This weekend I made my first 'tummy cake' for baby shower for one of my favourite groups of clients (they've asked for the Labatt's bottle, the Palm Bay cans and the Dora cake, to name a few). Tummy Cakes bit of a fad right now, and to be honest, I'm not too fond of them personally. Don't get me wrong, this cake was *a lot* of fun to make, and I got a lot of compliments on it as I walked to my car (It was too big to put a lid on). But personally, the thought of slicing into a pregnant woman's stomach and then eating the insides just never appealed to me. Inside the fondant layer (to make my mental image of slicing the cake even worse) are layers of white cake, organic strawberries and whipped sweet cream. I'm sure it tasted amazing - but I'm glad I wasn't around for that cutting!
We celebrated my Dad's retirement (and 65th birthday, shhh) this year with a fantastic dinner, good company and some cake and ice cream! My Dad loves his Dove chocolate so when Mom asked for a chocolate cake that looked like a Dove candy, I thought it was a great idea! The cake, of course, is Devil's food chocolate with a milk chocolate buttercream filling, topped with a chocolate ganash icing. Oh-My!
May 14th was a popular day for first communions, and I'm very sorry to all of the people I had to turn down. My client booked this day way in advance because she knew she wanted me to make the cake and didn't want to take any chance for disappointed. I was asked to make a marble cake with vanilla icing decorated with flowers, bread, a rosary and a bible. I also made some cross shaped sugar cookies decorated with hand pipped grapes. She also ordered some basic vanilla swirl cupcakes to go along with the order. All of the decoration on the cake were hand made, except for the bible and the wheat and turned out lovely if you ask me!
My friend wanted to give her hubby some tickets for the Lion King this year for his birthday (instead of a bar-b-q, he's just that kind of a guy) and asked me to make a cake to give him a hint. "Just throw some Lion King type stuff on it, so that he gets the idea" she said. And I did. Inside the cake are layers of vanilla cake surrounding a middle layer of cheesecake.
Every special occasion deserves a cake, but some cakes need to pull double duty! Everyone has a lot going on right now and sometimes we need to celebrate a couple occasions at the same time. This confused little cake had to celebrate Mother's Day, as well as a couple of birthday boys. Buttercream only was requested for this cake - no fondant please.
The wedding cake process always starts with the funnest part, in my opinion, the tasting! I made some cupcakes for a friend's tasting a few weeks ago, and as expected, they loved them all! From left to right I made vanilla cupcakes with Lime, Lemon, Raspberry, French vanilla Mocha, regular Vanilla and Chocolate buttercreams. The new French Vanilla Mocha was a huge his, as was the lime. My friends treated me to home made pizza and yummy salad before the cupcakes were devoured! Can't wait for the wedding!!
I baked my first cookie at the age of 5, and have been in love ever since. The smiles on people's faces when they taste my creations is what keeps my passion alive!