Becky’s mum called me up and asked me to create cupcakes with a horse theme. Becky is an avid rider, so mini fondant horses with horseshoes for luck seemed a great way to celebrate her birthday.
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 year, to celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday, I made a Canada Day pie, replete with local strawberries and rhubarb, wearing a patriotic crust. Happy Canada Day!
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?
Bev 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
For my birthday this past weekend, I realized that upon returning from a mini-road trip, I had no birthday cake. With a few sad-looking bananas on the counter, I figured a fast banana cake would work.
But how to decorate it? I looked in my cupboard and found a chocolate banana slug. What? Yup, I bought it in California made by Mackenzie’s of Santa Cruz. Wouldn’t a chocolate banana slug be perfect on a chocolate banana cake?
The label says: “The Pacific Banana slug is the second largest species of terrestrial slug in the world, growing up to 9.8 inches long.” As it happens, it’s also the mascot of the University of California Santa Cruz.
I bought the chocolate slug because I had seen these critters in Oregon and thought they were just amazing. Plus, I couldn’t believe there was actually a chocolate made to look like a slug!
So…slug cake, here we come.
And… the slug was delicious!
What do you do on a rainy day when you feel like making cupcakes but you kinda feel like throwing some icing around and not doing some serious decorating? Jackson Pollock-inspired cupcakes, that’s what!