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The Wonderful Edible Image…

When I first started caking, I thought that the concept of the edible image was amazing, versatile, and the bane of my existence.  To say I HATED edible images was just putting it lightly.  It wasn’t really about the edible image…it was more about getting used to handling the edible image, which can be quite a challenge in Cayman’s heat.  After tons of advice and practice, now the edible image is my friend and a total time saver!  It’s a great way to add something to a cake without making it look too “cartoon-ish” and of course and enables me to add personalized touches where appropriate.  They do cost a few extra dollars to get…but I think totally worth the end result!

Here are a few cakes where the edible image helps to set the cake off!

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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 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!

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Let The Wild Rumpus Begin!!

I was so excited to do this first birthday cake for one of my friends. I’ve had the chance to do a few first birthday cakes for my friends this far and I have to say, I’m really enjoying doing all of the first birthday cakes for my little girl and her playmates!

This party had an awesome theme – based on the book “Where The Wild Things Are”. One of my personal favourites from my childhood for sure!

My friend knew exactly what kind of cake she wanted – something inspired by the cake she found on Pinterest from a blog on Hostess with the Mostest. It was simple yet a sweet nod to the essence of the wild forest in the book.

The original cake was a fondant cake but my twist on the original was to do it in buttercream with fondant accents.

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The highlight was watching the birthday boy dig into his smash cake! Now onto designing for next week’s birthday cake!

With best wishes for a “sweet” day!

Cayke

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First Birthday Cakes – Fun to Eat and Fun to Smash…

There is something special about a child’s first birthday – it’s a fun celebration of all of the little milestones that children make in that first year of life – they go from a tiny little miracle to a little person who smiles, coos, sits up, crawls, walks and even for many – talk! All in one single year!  While these little ones often don’t remember their first birthday – their parents and families do!  This is why I take special pride when creating a first birthday cake – and offer a free smash cupcake or cake with each first birthday cake order.  This birthday is all about making the memories for years to come.  Here are a few of the first birthday cakes, and moments I’ve been able to create over the past few months.

When looking for that special first birthday cake in Grand Cayman – look no further than Cayke!

All Star First Birthday With Smash Jumbo Cupcake Topper

Sweet Cupcake First Birthday

Cookie Monster First Birthday

Cookie Monster Smash Cake

Ladybug First Birthday

Ladybug Smash Cake

Baby Einstein’s Birthday Cake and Smash Cake

Rosette Cupcake First Birthday

Rosette Smash Cake

One Shaped Birthday Cake with Jumbo Smash Cupcake

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No Birthday Is Complete Without Cake!

Children’s birthday cakes are always fun and are a staple at almost every birthday party but what about when you leave those kiddie years behind you?  I find so many adults neglect their own birthday cake fantasies – sometimes it’s due to being so busy, sometimes people assume that one doesn’t want a cake for their birthday – whatever the reason one should ALWAYS have a lovely slice of cake to enjoy for their birthday festivities.  Here are a few of my favourite adult birthday cakes that I’ve created this year…take a look and be inspired to give a friend, loved one or even yourself a spectacular birthday cake in both looks and taste!

A Chicago Bulls themed quarter sheet cake with all buttercream decor

A simple, yet elegant two tier square shaped birthday. 6″ square on an 8″ square with fondant icing and decor.

A whimsical two tier square shaped birthday cake. 6″ square on a 10″ square. All fondant icing and decor.

A fun, and bright zebra gift box cake. 6″ square with buttercream icing and fondant accents. Accompanied with colourful, coordinating cupcakes.

A modern take on a traditional birthday cake! 8″ round with buttercream icing and buttercream/fondant decor.

A two tier gift box cake. 6″ square on 8″ square.  Buttercream icing and fondant accents.

A two tier heart shaped cake decorated very traditionally.  9″ heart on a 12″ heart with buttercream basketweave technique, buttercream decor and a few fondant flowers. The perfect way to show someone how much you love them on their birthday!

 

A fun way to celebrate the individuality of the birthday lady/man!  This was an 15″x22″ sheet cake with a 3D car cake on top.  Done for a woman who LOVES driving her car, and listening to music while driving.

A quarter sheet cake decorated to look like a coach purse.  Buttercream icing, buttercream decor with few fondant accents.

Don’t delay – celebrate your next birthday the “Cayke” way!

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