Sunday, December 23, 2012

Fred Flintstone Cake!

In addition to it being his grandmother's Birthday last weekend, it was also my boyfriend's Birthday - it was a very busy weekend for me!

Nothing slips by him so I didn't even try to hide the fact that I was going to make him a cake! Especially since he requested one... a 4 tiered one.... featuring the Ninja Turtles, Transformers, G.I. Joe and The Flintstones! Reliving his childhood memories as he was about to turn another year older I presume : P

Anyway, with 2 Birthday celebrations in one weekend and only small gatherings planned for both, that 4 tiered monster would have gone to major waste. So I picked ONE theme and sent my boyfriend out for the day and I got to work!

I kept the cake on the dining room table in a closed cake box until we went to his parents' house for dinner.... I can't be sure he didn't peek, but I don't THINK he did!

So, with all of my options, I went with The Flintstones. Fred Flintstone. THEMED! I'm not crazy into character cakes so I figured this was a good compromise!

I covered the cake in the orange and black print of Fred's "dress" (excuse my ignorance, but I'm not sure what that article of clothing is called!),  topped it off with his raggedy jaggedy blue tie, and finished it off with a boney border - it IS the stone age after all!

Everybody, especially the Birthday boy, loved the cake! Even his dog enjoyed some birthday cake crumbs - it was vanilla! :)

Monday, December 17, 2012


As I mentioned before, it is currently gain-a-little-weight season!

Last year I stumbled upon a killer peppermint bark recipe. I'm generally a chocolate purist. I never had the taste for chocolate & (pepper)mint. Give me a bar of plain old milk or dark chocolate, and that's all I need to be in my own personal heaven!

I somehow got into the smell of chocolate & peppermint and decided I LOVED peppermint bark and NEEDED to make it. Tons of it. Without ever having really tasted it.

So last year I bought out aaaaallllll the candy canes I could find and I recruited my Grandmother to help me unwrap them and I went forth with my peppermint bark mission. Boy was it a success. Months after the holiday season I was dreaaaaaaming of that bark and waiting for the right time to bust out that recipe yet again!

Here it is, in all it's addictive delight

Pretty & packaged with a bow!

After the peppermint bark, I had a brilliant (or horrible) idea that I wanted to try out. I have, and I can say with 100000000% assurance, the BEST and most famously sought after cookie base recipe. I have addicts banging on my door. Not actually. But I do get MANY requests when I'm having people over or going to someone's house to bring my cookies. I decided I'd make some changes and turn those devine devils into Skor cookies.


Good thing there aren't cameras in the kitchen. I told my boyfriend I only ate 3. But that's just actually when I lost count.

New favourite thing in the world.

Good idea gone horribly wrong!

Guess who'll be avoiding the scale for a while? This girl.

Pretty Flower Cake!

My boyfriend's grandmother's birthday was this past weekend and of course I was designated to make the birthday cake!

Given carte blanche I immediately took to the drawing board! Having creative control over a cake is the best and worst thing -the world is your oyster but then narrowing down an idea can be tough...

Here is what I came up with:

The cake came out perfectly, just as I had imagined it! Everyone loved it, especially the Birthday Girl!

Another success in the bank! :)

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Bakin' Up a Storm!

It's that time of year!

I'm not talking about 8 nights of Chanukah, Christmas Spirit or a snowstorm. I'm talking about those few extra pounds I tend to gain every year around this time. What follows is the reason behind the extra poundage!

First of all, we have the cookies...the MAIN culprit!

Delicious as is, but ready to be baked!

Packaged and ready to go. On the left are those delicious devils - chocolate and white chocolate chip cookies. On the right are chocolate chip oatmeal cookies.... I come from a long line of chocoholics...

Up next is what I call Scone Madness....

Raspberry scones being prepared...

Raspberry, Berry Burst & Blueberry Scones....

Ready to go...

... in a pretty box of course!

Next is sugar cookies.

Too pretty to eat?


..Meh, not quite!

I feel like this will most likely be juuuuust the tip of the iceberg...

On that note, I'm off to the gym! (But not really... you can find me in the kitchen!)

Snowman Sugar Cookies!

As I mentioned before, my boyfriend owns a landscaping & snow removal company that services both commercial and residential properties.

To say thank you and happy holidays, he asked me to make yummy sugar cookies to give out to the home owners!

Since my boyfriend is, after all, the snowman in winter, I went with this:

Not only did they take a long time to make and decorate, but packaging them also took forever!!

In the end though, with a neat little bow, these cookies looked adorable - well worth all of the effort!

Winter Wonderland: Snowflake Cake & Snowflake Cupcakes!

Although we haven't had a major snowfall yet here in Toronto, I've certainly been getting into the winter spirit!

My boyfriend owns a landscaping & snow removal company and he had asked me to whip up something special to give to one of his biggest clients to say thank you and happy holidays!

Here's what I came up with:

I also whipped up some snowflake cupcakes as well!

Everything turned out perfectly!

Hopefully these will be the only snowflakes we'll see for the rest of the season! :)

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Scrumptious Treats!

I was taught that when invited somewhere, never go empty handed! Being the baking fiend that I am, I usually end up bringing something sweet.

Even though these aren't decorated fancily, I thought I'd share these most recent delicious treats that I've been baking up!

A few weeks ago when I was invited to my aunt's house for dinner, I decided to try a new recipe! It is DEFINITELY a keeper! :)

For all the chocoholics out there (I am one as well). Chocolate brownie cookies studded with white chocolate chips. No more words are needed here.

Last Friday night, my boyfriend and I were invited to his parents' house for dinner and of course I couldn't let them down! So I brought these!

My malt chocolate cupcakes! A classic among family and friends back home in Montreal!

Even though these aren't usual Cakes by Jess creations, I thought you should all know what I'm getting myself (and family & friends!) into when I'm not knee deep in fondant! :)

Saturday, November 17, 2012


Social Media Update!

Cakes by Jess is now also on Facebook!

Don't forget to "like" it to stay up to date on all new yummy creations! :)

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Busy, Busy, Busy!!

As you can see it has been quite a while since my last post! Though I have made several creations since I've last updated, life has just gotten so crazy since the spring - work at the caterer got super busy and I found myself working 6 days a week most weeks, and aside from that, I VERY recently made the big move from Montreal to Toronto! To save time and space, here are all of my sweet creations since last time in one concise post! This was an Under Armour cap cake I made a while back! I had always wanted to make a baseball cap cake and I must admit, the end result is easily one of my favourites to date!
Next is a set of adorable bridal shower cupcakes! I was given carte blanche for the design and they turned out perfectly! Just as I had imagined them! :)
I also did yet another zebra cake - my favourite! Only this time I switched it up a little!
What better way for a guitar lover to celebrate his birthday than with this adorable cupcake surprise?!
And last but not least, I made one last batch of Teddy Bear cuppies for my favourite jewellery store's Halloween shopping event! In addition to the usual gold and silver cuppies, I added in some Halloween themed colours and decorations!
Now that everything is up to date, I hope to have many new creations to share here from my new life & home in Toronto! :)

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

CommunityCakes Event!

After the success of the extremely fun cupcake and cookie decorating Bachelorette party I did back in November, I was asked to teach at another mini soiree! The event was called "CommunityCakes" and its aim was to bring a group of girls together to have fun decorating cupcakes, and informing them of different events coming up that help give back to the community! As per usual, we had such a blast! Here were my demo cupcakes:
And here were my brilliant students' works of art! So proud! :)
I just love doing events like this! It always brings me back to the first time I tried making a flower or decorating a cupcake! I can't wait to do more events like this and spread the decorating fun! :)

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Minnie Mouse Cake!

It was only a matter of time until I'd be asked to make a classic Disney character cake, and that time finally came!

I was asked to make a Minnie Mouse cake for a little girl's 2nd Birthday party, what could be cuter?! The only instructions I received were that it should include Minnie (obviously!) and other pink decorations.

Et voila!

I decided to repeat the light purple background with pink flowers that I did on the Hello Kitty cake a while back. It turned out great the first time and it looked adorable with Minnie as well!

Can't wait for the next Disney character!!

Teddy Bear & Blocks Encore!

When I was asked to make the Teddy Bear & Blocks cake again I was very excited! It was so much fun the first time and it's just such an adorable design!

Here it is!

Yet again, this extremely cute cake was a complete success! :)