Succulent cupcakes

succulentsI love succulents! Their shapes. Their shades of dusty green. Their variety of unique shapes.
I decided to try making them out of buttercream for cupcakes to raise money for SPCA Cupcake Day. These were pretty popular and didn’t last long.
Win-win! I had fun making them and the critters at the shelter will be taken care of. Perfect.


Ice Storm ’98

Ice storm 20 yrs laterIn 1998, in my neck of the woods in Eastern Ontario (Canada), we experienced 3 days of relentless freezing rain which in turn took down thousands of power lines and poles rendering us all powerless. The small towns in our area took about a week to get reconnected. Out in the country it took a lot longer to get hooked up again. We were out of power for 21 (long) days.
Memories of that time: wood stoves and gathering wood; darkness; candle wax everywhere; the Canadian army coming over every two days to hook up a generator (we didn’t have one) so that we could pump enough well water to last us till their return; people dropping in to see if we were okay; the kindness of strangers; a neighbour who loaned us his pickup truck because our car stopped working (great timing!); no telephone and feeling totally cut off from the rest of the world; listening to the radio and hoping our batteries wouldn’t run out (there was a shortage of batteries locally!); the silence and pitch blackness of the countryside.
Twenty years later, our local museum, The Glengarry Pioneer Museum, decided to have a fundraiser to reflect back to the Ice Storm of ’98.
I was asked to do a cake for auction. I decided to try to emulate that feeling of ice and snow and darkness in the little gingerbread house atop the cake. The white chocolate drip reflects the icicles that were dripping on everything. The candied rosemary is meant to be reminiscent of the heavy ice that had the pines and cedars bent over with the weight of that ice.

Elephant & balloon cupcakes

elephant baby cupcakesThese sweet cupcakes were for a baby shower with an elephant and balloon theme.
I got a call from the mum-to-be’s sister who was putting on the shower, saying that the sex of the baby would be known on Friday afternoon. The shower was on Sunday. Could I make the cupcakes with a “gender reveal” interior?
On Sunday after lunch, the shower guests all held cupcakes and at the same time, took a bite. They had pink icing interiors. It’s a girl!