November 9, 2014

Sebastian's Christening

This week end was super busy as we had another celebration to attend today. My wonderful nephew David and his beautiful wife Sabrina christened their third child Sebastian today.  It is always a pleasure and very special to me to be able to make a cake for family and someone so dear as Sebastian.  When I was asked to make Sebastian's cake I was told the flavor; chocolate Guinness with white chocolate mousse filling and as for the design it was entirely up to me as long as it had some blue on it.  But when I received the invitation the lights came on and I knew exactly what I was going to do with the design.

This darling 3 tiered cake is made up of 10, 8 and 6" cakes.  The cross, the sleeping baby and the name plaque on the top tiers are all made of gum paste.  All other details are made in fondant. Here is a picture of the invite that inspired the design;

I chose the middle tier to apply the silver/grey chevron design.  Done in fondant was a little trickier than I expected, but thanks to Jessica Harris's wonderful tutorial on wax paper transfers I managed to get it done. But now I know why she uses modeling chocolate as opposed to fondant for these tricky details.

On the bottom and top tier I pulled in the design of the blue band with the white polka dots and added a blue bow at the bottom and a name plate which is similar in shape on the invitation holding the celebration info.

I topped the cake with my favorite little sleeping baby done in gum paste. With a little blue fondant blanket sleeping at the base of a gum paste cross.  The rosary is done in blue fondant pearls with added silver sugar pearls.

It was a wonderful celebration, with great food, great family and friends and we are so happy to have Sebastian as part of our family. 

And here is the little darling propped up in his chair. He was such a good little trooper and didn't seem to mind all the attention.  We love you little one. 

God Bless Sebastian!


Kathryn & Joshua's wedding

Our good friends and neighbors had a big celebration last night which we were delighted to be a part of.  Their daughter Kathryn and her now new husband Josh tied the knot yesterday.  It seems like yesterday when Kathryn was just a little girl of 12yrs and she became our official dog walker.  We have watched her grow into a beautiful young women and be able to share her special day.  Needless to say that when Kathryn asked me to make her wedding cake that I was absolutely thrilled to take on the task. With a design plan in mind and flavors picked the big day finally arrived.

The 4 tier cake is made up of red velvet cake with cream cheese filling and a pumpkin apple spice cake with a caramel cream cheese filling.  This picture was taken at the venue as we put the top tier on site.  Gracing the top tier is a beautiful silver and crystal initial of their last name.

The bottom tier is actually a dummy cake covered in fondant petals. The next tier up is the red velvet cake and is done in a silver shimmer finish with white fondant pearl swags.  The top tier here is one of the pumpkin apple spice cakes and it is also covered in white fondant petals.

The very top tier of the cake which was added at the venue is also a pumpkin apple spice cake and is trimmed with a lilac ribbon and bow and additional ribbon and topper was added on site.

It was a wonderful party, with great food, great friends and fun had by all.  Thank you for letting us be a part of your special day. We wish you many happy years of love, laughter and happiness.

Kathryn & Josh!

November 3, 2014

Simple, sweet & elegant Christening cake

Saturday I had the honour of delivering a cake we made for a special little boy who was being Christened.  His Godmother Gabriela called and asked if we could make a special cake to help celebrate the occasion.

This white and off white 2 tiered cake consists of the bottom tier being a red velvet cake with a cream cheese filling and the top tier in a chocolate fudge cake with a white chocolate mousse filling.

We topped this cake with a gum paste sleeping baby laying at the foot of a gum paste cross. We covered our little baby with a fondant blanket.

At the base of the top tier we placed a gum paste bow and the baby's name just above. We also bordered the top tier with a fondant band to appear as the ribbon and trimmed it with a delicate rosette trim.

On either side of the top tier facing forward are the words "God Bless".

The bottom tier is done with a quilted effect and has soft ivory sugar pearls. Even the board is embossed with crosses with the same ivory sugar pearls at their center.

We wish Kristijan a bright future of love, health and happiness!


Hockey Night in Caledon

October 29th marked 5 delightful years when my grandson Jackson entered our lives.....and life as we knew it changed forever.  He lights up everyone's life and we love him to the moon and back.......this year Jackson is in Timbits Hockey (sooo cute) and he asked for his cake to be a hockey rink, though he wanted it to be almost as big as a real rink, hahaha, he settled for this 10x17" slab.

Using a template I printed from the internet I think it's pretty close to scale.  Though for the life of me I could not find any hockey nets small enough for this cake, ugh.....anyway made do with out the nets.  Jackson also requested his cake to be chocolate with white middle, hahaha so we made it our chocolate fudge cake filled with white chocolate mousse.........all the lines and circle details are done in fondant with an edible Maple Leaf logo at centre ice. 

The boards are done in fondant/gum paste mix with edible prints for the ads which include; Tim Hortons (of course), Canadian Tire, Pizza Pizza,, Coca Cola and a couple of Canadian Flags.

Happy Birthday Jacks!
We love you to the moon and back!

October 26, 2014

Double birthdays

Our little Adriana turned 5 on the 5th of October and her cousin Deana turned 9 on the 4th of October. They party is being held today for family and friends, a little overdue but had to wait for their grandparents to get back from Portugal. Steph called me and asked if I could make this birthday cake for the 2 cuties to help celebrate.

A rainbow joining their 2 cakes done in their favourite colours and covered in flowers......I think these 2 little girls miss summer already.

Deana's cake is chocolate vegan filled with a cookies and cream vegan buttercream.

Adriana's cake is vanilla filled with strawberry curd and white chocolate mousse.

All details are done in fondant.

Happy Birthday Girls!


Boy or Girl?

Baby # 2 on the way and what will it be? Boy or Girl?  Mel's boss Anthony asked if we could make a Gender reveal cake so that they could have a fun way to reveal the sex of the baby to friends and family.  They saw the doctor Wednesday and he gave them a sealed envelope with the results and that was given to us.  Anthony and Jackie wanted to be surprised at the same time as everyone else.  The party, well that was only 2 days after finding out.

So we literally had Thursday/Friday to get a cake baked and decorated for pick up Friday afternoon.  A simply cute single tier cake covered in white, decorated in blue, pink and yellow.  All details are made from fondant.  The cake, well it's vanilla dyed in either pink or blue (we'll soon find out)....filled with strawberry curd and white chocolate mousse.  Oh the pressure of having the knowledge before everyone else, lol.

Mel attended the party Friday and reported that everyone loved the cake. I told her to make sure that a picture was taken once the cake was cut, and sure enough Anthony sent this picture to reveal......

Congratulations to Jackie and Anthony and to big sister Victoria on the soon new arrival.

October 21, 2014

Joey's Christening day

This past Sunday October 19th marked a special day for a special little boy.  Giuseppe Stefano was christened.  Alicia, Joey's mom, asked if we could make the cake to help celebrate this wonderful event.

The colours on the invitations were blue and silver so I thought to incorporate these colours into the design.  The 2 tiered cake consists of vanilla cake filled with cookies and cream buttercream.

The top tier has a gum paste cross and a fondant/silver sugar pearl rosary.  Also in white raised fondant lettering is "God Bless" on the top and "Giuseppe" on the front of the top tier.

Bordering the top tier is a blue bow and ribbon which is added around to appear as if it is weaving in and out of the tier.

The bottom tier is done in a quilted design of diamonds within diamonds.  I highlighted the smaller diamond in the quilted pattern with a soft silver painted with edible silver glitter and added silver sugar pearls to define the larger diamonds.

"God Bless Giuseppe"

A roaring 20's Birthday!

So I've just about caught up.  This cake was for Giulia's 40th birthday this past Saturday, the 18th of October.  Tina called me and asked if I could make a roaring 20's theme cake for the roaring 20's party they were having to honor her sister.

This 2 tiered cake is done in all black and white with a touch of silver.  Tina showed me a cake that she found on the website and wanted it similar to it.  Our little roaring 20's girl sitting on the top tier is made out of gum paste and a gum paste broche with Giulia's initial is front and center on the bottom tier.

The 2 tiers are chocolate fudge cake filled with chocolate mousse and chocolate ganache. A chocolate lovers dream and Giulia loves chocolate.

Though it is difficult to see, the bottom tier is bordered by a fabric fringe supplied by Tina. I think in the above picture you can just see a little white fondant peeking through between the fringe.  Black fondant beads border the top tier. The black feather with the black rose was also supplied by Tina.

Happy 40th Giulia!

A little princess' 1st Birthday

A while back I was asked to decorate a cake for Naytashaa's Christening.  Nathan, Naytashaa's dad provided a Jamaican black cake made by his auntie for us to decorate and once again he provided a pillow shaped Jamaican black cake for us to decorate but this time for Nayashaa's 1st birthday on the 11th of October.

The colour chosen was hot pink and dark purple.  The quilted design used on the top of the pillow and trimmed with a white rosette boarder and sitting on white fondant made to resemble fabric. The white gum paste sash with birthday greeting in dark purple with 2 purple bow on either end of the sash.

Dad provided a little crown to top this cake but brought it at time of pick up so I only got one shot of it on the cake.

Also Nathan's auntie happened to make another smaller pillow and he brought it along so I decorated that one too for him as a little extra.  I just changed up the colour a bit.

This one done in white with the dark purple accents.
Happy 1st birthday Naytashaa!

"Rio" themed birthday cake

This next cake was done for a pretty little girl who turned 2 on October 11th.  Jessica contacted me and asked if we could make Allegra's birthday cake this year in the "Rio" movie theme.  Jessica provided the little characters from the movie to be added to the cake.

This colourful and cute 2 tiered cake is covered in a sky blue and has a lot of colour fondant details along with our little characters.

The top tier is vanilla cake filled with a cookies and cream butter cream and features "Blue" sitting on a branch with his favourite gal.  I really can't remember the names of all the characters but I do remember it was a cute movie and my grandkids loved it.

The bottom tier is chocolate fudge cake filled with chocolate mousse and features the birthday girls name in big bright colours "ALLEGRA".

Puffy white clouds, a few birds, flowers, palm trees, leaves and more characters with a # 2 surround the top tier


Green grass, more palm trees, flowers, leaves and more characters finish off the bottom of the cake. All in all a bright fun cake.

 Happy Birthday Allegra!