Friday, October 18, 2013

John Deer Birthday Cake

John Deer Birthday Cake

Cakes 2013


Avengers Birthday Cake
Three Little Pigs Birthday Cake

Birthday Balloon Cupcakes

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Belle Birthday Cake

Happy 7th Birthday.  The long awaited Belle birthday cake.  Abi has talked about this princess birthday cake since her last birthday.  This time I actually used a full size barbie doll and not just the top half of a barbie!   The cake appeared very large, but it was mostly the skirt. Both the bodice and skirt are made out of fondant and covered in glitter, so pretty.

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Sleepy Mouse Cake and Pirate Cupcakes

The Twinnies 5th Birthday
Sleepy Mouse Cake
Eleanor always picks the cutest cakes, but they are always the most time consuming to decorate.  It is a white cake transformed into a bed with a duvet cover.  I made everything out of fondant, the bed skirt, pillow and mouse.  The pillow was made by covering a piece of cake with white fondant. The bed skirt is white fondant that is pleaded.  Yes, I made all the "quilting" on the duvet, I simply used a ruler to make the lines and a cutter for the flowers.  I love how the little mousey legs are under the covers, super cute. The mouse head took a little time forming, a wee bit of a challenge. I covered everything in glitter and lustre dust, just to make the cake sparkle!!!!
Pirate Cupcakes
William always picks very simply cakes, thank-you Will!  I baked chocolate cupcakes and I had two different cupcake liners. One liner was a pirate design and the other liner was gold. I was disappointed with the pirate liners, they just looked like black cupcake liners.  I found the gold cupcakes liners more effective!  Covered the cupcakes in chocolate butter cream and shoved some gold coins and plastic pirate ships in the top of the cupcakes.  Easy Peasy. The boys loved the pirate cupcakes.

Monday, September 10, 2012

Lemon Cupcakes

Lemon Cupcakes with Whipped Cream Icing
I finally had some time to do some baking, it has been a long time since I created confectionery worth blogging.  I made some lemon cupcakes for a baby shower and I loved the way they turned out. Very pretty and I have thank my mother-in-law for sending me the pretty cupcake wrappers all the way from the UK. She manages to find the neatest stuff for my baking there, I am very fortunate!

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Tow Mater Birthday Cake

 Happy 2nd Birthday to Aiden

This Cars cake turned out quiet well.  It is super cute.  I covered a 10" round cake in blue icing (for the sky) and made the mountains out of chocolate fondant.  The cacti and clouds are so cute.  Another successful cake.

New Year's Cookies (Portzelky)

 New Year's Cookies (aka yummy deep fried sweet dough.)  I received the cookbook, Mennonite Girls Can Cook, for Christmas and decided it was about time to make New Year's cookies.  First time ever and they were DELICIOUS.  My house smelled like my Oma's when I was a child.  What a fantastic memory.  Easy recipe and made plenty to share with my big sister, neighbours etc. 

I did have some help, my daughters and my husband.  He was a trooper and he dusted all the cookies with icing sugar, what a guy!

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Christmas Birthday Cakes

 Abigail's 6th Birthday

A Rapunzel cake.  I made a small square base cake, chocolate of course.   Covered it with mauve fondant and piped on green leaves.  I love the leaves, I would use them on any adult cake. The tower is made up of cupcakes and the turret is simply a sugar ice cream cone.  I did use royal icing because I didn't want the shingles to droop or get soft.  Rapunzel is just a polly pocket sized dolly but makes the cake super cute.  Abigail loved it!!!
Happy Birthday Paula

My big sister loves choco-mint flavour.  I made a chocolate cake and added peppermint oil, super yummy.  Iced the cake with butter cream frosting and broke up tons of mini candy canes and sprinkled them on the cake.  Delicious and it looked really pretty.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

R2-D2 Cake and Fairy Cake

Happy 4th Birthday Twins!!!!!

Every year two different cakes for the same day? William really wanted an R2-D2 cake and this was the simpliest solution I could come up with.  I covered a chocolate cake with black fondant and added three different sizes of stars.  The stars were coloured in blue, black and grey. I stuck the toy on the top with some icing, easy peasy. The cake turned out much better than anticipated, Will loved it, so I was happy.  The stars were really cute and he is only four, so cute is still ok.  He also got to play with the R2-D2 toy.
 Eleanor really wanted a Fairy cake.  It turned out really pretty.  The cake was covered with a mauve fondant, it looks pink in the picture but it was mauve.  The fairy wings were piped on with royal icing and then with a damp paint brush I painted the royal icing to create veins, or patterning.  I had a template for the body and I cut it out of fondant.  Luckily I had some flesh coloured fondant (use copper coloured gel colouring to make flesh colour).  I made a bodice out of white fondant and the tutu was out of gumpaste to make the 3D look.  I covered everything with pearlized and sparkly lustre dust.  Very pretty. I wrapped the cake in a pretty ribbon and shoved a hat pin in the cake to hold the ribbon and bow in place-it was late at night and I was tired of making birthday cakes.  The bottom boarder was made with a scalloping device (like big tweezers), you can see it in the R2-D2 picture better.  It looked pretty and was super simple.  Done for another year.

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Pirate Hat Birthday Cake

Sebastian's birthday cake.  The pirate hat turned out well.  I made an eight inch round cake, cut it in half and then shaped the hat.  Next time I would use a ten inch round cake simply to make the cake appear bigger.  I covered the cake in black fondant.  The gold trim was white fondant that I painted gold.  Also, I had found some skull and cross bone rings so I placed them in the base of the cake and in the corners.  Super cute and Sebastian liked it.  He did place his Captain Jack Sparrow lego figurine in the top of the cake for the party.  It was an excellent idea!!!!

Friday, August 5, 2011

Pink Fondant Bustier Cake

 Happy 40th! The bustier cake....what to say about it? The bustier is made out of white cake, covered with pink fondant. I placed the bustier on a chocolate slab cake, chocolate ganache centre and made the white butter cream icing with really BUTTER.  Super delicious. The 40 was simply made with chocolate chips and chocolate molds, super quick and super easy.

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Gumpaste Flowers

Wow, I can't believe I actually did it.  Gum paste flowers...they look great! Created with my own two hands.  I made six flowers with help from Elly-Elly's Studio of Cake Design.   So much fun.

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Gold and Yellow Book Cake

A Book Cake
I created this book cake by baking a white cake and filling it with lemon filling.  The sides are butter cream an the top of the cake is fondant.  Everything is dusted with gold lustre dust and sparkly rainbow dust.  Very pretty.

 The flowers are gum paste and they turned out well.  Simple, yet effective.
I love the gum paste wedding rings! They turned out great.  I dusted the rings with yellow (powder colour) and then used gold lustre dust.  The diamond takes the cake!!!  I covered it with silver colour and then rainbow sparkly dust. 

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Computer Cupcakes

Technology meets cake decorating

I was very fortunate to be asked to create computer themed cupcakes.  At first I had no idea what I was going to do.  I got a few ideas on-line and decided I could easily make fun, delicious computer cupcakes. 
First I created a computer keyboard out of black fondant.  I knew I wanted it to roughly take up four cupcakes.  I grabbed my computer keyboard as a pattern and then super simplified it.  The computer mice were pretty cute too.  After I shaped the mice I painted them with silver edible paint.  Found in cake decorating stores.  I loved how it looked. I dabbed a little silver on the keyboard too.
The cupcakes were white cake (homemade of course).  They were iced with a thin layer of white butter cream. Then I cut out circles of white fondant to cover the top.  The white fondant on the cupcakes looked great just by itself.  I simply adhered the computer mice to the top of the cupcakes along with the keyboard.  Happy birthday Angela!

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Spring Baking

Paska, Easter Bread

My Oma used to make Paska for Easter when I was little and the smell of it baking in the oven fills me with nostalgia.  I have been making it for a few years, trying to keep the tradition alive.  Paska is bread filled with eggs, butter and cream, can you go wrong with any of those ingredients?  Icing and sprinkles are a MUST.  It is delicious and my kids love it.  Some people make it in loaf pans, we made it in coffee tins.  My mom and I baked it together and split the spoils of our hard work.  Of course, there are those in the family who don't make the traditional stuff but love to be recipients of it!

Baby Shower Cake- I made this cake for my cousins baby.  The cake is a white cake with lemon filling and I used the tried and true whip cream icing.  I didn't have a lot of time to make this cake so I found some butterfly rings I had in my cake decorating cupboard and some mini eggies.  It was really cute!

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Daddy's Heart Cake

Happy Valentine's Day Daddy.  Abigail had it stuck in her head this year that she and her siblings were making Daddy a pink heart cake.  Just what every daddy wants for Valentines.  The cake was a white cake and I tried a lemon centre, it was a hit.  The kids said it tasted like lemonade inside a cake, can you believe it?  The kids decorated it with sprinkles I will be sweeping up sprinkles until the end of time.   Everyones name is written on the side of the cake, another of Abi's adamant requests.  Daddy had to close his eyes and he was "surprised" when he got home from work.  Anyways the cake was great for the kids to decorate and we all enjoyed Valentines as a family.

Monday, January 10, 2011

Ladybird, ladybird, fly away home......

Ladybug Cake
Ella turned one and a precious little girl needs a very special cake.  I loved the ladybug theme.  The cakes were chocolate and filled with ganache in the centre.  I also covered the cake drum with red fondant.  I then covered the cakes with white fondant.  The red borders are fondant, after doing this I realize that ribbon is much simpler to use as a boarder.  I cut out the black polka dots and adhered them to the border.  The lady bugs were different sized circles and the black spots were royal icing and I placed them on the cake randomly.  

The cake was enjoyed at the birthday party.  Stacked cakes are so much fun and I found that decorating the cake and the little details were what I enjoyed most about this cake.  I am amazed that I have the patience to stick little polka dots all over a border or to make the little ladybugs!  I love this cake too and so different than the digger cake. 

Digger Cake

A Digger Cake

The first week of January was busy, two cakes for one weekend.  This digger cake was so much fun to make.  The cake was chocolate and it was iced with green butter cream.  I had to make a fairly dense cake because the birthday boy likes the slice of cake to stand up, on the plate and not fall over. 

The border was black butter cream and I tried to make it look like boulders, the birthday boy loved the black border.  I bought some rock candy and placed them around the top of the cake, as well as some hard hats.  I dug a hole in the cake and filled it with rock candy.    I enjoy making cakes for other people because they order cakes I would not get a chance to make.  So much fun!!!!

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Gingerbread Men

I also had some time to quickly make some gingerbread men while the kids were visiting Santa.  They are pretty cute. I had really wanted to make them for my daughter's fifth birthday.  A few days late and a two days before Christmas is OK, right?

Peppermint (Ammonia) Cookies

Dear Dairy (my big sister wanted me to start my blog one time with, "Dear Dairy"),
I finally got it together to make Peppermint/Ammonia Cookies!!!! Mom came over this morning to help and my husband took the kids to see Santa.  These cookies remind me of my Oma and Christmas.  I think my Oma got more excited about Christmas than her grand children did. Anyways, this is the first time, ever, that I have made these cookies.   
Baking ammonia is found in the drug store and peppermint oil is harder to find than gold dust at this time of year.

This morning my whole house smelled of peppermint cookies, it was wonderful.  Of course the cookies are delicious and memories of running to Oma's house for Christmas baking came back to me.  I have to thank my mom for coming over to help me out, two women working together is so efficient.   Thanks Mom! 

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Happy Christmas Birthday

Pretty Snow White Birthday Cake

Having a birthday four days before Christmas can really take away from the birthday excitement.  I try, to the best of my ability, to make my daughter's birthday a birthday and not a Christmas party.  This year she turned five and she has been asking for the last 11months if she could have a Snow White birthday cake.  I obliged, of course.

First I used Wilton's Wonder Mould.  It is a domed shaped cake pan.  It also comes with a dolly torso and head on a spike.  I think there are different hair colour options. 

I made a German chocolate cake, tasted like moist brownies.  The skirt I iced in yellow butter cream and piped a border around the bottom and the waist.  For the torso of the dolly I rolled out colour fondant, blue for the bodice.  I cut a general bodice form and hand formed it to fit.  I place a ball of fondant on the shoulders of the dolly then  I draped the sleeves over the balls of fondant, to make puffed sleeves.  For the sleeve colour, I mixed some white fondant with the remaining blue and made some read ovals for the sleeves.  Then I made the collar out of white fondant.  I was a bit worried that I didn't make the collar out of gumpaste but it held its form and didn't droop. 

I also used little alpha cookie cutters for the birthday message.  I placed the iced cake in the fridge over night.  The dolly torso I put in floral oasis to dry and harden over night.  I was informed Snow White doesn't have a crown and her hair isn't in a ponytail.  She also needs a red ribbon in her hair.....umm...really...does it matter? Her hair was like that from a previous birthday cake, so I left it.  I think it looks cute.  If you look at some of my older posts I have used this pan before.  I made a Mermaid birthday cake, she looks like she is sitting on a rock.  A couple of my friends have used this pan for their daughter's birthdays, super easy.  I love this pan and the dolly it is so versatile!

Merry Christmas

Saturday, October 30, 2010

New Cakes for October!!!

A beautiful chocolate butter cream wedding cake.  Four cakes in total.  There were two-10inch cakes and two-8 inch cakes.  Two chocolate cakes, one white and one marble.  They turned out great!  I piped the flowers out of royal icing.  Super pretty for the princess wedding. Of course the insides are delicious too.  Chocolate ganache filling in the chocolate cake and custard and butter cream icing in the white and marble cakes. 

My last cake of October 2010.   A sheepy birthday cake.  Love it.  Super cute idea!  White cake covered in marshmallows.  I couldn't help myself with the flower on the ear.  Happy Birthday!

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

50th Wedding Anniversary Cakes

 Congratulations 50 years!!!!!

I made three-half slab cakes.  Two of the cakes were chocolate with chocolate ganache and raspberry fillings.  The cakes were iced with white buttercream icing.  The little dots are mini malt balls and I covered them in gold lustre dust, they
looked pretty.


Also, I said I would never take up chocolate making but I wanted a big 50 and it was really easy and looks great.  I also dusted the 50 in gold lustre dust, very pretty.  Who doesn't like a little sparkle!  The flowers were done by a friend, Cheryl K.  she is such a creative woman, her floral arrangements are a cut above the rest.  I think the flowers made the cake.

Or course I forgot to take a picture of the carrot cake it looked great and tasted better.  Apparently the carrot cake was gone in a matter of minutes.  The carrot cake was moist and delicious and the cream cheese icing super yummy.  Unfortunately there are no photos of it.  I had also wanted to take a picture of my van full of cakes.  We had to take out the back bench seat to fit all three cakes, wow. 
October has been a busy month with cakes, I still have a wedding cake to finish and a sheepy birthday cake. 

Monday, October 18, 2010

Twin's Third Birthday, October 2010

Happy Birthday to you, Happy Birthday to you........The twins had very specific cakes they wanted.  One wanted a Hickory Dickory Dock Cake.  The cake is a white cake and is filled with chocolate ganache.  I finally have mastered the ganache, super yummy.  I also covered the cake in ganache and then iced the cake with chocolate fondant.  I have to say chocolate fondant tastes fantastic!  That was a pleasant surprise, it tastes like chocolate, yum.  I made the clock face out of fondant, the eyes, mouth etc.  The big hand and little hand were fondant and I painted them gold.  I created the pink mouse out of gum paste and it was pretty cute.  This cake looked great and tasted even better!

The other twin wanted a BATMAN cake.  This cake was significantly easier than the Hickory Dickory Dock cake.  The cake was chocolate, I tried and new recipe and it was delicious,  iced with royal blue icing.  My son loved the spiky, ouchy, black boarder I piped on top.  I inserted a six Batman rings on the outside and inserted a Batman on top.  The boys at the party loved the cake.  There were blue lips everywhere!!!!

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Chocolate and Strawberries

I made a birthday cake for a friends mother-in-law.  The cake is rich, gooey chocolate. The fillings are strawberry and chocolate buttercream.  The icing is whipped cream, super duper yummy.  The funnest part of the cake is the chocolate covered strawberries.  The strawberries were easy and quick to do but look wickedly impressive and delightful to eat!  This cake is just a phone call away. 
My picture actually turned out quiet well, maybe my photography skills are improving.