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Cake of the Month - Yolanda Cueto: Spain

Posted by Satin Ice, on Jan 04, 2016

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Satin Ice Cake of the Month:

Yolanda Cueto

Inspired by the romantic writings of poet Edgar Allan Poe, Yolanda Cueto took something gothic and magically transformed it into a beautiful masterpiece to grab the Cake of the Month honors!

Name: Yolanda Cueto Navarro - Barcelona, Spain

Business name: Yocuna Arte en Azucar

Education: I have over 10 years experience in sugarcraft and was self-taught because in Spain this art is still unknown. But since I'm a perfectionist, I always want to learn something new. I regularly take courses from some of the most famous international sugar artists, such as Carlos Lischetti, Kelvin Chua, Karen Portaleo, Alan Dunn and Jacqueline Butler. Learning new techniques to help adapt to my own style and making sure to always be updated on all new techniques keep me ready to share all my knowledge with other throughout Spain.

Business page: www.yocuna.com

Facebook pageYocunaArteAzucar

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Describe the cake, details and techniques: This cake uses many structural and building techniques. The top tier is my strongest skill - the sugar flowers. It is a bouquet with anemones, hibiscus, peonies, freesias, filler flowers and leaves - each painted black with gold accents. They are embedded in a 10 x 12 cake painted with gold using unequal upward and downward paint strokes.

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The second tier is a 15 cm x 15 cm cake. I gave this level the appearance of old paint using a crackle method in gold.

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The third tier is a 20 cm x 20 cm cake. It's decorated in gold filigree inlays made with gum paste and then covered with black fondant to resemble a cloth. It is then all topped with two rosettes - also made of gum paste.

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The fourth and final tier is a 25 cm x 10 cm cake, which I gave a ragged appearance by using a sponge to turn the fondant gold and black.

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What is the inspiration for this winning cake? Based on the romantic literature of Edgar Allan Poe, this cake was made for the Day of the Dead.  Going away from the more colorful themed cakes for the Day of the Dead, I was aiming to give a more elegant approach to Halloween. Hence black flowers, the contrast with the gold and the effect of dark fabric - that mirror the windows of the homes of the dead that are covered during that period of time.

How much time did you spend creating this cake?
Day 1: Cakes and fillings.
Day 2: Making the flowers and ornaments.
Day 3: Mounting bouquet, painting and the completion of the cake. 
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What do you do while you work?
I play music continually from classical to pop.

Congratulations Yolanda!

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