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!

Partying kitties

cats-and-woolMy friend Scott’s mum’s birthday is Christmas Eve and this year she turned 70, so he wanted to celebrate that milestone.
She loves her two cats, Lucky and Angel, and asked that they were on the cake. Here they are, already celebrating her special day, playing with green and red wool (a nod to the season), and donning party hats.
Happy birthday to the pre-Christmas baby!

Calico cat

Cat for Famke's 6th bday 1Little Famke was turning six and asked me to do a cake for her that looked like her calico cat Liko. I have a sweet calico named Nutmeg and she sat at my feet most of the time while I was making this cake. She’s a great little model.

Cat for Famke's 6th bdayThe cake body was vanilla and fed about 20 people. I decided to make the head and balls of yarn from Rice Krispie treats. Fun to work with and easy to shape.
Famke loved it and at the end of the party, the only bits left were the head and a ball of wool.

Wiener dog

WeinerDogMy youngest cousin Saul turned 40 a couple of years back and asked me to make him a cake. Anything I wanted. A surprise! Instead of a hockey or baseball jersey (he’s a huge sports fan) I decided to make him a cake in the shape of his beloved wiener dog, Hailey. I was pretty nervous. How to do the head? I made it out of rice krispy treats, shaped it, covered it with icing and fondant. I was so happy with how it turned out.
In retrospect, I wish I had added a little party hat and some confetti to make it more celebratory. But as I recall, I was so happy that the dog had turned out looking like a wiener dog, I just left well enough alone.

Puppy dog cupcakes

cupcakes dogs SPCA 2016This is the fourth year I’ve participated in the SPCA Cupcake Fundraiser Day. For the past several years, I’ve made white buttercream shaggy dog cupcakes with mini-M&M eyes and pink fondant tongues. This year I decided to mix it up and make chocolate, mocha, maple and vanilla furry dogs. Great to be able to help our local animal shelter.

Handle with care

Valentines RMx2For Valentine’s Day a few years back, I made a special cake for our Valentine’s dessert. It was a square two-layer, red velvet cake and using beige fondant, made it look like a cardboard box, packed with candy hearts. In amongst the packing materials were Richard and me and our five cats (at the time): Barney, Percy, Oreo, Cookie and Nutmeg.