Satin Ice Cake of the Month:
Nguyen Vu Hoang Anh
Name: Nguyen Vu Hoang Anh, Ha noi, Vietnam
Business name: Mito Sweets
Facebook page: mitosweets
Education: Self taught
Describe the cake, details and techniques: I made this cake with so many new techniques. For the top tier - I got the inspiration for the golden egg from Faberge egg jewelry. I painted all the details with edible golden paint to make it resemble royal jewelry. My strong point is sugar flowers - so I made a rose bouquet on top of the egg. The bouquet is made to resemble roses growing from the egg.
In the second tier, I tried to think out of the box, and I spent time playing with edible golden luster dust, alcohol and corn syrup. I mixed corn syrup and alcohol with a 1:1 ratio and then painted it all over the cake. After that, I put a little luster dust on a paintbrush and tapped it all over the cake. This technique added a beautiful antique look to the cake.
Because the "Birth of Venus" painting inspired this cake, I tried to paint a Venus with gel color and alcohol to give the cake a nice watercolor effect. The alcohol dries very quickly, so all the detail and color will set beautifully on the fondant.
For the bottom tier, I made a statue face and a rose by hand out of gum paste. No molds were used because I wanted to make the details very unique.
What is the inspiration for this winning cake?
Venus, the immortal god of encompassed love, beauty, sex, fertility, prosperity and desire, inspired this cake. The golden egg on top symbolizes love, beauty and sex and the gold dust color represents immortality and desire.
How much time did you spend creating this cake?
I spent 4 days making this cake.
Day 1: Sugar eggs and all the roses.
Day 2: Making the second tier and painting the Venus picture.
Day 3: Making the bottom tier with all the hand modeling details.
Day 4: The finishing touches.
What do you do while you work?
I can't work without music and every time I work in my studio I need to have it playing for inspiration. I always choose the song to match the theme of the cake I am making. For this cake, I played the song "Venus" by Lady Gaga to get the inspiration I needed. The quick rhythm of the song gave me so much energy and helped me concentrate on the cake.
Congratulations to Nguyen Vu Hoang Anh!
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