Monday, March 03, 2008

Egg-ceptional

I'd crafted this sugar egg case for the weekend just past. Easter Sunday falls on 23 March 2008, so the last 2 sessions have been scheduled for the weekend prior, on 15 March 2008 and 16 March 2008 (for all inquiries, please call +65 6479 8442 or email shermaycs@yahoo.com.sg). Besides cupcakes and cookies, the session also covers sugar moulding. It being a Spring/Easter theme, there was no question as to the chosen shape of the cases!

Whilst planning for this, I had initially toyed with the idea of chocolate egg cases. In the end, I decided to go the sugar moulding route instead - chocolate eggs are aplenty at the shops come this time of the year, so if you are going to spend the time and effort making something from scratch, why not make it something unexpected? And despite appearances, sugar moulding is one aspect of sugar art that is actually very easy to do, and is based on ingredients readily found in the pantry.
I can't think of a more charming addition to the Easter basket, absolutely occasion-appropriate. And it's not just purely ornamental (while theoretically edible, I really wouldn't suggest it!), because it makes for the ultimate handmade bonbonniere - the perfect receptacle for holding your choice of sweets, candy or chocolates. Me? I'm partial to sugar almonds, not least because they just so happen to be egg-shaped and come tinted in the most delicate of pastel washes.

The sugar egg case can be dyed any colour you fancy, and decorated any manner you please. The specimen here is edged with violet shells and topped with pansies, both piped from royal icing.
In terms of presentation, a nest is best...Pretty coloured raffia works a treat.

12 Comments:

Blogger Liska said...

I really love your blog. You make the real masterpieces. So beautiful

7:15 am, March 03, 2008  
Anonymous v said...

hi j, thanks for the wonderful class, it was really an eye-opener and privilege to watch you at work. every design blew me away, and this egg box was just unbelievably beautiful - just the level of detail that goes into each pansy is already amazing.

9:58 am, March 03, 2008  
Blogger Johnny Zone said...

great color choices and well crafted design, very good job

3:05 pm, March 03, 2008  
Blogger Aran said...

Joycelyn- These are stunning as always. You are so talented and your photos are always perfect!

9:11 am, March 04, 2008  
Blogger Ginger M. said...

Unbelievably stunning! The drage├ęs do look like eggs sitting pretty in the most gorgeous of baskets. I love your colour combination and attention to detail.

1:54 pm, March 05, 2008  
Anonymous keiko said...

Dearest Joycelyn - I know all of your creations are egg-ceptional, but these are really gorgeous, you're such an inspiration! You must be very busy, take care and look forward to hearing about the courses - have fun! kxxx

7:32 pm, March 05, 2008  
Blogger aforkfulofspaghetti said...

Egg-ceptional? No kidding! A fabulous work of craftmanship!

12:18 am, March 06, 2008  
Blogger Jessy and her dog Winnie said...

Wow thats some serious talent!

9:37 pm, March 09, 2008  
Blogger Cakespy said...

This is simply fantastic--whimsical, beautifully colored and presented--it just makes me so happy!

2:13 am, March 10, 2008  
Blogger Steffles said...

Amazing craftmanship! Again you've taken plain old cookies into egg-ceptional levels.

5:33 pm, March 10, 2008  
Anonymous your sis' goddaughter's mommy said...

you're absolutely amazing

12:50 pm, March 11, 2008  
Blogger Jo. said...

I'm speechless. As usual when I'm siting your blogs and seeing all those great treats -D

3:33 am, March 18, 2008  

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