Sunday, 14 September 2014

One Year Later...

Our church is very much a community where we celebrate the little events as well as the bigger land marks in people's lives. The most recent event we celebrated was marking Kisha, our Youth Worker's first wedding anniversary, and naturally we expressed our happiness with cake. Kisha and I discussed what she wanted for her pops, and the only real directives I got were: the colour pink, and red velvet cake, the rest was up to me. Somehow, through cake,chocolate, and confections I had to reflect her warm personality and our joy for her and her husband getting successfully through one year of wedded bliss.

The first anniversary is traditionally marked with paper as a clean and new sheet, but personally I think Kisha made a good choice... cake tastes better!

Thursday, 4 September 2014

Sugar and Spice and Everything Nice

It would seem as thought there is a mini baby-boom occurring in Patrick's and my social circle (of which I'm not taking part!!). Among some of them are our friends who were married a couple of years ago who are expecting a girl, one of my high school friends is expecting a boy, my cousin is expecting a boy, and my Mum's neighbour's son and daughter-in-law are expecting a little girl. The last baby was the reason for this week's order, hence the distinctive tint of pink to both the cake pops and the cupcakes.

I saw the little feet design in a book a couple years ago and thought they were adorable and much less creepy than that "belly-cake" that people often have at their baby showers, which are essentially a pregnant belly made out of cake that always have a large pair of breasts on it, and inevitably there are two little feet pushing out of the belly... in theory, they seem sweet but you have to go far enough in the thought process to imagine eating this belly cake. Nonetheless, I preferred these pops and cupcakes leaps and bounds over the "belly-cake" idea. The little baby faces will fit perfectly at the party, and the cupcakes will definitely add to the pink d├ęcor!

Apart from the oh-so-pink order for my Mum's neighbours, I made cupcakes for our friends, whom I mentioned earlier, who are also expecting a little girl in mid-December. These friends are particularly fond of chocolate so chocolate cupcakes it was, with a little bit of pinkness added in for good measure. Plus, I got to use my new tiered dessert plates that my Mum gave me!

Sunday, 31 August 2014

Alessandra has Graduated!

Any occasion worth celebrated always deserves a cake! The latest occasion was the graduation of my cousin-in-law who recently graduated from Concordia University with a teaching degree, and now has plans to go on and do a special certificate in order to teach English as a second language. This in itself is a wonderful achievement as there are only a few people accepted into the programme. This girl is going places and she was very deserving of a big party to celebrate this notch, and so with copious amounts of food and a nice big cake we honoured her and her brain!

Congrats Alessandra, you're awesome!!  

The pieces to go on top of the cake.

A big red sugar rose for Alessandra.

A chocolate seal for the scroll... my own little addition, stamped with the seal from my Grand Dad's tannery.

I hand-painted the scroll, I wanted to include her graduation year...

... and at the other end of the scroll, I painted Concordia's motto.

All topped off with a grad cap!

Alessandra's favourite colour is green, so naturally the cake had to be green!

 All put together!

With a little help from Justin, Alessandra cut the cake. Hope you enjoyed!!

Friday, 29 August 2014

Cake Inserts

Whether it's a last minute contribution or a pre-planned one, it has happened once or twice this Summer where I've made cakes for people when I'm not at home.

The first time was when I was visiting my Uncle Paul and Leslie. During one of their evening performances they knew that one of the guests was celebrating their birthday, so Leslie made a scrummy gluten free chocolate cake for the birthday Boy. Leslie decided to use her resources to her advantage (my being there) and asked if I would mind decorating the cake for her. Of course I said yes, after all I wanted to help them out for the performance. Once the cake had cooled, I mixed up a quick chocolate icing and did a "knife-job" decoration (this is what I seem to do when I don't have my kit which includes a pallet knife and I have to improvise). To finish it off, I sprinkled blue sugar on the cake.

Leslie was very pleased with end result, and insisted on taking my picture with the cake 
(apparently I dressed to match!!)

The second time was most recently at my other Uncle, Doug's cottage. Every August we get together at his cottage to honour my Dad. My Aunt Beth, being very organised, assigns us all meals which we're responsible for, and I bet you don't need two guesses to tell which meal I got! Specifically, she assigned "dessert" to both my Mum and to me, so my Mum suggested we bake a cake to bring ("which you should read as "you can bake a cake" ", she told me through a cheeky grin) so I figured I'd bring up the baked cake (red velvet at Mum,s request) and all the fix'uns then assemble everything on site. I also made Pina Colada Bars which too went down a treat!

Another "knife-job", and it did the trick! (what do you think of my improve-cake stand!)

I can't do everything, but I can make cake, so this is what I shall do to contribute!

Friday, 15 August 2014

A Taste of the Corporate World

As I mentioned on my FaceBook page, I had a stupidly busy week this week. I had a very large order for pops to go to a corporate event celebrating two consumable products (which between you me and the lamp post, I don't know exactly what they are, fibre I believe) created by this company. A few weeks back, I was asked to make a cake using a recipe they had adapted to incorporate their products. Already I was in uncharted territory. Then using the cake made with this recipe, I made the pops and decorated them with a somewhat corporate theme. This time round, my client did not ask for a cute animal or for the pops to be doused in their child's favourite shades of pink, no for this order my client wanted their their logo drawn and spelled out in cocolate. Clean and simple. This reminds me of the Accessible Pops I made for my church a couple years ago. Normally, the designs I make come from my brain, so no matter how they turn out, I can always say that's what I had hoped for. In this case, however there was an image I had to stick to otherwise this wasn't going to look like anything (no pressure!). My client seemed very happy with the pops, so hopefully they'll help promote their product well!
...and now I can get some sleep!

 Will all 150 pops on the table, I had somewhat hijacked the kitchen...

 Next, each got a flask.

and under each flask, my trusty toothpick spelled out their company name.

 Then after all was decorated, each was bagged and tagged.

 All the pops were then layered in a box.

 And here's the box...

 And this was how they looked once they arrived at the event. 
I love the tray!!

Monday, 28 July 2014

Fancy a Slice?

Sometimes I get these ideas that rattle around in my head, and I hope for the opportunity to try them. Believe it or not, I don't sit around making cake pops, truffle cakes and big cakes in case someone needs them (otherwise if they didn't, I'd have to eat them, and I'd weigh about 300 lbs right now). When I don't get the chance to make them for an order I subject guests or hosts to try my experiments... poor things.

My most recent guinea pigs are my Aunt and Uncle whom I'm visiting this week. It's a yearly pilgrimage to work (or potter, really) on my old canoe. An inheritance of sorts, but it's definitely a labour of love, and I especially enjoy spending the time with my family.

A very small way I show my appreciation for both having me stay in their house for a week and becoming part of their furniture, but also for babysitting my dilapidated canoe the rest of the time I'm not there, is to bring up some sweet treats. This year, they're testing out my latest crazy idea...

Ever since I made the myriad cakes to test out recipes, I've often thought of what I could do with the fruit cakes (vanilla cakes with fruit filling, not the yummy Christmas cake). The idea somewhat dawned on me when I was looking at the tin of cherry pie filling to make Myra's birthday cake. I thought, wouldn't it be fun to have mini-pies with cake filling that had the fruit flavours, and to make them look pie-like too. For the first go, I made blueberry pie truffles, but the sky's the limit and already I've thought of other flavours that would be fun.

Let's see how these ones go down!

 I loved the indigo colour, so different from what I'm used to!

 A bit of Graham cracker crumbs around the truffle for texture.

 Typical lattice-work that tops most pies... mine needs a bit of practice, but not bad for the first go.  

Sunday, 27 July 2014

A Cake Dedicated to Ethan

Sometimes simple is best, and if an elegant cake with few words on the top and minimal decorations will do the job, then go for it! The occasion should shine, and especially when it is a religious ceremony you don't want a topsy turvy, brightly coloured cake. You want something solid, just like your occasion.

Hopefully this cake will be just a little enrichment for Ethan's dedication ceremony!

Those who know me personally will know that I have the tiniest amount of OCD. To the point where I will wake up first thing in the morning, scrape off icing that I don't deem to be "perfect" and re-do it... several times. This cake was no different, and I wanted to get the spacing more even. I thought the ridiculousness was worth sharing ;P

Feel free to continually scroll between the two cakes and spot the difference. Some may say "I don't see a difference", and to be fair most would say this, except I know that what ever goes out there with my name on it has to be as perfect as possible. (Plus I don't want to end up on!! Here's an example of what I mean :D)