Bike ride

bicycle cakeThis amazing fellow is turning 80 and is an avid bike rider. His daughter sent me a photo of his “Trek” bike and asked me to replicate it on top of his cake. A fun challenge for sure.
As well, the birthday boy is an avid gardener, so the row of flowers around the sides is a nod to his love of gardening.
I’m guessing 80 is the new 50. There’s hope for all of us. Just keep pedalling, right?

Birthday walk

walking cakeBev is an amazing gal! She celebrated her birthday on the same week she decided to challenge herself to walk from Ottawa to Montreal, walking “Chemin des Outaouais,” some 240 km (150 miles).
Upon her return from Montreal (I bet she got a lift back to Ottawa!) her sister Trice presented her with this cake as a surprise. Well done Bev!
To read more about her journey click on: chemindesoutaouais.ca

Feeling sluggish

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For my birthday this past weekend, I realized that upon returning from a mini-road trip, I had no birthday cake. With a few sad-looking bananas on the counter, I figured a fast banana cake would work.
But how to decorate it? I looked in my cupboard and found a chocolate banana slug. What? Yup, I bought it in California made by Mackenzie’s of Santa Cruz. Wouldn’t a chocolate banana slug be perfect on a chocolate banana cake?
The label says: “The Pacific Banana slug is the second largest species of terrestrial slug in the world, growing up to 9.8 inches long.” As it happens, it’s also the mascot of the University of California Santa Cruz.
I bought the chocolate slug because I had seen these critters in Oregon and thought they were just amazing. Plus, I couldn’t believe there was actually a chocolate made to look like a slug!
So…slug cake, here we come.
And… the slug was delicious!

Kitten and butterfly

cat and butterflyMy two favourite themes. Cats and flowers.
I’m so lucky that granddaughter Mandy gave me carte blanche to design a cake for her grandmother’s 90th birthday. She was expecting 50 guests at the surprise party so the cake had to be big!
I had so much fun doing this cake. The kitten is made of rice krispie treats, covered with fondant. The flowers are fondant. The butterfly is silk-screened royal icing on gum paste.
I was so happy with how it came out. I’m hoping Joyce loved it as much as I do.

Buttercream tulips

floral madagascar 2017I made this cake as a donation for the cake auction at the for the Madagascar School Project fundraising dinner, a worthy cause to which I donate a cake annually.
In this case, I made a three-tiered lemon sponge with key lime curd between the layers, surrounded by a cloud of lemon-orange buttercream. I topped off the confection with pink and yellow buttercream tulips to echo the start of spring.
I hope it makes a bit of money for a very worthy cause.

Deer hunter

deer hunter cakeMarthe called me the other day to say that her husband Robert would be celebrating his 70th birthday and could I make a cake in the shape of a deer as he was a deer hunter.
Hmmm. I thought about it and sent Marthe a few options and together we decided that this was a cuter approach; the deer and the hunter sitting side-by-side at a bonfire, roasting marshmallows.
Robert loved it and after all the cake was eaten, he kept the two fondant figures as keepsakes!