Sunday, January 4, 2009

A Black & Pink Affair

Happy New Year to you! Got your new year resolutions all sorted? Moi, haven't found time to really list them down, just a few mental notes here and there which would inevitable lead to forgetting them over time. On a plus note though, I've gotten myself a nice organizer from Starbucks. Let's just hope I'll use it regularly! God knows how many fancy looking notebooks and journals I got, all lying forgotten after a few months. Sigh...are you like me? Please do not be me! :)

Moving on from resolutions to celebrations; how did yours go? Nothing much for me, just hung out and had a late night snack plus drinks with a couple of friends. They just got back from May's wedding, whom is a mutual friend of ours. I got my working schedule all mixed up so I couldn't attend. I totally overlooked the fact until a couple of days before. There I was, day dreaming how I should wear my hair for the dinner and the light bulb went *ding!*

But anyhow, I still had the opportunity to be a teeny tiny part of May's happy occasion. She gave me the opportunity to make her bridal cakes, all 78 boxes of it. I did quite a lot of research on designs and colour scheme when it suddenly hit me; why.....black & pink of course, that's the theme for her wedding dinner! Duh....

So off I went on a mini shopping spree; boxes, craft papers, fondant, gumpaste, flour, eggs, butter, pink gel colouring....all checked! Except for black gel colouring. They were nowhere to be found, not even a single tub. Seriously......I really gotta thank my lucky stars when Nancy & Shyamala from Cake Connection lent me theirs. HUGE sigh of relief!

I started on the boxes a few weeks in advance, as there were a lot of work cutting the craft paper into strips to form ribbons. The holders inside the box were also cut manually. Yes, you might think that I was crazy. I almost went ballistic! I had my bf; JL to thank. He helped out a lot on that part. 

After I finished with the boxes, I moved on to the cake toppings. A little wiser this time around, I used 50/50 to make my toppers. I cut out butterflies, heart shapes and lots of tiny flowers of different sizes. And truth to be told, I wasn't too sure how the final layout would be. My vision of the final product keeps changing. So, I decided to let my inner voice guide me when the time comes. Lol....

I learned loads throughout this project. It's tough, especially when I am reminded all the time that I am on my own. No mom or sis to come to my rescue like when it was my brother's wedding. The radio was my constant companion, the toothpick my best friend and the rain my number one enemy. Well, you get the idea with the radio but toohpicks I hear you ask? Yea, nifty little stuff they are. I use them to dip into different tubs of colourings, add details to the toppers and a myriad of other uses that solves most of my headaches. As for the rain........I had my butterflies all nicely dried like they were in flight but the humidity wreaked havoc on them! In no time, my poor butterflies wings fell flat on the tray. Plop.......ok, so that called for plan B. (Check out the photos below and I'll explain more).

Right, I think it's time for some pictures;


the original plan was for the butterfly to take the place of the heart, 
but since the wings went plop, i had to switch to plan B


specially for May & Kevin, congratulations guys!

Finally, a huge thank you to;
  • May - for trusting me with this important task
  • JL - you kept me sane & calm during those hair raising moments
  • Ryan - for getting cardboards for the holders and exploring ideas with me
  • Nancy & Shyamala - you guys whipped out that precious little tub of black gel at just the right moment. I was at my wit's end :)
p/s: oh yes, I have decided to name my small cupcake enterprise BunsInTheOven, thanks to Wee for the brilliant idea!

4 comments:

Adelene said...

wah, sampei diacknowledgedkan. thank u thank u

cupcakesordeath said...

of course! :)

Felicia said...

Hi Sheryl,

Wrote to u via hubby's facebook (Luis). I am seriously in love with colors and seeing your lovely cupcakes make me smile! I am thinking on and off, to have your cake for my wedding. But I am seriously on a tight budget. Would you be kind enough to drop me an email feliciaboo@gmail.com. Let me know what other lovelies you have nand their price range. Just to keep my options open.
Thanks very much.

Lily said...

Hi Sheryl,

Can you drop me an email at teohjenny@hotmail.com? I can't find any contact to email you. Want to inquire regarding cupcakes for my wedding. Thanks.

Cheers,
Jenny