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Carrot Cake

Today we had another Coles family gathering.  This time at my uncle's place in Blackstock.  It's always fun to get to see family. It was very strange to be without Miss E.  We could stay as late as we wanted to without worrying about her bed time. Though we did pay for it the next day. Ha!

The family requested that I bring a carrot cake.  I didn't realise for so many family members that it was a favourite of theirs.  I love carrot cake too so I wasn't complaining.

This was a 3 layer 8 inch cake with lots of cream cheese.  The cake was serve and mostly eaten by the time I realized that I hadn't taken a picture. Thankfully my aunt had taken one that I could use. I try not to decorate a cake the same way twice so I need to keep a record!

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Canada Day Family Cake

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I made a 4 layer 10" vanilla cake covered in buttercream icing.

Decorated with 150 maple leafs, of course.

The summer birthday peeps.  Auntie Julie, Grandma J., Dad, Uncle Tom and Geoff.

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Poodle Skirt Cake

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Way to Go Graduation Cupcakes

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I had leftover batter from the vegan cupcakes I made for the wedding so I just used that for the chocolate cupcakes and buttercream icing.  The Way to Go signs I made using my Cricut machines.

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We delivered this cake to the Albany Club downtown and put it in the fridge so I did not get to set it up.  I believe they were going to add some fresh lilies to the top.  As easy as it is to only have to cover the cake in white fondant and then wrap a ribbon around it; it is difficult to make sure there are no marks or cracks in the fondant as you can't hide them with decorations.  Thankfully it wasn't too humid out and we just missed the rain for the delivery.