Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Party Cake for Gail Vaz-Oxlade and TV Show: Til Debt Do Us Part

A couple of weeks ago, I was lucky enough to be asked to design a cake for the TV show Til Debt Do Us Part. They were celebrating their 100th episode and it was also the host, Gail Vaz-Oxlade's, 50th birthday. The party was held on the the rooftop terrace of The Fifth Grill and Terrace in downtown Toronto. For this cake, I tried to really incorporate the elements of the show (the money jars, credit cards) and of course Gail, her big black bag and her TV crew. Her TV crew is so important to her and she truly appreciates them.

The cake was 3-tiers: Chocolate Sour Cream Cake, Lemon Cake and Banana Cake. I was also able to incorporate the glass money jars in the cake and even made sugarpaste coins and bills inside. Aside from the sugar people, the calculator was one of my favorites to make.

I was also lucky enough to attend the event in Toronto and meet Gail and her daughter Alex. They were the most friendly, down-to-earth and wonderful people. They loved the cake, appreciated the small details and even saved some of the sugarpaste items.

Lots of pictures today - most of them (I'm sure you can tell which ones) were photographed by Tanja at Double Crossed Photography.



These next 3 photos are sound guy and the 2 cameramen looking at themselves made out of sugar. I love the picture below as the sound guy, John, is laughing that I included his rolled up sleeves in his sugar character.


Behind the Scenes: Some of my regular readers have asked that I post some of my "in progress" pictures. You can see how I made the sugarpaste money and divided them up into their proper amounts. I know, I know - that is a bit excessive... :-)



Cake Decorator's Tip: The event was held on a hot evening on the rooftop terrace in downtown Toronto. Can you imagine how worried I was about that? I was trying to negotiate an inside spot to display the cake - but there was a nice breeze, so I set up on the terrace. However, throughout the evening I kept my eye on the cake and was ready to repair at a seconds notice in case any of the sugar characters started to tilt over. So my tip really is to get yourself invited to the event! :-)

19 comments:

Jacktels Kochbuch said...

Fantastic Work. Compliment !!

Greeting Jacktel

Brandy L said...

Great Job! I love how you incorporated all of the details of Gail and the show! :-D

Jenniffer said...

Oh wow! How awesome is that! Great opportunity and an even better cake! I am always SO impressed by the figures of people that you make! Do you use fondant / gumpaste, or modeling chocolate?

Congrats!
-Jenniffer
http://cupadeecakes.blogspot.copm

Raychel said...

That is amazing!

WOW!

Raychel - MyCreativeWay.blogspot.com

Mar said...

Great work, I love all details, congratulations fot all....
A kiss

Marianne said...

Wow...what an amazing cake! Your attention to detail is fantastic! You're so talented!! :)

Kathy Dvorski Cakes said...

Great looking cake!

Crazy Cake Lady said...

I love all the details, especially the cut-up credit cards, lol. Great job!

m.e (Cathie) said...

FANTASTIC!!
Oh my, how amazing is your detailing!! that's great. :) great work

veggievixen said...

i love it!! the calculator is the best. looks like everyone enjoyed it.

Baker's Cakes said...

The attention to all the details is incredible! This cake is awesome!

SweetThings said...

Thank you so much everyone - I had blast making this cake!

Jenniffer - the figure are made out of fondant/gumpaste or some people call it sugarpaste.

Cake Fixation said...

What a great cake. I love how you incorporated the jars.

Nada Handous said...

great job Juanita! Looks like it was a blast!

Little Miss Baker said...

wow what an impressive cake! you are truly an inspiration to an amatuer like myself :)

Kati Angelini said...

That cake looks wonderful!! I am sure the recipients were amazed!! Great job!

marjlet said...

wow! fantastic work!

Karen said...

Love the concept & the detailing on this cake.

Lindsey said...

This cake is fantastic!