I work at a local newspaper and one of our columnists was retiring after many years. Many of his weekly reports dealt with local birds and their peregrinations. I was asked to make a cake for his farewell bash and I thought this was a fitting tribute.
Not long after that, my next door neighbour celebrated a milestone birthday with a big party. As her gift I made her a cake to feed a gang of 40. She loves bird watching and feeding “her birds” as she calls them. Here are three of her favourites.
I made this cake for friends whose son was marrying a gal from the other side of the globe. Booker and Tijana had been having a long distance relationship for years and were celebrating their marriage with a casual, outdoor wedding. I thought a suitcase with labels of places they had been together would be perfect. The travel labels were printed with edible ink on rice paper, so everything on this cake was edible. It fed about 80 or so party goers.
This cake was for an open house at Aspen Wellness Centre and I reproduced their logo out of fondant. I love the look because to me it came out looking like a giant cameo. The tree is actually dark brown with a dark brown fondant ribbon surrounding the cake. Simple but elegant.
I made these cupcakes for a birthday girl who loves birds. Chocolate nests with eggs and baby birds, birdhouses and roses. I hope Cheryl had a happy birthday!
This birthday gal likes to go with her best friend to the edge of a field, where they sit on hay bales, grab a bottle of wine and together they howl at the moon.
Great way to celebrate a birthday me thinks!
I thought this daisy-covered cake was perfect to bring to an Easter luncheon…it just screams spring!
I keep having fun making Easter cupcakes. These were for the same gal I made them for last year, so I tried to change it up a bit. Mostly…I had fun!
I loved making all these crazy cupcakes for Easter. Spring has sprung!
This combination of French fries, cheese curds and gravy is a classic Canadian dish. My faux poutine cake is almost as popular as the real thing!
It seems all the trend in the cake world to make so-called “naked cakes” …cakes with no icing on their sides. Here’s my attempt at a naked Oreo cake. Broken up Oreos in the buttercream icing, plus more on top!
I made this cake for my friend Sigrun who’s a great gardener…and it makes me anxious to plant my own garden.