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!
To 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!
A colleague at work wanted six cupcakes for her family’s gathering to celebrate her father’s birthday.
Jenna told me that her dad is crazy for golf and he loves his nightly walks with their dog Zoe. So here are six cupcakes celebrating Dad’s special day.
For 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.
Harry is turning 13. His favourite colour is red and he loves motocross.
I figured a cake covered with silhouettes of motocross figures and checkered flags would be perfect for him.
Go Harry go!
Marcel 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!
This 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?