Fishy cupcakes

cupcakes SPCA 2018 fish2I saw these cupcakes somewhere on the internet and I thought they looked like so much fun. I used Smarties (a Canadian version of M&Ms) because the colours are much more varied.
These silly fish cupcakes flew (swam?) out the door on SPCA Cupcake Day. So happy to be able to help out.

Gone fishing

fishing cakeMarcel is lucky enough to live along the St. Lawrence River and goes fishing as often as he can. He fishes for perch, pickerel, bass, and occasionally he gets pike.
For his 50th birthday, his wife Lori thought a cake that showed his passion for fishing would be just the thing.
I hope Marcel got to go fishing on his birthday and that he snagged a big one!

Feeling sluggish

For my birthday this past weekend, I realized that upon returning from a mini-road trip, I had no birthday cake. With a few sad-looking bananas on the counter, I figured a fast banana cake would work.
But how to decorate it? I looked in my cupboard and found a chocolate banana slug. What? Yup, I bought it in California made by Mackenzie’s of Santa Cruz. Wouldn’t a chocolate banana slug be perfect on a chocolate banana cake?
The label says: “The Pacific Banana slug is the second largest species of terrestrial slug in the world, growing up to 9.8 inches long.” As it happens, it’s also the mascot of the University of California Santa Cruz.
I bought the chocolate slug because I had seen these critters in Oregon and thought they were just amazing. Plus, I couldn’t believe there was actually a chocolate made to look like a slug!
So…slug cake, here we come.
And… the slug was delicious!

The worms crawl in…

gummy-wormsMy friend asked me to make a seventh birthday cake for her son who loves creepy crawly things (as most seven-year-old boys do).
I thought a cake that looked like a cross-section of a piece of ground dug up, with grass (buttercream), dirt (chocolate cookie crumbs), rocks (candy rocks!) and bugs (gummy worms) would do the trick.
As creepy crawly as it was, it got gobbled up. I bet the worms were the first to go!


butterfly cupcakesOkay, so cake decorating is generally fraught with decoration nightmares and many hours of picky work. These cupcakes were almost like cheating! Pink covered cupcakes, swirled with buttercream icing were topped with paper butterflies found at the dollar store. They look like a million bucks (I think) but take only moments to put together.

Rug hooked fish

fish Hooked rugA friend of mine was celebrating a big birthday and her husband asked me to make her a cake as a surprise. Terry is a rug hooker and one of her unfinished designs was this fish. James asked me to translate it onto a cake for her. I tried to make the chocolate background look a bit like burlap and then tried “hooking” the icing in a stitch-like manner. Terry loved it and was very surprised at seeing her design made out of buttercream.

Gecko and cactus

cactus and geckoI made this cactus cake for friends Gordon and Natalie who share January birthdays. I especially wanted to immortalize their pet gecko Kartini, who passed away at the ripe age of 19 just a few months previous. I figured a fondant gecko and a red velvet cactus cake covered with green buttercream, sitting on chocolate crumbs in a real terracotta pot would be a great way to celebrate.

For the birds

Birds GordonI work at a local newspaper and one of our columnists was retiring after many years. Many of his weekly reports dealt with local birds and their peregrinations. I was asked to make a cake for his farewell bash and I thought this was a fitting tribute.


Birds Marlene 70thNot long after that, my next door neighbour celebrated a milestone birthday with a big party. As her gift I made her a cake to feed a gang of 40. She loves bird watching and feeding “her birds” as she calls them. Here are three of her favourites.