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!
My 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.
I 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.
Marthe called me the other day to say that her husband Robert would be celebrating his 70th birthday and could I make a cake in the shape of a deer as he was a deer hunter.
Hmmm. I thought about it and sent Marthe a few options and together we decided that this was a cuter approach; the deer and the hunter sitting side-by-side at a bonfire, roasting marshmallows.
Robert loved it and after all the cake was eaten, he kept the two fondant figures as keepsakes!
My friend Ron was turning 60 and having a big bash at a bar in downtown Toronto. I decided my gift to him would be the birthday cake. The cake had to feed about 75 people and it had to survive a five hour drive in the late summer heat.
I entrusted my friend Peter to secretly do research and nab photos of Ron to span his 60 years. Instead of a vertical cake, I went horizontal. I baked three 9″x13″ cakes and each one featured two decades of Ron’s life. The first was ages 10-20, then 30-40 and finally 50-60. Peter emailed the scanned images to me and I had them made into edible sheets which I put onto the cakes. I edged it with fondant sprockets to look like a film strip.
When we approached the Big Smoke (Toronto), my car’s thermometer read 36C. I was so happy that the three cakes were each in their own boxes, surrounded by freezer packs, towels and topped with a thermal blanket.
When we got to the bar, we removed the pre-cut edges of the cake boards and pushed the three cakes together to look like one extra long film strip. Ron was really surprised and he just loved it!
At the end of the evening, Peter and Ron had a few pieces of cake left over. Peter emailed me this photo which he entitled, “Remains of the cake.”
Liv’s favourite colour is purple, so her mum asked me to make a cake for Liv’s special birthday using that colour. A bouquet of purple posies seemed like the right way to celebrate.
What happens when it snows on Easter weekend? A few years back it did just that so I made a little Easter chocolate cake in response. Just when our corner of the world is having its spring awakening, winter won’t let go. This cake is a wave goodbye to that darn cold season and questioning, “What the heck is that white stuff doing on the back of the Easter bunny!”