Saturday, August 21, 2010

Workout Cake!

When I was asked to make a gym themed cake for a workout enthusiast, I was so excited to get started on making miniature gym equipment! Hand sculpting mini (yet life-like!) decorations for cakes is one of my favourite tasks and there was plenty to be done for this cake!

The cake itself is a boxing ring with some workout gear scattered inside! The Birthday Boy loves the Montreal Canadiens so I stuck to the bleu/blanc/rouge colour scheme! There's a barbell with weights, a skipping rope, boxing gloves, free weights, and a towel thrown over the post of the boxing ring!

Next to the boxing ring is a gym bench with a folded up towel, water bottle, Nike gym bag and a rolled up gym/yoga mat!

Everything one could need for a well rounded workout! (Minus the cake, of course!) :P

Music Cake!

It's sometimes a tough task to pick out the perfect cake design for a Dad's birthday! A few weeks ago, I got an e-mail from a friend of a friend asking about a birthday cake for her father. When I asked what she had in mind, she had so many ideas about her dad's different interests, like sports, music, etc...

Since I've already made quite a few sports cakes, I thought it would be fun to do a music cake! She told me her dad LOVES jazz music so taking that into consideration, I got to work!

I decided to incorporate a few important jazz instruments to help emphasize the theme of the cake - I placed piano keys all around the side of the cake, while music notes, sheet music, a bass and a saxophone rest on the brightly coloured tie-dyed painted cake top! "Happy Birthday Dad! We Love You!" was placed all around the cake on the board in matching colours.

It was the perfect cake for any music-loving dad's birthday!

Saturday, August 7, 2010

Present Cake!

When I got an e-mail on Tuesday night from my neighbour asking me to make a cake for Friday, I was VERY hesitant given the time restraint! After finding out what exactly they wanted in their custom cake by moi, I decided that I was definitely up for the challenge!

Given the relatively simple design of the cake, I was able to complete the entire cake, start to finish, in one evening without compromising a single aspect of it! (even after an incredibly long, hot, and exhausting day at camp!)!!

Here it is!

While the cake was baking I started mixing the colours for the bow and polka dots. Once the cake was out of the oven and cooling, I finished the colours, made the bow and whipped up some delicious frosting! By the time I was done preparing everything, the cake was cool enough to frost, cover in fondant and decorate! The easiest part, however, was the delivery! I ran across the street to drop off the cake and they simply LOVED it!!

The best part of the quick cake making evening? I was even able to get to sleep at a reasonable hour! :)

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Teapot Cake!

Now that the summer is here it's getting hard to find time to fit cake making into the mix! But with my mom's birthday coming up, I knew I'd have to squeeze a special cake for her special birthday into my schedule.

My mom LOVES to collect teapots and teacup sets! Whenever a special occasion rolls around, our gifts to her are usually contributions to her collection. Even though it was an extra special birthday and we were planning a bigger gift than a teapot, I still wanted to incorporate her ever growing collection into the celebration. My mom also loves everything and anything Mary Engelbreit. From socks to stationary, calendars and stickers - whenever she finds anything Mary Engelbreit, she's sure to snatch it up!

After doing some Googling, I found that Mary Engelbreit has a teapot line! It was the perfect idea and inspiration for my mom's birthday cake!

Here is a picture of the actual teapot:

And of course, no tea party is complete without cupcakes!

And obviously they were lined in matching Mary Engelbreit cupcake liners!

My mom was SHOCKED!

She knew I was making her a birthday cake but she had no idea what it would be! I'm still not sure how I kept the cake from her! Everytime I heard footsteps coming towards the kitchen I was on MAJOR patrol!!

Needless to say, she absolutely loved her birthday cake!

Another successful cake AND surprise! :)

Teacher Cake!

During the summers I work as a counsellor at a day camp here in the city - this summer is no exception! When my co-counsellor found out that I make cakes, she knew that her mom's birthday wouldn't be complete without one!

My co-counsellor and her family are from Romania and her mom works as a teacher teaching French as a second language. Seeing as these are some important aspects of her mom's life, she wanted it reflected in her birthday cake! So she did some Googling and I was sent a bunch of pictures of adorable teacher themed cakes! After taking a look at what was to be my inspiration, I got to work!

Here it is!

The cake is a chalkboard with an eraser, pile of books, apples and chalk! On the front of the cake is the birthday girl's face with piles of apples on either side! The sides of the cake were painted to look like a school bus!

Everyone absolutely loved it!!! It was the perfect cake to finish off the birthday celebration!