Golly, it’s been a while since my last Miniaturize This post!
I’ve had such a busy time lately preparing for and trading at the first ever Adelaide Finders Keepers market! I’ve finally found some time to make for fun again, and I’m so excited to announce a kind of series-within-a-series for Miniaturize This! The theme is DONUTS! Or DOUGHNUTS! Donuts + Doughnuts basically. I’m going to miniaturize some of Australia’s best donuts! There will be 5 posts in the series, the rest are top-secret but if you have any guesses or suggestions for magical Aussie donuts, please let me know in the comments!
First up: Local faves Happy Maple!
Happy Maple is a dedicated 100% vegan, gluten free, ‘free from’ small batch bakery with no tree nut recipes + no peanut recipes. But you would never pick it from the taste! Seriously – they are still super fluffy and delicious!
For each donut biz in this series I will be miniaturizing 3 delicious treats. My choices for Happy Maple began with the first Happy Maple donut I ever tasted! Queen Freddie is a cruller donut with strawberry jam, white chocolate and pink sprinkles. I remember tasting this while holding a stall at the Flinders Street Market’s Sweet Tooth event last year – deeeelicious!
I thought this would be a fun mini to make because of the shape of the cruller donut. I carved it out of clay before texturing and shading it, adding the white choc icing and hand-making the teeny pink sprinkles.
My next choice was a classic Happy Maple fave that I’ve had plenty of time – the Yaytime! A magical donut based on the beloved Golden Gaytime ice-cream, the Yaytime is topped with a pile of delicious cookie crumb goodness. This is definitely the messiest to eat, but also ridiculously satisfying!
The crumb was definitely a challenging thing to make from clay. I used several shades of brown along with lots of needle and dotting tools to make it work, finishing with a little shading here and there to give that crumbly look.
My last choice was a new special-edition donut that I sadly missed out on during their recent pop-up in the Adelaide Central Markets! A donut that is bound to touch everyone’s heart – Sugarplum’s Diagon Alley! Yes, that’s right, a Harry Potter themed donut! I spy a scoop of Floo Powder!
This was another fun one to sculpt – you gotta keep that detail as realistic as possible, so even though it was gonna be covered in icing I had to sculpt the twisty pattern into this one! This donut had a lot of challenging yet fun elements to it; those black sprinkles? Individually hand rolled. One. By. One. WORTH IT! I loved making the tiny wizz fizz shovel, too! Childhood memories of hoarding every one I ever got as the mini obsession began to flourish!
All together I’m really happy with the results here, these minis were so fun to make and I really can’t wait to get stuck into the next donuts!
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