Picture Perfect – Canon Camera Cake

This last week I had the pleasure to create a Canon Camera Cake. The birthday girl is working towards making her passion for photography into a successful professional photography career!

Well I was worried that I had bitten of more than I could chew (pardon the pun:) ) but took the challenge head on! The birthday girl’s favourite flavour right now is Red Velvet with a custard filling, so the base cake was red velvet and I sculptured the camera out of a french vanilla sponge.

The camera sculpting got off to a fabulous start! I was even thinking – wow this is going great. The shape was looking good, the fondant went on well….and then on to doing the details.

And then I noticed the gooping…..that wouldn’t stop!!

Insert Confessions of a cake baker: It’s not always as easy as it looks!

I had thought that I could use the custard as a crumb coat under the fondant = WRONG!  It was having a melt down – of epic proportions. At about hour 4 of creating the camera I reached the critical point of saying I gotta start over. So much for it going so well in the beginning!

 

 

So round two start bright and early the next morning and having pretty much done the whole cake the day before at least I knew how to tackle it the second time around. Only lets stick with the tried and true buttercream crumb coat under the fondant! But my motto of “if it’s not perfect it won’t do” kept spurring me on.

I had asked the birthday girl “casually” about her camera over the weekend and got the scoop on her camera model.

It was super handy that I have a Canon Rebel as well to act as the real life model, I was able to make it exactly to scale.

It came together so well in the end and I was quite pleased with the result.

According to her mom she didn’t even realize it was her cake when she walked in – she thought it was her friends camera sitting on the table!

Happy Birthday LK!! God Bless you this coming year!

 

 

Electric Guitar Cake

This past weekend was packed full of fantastic Easter celebrations! Good Friday service and then an epic Grand Service at the Orpheum Theatre with over 2700 people in attendance – WOW!

Sunday lunch was hosted by wonderful friends who we have known since the day we got here, and with my aunt, uncle and cousins in attendance it really was more like a family gathering.

The day before was my youngest cousins 25th birthday. I really think my cousin is amazing.

I have watched him build his band, Giraffe Aftermath, from the ground up over the past 6 years. I little bit reggae, a little bit hip-hop it’s a unique sound that surprisingly even this mainstream girl enjoys. Every time I speak to him I hear they are playing bigger and better venues and I always think back to one of their first gigs at the Legion on Commercial Dr: My uncle was their roadie running around setting up mics, I was trying to sell CD’s for them. Fast forward a few years and they are well on their way with their last gig a week ago at the Backstage lounge on Granville Island. Regardless of whether they make it BIG some day, I admire their tenacity to stick with it through the growing pains of a young band and following their passion.

So to celebrate Steven I made him a cake, and what would be better than an electric guitar cake in red, gold and green?!

Yummy chocolate cake with a delicious chocolate buttercream.

Being the oldest of this generation, I was the first to have the 1/4 century joke said to me. By my younger brother. “Wow, you’re a 1/4 century – you’re half way to fifty now!” Umm…thanks….well that wasn’t so smart on his part now was it? Guess what turned up on his 25th birthday cake a few years later?? So in keeping with tradition we welcomed Steve to the 1/4 century club.

 

He loved the cake, but hated the attention.

Weird for a guy that gets up on stage and sings for a living! 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Then we made him cut the cake.

 

 

 

 

 

 

So it turns out he hasn’t a clue how to cut a cake and hacked crazy shaped pieces for everyone.

But it was delicious so that’s all that matters. And we had a great time.

After eating turkey dinner and stuffing our faces with cake it was all we could do to lounge out for the rest of the evening!

Hope you all enjoyed your Easter weekend!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bold and Bright for a Big Birthday

A few weeks ago I ran into a past student of mine and while catching up she asked for some info on One More Slice Cake Designs. A couple days later she was emailing me looking for a crazy 50th birthday cake for her mom, Karen.

She wanted neon orange, accented with purple. “As bright as you can get it” is what she said to me! Also, her mom LOVES polka dots and stripes. So I grabbed a few inspirational pictures and sent them over. Now this colour combo just so happens to be one of the hottest colour combo’s in the wedding world right now so there were some really great ideas out there like these:

Well, she came back to me and said her mom likes things wild and crazy, so don’t worry about have things so uniform and even. She gave me creative freedom and I went to town decorating.

This is what we came up with!

Isn’t it just so fun? I love the combo of Polka dots and stripes!

It was a french vanilla cake with vanilla butter cream icing. I coloured the butter cream orange for the bottom tier and purple for the top tier for an added surprise when they cut the cake!

I hope you had a fabulous day Karen, here’s to another 50!

A heads up for next week: I have a huge Christmas project to share with you next week! Stay tuned!

Astrid

Red Velvet Cupcakes ~ Wedding Day is Here!

Last week I shared the trial run of the Red Velvet Cupcakes taste test with you, which went off with great success.

Well, Thursday and Friday turned into wedding baking central around here as I prepped for the wedding cake order that called for said Red Velvet. It was all hands on deck as the cupcake toppers were prepped before hand.

The fondant toppers received a light dusting of pearl luster dust, a small red flower and a simple scroll of red icing.

Saturday morning arrived and the batches of batter kept coming as we baked the 130+ cupcakes. I can now make the recipe in my sleep!

 

The brides colours were red and gold. Simple and elegant. She wanted a small topper cake for them to cut and cupcakes for the guests to enjoy. The 6 inch topper cake was given generous amounts of decadent cream cheese icing and then covered with a blanket of rolled buttercream flavoured fondant. Then a dusting of pearl luster dust and topped with hand made gum paste flowers. Gold and red ribbon to finished the look.

The result was well received by the bride and groom, and the guests loved it!

Here’s to many years of wedded bliss C+G!

Astrid

Red Velvet Cupcakes ~ The Prequel

This weekend I have a really large wedding cake order for Red Velvet cake. Actually it’s cupcakes and a cake for the couple to cut.

Having only done Red Velvet Cake a number of times I wanted to do a trial run of my recipe and ensure that it was wedding worthy!

Well what better occasion than to bake up a couple dozen for some friends and surprise them with some custom decorated cupcakes. Brad’s birthday is only next week, so he didn’t see it coming! His adorable little boy also has a birthday next week, so it’s a double whammy of birthdays in their house coming up.

He’s big into music, and his son is not far behind hence the music themed cupcakes.

Let me tell you those 2 dozen cupcakes were gone before you knew it and the “taste test” was a hit!

Now the guitars have to move over and make way for the elegant toppers for the wedding cupcakes….

Stay tuned for the wedding cake edition of Red Velvet yumminess at the end of the week!

Stay warm friends!

Astrid

Lego Cake ~ A 5 yr old Birthday Cake!

This past weekend I had the privilege of making a Lego cake for a very special 5 year old, Charlie!

I always relish the idea of making kids cakes as I absolutely LOVE seeing their faces when they see their cake for the first time! What a great fun family, I loved spending the afternoon watching them love on their little big man!

Here’s a close up of the men hard at work on the fondant! (Yes I realize they are not real Lego men, but it’s all we had on hand!)Of course we needed some cupcakes to top it all off!

The cake table was quite popular!

Again, Happy Birthday Charlie!

If you would like to order a custom cake creation, please visit the cake page here: One More Slice Cake Designs

 

 

Pretty Blue Boxes ~ Tiffany Gift Box Cake

What girl doesn’t go weak at the knees when she opens a gift bag to reveal a lovely gift box with satin ribbon bows and swags of tissue paper? All the better when said box is a signature robins egg blue!

Ahh..the coveted Tiffany blue box. With all her mystery she holds treasures that will forever be held dear.

The best part is no matter what age, the mere sight of a Tiffany Box can command these                                                                  emotions in all of us.

Selecting a gift at Tiffany’s comes with alot of thought and care, making sure it’s just the right piece for your loved one. Similarly this cake had to be just right. A very special lady, Gramma Sharon is much loved by all! Her family wanted her 70th birthday to be memorable and celebrate in style.

I had so much fun with this cake! From getting the colour just right, to creating a string of elegant pearls cascading out of the box it all came together to tell the exciting story of opening a coveted blue box!

The best part was Gramma Sharon got to open a real Tiffany box on her special day surrounded by her adoring family! No doubt she had that stirring of excitement as she undid the bow to reveal the treasure that lay within!

Tiramisu Wedding Cake

Well, Saturday afternoon turned out to be a bit busier than expected!

After a lovely day out I walked through the door at 4:00pm, when I got a call for a last minute cake order from The Chapels for a wedding that was the next day at 10:00am!

Apparently the groom was holding out to the last minute to see how many guests they would end up having and then ordered a three tier Tiramisu wedding cake the day before his nuptials! A mere 18 hours prior to the ceremony starting! Well, this news sent me into super cake baker mode, and as soon as I had come in  I was on my way out again!

The client sent along a picture for inspiration, and I went to work. Mr. T. had to be wrangled for some manual labour and was relegated to cutting out the delicate white flowers; a job that he at first insisted was not a task he was qualified for; and I must say they turned out quite splendidly! I would even venture to say, I may have myself a top class Chief Flower Maker on my hands (his self appointed title!).

This cake truly was a challenge as the extremely soft Tiramisu does not lend itself to supporting fondant icing, let alone three tiers of it! Never mind the fact that fondant does not like to be refrigerated and yet the possibility of leaving the deliciously decadent marscapone /whipped cream creation out overnight was not an option.

I’m happy to report that the fondant fared okay in the fridge, although I will try and avoid this in the future. That being said hopefully we won’t be working with the same sort of time shortage!

All in all it came together wonderfully, and most importantly the client was thrilled with the end result!

Wedding day in review

This past weekend Mr. T and I celebrated a year of married bliss. I cannot believe that a year has flown past since we tied the knot. So to mark the occasion I thought I would a quick wedding day in review.

I planned our entire wedding, with one or two ideas from Mr. T (his input was something to the effect of “any colour except sea foam green” and “let’s make sure we have great food”!)

The ceremony and reception took place at Minter Gardens, which made for a seamless transition for guests, without the need to travel between venues. They only needed to scurry for cover during the freak torrential downpour as they made their way through the gardens back to the conservatory!

The food was amazing, and the service was great. A stunning venue with meticulously cared for gardens, I couldn’t have asked for a better day!

Always the planner, never the bride, this was my time to pull out all the stops. However, there’s this nasty thing called a budget which squashes a girls dreams of decadent-overflowing-only in the movies-flower arrangements.  So instead I came up with these elegant centerpieces. 

I placed a few of the tall centerpieces on the outside tables, and the shorter ones in the middle of the room. I am not a fan of attending weddings where the centerpiece gets in the way of the action.

Being the budget conscious bride I was ever mindful of the rising bottom line this event was costing and when it came to the cake I couldn’t fathom spending close to a month’s mortgage payment on some desert! A great friend stepped  in and created THE most delicious Brazilian Chocolate fudge creation , which by the way was still amazing a year later as we enjoyed the top tier last weekend!

I decorated the four tier creation along with my mom. I know, it’s crazy, the bride decorating her own wedding cake 3 days prior to the day!

I’ve always known that my mom would make my wedding dress and when Mr. T. proposed exactly 100 days prior, I knew she had her work cut out for her! Regular bridal stores scoff at brides who come in with less than 6 months to go, and here we were endeavoring to create a one of a kind gown in 100 days, never mind the fact my mother lives in another province!

It truly became a family affair finishing this dress with my mother as head designer, my granny (flown in from South Africa) as the assistant, and my dad the night before affixing Swarovski crystals to the bodice – he was thrilled he got to use some tools!

Well the dress was nothing less than spectacular, it was exactly as I had dreamed it would be. I felt like a princess. It fit me perfectly and knowing that each and every stitch (there was 37 hrs of embroidery on the dress) was lovingly done especially for me makes it priceless.

The day would not have been forever captured as perfectly if it was not for my wonderful friend Anastasia Chomlack and her husband Chad. All these fabulous pictures are her amazing handiwork and I’m forever grateful to her for capturing our day. Together they capture the essence of every wedding they shoot and truly have a gift of story telling through their art.

Here’s to the our first year! 80 more to go!