This weekend it was my great honour to make the desert for Amy and Shayne's wedding. Amy was the first friend I made when I moved to Toronto a lifetime ago. We bonded over not only the same first name, but also the exact same middle name too! So when Amy asked if I would make the cupcakes for her wedding, I jumped all over it. I also insisted on making a small cake for them to have something to cut for pictures at the reception. Amy was probably one of the most easy going brides I will ever have. Her theme was autumn and other than that, she let me run with the design. The seventy-two chocolate and vanilla cupcakes were topped with four different kinds of buttercream: Vanilla, Raspberry, Mocha and Lime. The 6" chocolate and mocha cake is topped with hand made and hand painted edible hydrangea and topped with beautiful silk flowers. Amy and Shayne, thank you for letting me be a part of your special day, and I wish you all the happiness in all your days to come.
This week started with 2 dozen pretty pink cupcakes to celebrate Jan's soon-to-arrive baby girl. Congratulations Janizelle! More cupcakes followed later in the week when my friend Olga requested some Elmo cupcakes to bring to dinner as a surprise for her friend's son. The week ended with a slightly bigger project. Beth, who's been known to request such awesome projects as the #10 cupcakes and the crawling from the grave cake, asked if I would make a cake that looks like some Palm Bay spritz for her two friends who were turning 29....again. I figured the best way to recreate something, is to have it in front of you. So, I took the difficult task upon myself and bought a 6 pack of the cans, then proceeded to do my research on the balcony. They're pretty tasty!
Inside the fondant covered cakes are 8 layers of chocolate cake with yummy French vanilla buttercream sandwiched in between.
My good friend Josie knew that I recently completed a class in sugar flowers, and decided that her mother's birthday cake would be a good chance for me to practice what I learned. Josie's Mom loves flowers and even participates in some kind of horticultural society, so it was important to me to get this one right. She asked for a simple vanilla cake layered with chocolate mousse (I used rich dark Belgian chocolate) and decorated with orange lilies. I opted for the calla lilies, because honestly, they are super easy to make. I hand painted each one after they dried, and used a simple ribbon to accent the cake. I wanted to keep this simple and clean, to show off the pretty orange flowers.
This week I had lots of little projects to keep me busy. The first was a cake for my clients who hate fondant. It was a simple chocolate cake covered in my yummy vanilla buttercream and decorated with a basic (boring) border and writing. A picture didn't quite make it to the blog... not sure how that happened. I also made some simple buttercream swirl cupcakes for a baby shower for the same crowd. Apparently everyone loved them and was trying to figure out what the secrete in my icing was. Butter. I only put butter in my buttercream. After those were complete, I set to work on some cookies for another baby shower.
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!