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!

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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!

Two of her favourite things

film strip cakeSometimes it’s hard to pin down just one theme for a birthday cake. In this case, Andi’s husband and I discussed a few of her favourite things. Two of these were a Hungarian film called “Üvegtigris” and their black dog, a Boston terrier cross, mostly mutt.
I figured the best way to show the movie was to get clips of the film printed onto edible paper and edge them with fondant sprockets. The little black dog is also made of fondant. Yellow and red stars fit in between livened the whole thing up.
Happy birthday Andi!

Architectural birthday

architect J Denis SeguinMy friend told me she was having a surprise 60th birthday party for her husband and asked me to make a cake for the momentous occasion. Denis is an architect and has an affinity for old buildings. Instead of floor plans and blueprints, Michelle opted to use sketches Denis made of landmarks from the local area. I had them printed on edible sheets and made fondant pencils, an eraser and a circle stencil. He signs all his drawings with his initials “JDS” so I added that too.
Denis loved it and particularly loved taking a bite out of his sketches. Literally. Happy 60th Denis!