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Confirmation Cake

I was honoured to be asked again by my home church where I was confirmed to do the confirmation cake for this year's class.

I made a two layer chocolate 9 x 13 cake and a two layer vanilla 9 x 13 cake to put together as one cake.  The cake ended up being 13 x 18.  I decided not to cover it in fondant as I thought it would be nice in buttercream.  Those that can cover a cake in buttercream and make it super smooth I am in awe.  I'm not sure if I don't have the knack for it or if I just don't have the patience.  Who knows!? What I do know, is that next time, I will cover it in fondant!

I found several cakes on Pinterest with this dove motif and replicated it.  Then I added everyone's name to cake.  Each had their own colour.

P.S.  I have no idea which side is chocolate and which is vanilla!
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I made a two layer 8" cookies and cream cake with buttercream filling to go with the black and white theme of the chef's coat.  Then I added some flowers that reminds me of hungarian needlework to add some colour.

It sliced up really nicely even.  The cookies get a little soft in the baking process which makes for a really yummy flavour.

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Minion Cake for Molly

I was delighted to be asked to do Molly's birthday cake.  Especially a minion cake.

I made a 3 layer 8" chocolate cake with buttercream filling.  Well, Mr T made the cake as he's become more of the baker in the last several months and I am the decorator.  For this cake he outdid me.  The cake was super moist and everyone loved it.  I gave him full credit!

Whenever I try to do a band of fondant around a cake I just can't seem to get it on straight without it looking all wobbly.  Instead I tried to do it in two piece which worked out well but I came up way too short in the end so I added the extra bits at the back to make it look like whatever I did I did on purpose.
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Twix Cheesecake

For Mr T and his brother's birthday I decided to go with a Twix cheesecake for the celebration. Chocolate and caramel are an awesome combination.

I followed a basic plain cheesecake recipe in a 9" springform pan; next time I will use a 10" as I normally would have done but wasn't thinking.  I avoided having to do a bain Marie so as I knew I was putting a topping on the cake so it didn't matter if it cracked.  However, if I had I could have saved myself a world of a mess.  The cake really expanded and overflowed onto the bottom of the oven which result in me having to do a full self cleaning of it.  No one seemed to notice burned cheesecake but they did notice it when it was in cleaning mode.  Good times!

Fortunately the cake was not ruined.  I was able to trim off the top of the cheesecake so it didn't have a smokey flavour to it!  Then I added a homemade caramel sauce followed by chocolate ganache.  I didn't think it needed so much ganache but everyone e…

The Day They Parachuted Cats on Borneo Cupcakes

Miss E's class put on a play called "The Day They Parachuted Cats on Borneo".  The cats were dropped by parachutes to help control the mosquitos and rats but instead they ended up with lots of cats with no homes and nothing to eat.  A far cry from the type of plays we used to put on as 11 year olds.  Yikes!  Anyway, they were having a bake sale so Miss E volunteered me to make cupcakes.

Originally I was going to draw a face on each cat but it looked really creepy.  Miss E agreed.  So we scrapped that idea and just went with the silhouette in rainbow colours.

I made two dozen vanilla cupcakes with buttercream icing and placed a cat on each one.  They went over well with her classmates.

Baptism Cookies

I got to do another collaboration with Krumbs for these cookies.  Krumbs made the cookies and I decorated them with some help with the flooding.  It is very timing consuming.  All the videos on the internet make it look so easy; of course it doesn't help that the video is sped up.

For the round cookies the "A"s were made out of fondant and placed on the set icing with a bit of water as glue.  I added the white dragees before the icing set.  For the crosses I couldn't find my clay extruder so I got to roll out the fondant by hand as thin and even as I possibly could.  To finish off the the decorating I added a rosette of pink dragees.  So sweet.

Valentine Cupcakes

Miss E wanted to bring cupcakes as her Valentine cards for her class.  So we did up a batch of cookies and cream cupcakes with butter cream icing.  I pulled out all my pink and red sprinkles and candy hearts to decorate them with.

After I piped on the icing Miss E decorated all the cupcakes.  She had quite fun having free reign. :)