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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!


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.

Early 2012 Media Coverage

2012 is set to become “the year of sugarcraft” in Italy. Articles about sugarcraft are popping out on many magazines.

You might want to have a look at:

Flair, February 2012, page 55

Dolcesalato, January 2012, page 88

Both magazines feature articles about sugarcraft, with pictures of my work.

Grazia, issue 6 (Feb 6th, 2012), page 138

In Cakes & Sugarcraft Magazine, possibly the most renown British magazine in the field, you’ll find my profile, with more pictures.

I’m very flattered by such coverage: just one year ago, I would have never believed I could’ve gone this far in such a little time.