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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.

Instant Pot New York Cheesecake

This was my first attempt at making a cheesecake in the Instant Pot.  I used this recipe to make my cheesecake.  Even though I have the 8 quart Instant Pot I didn't have a small enough spring form pan to fit inside.  So, I gave it a go with one of my 8" cake pans and hoped for the best.  The recipe calls for a 7" pan so I knew mine wouldn't be as tall as the one pictured in the link above.

I put a piece of parchment paper on the bottom and after the cake had cooled in the fridge over night I was able to get it out of the pan with no problem. 

Let me tell you, once you make a cheesecake in the Instant Pot, there is no going back.  It is so much easier and no fuss at all.  It is super moist.  Even the crust, it's easy to cut through with a fork.  I topped this one off with some left over homemade cranberry sauce.  It was super delicious.