I was absolutely tickled PINK to be asked by Rosie of Cake Masters Magazine to be part of their “Around the World in 40 Cakes” special feature for the September issue of the magazine! To be among 39 other cah-RAAAZY awesome cake artists, each representing some fun part of this insane planet we live on, in cake form? For the magazine feature? Ummm, how cool would THAT be?
So you can imagine how hard it was going to be to have to tell her that I just couldn’t do it.
I was SWAMPED for that month, and had no foreseeable time to sneak it in… ANYWHERE. NONE. AT ALL. I had already “snuck” in too many projects for that time span and was totally in WAY over my head.
And then I said, “YES!“, anyway.
‘Cause sometimes my mouth doesn’t play nice with my brain. (Well, ok, fine. It hardly ever does.)
I committed. And soon after, I prolly NEEDED to be committed. (You know… padded room, funny farm, barred windows? Right.)
I look back, and I’m quite positive that it’s only by the SEVERE mercy and complete grace of God that I made it through that month… AND made my deadlines.
And I also look back and shiver at how very, VERY close I was to turning Rosie down, and NOT being part of this very cool feature. ‘Cause HO-LEE SMOKES… it’s been picked up by the DailyMail and the Telegraph over in the U.K….
AAAAAND it’s just been featured on ABC News, over here in the States!! (And as a very little ,and yet, entirely HUGE, added bonus for me… my Lady of the North Pole cake photo has been included in each publication! GOBSMACKED MUCH?? Um yeah… my face is completely stinging from the gobs.)
Alright, so a little about my cake design and execution…
There was a process… I had some say… and at the end of the day, I was assigned the North Pole to represent. Which seemed vuuury cool… until I actually started the brainstorming process, that is.
Yes there’s Santa and all o’ that jazz, but as far as the landscape goes… well, ACTUALLY, there ISN’T technically a LANDscape, so much. It’s not land. It’s just (in a very cold nutshell) a HUGE expanse of snow and ice.
Like, LOTS of it.
And not much else.
And I was just so uninspired that it was nearly depressing. Thomas even tried to help get my creative juices flowing… and COMPLETELY failed. (Gosh, that sounds kinda diva-ish, doesn’t it?) My brain could just NOT get excited about ANY of the ideas we came up with.
And THEN it came upon me.
I don’t know how or why, but the idea of a beautiful, regal “Lady of the Snow” crashed into my head. Heck, it built a little campfire, busted out the marshmallows, and was clearly NOT going anywhere. Like, ever.
What’s a girl to do? I went with it. And The Lady of the North Pole was born.
Now, WHAT lady of the North Pole, you ask?
Come on… you know… the one who wanders that barren landscape, keeping charge over her polar bear cubs… declaring allegiance to nothing but this hauntingly beautiful expanse of snow and ice whilst waiting, silently, for her true love to find her??
No? Ok, well, they MAY have taken her out of the textbooks…ya know… prolly not wanting her to be hunt down by any CRAZIES or anything. Yes, that’s it. I’m sure of it. *cough*
Anywho, I had fun bringing her to life, uh, to CAKE, and thought I’d show you some pics I snapped along the way!
OH! and I got to use a couple of my new, lace, Marvelous Molds molds (yes, that sounds weird) for her outfit, and I just LUUUUURVE them! They worked PERFECTLY and were JUST what I needed to fancy her up a bit.
Singing her way through the snow and ice…
WITH eyelids, of course.
I used modeling chocolate for the decoration on this entire project. Under her skirt would normally be the cake, but as this was designed specifically for a magazine, I carved a styrofoam dummy in place of carving an actual cake.
A tip to get your carved styro dummy ultra smooth when needed? Rub sand paper over it and then wipe it down before adding some shortening to adhere your fondant or modeling chocolate.
I wanted her coloring to be very subtle… and chilly… since she’s supposed to represent ice and snow. I changed her makeup a few times, actually. I settled upon some subtle black under her eyes and a very light, shimmery blue for her eye shadow. All achieved with petal dusts and small paintbrushes.
A tip to get color off of your modeling chocolate? Just use a tiny bit of water and a paper towel to rub it off. Works like a CHAMP.
Then I started on her clothing. For her corset, I used Earlene’s Enhanced Lace, “Judy” by Marvelous Molds. I used it twice… once for the front and once for the back. They fit nearly PERFECTLY and really looked just like a fancy corset! SCORE!!
For the detail near the top of the skirt, I used Earlene’s Enhanced Lace, “Edna” by Marvelous Molds.
And for the trim near the bottom of the skirt, I used Earlene’s Enhanced Lace, “Maxine” by Marvelous Molds.
Alright, I wanted to add some embossed detail to part of the skirt and also to her cloak, so I took my Wonder Cakes, Tricot Decor Chic mat by Silikomart, and instead of making up a batch of edible lace with it, I rolled it onto my modeling chocolate to get this lovely embossed pattern… which I then dusted with my new PurColour brilliant powder from the Pastry Portal, and voila! Shimmery loveliness! Wish I’d gotten a pic of her cloak for you. It looked pretty cool with this treatment!
(I hadn’t added the shimmer dust to the back of her skirt, as I’d decided I wanted to add a cloak and it would therefore be covered.)
You can see how the mold I used for her corset looked from the back, in this pic.
Once I had finished adding all of the modeling chocolate details, I used my light blue petal dust, (think it’s called aquamarine, but regardless, it was veeeeery light) and a tiny bit of silver luster dust and colored her up!
I then added a few silver dragees here and there, and then some clear sanding sugar for the board and the li’l bear’s nose, and she was finally done!
The Lady of the North Pole.
(She’s been walking around on that ice for a while now. Know anyone good we can set ‘er up with? He’s gotta be able to handle some chilly nights, though.
To see all of the jaw dropping 40 cakes involved in this special ediiton, you can purchase your copy of Cake Master September issue, here!