Blowing his horn

Saxophone jazzI’ve known Trevor for many years and have had many discussions about jazz and music with him. Trevor plays tenor saxophone for his band, The Trevor Clefs. He’s one talented guy! So I was delighted that his daughter asked me to make him a cake for his 80th birthday.
Trevor is involved in all manner of things: he helps out at church, volunteers at the local museum, loves theatre and music. He was a radio announcer and hosted a jazz show and a morning show. But his love of the sax and jazz was my focus for the cake.
The sax on the cake is fondant painted in gold. I tried to make the lettering look like jazz. Confetti and squiggles helped make the sound visual, I think.
Happy birthday Trevor and keep blowing your horn for many years to come.

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Autumn birthday gal

Floral JoanCelebrating a fall birthday means you get to use all those gorgeous earth tones of the season. In this case, Joan’s special birthday was celebrated with a lemon cake, filled with lemon curd and topped with tart lemon buttercream.
I tried to pipe a few new buttercream flowers for this one. Besides the red roses, I also added a few yellow chrysanthemums and some orange poppy-like posies. Happy birthday Joan!

Captain Underpants

Captain UnderpantsAt the beginning of the year, Famke starts thinking about the theme for a cake for her September birthday. First it was Frozen. Then it was Strawberry Shortcake. At one point I think there were flamingos being discussed. It’s always fun and always changing and challenging.
Once I did a fairy cake. A piano/cello combo cake when she was learning both instruments. Her calico cat is one of her favourite things so she became a cake too.
This year? Captain Underpants! What a fun challenge. I hadn’t heard of this super hero before but my sis told me that when her son was little, he was a big fan. So here ya go, Famke. Happy Captain Underpants to you!

School days

Teacher's 90thHelen taught primary school, grades 1 and 2, for her entire career and loved every minute of it. She touched the lives of countless students and many still remember her all these years later.
Helen turned 90 over the weekend and some of those students were there to wish her well. Many happy returns of the day to Helen and thank you for making a difference in so many young lives.

Sam’s birthday

Floral Sam's b-dayMy niece celebrated her birthday last week and I was lucky enough to be in town for her special day. I told her I’d be happy to bring the cake and what would she like? White cake, buttercream icing. So that’s what I made for her. I covered her cake in buttercream flowers because when she was a little girl, she loved eating roses made of icing. Thirty-five years later things haven’t changed much!

VW bug wedding cake

37562893_1868638559882476_4615435249998888960_nJosh, the son of a dear friend of mine and his girlfriend Emma love Volkswagens, particularly VW bugs. When they announced their wedding a few months back, they asked me to make their cake and having known Josh since he was a wee lad, I asked if I could give it to them as a wedding gift.
They wanted something simple. Buttercream atop chocolate and vanilla cakes. Wedding colours were white and plum. They really wanted something fun to top their cake and Josh had the idea to put his beloved VW bugs front and centre.
His mum Jen found black and white versions on the internet — perfect mini replicas and so they took the place of the classic bride and groom.
Best of luck to Emma and Josh who got married yesterday. And btw, they loved the cake!

Scrapbooking cake

Scrapbooking cakeWhen Melissa called me about a cake for her husband Neil’s 40th birthday, we discussed all sorts of things. His truck repair business. His other job as a farmer. His family. His love of his Scottish roots.
Melissa said she’d send me photos for inspiration and as we discussed the cake more (which was to feed 70 partygoers), I thought about making it a sort of “this is your life” type cake. Almost like a scrapbooking page.
My training as a graphic designer kicked in. I drew a layout of the cake and sized all the photos so I could order them from a friend who has an edible printer. Then I made tools (that I thought he’d use on the job) — wrenches of varying sizes and lug nuts out of fondant and painted them with edible silver.
I thought it turned out great and was a fun way to recognize all the important things in Neil’s life on his significant birthday.