Marcel 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!
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!
My 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!
Okay, 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.
A 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.
I got a call from a friend who has a small farm. Her duck hatched ducklings so we went over to celebrate and play with the ducklings. I said I’d bring a cake!
Not sure if they look like ducklings or rubber duckies swimming in a bucket.
Inside, the cake was chocolate and vanilla checkerboard.
My friend Karen Molson wrote a terrific novel called The Company of Crows and for her Ottawa book signing she asked me to make a cake to feed 50 plus guests. Best of all, the book cover is edible!