Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Here Comes the Bride!

I would like to invite all you brides-to-be to attend the upcoming Bridal Trade Fair in Fort St John on January 9, 2010 at the Pomeroy Hotel. I am really excited be a part of this trade show. There will be fashion shows and lots of draws. I will even be handing out cupcakes to sample. So, come out and check out the show! Come see all the latest wedding trends and meet all the exhibitors. I am looking forward to meeting you. See ya there!

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Let's Wrap Things Up!

Christmas baking season for Just Like Gram's wrapped up this week with the usual last minute baking orders and another "horse-themed" birthday cake. This cake was created for a former bride who I had designed her wedding cake. Her husband phoned me a while back wanting to order a birthday cake for her. Isn't that sweet? Anyway, he left most of the cake details up to me, only just make it with something to do with horses. So this is what I came up with.

Horseshoe, flowers and boot are made from gumpaste. Horses are cut from fondant. The cake flavours were similar to their wedding cake - chocolate cake with chocolate pudding, Italian Meringue buttercream and fondant. Happy Birthday Lisa!

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

We Have a Winner!

Congratulations to Roberta, winner of our Facebook Group contest. She won a dozen FREE cupcakes. Roberta chose lemon flavoured cupcakes with traditional buttercream.

Friday, December 11, 2009

And It Keeps Going, and Going and Going...

Right now, I feel like the Energizer Bunny. It's Christmas baking season right now, and I never seem to get a chance to sit down and take a breather. I just keep going, and going and going. Baking all those wonderful goodies means early mornings and late nights. I am usually up by 6 and don't crawl (literally) into bed until after 1AM. Yup, I'm exhausted. But, you know what, I love baking. There is something soothing and peaceful baking christmas cookies while listening to Burl Ives and Frank Sinatra singing those Christmas classics that we all grew up with. In addition with all the Christmas baking, there is the usual orders for cakes. People don't stop having a birthday just because it's Christmas. Here are a few of the orders we put out this week.

We designed this surprise birthday cake for a guy who loves hunting with his favorite dog and pack horses.

Lynette from Unforgettable Memories ordered these adorable mini-cupcakes for their Christmas party. Cupcakes were topped with white chocolate snowflakes. Yummy!

Here is one of MANY Christmas baking platters we have sent out this week.

Saturday, December 5, 2009

That's Alot of Belts!

The Red Dragon Taekwando club in Fort St John celebrated their annual Christmas dinner this weekend. Just Like Gram's donated 150 little taekwando boy and girl sugar cookies for the event. Each cookie featured a different belt illustrating the different levels of expertise.

Friday, December 4, 2009

Recent Cakes

Here are some recent cakes created here at Just Like Gram's.

When I attended the Ladies Day Out show here in Fort St John, I had a draw for a FREE cake. Gail was our lucky winner. She chose a simple vanilla cake with Italian Meringue Buttercream featuring a shoe and purse theme for her daughter's birthday. Her daughter's favorite colors were pink, black and green.

Cupcakes with funky retro flowers were the choice for a young girl's 9th birthday. Cupcakes were chocolate with chocolate buttercream and vanilla with orange creamsicle buttercream. I loved making these and thought they looked so funky.

This last cake was created for a very special person, my daughter Elizabeth. She celebrated her 6th birthday this weekend. She chose a picture of a cake she wanted from a cake magazine and I added a purple brooch, purple ribbon and flowers. I even topped the cake with a purple chocolate crown. The cake was tuxedo flavour with chocolate truffle filling, and Italian Meringue buttercream. Happy Birthday Missie!

No Excuses!

Yes, I haven't written on here for a month now and I have absolutely no excuse. So much for my well-laid plans to write on here once a week. Anyway, the beginning of the month of November was relatively quiet in the cake world. Halloween was just over with and people weren't quite ready to start thinking about Christmas. SO, I decided to do some much-needed fall cleaning and clean out that unnecessary clutter that we ALL seem to accumulate over the years. Why do we do this to ourselves? With dumpster in hand, I went to town and just chucked junk, junk and more junk. I couldn't believe how much space I opened up in our basement. Yahoo! Now, I guess I have the next 10 years to fill up on junk once again and then start cleaning it all over again. SIGH...