90th birthday

Floral 90th CarolIt’s not every day someone turns 90! Carol’s daughter asked me to make a cake to honour her mum. She especially loves purple and is proud of her Scottish roots, so could I add some Scotch thistles?
Buttercream was preferred for the cake itself but I added a few fondant flowers, amongst the piped buttercream ones to make the cake really pop. The cake fed 40 plus party-goers.
I’ve known Carol for what seems like a million years, so I hope she really loved her cake and had a wonderful time at her birthday gathering.

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A day at the spa

spa cakeI can’t think of a better way to bring in a 30th birthday than with a day at the spa. Apparently Anna is a big fan of “a spa day” and loves soaking in a hot tub.
Here she is, a fondant version of herself that is, luxuriating in all those bubbles. And there’s even has a mojito, her fave, balancing on the tub’s edge.
Happy birthday Anna. Enjoy!

River Symposium

River SymposiumI was asked to do a cake to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Annual Symposium of the Great Lakes & St. Lawrence River Ecosystem. The symposium series began in 1993 as a means to bring scientists and communities together to discuss freshwater issues.
I wanted to show many of the critters that inhabit the ecosystems on and around the water so I included a family of Canada geese, mallard ducks and their ducklings, a beaver and its lodge, turtles, American ducks, a muskrat and an otter.

Harry Potter

Harry PotterI was never a huge Harry Potter fan and although I have seen one of the films, I had never read any of the books and didn’t really know all the lore of the story.
So, a friend at work helped me out. The name of that ball thingie with wings? A snitch. That hat with a face? The sorting hat. Colours of Harry’s scarf? Gold and red. Oh, the details!
But in the end I was delighted with the results. And so too, more importantly, was Quinny, the birthday girl.

Succulent cake

succulent cakeSucculents are all the rage now and the fun thing about them is that they grow in hundreds of shapes, sizes and colours.
In this case, I played with shades of green and made wee cacti and succulents by piping buttercream and going “old school.”
I just love piping buttercream and going back to my decorating “roots” and this cake was just a great excuse to play with sugar. And best of all, this cake was a donation for a fundraising cake auction, the proceeds to go to the Madagascar School project, an effort I support and donate a cake to annually.