Sometimes cakes come from the most unexpected places. One night after work, as I was getting ready to take a shower and I thought I heard a knock at my door. I wasn’t sure, so I froze there, mid-undress until I heard the knock again, and then I ran like heck to grab a robe and answer the door. Standing there was my favourite neighbour from the 5th floor with her cell phone in hand. “Can you do this??” she asked as she thrust her phone towards me. On the phone was the cutest picture of a twins cake – two baby bums, one male and one female, covered in pink and blue blankets. “Of course I can!” was my answer and I grabbed the customer’s details as it was for my neighbour’s co-worker, not herself. The cake came out beautifully and everyone was happy with it! My neighbour said that she was going to post picture of my work with my phone number around her office. How sweet is that!
I think I've mentioned this before... one of my favourite parts of this job is getting to travel through life with my clients and helping celebrate their most special moments. Anna Maria and Sean were referred to me by a day-job-work friend a couple of years ago. I met up with the young couple for a tasting to discuss their upcoming wedding, and I was surprised when they asked if I would make their engagement cake. So that's where we started, and from there I went on to make their wedding cake, parent's and sibling's anniversary cakes, bridal shower and even some birthday cupcakes that Sean surprised his new wife with (where upon I found out they were expecting!). I was thrilled when Anna Maria contract me regarding the cake for the baptism! I couldn't wait to meet the newest member of this cute little family. Anna Maria had seen a picture on my website of a wedding I had done a few months earlier, and she said that was exactly what she was looking for. We went with a white and pink flower theme. When I picked up the stand much later that night, Anna Maria said she had something in mind, but I ended up exceeding her expectation! it was better than she had imagined. Katerina is a beautiful and very happy baby; I very much look forward to some birthday cakes!
When I was a little girl, my Grandmother used to make Doll cakes for my birthday. They were always amazing to see and always blew me away. I felt like the most special girl in the world and wondered in awe about how my Grandmother did it... It was finally my turn to try my hand at a Doll cake this year. This was made for my youngest Niece, who said she wanted a princess cake. The cake isn't quite done in this picture..... I was limited on time as Miss Nutmeg wasn't too pleased that all my attention was away from her for so long (she actually pee'd on my floor in protest - even though I had walked her an hour and a half earlier).
It was my great pleasure to finally be able to make the baby shower cake for my dear friend Tara. She and her husband Mike are welcoming their first daughter, Mila, to the world in November. Mike and Tara are two of the most deserving, loving and sweet people I know, and I'm very happy Mila has chosen them as parents. Mike and Tar was kind enough to take a chance on me and trust me with their wedding cake. It was my first wedding cake and could have easily been a disaster (luckily, I had amazing help). I'm looking forward to many years of birthday and anniversaries cakes with the Cordeiros!
I seem to be at the age where everyone I know is either getting married or having a baby - or knows someone getting married or having a baby (lucky me!!). As always, I was thrilled to hear from Rupi when she asked for a Tummy cake. I had made the cupcakes for her wedding last year, but this tummy cake wasn't for her - we still have lots of time for that while she finishes up her law degree. She asked for yellow as we didn't know the sex of the baby - and she didn't mention the foot (I should have asked!) which is why it's missing from this tummy. I have to say, I feel just a little bit naughty every time I have to smooth the fondant on cake boobs! Later I found out that there was left over cake and Rupi's darling new husband got a whole boob to himself!
I was asked to make some cookie favours for a bridal shower, and I wanted to do something different than the wedding dresses I have done in the past. After a little inspiration on the internet, I was excited to get to work. And a lot of work it was! First the dough had to be made, then rolled, cut, baked and cooled. Once the yummy butter cookies were ready, I covered them with either black or white fondant, smoothed them out and then hand piped the decorations on each (40 of each in total). They were each placed in clear cello bags and tied with either black or white ribbon, which I curled. I was very pleased with how they turned out! The cookies were actually being transported down to the states for the function, so I made a couple extra for my client to sample on the way down. I heard later that the cookies were a massive hit and tasted so good that my client ate more than just the samples on the road trip!
About 3 month's ago, a neighbor in the building (Dawn - a sweetheart!) bumped into me in the parking lot while I was hauling supplies in. She made she that I knew her daughter wanted one of my cakes for her birthday in April. I had made Taylor's 16th birthday cake and everyone loved it. I bumped into Dawn a few times before the party and she kept making sure I was available for her daughter's cake - how cute! Taylor picked the designed - wanting a three tiered cake with a leopard design in hot colours! The top tie is a vanilla cake with vanilla buttercream, the middle is red velvet with cream cheese icing and the bottom is devil's food chocolate with vanilla buttercream. I bumped into one of the party go-ers, and she let me know how much everyone loved the cakes - made my day!!
Becoming an Aunt was probably the most extraordinary experience of my life - all three times. Seeing a friend get to have that same experience is almost as good as going through it yourself. When my friend Olga became an Aunt, everyone was thrilled for her. Now, little Valentina is 5 years old and for her birthday, her Tia (Auntie) wanted a special cake. And even though Olga had to go out of the country to attend to an ill family member, she still made sure her nice felt very special on her birthday. Aunts are amazing people...
One of the side perks of this job is getting to see how my customer's lives change and their families grow over the years. When I met Manuela (and her Mom), she was just a kid. Now she's grown into a young lady. I was very glad that she was able to accompany her Mother to pick up the cake - to spite a newly broken foot! It was nice to see how she's grown and changed, and of course the smile on her face when she saw the cake.
I always get excited when I see an email from Beth in my in-box. Some of my favourite projects have been for Beth, like the Palm Bay cans, the crawling out the grave cake and her daughter's 10th birthday cupcakes. This time she wanted another belly cake for a baby shower, pretty much exactly like the last one.
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!