I had a total of six wedding in 2013, and each one was special for different reasons. Whether it was an amazing venue, a personal connection with the bride and groom, or the excitement of trying a new cake technique, each wedding had been a treasured experience. The year culminated in, what was for me, one of the best wedding I’ve had the pleasure of attending or being a part of.
So many factors went into the fantasticness that was Josie and Roshan’s wedding. The ceremony was sweet, personal and the officiant was charming. The venue (Hockley Valley in Orangeville) was all around amazing, from the gourmet food, to the room décor, everything was top notch. The DJ was awesome and the photo booth was a big hit (I think my table took advantage of the instant fun pictures – the majority of the pictures are of us!).
I think what had the biggest impact on me was the way Josie and Roshan incorporated aspects of all their varied heritages (Scottish, Greek, Italian and Indian!) into aspects of their wedding. The highlight of the evening for me, and most people I think, was the Scottish piper and the Indian bhangra drummers playing the newlywed couples into the reception area for the first time. I don’t think I would have ever put those two instruments together, but man was it ever incredible!
And of course, Josie and Roshan had a beautiful wedding cake as well. Their theme was red and gold and their flower was a poinsettia (which were beautifully scattered around the room, three per table!). I decided on a simple cake with hand made sugar pointsettias. I wanted the focus of the cake to be on the flowers, which were going to be quite the task, so I kept with a simple white fondant design with a gold ribbon accent. I had gotten quite sick just before the wedding and was bed ridden for a couple of days, which put me really behind with the cake. Luckily, thanks to a couple very good friends, we were able to get everything done in time. I was very pleased with out the flowers came out. The mother of the bride has a better picture of just the flowers – I’ll see if I can get a copy.
The vast majority of my orders come from word-of-mouth advertising (since that is the only kind of advertising I currently have), but every once in a while, someone will find me on google and send me a request. Lisa and Mario were just that kind of a couple. It’s exciting to be working for a brand new client who has never heard or me or what my work is like. It’s a great chance to prove my skills once again and to show my clients that good taste can come at an affordable price. Lisa and Mario were very easy to work with. They wanted cupcakes (Plain Jayne and Red Velvet) for the wedding, plus a topper cake with two of the cutest cake toppers I’ve ever seen! I believe they purchased the hand-made wooden ornaments from a shop on Etsy.
A few weeks ago, while attending a shower for a friend of ours, Tara handed me her cell phone and told me her husband wanted to talk to me. This was a bit odd as Mike and I have never chatted on the phone before, but I politely took the phone and hoped Tara didn't think we were having an affair. Knowing that I was making the cake and cupcakes for his daughter's upcoming birthday, and knowing that his lovely wife's birthday was the day before the party, Mike asked if I would please make a birthday cake for Tara. I felt like a heel for not thinking of it myself, and gladly agreed! Mike said he just wanted something simple to recognize Tara's special day, but I had other plans. Mike had just given Tara a Michael Kors purse a few weeks prior and she LOVED it. I took that as my cue and created this little piece of edible art for one of my best friends. Inside is chocolate cake with chocolate cream cheese icing. YUM!
I think Mike was pretty happy wit the cake... He hugged me at least twice and thanked me a bunch of times and then left some darling comments on the pictures I posted. I can't wait for next year!
I couldn’t be happier to be celebrating Miss Mila’s first birthday! I have known her wonderful parents for many years and I know just how much they love and adore her. I began working with Tara over a decade ago (now I feel old) and we became fast friends. I watched her wade through looser after looser until she finally met Mike. He was wonderful from day one, and I knew he was the right guy for Tara. I was honoured and flattered when they asked me (a very inexperienced cake designer, at the time) to make their wedding cake. It was a risk, but it paid off! Since then, I’ve been overjoyed to share their special moments with them (especially since the food at their parties is so darn good)! I look forward to many, many more. And maybe, if I’m really lucky, I will get to make Mila’s wedding cake too! But for now, it was a Dora themed first birthday. Inside the fondant smash cake is vanilla cake with strawberries and freshly whipped sweet cream. Along with the cake, I made some cupcakes and cute pink cookies (not pictured, sorry) as give-aways for the guests.
Word of mouth is my favourite form of advertising! About a year ago, I got a request through my website from a friend of Sean and Ana Maria's (whom I've done several projects for). Jessica said that she had tried the cake at Sean's wedding and that Sean highly recommended me (thanks Sean - I owe you a cupcake!!). I met with Jessica and her wedding planner and we hit it off instantly. Jessica decided on some mini cupcakes as well as a 7" cutting cake. The minis are Double Chocolate, Lemon with Raspberry and Red Velvet (tinted orange) while the cake itself was Lemon cake with Vanilla Bean buttercream. I love how they came out! The slabs of tree that they are sitting on were perfect as well. I wish I had gotten a picture of the room.... The Steamwhistle Brewery is a beautiful venue for an event!
**UPDATE!!** The bride has read this post and sent in some lovely pictures of the venue:
Last year, my niece requested a doll cake for her birthday, and of course, I was more than happy to make one for her. This year, she requested ANOTHER doll cake, but purple. I wasn't sure how I was going to make another one, but I was happy with how it turned out. I secretly believe that Jessie wants the doll cakes just for the barbies in the middle. We'll see if she asks for another one next year!
This year, I get to watch one of my very best friends get married – to one of my other good friends! We all met at work when we were kids in our 20’s, and I watch Josie’s and Roshan’s relationship develop and grow. It started with a crush and before we knew it, Roshan was decorating Josie’s office with cute butterflies and hearts. Now that they are set to tie the knot, I took the opportunity to jump in and make some cake!
Josie decided that, instead of a traditional bouquet, she would like to make a brooch bouquet for her wedding day (I had to google it to see what it was, and they are actually quite pretty!). She decided on red and gold as her theme (being that the wedding is fairly close to Christmas) and she asked her guests to bring a red/gold brooch to the shower.
I went searching and I found a lovely brooch at a second hand store. I then went looking for brooch moulds so that I could make cookie favours for the shower, but I couldn’t find anything. Never one to let life get in my way, I decided to take it upon myself to make a mould of the brooch I found. With a little food-safe moulding compound, I was able to make 2 moulds very easily. I then made sugar brooches out of gum paste and then hand painted all 40 of them, which in turn were attached to the short bread cookies. They turned out amazing!
Of course I also made cake and cupcakes for the event. The cake is a brown sugar spice cake, (which is Josie’s favourite) with cream cheese icing. Yum!
About 6 months ago, I had to do one of the things I hate most – disappoint one of my customers. I had made some amazing wedding shower cookies for her and she wanted to book me for another job, but I was already booked. It breaks my heart to say no to people, but since there is only one of me, there is only so much I can do. Luckily, a few months later, she called to see if I was free for a baby shower in September. And since she was calling so far in advance, I was free! She sent me a picture of a two tiered cake, covered in buttercream roses on the bottom and topped with baby shoes and roses on top. Lisa’s Lemon Velvet was to be the flavour (lemon cake with cream cheese icing) of both tiers – so good!!
My client also requested hand made cookies as give-aways for her guests. I made two dozen cookies, each with a slightly different variation on of the below themes. These were so very much fun to make! The decorating is when I get to go back to being a kid and get to enjoy being creative.
It’s been such a joy over the past couple of years to watch my friends become parents. And what a joy it is to play with their kids and then give them back! One of the little angles to join us recently was little Declan. It seems like just yesterday I was making some yummy treats for his parent’s wedding reception, and now it’s already his first birthday! His Mom requested a Monkey cake and sent me some great pictures she found on-line. The top tier is vanilla cake with banana custard and the bottom tier is a strawberry shortcake made with fresh whipped cream. Happy Birthday Declan!
Last year it was Tomas the tank Engine and Lady Bugs, but this yeah Julie wanted Sesame Street to help celebrate her twins’ birthday. Inside Ava’s pink cake, there is red velvet cake with thick layers of cream cheese frosting. And inside Ethan’s blue cake, there are layers of rich chocolate cake and Oreo buttercream frosting. So Good! Julie also decided that she wanted some cookies as give-a ways for her guests and requested these Elmo cookies. She let me go a little nutty with the colours and I was quite happy with how they came out.
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!