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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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Celebrating 100K Sweet Friends on Facebook

Never, EVER did I consider EVER having followers of my cake journey in the six digits!!  Nope, NEVER even crossed my mind.  I started this page as a place to post pics of my sweet creations in 2009.  It pretty much steadily climbed over the next 4 years to just over 700 followers.  Wow, I was already pretty thrilled with that!

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Then, I discovered Facebook and Social Media networking around this time back in 2013, sharing and liking posts, share days, Facebook groups, collaborations…  I embraced it all just like those in FB Cakeyland embraced me and guess what…?  Most anyone in the cake industry that was anyone had a Facebook page and I discovered I could follow them and easily check their news items in my newsfeed.  Before, I rarely went on Facebook except to upload a new cake pic.

I didn’t even have many “friends” on my personal page because I never used the “Find a Friend” feature.  Now, more than 60% of my friends are cake friends I made on-line who are genuinely as important to me as those in ‘real-life’

So now I have somehow reached sweet friends numbering in the a six digits and I am beyond bewildered, blown away, flabbergasted, overwhelmed, stupefied (not stupid, just stupefied)!!

To celebrate, I am hosting an enormous giveaway sponsored by most of my fave Facebook pages…all are pages that have helped me grow, who have shared my work or supported my work and my page…who have made me feel such a part of a lovely community full of people with a like-minded passion for sugar art!

Please help me celebrate by joining my 100K Sweet Friends giveaway

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I am also having a SALE of 50% off or MORE on all tutorials in my SHIOP…some are even FREE!  You can pick yours up in my FB SHOP or use this mobile link.

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Thanks SO much AGAIN everyone!!  I truly appreciate you all and your support means the world to me!

Violet =D


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First Birthday on Social Media

I am a mom of two (9 y/o boy and 2 y/o girl)…I used to be in Corporate Marketing Management for a leading telecommunications company for almost a decade until I decided to make a life change and start a family.  I started caking in 2008 so I could make my hubby’s 40th milestone birthday cake, and just practiced after that on family cakes for almost a year. By 2009 I expanded to taking orders for friends and referrals. During that time, I started my Facebook page (mostly for locals) and was pretty active on one of the cake decorating community sites for about 2 years, learning lots, reading all I could, viewing and commenting on cakes…and participating in forum discussions.

Those of you who’ve used Cake Central way back then, my user id was vlin28…you might remember me =).  Or you might not…it’s been a while… But I remember a lot of people I followed in the “old days” by different names too…I remember Jessica as mrsmudrash, Peggy as Peggyslee, Lesley as EnglishCakeLady and Sharon as SugarShack.  I found lots of cakers to follow on CC back then, but never really ventured to their FB pages as not many had them listed in their profiles in those days.

Eventually, I found myself steadily doing 2-3, then 3-4 cake orders per weekend and soon did not have time to even lift my head out from my powdered sugar cloud and quickly lost touch on that site. In late 2011 I took a break from taking orders as I got pregnant with my lil monkey and did not even so much as look at a cake on-line for almost two years. Once she was old enough, and less high maintenance, I started looking at cakes again but had discovered a new site (CakesDecor) and decided to post my first cake in over 3 years there.

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This was that cake and boy did it open a whole new world because I had tons of positive comments from posting it and found out quickly that NOW people were actively using their FB pages to network with other cakers! They had their FB urls in their signature and on their profiles. People from CD came to my FB page and commented and liked my posts! Wow…I had no idea….I had just over 700 FB friends at that time…

Why am I telling you all this you might ask? Well, because I just realized that this is my one year Anniversary of being part of FB Cakeyland and on social media, and I am so amazed at how everyone has embraced me and welcomed me. I am astounded at the opportunities I have had to make friends…real, tangible and meaningful friendships. I feel so blessed everyday for those I have e-met on-line through CD and FB, who provide me with support and encouragement during my caking ventures.  My hubby is happy too as he gets to hear less of my whining and complaining about the troubles and trials of caking…

So this is me…Violet…yes, there is a Violet behind The Violet Cake Shop…and I am 1 year old on FB this month, still a newborn on Twitter and in the world of blogging…maybe approaching 6 months on Pinterest…but still just beginning to learn all about networking with social media…and loving it every second!

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…and I’d like to thank you all for taking part in my journey over the last year! I really do appreciate everyone that follows me and who has commented on or liked a post or picture! Thanks for making this past year SO memorable. Violet =D

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and WordPress Blog…oh but you are already here… =P