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Peach Wedding Cake

I few years ago I did a wedding for a lovely young couple.  The bride was so sweet, and knew exactly what she wanted in her cake.  Fast forward three years later and the mother of the bride is now the bride herself!  Again, an absolute sweetheart just like her daughter and she knew exactly what she wanted in her cake.  The apple doesn’t fall too far from the tree in this situation, but it was in the very best of ways. I was so honoured that the family thought to return to me when seeking a wedding cake!  The flavour of the wedding cake I did for the bride’s daughter was still fresh in everyone’s mind, which is probably why the same flavours were ordered!

I love when brides can clearly explain what their vision of their wedding cake is.  Unless you’re my close friend, I may not know what you like or dislike, so the more detail you can give me, the better! This bride’s vision was an ivory two tier wedding cake to serve 50-60, with a cluster of sugar flowers one tier, a cluster of sugar flowers on the opposite side of the bottom tier with petals and leaves falling very naturally to the cake board. She wanted her flowers to be various shades of peach and coral – some with dark centres growing out to light exteriors and vice versa.  She wanted a pearl border for her cake. Finally for the flavour she wanted carrot cake with almond buttercream filling and a rum and raisin cake with vanilla rum filling.  So asked for, so delivered!

I have to say, the most nerve wracking part of making this cake was the flowers.  My friend Lori-Ann from The Cake Studio is a sugar flower maker extraordinaire (seriously – she makes sugar flowers that would make real flowers wilt in shame – check her out on Facebook!). Me on the other hand, it’s just not my thing…can I do it? Yes. Do I like to do it? Not really. BUT…I’m always up for a challenge.  This was one of those, “face your cake challenge head on” kind of moments!

A week before the big day, I took a few hours and made the petals and blossoms…it was oddly relaxing, to make them with my hands and my cutters.  The end result really made me proud as well…it’s been well over a year since I made a flower other than a ribbon rose with fondant, so it’s nice to know I still have the “touch”.

Here’s a close up of the flowers on the top tier – two roses, three calla lilies, a rose bud and hydrangeas, all in various shades of peach and coral.

Top flowers

Here’s a close up of the flowers along the bottom tier – two roses, two rose buds, three calla lilies (one is tucked behind the rose) and a few hydrangea blossoms.

Bottom flowers
And finally – the cake!   Simple, beautiful, and peachy keen ;).

Peach Wedding Cake

Until next time,

Cayke

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Smell The Roses…

I was asked to do a square shaped birthday cake, that was strawberry/vanilla flavoured with pink and purple in the design.  Sometimes having the liberty to do anything I want is scary!  It’s hard especially when it’s for someone you don’t very well.  Sometimes though, it’s the perfect opportunity to recreate a design that you wanted to perfect or to try out a new technique or style that you’ve been excited to do…and this was one of those times.

I love the simplicity of buttercream flowers.  It’s so old-school, yet it can be so fresh and young.  The best part is that you can eat them without your teeth cracking!  After making a bunch of sugar paste roses for an upcoming wedding cake I did NOT feel like taking a couple of hours to make a bunch of sugar flowers.  Piping some buttercream flowers on the other hand was definitely a challenge I was up for.  Once I started piping away, I realized I wanted some more contrast so I added a nice aqua blue in the mix.  This was the design I ended up with.  I was happy with the result and was happy to find out the birthday girl was also pleased with her cake.

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I tried my best to make each rose look a little unique. I piped them small and large, open and closed, some “wiggly” and wavy and others more crisp….you can see it in this close up of the flowers…

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Definitely a win-win situation – but then again, there are very few women who would not love a bunch of roses that are sweet enough to eat ;).

Until next time,

Cayke

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Shades of Blue

So this past weekend was the complete opposite from the weekend before in terms of colour schemes. I ended up doing 3 baby shower cakes – all for little boys! All three were simple but adorable designs that would be perfect for any baby boy-to-be!

The first one was a jungle themed 1/4 sheet cake with fondant accents.  This one was a hit with the shower celebrants – so much so, I’ve had two requests to recreate this same design!

 

The second one was a little price theme – this one was a single layer 10″ cake with a crown and polka dot accents.  I did little crown shaped sugar cookies with fondant icing to coordinate. Cookies are such a fun baby shower favour – who doesn’t enjoy an edible treat?!

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The last one was a single layer 12″ cake with fondant feet and polka dots. The pitter patter of tiny feet….

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I think it’s so funny the way certain themes or styles all tend to get ordered at the same time!  Let’s see what other trends are to come later this year!

With best wishes for a “sweet” day!

Cayke

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Shades of Pink

So I did a few last minute cakes this weekend…and ironically, they were all shades of pinks!  It’s funny how cake themes and colour scheme have a tendency to group together from week to week or month to month!  Here’s a glimpse at what I did this weekend!

The first was a 10″ rosette cake (which I still love regardless of how much the design has been used in the cake world!).  It was half vanilla, half strawberry with a vanilla-almond buttercream.  It was such an honour to do this cake for this lady, as she was one of my grandmother’s dearest friends!

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The next one was for one of my daughter’s friends!  We’ve all been taking turns celebrating the big ONE and her mother had the brilliant idea to host a cupcake wars!  Each guest brought 6-12 cupcakes and I was asked to bring a small smash cake that coordinated with the party theme.  I also participated but sad to say, I didn’t win that cupcake war! I think I went too adventurous on the flavour – but I’ll get the crown!  This was a lemon-lavender cake with vanilla-lemon buttercream.

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The last pink cake for the weekend was a last minute order again.  They just asked for a square shaped cake for an elderly lady’s birthday and this is what I came up with – something simple yet sweet. This cake was half French vanilla, half strawberry with vanilla buttercream icing and sugar flowers.

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Next weekend I have a full line of baby shower cakes – all for little boys! So the themed weekends continue for the moment!

With best wishes for a “sweet” day!

Cayman Cake

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