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!

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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 “√úvegtigris” 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!

Gone fishing

fishing cakeMarcel is lucky enough to live along the St. Lawrence River and goes fishing as often as he can. He fishes for perch, pickerel, bass, and occasionally he gets pike.
For his 50th birthday, his wife Lori thought a cake that showed his passion for fishing would be just the thing.
I hope Marcel got to go fishing on his birthday and that he snagged a big one!

Birthday walk

walking cakeBev is an amazing gal! She celebrated her birthday on the same week she decided to challenge herself to walk from Ottawa to Montreal, walking “Chemin des Outaouais,” some 240 km (150 miles).
Upon her return from Montreal (I bet she got a lift back to Ottawa!) her sister Trice presented her with this cake as a surprise. Well done Bev!
To read more about her journey click on: chemindesoutaouais.ca

Kitten and butterfly

cat and butterflyMy 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.

Deer hunter

deer hunter cakeMarthe 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!