Wednesday, January 17, 2007

sweet dreams

as anyone visiting my blog can see i have a love of flowers, especially roses! they've always been the central theme and inspiration in my art & design work. maybe it comes from growing up in a greenhouse, my parent's business, and studying all the intricate details of the plants, flowers, and leaves. lately i've been dreaming of sugar flowers and cake decorating, and no these are not my latest master pieces, but i'd like to give this a whirl.

years ago when i was in college i saw these amazing cakes at copley plaza in tiffany's window - we're talking early 80's. then i married, we bought our first house, and when i was looking through the creative section at my library i stumbled on a cake decorating book unlike any others by cile burbidge, who happens to live right here in my town, and who decorated those glorious memorable cakes in tiffany's windows! i called but she was no longer teaching classes. since then i have taken her books out many times, just to admire the amazing artistry. clearly she has inspired so many others to take sugar paste to a high art, as seen in wedding magazines since.

when i google-d her nothing came up, so this is my small homage to her for having the courage to live her dream, inspire, and share it around the world. recently i found out that a friend of mine is best friends with cile's daughter - i'm hoping that gives me a little IN so i can finally meet her and talk cakes! i love talking to creative women, especially those who have inspired me! i've been circling around this idea and craft for so long, it's probably the only one i haven't tried - maybe it's time!

some more wonderful cake designers, cakegirls, sylvia, and wendy.

photos - cile burbidge & wendy kromer


Tongue in Cheek Antiques said...

That is too pretty to cut into! You know how to make this!!!! Oh! Can you show us? Stunning!!

carolyn said...

What wonderful cakes, you couldn't actually cut into something that looked so beautiful, could you?

ULLA said...

Edible art - Love it!!!

Jen said...

I can't even imagine being able to create something so beautiful! I'm so glad I discovered your blog! I love it.

Anonymous said...

Hey, did you know you made the cover! you are a published artist, put down your frosting and come back to all the fun here!

and are you getting my emails?????

Cindy said...

I'm feeling the same way about cake decorating. I'm going to take a class next month. Those cakes are stunning!

I'm glad I found your blog through flickr. I look forward to coming back and reading more.

Brin said...


I only found time to visit your blog today, and wow! am I glad I did. You are a treasure!

Although we share the same blog template, I must admit - you do it justice far better than I. I love your taste in decor... and flowers! I've only just come in from checking on the some 22 rose bushes I have alongside the gardens surrounding my house.

Thanks for the beauty... and inspiration!

A fan,

PS - If you get anywhere with the cake lady, please let us in on y'alls cake talk!