Nightmare Before Christmas wedding

Wedding Nightmare Before ChristmasUber cool couple Christina and Kristin wanted a wedding cake with the Nightmare Before Christmas theme. It had to feed 150 rockin’ guests. Other than that, I could do what I wanted.
I decided on a black and white theme because it seemed elegant for a wedding and added red gumpaste roses to give the cake some pop.
Ooh wee! It worked. The bride wore white, the bridesmaids were bedecked in red and all the decorations under the tent were red and white. The cake fit in perfectly!
And the cake gods smiled that day. The week had featured 35C with high humidity making it feel like the mid-40s C (100+F). Lucky me. The day before the wedding, when I was icing the cake, the weather changed to the 22C and clouds.
The cake was vanilla bean separated by a citrus buttercream. Apparently, it was a big hit.

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Peanuts gang

Triplets Peanuts Gang cakeI’ve made a cake for my friends’ triplets since they were five years old. I can’t believe they’re turning 10! This year, they requested a Peanuts cake with Snoopy and his doghouse with Woodstock, Charlie Brown, Sally, Lucy and Linus. I made them all of fondant. What fun. Loved doing it and hope I keep making cakes for these three gals forever…

Sock monkey birthdays

sockmonkeysMy friends Gordon and Natalie celebrate January birthdays and I thought I’d reimagine them as sock monkeys sitting on a sofa. The sock monkeys are fondant: the sofa is chocolate cake.
Natalie has a sock monkey and one night, brought it to dinner to meet my sock monkeys. So there was kind of a fun theme going on there…crazy, but fun.

Beaver emoticon

beaver emoticonMy friend Scott asked me to make a birthday cake based on a beaver emoticon (seen above) for his girlfriend Ailen. They live about an hour apart so they send lots of text messages back and forth and I guess, they get a kick out of using that little beaver emoticon in their texts. Ailen is originally from the Philippines, now living in Canada, and she’d dearly love to see a real, live beaver as there aren’t any of these creatures back home.

beaver emoticonHere’s the crazy cake I made for Ailen. A cuddly, chocolate, furry, beaver emoticon.