Sunday, December 28, 2008

Let's Talk about Truffles

It was my husband's birthday Christmas Eve, and I always try to do something special for him. He has always loved my homemade chocolate truffles and I am constantly catching him sneaking a few from my kitchen. So this year, he requested instead of a birthday cake, an order of Chocolate Truffles. I decided to make him a Truffle "Cake". I had seen this idea in a bridal magazine a while ago, so I thought I would replicate it. I made over 100 truffles in hazelnut, rum, amaretto, and raspberry flavours and then attached them with white chocolate to 2 Styrofoam cake forms. My husband couldn't believe all the work I put into making all those truffles.Needless to say, I am little "truffled-out" after this one.

Friday, December 19, 2008

A New Look

If you haven't noticed yet, you will see a far different look between my website and my blog. When I first started out in business, I was providing a lot of custom home baking and a few cakes on the side, however, in the past 2 years, the demand for my cakes have increased substantially. So, I decided since my business has grown, so should my look. After much contemplation, I figured that the red gingham and the baking girl had to go, and a more sophisticated, "grown-up" elegant look was needed. I contracted this company in Grande Prairie, nine10inc., to produce a fabulous new logo and business cards for me. They were awesome to work with and I would strongly recommend them to anyone. I'm still in the process of changing everything around. I still have to get new signage(which is on order) and my website "look" should be completed by January.

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Christmas Cakes

In the past, I have always made up gift baskets of assorted goodies. But, this year I decided to be different. I decided to give little 6" cakes as Christmas gifts to my children's teachers and bus driver. Each cake was chocolate and vanilla layered with chocolate truffle filling, covered in buttercream and fondant. I also gave a large 10" vanilla cake with raspberry filling to the staff at their school too. It was a chance for me to try some new designs and also a really, neat snowflake cutter I recently purchased.

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

January 2009 Bridal Trade Fairs

For all you brides out there, I would like to invite you to attend the bridal fairs in both Dawson Creek and Fort St. John. I am very excited to be a part of both of these trade fairs. On January 18, 2009, TLS Wedding Designs is hosting the Divine Designs Bridal Expo in Dawson Creek. Just Like Gram's is proud to be both an exhibitor and one of the sponsors of the trade show. There will be Fashion Shows, Guest Speakers, Early Bird Prizes and the Divine Designs Ultimate Wedding Giveaway. The other bridal trade show being held is on January 31, 2009 in Fort St. John and the North Peace Cultural Center. I encourage all brides to come out and attend these fairs. Check out the latest wedding trends and meet all the exhibitors. I am looking forward to meeting you. See ya there!

Music Birthday Cake

A wonderful group of ladies meet every so often to have celebrate one of their birthdays and have a "Ladies Night Out". I love making cakes for them since they give me creative license to usually do whatever I feel like that coincides with their hobbies or interests. The birthday "girl" this time loved music and crafts, so I came up with the idea of incorporating sheet music. Cake is traditional white with raspberry cheesecake filling, traditional buttercream and covered in fondant. Decorations are fondant accents. Happy Birthday Cora!!!

Saturday, December 6, 2008

Mariposa Birthday Cake

Today was my daughter's 5th birthday party. She just loves playing with her barbie dolls and her favorite colors are pink and purple. Of course!!! This year she really wanted a Mariposa cake, so I decided to make her a doll cake with wings and butterflies. Cake is chocolate with vanilla pudding and Italian Meringue Buttercream with fondant flowers. The wings and butterflies were made out of gumpaste and then dusted with luster dust to make them shiny.