June 21, 2022
How many Sugarworks products does it take to build a flamingo? Let's find out!
For this project, I used several Sugar Structure components to build the flamingo's legs and belly. I was inspired by fellow Brand Ambassador Belinda Lucidi's video tutorial, which you can check out here if you haven't seen it yet!
For my creation, I started with a wide base, made of wood, to attach the Sugar Structure flange. And placed atop my turntable extender. Even though the Sugar Structures are food safe, I did add aluminum tape for more stability.
All that gorgeous pink is a hybrid of modelling chocolate and fondant. I prefer using this mix for carved cakes so that I have more work time. Which is also great for my Sugar Shapers. I can create so much free hand detail. I tend to favor the bone chisel (orange), pointed chisel (blue), and tri-tip chisel (red) in both the mini and regular sugar shapers.
Ok, I have to pause and give praise to all of the new brushes! From the fluffy to Artist brushes, I baby them all. They are really comfortable, keep their shape, and do not shed. I am a bit of a brush fiend, see my previous blog post as evidence, but these are a total knockout!
The medium cake porter was absolutely ideal for not only keeping this structured cake safe and cool, but concealed until its television debut!
My worktop is consistently covered in Innovative Sugarworks products. I trust them wholeheartedly and they make my cake life so much easier.
February 13, 2021
Sculpted cakes can be intimidating! We created our Sugar Structure product line to make building sculpted and gravity defying cakes more accessible and straightforward. But even a pre-designed kit can be overwhelming the first time you open the box. That's why we've asked our brand ambassador Ana Remígio to make this informative video going through how to put together a Running 4-Legged Sugar Structure kit. Stick with it to the end- once the structure is assembled, Ana talks about making templates and reusable custom cake boards! Check it out:
We hope you enjoyed Ana's video! Take a look at some of her work online:
January 14, 2021
Are you wondering how to create the sort of realistic textures that make your sugar art really pop? Our brand ambassador, Jennifer Holst is here to teach you how to do just that! In the video below, she demonstrates how she sculpts realistic scales, snakeskin, and feathers using just her Sugar Shapers.
Check it out!
We hope you found this tutorial useful. Pattern and texture can really take a piece of art to the next level. Take a look at a few examples of Jennifer's texturing skills on completed cakes:
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December 14, 2020
Sugarworks' Brand Ambassador Belinda Lucidi is here to teach you how to make this adorable winter teddy bear! Belinda has some great tips and techniques using her Mini-Tip Sugar Shapers to sculpt this little critter quickly and easily. Check it out in this video!
We hope you enjoyed this tutorial. If you make your own teddy bear using this tutorial, please tag us so we can see! We love see all the wonderful work you folks get up to!
And if you want to see more of Belinda's work, check her out on social media:
November 16, 2020
Hello everyone! This is Jamie Louks, owner of Sugarnova in Seattle and US Ambassador for Innovative Sugarworks, and today we get to talk BUGS!
Have you ever walked into an oddities store, gazed at the taxidermy displays and thought to yourself "I should make that out of food!" No? Just me?? Well, that is exactly where the inspiration for my Edible Taxidermy Insect Collection came from. These insects are sculpted almost entirely from modeling chocolate, with some other edible accents.
As a kid, I wanted to be an entomologist (aka buggy scientist person). As time went on, I was drawn to sugar for my adult occupation, yet my love of unique, amazing, and colorful insects has stayed strong! For this collection, I wanted to showcase the incredible rainbow of colors found in the insect world. Here's the line-up:
The Frog Legged Leaf Beetle
This insect is covered in an iridescent rainbow and the males have MASSIVE hind legs for wrestling with! I created a female, which has significantly smaller hind legs. Replicating her smooth shell and iridescent coloring proved to be a challenge, but I am happy with how she turned out. The bottom of her feet are covered in almond flour to mimic the "furry" look of the beetle's feet.
The Eastern Pondhawk Dragonfly
They come in many different colors and have almost 360 degree vision. They can also eat insects or small animals their own size or bigger! This little cutie is only about 3" tall. Its wings were created by painting gelatin over a small piece of wire and gently cutting out the shape with an X-acto blade.
The Luna Moth
They look so soft and fluffy, I just wanna snuggle with it! Fun fact, adult luna moths do not have digestive systems. Weird.
I loved making his cute little chubby body and his rice paper antennae.
The Peacock Spider
He's my FAVORITE! Do yourself a favor and watch this video of the peacock spider right now!
So cute, so tiny, and the BEST dancer! I made my spider about a billion times larger than they are in real life so I could get in all those amazing details.
The hairs on his mandibles we placed one at a time and took forever! I also had to dry him hanging upside down to make sure his legs dried securely and didn't droop.
The Orchid Mantis
This insect is almost too beautiful for words. Those colors. Those crazy lanky legs. That insatiable appetite for prey! Their body mimics the petal of an orchid and they can even gradually change colors to mimic a change in environment. She was definitely the most difficult insect to create. The shape of her head is so unusual that I remade it 3 times before I was satisfied.
My Edible Taxidermy Collection now lives on display in my kitchen and adds just that perfect level of quirk and oddity to my workspace. What will be my next strange inspiration??
If you'd like to keep up with Jamie and see exactly what her next strange inspiration produces, follow her on social media: