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Gilded Berry and Sweet, Sweet Surrender!
I love artistic endeavors. I think this is one of the reasons why I am so attracted to multiple disciplinary and media art forms. Sugar-crafting falls firmly into this type of creative art form. So many different techniques are used in the crafting of sweet treats it isn't hard to see why I am drawn to it.
Ever seen Ace of Cakes or Cake Boss? These are relatively popular programs that showcase sugar-crafts in the form of cakes and cake decorating. Way before the first premier of any of these types of programming I was seriously playing with sugar crafts and cake decorating. I loved making fun, decorated cookies & sweets and was constantly on the look out for fun molds/pans as well as decorating ideas in magazines; also, looking diligently wherever I could find new and amazing crafting ideas for sugar and chocolate.
I think it all really started for me when I went beyond the Wilton Method after seeing several cake decorating magazines printed from the UK in my local bookstore. I was lit up and ignited with so much inspiration! My first serious cake design was for my son's 2nd birthday. I used a Wilton mini-bear cake pan and a multiple-rectangular brownie/cake pan to construct a Winnie the Pooh focal cake and fondant covered 'gift' cakes surrounding Pooh. The cakes were all a success and I was thoroughly hooked.
I was inspired to create many more artsy decorated cakes, candy, cookies and sugary treats from before that day and up to the present day. It seems quite apropos that I have come full circle since my first major cake as I write this. Namely, my last major undertaking was a Rice Krispy treat logo from Black Ops II for my son's 13th birthday. Needless to say, he was thrilled. Also needless to say, I will still play in artistic ways to showcase sugar. Anyone want some cake?
All the confections photographs on this page were decorated and or created by me. Some of the base cakes (and a few cookies from 2012) were baked by others but almost 100% of the designs and decorations are showcasing my work. This includes shaping the cakes. My daughter assisted with a few things for the baby-bay shower cake since I was pressed for time but since she is an artist in her own right it was easily working with my equal. I love playing with sugar, it is literally the only art that is good enough to eat!
What's the latest Gilded confection?
I call the branch of my art related to sugar, sweets, cookies, chocolate, cakes and treats the Gilded Berry and although I have used the moniker for years I have yet to create a suitable logo for it. I should probably just alter The Pneuma Sphere logo and add some cake to it. Somehow I think that would be fitting.
I almost neglected to mention one especially important thing I learned with cake decorating. Wedding cakes, of more than one tier, generally require more than a single person making and setting them up on the day of the wedding! It did turn out beautifully for my first wedding cake, if I do say so.
Gallery of yester-days artist confections-- most images were taken by a cell phone. I really need to start dedicating a camera for such images!
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