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Hand Painted South African 50th Cake

I was in my element making this rich fruit cake for a South African Friend’s friend who hails from Cape Town, hence the Cape scenes around the cake. a wonderful nostalgic journey for me carrying loads of memories of Africa

The Kind Protea is the national flower of South Africa and I did this from scratch to actual size using photos I took on top of Table Mountain back in 2005, my own design entirely. the leaves I used cutters for. the pink petals are all freeform, no cutters… and the centre took ages to build up.

The flame lilies are the national flower of Zimbabwe and this lady also lived there, so I added these in too. leaves are freehand too,

all the hand painting I did using colour dusts white spirits. the skins too, but did airbrush the undercoat first.

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Tags: birthday black gold yellow grey brown green orange red white cake fruit cape town scenes cape dutch house leopard hand painted leopard royal iced fruit cake kind protea flame lily sugar flowers sugar kind protea sugar flame lilies sunset on a cake scenes from south africa on a cake hand painting onto icing edible painting leopard skin skin painting animal skins rich boozy fruit cake dummy cake proudly south african

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Happyhills Cakes ...

i’ve always really loved this cake, so unusual and creative

Nancy ...

One of my favorites of yours Calli!! Although I have to admit…I think all of your creations are my favorites! ;)

Amy Erb ...

Oh-M-Geee!!! This is spectacular! I am drooling over here as all the fantastic details! You are the best!

Kim Coleman (Sugar Rush Custom Cookies) ...

Love the painting! Amazing!!

Ana Remígio - CUPCAKES & DREAMS Portugal ...

EXQUISITE!!! I love it, it’s so Unique and Mind-blowing!!! You are a LOVELY- AWESOME- LADY!!! I xxx

Sweet Janis ...

I’m speachless…. this is one of my favorite cakes ever… I’ve been in South Africa and your cake reminds me to the best things to see in that wonderful country! You’re one of my favorite cake decorators, stunning painting skills :-)

Bobbie ...

Awesome cake!

jchuck ...

Absolutely Gorgeous. :o)

Callicious Cakes ...

what lovely lovely comments!!! thank you all ever so much… when I handed this cake over, I did cry as it was a nostalgic journey doing this cake :) I spent 26 years there and even more in other African countries growing up

jchuck ...

So a heart tugging labour of love….. It certainly shows!!!! :o)

Ana Lucia Pereira ...

wowwwwwwww, awesome cake :)

Beata Khoo ...

Absolutely amazing ;)

miettes ...

I am just blown away :-)

Cecile Crabot ...

WOWWWWWWWWW !!!! It’s a so stunning cake Cali!!! I adire so much you talent, you can make all kind of cakes, your flowers are just fantastic as all the design of the cake!!! :-))

Hajnalka Mayor ...

Beautiful work, I love the painting :)

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