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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!

Butterfly Cupcakes

My lovely go worker, Clover asked me to make 4 cupcakes for her sister's birthday!? If she had told me this last week when I made the gigantic Canada Day cake I could have easily taken out enough batter for her "tiny" request. But instead, I couldn't say no, I made 6 giant cupcakes as a compromise?

She had bought a gift bag for her sister's present already that had a butterfly on it. My task was to make butterflies that matched. Instead of doing fondant ones I made them using distress inks and vinyl on my Cricut air cutting machine. I really like how they turned out. I will be making more of these for sure.

Mr T and I delivered them up to her as an excuse to go out for dinner at the Lone Star. It was crazy weather. No rain one minute then a huge down poor, nothing again and then another down poor. We managed to stay dry at least.

Canada Day Family Cake

My parents had a family celebration today to celebrate Canada Day and the summer birthdays.  I was tasked with bring the cake.

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.

My first attempt at making a checkerboard cake.

Poodle Skirt Cake

This cake was an 8" and 6" tiered chocolate cake.  For the poodle skirt I just draped the purple fondant over the cake and left it as is instead of smoothing it out to wrap around the cake.

For the cake topper I used my Cricut machine and the Nifty Fifties cartridge to create the Happy 75 sign as homage to Route 66.

Way to Go Graduation Cupcakes

Miss E had her graduation from grade 6 tonight.  *sob* One of the parents bravely hosted a class party in the condo party room so I sent Miss E down with a couple dozen cupcakes.

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.

The vegan cupcakes are surprisingly really good!

Naked Wedding Cake with Vegan Cupcakes

This is the first time that I've done a naked cake.  It isn't as easy as you'd think it would be.  The cake has to be very straight and level.  There is no room to hide mishaps with icing!

This 3 tiered cake consisted of a 10" vanilla cake with chocolate filling, an 8" chocolate cake with salted caramel filling and a 6" Victorian sponge cake with whipped cream and strawberry jam filling.  The whole cake is crumb coated in vanilla buttercream.

As some of the guests were vegan the bride order some vegan cupcakes.  I have a very easy chocolate cake recipe that happens to be vegan and then made the icing using vegan Becel and almond milk with some almond extra.  These were amazing if I do say so myself.  I took the extras to wine night and they were a huge hit.  I will definitely make these more often.

Wedding Cake

For this wedding cake I did a 10" square chocolate cake with salted caramel filling; an 8" lemon cake with cream cheese filling and a 6" marble cake with salted caramel filling.

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.

Moana Cake

When I was asked to make this cake I had not yet seen the movie.  So Miss E and I had a movie night and watched this together for research. I had watched a video on how to make the cake before I saw the movie and didn't make any sense to me.  Now the under water or the parting of the water makes so much more sense.

For the cake I made two 8" rounds and cut one in half and layered them to build the wall of water. For the water I dyed the white fondant with different shades of blue and didn't completely blend it all together to give the multicolour look.  For the ocean floor and sand I used graham cracker crumbs.

For little Moana I printed off and fussy cut the figuring and coloured her in using my Copic markers.

The fish and seaweed I made out of fondant and added pearl dragees as bubbles.  For the white caps on the waves I just added buttercream icing using a tooth brush.

Beauty & the Beast Cake and Cupcakes

I'm so happy that Beauty and the Beast is popular again and was thrilled to get to do this themed cake.  

This was an 8" and 6" tiered vanilla cake with butter cream icing.  For the ruffles I used tear drop shaped cutter and overlapped them for three layers to make the skirt of Belle's dress.

For "KEIRA" I used the Disney font to cut out the letters.  Very thin and finicky to work with.  But definitely worth it.

Fallen rose petals from the rose I made for the top of the cake.  Just like in the movie.

I also made 2 dozen mini chocolate cupcakes.  It was so humid that the cupcake liners came right off so I called them bite size cakes. :)

Construction Cake

This was a last minute request to a very busy weekend but I couldn't resist doing this cake for my friend's great-nephew.

This was a 9 x 13 two layer chocolate cake with chocolate ganache filling.  I used Oreo cookie crumbs for the dirt.  One of the corners didn't turn out so well, so I made it look like it was under construction.  Colin's mom was adding trucks at her house to the cake.  I used one of my favourite little cars as a demo.

Happy 1st Bee-Day Cake

What a fun cake this was to make!  Love to do a whimsical cake like this.  Of course when it came time when I needed my black wire for the bumble bees do you think I could find it?  I was able to find green though and it didn't look bad at all.

The 10" and 8" tiers were vanilla and the top was chocolate.  To make the bee hive I used half baseball mold to bake the cake in.  The top tier is going to be the smash cake so it is covered in icing rather than fondant.  After several attempts I was finally able to get the look I wanted for the bee hive.

To ensure the bees stayed on I added a toothpick for strength.  Then with the edible black marker I added the dotted trail.

Thankfully I have a chevron cutter but it's not fun to add on to the side of a cake, that's for sure!

Unicorn Cake

I was super excited to do this unicorn cake as I have seen it all over YouTube and Pinterest.  I know Kendall isn't a big fan of fondant so I covered it in white butter cream.  I still can't get it as smooth as I'd like. *sigh*

The horn, ears and eyes were made from fondant.  For the unicorn's main I added the multicolour of icing and piped it out in rosettes.  The cake itself was an 8" two layer cookies and cream with buttercream filling.

Mermaid Cake

I had so much fun doing this cake for Brooklyn as her birthday present.  This was an 8" and 6" tiered chocolate cake with buttercream filling.  For the mermaid tail I cut it out the day before so it could dry hard and not have to worry about it breaking.

I made some sea weed out of purple fondant by wrapping it around a pencil.  All of the sea shells were made with fondant using press molds.

Added some coloured dragees for extra bling! I used the leaf tip to make the lime sea weed.

Birthday girl loved her cake!  Happy Birthday Brook! :)

Carrot Cake with Flowers

I made this cake for my friend's mom's 70th birthday.  Carrot cake is her favourite.  This was a 3 layer 8 inch carrot cake with cream cheese icing.  I added the buttercream flowers on top to finish off the cake.

Paw Patrol Cake

Now that Miss E is almost 12 she is a little old for Paw Patrol so I had to do my own research on the show to figure out who Skye was!

This was a 9 x 13 two layer cookies and cream cake.  Decorated in vanilla buttercream with the shell tip to outline in purple.  

The rest of the decorations were done with fondant.  Love doing the little paws by cutting out hearts and little circles.

This was the first of three cakes this weekend!  Good thing we have Monday off as I will be doing nothing!

Mother's Day Blueberry Lemon Cake

For Mother's Day I made my mom one of her favourite cakes.  Really I think it's a vessel to the cream cheese icing.  This was a 3 layer 8" cake covered in cream cheese icing.  I added blueberries around the bottom as trim and some on top with some lemon zest.

We had dinner at my brother's house.  It was delicious!  We then played a board game which was hilarious.  A great way to spend a Saturday evening with the family.

Poop Emoji Cupcakes

It's fun fair time again for Miss E's school.  We always donate a couple dozen cupcakes for the bake sale.  This year Miss E chose poop emoji cupcakes.

The kids loved them and they were super easy to make.  Half circles for the mouth and eyes.  Ta da!

Emoji Cupcakes using Tappits

I bought some Tappits a while ago and then forgot about them.  For this cupcake order I decided to try them out.  They are so much fun.

The cupcakes were red velvet with cream cheese icing.

Logan's Emoji Cupcakes

Logan again requested emoji cupcakes for his birthday to take to school.  Always fun to make and to find a new emoji to add to my repertoire. Of course Miss E schools me in what they mean.  The X X for eyes apparently means death.

These were chocolate cupcakes with vanilla icing under the fondant disks.

Adam's Chocolate Cake

Made the Perfect Chocolate Cake for Tim's good friend for his birthday celebration.  Tried to do something different with the icing.  Not sure if I am a fan of the trim around the top but at least it went over well with the birthday boy.  Didn't affect the taste!  Ha!

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!

A Chef's Cake

My brother-in-law works at the Budapest Restaurant on Gerrard St. E.  They have really good hungarian food.  Tomorrow's the chef/owner's birthday and my mother-in-law asked me to make her a cake in her honour.

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.

Happy Birthday Edit!

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.
Happy Birthday Molly!  We are so glad that we were able to celebrate with you.

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. :)

Pokemon Cake for Tyler

For this cake I made a 2 layer chocolate cake with butter cream filling. I had leftover icing from Tyler's sister's My Little Pony cake so I used it for the filling as an extra surprise.

I added a band of ribbon around the bottom.  The ribbon is so much easier than trying to get a band of fondant around and perfectly straight.  :)