Good Carma

CarmaOur local municipal elections took place this week and I was asked to make a cake for an “after-the-election” party for Carma Williams, who was running in our township for Deputy Mayor, ostensibly to thank supporters and volunteers, but if all went well, as part of a celebration too.
Turned out, Carma was elected as Deputy Mayor and this cake, an edible repro of her campaign signs, was served at the congratulations party.
Now that’s what I call good Carma!

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Captain Underpants

Captain UnderpantsAt the beginning of the year, Famke starts thinking about the theme for a cake for her September birthday. First it was Frozen. Then it was Strawberry Shortcake. At one point I think there were flamingos being discussed. It’s always fun and always changing and challenging.
Once I did a fairy cake. A piano/cello combo cake when she was learning both instruments. Her calico cat is one of her favourite things so she became a cake too.
This year? Captain Underpants! What a fun challenge. I hadn’t heard of this super hero before but my sis told me that when her son was little, he was a big fan. So here ya go, Famke. Happy Captain Underpants to you!

School days

Teacher's 90thHelen taught primary school, grades 1 and 2, for her entire career and loved every minute of it. She touched the lives of countless students and many still remember her all these years later.
Helen turned 90 over the weekend and some of those students were there to wish her well. Many happy returns of the day to Helen and thank you for making a difference in so many young lives.

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.

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.