Darcy, a volunteer firefighter, was celebrating a special birthday. I work with his mum and she asked me to make him a cake. Instead of spending hours and hours on fondant characters, I decided a toy firetruck would be more fun (and more cost effective)! This one was not expensive and it had several alarms and siren sounds.
I placed it on a fondant road and I set pretzel logs ablaze with an orange buttercream fire.
I hear Darcy loved and and the kids played with the toy truck all night.
A happy accident. Initially the cake was supposed to be a giant Oreo cookie, but when the silicone moulds wouldn’t release the cakes in nice clean halves, it became a sort of trifle or as I called it “layer cake under glass.” Turns out creme anglaise is a great substitute for buttercream. And chocolate ganache is always a great cake topper. Strawberries put it over the top.
I guess necessity is the mother of invention after all!
Happy birthday to me! This year I was out of town for my actual birthday, so my boyfriend and I celebrated a week later, just the two of us. I wanted chicken on the barbecue, a baked potato with sour cream and chives and chocolate cake. Richard did the entree, I made dessert.
With only two of us, I decided to make a small cake and on the internet, found a fabulous site called Dessert for Two. I picked something called Fudge-Bottom Chocolate Cake. It had few ingredients, prepared in one bowl with a whisk and fit into a 6″ pan. Out of the oven and ready to go, it was soft and yummy and runny inside. I added fresh, local strawberries and a few bing cherries too.
It was a wonderful meal which we ate outside (dontcha just love a June birthday!) and watched the fireflies. Cold white wine worked for the chicken and the dessert.
A happy birthday indeed.
Every year my friends who had triplets have a themed birthday party for them. When the girls turned six, it was a disco theme. I made a cake that matched the wild blue and green graphics on the invitation and had mini-versions of the triplets in their white, “John Travolta” disco suits. A disco duck with an afro sits in the middle.
My favourite triplets were turning five and their party was a cowgirl theme. How about three pink horses on a lookalike cowhide cake? Ride ’em cowboy (er, cowgirl)!
I made this cake for a couple who had a tiny wedding — just family — with a small dinner for six after the ceremony. They provided me with the cute bear topper and told me their favourite flavour was chocolate. I made a simple cake with a poured chocolate ganache to cover it, and decided to add a small, round tier to the top to make it look more wedding-ish. The happy bears sat tidily on top of that. Then a few peach-coloured buttercream roses encircling the bears and some buttercream squiggles and shells. Happy days!
This book cake was dessert for an annual lunch meeting of a “friends of the library” group. As C.S. Lewis said, “Eating and reading are two pleasures that combine admirably.” Or as Julia Child once said, “A party without cake is just a meeting.” Hey wait a minute. Maybe it was a library party and not a meeting after all?