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.

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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!

Floral birthday

Floral Wendy Wert 75thWendy was celebrating her 75th birthday with a big party. Her invitation featured red ranunculus and pink waterlily-like flowers so that’s how I chose the design for the cake.
I love adding new flowers to my repertoire and ranunculus, with their multiple, seemingly endless petals were fun to do. The stripes on the lilies were painted after the flowers were formed.
All in all, an elegant cake for an elegant lady. Happy birthday Wendy!

Bedtime for Denise

bedtime for DeniseMy vet celebrated her birthday last week and I was asked to bring a cake to her surprise party.
I figured that being a vet all her life Denise has looked after countless dogs and cats, and I think she puts a little something extra into her care. So, I thought it’d be fun to show her with some of the myriad of critters that she’s cared for in her career, as she beds down for the night.
The doggy at her shoulder is her special dachshund Fritz. And I snuck my late-great calico Nutmeg on the left.
Two layers of vanilla cake, (washed down with coffee and red wine) was a great way to end the party. Denise loved it!