Celebrating spring

floral Madagascar 2019 xIt’s been a slow ascent into spring this year. Everything seems later than usual with tulips delayed and late frosts, we’re all seeking warmth. And flowers!
For my donation for the fundraising cake auction held to support the Madagascar School Project, I decided to think “floral” and had fun making different sorts of flowers from piping buttercream icing.
I’ve donated to this cause for many years now and hope that the money generated from this cake might help make a difference.

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Pot of succulents

Succulents for LivMy friend Julia told me that her daughter Liv was turning 20. I have done Liv’s birthday cakes over the past few years so coming up with something different took some thinking. But Julia told me that now that Liv is away at university, she’s taken up growing plants, mostly succulents. A-ha!
Instead of just topping a cake with succulents, I decided to make the pot that they’re grown in too. A great backdrop for the interesting shapes of those succulents.
Happy birthday Liv. Keep growing!

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!

Sam’s birthday

Floral Sam's b-dayMy niece celebrated her birthday last week and I was lucky enough to be in town for her special day. I told her I’d be happy to bring the cake and what would she like? White cake, buttercream icing. So that’s what I made for her. I covered her cake in buttercream flowers because when she was a little girl, she loved eating roses made of icing. Thirty-five years later things haven’t changed much!

90th birthday

Floral 90th CarolIt’s not every day someone turns 90! Carol’s daughter asked me to make a cake to honour her mum. She especially loves purple and is proud of her Scottish roots, so could I add some Scotch thistles?
Buttercream was preferred for the cake itself but I added a few fondant flowers, amongst the piped buttercream ones to make the cake really pop. The cake fed 40 plus party-goers.
I’ve known Carol for what seems like a million years, so I hope she really loved her cake and had a wonderful time at her birthday gathering.

Succulent cake

succulent cakeSucculents are all the rage now and the fun thing about them is that they grow in hundreds of shapes, sizes and colours.
In this case, I played with shades of green and made wee cacti and succulents by piping buttercream and going “old school.”
I just love piping buttercream and going back to my decorating “roots” and this cake was just a great excuse to play with sugar. And best of all, this cake was a donation for a fundraising cake auction, the proceeds to go to the Madagascar School project, an effort I support and donate a cake to annually.