The Violet Cake Shop™

Sharing inspirations for my designs, and tips I've discovered along the way in my caking journey! <3


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125K Facebook Followers Celebration – YOU and YOUR FRIEND can win!

I was so busy last weekend demoing and teaching a hands-on class at Canada’s Baking and Sweets Show that I did not even notice my Facebook page had hit a milestone!  After more than 2 years of lacklustre visibility due to Facebook’s new policies and newsfeed algorithms, as well as a huge hit when they decided to remove all followers that were inactive with a page for more than I don’t know how many years, my page finally hit 125K followers.

Despite the small set back and long wait after hitting 100K, I have continued to enjoy my time on Facebook.  My followers show me love for my work when I most need it.  They support me when I think my work sucks.  They show appreciation when I share a tip or technique.  And they always make me feel it’s worth doing what I love (and sometimes hate) to do…that it’s worth sticking around.

My tiny little place in this big huge Facebook cake world has become my comfy place to go to showcase my work, where people make me feel I am making a difference, even if just a small one, in the caking community!

SO, BIG THANKS everyone for following my journey, while I do what I love!!

And to celebrate, I put together a FUN giveaway that you can join over on my Facebook page!  I have some cool prizes from my favourite places and hopefully a FUN idea.

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That’s right!!  You AND your friend!  So double your chances if you both tag each other!

And so much more fun to play with a friend, no?  And isn’t it what our little Facebook cake community is all about anyway, sharing with friends, right?

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To QUALIFY is simple!

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  1. Comment on my Facebook post here, telling me how you first discovered my page
  2. ‘Tag’ a friend (if you win, they win!)
  3. ‘Share’ the post to your own Facebook page for an extra entry (the post audience must be set to Public or it will not show up in the shares list and won’t count)
  4. Follow or ‘Like’ my page – The Violet Cake Shop™ – for updates
  5. Check back to see who the winners are

*WINNERS will be drawn and announced on Friday November 17th at 9 PM EST. Check back to see if you’ve won!! WINNERS must email me at thevioletcakeshop@yahoo.com, with Subject line ‘125K Giveaway’ and their address as well as their friend’s address, in order to receive prizes*

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I have some cool prizes and sponsors too!!

Such as…Icing Inspirations!!  Thanks to them, YOU and YOUR FRIEND could each win $25 CAD to spend on cake goodies at their on-line shop.  They are a great family run small Canadian business with heart and they have fun stuff at great prices!  They ship worldwide too!!

 

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We also have…Marvelous Molds!!  Who have generously donated any two molds of choice (excluding bundles), for both YOU and YOUR FRIEND! *Some delivery restrictions apply*

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Oh and of course I have to include Satin Ice!!  They gave me the honour of being an Artist of Excellence for them and I must say, it’s been an amazing experience so far!  Thanks to them, YOU and YOUR FRIEND could each win a 2lb pail of any colour fondant or gumpaste of your choice.  *Some delivery restrictions apply and colours subject to availability

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You could also win a few cake and cookie goodies that I have extras of (’cause, you know, I tend to forget that I’ve already bought something until I get it home! lol).  *Some delivery restrictions apply*

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I also have two of my Craftsy classes (Cakes in Vivid Color), to give away!  I saved them just for this occasion!  So YOU and YOUR FRIEND could each win the class and learn some new skills…

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There are also 5 sets of my Tutorial Bundle to give away!  It has my two most detailed and popular pdf tutorials with tons of tips and takeaways that can apply to any design.

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To add to the celebration, I also put ALL my TUTORIALS on SALE!!  You can find them in my Facebook SHOP.

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So, that’s A LOT!!  Which means LOTS of FUN!

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I have had SO much fun on this ride, but can’t say my journey has ALL been fun and games…

With the good, comes a lot of stress…like A LOT!! And most of it, I put on myself (just ask the hubby LOL)! BUT if it weren’t for the support, appreciation and love I get for the things I create – in large part from you guys, my Sweet Friends – I think I would have given up a long time ago!

So I am truly grateful for every client, every reaction, every comment, every ‘like’, every share, every follower, every student, and every opportunity I’ve gotten in the almost 10 years I’ve been doing this. THANK YOU ALL SO MUCH…I appreciate it more than you know!!

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GOOD LUCK!!

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PRIZE DETAILS:

PRIZE SET #1 – any 2 molds from MARVELOUS MOLDS – You AND your friend could each win your choice of 2 molds, from Marvelous Molds (excluding bundles)

*some delivery restrictions apply*
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PRIZE SET #2 – SATIN ICE fondant or gumpaste – You AND your friend could each win a 2 lb pail of Satin Ice fondant or gumpaste, in your choice of colour

*some delivery restrictions apply, colours subject to availability*
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PRIZE SET #3 – CAKES in VIVID COLOR Craftsy class – You AND your friend could each win my Craftsy class, Cakes in Vivid Color
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PRIZE SET #4 – $25 Gift Card (2 sets available to be won) – You AND your friend could each win a gift card to Icing Inspirations worth $25 CAD. They ship worldwide.
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PRIZE SET #5 – Cake and cookie decorating tools – You AND your friend could each win a variety of cake and cookie decorating tools
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PRIZE SET #6 – Tutorial Bundle (5 sets available to be won) – You AND your friend could each win a tutorial bundle from me which includes my Modern Tropical Ruffles Cake tutorial and my Stylized Gumpaste Lotus tutorial
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Meet Sir Jacques Steampunkin! A Steampunk Pumpkin Head Cake

It’s almost Hallowe’en and we just revealed a new cake collaboration.  My newest creation has been getting lots of love on Facebook and Instagram and I’ve gotten a few questions and lots of amazing comments, so I thought I’d introduce him here and answer a few of those questions at the same time…

Meet Sir Jacques Steampunkin! 🎃🎃🎃

He is my contribution to the 5th installment of our Sugar Spooks collaboration. 😈👿👹👺💀👻👽👾🤡

He is a culmination of my love of the Steampunk genre and what I imagined a creepy old jack o’lantern would look like. I wanted to do something not seen before. As I was creating him, he started to take on a stately look so I decided to make him a ‘Sir’ lol… I hope people like him as much as I do.

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I’ve been asked what moulds I used and they are a variety of moulds that I’ve found throughout the years, some for cake decorating and others, not.  The cogs, frame and fleur-de-lis are from Mod Podge which are food safe silicone moulds made for use in polymer clay crafting but can be used for creating cake décor as well – just make sure you use them only for food and if you do crafting with clay as well as cake, make sure to get a separate set for use in each.
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The other moulds I used (for the gold vest texture, and to detail the cakeboard – see closeup below) are from Marvelous Molds who make products that I love using in my decorating.  I have used their products for FORever (!!!) and use them in SO many different ways!
For example, to add detail to Sir Jacques’ vest, I decided to use their new Symmetrical  Sequin Simpress Panel.  It’s meant to be used to texture a tier with sequins, easily and quickly.  But I used it here to give a luxe look to his vest which is a characteristic of the clothing often seen in Steampunk.
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Sir Jacques’ pumpkin head is made from rice krispie treats (RKT) that I shaped into a flattened pumpkin shape, only so it wouldn’t be as heavy and round, and would sit better on the cake tier.  I then covered the RKT with a very thick panel of fondant, making sure the seam was at the bottom.  I used my Dresden tool (the flatter end) to mark the grooves and used the length of my right pinky to impress the grooves more until I was happy with the ‘pumpkiness’ of my creation.  Again, unfortunately, I did not take photos and now I wish I had, lol.
I then coloured him with a variety of orange petal dust and shortening (which I know many claim as their own but is a technique I have used since I first started decorating, mostly when using lustre dust).  I then added dark brown in the grooves to create depth.
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Since this was for a collaboration and I wanted to save him to use as a Hallowe’en prop at home, I used styro dummies for the cake tiers.  But this can just as easily be made from real cake, with the proper support for his head of course!
His single goggle is handmade and detailed…using circle cutters, a piping tip to add the outlines for the screws, and an exacto knife to add the slit in the screws.
 His hat is also made from RKT which I shaped into a tapered tier, then iced with ganache and covered with fondant (same as I would if made from cake).
His mouth was handcut and painted.  I then added metal ‘staples’ which were cut from fondant and painted with silver lustre mixed with lemon extract (much better than vodka people!  I swear by it…and smells great too lol).
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Hope you enjoyed meeting Sir Jacques Steampunkin!  I certainly enjoyed creating him.
Happy Caking Y’ALL and have a spooky Hallowe’en!!

You can check out the other seriously amazing pieces by going to our website (http://www.sugarspooks.com/).

It’s an honour to be part of this group again. Big thanks to Avalon Yarnes of Avalon Cakes for spearheading such a talented group and including me in the mix.

I don’t normally do scary or creepy so it was so much fun to be able to stretch my creative wings!!


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Vintage Happy Birthday Plaque – Mini Tutorial

The life of a cake artist JUST got easier!  I’m going to tell you about a new product and anyone who does primarily celebration cakes, will know what I mean!!

This vintage style plaque was SO easy to create using this new system and I show you how I did it in a mini-tutorial at the end of the post.

Normally, just the birthday greeting alone would have taken me nearly half an hour.  You had to create all the letters one by one, which takes up time.  You had to let the paste dry a bit to get the cleanest edges, which takes up time.  You could only roll out small pieces of paste for a few letters at a time or else it would dry out, which takes up time.  You only had one ‘a’, one ‘p’ and one ‘y’ to work with in a typical letter set so you had to wait until the first set was done before doing it all again, which takes up time.  Ok, ok…you get the idea LOL!

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Well, I was asked last month by Marvelous Molds to test out a new product that they were launching called Flexabets™.  It’s a revolutionary new way to add lettering, names and messages to your decorated cakes or cakeboards that does not require working with stiff cutters, having to pick out your letters (unless you choose to) or waiting for your paste to dry so you can tap (more like SLAP!) them out.  You can now create letters and numbers using their patented silicone onlay molds!  These letters pop out easily, with barely any effort, and do not get ‘stuck’ in the onlay molds.

More good news.  For helping them test out the Flexabets™ and writing a blog post, they are offering 10% OFF to my readers and fans that purchase a set.  Just enter my exclusive code TVCSFLEXABET at checkout when you purchase from the Marvelous Molds site before March 13th.

Along with three styles of font (Calligraphy, Typewrite and Swirly), they also have four “Happy Birthday” style onlays which makes the most used greeting on celebration cakes, now an ease to add!  You can use the greetings on the tops or sides of your cake, on cakeboards and sheetcakes, or to create plaques or toppers like the one I show here.

Oh how I WISH they’d come out with these back when I was making like 3-4 cakes a weekend!  It would have saved me a TON of time and made the most dreaded part of any order just that much more bearable.

Here are samples from the Swirly set, which is my fave.  I heard though through the grapevine that new, yet unseen fonts may be in development too!

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And here is a FUN celebration style lettering that is available just in the “Happy Birthday” greeting.

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I cannot reiterate enough how versatile Flexabets are for adding messages, names, monograms and more to your cakes, toppers or cakeboard.  Now for the mini-tutorial on how I used the calligraphy font to make a Vintage Happy Birthday Plaque.  Hope you ENJOY!!

(Oh and I also made this tutorial into a quick video that I posted to my Facebook page but without any instructions because I am after all a video novice and hey, getting it on a video was already an accomplishment so forget about adding text right? haha!!)

 

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How to make a Vintage Happy Birthday Plaque – Mini-Tutorial:

Step 1:

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Roll out 50/50 gumpaste/fondant mix to approximately 1 mm thickness or just under 1/16 inch; if using a pasta roller, roll out to #2 thickness; you can also use fondant with tylose (or CMC) added, approximately 1 tsp per 1lb fondant

Step 2:

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Dust the Flexabet mold with a bit of corn starch; tap out excess against your palm or work surface; alternatively, you can brush shortening into the grooves of the letters – this is my preferred method as I find the corn starch sometimes allows the paste to shift too much when you are pressing it into the mold; you can also use a combo of the two which is what I’ve used here =D

Step 3:

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Lay your sheet of 50/50 paste over top of the onlay, good side down; use your palm to press the paste against the onlay along the entire design (not shown in pic); using your smoother, slowly press the paste further against the onlay, then press and twist the smoother against the bladed portions of the design; you will see the design start showing or cutting through – continue until all bladed edges are cleanly cut through the paste

Step 4:

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Slowly remove excess paste; start on one side and slowly, gently bend and pull the excess paste towards you, not upward

Step 5:

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You will be left with just the letters in the onlay mold, along with their centres; use a sharp pointed tool to pick out the centres of the letters that have been left behind

Step 6:

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The cleaned up Happy Birthday message still in the mold

Step 7:

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Roll out some white 50/50 gumpaste/fondant mix to 1 mm thickness or 1/16 inch, or whatever colour you’d like; again, you can use fondant with tylose (CMC) added instead, approximately 1 tsp tylose to 1 lb fondant; roll large enough to fit the Happy Birthday message; you can place your onlay on top (with paste still in the mold) to check

Step 8:

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Brush the back of the letters with a small amount of water or edible glue; make sure to cover every surface; I prefer to use water but with some fondant brands, just water can sometimes end up making the paste too slippery so if needed, use a tackier edible glue

Step 9:

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Lay your message over top of the paste you just rolled out, glue side down

Step 10:

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Use the heel of your hand to press the design down onto the sheet of paste; make sure to press down on all parts of the design; next, go over every section of the design again with you fingers, rubbing against the letters in a circular motion; wait a few seconds (approximately 10-15) before peeling away the onlay; TIP: peel (don’t lift) the onlay, slowly and gently, again bending it away from the gumpaste/fondant sheet, not upward

Step 11:

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Message after removing the onlay; if letters have shifted, just nudge them back into place with a thin tool

Step 12:

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Create the frame for your plaque using any scroll or lace mold; create enough to fit nicely around the message; for deeper molds like this one, (which is the Kelly mold also by Marvelous Molds) I still prefer to use 50/50 gumpaste/fondant mix – I find it sets the shape better so it does not stretch out when you unmold it; again I prefer to use shortening in the grooves of the design to prevent sticking, but you can use corn starch – up to you which method works best for you =D

Step 13:

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Arrange the frame and cut away the excess paste around the message before securing the frame pieces with water or edible glue

Step 14:

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Adorn your plaque with some blossoms for that vintage look!

Happy Caking Y’ALL!! =D