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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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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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As Cute As A Button…

A friend of mine always gets a cake from me for any occasion.  She is one of the people who appreciate the taste and flavor that you get from a scratch baked cake with homemade buttercream.  She also trusts my cake design judgments so she ALWAYS leaves the design up to me.  Sometimes it’s scary to have such freedom – because what if I pick a design that she doesn’t like??? Other times is super exciting because I can try my hand at a theme or technique that I’ve been anxious to try.

This was one of those exciting times!  She was attending a baby shower that was being hosted at her office for a fellow co-worker and signed up to bring the cake.  All she said was she needed a cake that was big enough to feed 20 people and it had a gender neutral design.

Ever since I picked up my Wilton fabric fondant/gumpaste mold I’ve been itching for an excuse to give it a go and this was the perfect opportunity!  I decided to go with “As Cute As A Button” for the theme of the cake.  I dyed my fondant various pastel shades to give it colour without being gender specific, used my funky letters to cut out the phrase and my molds to make the baby and the buttons….

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Then I baked a single layer third sheet (11″x15″) cake – a super moist vanilla cake with my house buttercream. Iced it white with a white shell border and added all of my cut outs.  To give it a little extra pizzazz I made a large “button” for the baby to sleep on.  Isn’t it cute??

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This is such a fun theme – one I would love to do again soon!
With best wishes for a sweet day!

Cayke

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Cake Balls!

A lovely couple from the U.S. who were having their destination wedding here in Grand Cayman requested a “Cake Ball Wedding Cake” for their 10/11/12 wedding.  I’ve made cake balls before, but have always gotten frustrated with them simply because it’s difficult to make them in the heat and humidity in Cayman.  I was up to the challenge however, and decided to plunge forward with this very special wedding request! While I started working on everything, I thought, why not turn this into a tutorial for my blog?!  Soo…here you go!  Please excuse the quality of the images – I just snapped pictures with my phone as I went along…

So to make cake balls you want to start with a cake that has been baked and cooled.  Make sure your cake is very cool, not a hint of warmth from the oven or else you’re binding won’t work and they’ll fall apart! Just take a fork and start to crumble the cake into fine crumbles.  I just do everything in the cake pan because it’s one less thing for me to clean up after but you can certainly crumble it into a bowl if you wish! I used a devil’s food recipe for this particular set of cake balls as this was one of the flavours the bride and groom requested.

Once your cake has been thoroughly crumbled, add a few dollops of your favourite icing.  I used cream cheese icing as per the bride and groom’s request which tastes HEAVENLY with cake balls – however it is NOT good to use in the heat.  I was brave and really went out on a limb by using it, and thankfully my trick (which I share later on) worked!

Now you want to really work this icing into the cake crumbles very well.  Some people use liquid coffee creamer to bind the cake crumbles, I’ve never tried that method but will definitely give it a shot at some point.  I use between 1 – 1 & 1/2 cups of icing per batch of cake crumbles.  Start with less and then add more as needed.  You can even use your hands to get really in there and mix it up.  When you’re done it should look like a big cake and icing blob.  Kind of like this:

Now comes the fun part – making the balls!  You can use a melon baller, or any kind of “scoop” you have on hand.  Personally I just use a tablespoon and it works just fine for me as the balls all come out uniform in size and it’s something that I always have on hand.  Just take a spoonful of the cake and icing mixture and roll it into a ball.  Make sure that the cake and icing are binding together really well because you don’t want it to crumble on you!  When I use a tablespoon, I usually end up with somewhere between 30-40 cake balls per recipe.  It just depends on the type of cake recipe I use to make them.

Normally I use a lined cookie sheet, but given the amount of cake balls I was making, I just used a disposable cookie sheet.  Worked great and nothing to wash afterwards!  As you can see my cake balls are all nice and round – nothing falling apart and they are relatively uniform in size.  Now pop these into the fridge for a couple of hours (or into the freezer for about 15 minutes).  Make sure they are nice and chilled before you dip them into the candy coating.  Once you’re ready for them to come out of the fridge, start to melt your candy coating.  You can order some online, or pick up a pack from the store – whatever works best for you is fine.  Personally, I find that the Wilton brand doesn’t work so well here.  I’m not sure if it has to do with the way they are shipped – maybe they get too hot in the shipping container?  All I know is that I don’t find them to work so well…at least the white and coloured ones.  The chocolate ones seem to work okay – go figure! So here is some candy bark that I ordered and I have it melted it down ready to start dipping my cake balls away…

Now just start dipping away!  You can use a fork, a toothpick, a spoon – whatever is easy for you to manipulate – feel free to use.  If you want to add any sprinkles to the balls, then make sure you do it while they are still wet – not when the candy coating has set, or else they won’t stick! For these particular ones, I made sure to coat them a little thicker then I normally would – just in case the cream cheese icing that is binding them decided to give me some trouble!

This couple wanted a “cake ball cake” as I mentioned before.  I iced a cake dummy with fondant, and adhered each cake ball with some more melted candy coating and just worked my way up along the cake.  I added coloured fondant flowers to coordinate with the wedding colours and to differentiate between flavours.  There ended up being over 70 cake balls on this very small cake, which was a 4″ dummy on a 6″ dummy.

The perfect cake for an interactive wedding (or party experience!).  Hope you enjoyed this tutorial!  There will be more to come :).

Wishing you a very “sweet” day!

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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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The Stork Has Visited & Gender Reveal!

It’s been such a long time since I’ve posted and I’m sorry for neglecting all of my lovely readers!  The reason I’ve been so off from my postings is that the Stork has paid me and my husband a visit and we’re expecting our first little “cupcake” at the end of the year :D.

Needless to say, that this new addition has resulted in me cutting my time down in the kitchen significantly.  But it also gave me the opportunity to do something that I’ve wanted to do for MONTHS and do a gender reveal cake! 

Gender Reveal cakes are a fun way for the parents-to-be, extended family and friends to find out what gender the baby (or babies) are! Traditionally, the ultrasound results are delivered to the baker, who will bake a pink or blue cake and ice it in a very gender neutral way.  The only way to find out what gender baby is – is to slice the cake!  It’s a fun surprise for everyone involved.  I was a little unconventional because I was my own baker.  So my husband and I knew the results but we waited for a few days and announced the big reveal at a family gathering. 

It was so much fun to experience all of the Old Wives Tales, having people feel the baby bump, inspect the shape, ask about cravings and other pregnancy things to figure out if they could accurately guess what gender this baby is!

I LOVE Bee themed baby shower ideas and thought it would be fun to do a bee themed gender reveal cake.  This is the cake I made:

And “Babee” is a…..

GIRL!!!

This was such a fun experience, I really hope that this trend picks up on island so I can do many more of these fun cakes!

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April “Showers”!

For the month of April, I ran an “April Showers” promotion with 15% off baby or bridal shower cakes.  Lots of people took advantage of the baby shower savings and here are some of the baby shower cakes created during April!  I think they were so cute – don’t you?!

 

 

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