My Donkey named Stubborn.

So… Ginger Pops has now morphed from a “Cupcake purist” to an “everything and anything that’s a challenge goes”.  When I look back on how much I’ve changed and how, in the beginning, I stubbornly steered clear of novelty cake orders (for the simple reason that it was a daunting challenge that my pastry chef studies failed to prepare me for.
Being that naive, however, is commonly short lived, and within 2 months of opening my business I had too many birthday cake requests to turn down. Since then, I haven’t looked back.

It just goes to show how sometimes we can stubbornly lodge ourselves in what we comfortably know, sometimes even to an illogical extent. The ideas are there, but the energy and confidence to make it happen, are not.
That’s not to say that everyone is like that, I’ve met many people who are really out there with new ideas and don’t hesitate to try new things, something I  aspire to be capable of doing eventually.

So these are some of the cakes I’ve made over the past 2.5 years, each one I had to work out and teach myself to make. I’ve always preferred using actual pictures of the different characters/ themes as apposed to copying from other cakes barring some frill techniques etc. Some of the techniques I learnt from the very kind Cakers out there that have made tutorials, while my figurine making I have worked out for myself.

Enjoy this chance to procrastinate 😉

❤ Ginger Pops

Image8-bit Mario for the love of my life’s birthday ❤

ImageTaiwanese Lion mask for Shun Wu Tang Kung fu school in PE’s Shifu.

ImageJake the dog from Adventure Time made from caramel mud cake with coffee cream. For my Adventure Time crazy friend.

ImageOrange mini wedding cake

ImageRed Velvet frog pops.

ImageOwls in the woods for a 3rd birthday. Red velvet cupcakes and chocolate fudge cake.

ImageAvengers cupcakes for friends! Chocolate and Vanilla fudge cupcakes

Image Chocolate and caramel pincushion cupcakes with white chocolate pins.

ImageShaun the Sheep for a friend.

ImageChocolate fudge Christening cupcakes, “In the wild” theme.

ImageA Bridal fair sample 🙂

ImageBreaking Bad cake made with banana cake and peanutbutter cream.

Pokemon

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June 3, 2013. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Cake, Cupcakes, Fun times, New things, Sweeties, Uncategorized, Wedding cakes. Leave a comment.

Oh sweet Macarons

The Patisserie and bread-making scene has picked up greatly here in the past few years, much to our taste buds and appetites’ delight. Thanks to places like Vovotelo, Dresden Bakery, Cobblestones etc we’re able to once again – since our trip to Europe, or the enlightened bakeries in the big cities of SA – dine on those delicious aromas, textures and tastes!

Now after many attempts at recreating it’s shape, texture and sweetness, Ginger Pops in Port Elizabeth will be selling the widely loved and lovingly devoured, French Macaron! With it’s beautiful variety of colours, flavours and fillings, these little treats are perfect on wedding tables, will brighten up party favours and dessert buffets, they’re delicious gifts for fellow sweet appreciators, and of course, a great treat to spoil yourself  with!

Should you want to order some macarons feel free to follow the link to my Facebook page for my email address!

October 20, 2011. Tags: , , , , , , . New things, Uncategorized. 1 comment.

Let’s grace the cobbled walkways <3

Pretty Munchen <3

One day I will walk across all the lands, each step a sip from the cup of culture, each glance a memory painted on my heart. I have no need for the pictures on the sidewalks, my charicature artistically and somewhat offensively portrayed on the canvas of a skilled travelling artist. Instead let’s endevour to enjoy pleasant jabbering of the middle aged Italian hairdresser, overjoyed to have another client to tell her story to, even if it might not really be understood. A night of point-and-shoot conversations to see which word might be understood by the other, always followed by overjoyed “Ah ha’s”, head nodding and laughing at the moment of understanding!

SDC12785Let’s walk along the cobbled streets of Florence, risking our lives in the simple task of crossing the road, or casually stroll into the backdrop of a stranger’s photograph, smiling your biggest, cheekiest smile as you sneak past. Relaxing with a strong but delicious cappucino at the foot of an ancient monument… giggling at the abundance of tourists – and their interaction with these new surroundings – even though we are tourists too.

Heading back to the hostel proves an adventure every time thanks to the uselessness of the pedestrian crossings and the arrival into the long passageways with their old convent ambience. Simple bedroom decor with a view of the Seven Saints cathedral sends it’s greeting at every glance outside of the bedroom window, along with a soft breeze of chilly Autumn air.

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IMG_0915Travelling is fun

November 15, 2009. Far away lands, Fun times, New things. 2 comments.

Time for a change <3

Well after four… no, make that five years of having crazy wild and long hair, I finally decided that it must be part of the reason (besides gravity’s help) behind my lack of height… aka, shortness!

So “here comes the the candle to light you to bed… here comes the chopper to *chip chop chip chop chip chop*

THE LAST MAN’S …. Hair? ^^

Same hairstyle as above just a little windswept!

*happy sounds

August 24, 2009. Tags: , , , . Fun times, New things. Leave a comment.