Serving up a happy birthday

Tennis 60th bday Greg Byers (2)My friend Greg was celebrating a significant birthday and his partner Bonnie asked me to make a cake to mark his special day.
Greg loves all manner of things including music and politics, but he’s especially fond of tennis. When I suggested a funny spin on a tough match, Bonnie thought it would be an amusing way to poke fun at his getting to the ripe old age of 60.
Here’s a fondant version of poor, exhausted Greg after an especially gruelling tennis match. He laughed when he saw it and said it was the best cake ever.
Here’s to many more tennis matches dear Greg!

Someone’s in da house!

curling cakeTo celebrate the 35th anniversary of the Glengarry Curling Cup, I thought a cake that really screamed curling was just the thing.
“Curling for Dummies” said this…House: Also known as the rings, this is the name of the giant bull’s eye at either end of the sheet of ice. It consists of a set of concentric circles, called the 12-foot, 8-foot, 4-foot, and the Button.
So, that’s what I did and encircled it with a tartan ribbon, de rigueur in this part of the world. It is Glengarry’s Curling Cup afterall. Cheers!

Habs vs. Leafs

Habs and LeafsFor us Canadians, it’s all about hockey.
When I was little, my big brother had a table hockey game of the classic match up between the Montreal Canadiens and the Toronto Maple Leafs. It was a big board with the layout of arena ice with little tin hockey players that you slid back and forth, manipulated by pulling metal levers and knobs.
Growing up in Montreal, we were all proud Habs fans. When we played table hockey, my brother always made me be on the Leafs team. He was always on the Canadiens side of the board. I seem to recall my mother trying to intervene and telling us to take turns.
These two cakes were made for the Christmas Jubilee Dinner, a fundraiser for our local hospital. The teams were playing that night and the organizers figured a fun smackdown cake auction of Habs vs. Leafs would be fun. The Habs sadly lost that night 6-0. The real winner really was the hospital which got that much closer to its fundraising goal. And, of course, the patients who will ultimately benefit in the long run.

Gone fishing

fishing cakeMarcel is lucky enough to live along the St. Lawrence River and goes fishing as often as he can. He fishes for perch, pickerel, bass, and occasionally he gets pike.
For his 50th birthday, his wife Lori thought a cake that showed his passion for fishing would be just the thing.
I hope Marcel got to go fishing on his birthday and that he snagged a big one!

Bike ride

bicycle cakeThis amazing fellow is turning 80 and is an avid bike rider. His daughter sent me a photo of his “Trek” bike and asked me to replicate it on top of his cake. A fun challenge for sure.
As well, the birthday boy is an avid gardener, so the row of flowers around the sides is a nod to his love of gardening.
I’m guessing 80 is the new 50. There’s hope for all of us. Just keep pedalling, right?

Birthday walk

walking cakeBev is an amazing gal! She celebrated her birthday on the same week she decided to challenge herself to walk from Ottawa to Montreal, walking “Chemin des Outaouais,” some 240 km (150 miles).
Upon her return from Montreal (I bet she got a lift back to Ottawa!) her sister Trice presented her with this cake as a surprise. Well done Bev!
To read more about her journey click on: chemindesoutaouais.ca

Go Leafs go!

cupcakes-toronto-maple-leafsI was asked to do a pile of cupcakes for a luncheon in honour of a fellow who passed away and loved the Toronto Maple Leafs hockey team.
I’m a Montreal Canadiens fan but I was thankful I didn’t have to do that team’s logo 100 times. A bright blue leaf lent itself well to these cupcakes. And I think the honouree was smiling down from above, dreaming of his beloved Leafs and that elusive Stanley Cup.

Weightlifters’ baby

Barbell gender revealI was very excited to do my first ever “gender reveal” cake. The secret of whether the cake is to be pink or blue is known only to the mum-to-be, dad-to-be, grandmother-to-be (who ordered the cake) and the baker! Drum roll as the cake gets cut and all the guests at the gender reveal party find out the secret.
The expectant parents are also fitness buffs who love to lift weights. So the cake reflected that, with a mini-barbell for when the little one is ready to lift his own. Oops! I let the cat out of the bag. Yes, the cake was blue velvet inside! It’s a boy!

Happy hockey birthday

Hockey Sean 1With hockey on everyone’s minds here in Canada — it’s Stanley Cup season — I figured I’d post an old fashioned hockey birthday cake I made a while back. These days the fashion seems to be fondant-covered cakes with handmade fondant characters. For this cake I went back to my roots and opted for a retro look, back to the ’80s and ’90s when it was de rigueur to use buttercream and plastic add-ons to your cake. I kinda dig the look!

Chicago Blackhawks

Rich Bday2010BlackhawksHockey. Hockey. Hockey. Stanley Cup fever has taken over here. I’m a Montreal Canadiens fan. My boyfriend Richard is a Chicago Blackhawks fan. So far our teams have done well but if they face off against each other in the finals, there might be fisticuffs!
I made this cake for Richard’s birthday in 2010, when the Hawks finally won the cup after years of drought. (Go Habs go!)