Dad’s cupcakes

cupcakes golf and dogA colleague at work wanted six cupcakes for her family’s gathering to celebrate her father’s birthday.
Jenna told me that her dad is crazy for golf and he loves his nightly walks with their dog Zoe. So here are six cupcakes celebrating Dad’s special day.

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Chocolate overload

chocolate overloadMy cousin Rick loves chocolate and I decided to make him a chocolate overload cake to celebrate his special day.
I made a chocolate layer cake, covered it with chocolate icing and added a dark chocolate ganache drip. Then I went to town! I went to Bulk Barn and loaded up on all different shaped chocolates: chocolate covered pretzels, dark almond bark, rosebuds, small choco squares, chocolate sticks and chocolate candied popcorn. I even chocolate-covered some limited edition peanut buttter chocolate pie Oreos that I had on hand. Then the fun began.
I loaded up the cake in a collage of chocolate. It looked like a mountain. The big challenge was to find a space for the candles. But I managed! The other challenge was to cut it up. But somehow, I found a way.

Stack o’ pancakes

Pancake stack Richard 2018Every year, I try to make Richard a fun cake for his birthday. This year I decided on a stack of pancakes, a trompe l’oeuil cake. We have pancakes every Sunday so I thought this would be a perfect way to celebrate his special day.
The pancake stack is really fondant covering a chocolate cake (his fave), slathered with chocolate icing. Blueberries and butter pats are fondant too.
Everyone at his birthday party thought we were eating a pancake cake until I cut into it and surprise! Chocolate!
A super fun way to celebrate a super fun guy! Happy birthday to you, dear Richard.

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.

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.