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Grandma Winnie's 90th Birthday

This past week my maternal grandma turned 90.  She looks amazing.  So many friends and family came out to celebrate with her on Sunday.  It was a fantastic day.  My brother and his business partner at Krumbs Breadery did the sandwiches and sweet trays.  Which were super yummy.  I was in charge of the cupcakes and cake.

For the cupcakes, I decided on carrot, lemon, chocolate and vanilla.  Carrot and lemon had a cream cheese icing while chocolate and vanilla had butter cream.  I made one recipe of each flavour and was able to get at least 2 dozen regular cupcakes and 2 dozen mini from each.

Grandma loves her flowers so I went with a flower theme.  I called in my cousin Alexa to help with the decorating, who is an amazing baker and cake decorator.  We decided to have one colour for each.  Even did up a legend for guest to know what which flavour they were picking.

We did have one yellow rose go errant on us and couldn't figure out what happened to it.  My aunt did find it when she picked up a yellow rose and found carrot instead of lemon.  After several hours of decorating I'm surprised we only had one mishap!

For Grandma's cake I had no idea what I was going to do until the Friday when I decided on a teapot as she LOVES her tea.  Anything can be fixed with a cup of tea.  I used my baseball pan to bake a lemon cake, trimmed off he bottom and the top of the ball to form the base of the pot.  For the lid I used the trimming from the bottom.  The handle and spout were made from fondant.  Ideally these should have been made much earlier in the week so that they could harden properly.  The handle ended up breaking when I went to stick it in.  I glued it back together with some water and then covered up the cracks with white flowers.

I decorated the teapot in the same colours as the cupcakes.  I added a couple of shamrocks on the lid as we had to represent Ireland.

On the back of the teapot I added a big daisy in place of the 90 that was on the front.

Grandma is saving the cake to share with friends later in the week.

The birthday girl with Miss E.


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