May 20, 2012

Communion Cake

Well it's the day after Vincent's confirmation party celebration and his little cousin Michael made his 1st Communion.  We were delighted when Nancy contacted us and asked if we would make Michael's Communion cake for his celebration party which was held today at The Keg right after the mass. Nancy's only request for the cake was that the colour used in decorating the cake have blue with a bit of silver and gold. She left the design entirely up to us.

We started off with a 10" vanilla cake in which we tinted part of the batter blue and layered it with vanilla then blue then vanilla cake and filled it all with vanilla mousse and fresh blueberries. The top tier is a 6" chocolate cake filled with cookies and cream filling.  The stripes on the bottom tier were created with fondant in dark royal blue, a teal blue and a silver stripe. Since teal was the main colour Nancy was using for other elements of the party celebration we continued the teal for the bead boarder of the second tier and the lettering.

The chalice was made from gum paste and painted gold for the top of the cake. We then filled it with gum paste circles to resemble the Communion host.  A small prayer book made from fondant was added and coloured to bring it to life.

The cross which was placed on the front of the second tier was made from gum paste. Then small gum paste doves were added around the cake and on the board. Nancy was thrilled with the design when I dropped it off today.

Congratulations Michael and may God Bless you!

Stained Glass Confirmation Cake

Don't you just love a challenge?! Well my sister in law Dona always has great design ideas so for Vincent's confirmation Dona sent us a picture of a stained glass window with a dove in the centre and asked if we could recreate it for Vincent's Confirmation cake. Mel thought I was crazy when I told Dona "yeah sure we can do it".  I took the picture Dona sent me and studied it and researched (don't you just love the web) edible stained glass.  It came clear to us that to achieve the stained glass look it was typically done with cookie dough and hard candy by rolling out a cookie and cutting out designs from the dough and then filling the empty design spots with pieces of different coloured candy and baking it as one. The candy melts and becomes the stained glass.  Clever idea, who ever thought of this. But we really didn't want to make a cookie so I came up with the idea of using piping gel. Here's a look at the start of the project;

Not bad, my idea was working. The piping gel tinted in the colours chosen when applied to the white fondant does appear to be like a stained glass.  Here's a picture of the topper at the almost finished stage;

It's all coloured in but needs some boarders between the glass to give it definition; here it is completed. The outlining was done with royal icing tinted gold and a little gold shimmer dust diluted with vodka.

We were quite pleased with how it turned out. But with a cake topper you need a cake.  We made a chocolate & vanilla 14x14" cake filled with white chocolate mousse.  The main colours Dona chose for the theme of the party were the red & orange and that's what we used to complete the cake.

The cake is covered in ivory fondant and the board was covered in a red/orange fondant. This actually emulated the invitation. The other design elements and the lettering were also done in the red/orange fondant except for the small doves which were made from gum paste. We propped up the stained glass topper with some fondant behind which I think looked better than it just lying flat on the cake.

Vincent who is not only my Nephew but also my Godson loved his cake as did Dona. She said she knew we would come up with something and was pleased with the results. We had a great time at the party celebration which was held at the Copper Creek Golf Club. Everything was excellent, I think I'm still full of the wonderful food served.

Congratulations Vincent on your Confirmation!
Lots of Love from your Aunt Mary and Cousin Melissa.

May 12, 2012

Mother's Day Diva cupcakes

This request came for 2 dozen cupcakes for a church function on Mother's Day. Sharon called and told me that she and her daughter Sheri were organizing a little function to honour Mom's at their church tomorrow.  The theme requested was "Diva".

We made 1 doz vanilla cupcakes and 1 doz chocolate cupcakes with 4 different designs. All is edible, we have little purses, shopping bags, pink bows/zebra base and lepard print shoes.  Cupcakes were frosted with vanilla buttercream then a cap of colourful fondant was applied with an added dolop of buttercream on top to secure the items. We wish Sharon, Sheri and all the ladies at their church a wonderful Mother's Day.

Happy Mother's Day Ladies!

50th Birthday

This request came by way of Mel's hubby Phil, his friend and co-worker's mom is celebrating a birthday. A little short notice but hey we try to make everyone happy. They decided to celebrate their Mom's birthday and Mother's Day in one heartfelt swoop.  A chocolate cake was requested and this time opted for no fondant, just a simple cake. Since it was short notice, no time for making any of our famous gum paste flowers........just a simple iced cake;

A 9" chocolate fudge cake torted with cookies & cream filling.  We decided to cover the side with chocolate sprinkles and added a few on top as well.

Happy Birthday and Happy Mother's Day!

May 8, 2012

Baby Shower

Earlier this evening Claire picked up a cake she requested for a friend and colleague of hers who is having a baby. Last year Claire had ordered a wedding cake for her friend, it was our sea shell wedding cake and now this year it's baby time.  The expecting couple opted not to know if they are having a boy or a girl, but they will soon find out.  So we kept the theme with soft neutral pastels.

Bottom tier is an 8" vanilla cake with vanilla mousse & fresh strawberries. The top tier is a 6" chocolate cake with vanilla mousse and mini choc chips.  Both tiers are covered in a pale yellow fondant though it is difficult to see the yellow in the picture.  All details are made from fondant including our little teddy bear and heart balloons.

The bottom tier has little fondant baby items scattered where the top tier has heart imprints lightly shaded in yellow luster dust.

Tomorrow Claire along with a few other colleagues and friends will be honouring the mommy to be and showering her with wonderful gifts and well wishes.  Congratulations to the happy couple awaiting their little bundle of joy.  Always remember;


May 6, 2012

Toy Story

Last year for Nicholas's 2nd birthday we made him a 3D Thomas the Train. This year Nicholas is into Toy Story.  His mom contacted us and asked if we could come up with a Toy Story themed cake. Immediately the bed came to mind.  I have seen so many renditions of this on the web and this is ours which was fun to make.

The cake is vanilla cake with vanilla mousse and fresh strawberries which seems to be our most requested flavour. The board is covered in brown fondant and scored to resemble floor boards. The head board & foot board is made from fondant & gum paste mix.

We purchased the characters which we included and that way Nicholas can keep them to play with after he enjoys his cake.  I dropped off the cake Saturday afternoon and Nicholas was taking a nap to be well rested for his party later that day.  The area where the party was to take place was all decked out in the Toy Story theme and Michelle said Nicholas would be so happy when he sees his cake.  Let's hope he is as thrilled as we were to create this for him.

Happy 3rd Birthday Nicholas!

50th Wedding anniversary

This was one of 2 cakes this past weekend.  A previous customer had contacted me and asked to us to make a baby shower cake for one her friends. The shower will be this coming Wednesday at their place of work, so working on that. But Friday Claire contacted me and asked if we could possibly come up with a small cake for pick up on Saturday (the next day) to help commemorate her parents 50th wedding anniversary.
As her parents did not want to anyone to fuss over the event it was only to be a family dinner but Claire wanted to at least have a cake for them.

Baked Friday night, filled and decorated Saturday morning, pick up Saturday afternoon. Don't usually do that but we always try to accomodate and it's hard to overlook a celebration.  This is an 8" vanilla cake with vanilla mousse & fresh strawberries.  Covered in ivory and decorated in ivory fondant shaded in cold luster dust and gold dragees.