This lo­cal lady cer­tainly has ta­lent with sweets

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TELL US ABOUT YOUR­SELF?

I’m based in Toowoomba, where I’ve lived for about half my life. I am a dot­ing mum to two beau­ti­ful res­cue cats, a bird, a tur­tle, and an as­sort­ment of trop­i­cal fish.

HOW DID ‘SUGARFLOWERWATER’ COME TO BE?

I started mak­ing gumpaste flow­ers in 2013 while ex­per­i­ment­ing with ba­sic cake dec­o­rat­ing at home.

My first flower was an aw­fully made car­na­tion on a birth­day cake for my mum!

I’m mostly Youtube-taught; I’ve ben­e­fited from the many tal­ented dec­o­ra­tors who share their craft on the in­ter­net.

I’ve al­ways loved the de­tail, beauty and va­ri­ety of flow­ers — when I look at a live flower, I see such care and cre­ativ­ity.

WHAT GOES INTO ONE OF YOUR FLOW­ERS?

The flow­ers and leaves are made with gumpaste, which is a sug­ary, ed­i­ble mod­el­ling clay — it’s like the white fon­dant used to cover tra­di­tional wed­ding cakes, but with an ad­di­tive that makes it firmer.

I colour the gumpaste with food colour­ing and I dust the fin­ished flow­ers and leaves with ed­i­ble pig­ments.

How­ever, most items in­clude ined­i­ble el­e­ments for sta­bil­ity, like wires to pre­vent the flow­ers from break­ing in tran­sit.

So, while my items may be food-safe, I would not rec­om­mend eat­ing them.

DO YOU HAVE A FAVOURITE PROJECT?

One of my favourite projects was a birth­day cake I dec­o­rated for a friend and col­league two years ago.

I en­vis­aged a high tea-in­spired cake, ex­plod­ing with David Austin roses, leaves, pearls and piped lace, with a gumpaste teacup and saucer as the cen­tral de­sign.

I loved how this project ex­tended my skills and came to­gether as an al­most too-pretty-to-eat cake.

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