Friday, November 28, 2008

Autobot Birthday

Joshua wanted a Bumblebee Transformer cake for his birthday this year (6). We scaled down to a 10" round cake instead of my usual sheet cakes for this one (I did this on Black Friday and discovered I only had round cake boards and I was NOT going out to Wal-mart!), so I couldn't do a good version of Bumblebee as the robot or car. I finally found this Autobot logo and compromised by doing the cake in Bumblebee colours.
I've been working on creating more detailed borders:

Happy Thanksgiving!

I did a Thanksgiving cake this year for Perry's work potluck. I've been wanting to do this cake for a while, and I modified it from the 3D chocolate cornucopia with marzipan veggies on top to just a frosting one.
I was looking for a picture of Mr. Lunt without his hat, but trust me- throw a gold tooth on my little guy here and you've got him.

Monday, November 3, 2008

Imagination to Reality

October's theme in Cub Scouts was Adventures in Books. We had a really fun pack meeting, with our Cubmaster coming up with a fantastic mystery over missing awards. I volunteered to do the cake, since I had a book pan. I had no idea at the start of the month what I was going to do, but that's what Perry is for.
I finally had an idea of scenes from books, but I had no clue what to use. Perry gave me some ideas of what captured boys' interests and I went to work. I asked Mischa what page number to put on the book, and she suggested our pack number.

Perry then came home, saw the cake, and said it would be cool to have put a smooth brown border around the bottom of the cake (instead of the white shells here) to make it look like a book cover. I scraped off the stars and followed his suggestion. It turned out really cute.
My favourite part of this cake was the rough sketch. I haven't ever drawn a rough idea for my cakes before, and I don't think I've picked up a pencil to draw in 10 years (and I used to love to draw in high school). I changed some things around, mainly not liking the title look, moving the pirate flag/map down so I didn't have 2 black scenes next to each other, and I decided to ditch the Gryffindor crest for the golden snitch (I figured boys would like the sports in Harry Potter, and it was also a good reason to buy the gold dusting powder I've been wanting). I used silver dusting powder on the spaceship and the wings of the snitch and dragon.

(the black squiggle next to the space scene is what happens when you leave a pen and paper within reach of a certain 3 year old girl in our family)

Saturday, September 6, 2008

Caleb 10

For Caleb's 1oth birthday, he wanted the alien Goop from Ben 10. I used piping gel to get the translucent slime feel of the alien.

Roses on Your Birthday

This is the cake that is my blog header and my new business cards (thanks, Marchet!)

50th Anniversary

I helped a nephew's wife make this for my in-law's 50th anniversary.

Let It Snow

Trees made out of sugar cones and frosting kids top this cake.

Baby Shower

Here's baby bear again, on a blanket this time.

House of Blues

I used fondant to make the logo for this cake.

Where the Wild Things Are

I did this for a two year old. His favourite book is Where the Wild Things Are. It was a fun cake with very different colours. The bottom cake is the sea that Max crossed. The mother was going to put a laminated picture of Max in his boat on it.

Webkinz Birthday

As I mentioned before, I have to do triple cakes for my daughters and their cousin. This year's theme was Webkinz.

Purple Wedding

Fresh Flowers

I got to buy a new floating tiers set for this one- I guess this is the cake decorator's equivalent to power tools for men. I used fresh flowers and a basket weave on the side.


I helped a friend of mine do this one. We did it the day of the reception, which made for a very tense morning.


Violets and roses.


Forty? Oh No!!

You can't let a 40th go by quietly, can you?

Family Tree

I did this for a Primary activity. Each cupcake has a little face on it.

Heart of Gold

This was done for a dear friend. I used edible glitter on the heart.


I did this for my punk rock sister. The wings are royal icing on tulle.


I love roses and rosebuds.


This was a groom's cake that I did.

Blue's Clues

This was Caleb's first birthday cake. I had to make a special egg and milk free cake for him because of his allergies. I did it as a little paw print.

Baby Baptism

This cake is edged on top with a white trellis on a pink background, with white grapes and vines.

Out of This World

It's amazing what a few Crisco and spice jar lids can make! I also handmade the white chocolate candies on the side.

Can We Eat It? Yes We Can!

Bob looks happy that Caleb chose him for his birthday cake.


A cake for when your daughter wants a Barbie Cinderella.

Not All Wedding Cakes Are Tall

I did this cake for my sister-in-law. She had a very Victorian wedding dress, and I tried to reflect the romance of the era with ivy and roses that started out ivory and turned peach at the tops. The trellises attaching the cakes are made out of royal icing.


I love doing holiday cakes- you can really let your playful side show.

Bugs and Buds

This was Mischa's 2nd birthday cake.

Hunting Cakes

Here's where I hate on my regular camera for a bit and its lack of zooming. I "borrowed" the deer figures from a Christmas cake idea- I hope Santa doesn't mind!