Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Cute Plaid 1st Birthday Cake

You can't go wrong with a cute plaid patterned cake and a happy green dragon.  It was gluten-free chocolate cake with vanilla swiss meringue buttercream.

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Willy Wonka Cake

Every April, I look forward to designing a cake for a lovely little girl named Parker.  It all started with this 1st birthday Hot Pink cake.  Then 2nd birthday Bubble Guppies, 3rd birthday My Little Pony and 4th birthday Cinderella cake.

This year was a colorful Willy Wonka themed cake.  I had so much fun with this one - adding in some bottle caps, sweet tarts, laffy taffy and nerds to the design.

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Powerlifting Cakes n' more

I have been blogging for almost 8 years now and February was the first month that I didn't post a single thing.  In the last year, I have cut back significantly on the number of custom orders that I take to focus on my other life, as a Personal Trainer.  I still have reserved spots for my regular cake clients/family, but mostly trying to balance out my time since I also took up Powerlifting.
Back in May 2015, Team Maximum Barbell convinced me to sign up and train for a Powerlifting competition.  Based on your age group and weight category, you attempt to lift as much weight as possible (with strict form) for one repetition in the Squat, Bench Press and Deadlift.  You get 3 attempts at each and your highest weight in each lift count towards your total score.  Sound fun?  Yes, it really is!!!

Since then, I've competed in 4 events including the 2015 Ontario Provincials winning a Gold Medal and 2016 Canadian Championships winning a Bronze Medal.
Along the way, I was able to make some fun sweet things.  This was a 40th birthday cake (with a weightlifting belt) for a teammate's western themed party. 
Cupcakes with sugar weight plates for a Powerlifting for Women seminar.
Fondant-covered sugar cookies.
I am very excited about the upcoming year - some more Powerlifting events for me and always exciting to see what cakes my clients will ask me to create.

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

6th Birthday Cake: Frozen Cake

There is a wonderful non-profit organization called Icing Smiles which provide custom cakes to families affected by critical illness.  Their goal is to create a custom cake for the ill child, or their sibling, that provides a temporary escape from worry and creates a positive memory during a difficult time.  Volunteer "Sugar Angels" are matched up with the families across the country to deliver a "Smile" in the form of a custom cake.

It was a pleasure for me to be a sugar angel for Mya Rae, currently battling Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL), who turned 6.   Please send all your positive and healing energy to her to kick ALL's butt!

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

2nd Birthday Cake: Space-themed Cake

Last year, this little boy celebrated his 1st birthday with a Where the Wild Things Are party.  For his 2nd birthday, the theme was space.  My client shared some of the photos she took of the event.
The first and second tier of the cakes were vanilla and strawberry cake with strawberry buttercream.  The top tier was styrofoam.

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Pumpkin Cake

Who loves pumpkin cake?  This cake wasn't pumpkin-flavor on the inside - it was alternating layers of strawberry and vanilla cake.   Plus a little matching smash cake to go with it.

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

2nd Birthday Cake

2 years old sure love Thomas the Train and Elmo - so give them both!  Kids love cake and cupcakes - so give them both!

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Bubble Guppies Cake

Bubble Guppies cake for a 3rd Birthday.  The cake was alternating layers of chocolate sour cream and vanilla bean with vanilla swiss meringue buttercream.

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Baby Shower for Runners

Having logged many, many, many miles myself, I loved creating this custom cake.  The parents-to-be are amazing running athletes and coaches.  These little handmade sugarpaste Saucony runners along with baby's first race bib were perfect for the cake.
Here's a close-up of the super small details that I painted on the bib.  The bib number is the due date - wishing them all the best!

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Couch Potato Cake

This is not my first couch cake, but it was my first "couch potato" cake.  The birthday boy was turning 50 and happily on the couch with his iPad, Maple Leafs Jersey and Diet Coke.