October 16, 2011

A Spa Skunk Cake

This is Madyson and she has turned 10.  Madyson has a spa day and .... (wait for it).... she thinks skunks are cool... and perhaps a bit misunderstood.  So of course this cake had to be a Spa-Skunk Birthday Cake!

You know?  I am loving this table cover.  It really works with the cake colours.

When you are a gum paste skunk at a spa, naturally you've got to carry a mirror

And of there is his friend wearing a plush blue robe.

Have a "Spa-Cial" Day Madyson!  Get it... Spa-----Cial???  Ohh! I crack myself up!

October 14, 2011

Sesame Street Cake for Connor

Wow! It was a busy summer.  So busy, I forgot to include Connor's cake on my blog.  I know! What's up with that?  I had so much fun with this character cake.

Connor loves Sesame Street.  Of course for his 1st birthday it would only be fitting to decorate his cake based on his favourite theme.

This is a chocolate two tiered cake decorated with fondant.  I created Elmo, Big Bird, Oscar and Cookie Monster with gum paste.  I then covered the gum paste figures with royal icing.

You know... I think the most difficult part of this cake, was making those teeny, tiny cookies.

September 6, 2011

Mango Flower Cake

Well we  have just finished with the last unofficial weekend of summer, yet I still felt the need to decorate a cake with fruit.  The fruit du jour? Mango!

 I made some black gumpaste flowers.

The Ingredients:
(serves 12)
1 3/4c All purpose flour
1 to 1 1/4c Powdered sugar
1 1/2tsp Baking powder
3 Eggs room temp
1/3 c Butter room temp
1/2c oil
1c Fresh mango puree
1 tsp Vanilla essence

I cut up a mango and placed it into my grinder.

Then I pureed the mango

Place all dry ingredients in a bowl and keep aside. In a separate bowl beat oil,butter and sugar till creamy. Add eggs one at a time and beat after each addition. Add the vanilla essence. Now mix the flour mixture slowly in to batches. Fold in the flour mixture by adding the mango puree in between.
Mix well till all the flour is incorporated well.
 Batter is poured into pans for baking.

Preheat the oven at 325 degree C for 15 mins. Grease a cake tin pour the batter to the tin. Bake the cake at 325 degree C approximately 45 min or insert a toothpick andmake sure it comes out clean. When the cake is done allow it to cool on wire rack.

After the cake is baked I made a butter cream icing.  I smoothed the icing on one layer, chopped another mango into small chunks and added it the layer.

Added another layer and icing the rest of the cake.
I did this also for the smaller tier that was to be placed on top.

Added fondant

And Voila!


September 3, 2011

It Was A Very Pink Weekend

Three cakes in one weekend!  The Theme.... Shades of P-I-N-K.

 A Bridal Shower cake for Alicia
This is a white cake with a strawberry filling

 A Shoe Box Cake
(uhm... the "T" in Birthday was corrected after the photo shoot)

A Sweet 16 Cake Purse
This and the Shoe Box are lemon flavour

August 31, 2011

Carrot Cake For Mom

It was my mother-in-law's birthday, so of course I wanted to contribute a cake for this wonderful occasion.  I have married into a family that appreciates a more traditional dessert.  I decided on a carrot cake.  While this cake was for Mom, I knew my husband loved this flavour.

I was a bit short for time, so I decided on a cake that was (ahem) partially from scratch.

I found a cake recipe on allrecipes.com that incorporated a carrot cake mix with added ingredients.

1 (18.5 ounce) package carrot cake mix
1/2 cup water
1/2 cup vegetable oil
3 eggs
1 finely grated carrot (optional.... I added it in)
1/2 cup finely chopped walnuts (optional)
1 (8 ounce) can crushed pineapple with juice


1.Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (150 degrees C). Grease and flour two 8 inch round pans.

2.In large bowl, blend cake mix, oil, water, undrain pineapple, eggs, and nuts. Beat for 2 minutes with an electric mixer at medium speed. Spread batter into prepared pans.

* I used 3 boxes and baked three 10" pans.

You can view my cream cheese frosting recipe here.

And then it was time for assembly...

 One layer with come frosting on top

 Lets add on the other layers

Cream cheese frosting is on

 I decorated with orange coloured butter cream icing

And voila!

This cake was a hit, and it was nice and moist.


August 22, 2011

Monkeying Around

Awhile back, I thought I would practice creating fondant animals. Here is what I came up with.

A baby panda. Aren't those paws cute?

A pondering frog....

A cute little monkey.

July 30, 2011

The "Clumsy" Fashionista

Thank you to Liz who requested a cake for her daughter Samantha's first birthday.  She wanted a to tiered cake, flavour chocolate to serve 40.  The theme....Elmo.

I decided to add a bit of pizazz by making the top tier Devils Food Cake, and the bottom tier Chocolate Fudge.

The bottom 10" tier with buttercream icing

And the top 8" tier.

Some fondant stars and a number 1.

Cover both layers with yellow fondant.

Stack the cakes add the stars, fondant rope, of course Elmo and voila!


By the way.... This is titled "The Clumsy Fashionista" because as I was making my way up Liz's steps, I tumbled upwards.  I lost my shoe, hit my wrist on her step, but do not fear..... I saved the cake!

Wait a minute....

Maybe I am not too clumsy afterall....(?)

July 1, 2011

Pass me a Cigar

A special thank you to Barbie, who requested that I decorate a couple of birthday cakes for two very special people.  Her husband Sheldon and their son Reed.

Reed's cake was to serve six, so I decorated a 6" round.  The flavour was chocolate, and I decorated it with green fondant.  I added some yellow coloured buttercream to accent it.

Barbara's hubby Sheldon was turning 65 and he has a fondness for a good cigar now and then.  With this information, I decorated a red velvet buttercream cake and added a fondant number 65 designed as cigars.


April 10, 2011

In The Night Garden

Thank you to Maria who requested that I decorate a cake for her son Luka.  This was super special because it was for Luka's first birthday.  Apparently, Luka is a huge fan of In the Night Garden. 

I had not heard of this program before, so I decided to tune in one evening at 8pm.  You know... to get to know my subject.  Luka ... Believe me... I tried to watch this.  But after about 3 minutes, I had to tune out.  I think it may have been an age thing.  I would like to honestly say that I got "it".  I mean I think I did because I had such a fun time decorating this 2 tiered cake.

Let's go through some of the steps:

This is a two layered cake.  One layer chocolate, the other a white cake.  I smoothed buttercream icing coloured in green.  I then added fondant trees around it.

Of course where there are trees, there is grass.

I added a top tier which was baked as a vanilla white cake with a chocolate marble swirl.  I smoothed blue icing to symbolize the sky.  More trees were added as well as some fondant clouds.

More grass and toadstools are added... and of course the fondant characters.  Happy Birthday Luka!

April 8, 2011

Sasha Turns 4!

Hmm... Don't know if you remember my niece Sasha?  Well I'm sure you do.  Last year I had the honour of decorating a cake for her 3rd birthday

Well OMG!  Sasha's turning 4, and I shall be decorating her cake again.  (Yey!)

So before, she was all about The Little Mermaid.  This year, girlfriend is all grown up and of course her tastes have changed.  Sasha is all about The Backyardigans. 

Who?  What do I know about the latest cartoons.  I'm (ahem) 40.  But I never back down from a challenge.

I am quite loving how this 2 layered chocolate cake turned out.  Now I know the pink fondant character's name is Uniqua.  Please help me out if you know who her blue friend is.

March 16, 2011

Kiss Me... I'm Irish

Ok.  Ok.  So I'm not Irish.  I just needed a catchy title to grab your attention.  Tomorrow is St. Patrick's Day so I decorated this cake as a leprechaun hat.

The bottom layer was baked as a 6" round white cake.  The top layer is chocolate cake with buttercream icing blended within.  I molded the chocolate cake by making it dome shape at the top.

I coloured some fondant green and shaped it over the cake.

Out of gum paste I made the brim and the band of the hat which (ahem) I forgot to take a picture of and a three leaf clover.  And voila!  A cake for St. Patrick's Day!