Naked wedding with flowers

wedding Sue & Mike Aug 2016Okay, not really a “naked” wedding with flowers; more like a naked wedding cake with flowers!
My friend Sue was marrying her long-time best friend Mike in an outdoor, country wedding. The ceremony was to be performed outside. Folks would sit on hay bales. The greenhouse which once housed Sue’s flower and garden biz, would be transformed into the dining room with one long table to seat 65 guests.
And yes, it all happened as planned yesterday in the full sun of a gorgeous summer afternoon.
The cake? We talked about it months ago and after going in different directions we decided on a carrot cake, done as a naked cake with real flowers for decoration. Lucky for me, my garden had flowering purple basil and variegated marjoram along with black-eyed Susan and nasturtium. It all came together and looked perfect sitting in the greenhouse. Like it was meant to be — just like Sue and Mike!

Nightmare Before Christmas wedding

Wedding Nightmare Before ChristmasUber cool couple Christina and Kristin wanted a wedding cake with the Nightmare Before Christmas theme. It had to feed 150 rockin’ guests. Other than that, I could do what I wanted.
I decided on a black and white theme because it seemed elegant for a wedding and added red gumpaste roses to give the cake some pop.
Ooh wee! It worked. The bride wore white, the bridesmaids were bedecked in red and all the decorations under the tent were red and white. The cake fit in perfectly!
And the cake gods smiled that day. The week had featured 35C with high humidity making it feel like the mid-40s C (100+F). Lucky me. The day before the wedding, when I was icing the cake, the weather changed to the 22C and clouds.
The cake was vanilla bean separated by a citrus buttercream. Apparently, it was a big hit.

Chocolate wedding

Wedding choco 2My friend Miriam was marrying her best friend Eric in a non-traditional wedding. She didn’t want a tiered cake and they both love chocolate. She asked me to make two chocolate cakes for 80 or so guests at their wedding party.
The round cake was the one they posed with for photos. It was chocolate orange with chocolate orange buttercream between the layers, all topped with chocolate ganache and chocolate buttecream roses.

wedding choco 1

The second cake was also floral but oval and a dark chocolate cake covered with chocolate and vanilla fondant. The chocolate fondant tasted somewhat like Tootsie Rolls.
Happy days to a sweet couple.

Button, button, where’s the…?

Buttons bdayOlivia was turning 13. Her mum told me that two of her favourite things are buttons and the colour purple. Could I make her a cake? Here’s what I came up with.
I made a bunch of flat buttons with holes but then remembered my own antique button collection. I grabbed a few that looked interesting, washed them, and then used them as molds with fondant. The results were so interesting! It was a lot of fun experimenting with the buttons and I think the variety of shapes added to the look of the cake. And best of all, Livi loved it.

Peanuts gang

Triplets Peanuts Gang cakeI’ve made a cake for my friends’ triplets since they were five years old. I can’t believe they’re turning 10! This year, they requested a Peanuts cake with Snoopy and his doghouse with Woodstock, Charlie Brown, Sally, Lucy and Linus. I made them all of fondant. What fun. Loved doing it and hope I keep making cakes for these three gals forever…