Pumpkin Patch 2013

This year’s bounty is quite colorful. Happy Halloween, everybody!

Group picture

Zucche 2013

The one that got away… (it was gifted to a good friend of mine)

Zucca Karla 2013

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Pumpkin Patch 2013

Carnevale Masks & Sugar Paste

While writing the recipe for the castagnole, I was looking for some pictures and I found those Carnevale masks I had almost forgotten about. I made them for a Carnevale party I hosted five or six years ago. I made the big one with the intention of decorating a cake with it, but then decided to use the small ones instead. As usual, my friend C. helped me putting the cake together.

Maschera di carnevale in sugar paste

Torta di Carnevale

Particolare torta 2Mascherine di Carnevale in sugar paste

Carnevale Masks & Sugar Paste

Buon Natale, Merry Christmas, Feliz Navidad!

In Italy, for Christmas, it is customary to display nativities around houses, stores, offices, pretty much everywhere. Thanks to Francesca, who sent me a picture of a Panettone Nativity, this is my last minute project with some leftover cold porcelain.

How I made my Panettone Nativity:

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I modeled the figurines—nothing more than cones and spheres put together—and let them dry for a day. I used the same dough I originally made for the wedding cakes bouquets. It was very  hard to work with, and I  was worried it was going to crack while drying, but the figurines turned out fine.

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I painted the figurines with acrylic colors—it took forever to paint the eyes because I  didn’t like how they came out the first ten times—and let them dry for one hour. Meanwhile, I cut a small chamber inside the panettone. I positioned the figurines inside the grotto and finally sprinkled powdered sugar on top.

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Buon Natale, Merry Christmas, Feliz Navidad!