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.

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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.

Floral birthday

Floral Wendy Wert 75thWendy was celebrating her 75th birthday with a big party. Her invitation featured red ranunculus and pink waterlily-like flowers so that’s how I chose the design for the cake.
I love adding new flowers to my repertoire and ranunculus, with their multiple, seemingly endless petals were fun to do. The stripes on the lilies were painted after the flowers were formed.
All in all, an elegant cake for an elegant lady. Happy birthday Wendy!

Kitten and butterfly

cat and butterflyMy 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.

Buttercream tulips

floral madagascar 2017I 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.

Laughter & the love of friends

debras-cakeI 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.