also part of the decoration on the cake.

Close-up on the floral arrangement.

Tropical Cake: chocolate plastique cover, sugar flowers: hibiscus and frangipani.

Wisteria Wedding Cake

A few months ago, I was asked by Squires Kitchen Publishing to submit an article for their magazine Cakes & Sugarcraft.

I’ve been a regular reader of C&S for a while and I love the beautiful projects and cakes featured in it.

I was very happy and pleased about this wonderful opportunity but a bit concerned also, because this was my first time at contributing a magazine with my work.

The whole process was very exciting, creating the flowers, writing the step-by-step instructions and taking pictures. I was quite pleased with the result and was very glad that the editor liked it too.

I really enjoyed every moment of this project and loved to have creative control – following the editor’s rules – over the different stages of it.

If you want to learn how to make a beautiful wisteria wedding cake have a look at Cakes & Sugarcraft Magazine issue 117, available from  Squires Shop

Facebook update

When I launched my personal Facebook page last year, I didn’t foresee what would have happened in just a few months, i.e. reaching Facebook’s 5000-friends limit.

To solve the problem, I’m launching a new page: this time it’s not a “personal” page, so it should be able to accommodate all my old friends and, hopefully, my new ones!

Everything works just the same, so if you subscribed to the old page, please switch to the new. If you are a new friend, welcome to my new Facebook page!

And starting today, you can comment on The Sugar Garden with your Facebook identity!

Susanna

Le Torte di Toni – Backstage

Filming of the fourth season of “Le Torte di Toni” just ended.

For the new season, Toni invited a few Italian sugarcrafters to show their craft decorating a cake.

Various episodes will feature all sugarcraft specialties: royal icing, modeling and… sugar floristry!

I found Toni’s invitation flattering, but I was also a bit worried.

My previous experience was limited to this video, which took a whole afternoon to fim.

I got to the filming location one day before the actual filming, and I met the lovely guys from the troupe. They were a bit restless, not because of my arrival, but because it was past dinner time.

During dinner, the team’s cohesion was pretty evident, and everybody did their best to make me feel at home.

The following morning, during make-up, I realised I felt surrounded by friends. Filming was very funny, especially considerino a few “bloopers”.

I’d like to thank Toni, our lovely host, Stefano, the director, Mario, the audio engineer, camera operators Fulvio (macro) and Leo (tele), Sabrina, makeup, Sara and Federico, producers, for making me feel at home.

My heartfelt thanks to Elga from B&B Villa la Bianca.

Be our guest at “Le Torte di Toni” with Italian-style Master Classes!

This post was written March 18, but published following 1st aired episode.