My two favourite themes. Cats and flowers.
I’m so lucky that granddaughter Mandy gave me carte blanche to design a cake for her grandmother’s 90th birthday. She was expecting 50 guests at the surprise party so the cake had to be big!
I had so much fun doing this cake. The kitten is made of rice krispie treats, covered with fondant. The flowers are fondant. The butterfly is silk-screened royal icing on gum paste.
I was so happy with how it came out. I’m hoping Joyce loved it as much as I do.
I made this cake as a donation for the cake auction at the for the Madagascar School Project fundraising dinner, a worthy cause to which I donate a cake annually.
In this case, I made a three-tiered lemon sponge with key lime curd between the layers, surrounded by a cloud of lemon-orange buttercream. I topped off the confection with pink and yellow buttercream tulips to echo the start of spring.
I hope it makes a bit of money for a very worthy cause.
Liv’s favourite colour is purple, so her mum asked me to make a cake for Liv’s special birthday using that colour. A bouquet of purple posies seemed like the right way to celebrate.
I came across this image in my files recently. It’s a cake I did over 20 years ago for a friend who knew she was dying and wanted to have a final goodbye party. While I visited her in hospital, she came upon the idea of getting a cake. Debra was a talented graphic designer and so the design of the cake became a project for her.
Back and forth we went with ideas (phone calls, it was an era before the internet). She wanted fruit. She wanted flowers. She wanted a saying. She spent many hours finding the right one and this is the one she decided upon.
I was fairly new to cake decorating at the time and was careful to get it right. The text was written on tracing paper, carefully transferred to fondant with pin pricks and then executed with dark brown buttercream.
When I brought the cake to her party, she was delighted with the results. At this point, Debra was weak so we all sat around her bedside, watching videos of her visit to South Africa when she was feeling fine. We ate cake and drank wine and said our goodbyes.
It was a sad occasion but I know that thinking about the cake gave Debra a focus for a few hours while in hospital. At the very least, I gave her that.
Every year for the past five years, I have donated cupcakes to a good cause: SPCA’s Cupcake Day where all the money raised from cupcake sales goes to help support our local animal shelter.
This year I did floral buttercream cupcakes to remind us that spring is just around the corner and so are all the blooms that follow.
If you love chocolate, chances are you want a chocolate cake for your birthday. How about a chocolate cake covered with a layer of poured chocolate ganache icing and chocolate buttercream roses?
Ya, that’s what I think. I want that too! It’ll be a happy birthday indeed.
My co-worker Barb celebrated her 65th birthday a few days ago. Her family was having a surprise dinner for her and asked me to make the cake.
I figured a significant birthday deserves a knockout cake. This one was actually based on a gift I got that was wrapped in dynamic Christmas paper. I kind of did a birthday riff on the busy poinsettia and holly leaf pattern.