I LOVE so many things about this job.
Baking is a true passion of mine. While doing so, I have to tap into the precise, scientific side of my brain.
Designing, comes natural to me. All the training and years of architectural design & sketching, kept my brain flexible, and developed some sort of connection between my brain -my ideas- and my hand.
Executing and "building" my ideas...see them come to life, is so incredibly fulfilling to me!
You may find this surprising, but I have to admit that every time I contemplate a finished order, I find myself asking, How did I do that?
Today, I spent most of my day making pieces and parts for my next orders. After all pieces dry, comes the glorious moment of coloring and bringing them to life!
That's when my magic box of edible color powders come to play!...One glance at it, and I feel like a true artist!
For those of you curious and eager to learn, these powders are bought in individual little 2 gr. containers.
What I do, is dump the content in these fabulous clear plastic boxes that I bought at the container store, while hanging out with my friend Diane. This way to organize my powdered colors was an original idea I learned at an online class taught by the acclaimed Maggie Austin.
There are primarily two type of edible powders in my boxes: Petal dusts and Luster or Shimmer dusts. Each one of them varies in coverage and sheer or reflection.
You can use them dry to achieve a soft and homogeneous look, or diluted with alcohol, lemon extract or any other liquid that contains a high percentage of alcohol, like vodka.
Now, I owe you a picture of my box of brushes...I have so many, and I love them all!
Thank you for taking the time to read these lines:)
Since opening in 2010 in Cincinnati, Venezuelan born Ileana Saldivia’s studio, Sugar Realm has become a preeminent wedding and celebration cake design boutique. In 2018, due to her husband's job, Ileana and her family relocated to Philadelphia, and so did her Sugar Kingdom. Sugar Realm’s cakes and confections are known for their sophisticated flavors, unique designs, artistic sugar flowers, innovative techniques, and architectural compositions. The studio’s wedding cakes are regularly featured in leading bridal, lifestyle, and cake decorating magazines. In the December 2015 issue of “Cincinnati Magazine,” Sugar Realm was named “Best of the City” and featured on the cover. Saldivia’s blog “Life in a Sugar Kingdom” is regularly visited by hundreds of cake enthusiasts and professionals.
Our online cake decorating class "Make-ahead techniques for stunning cakes", covers ileana's favorite cake decorating techniques, as well as the recipe of her signature Rolled Chocolate and her favorite tools and resources.