Nothing gets me going like a good recipe and a new dish to bake. The planning, the excitement when the dish looks like its working out, the joy of seeing my family and friends gobble it up and eagerly looking forward to what I can bake next, everything about baking makes me happy (the messy kitchen counter top aside :p) Here's a peek into my kitchen, my cooking, my wonderland.

Wednesday, 25 July 2012

Gumpaste figures

A teenager's favourite things
Today's post is gonna be a just drool post, no recipe or tutorial here, but an interesting one, nonetheless. Reason being -  I am down with a nasty cold and apart from wanting to chop my nose off a hundred times, I am hibernating on the couch, on the bed and anywhere else I can plop my tired lil body on. 

However, no cold is gonna, dag nabbit, there comes a trio of sneezes in quick succession. Back from sneezy land, as I was saying, no cold is gonna stop me from posting something today. Why? Cuz I am oh so happy. Something regarding my blog and bakes has made headway today, my first step and this calls for a celebration, at least in the blogosphere, where I can pretend my flu and cold don't exist :D  

So here's presenting to you, my dear readers, my first tryst with gum paste. A dear dear friend wanted to gift her teenage cousin a hat cake with figurines of all things a teenager loves. I had 3 days to come up with something and the nervous me, called as many bakers/decoraters as I could to get them to make the gum paste figurines. As luck would have it, no one could make them in such short notice. Thank god for that, I can safely say in hindsight now :). That led to me frantically call a local vendor and request a batch of gum paste, something that they don't sell. Thankfully they obliged and I set out on my experiment, fingers and toes crossed. I holed up in my room on a workstation and spent the entire day coming up with these lil cuties. With no fondant or gum paste tools whatsoever, I rummaged through the whole house, finding stuff that I could use instead of imprint mats, balling tools etc. Call me substitution queen I say :p

At the end of the day, sore fingers aside, I couldn't believe I made these. The blackberry esp, took me a loong time, what with those tiny lil buttons to make, not to forget the BB logo that I HAD to recreate with lil bits of gum paste that I almost needed a magnifying glass to spot. Glutton for punishment, that's me :)

Anywhoo, I left these figures to dry and whilst they dried, my heart swelled with pride every time someone ooh'd and aah's about them. They don't hold a candle to some of the awesome decorators I know, but I'm mighty glad with my first time effort. Why, I still can't believe I made them. The cake came out well too, but lets not steal the thunder from these beauties now shall we?

Tooting my own horn, ain't I? :) B'day girl loved them and ate them all in fascination. No better thanks than that I must say. Well, there you have it, my sneezes are getting the better of me, so that's ciao from me till my next post.

Till then, Get Set Bake peeps. 


  1. Toot that horn away Nive! No one would say they are a first attempt. Absolutely brilliant!


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