Sunday, October 30, 2011

Inspiration - Absolutely Amazing Dragon

Today has been a lovely lazy day. We had a big BBQ lunch and now I am lazing on the couch browsing YouTube for buttercream cake decorating tutorials. I came across this video and just had to share:

This person is absolutely amazing. I love the intricate details, such as the white claws, nose and whiskers. I could not begin to fathom where to start on a project like this. I would hate to think what I would end up with if I were to attempt this.

Hope you all have had a good weekend!

Darkbyte xxx

Sunday, October 23, 2011


Gingerbread house!

Daisies.... Arrrggghh!

Random flowers and a
couple of roses
Welcome to my cake decorating blog!

Cake decorating is an amazing art form. The sheer variety of skills required to create a masterpiece from such fragile components is absolutely amazing. I am fascinated by the skill involved to create flowers and figures using royal icing and buttercream.

My entry into the world of cake decorating came about through the creation of gingerbread houses for my boyfriend’s family Christmas get together. At the time I was not much of a cook and felt hesitant to bring a dish to that would sit next to an Italian mamma’s tried and true recipe. I was shopping with my mum one day and saw a gingerbread house cutter kit for sale at our local department store. We were curious. The kit cost all of $10, so we though “why not, it could be fun.” It was fun, and the house was a hit.

I spent the next couple of Christmases creating more and more elaborately decorated houses. Eventually, I came to the conclusion that I should be doing more with royal icing that using it as gingerbread glue. This is when I started to look at cake decorating.

I remember spending a weekend trying to pipe daises - they drove me up the wall. They seem so incredibly simple, yet to actually sit there and pipe one takes an amazing amount of coordination and patience. Roses are not as easy as they seem either!

The aim of this blog is to share my journey into the cake decorating world. Despite my frustrations with daisies, I am committed to (or should be committed) mastering this art form. I will be sharing links to a number of tutorials and videos that I have found, along with reviewing some of the books that I have received as gifts. Eventually, I would like to create and share my own tutorials.

I am hoping that others will benefit from my ambition, whether it is from time saved looking for tutorials, or having a giggle at my disasters.

Please feel free to leave comments. I love to hear what other people are doing and always welcome feedback.

Thankyou for stopping by.

Darkbyte xx
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