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Monday, April 14, 2008

Four-tier Wedding Cake: Fruit Cake: April 2008

This four-tier wedding cake was made for a Botswana couple, who wanted the drape woven cakes with roses on the top. I had started the process in March by first making the four cakes with marinated fruits and nuts in liqor and then letting them mature and ripen with time by brushing them at regular interval with brandy over a period of four weeks.

I must admit that in my pursuit for perfection, with some practice by now, i have been able to understand a little bit about measurements and the drapes with the cake size/height ratio came out satisfactorily, also courtesy due to creative critique from my hubby.To add few more words, my first critics and admirers are my hubby and my son.
The wedding bells were embossed on the cakes and the drapes were pinned with daisy sugar flowers.

I was tagged by Gloria of http://www.canelakitchen.blogspot.com/ for a meme to describe six words about myself. Quite difficult proposition, eh but this is what i am:
@friendly @honest @compassionate @energetic @fun-loving @dedicated

I would like to add my new friend Tartasacher of http://milpostres.blogspot.com/, who visited my blog for the first time and gave me an honour which i have to maintain. Thank you, dear !

89 comments:

Min said...

Soni
let me be the first to congratulate you on the cake. How many days did you take to complete the whole thing ?

Anamika:The Sugarcrafter said...

Dear Yasmin
Thank you.I hope you liked the symmetry. Usually, from my own experience till now,the wedding cake with fruits takes around one and half months. Four weeks were taken in maturing the fruit cakes. It took me two days to cover them with marzipan and allowing them to dry. Another two days were taken in covering them with fondant and allowing them to dry and then i spent another couple of days for decoration. I usually work late in the night on the cakes, as the day is busy with office and family chores.I hope it helps.

Rosie said...

I gasped in delight when I saw this most exquisite tire wedding cake!! This is such an outstanding work of art!!!

Many congrats on your award this is most deserved!!

Rosie x

The Caked Crusader said...

Wow - those drapes look like fabric they're so soft and perfect!
Such a beautiful cake - I love the colours too.

Anitha said...

Wow...mind-blowing perfection on that cake Anamika!!

The symmetry, structure balance, colors, drapes, bells everything is awesome.

Excellent patience & dedication to achieve the final outcome.

Great work!!
Anitha

arundati said...

fantastic collection of cakes and sugar craft...you are extremely talented...beautiful work here

priya said...

Are you planning to publish your own book girl. Great picture.

Gloria said...

Anamika congrats by your Award, well deserved!!! Dear this is beautiful is the one of the most beautiful Cake I never see!!! Really nice.
Dear I don't understand your question in my blo? May you repeat me please??? xxxxxx Gloria

Happy cook said...

Beautiful as always.
I read your comment and it is a lot of work to make these.
DO you make the cake yourself or you just do the decorations

RecipeGirl said...

This is absolutely beautiful! What a great talent you have in making cakes :)

Gloria said...

Lovely words Anamika in the 6 words, I think so you are!!! xxGloria

Archy said...

Very beautiful tier Cake Anamika !!
Lots of patience U need to make such a wonderful cake..
U deserve this Award Dear !! Congrats !!

Anonymous said...

Perfect, exquisite !
10/10
Mac da cruz, RSA

Anonymous said...

This is the road to perfection. Well done !

P steyn , RSA

Anonymous said...

Anamika, we adore you..welcome to the league !

Mrs Mcleod, Durban

Anonymous said...

Step by step, without rushing into things and sticking to the basics ! Life is not running away and you achive perfection ! This is what was said !
Now you see, perfect cake !

Jane Du Toit
RSA

Bellini Valli said...

As always a beautiful creation Soni. You are just such a gifted cake decorator:D

Cham said...

Congrats on ur award, u really deserve it. How could u have such a patience, the wedding bell , the drap look, wow, i am speach less Anamika.
Outstanding performance like pro!

Ivy said...

I am trying very hard not to start with the word WOW again. But what can someone say when you create art. Excellent work.

tartasacher said...

¡¡¡Oh!!! Amika. The wedding cake is very, very beautiful. Thank you for your visit and comments.

Dee said...

Anamika, Congratulations for maintaining such an excellent blog!! U r truly talented.. I couldnt see any imperfections.. Ur blog is simply superb!

Anamika:The Sugarcrafter said...

hi rosie
thanks for the words that you bestow upon me. I will always try to learn more to achieve the desired result. I visited your blog and loved your posted recipe for Raspberry Soufflé Gateau. I think i should try it one of the days.

Anamika:The Sugarcrafter said...

dear caked crusader
i feel happy that you liked the drape and it gives the fabric appeal...so i think i am getting somewhere.thanks for your words !

Anamika:The Sugarcrafter said...

hi anitha
thanks for making me feel that i am learning and practicing the art the right way in terms of symmetry,structure balance,choice of clours to get the visual appeal.still a long way on the road but feel more confident now.

Anamika:The Sugarcrafter said...

hi arundati
thanks for passing by my blog and leaving your words of appreciation.In fact, when i passed by your blog,i loved your rasmalai and could not resist from dropping few words.

Anamika:The Sugarcrafter said...

hi priya
thanks for passing by. hey, you give me an idea about writing...i dont know..life is too hectic now..maybe in later part of life. thanks again for an idea !

Anamika:The Sugarcrafter said...

hi gloria
your words inspire me to do more and learn more...its an infinite world of creativity and suddenly life appears to be too short to learn everything but it makes one never stop learning.
yes, i am like what i define myself in 6 words.

Anamika:The Sugarcrafter said...

dear happy cook
thanks for passing by...you know making of a fruit cake and using marzipan and fondant for sugar craftwork is a process and you have to go through the process. I have been using butter cream icing and royal icing for a long time but started using marzipan and fondant from last year.Yes,it is work. Most of the time, i bake the cakes and decorate them but let's say,if i have to make & decorate the cake in less than an hour, then simply i pick up the plain cake to decorate.

Homecooked said...

Beautiful cake ! The tiers look royal and the draping looks excellent! I dont know how you manage cakes,office and home!

Anonymous said...

Hi anamika
Again,you sculptered a piece of art,that looks grand,impressive and beautiful! Congratulations, your blog site deserves 'E'. Recently i had time off from my journalism and i was searching for cake decoration article in India and found out,to my surprise that there is one,too in India, who does nice sugarcraft and her name is Swati Jain. Incidentally I also found out that she was in Botswana, will certainly meet her. Do you know her ? Soon,will be off on some assignment so catch you later and hugs to you for your exquisite artwork !

Priya Tandon
Delhi

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Cakespy said...

Soni, this is absolutely AMAZING! Really gorgeous work. It's sophisticated but still has so much personality. Beautiful work!

ANJALI J. said...

what a lovely cake that is... i loved ur blog.. 1st time here.. do visit my blog.

Margaret said...

How lucky we are that you share all of your cake creations with us.
The cake looks so perfect and not a 'finger print' in sight.
I've always admired sugarcraft work and the time, love and skill that goes into making cakes like these.

sandhya said...

Congrats on your award.... the cake looks fantastic.... everything looks perfect....

ONEDIA HAYES SYLVEST said...

Your cakes continue to be innovative and lovely. The flavor description cause my mouth to water.

In the U. S. we have a tv show on The Food Network called Ace of Cakes . A reality show set in a cake bakery called Charm City Cakes. They have a staff of about 8 and make huge cakes using all sorts of tools. When we watch it I always think of you.

Dawn....सेहर said...

WOW....you wont believe this...whenever there is a birthday or an event for cake I remember you :)

The sight of this beautiful piece itself is soothing...so you are a blessed soul to give this happiness to all :)
God Bless you my dear
Cheers

Kelly Mahoney said...

What a beautiful cake! Thanks for stopping by the blog. I'm not sure if the pig van is for sale, but if it is, you'll have to fight me for it!

krystyna said...

I'm speechless again! What a great art! Excellent!!!
Anamika you are a Master!
Congratulations!

Many blessings to you and your family!

Purnima said...

Anamika, whatttttttttt a beauty u hv designed!! The colors n draping neat n flawless!! Loved the teddy cake too!! U rock-balancing this edible art,home,office n studies! U simply amaze me n ur blog is leagues ahead of E award!

Purnima said...

Anamika, do u hv any clue on how to use Egyptian-Domiati cheese which is salted n has bell pepper flavour,soft as butter! I m out of ideas 4 recipe! :(

Cakelaw said...

What a stunning cake - congratulations on a marvellous job!

Anamika:The Sugarcrafter said...

hi recipe girl
thank you for passing by and leaving woderful words for me.I paased your blog and and appreciate your intetion for entry of Ina Garten's Peanut Butter Chocolate Chunk Cookies for the noble cause.

Anamika:The Sugarcrafter said...

hi archana
thanks , as usual for your comments. all the best for your entry for all seasons with green gram dosa.

Anamika:The Sugarcrafter said...

Dear M'cruz
I am honoured.

Anamika:The Sugarcrafter said...

Dear P steyn
I am so happy to know that there are Guides on the road, who think I am on the right path. thank you.

Anamika:The Sugarcrafter said...

Thank you Mrs Mcleod !

Anamika:The Sugarcrafter said...

Dear Jane
i still remember the words and am sticking to the basics..slowly and steadily on the road....thanks for the insight and will continue to travel on the road with firm determination.

Anamika:The Sugarcrafter said...

dear bellini
thank you for your words of appreciation.
I passed your blog and loved your rise and shine mango pancakes with brown sugar syrup.

Anamika:The Sugarcrafter said...

thanks cham
i had to make the couple smile and be happy..and love doing it...thanks for your words..the passion for perfection grows on you,you know !

Anamika:The Sugarcrafter said...

hi ivy welcome and thanks for the wow, as is said namaste !

Anamika:The Sugarcrafter said...

dear tartasacher
you know, you are always welcome and we will continue to grow more

Anamika:The Sugarcrafter said...

hi dee
thanks for visiting my blogopshere and am glad you liked the cake...well,it is smaller things that matter and make the world, isnt it...those itsy bitsy events here and there so try to maintian the blog this way..and i loved your kitchen musing chocolate kisses.

Uma said...

Wow, what a lovely cake. Simply fantastic. Kudos to your talent. And Congrats on the well deserved award.

Anamika:The Sugarcrafter said...

dear homecooked
thanks for passing by and leaving your words of appreciation.well, its about passion,isnt it! when you are busy, you will always find time to squeeze out..so there i am .I feel happy that you liked the drapes and feel it gives the effect of 'royal'.

Anamika:The Sugarcrafter said...

dear cakespy
i loved your description.. sophisticated but still has so much personality...thank you for encouraging me.

Anamika:The Sugarcrafter said...

hi anjali
welcome to my blog and thank you for your comment.I liked your cocochoco burfi and the set up of your site.

Anamika:The Sugarcrafter said...

hi margaret
thank you for your comments and patting me for not a single 'fingerprint' on the cake. Yes,i have to be always careful. I passed your blog and loved your adapted version of TRAY-BAKED MERINGUE WITH PEARS,CREAM,TOASTED HAZELNUTS...na flaked almonds AND CHOCOLATE SAUCE

Anamika:The Sugarcrafter said...

hi sandhya
thank you for passing by and leaving your comment.
Hey, i loved your version Bittergourd Fry with Besan.

Anamika:The Sugarcrafter said...

hi onedia
thanks for passing by the blog after a long time and i feel so happy that i leave an impresssion 'When we watch the Ace of Cakes at Charm City Cakes, I always think of you'
I have made friends,indeed !

Anamika:The Sugarcrafter said...

dear dawn
i feel that apart from display of the cakes, i am also making friends along the way,who remember me on occasions. thank you !

Anamika:The Sugarcrafter said...

hi kelly
thanks for your comment..we will share the van !

Anamika:The Sugarcrafter said...

hi krystyna
thanks..your comment makes me feel that i am on the right path on the road to perfection!

Anamika:The Sugarcrafter said...

dear cakelaw
thank you ..i feel a sense of satisfaction..and need to continue to improve and improve

Anamika:The Sugarcrafter said...

hi uma
thanks for passing by the blog and leaving your comment. welcome ! i loved your entry for the colour yellow.

DK said...

This luks AMAZING! the talent that u have in your fingers is making me spellbound! Congrats on ur award..its surely well deserved :)

Karin said...

WAOW! A cake suitable for a royal wedding. You really deserve to be rewarded.

ranji said...

OMG!!that is one beautiful wedding cake...amazing...my first time here...u r really artistic!!!

Anamika:The Sugarcrafter said...

dear dk
thanks for passing by and for your words of appreciation. i feel happy !i happen to pass by your blog and loved your misi roti..a nice recipe for the entry, indeed !

Anamika:The Sugarcrafter said...

Hey karin, thats quite a large compliment...thank you...
i still loved your pancake.

Anamika:The Sugarcrafter said...

dear ranjitha
thanks for passing by the blog and appreciating the work. I hope we see each other often.

Anamika:The Sugarcrafter said...

hi purnima
thanks for your words of appreciation... i think when you are busy,you will aways find time for other things.In fact by studying for MBA,i have become good at crisis management !
The egyptian domiati cheese is not available here but i think,why not try to make some paneer chilli..in the same way we make chicken chilli or use it in betweeen skewers for barbecue or for veg baraai !

eatme_delicious said...

Wow very impressive cakes!

Cynthia said...

This is a masterpiece! I wish you could make me my birthday cake!

Pearlsofeast said...

Hi soni,
I found ur website and I am here for the first time. I was Absolutely speechless!!!!!!!.
Oh god u are really great baker!!!!!!What an amazing collection of cake decoration u have.A great inspiration for me.

Anamika:The Sugarcrafter said...

dear eat me delicious
thanks for visting my blog..it was a lovely surprise and when i visited your blog,i felt happy as i can leran a lot from you. your carrot cake picture and illustration is nice.

Anamika:The Sugarcrafter said...

cynthia
thank you.
i know you are a cancerian..my son,too is...just tell me when is your birthday, eh !

Anamika:The Sugarcrafter said...

dear pearl of east
welcome and thank you for passing by my blog and leaving words of appreciation. its how we discover people, isnt it. i loved your blog site and biryani is still in my mind !

Anamika:The Sugarcrafter said...

hi Priya
Good to see your off and on.. but your comments are alwys welcome. Thanks for your comment and all the best for your next assignment of journalism.

Just to satisfy your inquisitiveness, Yes, Swati Jain and I know each other very well...she was in Francistown and we spent almost two years together.
Yes,she is very good in art and sugarcraft.

Gloria said...

Dear Anamika, is a beatiful cake, and you had Im sure a lot of work!!!
Nice words yours. I think you are these 6 words are so OK, for me is and Honour know you Anamika, my lovely friend, xxxxxGloria

Lori Lynn said...

Amazing Cake! The drapes are fantastic. I love reading about all the energy and passion you have for your craft.

Madhu said...

Wow Soni! I'm dumbfounded. You are one talented sugar crafter. This cake is the height of perfection. And I still can't believe how patient you have to be. Kudos Soni.

God has blessed you with an astounding talent. You have found out what you are good at and you are doing a great job of doing it too. I really envy you. Continue the excellent work.

rebekka said...

Wow! You are so very talented, that is an amazing cake!

Also, that is my favorite type of cake, the fruit and nuts saturated with liquor syrup...YUM!!!!!!!!!

Anamika:The Sugarcrafter said...

Hi Gloria
its a plseaure writng back to your comments, you know that !

Anamika:The Sugarcrafter said...

Dera lori lynn
you have given me so much inspiration on table layout that inadvertently i remember you when guests come to our houses. thanks for that !

Anamika:The Sugarcrafter said...

dear madhu
thanks for passing by my blog and for your words of appreciation. i went to your blog site and i can learn so much from your posts,you know !

Anamika:The Sugarcrafter said...

dear rebekka
thanks for such wonderful prompt reciprocation..and your words. I simply loved your blog and will keep visting to pick up ideas, thoughts etc.

NIGHTFAIRY said...

Lovely!!!you are the best :)

Logan said...

I would like to know where I can buy a ready-made fruit cake, I buy viagra and I can help with that.