River Symposium

River SymposiumI was asked to do a cake to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Annual Symposium of the Great Lakes & St. Lawrence River Ecosystem. The symposium series began in 1993 as a means to bring scientists and communities together to discuss freshwater issues.
I wanted to show many of the critters that inhabit the ecosystems on and around the water so I included a family of Canada geese, mallard ducks and their ducklings, a beaver and its lodge, turtles, American ducks, a muskrat and an otter.

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Habs vs. Leafs

Habs and LeafsFor us Canadians, it’s all about hockey.
When I was little, my big brother had a table hockey game of the classic match up between the Montreal Canadiens and the Toronto Maple Leafs. It was a big board with the layout of arena ice with little tin hockey players that you slid back and forth, manipulated by pulling metal levers and knobs.
Growing up in Montreal, we were all proud Habs fans. When we played table hockey, my brother always made me be on the Leafs team. He was always on the Canadiens side of the board. I seem to recall my mother trying to intervene and telling us to take turns.
These two cakes were made for the Christmas Jubilee Dinner, a fundraiser for our local hospital. The teams were playing that night and the organizers figured a fun smackdown cake auction of Habs vs. Leafs would be fun. The Habs sadly lost that night 6-0. The real winner really was the hospital which got that much closer to its fundraising goal. And, of course, the patients who will ultimately benefit in the long run.

X-ray time

X-ray cake for hospitalOur local hospital, Glengarry Memorial Hospital, is raising funds for a new digital x-ray machine. Each year the good people who fund raise for this institution, hold a Jubilee Dinner and for the past few years, have added a cake auction.
This year it was easy to pick a theme — x-ray! So in addition to the patient getting an x-ray, (I actually had to look at an image of a skeleton to get it right!), the cake is surrounded on four sides with edible x-ray images.
I heard the cake got really big bucks and the hospital is that much closer to its goal. Good news indeed.

Historical event

ghs-50A few years back The Glengarry Historical Society celebrated its 50th year helping to preserve local artifacts and data. I was asked to bring a cake to recognize this milestone at the Society’s annual general meeting and potluck. I figured a big bouquet of roses, in this case made out of buttercream, would do the trick. The incoming and outgoing chairs both cut the cake. Kinda sweet.

Get well soon

hospital-bedI did this cake for an annual fundraising dinner and auction for our local hospital. Everything on it is edible — a combination of gumpaste, fondant, royal icing, buttercream and of course, cake! A bit of everything went into the details of this cake.
My favourite has to be the little dinner tray, complete with sliced turkey, peas and carrots, mashed potatoes with butter, a cup of coffee, a teeny muffin with icing and a banana. All from fondant.
I hear it garnered a $500 winning bid at auction, with the funds going to the hospital. I’m tickled pink!

Horse ribbon

keuring-ribbonA gal was having a “keuring” at her house. A what? Keuring, as it turns out, is a horse judging for KWPN — Studbook of the Royal Dutch Sport Horse — a Netherlands-based organization specializing in the breeding of jumpers, dressage horses, harness horses, and Gelder horses.
An orange ribbon is best in show in this case. The ribbon was made of gumpaste and fondant and the cake fed about 40 guests.