Business Name: Sweet Aloha located in Perth, Australia
Describe the cake, details and techniques: This cake was created for the ‘Around the world in sugar' collaboration and I chose the Amazon Rainforest as my inspiration. I had a few ideas of what I wanted to do and I knew I wanted the cake to be edgy, sharp, but also soft. I was desperate to incorporate polygons and other abstract shapes as the technique and I’m mad on Toucans so I wanted to get them in there too!
I decided to use hexagons on the bottom tier as they complimented the polygon theme above. My aim was to make the cake ‘pop!’ I wanted to add texture representing the diverse life of the Amazon and each hexagon style has it's own story representing its own unique piece of the Amazon... From the emerald tree boa... where I used the mesh bag from my oranges to give a realistic snake skin… to the jaguar where I sat for hours making brush strokes to get the effect I was looking for. I wanted this piece to have life!
One of my favourite techniques at the time involved water and angled airbrushing. When dried it created a unique water effect on the fondant which represented the rain.
What is the inspiration for this winning cake? I chose the Amazon Rainforest for my inspiration for the ‘Around the world in sugar’ collab because there is such an array of life and vivid colour there… I knew I wanted it to be bright, I wanted people to see it and smile - but most of all I wanted it to be fun! What better place than the Amazon to get all that from.
How much time did you spend creating this cake? Hahahaha great question! I lose track of time when I’m caking, researching, creating and recreating when it didn’t work out. I think around 100 hours, (this includes all the research, trials and errors), but I do know it was fun (and challenging), I recommend to everyone if you have the opportunity to take part in a Collaboration… big or small... grab it with both hands because you will produce something that will stay with you forever!
What do you do while you work? I must admit I get distracted easily so if I need to concentrate I don’t have anything on - but I always have my iPad next to me for when I need a break… I usually stalk all the other cakers out there to see what they are up to and their AMAZING creations!
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