decorating cupcakes sunday afternoon

lollies: Australian for candy and sweets

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I brought very few books with me to Australia, maybe 2-3*. One of those books was Plate to Pixel by Helene du Jardin. I’ve always been attracted to her food styling which is crucial to her beautiful resulting photographs. I bought the book a few years ago and keep going back to it for reference and inspiration.

Now I chaotically stumble through the kitchen sometimes, and it’ll take quite some time before I can make food that looks this good. But in the meantime, nothing can prevent me from practicing styling and lighting. A food photographer should first and foremost know how to properly light the food and make it look edible (so that the eyes can eat before the stomach of course).

I attended a cupcake decorating class at Bella Cupcakes through a foodie meetup I’m in. We had a sugary, frothy afternoon and got to take our cupcakes home. The buttercream flavours were vanilla, lemon, mint, strawberry and valencia orange. Here are some photos of the workshop, the other ladies’ cupcakes and the little photoshoot I had at home afterwards, despite the fact that I was sugar crashing big time**.

xo, Dina

* if I could, I would’ve brought my whole book collection!

** because, of course, we ate many lollies. girl’s gotta eat.

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The owner of Bella Cupcakes was working on a project of her own here…

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And here are my cupcakes:

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