Thursday, December 25, 2008

Happy Holidays!

Wishing everyone a wonderful holiday season filled with lots of Sweet Things!

Enjoy these chocolate cupcakes with vanilla buttercream with red mittens made out of sugarpaste!

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Cowboy Hat Cake

I made this fun cake last year when my good friend Allison moved away to Calgary, Alberta.  It was a two-tier vanilla cake with the top tier covered in chocolate fondant.

I'm very excited that she is coming back to Toronto for the holidays soon - I wonder what type of cake I should make for her?  Or cupcakes.... or biscotti....

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

It's a mini MINI Cooper Cake!

What is cuter than a mini MINI Cooper Cake?  This was such a fun cake to decorate - I loved adding in and painting on the car details.

A friend told me that mini cars are popular because they look like a happy face - and that is exactly what I was thinking when I was working on this cake.

I can't wait to do another car cake - I think it will be a VW next time!

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Snowmen Cupcakes

The cold and the snow has come early in Toronto this year.  So, to make the most of it - I made these cute snowmen cupcakes.

These are vanilla cupcakes with a super-sweet vanilla frosting with sugar sprinkles on it.

Sunday, November 16, 2008

A Fall Wedding

Well, It has been a while since I last posted - it has been a very busy couple of weeks.  I moved, went to Florida where I did my first Ironman and then went to DisneyWorld.  So, I'm still settling in but also very excited because the new appliances arrived on Tuesday.  I can't wait to start using them!

This week I have lots of cupcakes and a couple cakes to make, so I'll be able to test out the new oven.  In the meantime, I've posted a wedding cake that I made last month, just before

the move.

The wedding was at Graydon Hall and it was amazing there.  This cake was alternating layers of vanilla and chocolate butter cake with swiss meringue buttercream.  The flowers were all handmade with sugarpaste.  I made extra flowers which came in handy because the cake was displayed in the centre of the room where all sides were visible.

Cake Decorator's Tip:  Ask where the cake will be displayed and if all sides will be on display.   And always make extra flowers, just in case!

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Looney Tunes Wedding Cake

What a fun cake that I was so happy to design - with a unique theme and very fun. The couple requested a looney tunes themed cake which was not overpowering, but elegant, yet fun. The love looney tunes and have always defined their relationship like the cake topper - Mark Anthony and Pussyfoot.

The main flower for their wedding was cala lillies so I was able to encorporate it into the cake. I made a large sugarpaste flower for the front and back and each character holding a mini-cala lilly. Each of the characters: Mark Anthony, PussyFoot, Tweety Bird, Yosemite Sam and Pippy LePew were all handmade out of sugarpaste. Challenging, but I was happy with the results!

Each tier was 4-layers of alternating Strawberry Vanilla cake and Lemon Sour Cream cake with Vanilla Swiss Meringue Buttercream

Monday, October 13, 2008

Happy Canadian Thanksgiving!

Originally, I thought about making a cake shaped like a turkey - but I didn't have that much time this weekend.

So, here is what I came up with instead to celebrate Canadian Thanksgiving.

The cake was a 4-layer chocolate sour cream cake and vanilla butter cake with swiss meringue buttercream. The leaves, turkey and stuffing were made from sugarpaste.

Friday, September 26, 2008

McDonald's Happy "Cake" Meal

This is one of my favourite cakes - and it was so fun! Its a McDonald's Happy Meal Cake.

The cheeseburger and drink are all made of cake and fondant.

The french fry package is paper, but the actual french fries are actually made of white chocolate with sugar sprinkles. Yum!

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Very Square Cakes

I love tall cakes with lots of layers and especially when it is square. It is such a fun shape to decorate and look so yummy when you slice into it!

This is a square cake with circles - a very popular design for birthday cakes and also wedding cakes. It is different and also very fun.

This cake has 4 layers of Triple Chocolate Pudding Cake with Swiss Meringue Buttercream covered in regular fondant and chocolate fondant. The chocolate fondant is very good - it actually tastes like tootsie rolls.

This cake was for my mother's birthday and was 4-layers of vanilla butter cake.

The designs were made with Royal Icing then painted with bright pinks, blues and silver.

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Central Park Cake

This was definitely one of my favourite cakes to design. The couple got engaged in Central Park last year, so they wanted to re-create that in a wedding cake.

They also gave me their grandmothers famous Double Chocolate Pudding Cake recipe. It was quite decadent!

The cake was quite large and had over 150 servings. I tried to fit in as many of the famous landmarks in and around central park including the lakes, Bethseda fountain, Bow Bridge, The Obelisk, Guggenheim, Belvedere Castle, Engineer's Gate, Bandshell, Turtle Pond, The Great Hill and many more. I even made taxicabs which lined the streets.

Here is a view from above.

I also attached a picture of the template I made which stuck on my table for the weeks leading up to the wedding day. It was great to see it all come together!

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Another Baby Shower!

For some reason, the combination of Stars and Moons always reminds people of sleeping babies. So I made this cake for a baby shower.

The expectant parents are quite active in sports, so there were a few mini sports equipment around the sleeping baby.

Monday, August 11, 2008

Baby Shower Cake

It seems like everyone is having a baby these days!

All the more reason to celebrate and have some cake.

This was a 3-layer vanilla and chocolate butter cake with swiss meringue buttercream. All the baby items were handmade out of sugarpaste. The soother was my favourite.

Friday, August 1, 2008

Cute Colorful Turtle Cupcakes

These are the cutest cupcakes ever! It was not my idea, but I found the design on this great blog called Cake Journal.

Aren't they fun? The cupcakes are perfect for a baby shower of kids party. I actually made these for a girls get-together and they were a hit!

Monday, July 28, 2008

Another July Wedding

It was a beautiful Saturday wedding at a golf and country club. Everything was elegantly done up with a hint of baseball theme - including the cake. The bride and groom are avid baseball players, so they wanted that to be encorporated, but not overpower the cake.

So, I designed the 3-tier wedding cake using their blue wedding colour and shined it up with pearl dust wherever I could. The topper was a round baseball cake with a handmade sugarpaste cap with their initials on it.

Each tier of the cake was 4 layers each, alternating chocolate and vanilla butter cake with swiss meringue buttercream.

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

A Hot July Wedding

It was a very hot July day for a wedding whereby air conditioning is a must! However, when I delivered this cake, I had to assemble it on site because they wanted the cake on a stand - so it is difficult to transport it that way.

With the heat and mugginess in the place, the fondant ribbons were very difficult to put on. But even worse, there were no real lights in the place. It was super dim as the lighting was made up of Christmas lights and some mini-lamps on the tables. I couldn't see a thing. The people on site indicated that they just didn't have any other lights other then the emergency lights (which couldn't be turned on).

So, I know it doesn't sound that bad or look that bad, but it was a nightmare for me. I really wasn't happy with the result. And the worst part was that I couldn't see any of the flaws until I downloaded the pictures and the flash revealed it. Oh well - now I know to also ask if there are lights in the room that can be adjusted.

Cake Decorator's Tip: Ask if there is air conditioning in the facility AND whether there is enough lighting or you can control the lighting when you set up the cake.

Monday, June 30, 2008

A BlackBerry Cake - no, not the fruit

This is the second BlackBerry cake that I have made. The first one was much smaller, this cake feeds 25-30 people. It is 3 layers of sour cream chocolate cake with swiss meringue buttercream and covered in fondant

It was so much fun to make - I love painting on the details. It was for a 70th birthday for a guy who loves his BlackBerry.

Friday, June 20, 2008

A Big Blue Whale

It's a big blue whale! I made this cake for a software design and management company called the Jonah Group. They were celebrating their 7th birthday.
Originally, for this techie crowd, I was trying to make a spout at the top with ones and zeros coming out. But at the last minute, I couldn't make it work without using inedible items (which I didn't want to do.
The cake was alternating layers of chocolate and vanilla butter cake with swiss meringue buttercream covered in blue fondant. They sent me some pictures from their event - I like the picture of the whale cake being eaten, but he's still smiling! :-)

Friday, May 30, 2008

A Cake for the Ladies

I decorated this cake last night which was for a "girls weekend getaway". I've been wanting to do this cake for a while - I got the idea from one of my cake books called Confetti Cakes.

It's 4 layers of cake - alternating chocolate and vanilla with swiss meringue buttercream.

Here is a view from the back - and yes, it is all edible, even the grass (which is made out of coconut with green food coloring). Cake can be so much fun!

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

A Christening Cake with lots of animals

I made this cake this past weekend for a Christening. It is a 2-tier cake - bottom tier is 3-layers of chocolate velvet cake with swiss meringue buttercream and the top tier is 3-layers of vanilla butter cake with swiss meringue buttercream.

The cake is covered in fondant and the animals are all handmade with sugarpaste. My favorites were the giraffe and panda.

I made a sleeping baby in a tiny bed on the top. I actually guessed on the baby boy's haircolour when I was up late making the final details... somehow I lucked out as the boy did have blondish, red hair. Next time I will definitely ask my customer beforehand - I really could've messed that one up!