Sunday, August 12, 2007

Sugar and spice, and all that's nice, that's what little girls are made of

I'm sheepish to admit, but I get way too pysched about baking for little girls - you can't exactly festoon a locomotive or football field shaped confection with sugarpaste roses or tint it pink. What a treat, then, it was when some of my favourite people in the world celebrated the birthdays of their little princesses the week just past, relishing the excuse to indulge in fashioning flora and fauna figurines in an ultra-girly pastel palette for topping the fondant fancies. As is evident, I have a weakness (and a huge one at that) for the very twee and over-the-top.

A mix of rolled fondant daisies and sweet little bows. The "pollen" is actually coloured sanding sugar.

Designed to match the plates my friend bought for her party, the fondant cut-outs are finished with details piped in coloured royal icing. The quilted effect on the letters is created with a stitching tool.
A butterfly farm's worth of pretty flitting little things. The wings, which are royal icing runouts, are pieced together with stiff royal icing, which is also used for pressure piping the bodies and feelers.
My mother worried for the longest time I would never outgrow my tomboy phase; ironically, as a little girl, I was always - to quote from that nursery rhyme - more about slugs and snails then sugar and spice. So while these are no less pretty than the Butterflyaways, I like to imagine it's Roald Dahl-esque that these came to life and escaped from an Art Nouveau stained glass window only to get trapped in wet, sticky sugar.

More cake-shaped cookie favours below. For anybody who loves decorating cakes, these decorated cookies are instant gratification - all the pleasure of dreaming up new ideas and rendering a design in royal icing work, but condensed into a tiny four-by-three space and sans the long waiting times, sometimes weeks, it can take to finish a tiered cake. Faced with a blank cookie canvas, however, I sometimes draw a blank - I find it helps tremendously to sketch my ideas out on paper first before actually wielding the piping bag, especially when creating collections unified by a theme.
Lace & Swags

Vintage Chintz
Tiaras & Pearls
Daisy Chain


Anonymous Anonymous said...

wow. that is some amazing piping. i'm really really really impressed!

1:50 pm, August 12, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

your wrists and eyes must hurt. just looking at the painstaking patient detail and labour that goes into every one of tiny things, i feel exhausted for you!!! or are you not human?

2:09 pm, August 12, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


2:13 pm, August 12, 2007  
Blogger Unknown said...

OMG. I just wish that my 2 young kids are actually girls and you being my friend! LOL!

The reality is, my young kids are both boys, and I'm just an ardent reader of your blog. ;-)

By the way, have you been in Japan, more specifically Osaka? I'm actually Japanese native, and there is a place called Kuidaore in Osaka (guess you have already known it!).

2:28 pm, August 12, 2007  
Blogger Dolce said...

How sweet and how perfect! Just wonderful, I'm impressed.
Greetings from Munich, Dolce

2:36 pm, August 12, 2007  
Blogger Julia said...

Stunning. Absolutely stunning. Not to mention gorgeous and girlie. What amazing talent you have!

5:49 pm, August 12, 2007  
Blogger duncan said...

wow ! im really impressed by the works u did ! definitely breath taking !!

thou im into baking all these while but im sure i will never never hit to ur level ! the piping details really rawks !

keep up the good works and i believe everyone here hope to see more of your works more often !


6:03 pm, August 12, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

###$%@&*@****!!!!!!!! either you're mad or you're a genius! perhaps both? how did you learn to pipe like that? i guess it's a combination of natural gift and much practice. whatever, i'm seething with jealousy, not being either a mummy with girls or one of your friends


6:13 pm, August 12, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow.... You must have a lot of patience...they look so perfect!

8:09 pm, August 12, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


It's all just too beautiful! You're so talented!

9:00 pm, August 12, 2007  
Blogger Baking Fiend said...

These are really really beautiful. You are so talented. Wish I hv just 20% of your skills~ I'll be more than contented!

9:42 pm, August 12, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you so very much Joycelyn!
The butterflies, dragonflies, bows, flowers, and cookies were a total hit with everyone and C loved them a whole lot too! :)
Will you take an order for Aug 2008? :)

10:12 pm, August 12, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

These are so pretty! And the details is definitely amazing. Will you be teaching these in the Oct class?

11:38 pm, August 12, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

hi joycelyn, it's always disappointing to your many fans that you don't update kuidaore more frequently - many of us check in everyday! but when you do, it's always more than worth the wait. however, if i may say, while everything you make makes my heart sing with the beauty, i also leave feeling like a clumsy, fat-fingered oaf by comparison:)

11:46 pm, August 12, 2007  
Blogger Cathy said...

Wow Jocelyn, everything is exquisite. Beautiful design and execution. I can't believe the variety and intricacy of your designs... just amazing!

1:50 am, August 13, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

These look amazingly sweet , my teeth hurt. SEriously ... gorgeous is an understatement!

2:38 am, August 13, 2007  
Blogger Anita said...

Dear J,
Your picture-perfect decorating skills quite take my breath away. I wish I could be in Singapore to attend your cookie classes - those lucky students!

4:39 am, August 13, 2007  
Blogger Deb said...

New reader and I absolutely LOVE your blog. Everything is beautiful, charming and looks delish! I'm jealous of your talent. ;)

8:27 am, August 13, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It sure melt my heart looking at yr gorgeous creation. I simply adore reading yr blog. Is there anywhere in S'pore that we can get to learn how to play with icing & the art of fondant?

9:58 am, August 13, 2007  
Blogger B@bYh|r0Sh| said...

It's absolutly beautiful!! I am trying to get into one of your classes @ shermay's cooking school. BUT, to my disappointment, you classes are all full till 2008!! I was just wondering if you teach private, or 1 to 1?!? As i am hoping to make cupcakes for my son's birthday this nov.

12:14 pm, August 13, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

dear jocelyn, i am so going to join your october decorated cookie class!!! i've been visiting here almost daily to see if you've written up on the class details (the pictures on the school site are of the cookies you will teach? they are sooo pretty!) but of course, your handwork is so meticulos and refined that i don't know if i can "copy" if i join the class -not because you are one of those teachers who hold back info or who's recipes don't work (in fact, you are one of the rare, most generous teachers i've attended class of.)but because i'm the opposite of meticulos :-) still, i want to join becos' i want to see how things that look so "impossible" can actually be done!

12:50 pm, August 13, 2007  
Blogger Unknown said...

What works of art! You are amazing!

Best Blessings, kj

3:31 pm, August 13, 2007  
Blogger Big Boys Oven said...

Great craft work!

5:22 pm, August 13, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

you are absolutely brilliant. pure talent -- writing, baking, photography. you are a package deal. i hope you make full use of those gifts. lisa.

6:51 pm, August 13, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I too admire your energy and many talents, and look up your blog from time to time to see what culinary delights you have in store for us. I thought I might mention this, for the benefit of your many fans who would like to learn how to make these beautifully decorated fondant cakes while queueing to join your classes - get a copy of Peggy Porschen's Pretty Party Cakes.

8:00 pm, August 13, 2007  
Blogger Unknown said... are simply amazing. The ideas and designs you could come up with... Gorgeous!!!

9:52 pm, August 13, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Your work is abolsutely stunning! Perfection! It makes me want to go back to my childhood, wear pink frilly dresses and play with pony toys.
I am very envious of your talent, keep up the great work.
(If you don't already have one, open up a shop!!)

10:27 pm, August 13, 2007  
Blogger Deborah said...

Oh wow!! Amazing!!!

12:38 am, August 14, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

That must have taken forever!! bagus sekali!

1:30 am, August 14, 2007  
Blogger Parisbreakfasts said...

I hope you had help making these wondrouse things..?
I'd love to paint them...
In watercolor I mean not icing :)

4:31 am, August 14, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've never wished so hard that I live in Singapore, so that I could attend your classes.

5:07 am, August 14, 2007  
Blogger Unknown said...

your attention to detail is amazing. These are beautiful creations, to lovely to eat. do you sell these in a shop or make them for family and friends only?

8:19 am, August 14, 2007  
Blogger Unknown said...

Oh my goodness I wish my mom had you as a friend when I was little!! they are gorgeous! but I feel the joints in my hands hurting just looking at them, haha!

9:29 am, August 14, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

are you and your site from singapore? that small country in asia? you do your country proud! i didn't know it had such gifted food writers.

9:51 am, August 14, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

they are gorgeous!
simply brilliant! (:

2:41 pm, August 14, 2007  
Blogger Biscottisue said...

Joycelyn, Absolutely gorgeous. Pretty. I love your work and your classes at SCS. You provide inspirations to many people out there. Thank you. Suraya

5:04 pm, August 14, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

every single of these pastries look breath-taking
this is sooo inspiring

love xxx
- fanny

9:57 pm, August 14, 2007  
Blogger shopaholic said...

Oh they are so gorgeous! I've wanted to attend your class on cupcakes but 1. the place is far, 2. I don't have an oven to bake, 3. It's full all the time and I can't make up my mind which date to book way in advance.

Your friends and family must be to proud to have you.

11:05 pm, August 14, 2007  
Blogger MattDior said...

it a sin for doing such a beautiful food, cos i wouldn't want to eat it...

People tell me tat my gown, i design, are gorgeous, but wait they see your.

it simply Stunning. Absolutely stunning!


9:21 am, August 15, 2007  
Blogger Weylin said...

Amazing J. Simply amazing.

2:46 pm, August 15, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Joycelyn - I don't think any words can describe how beatufiul these little jewels are. Your beautiful writing reminded me of my childhood also - I guess I'm still going throguh my tomboy phase (!) but after all we girls can't live without pretty things... :)

Hope all is well. kxx

5:53 pm, August 15, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

what a happy day when I stumbled across your blog - as with all the other commenters, may I say how much I enjoy and appreciate your talents, and that you are so willing to share them with us? food as art, indeed.

10:16 pm, August 15, 2007  
Blogger Matt said...

There's only 1 word to describe this.


And it's been noted here a lot. Unbelieveable.

12:48 am, August 16, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

they are terrifyingly beautiful and perfect. i demand a scale-bar! the only way I can go on living with my lack of hand-eye coordination is to pretend the cookies and such are actually four feet wide and four feet long, so the detail isn't nearly as staggering. :) how long did it take for the little girls to demolish it all? :P


6:33 am, August 16, 2007  
Blogger Renee said...

Those are fantastic! I'm sure the little girls will look back on these special gifts and be just as amazed when they get older!

8:25 am, August 16, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

v pretty, v peggy porschen :)

11:40 am, August 16, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Please go back to making interesting stuff. Puh-lease?!

1:35 am, August 17, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Joycelyn,

I've always been admiring your gorgeous work ever since i've attended your macaroon class. You have such a tremendous talent & patience. I wish you could be my guru. =)

2:11 am, August 17, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

these are just so beautifully intricate. i dont even think my brute hands could accomplish such work, wow wow WOW!!

3:48 am, August 17, 2007  
Blogger angie said...

Lavoro pazzesco, everythings' just TOOOO beautiful!!
Are you going to hold lessons in Europe in a future?

8:43 pm, August 17, 2007  
Blogger Vidya said...

these are too beautiful to eat.... i have 2 little girls, and one has a birthday coming up in a 4 months. would you mind sharing the icing recipe please??this is beyond fabulous!

1:46 pm, August 18, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

wow. definitely beautiful. no doubt about it.

4:13 pm, August 23, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


6:56 pm, September 10, 2007  
Blogger saucisson said...

hi jocelyn-

these are beuatiful! can i ask you where you get those square liners? or are they regular sized ones? thanks!

10:10 pm, November 13, 2007  

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