A day at the spa

spa cakeI can’t think of a better way to bring in a 30th birthday than with a day at the spa. Apparently Anna is a big fan of “a spa day” and loves soaking in a hot tub.
Here she is, a fondant version of herself that is, luxuriating in all those bubbles. And there’s even has a mojito, her fave, balancing on the tub’s edge.
Happy birthday Anna. Enjoy!

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Dachshund cake

Wiener dog for Cindy's50thMy cousin Cindy was turning 50 and her husband Saul asked me to make a cake for the celebration. They love dogs and have a sweet little dachshund named Rusty.
I tried to make the cake look a like their little guy and feed 20 party-goers too. Good times!

River Symposium

River SymposiumI was asked to do a cake to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Annual Symposium of the Great Lakes & St. Lawrence River Ecosystem. The symposium series began in 1993 as a means to bring scientists and communities together to discuss freshwater issues.
I wanted to show many of the critters that inhabit the ecosystems on and around the water so I included a family of Canada geese, mallard ducks and their ducklings, a beaver and its lodge, turtles, American ducks, a muskrat and an otter.

Bedtime for Denise

bedtime for DeniseMy vet celebrated her birthday last week and I was asked to bring a cake to her surprise party.
I figured that being a vet all her life Denise has looked after countless dogs and cats, and I think she puts a little something extra into her care. So, I thought it’d be fun to show her with some of the myriad of critters that she’s cared for in her career, as she beds down for the night.
The doggy at her shoulder is her special dachshund Fritz. And I snuck my late-great calico Nutmeg on the left.
Two layers of vanilla cake, (washed down with coffee and red wine) was a great way to end the party. Denise loved it!

Two of her favourite things

film strip cakeSometimes 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!