Floral birthday

Floral Wendy Wert 75thWendy was celebrating her 75th birthday with a big party. Her invitation featured red ranunculus and pink waterlily-like flowers so that’s how I chose the design for the cake.
I love adding new flowers to my repertoire and ranunculus, with their multiple, seemingly endless petals were fun to do. The stripes on the lilies were painted after the flowers were formed.
All in all, an elegant cake for an elegant lady. Happy birthday Wendy!

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Bedtime for Denise

bedtime for DeniseMy vet celebrated her birthday last week and I was asked to bring a cake to her surprise party.
I figured that being a vet all her life Denise has looked after countless dogs and cats, and I think she puts a little something extra into her care. So, I thought it’d be fun to show her with some of the myriad of critters that she’s cared for in her career, as she beds down for the night.
The doggy at her shoulder is her special dachshund Fritz. And I snuck my late-great calico Nutmeg on the left.
Two layers of vanilla cake, (washed down with coffee and red wine) was a great way to end the party. Denise loved it!

Two of her favourite things

film strip cakeSometimes it’s hard to pin down just one theme for a birthday cake. In this case, Andi’s husband and I discussed a few of her favourite things. Two of these were a Hungarian film called “Üvegtigris” and their black dog, a Boston terrier cross, mostly mutt.
I figured the best way to show the movie was to get clips of the film printed onto edible paper and edge them with fondant sprockets. The little black dog is also made of fondant. Yellow and red stars fit in between livened the whole thing up.
Happy birthday Andi!

Habs vs. Leafs

Habs and LeafsFor us Canadians, it’s all about hockey.
When I was little, my big brother had a table hockey game of the classic match up between the Montreal Canadiens and the Toronto Maple Leafs. It was a big board with the layout of arena ice with little tin hockey players that you slid back and forth, manipulated by pulling metal levers and knobs.
Growing up in Montreal, we were all proud Habs fans. When we played table hockey, my brother always made me be on the Leafs team. He was always on the Canadiens side of the board. I seem to recall my mother trying to intervene and telling us to take turns.
These two cakes were made for the Christmas Jubilee Dinner, a fundraiser for our local hospital. The teams were playing that night and the organizers figured a fun smackdown cake auction of Habs vs. Leafs would be fun. The Habs sadly lost that night 6-0. The real winner really was the hospital which got that much closer to its fundraising goal. And, of course, the patients who will ultimately benefit in the long run.

X-ray time

X-ray cake for hospitalOur local hospital, Glengarry Memorial Hospital, is raising funds for a new digital x-ray machine. Each year the good people who fund raise for this institution, hold a Jubilee Dinner and for the past few years, have added a cake auction.
This year it was easy to pick a theme — x-ray! So in addition to the patient getting an x-ray, (I actually had to look at an image of a skeleton to get it right!), the cake is surrounded on four sides with edible x-ray images.
I heard the cake got really big bucks and the hospital is that much closer to its goal. Good news indeed.