Mateo was turning seven this year and his mom wanted to make his birthday extra special. I guess Mateo is a big soccer fan because she requested a marble cake with vanilla buttercream in the shape of the Barcelona soccer jersey. I covered the cake in navy blue fondant first, then applied the red striped. I was really excited to get to use my new stitching tool - which worked like a dream! My favourite part of the cake is the Barcelona crest, which I hand made out of gumpaste. Happy Birthday Mateo!
After a fantastic long weekend of good company, great food and wonderful weather, it was right back to work for me! This week Anna Maria and Sean celebrated their engagement with their family. The hall was beautifully decorated with royal blue table cloths, water filled centre pieces and fairy lights. Each of the bombonieres were wrapped in white paper identical royal blue bows. The blue rose boutonnieres were gorgeous against the black suits and the bride to be look stunning in her royal blue dress! I was so honoured that my art work could take centre stage to this beautifully put together party. The lower cake is devil's food chocolate with raspberry buttercream. The top cake is a yummy vanilla with lime buttercream, one of my new favourite combinations. Everything is 100% edible, except for the silver ribbon in the name tags. I'm pretty sure the couple was happy with their cake because they said they would be contacting soon about the wedding cake!
It was also Anna Maria's brother's birthday the day of the party and she wanted to recognize him, so she asked me to make another small cake for him. This one is chocolate with mocha buttercream, another amazing combination. I had to rush to grab this picture and run before the party started, but you get the idea. Notice the *edible* sparkles on the little stars. Happiness is edible sparkles.
This week we celebrated the second anniversary of miss Jessie Robyn's arrival into the family. My sister called me earlier in the week and let me know that Jessie is really into baby dolls right now, so that might be a good idea for a cake. I, like many cake decorates, abhor the idea of cutting up and eating a cake shaped like a baby, so I decided to do something a little different. I really like putting toys on top of cakes because then the child has something to play with, and also because then there is some remnants of my artwork that wasn't utterly destroyed within 24 hours of completion. The cake itself is layered vanilla buttercream and vanilla cake, and all of the elements are edible (except for the baby, of course).
One of this week's projects was a wedding shower for a brand new client. The order started off as two dozen wedding dress cookies cookies, in various colours. This then turned into the cookies plus two dozen buttercream cupcakes. Awesome! Then, when I called to confirm the order a few days before the event, Julia decided she wanted a cake as well! I thanked her and quickly got to work. The cookies are my famous buttery sugar cookies, which were wrapped in clear bags and tied with peach ribbon. The vanilla cake is layered with Belgian chocolate buttercream. The cupcakes, while super cute and ultra yummy, didn't make it to the picture gallery this week. Maybe next week cupcakes, maybe next week.
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!