A Blogger, A Cake And A Baby!

A Blogger, A Cake And A Baby!

My friend Laura is an amazing Blogger.

She is also a graphic designer, a preacher, an events planner and an incredible encourager of girls and women in our community. Not to mention gorgeous and fun to boot!  (Click here to check out her Blog.)

About 2 months ago our friend Courtenay asked me to make a baby shower cake to celebrate Laura’s soon-to-be-here-baby-girl and after seeing the invitations (WHICH Laura made!)  I knew I wanted to re-create the invite directly onto the cake.

It was full of succulents, pastel roses, cacti and Laura’s own handwriting recreated in food colouring directly onto a semi-naked lemon cake with raspberry coulis.
Photo Credit: Laura Liira

The garden of Laura’s in-laws was the perfect backdrop to the event which was held on a beautiful Victorian summer day. Congratulations Laura and James (& little Luca! – click here to see Luca’s Birthday Cake).  Can’t wait to meet your sweet girl!

Minnie Mouse – think pink!

Minnie Mouse – think pink!

Last weekend’s cake was for a sweet little 2 year old.  Who I never met.  But trust me, from the photos her Mum sent me she is the sweetest-looking-munchkin-in-a-Minnie-Mouse-Birthday-dress that you ever did see!

Another Disney themed cake for this event – this time a Minnie Mouse on the front (with her ears balancing in the air above her head!) and a matching dozen cupcakes for all the little guests.  Happy Birthday Little Abigail !!!

Coconut, Brandy and Some Ombre!

Coconut, Brandy and Some Ombre!

Today’s wedding cake was covered in pink ombre buttercream ruffles and held 2 different flavours underneath all of the buttery goodness.   The bottom tier was a coconut cake with raspberry coulis and vanilla buttercream, and the top was a vanilla cake with a brandied apricot glaze.

Set in the most BEAUTIFUL outdoor location, I’m convinced that outdoor weddings are my FAVOURITE weddings !

Cake, Art and A Disappointed Little Boy

Cake, Art and A Disappointed Little Boy

I can’t draw.

Like, ACTUALLY can’t draw.

When my son was about 3 or 4 he said to me ‘Mummy, draw me a dolphin’.  ‘Oh sweetie’, I lamented, ‘Mummy doesn’t know how to draw dolphins.’ ‘Well, draw me a squirrel then.’

ummmmm huh? On what PLANET is a squirrel easier to draw than a dolphin ???????  Regardless, I couldn’t draw either and he left the room completely disappointed.

I’ve always equated being an artist, with being able to draw.  So when people would see my cakes and say things like ‘you’re such an artist’ I would always deny it and tell them I didn’t know how to draw, how could I be? etc. etc.  I’ve since come to terms with the kind of art that I produce, BUT…. I STILL can’t draw!

And to prove it to you, I’m going to show you a design I created recently.  When last weekend’s wedding couple was at my home for a cake consultation, they discussed what they wanted in their cake design and my handy-dandy cake office-closet was perfectly situated to draw out what they were explaining.

Ummmmm…. draw might be too strong of a word.  Let’s go with sketch.  Actually, sketch sounds a bit A R T S Y.  Make that SCRATCH. Below is what I SCRATCHed out for this sweet couple.

Surprisingly, the couple totally caught the vision of what I was explaining.   I’m going to assume it was DESPITE my efforts and not BECAUSE of them LOL !!!!!!

(Frankly, the fact that ANY of my ideas end up becoming real cake in the end, is a bit of a mystery!)

 

How To Build A Car When Your Husband’s Not Looking

How To Build A Car When Your Husband’s Not Looking

18 MONTHS IN THE MAKING !

June 3, 2017

My husband is a genius. Other than being really smart, he can build stuff.  And I mean HARD stuff.  He has been working on building a 1930 Model A Ford for the past 8 years or so and this month it will finally be finished.  Talk about a lesson in patience…….. (which you MIGHT need to make it to the end of this post, but I personally feel it’s worth it 😉 )

So 18 months ago, when it occurred to me he wasn’t too far away from his 50th birthday ……..

(OK, let me take a minute here.  I’m sorry but that DOES make me feel old.  I mean, HOW can I be married to a 50 year old man when I’m only 25 myself? Ok, 25 myself ‘in-my-head’.  But still, YOUNG??

Ok. Over it)

….. I knew exactly what his cake was going to be for his 50th birthday.  A replica of the car he had poured his heart and soul into.  But, this presented a few problems.

  1. How does one prepare a surprise cake, for a surprise birthday party, in the home of the surprisee? (is that a word? it should be a word)
  2. When preparing said cake, how does one react when surprisee (I’m going with it) suddenly comes home when you’re not expecting him?
  3. And finally, how does one learn about electricity enough to have working headlights in the cake once surprisee arrives at his surprise party?

Well, here’s the answers.

  1. You tell surprisee that you have two cake orders that week, and they’re big so you need to start on them VERY early in the week.
  2. When surprisee arrives home and you’ve already cut said cake into the OBVIOUS shape of a car, you hurl a 10×14 inch cake board on top of your carving, and let it ‘hang’ there as it swings to and fro.  That’s right.  A cake board. On TOP of a cake. That is smaller than the cake.  Making the board act like a see-saw. And THEN acting like this is completely normal (it’s not!)
  3. Lastly, you go to the local lighting store, have them set you up with lights, wires and a 6volt battery (that sucker’s huge!) and have them tell you about positives and negatives and that you ‘probably won’t have a fire’ with this setup. Probably? Like I probably won’t eat this whole bowl of leftover ganache by myself and call it ‘research’? NEWSFLASH – I’m eating the ganache. It’s ‘research’.

The bad news is, the battery didn’t last long enough for the surprisee/husband to see it.  The good news is, all of the guests did.

Wait a second.  All of the guests DID LAST LONG ENOUGH in order for the husband to see them, but they ALSO got to see the working headlights. Note to self, sentence structure is important…..

The other bad news is I wasn’t able to hide the battery inside the cake like I was hoping to, but the good news is I learned plenty about car cakes for the next one.  (Did I REALLY just say ‘next one’? Like I’m planning to DO a ‘next one’? Re-evaluating……..)

Anyways, you’ve been very patient reading. So here’s the visual of this whole ordeal.  Happy 50th Birthday to my best friend, car-building extraordinaire, my husband xoxo