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Chocolate Naked Cake

I was asked to make this cake for Lina's daughter's 23rd birthday.  This is only my 2nd time doing a naked cake.  A naked cake is a cake without a full coating of icing or fondant.  It is  basically a crumb coat.  For this cake I a three layer 8" chocolate cake with chocolate fudge filling.  First, I leveled off the three layers, then piped the white butter cream around the top edge of two layers to form a dam for the chocolate filling.  I let them set in the fridge for about 15 minutes.  Once set I added the chocolate filling and covered in icing.  It was so strange to be done at that point.  I just had to add the flower.


The flower is made out of fondant; made a few days in advance starting with darker fuchsia to lighter to give it an ombre affect.  I added a dab of icing underneath to offset it slightly.

Mr. T was kind enough to deliver out to Brock St. where conveniently a 7-Eleven was close by again so that he could get himself a Slurpee on the way home. :)

Baby Boy Shower Cupcakes

For the baby shower I made 4 dozen cupcakes; 2 dozen in vanilla and 2 dozen in chocolate.  I covered the vanilla cupcakes in blue buttercream icing and added a blue gum ball to finish it off.  I love these gum balls that the Bulk Barn now carries.  They come in pink and blue and a beautiful pearl finish.


For the chocolate cupcakes I first covered them in white butter cream icing then added the fondant decorations.  The little feet are so cute.

Mr. T delivered these out to the east end.  He has no problem delivering a cake when there is a 7-Eleven close by.  For this delivery it was practically next door.  He loves himself a Slurpee.  They are slowly disappearing from Toronto which makes him very sad. So, he does not miss an opportunity to grab a Slurpee when he can. 

Hakuna Matata Lion King Cake for Santiago

I'm so glad I got to make Santiago's cake for his first birthday!  He is one of the sweetest most adorable baby ever.  Though he's not a baby anymore :(

His mom's request was for a Lion King theme cake with cupcakes.  The cake and cupcakes were both banana flavour with peanut butter icing.  Oh boy!  It is an awesome combination.  So glad we had left over icing. :)

First I baked the cake and cupcakes.  While they were baking I started on the decorations for the cupcakes and the cake.  This took most of my Friday evening.  Thank you Albena!



It was so humid even with our a/c blasting.  I could not get Simba to look right.  It was so frustrating.  I resorted to printing off a picture and laminating it.  At least Santiago can have a keepsake if he wants. 



When I went to decorate the cupcakes the liners had peeled off on their own.  It looked nasty so, I took them all off and had mini cakes instead. 


Each cupcake was topped with peanut butter icing and then with a fondant di…

Five Layer Chocolate Cake Goodness

It's been a while since my lovely co-worker Clover sent me a picture and said that she wanted me to make it.  Of course, it's never a simple cake.  She likes to challenge me.  Especially covering a chocolate cake in white fondant in the middle of a heat wave...

For this 6" cake I made five layers filled with chocolate filling,  The cake was over 6" tall.  Not easy to cover in fondant.  Thank goodness there were lots of decorations to cover up some of the wrinkles.  Next time, I would cover it differently.  Rather than rolling out one big circle and draping over the top I would do it in two parts; 6" disc for the top and then a 6" x the circumference to have one seam at the back.  It could easily be covered by the dripping gold. 


The roses were made a few days in advance to allow them to dry out. 

This morning we dropped off Miss E to catch her bus to camp.  She's going for a month and is super excited.  We had the day off for Canada Day even though it …

Mini Grad Cupcakes

These cute little cupcakes are for grade 8 graduation.  The school colours are black, white, silver and gold.


I made 5 dozen vanilla and 5 dozen chocolate mini cupcakes in black liners.  Each was covered in white butter cream icing.  Mr. T found these awesome silver and gold Wilton stars at the Bulk Barn.  He is the best procurement manager. :)  I will definitely be using these again.

Isla's Gluten Free Panda Beach Themed Birthday Cake

I love doing a cake that is tailored to the birthday girl's like.  Isla's party was going to be a beach theme and she loves pandas.  So, I made an 8" vanilla gluten free cake with a panda snorkling under water.



I had some green fondant and blue fondant that I mixed together but not completely to give it a watery look.  I added 8 candles around the cake for extra decorations and to cover any marks on the fondant.


The purple flippers are my favourite part.  So much fun.  Mr T and I delivered it Isla's party.  I love that I got to see the birthday girl's reaction to seeing her cake.  So glad that she loved it.

Rocky Road Cake

To celebrate Father's Day and my Mom's birthday I wanted to do something different.  I came across this recipe on Pinterest.  Over the top fun!


To start off, I bake three 6" layers of chocolate cake as per the recipe.  Followed by the Nutella flavoured icing and then the ganache.  I added the toasted walnuts (they really do tasted amazing and completely different toasted!) and marshmallows into most of the ganache.  I save some ganache for dripping down the sides.  

 To assemble the cake I piped the icing around the top of the first two layers to form a dam.  Then added the ganache mix and stacked the layers.  After it set for a while in the fridge I covered the cake in the icing as smooth as I could get it.


Finally topping the cake with the plain ganache and allowing it to drip down the sides.  To finish off the cake I piled the rest of the ganache mixed on top and then added more marshmallows and toast walnuts.


I had to take a picture of what it looks like when you cut …

Peggy's 70th Birthday Cake

To celebrate Father's Day and my mother-in-law's birthday I decided to do a white cake.  But I couldn't not have chocolate as that is my father-in-law's favourite.  Thanks to I am Baker posting this recipe that incorporated brownie and cake I thought it would be perfect.


I even tried my hand at doing a Swiss meringue butter cream for the first time.  The taste is very unique but it's a lot more work than American butter cream. 


An inside shot to see how the cake was put together.  You take two 8" pans and bake the brownie mixture first and let it cool.  Then you add the cake mixture on top, bake and let cool.  To assemble, I made a mocha filling between the layers.  It was quite good if I do say so myself. :)

Kendall's 30th Beach Birthday Cake

Kendall's boyfriend and family did a surprise 30th birthday party for her and asked me to do her cake with a beach/luau theme.


For this two tiered cake I made an 8" two layer vanilla with confetti cake and a 6" two layer vanilla with confetti cake.  I covered the bottom tier in blue fondant and the top in a light brown fondant.   I covered the top tier with lots of graham cracker crumbs to make it look like sand.



Originally there was supposed to be a palm tree but it collasped. *sigh*  Instead I had these awesome surf boards that did the trick.  Fashioned some flip flops from a silicon mold.


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Ava's Spa Cake

Ava was having a spa party so her some sent me some pictures of ideas for the cake and cupcakes.  This was lots of fun to do.  As usual, I made the cake and cupcakes first.  Both vanilla with confetti added for some fun.  Then I set about doing the decorations making nail polish bottles, eye shadow and lipstick.  Too much fun.

My favourite is by far the sleep mask.  I love the ruffle around it it. 


I covered the cake in white fondant and trimmed it with some black ribbon. I used the black ribbon for the ties of the mask as well.  Then I added the spilled nail polish.  Love the colours and how they turned out.



Once the cupcake toppers had dried over night I added them on top of the butter cream icing as the final touch.

Royal Wedding Cake for Ladies' Tea

A coworker sent me the recipe for Make your own Harry and Meghan inspired royal wedding cake a couple of weeks ago.  Little did I know that I would actually use it so quickly.  This month's Admiral's Walk Ladies Tea in the Port of Newcastle is doing a royal wedding theme and asked for mini wedding cake to go with the theme.  As a royal watcher I was more than happy to do such a cake.  Grandma Winnie always had royal magazines in her house that I always read when visiting.  I loved pouring over the pictures.



Baking without a/c right now from the 20th floor is not fun!!  The lemon curd filling kept seeping out of the side of the cake.  My brother came to pick it up and he couldn't leave until I was sure it wouldn't leak.  Even then I couldn't wait to hear from him that he had it in the fridge safe and sound.

I was able to make this cake only having to use one cake recipe.  Each tier was 2 layers with lemon curd filling.  8", 6" and 4".  Mr. T picked up…

Niagara Wedding Cake - Grey and Yellow

For this wedding cake the bottom tier is a 2 layer 8" vanilla cake with salted caramel filling covered in butter cream with fondant covering.


The top tier is a 2 layer 6" chocolate cake with chocolate fudge filling covered in butter cream with fondant covering.  Even though it is very hot in our condo right now this cake went together very smoothly. 


I wrapped dark grey ribbon around the bottom of each tier.  I love how ribbon finishes off a cake.  It can also hide lots of imperfections. 


Final touches were some yellow daisies and roses in fondant.

Love Wedding Cake Top

Krumbs Breadery is catering a wedding in Parry Sound today and asked me to do the cupcakes and cake. Actually they made the cake, it's a strawberry cheesecake and smells so good.  My job was to cover it in icing to look like a "regular" cake.  It was very easy to do.  Though because it was so cold the icing went on super smooth which normally I would really appreciate but because I was doing a rustic look I didn't want it to be smooth.  Figures!


I forgot to take a picture of the cupcakes.  I made 2 dozen vanilla, 2 dozen lemon and 2 dozen chocolate.  To add a little more height to the cake I made the topper using my Cricut machine.  At first I tried it in gold but it was hard to see so we decided to go with black.

Krumbs came to pick up the cake and cupcakes on their way to Parry Sound.

50th Birthday Cake

Doing a toilet paper cake is so much fun.  So cheeky. 


For this cake I made a 9 x 13 two layer vanilla with chocolate chips cake and a 6" three layer vanilla with chocolate chip cake for the roll of toilet paper.


I made the fondant signs the night before so that they would dry out and become hard.  The main cake is covered in chocolate icing.

Insane 6 Launch Party Cake

I was asked to this cake for the launch of a new line of e-cig flavours with the logo on top.  The cake was 10" two layer chocolate cake with chocolate fudge filling then covered in white fondant.


I originally started out to do the logo in fondant but I couldn't get the look I wanted.  Then I tried to paint it and it was just a disaster.  Painting under pressure is never a good idea.  Fortunately, Mr. T found Rosie D. Designs that could print the logo on edible paper which is very thin fondant.  I didn't add it to the cake until just before delivery.  I didn't want it to sweat so I took it out of the fridge about 30 minutes before.  After adding the logo I trimmed it in blue fondant.


Jaxson's First Communion Cupcake Cake

I'm coming around to doing cupcake cakes.  I really like how this one turned out.  I made about dozen cupcakes in lemon with cream cheese icing.  The cross took 20 cupcakes with lots of icing in between the cupcakes to join them together.  I put a dab of icing on the bottom of each cupcake so they wouldn't move in transition.

The Bulk Barn has these awesome gumballs now.  They are perfect for decorating and have a beautiful pearl shine. 



Finished off the cake with adding God Bless Jaxson in fondant on the board.


The extra cupcakes each got their own gumball.  They look pretty but the gum lasts for maybe a minute. :)

Sweet 16 Confetti Cake

For this cake I did a 3 layer 8 inch vanilla cake filled with confetti.  The birthday girl loves confetti.  

The first time I covered this cake in buttercream icing I had finished the crumb coat and decided to taste the icing.  Something wasn't right.  I had Mr. T and Miss. E provide their input and it wasn't good.  It was after 9pm on a Saturday night and I wasn't sure what to do.  I couldn't figure out what went wrong with the icing.  Miss. E was just as stumped as I was.  She kept saying that this has never happened before.  Thankfully Mr. T was willing to go out to the 24h Metro to pick up  more icing sugar, 10% cream, and pure vanilla extract while I scraped all the icing off.  Thank goodness the second batch tasted as it should.  Phew!  The rest of the decorating went more more smoothly.

For the decorations I sent Mr. T and Miss. E to the Bulk Barn and Tim Horton's.  Miss. E did a great job picking out all the candy.  I added 3 birthday Timbits for extra heig…

Salted Caramel Chocolate Cake with Cheesecake Filling

Today we had our Coles family Easter dinner and I thought that since it was pretty close to my cousin Josh's birthday that we would celebrate.  Especially because the whole family was together and it is a major milestone turning 30.  Oh to be 30 again!
I wanted to do something big and over the top so I started with the idea of cheesecake as the filling.  Originally, I was going to do a very tall 5 layer 8" cake but then I thought it would be really difficult to cut.  I decided on a two tiered cake.  

Each tier consisted of three layers, chocolate cake, cheese cake and chocolate cake.  Both were covered in a salted caramel icing.  Then I drizzled chocolate ganache and homemade caramel sauce over the top of each tier.  Added some more salted caramel icing topped with 30 Ferrero Rochers chocolates. 
For the topper I cut out a 3 and 0 from card stock and laminated them then attached them to bamboo skewers.  Josh was able to take the top tier home and only served the bottom tier. …

Molly's Frozen Cake

For Molly's 4th birthday I made a three layer 8" chocolate cake with chocolate fudge filling covered in buttercream icing.  The flavour was mama's choice and the theme Molly's.  :)


I printed off pictures of Elsa, Ana and Olaf and then laminated them, then dabbed some water on the back to "glue" them on to the cake. 


I love this picture!  I think she liked her cake. 
Happy Birthday Molly!

Batman Cake

I love doing super hero cakes.  They are just so much fun!  Especially when I have the cookie cutters to help me along.  Everett's mom sent me a picture of what she'd like and I was able to duplicate it.



This was a two layer 8" chocolate cake with chocolate fudge filling.  Covered in grey fondant with fondant decorations.  I invested in a 4", 6" and 8" metal round cookie cutter which makes doing the larger circles much easier to do. 

Mr. T was kind enough to deliver this out to Newcastle tonight as Miss E and I leave early for our retreat.

Tim's Perfect Chocolate Cake

For Tim and his brother John's birthday this year I went with the traditional Perfect Chocolate Cake.  A 3 layer 8" chocolate cake with whipped cream filling covered in chocolate fudge icing.  This is the family favourite, so I couldn't go wrong. 


I made the retro cake topper using Cricut Design Space.  The lettering and music notes are in black vinyl.  It's super easy to work with.

Happy Birthday Tim and John!

Tessia's Blueberry Lemon Cake

Tessia messaged me with a picture of a previous lemon blueberry cake that I had made and booked it for her birthday.  I love a birthday girl who knows what she wants!


This was a 3 layer 8" cake with lemon creamcheese icing.  Every time I do a repeat cake I try to decorate it differently from the others.  This time I cut thin slices of lemon to go around as swirls on the top of the cake.


I also made a cake topper using Circut Design Space in dark blue, like blueberries. Printed it out three times and glued them together to make it extra thick.

Happy Birthday Tessia!

Sailor Moon Cake

I was asked to make this vanilla cake for Liz's birthday and was pretty much given carte blanche.  I knew she liked cats and Sailor Moon.  When I saw that there was a cat in Sailor Moon I had figured out the theme for the cake.


The cake is covered in vanilla buttercream.  I used fondant for all the decorations.


Happy Birthday Liz!

Minnie Mouse Cupcake Cake

I'm really not a fan of doing cupcake cakes, but when I do get a request I'm always surprised on how they turn out.  Better than I hoped!  Ha. 

For this "cake" it took 36 vanilla cupcakes.  I arranged them on a 14" x 14" cake board and once I was satisfied with the placement I added a drop of icing to the bottom of each one to ensure they didn't move around in transportation. 


If I were to do this cake again I would use a different piping tip and smooth out the icing.  It was really hard to get smooth lines for the eyes, nose and both.  From afar, it's not too bad; just don't zoom in on it to close!

Toronto Maple Leaf Cake

For this cake Tyler's mom gave me a picture of what he wanted and I replicated it best I could.  I think as a Canadian we all aspire to one day to be able to draw the maple leaf free hand; that day has not come for me.  I can trace it though!


This was an 8" two layer vanilla cake covered in buttercream icing.  Any imperfections on smoothing out the icing I covered with a star or a maple leaf. :)

Baby Shower Button Cupcakes

For this baby shower I made 2 dozen vanilla and 2 dozen chocolate cupcakes.  All decorated with buttercream icing with some dragees and fondant buttons.


Even in February the cupcakes were still super moist and coming away from the liner.  Not a bad thing but for presentation it doesn't look as nice.


Instant Pot Triple Chocolate Cheesecake

Another Instant Pot cheesecake.  This time I used this recipe.  This one called for a 7" pan but I had just bought the 6" Fat Daddio's Cheesecake pan from Amazon and wanted to try it out.  I was making this cake to celebrate the January birthdays for some good friends.  The Golden Girls were never wrong in always having a cheesecake on hand to share with friends.

Lesson learned, if you don't have the right size pan, go up in size, not down.  This was a very tall cake and it over flowed a little into the pot; but that's okay!  Because in the Instant Pot it overflowed into the water and not the bottom of my stove.  Clean up was a breeze.  It didn't matter if the top of the cake was perfect since I was covering it with a ganache. 

I finished off the cake by spritzing some edible gold dust onto the top.  This cake was so delicious.  If you have an Instant Pot, make it right now, you won't regret it.