About 2 months ago my good friend told me he was going to be an uncle again, for the fourth time. Initially the doctors thought the baby was going to be a girl, but it looks like he was playing his first practical joke because upon a second (or third?) ultra sound, it looks like she is actually a he. Of course I offered to make the cake for the baby shower. With a little time off of work and a lot of help from my friend and the discovery that the block were huge and would actually feed 3 people each (so I didn't need to make as many), I was able to pull it off. They're not quite as pretty as I would like, and I can't take credit for the lion, apple or duck, but I think they turned out super cute (and tasty too - yay leftovers!).
I really need to team up with a good photographer.... the pictures really don't do this cake justice. The cake itself is a vanilla sponge with a toasted coconut buttercream filling. Since I really don't like the taste of coconut, I can't say how yummy the icing turned out, but I'm sure it was enjoyed. The cake is covered in fondant and hand piped, carved and painted decorations. This cake took a lot more time than I expected, but it was worth it!
Abhir is one lucky 2 year old! For his very special birthday, his Dad ordered a very special cake for his soccer themed birthday. The bottom layer is marble cake layered with rich, thick real Belgian chocolate ganache. The soccer ball is chocolate cake with Italian buttercream. This is one cake I really wish i could taste! Mmmm left over ganache....
I had hoped I would have time for a super fun Halloween side project this week, but I was super busy with regular orders. I was finally able to fill Andrea's blanket order request of the world's best Banana Bread (in loaf form this time) and dozens of whole wheat-oatmeal-raisin-toasted pecan-chocolate chip cookies - twice as yummy with fractionally less guilt! Also on my plate were some Halloween cake balls and some Bat & Ghost shaped cookies, which I iced lightly. I figured there would be enough sugar going around this weekend as it was. I decided to put together some baskets with the extras and some colouring books and holders full of crayons, markers and pencil crayons and sugar-free gum! I tried...
I also decided it would be fun to pass out some treats for the adults walking around with the trick or treaters this year. I made some mini vanilla cupcakes with French Vanilla icing (in the white cups) and Baileys icing in the red. It was pretty darn cold out, and I wasn't getting many takers (it was almost like they didn't want to take a treat from a stranger - odd) so I decided to bag the idea and keep my hands warm. The lucky people at work got the left overs on Monday.
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!