It was my great pleasure to make the cake for my friend Bobby's birthday this week. This cake went through a couple versions before this one was decided. This first was Bobby's head on the Hulk's body. Interesting, but cake decorating is not photoshop. The second was a computer, which makes sense for Bobby, but I honestly wondered how I was going to pull *that* one off! So I asked the birthday boy what he wanted, and he said the Linux penguin. Perfect! At one point I was going to start to get fancy with the cake, by putting yellow stars on the sides and yellow rosettes around the top border. But then I decided to keep it simple: Bobby's not a fancy guy. This was by far the funniest cake cutting I have ever been in the presence of! Bobby cut all around the penguin at all kinds of weird angles and piece sizes, but he kept the cute little guy intact!
About a month ago, I bribed my Mom's bosses with a couple of cupcakes to let her leave work early to take me to lunch. Apparently my sneaky ploy worked because the big boss lady had been dreaming about my cupcakes for weeks, and to spite working for one of the major food distributors in the city, wanted them for her daughter's birthday. She requested a white daisy shaped cupcake cake, which I had never attempted before, as well as some daisy flowers. I also talked her into my first smash cake. I had to break out all six of my stacking cooling racks for this job!
So this week's challenge came in the form of a last minute request for a friend's Father-in-law's 50th birthday. I could hear the blush in her voice when she asked me to make a cake in the shape of a bare woman's torso. I've made some adult themed chocolates in the past, but this was the first R-rated cake I've ever worked on. I giggled my way through it, and I thought of my Uncle Tom the whole time! I won't be posting any pictures of this cake because I've shown my young niece how to find this blog. I'm a bad enough example as it is, without giving her and her little brother access to inappropriate cake pictures! If you're curious, drop me an email and I'll be happy to send you a picture of the cake <giggle>.
When I got the request from my cousin to please bring down some cake balls (if it wasn't too much trouble) to NY when I came down for the wedding, since it was her and twin's 16th birthday, I Initially wanted to scrap the cake ball idea, and instead do something huge and over the top for their birthday. 16 is special after all! I was thinking something 3 tiered, with all kinds of funky elements and stuff... but alas, my imagination was exceeding the time restraints I had due to the wedding. I had to give the twins a rain check on the cake and instead promise some yummy cake balls. The very next day, the bride called and asked if I would make a cake for the girls because she wanted to acknowledge their birthday on the rehearsal cruise. How could I resist? I was told that all Kathleen wanted was a Beatles cake (preferable Abby Road) and all Kalli wanted was whatever Kathleen wanted. So, here is what I came up with. The girls were very surprised and the look on their faces was priceless!! The cake is devil's food chocolate cake with yummy vanilla buttercream. Those are miniature cake balls around the border - and for anyone who has tried my cake balls, you know how good they are. They are even better tiny!!!
When I first met Agnes, she was returning from maternity leave after having her first son, Peter. Today, Peter turned 10 and Agnes wanted a special cake for him. I guess he is somewhat of a gamer (as well as a star hockey player!) and Agnes went crazy over the first PS3 controller I made so she asked if I would make one for Peter. Strangely enough, I had the same sensation as I did with the first one... I wanted to pick the thing up with both hands, press a couple of buttons, then take a BIG bite out of it! I resisted, again.
Facebook is great for reconnecting with old friends. It's also a great way to keep an eye on my artistic friend's projects and new creations. And I guess the same can be said about me and my cakes because I recently got a cake request from an old high school friend named Lisa out of the blue. Lisa is also a nail artist who owns her own studio spa in Oakville and does amazing work. Since I have a wedding coming up, I thought this would be a great chance to not only see each other and get caught up, but also to trade services. Best Decision Ever!! Initially I thought about making a giant nail polish bottle for Lisa's cake, but she said she liked light cakes, berries and whipped cream - the lighter stuff. It's pretty tough to carve a fruit filled cake, so I opted for another choice. I used her website for some inspiration, and had lots of fun making the 100% edible nail art tools. Inside is essentially a strawberry short cake - vanilla sponge cake with layers of fresh strawberries and real whipped sweet cream.
I had a great time chatting with Lisa and catching up. I also enjoyed the super awesome pampering my feet received! She did a great job on my toes and sent me home with a yummy smelling jar of foot cream. Just look how great they are! And those are *real* flowers, by the way. Shenazy!
Monday morning I received an order for 30 baby shower cupcakes. The client pretty much gave me free reign with the design idea, but that asked it have a baby boy theme. Since she had requested the grave and the beer bottle cakes in the past, she did say nothing too extreme. I decided to make some cute fondant cupcake toppers that read 'Welcome Baby Boy!' with some adorable foot print, heart, flower and star accents. The cupcakes underneath are vanilla and chocolate cake topped with a variety of buttercream icings: French vanilla, chocolate, lemon, mocha and as per the client's other request "make sure there are some of those amazing raspberry ones in there!".
So, yay for google maps!! It looks like adding myself there has really opened me up to new business in my area. One of the first (completed) orders that originated straight from the internet was this pretty purple cake that I made for Patricia. She was looking for a cake designer in her area to help make her mother's 50th birthday very special. The top layer is chocolate cake with a mocha Swiss buttercream filling and the bottom is vanilla cake with lemon Swiss buttercream. I used Swiss buttercream for this cake because the client was looking for a filling that was a little less sweet.
The funnest part of a cupcake is what you put on top of it. Recently I was asked to make some cupcake toppers for some various cupcakes. The beach balls are actually gum balls covered in fondant. Cute little Pablo (it must have been penguin week!) is all fondant and gumpaste and the baby feet are hand shaped from a fondant/gumpaste mix. All are 100% edible and will last forever!
Last Christmas, Santa brought me an amazing book called Hello Cupcake! The book is filled with amazing creations, new techniques and endless ideas. I've been waiting for months for the chance to try one of these creations, so I was uber excited when Maggie said she needed some penguins. It was a little trickier then it appeared, and the super hot and humid weather did not help, but look how cute they are!! I made a couple of changes from the book's directions, like the Belgian chocolate wafers for flippers (instead of chocolate cookies) and the white chocolate disk for the tummy (instead of a slice of marshmallow). Almost too cute too eat... almost.
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!