A spaghetti and meatballs cake? Sure, why not. Buttercream pasta, Ferrero Rocher meatballs and strawberry jam sauce. Cheese was grated white chocolate. Crazy? Was a perfect birthday cake for an Italian friend of mine who’s fond of pasta.
The invitation said, “The hunt is over!”
My friends were getting married last fall. She’s a lawyer. He’s an environmental outdoorsy guy. They hunt deer together. They wanted a fall-themed, outdoorsy wedding cake but still wanted it to be elegant. She refused to wear a camo wedding dress but she did sport a camo ribbon around her waist. Elegant/outdoorsy. I think I hit the target with this one.
A friend told me her husband’s favourite food in all the world was a hamburger. Could I make him a cake? I’d never done one before and here’s what I came up with. The bun was vanilla cake covered in fondant and topped with sunflower seeds. The burger was a brownie. Such fun; apparently, he loved it.
My friend Scott asked me to make a birthday cake based on a beaver emoticon (seen above) for his girlfriend Ailen. They live about an hour apart so they send lots of text messages back and forth and I guess, they get a kick out of using that little beaver emoticon in their texts. Ailen is originally from the Philippines, now living in Canada, and she’d dearly love to see a real, live beaver as there aren’t any of these creatures back home.
I made this for a friend on a bet that I couldn’t make a fun cake using only a round pan and a loaf or square pan. Here’s what I came up with. i carved out the round cake a bit to make the cat’s face. And for his hat I just cut and shifted some of the loaf pan to the right a bit. All decoration is done with buttercream. The whiskers are chocolate-dipped spaghetti (uncooked, natch!)
It definitely was a Cat in the Hat kind of day.
One of my sweet critters, Domino, turned 20 and I figured why not celebrate in high style? We had a few friends over, we all wore party hats — including the birthday girl — and we sang Domino happy birthday with her very own lookalike cake. Afterwards, we helped her open catnip gifts and she got to drink milky tea out of a cup just for her. A crazy fun way to celebrate two decades of being a cat!
With hockey on everyone’s minds here in Canada — it’s Stanley Cup season — I figured I’d post an old fashioned hockey birthday cake I made a while back. These days the fashion seems to be fondant-covered cakes with handmade fondant characters. For this cake I went back to my roots and opted for a retro look, back to the ’80s and ’90s when it was de rigueur to use buttercream and plastic add-ons to your cake. I kinda dig the look!
Hockey. Hockey. Hockey. Stanley Cup fever has taken over here. I’m a Montreal Canadiens fan. My boyfriend Richard is a Chicago Blackhawks fan. So far our teams have done well but if they face off against each other in the finals, there might be fisticuffs!
I made this cake for Richard’s birthday in 2010, when the Hawks finally won the cup after years of drought. (Go Habs go!)
When I’m going to a potluck supper, I love to experiment. This time I made a three layer chocolate cake into which I added a cup or so of broken up chocolate Andes mints (which you can’t get in Canada–I picked them up in the US) into the batter. In between the layers and on the outside, I made pale green mint buttercream. And on top and drizzling down the sides is semi-sweet chocolate ganache. It looked to me like a real old fashioned cake.
It was a hit and only one tiny piece came home with me last night. Yum!
I just love the idea of a cake for spring that emulates the pattern of a bird’s egg. Blue buttercream with watered-down cocoa powder (watered-down with vodka, no less!) spattered on the sides just lends itself to a really graphically appealing cake. The little speckled candy-covered chocolate eggs are kinda fun too.