Birthday succulents

cupcakes succulentsMy last bake of the year for the past few years, has been for Cheryl who celebrates her birthday on December 28.
I’ve done all manner of cupcakes for her so this year her daughter suggested succulents.
I love doing succulents out of buttercream. When I make succulents, I experiment with different piping tips so they turn out a little differently each time. Always fun!
Cheers to Cheryl on her birthday and Happy New Year!

Pot of succulents

succulet cake martheA friend’s daughter wanted a cake for her mum who loves growing succulents. Marthe also loves working a jigsaw puzzle. So I made this cake that incorporates the things she loves to do.
Apparently the birthday party was a big surprise and when the cake was pulled out, Marthe was surprised all over again.

Pot of succulents

Succulents for LivMy friend Julia told me that her daughter Liv was turning 20. I have done Liv’s birthday cakes over the past few years so coming up with something different took some thinking. But Julia told me that now that Liv is away at university, she’s taken up growing plants, mostly succulents. A-ha!
Instead of just topping a cake with succulents, I decided to make the pot that they’re grown in too. A great backdrop for the interesting shapes of those succulents.
Happy birthday Liv. Keep growing!

Succulent cake

succulent cakeSucculents are all the rage now and the fun thing about them is that they grow in hundreds of shapes, sizes and colours.
In this case, I played with shades of green and made wee cacti and succulents by piping buttercream and going “old school.”
I just love piping buttercream and going back to my decorating “roots” and this cake was just a great excuse to play with sugar. And best of all, this cake was a donation for a fundraising cake auction, the proceeds to go to the Madagascar School project, an effort I support and donate a cake to annually.

Succulent cupcakes

succulentsI love succulents! Their shapes. Their shades of dusty green. Their variety of unique shapes.
I decided to try making them out of buttercream for cupcakes to raise money for SPCA Cupcake Day. These were pretty popular and didn’t last long.
Win-win! I had fun making them and the critters at the shelter will be taken care of. Perfect.

Gecko and cactus

cactus and geckoI made this cactus cake for friends Gordon and Natalie who share January birthdays. I especially wanted to immortalize their pet gecko Kartini, who passed away at the ripe age of 19 just a few months previous. I figured a fondant gecko and a red velvet cactus cake covered with green buttercream, sitting on chocolate crumbs in a real terracotta pot would be a great way to celebrate.

Succulent cake

Yvette&Ken's 25thMy friends Yvette and Ken celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary last weekend. Their theme was “sun-kissed and windblown.” Centrepieces were locally procured driftwood filled with succulents. I was entrusted to do the cake. Simple. Feed 70 or so guests. Keep with the theme.
The challenge was the succulents. I had a heap of fun making them out of fondant in 33C weather with 90 per cent humidity. I solved the problem by adding a bit of Tylose powder to the fondant and then popping them into the dehydrator. Magic!
Ken cut the slab from wood that Yvette saw lying in someone’s yard. The tree had just been taken down, so she rang the bell and asked the lady if she could have a chunk for her cake. Yes! Then Ken sawed it into the perfect cake base.The cake was a hit! The party was fun. Congrats to the amazingly happy couple.