Scrapbooking cake

Scrapbooking cakeWhen Melissa called me about a cake for her husband Neil’s 40th birthday, we discussed all sorts of things. His truck repair business. His other job as a farmer. His family. His love of his Scottish roots.
Melissa said she’d send me photos for inspiration and as we discussed the cake more (which was to feed 70 partygoers), I thought about making it a sort of “this is your life” type cake. Almost like a scrapbooking page.
My training as a graphic designer kicked in. I drew a layout of the cake and sized all the photos so I could order them from a friend who has an edible printer. Then I made tools (that I thought he’d use on the job) — wrenches of varying sizes and lug nuts out of fondant and painted them with edible silver.
I thought it turned out great and was a fun way to recognize all the important things in Neil’s life on his significant birthday.

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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!

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!