Monday, 2 March 2015

Pretty Pink for Yasmine!



A cake collaboration to remember and celebrate the life of Yasmine, a very special little girl. Aged 5, Yasmine developed a brain tumour and battled against all odds for five months, embracing each day and never complaining. Sadly it wasn't a battle she could win. Ten years after her passing, we remember her. Today, March 2nd, 2015, marks Yasmine's 15th birthday and we'd like to invite you to celebrate with us! Pink was Yasmine's favourite colour and she loved all things girly, including princesses and fairytales and her favourite place was Disneyland.

33 cake artists have come together, along with Yasmine's mum, to throw a pink party in her memory and we would love you to get involved!
"UK based charity CLIC Sargent supported Yasmine's family throughout her illness. Every day, 10 children and young people in the UK alone, hear the shocking news they have cancer. We'd like to invite you to visit clicsargent.org.uk to read more about the work of this wonderful charity and if you're able visit our Just Giving page www.justgiving.com/prettypinkforyasmine/ and make a donation, no matter how small, in Yasmine's memory. As a thank you we will send you a tutorial for making wafer paper leaves, be sure to leave your email address in the Just Giving comments if you'd like to receive it. "

For a beautiful video done by Yasmine's big brother of all the gorgeous and stunning sugar creations that have been created as part of this lovely collaboration, please visit the following link:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hS6sJc4QSXs&feature=youtu.be

MEMORIES.......
Remember Me with a smiling face,
Remember Me during the happy times,
Remember Me learning to ride a bike,
Remember Me being kissed by you when I fell,
Remember Me skipping a rope in the garden,
Remember Me twirling about being a Ballerina,
Remember Me listening to a fairytale with wonderment on my face,
Remember Me sewing a beautiful piece with you and being so proud,
Remember Me running around with joy just because I felt like it,
Remember Me visiting all the places I loved and my glowing face,
Remember Me in pink 'cos that's the colour I loved,
Remember Me being your little Princess,
Remember my face lighting up when I saw you,
Remember the laughter we shared,
Remember Me being painless in a place full of Angels watching over YOU..............

A piece to commemorate Yasmine - Grace with some of the things she loved. A Pink gravity defying Tree House with few of the things she loved to do lying around....Bicycle, skipping rope, ballet shoes created with sugar.
 Thank you so much for inviting me to be part of such a meaningful and close to your heart collaboration Bobbie-Anne, and for giving me the opportunity to work alongside such wonderful and warm hearted talented Souls. 
- Sasi





Sunday, 14 December 2014

Stupidity or Perseverance ?




I don't know what to call this...my act of stupidity or my strength to persevere. This was the first time I almost gave up and cancelled the family dinner........ this is what happened.
My daughter wanted to have a party for her birthday but was not really in a position to have a big party so decided to call just a few family members just to keep her happy. That's how it started.....



As usual decided to do two cakes one for the actual birthday and one for the party, only problem this time was I kept everything till the last minute and didn't plan this cake properly. The soaring Ballerina cake I planned a bit 'cos I knew it will be hard and wasn't sure whether it will work out. With this cake I did the board early but cut corners ,cos of my hands. I was going to have four little girls this time on the cake like the three princesses on last year's cake. Finally I got around to making the cake a day before the party. Then my problems started....First as I was covering the board, realised that the fondant was not enough so decided to make some more, once I finished that and as I was stacking the cake, noticed that the board was sagging on one side...I was like oh God what am I going to do now...removed the cake made the board a bit more sturdy by doing a bit of drill work. I had another option that is to change the board completely but that involved more work and time so opted for the easier option. Phew second one solved.  So back to cleaning up and stacking the cake....now the next problem....you guessed it right.. the cake was not enough.....by now I am thinking of  calling everybody and telling them I am cancelling the party but 'cos of my daughter decided to plough ahead so baked two more trays of cake and then put it in the fridge to cool down. Also realised that I was running out of buttercream icing.....I have done all this so why not make that too. By the time I finished all this it was 3am and my body was aching and my head was not working, decided to sleep for a while got up at 6am and slogged away at the cake till 3pm. Mind you I had not cooked anything for dinner till then, left the cake as it is luckily I had done one of the girls so put that on and also the mushrooms I had made earlier. Started my express cooking of  6 curries + fried rice for the kids, Jelly . Finished it except one and cleaned the kitchen by 7pm. Not bad for perseverance on my part ehhh??


Did I mention that the cake was enough to feed a village. Thank you so much to everybody that helped out. Pure underestimation  and laziness on my part brought on all this problem.

Right now as I am writing this every bone in my body is aching, I can't stand straight without pain , my heels and my spine and hands are the main culprits.  In my heart of hearts.... HAPPY but NOT HAPPY......happy because I finished the cake and cooked dinner against all odds....and not happy because the cake didn't have lots of elements from my original design , the detailing could have been so much better and also for not planning this cake properly. So is this an act of stupidity, height of madness or my Perseverance to cover my stupidity....Either way it is all that kind of  ends well I guess............. Both the cakes ...a Labour of  Love for my dear daughter :-)














Our Dreams

My daughter had a DREAM...........she dreamt of a Ballerina and so she went around telling anybody who would care to listen to her that Mum is going to make a Ballerina cake for her birthday......she just wanted to drive home the message......If she wished and wished it would become true :-)

I heard the message but I was a bit down in the dumps and a tad bit LAZY to start....and I had a new hobby that I was bit more interested in than cakes added to the mix this time.......PHOTOGRAPHY.

I did end up making her realise her dream ( what are mums for ???? I ask you ) but I didn't plan so well ahead like I used to with all my previous cakes for my kids. Besides with this one because of my hands I needed my hubby's help in making the board ( drilling, cutting etc.. bits) . So we only managed to do the board the day before her birthday.... tsk....tsk.. so after a sleepless night .....ooops I modify that.....what had happened was I was GOING to stay up but went to put the kids to sleep and guess what I slept off too......but obviously I must have had some nightmare or the other ( maybe my daughter crying 'My mum didn't make the cake for me, she doesn't love me'????) 'cos I woke up and It was 1: 55am . So from then on till 2pm I was rushing around making it, then had to clean the house and make some snacks 'cos some kids were coming over from school. Luckily I had made the face and body couple of days back, a saving grace.

I still wasn't happy with the cake  and also didn't get a proper chance to take photos of the birthday girl and the birthday cake. So can you guess what happened????

I gave cupcakes to the kids and the next day patched up the cake again , the cut bit, to look good as new and added few details like happy birthday tag etc, fixed up the hand that kept falling and took these photos...

Like my daughter , I had a DREAM too......what if I can make a Ballerina look like she is playing with a ribbon and  jumping off and flying in the air........a SOARING BALLERINA... and now will YOU all be kind enough to tell me whether I have realised my dream or not ? :-)