Scrapbooking cake

Scrapbooking cakeWhen Melissa called me about a cake for her husband Neil’s 40th birthday, we discussed all sorts of things. His truck repair business. His other job as a farmer. His family. His love of his Scottish roots.
Melissa said she’d send me photos for inspiration and as we discussed the cake more (which was to feed 70 partygoers), I thought about making it a sort of “this is your life” type cake. Almost like a scrapbooking page.
My training as a graphic designer kicked in. I drew a layout of the cake and sized all the photos so I could order them from a friend who has an edible printer. Then I made tools (that I thought he’d use on the job) — wrenches of varying sizes and lug nuts out of fondant and painted them with edible silver.
I thought it turned out great and was a fun way to recognize all the important things in Neil’s life on his significant birthday.

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90th birthday

Floral 90th CarolIt’s not every day someone turns 90! Carol’s daughter asked me to make a cake to honour her mum. She especially loves purple and is proud of her Scottish roots, so could I add some Scotch thistles?
Buttercream was preferred for the cake itself but I added a few fondant flowers, amongst the piped buttercream ones to make the cake really pop. The cake fed 40 plus party-goers.
I’ve known Carol for what seems like a million years, so I hope she really loved her cake and had a wonderful time at her birthday gathering.

A day at the spa

spa cakeI can’t think of a better way to bring in a 30th birthday than with a day at the spa. Apparently Anna is a big fan of “a spa day” and loves soaking in a hot tub.
Here she is, a fondant version of herself that is, luxuriating in all those bubbles. And there’s even has a mojito, her fave, balancing on the tub’s edge.
Happy birthday Anna. Enjoy!

River Symposium

River SymposiumI was asked to do a cake to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Annual Symposium of the Great Lakes & St. Lawrence River Ecosystem. The symposium series began in 1993 as a means to bring scientists and communities together to discuss freshwater issues.
I wanted to show many of the critters that inhabit the ecosystems on and around the water so I included a family of Canada geese, mallard ducks and their ducklings, a beaver and its lodge, turtles, American ducks, a muskrat and an otter.

Harry Potter

Harry PotterI was never a huge Harry Potter fan and although I have seen one of the films, I had never read any of the books and didn’t really know all the lore of the story.
So, a friend at work helped me out. The name of that ball thingie with wings? A snitch. That hat with a face? The sorting hat. Colours of Harry’s scarf? Gold and red. Oh, the details!
But in the end I was delighted with the results. And so too, more importantly, was Quinny, the birthday girl.