Birthday succulents

cupcakes succulentsMy last bake of the year for the past few years, has been for Cheryl who celebrates her birthday on December 28.
I’ve done all manner of cupcakes for her so this year her daughter suggested succulents.
I love doing succulents out of buttercream. When I make succulents, I experiment with different piping tips so they turn out a little differently each time. Always fun!
Cheers to Cheryl on her birthday and Happy New Year!

Riff on Rifle Paper Co.

Rifle paper riffMy friend Anick is a graphic designer and a few years ago, opened a charming card and gift shop on the main street of our little town.
She curates an amazing array of stationery and wrapping paper as well as unique tchotchkes that I want to own.
When I found out it was her birthday I toyed with all sorts of ideas: her love of calligraphy, her graphic design career and…well, the things in her shop are so lovely so I wanted to give a nod to her impeccable taste.
One company stands out and it’s Rifle Paper Co. If you don’t know it, you’ve likely seen it. Their designs are appearing on all sorts of things but their initial business was cards and paper goods. Anick sells many of these in her tiny shop and I knew I wanted to attempt to base a cake on their designs.
When Anick saw the cake for the first time she said, “Rifle Paper Co.!” And so, I was delighted that she recognized my vision, which to me screamed, “Anick”!
Many happy returns Anick and here’s hoping your year is filled with beautiful design and joy.
If you want to see Rifle Paper Co.’s website, and why we love it so, click here: Rifle Paper Co.
To see Anick’s shop, click here: Left and Write Paperie

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.

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!