Sunday, November 26, 2006

A Tastey Blizzard

And I am not referring to the DQ treat either. I made so many snow flake cookies this weekend it looked like I had a mini blizzard hit my kitchen. These were oh so tastey and ordered by my gf for her new gift basket business, check it out.... Gifted. Her site isn't completed yet, but gives an idea of what she is making. Any ways, this is the cookie she ordered, and is also the cookie that my work ordered (only 200 of those to do!!!), and the second photo is the parcel I shipped to her, so as you can see each snowflake is individually packaged and labelled (on the back side).












Saturday, November 18, 2006

Princess Cake

My Girlfriend asked me to make a Princess cake for her neices' 3rd birthday and when she saw the Barbie cake I did, figured this would be perfect. I was on the hunt for a princess barbie, bit couldn't find one that I like, and when I saw this adorable little princess I just couldn't pass her up.



Hope she has a princess perfect birthday!!!!

Tuesday, November 07, 2006

Princess Barbie

I've just received an order from my gf for her nieces 3rd b-day. Princess Barbie is the request. I have a couple of weeks to work on this one, so my hunt will be for a beautiful Princess that can be used for the Cake.


In other news, DE has been asked to make cookies, so I will be working on a few samples this week, so check out the site and vote for your favorites... ok realistically I probably won't have any to show untill after the weekend, but I may surprise even myself.

Monday, October 30, 2006

Saturday, October 28, 2006

Sneak PEEK

It is my dh's birthday on Halloween and we are having a big costume party for him tonight. My gf is hosting the party at her place and I am cooking the meal. I am so looking forward to it. Roasted Pork Tenderloin, Roasted Potatoes, and Roasted Veggies... Oh this is going to be delicious.

I used evite to ask everyone to save the date and then as a reminder with all the details I sent them a little white box, when opened had a severed witch finger cookie that had a little black tie on it. The invite had all the particulars, but also this ....

Don't Forget....


Severed Limbs will be served shortly after 7:00pm, please don't be late, as there is nothing like gnawing on a COLD SHOULDER!!!!

Bring Your Own BLOOD!!!!

So any ways, yesterday I was working on the table center piece, my gf has a beautiful chandelier above her dining table and she has pulled the spider web down from it and managed to suspend some spiders in mid air. The cake will be the table center piece and as I mentioned on my blog, I had no idea what I was going to create for dh. Every idea I found was rather childish, and cutesy, so I kept searching for that perfect cake idea.

I will post photos from the party, as that shot will look fabulous, but until then, here is a sneak peek of the master piece. I have a few pieces yet to add, like a couple of bolts at the bottom (yes this is supposed to be Frankenstein, not just an old man), but I think it turned out alright. I think if I added one more cake on the bottom I might have had the proportions correct, but I didn't think we needed 4 cakes!!!! Any ways, it still looks creepy enough and I am sure will look awesome tomorrow night.


What do you think????



Friday, October 20, 2006

8 days

That is how much time I have to come up with an idea for birthday cake for Scott. It can't be just any old cake, for the husband of the cake maker. This has got to be something fabulous. I spent hours on line trying to find a great cake idea and found a few amazing cakes out there, but I think they are a bit beyond the scope of what I am capable of doing. I don't have any airbrush tools, so that limits a few things I can do.

Any ways, off to check more sites, and more books. Here's hoping inspiration finds it way to me quickly!!!!

Monday, October 09, 2006

Happy Thanksgiving!!!


This is the newest creation added to my portfolio, it was orginally only to feed 6 people, but when I baked the first cake, it looked so small, and not quite enough, (sure it would totally feed 6 people, but it wasn't grand enough), so I made another layer and decided to do a basket weave on it. I put silk leaves all around the bottom, and mounded the gourds on top.

I hope the family enjoyed it!!!

Saturday, September 30, 2006

Fiesta

Fiesta Margarita... or at least that is what it was supposed to be, but when looking at my so called margarita glasses they now just look like a bunch of cacti with upside down sombreros on. They looked awesome last night, but when put beside the fondant sombrero, well they just don't quite look as good.

Sue, I hope you all enjoy this 40lb cake yes that is correct, this baby weighs close to 40 lbs and tastes delicious, (we sampled the cut off bits and oh so ymmmy!!!!) You can exactly go to a Mexican Fiesta without having some amazing chocolate cake. Enjoy!!!!

Friday, September 29, 2006

Spider Man... Spider Man

Does what ever a spide can.....


Oh those were the days when I would wake up and watch early Sat. morning cartoons with my brothers. I wasn't a huge spiderman fan, but I know my brothers were, so I hope the owner of this cake is equally thrilled with this version of Spider Man!!!


Tuesday, September 26, 2006

My Spidey Senses

are tingling....

Or at least they will be by the weekend. I have a new cake order for Friday night, which should be a lot of fun. 1 spider man cake coming right up!!!!

I will post pictures after it is picked up, unless Teresa wants to see it before.

Monday, September 18, 2006

Cappuccino Truffle Cake

Ok, now this is just sinfully deliciouos!!!!

A good friend of mine from work had a house warming party this weekend, and although he has enjoyed all of the cakes I've made thus far, he has a sweet tooth and likes dessert cakes more then fondant novelty cakes, so this is the dessert I made him. Oh it was incredible, and oh my heck the cake alone weighed 6lbs, after all the trimmings, the icing, the hazelnuts, the ferrero rocher and the homemade cappuccino truffles I am positive it was close to 8lbs of delcious yumminess!!!!!







I think I found my new favorite dessert!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Saturday, September 16, 2006

Barbie's Photo Shoot

So Lillian's Birthday is on Sunday and Tammy asked me to make her a Barbie cake, only stipulation it needed to be in pink!!! I went out shopping this week and found a very pretty looking Barbie that had pink lips. Funny how I never noticed, but 90% of all the Barbies I found had red lips and that just wouldn't do if she was to wear a pink Ballgown!!!

So I made the cake, pink Vanilla cake, and hollowed out the center, so Barbie could fit. I tell you, Barbie has gotten kind of hippy over the years. She has a bit more junk in her trunk these days.. if it is possible. Amy ways, I am not a fashion designer by any means, but I happen to think I did an alright job on the dress.







What do you think...??? Would you be Happy with this cake???

Sunday, September 10, 2006

Princess' and Super Hero's

This is what me week consisted of, A Princess party for a pretty little 4 yr old and a Super Hero cake for a 7 yeard old Boy. Alexis got to see the creation of her cake all week, as I started the flowers on Monday, and each night I was creating something new for her, from the chocalate castle and decorating it, to the construction of the Vanilla cake. I loved it!!

I followed a pattern in the cake book, to a tee and tried to figure out why their chocolate castle could stand for a full photoshoot, but I couldn't get mine to stand for more then 30 seconds. Then I realized that their cake board was the drum circle and not the little flimpsy one I used. I think that punctured the dowels into the drum to keep it stable and standing. Something to keep in mind for the next castle cake I need to make. Some of my wonderful and way too kind freinds have commented and said they couldn't tell, but despite the tipping castle the cake looked fabulous and tasted amazing. I am not usually a white cake person, but this was incredible, you could hear the moisture!!! I know that sounds ridiculous, but when you put your fork into the cake, you could hear how moist it was, which surprised me because I made the cake Tues. and Wed. (1 cake each night) and decorated it Thursday night.





The girls and their parents loved it, and gobbled the cake up, and appropriatley oohed and ahhed when I brought it out. Now I have this amazing chocolate castle and not sure what to do with it. No one wants to eat it, so I haven't figured out what to do, I can't just throw it out, but no what???

Any ways Thursday night started the construction of the batman cake, or at the least the baking of layer 1. It was perfect, smelled sinfully delicious and I left it to cool. Friday when I went to remove the cake from the cake pan, I realized my mistake and gasped in horror as the center of the cake stuck to the inside of the cake pan. So Friday night was the start of a very long evening. I now had to make 2 huge layers and I only have 1 cake pan, so the baking time alone was 3 hours never mind the mixing, measuring and stuff. So the first layer is baking we put the girls to bed and I started making the butter cream frosting. Perfect, the cake is cooled and time to remove from the pan, my heart skipped a beat and I tapped the top of the pan several times to ensure nothing was stuck. Great it released perfectly and now off to wash and start the whole process all over. 2nd layers is baking I started to create all the colors, can you believe it, this cake took 10 different colors to create it.

Scott being the most amazing husband in the world disappeared for a little while and I was just too busy to notice that he was gone, so I was shocked when he walked into the house with 4 double doubles from TH for us to consume throughout the evening. He smiled and said... "I think we may need these tonight". Oh what an incredible man he is.

So I had this amazing plan, I found the perfect image for this cake, and I blew it up to the perfect size, I traced it onto wax paper and proceeded to tranfer it to the cake by using toothpicks. My idea was to poke out the design and then trace and fill it in. So simple the plan was fool proof, but perhaps I had too many things on the go that it didn't even occur to me that cakes are airy, and that toothpick holes would not show in the cake. If I frosted the cake first it might have worked, but I couldn't imagine anyone easting a double layer of icing, so that wouldn't work at all. So after I punctured 1/2 the image on the cake, I lifted the was paper and to my horror I couldn't see anything.

I sat down in the chiar for a few minutes and sighed... oh dear, now I have to do this all by hand. I am not an artist, I can't draw a stickman, how in the world am I going to recreate batman on this cake. My dh to the rescue, he pointed out that if I break it into smaller pieces and create it like a jigsaw puzzle I could do it So they we were drawing and redrawing the whole scene with my bag of black icing. (A hint for any decorators... a paint brush is your best friend, if you make a mistake, it can pick up the icing, or you can use the brush to manipulate the shape you want.) Finally at 4:00am the cake was done and just in time, my hand was starting to cramp as I was doing the borders. So even though this took much longer then I anticipated, I loved every minute of it and felt very proud of my creation at the end of the day!!!



Ethan and Carm picked up the cake Sat night and seeing his face light up when he saw the cake made it all worth it. Thank you Carmen for the challenge, it was a lot of fun, and I learned something new about myself, I am creative and can do anything I set my mind to!!!


So now my busy weekend is over, and I recieved another cake order, this time from my friend Tammy, her daughter's birthday is this comning Sunday and has requested a Barbie cake. This will be a lot of fun. I get to pick out a cool Barbie Doll for her and then bake a cake inthe shape of a dress and then I get to decorate it. The only stipulation is she needs ot be in pink. Well that won't be too difficult and I have ideas already, just need to think of some fantastic design and let the creativity flow.

Here's to a new week filled with creativity!!!

Saturday, September 02, 2006

Cosmetic Cakes

Ms Marisa is moving away to Calgary tomorrow so she is having a BBQ today so she can visit with everyone before she leaves. She asked me to bake a cake for her, but asked me to surprise her with what I created. I flipped through every cake book I have and found a few ideas, I thought about the wise old owl with alphabets around it, or a truck filled with boxes and luggage since she was moving, but once I saw this cake, I couldn't resist, I just had to make it for her. I hope she likes it.







Everything on these cakes is 100% edible, however I don't think anyone will really bite into those costmetic cases. The cakes are in teh table and tha cosmetic purse. I had to do some trimming, so I don't think it will feed 30 people, but just in case, I made a batch of chocolate cupcakes to bring along for any BIG and Little kids.

Monday, August 28, 2006

Another Order

I can't believe this... I went to pick up Alexis from school and her teacher who is moving to AB is having a BBQ this weekend and has asked me to make a cake for her.

I am torn between charging her or not, she said she would have the money tomorrow, but part of me would like to give her this as a gift, but then another part thinks I still need to make some money if I am trying to make a go of this.

Any ways, I found a really cool design that I am going to use to create her cake, she asked me to surprise her, so I hope she likes it... pictures will be posted this weekend.

Sunday, August 27, 2006

~Flower Cakes~

My original idea was to have a hot pink flower on the black cake and the other cake was to have hot pink fondant with the orange flower on it. I couldn't find any Hot Pink flowers and since this one was more burgundy looking and I decided to match the fondant to it, unfortunately the orange flower didn't look quite right, but I think this combination looks fabulous, and for that matter so did everyone who came for Lisa's Birthday dinner.



Friday, August 25, 2006

Something Smells Delicious

Oh, this is torture, sitting here smelling the awesome cakes baking. I have one French Vanilla Cake, and the other is a rich Chocolate Mocha cake. They will finish baking tonight, then tomorrow I will ice them and cover each with fondant and the Gerber Daisy.

Yum yum yum!!!

Monday, August 21, 2006

Cake Orders!!!!

I have recieved a few orders for cakes already. I can't believe how exciting this will be. I have 2 cakes to make this week. Very simple, but elegant cakes for my girl friend. It is her birthday on Friday, and Saturday we are going to celebrate, so although I am not charging her for these cakes, I will have two more pieces to add to my show case.

They are small 6" cakes, one will be black with a HOT PINK Gerber Daisy on the top, the other will be HOT PINK with a bright ORANGE Gerber Daisy on it. These will totally scream LISA, so I am positive she will love them.


The following weekend is Alexis 4th birthday and I am making her a princess cake. Well sort of, it will be all white, with pink and purple flowers, and silver balls everywhere, with a white cocolate castle mounted on the top. This will be load of fun to make.

The week after that, my friend Carmen is having a b-day for her 7 year old son. Bat Man is the theme, and although I couldn't find a character cake I did find something totally amazing that I will be able to do freehand, and since she has requested this to be a surprise, I won't show anyone the idea until the cake is completed. I think it will look totally awesome, and I hope Ethan likes it too!!!

So in the next few weeks, I will have plenty of cakes to add to my blog, so come back and check.

Monday, August 14, 2006

Wedding Cakes

If I had any doubts before tonight, this seals it for me. I have never been happier and more confident in my skills as I am tonight. Someone even told me after completing level 3 of the Wilton cake classes you can actually apply to some of the bakeries. Forget that, I want me very own. I am on a high right now, so I know this will happen.. one day. I have some time to put in at my current job, and possibly even do it for a little while, but it will happen I am even more sure of it tonight, so until then I get to practise and master my skills. I am far from perfect, but this feels right for me.

Having said that, here is my level 3 final cake!!!!



















Scott had the whole dinning room set up lights, candles, back drops you name it, he has it all set up. Well of course I'm sure Sue could point out a few better things, but he is doing a fabulous job in there tonight.

So who (or shall I say what) is the prime focus of this photo shoot....

MY CAKE -- that's right, my beloved wedding cake that I spent the weekend working on and all night decorating. He has it front and center and we took my bridal bouquet laid it down in the background, added some candles and my crystal cake plate and he has been in there snapping photos for almost 1 hour.

I wanted to add flowers all around the border, but I totally under estimated the time to make the fondant roses, so last night I only got 14 completed and I think I needed about twice that. I planned on making more tonight when I got home, but figured it looked all right and besides the guys at work are not going to eat the roses, so why bother.


Friday, August 11, 2006

Open for Business

Ok, well not quite, but I wanted a place seperate from my family life where I can talk about the cake creations and have a place to show case my designs in the event I truly want to do this for a living.


Here is the most recent cake I made, rich chocolate cake, with a raspberry cream filling. It isn't perfect, but when you have 12 ladies all crammed into one tiny little room it is hard to share the table, but I think it turned out quite well.












And of course here is the infamous cake from the BBQ, even though it slipped and doesn't look nearly as good as it did in class I wantd to add it here too because darn it, I am still proud of it.













And one more favorite of mine... the Yin Yang Cake I made for my girl friends husband.