Sometimes it’s hard to pin down just one theme for a birthday cake. In this case, Andi’s husband and I discussed a few of her favourite things. Two of these were a Hungarian film called “Üvegtigris” and their black dog, a Boston terrier cross, mostly mutt.
I figured the best way to show the movie was to get clips of the film printed onto edible paper and edge them with fondant sprockets. The little black dog is also made of fondant. Yellow and red stars fit in between livened the whole thing up.
Happy birthday Andi!
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.
Our local hospital, Glengarry Memorial Hospital, is raising funds for a new digital x-ray machine. Each year the good people who fund raise for this institution, hold a Jubilee Dinner and for the past few years, have added a cake auction.
This year it was easy to pick a theme — x-ray! So in addition to the patient getting an x-ray, (I actually had to look at an image of a skeleton to get it right!), the cake is surrounded on four sides with edible x-ray images.
I heard the cake got really big bucks and the hospital is that much closer to its goal. Good news indeed.
I decided to experiment this year for my partner, Richard’s birthday cake. So…I played with different coloured ganache, using white chocolate, whipping cream and food colouring and made a kind of tie-dyed, drippy rainbow cake.
The inside, however was not rainbow colours but chocolate, his fave. It was a hit!
A quick sheet cake to bring along to my boyfriend’s family’s annual T-giving supper. I love sprinkles and I especially love the little autumn-toned maple leaf sprinkles I picked up the other day. Wishing a happy and bountiful Thanksgiving to all who celebrate!
My friend told me she was having a surprise 60th birthday party for her husband and asked me to make a cake for the momentous occasion. Denis is an architect and has an affinity for old buildings. Instead of floor plans and blueprints, Michelle opted to use sketches Denis made of landmarks from the local area. I had them printed on edible sheets and made fondant pencils, an eraser and a circle stencil. He signs all his drawings with his initials “JDS” so I added that too.
Denis loved it and particularly loved taking a bite out of his sketches. Literally. Happy 60th Denis!
When my friend Anick told me that her daughter Famke was turning seven and she was having a unicorn-themed party to celebrate, I knew exactly what cake to make her. And…she loved it!