Saturday, June 26, 2010

Black Lace and Pink Ribbon Wedding Cake

This weekend we created this 3 tier wedding cake covered in fondant wrapped with black lace and pink ribbon. Marie chose a design based on one created by Maisie Fantaisie. She wanted the top tier to be gluten-free vanilla since a member of her wedding party was sensitive to wheat with the other two tiers white velvet. All 3 cakes were filled with cream cheese and iced in Italian Meringue Buttercream and the covered in fondant.

In addition to her wedding cake, we created these wedding cake cookie favours to coordinate with her black and pink color scheme.

"I said you would make cookies for my class, MOM"

I hear this quite frequently, now that I am in the cake business. My kids have become experts in "volunteering" me to make stuff for their class parties. And, OF COURSE, it always happens when I am the busiest, RIGHT? Nevertheless, I can't turn them down, and spend late nights creating cool treats for their classes. This week was one of them. So, here they are....

My son asked for sports ball cookies and happy face cupcakes. I couldn't resist and make some flower cookies for the girls in his class too.

My daughter requested cupcakes with pink butterflies and stars with "shiny sprinkles" on them.

Friday, June 25, 2010

Just Like Gram's is going back to SCHOOL!

Yes, that's right. I am going back to school. I am going to Ontario in November to attend a 3 day class on making lifelike sugar flowers from none other then Ron Ben Israel hosted by Flour Confections. I will be learning how to make flowers such as roses, peonies, callas, etc. I am SOOOO excited about this.
You see, up here in the north and basically, western Canada, there is absolutely NOTHING in the way of additional training in the art of cake design. Everything is basically offered in Eastern Canada and in the United States. So, I have been so envious of those taking some cool classes from some of the top cake designers in the field. So, when this one came up, I said "what the heck" I AM GOING! I booked my spot in the class. NOW, I HAVE TO WAIT UNTIL NOVEMBER. I don't know how I will that patient. I'm sure my family will go crazy in the meantime listening to me everyday. I'll definitely keep you posted and give you a full run-down on the class.

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Green Sage Ribbon and Scrollwork Wedding Cake

I created this 3 tier square wedding cake this weekend. Sorry, I don`t know who the original designer of this cake was since the bride brought me a picture she printed off the Internet. The bride chose green sage ribbon to go around the base of each tier and a whimsical playful cake topper. Cake flavours chosen were spice with cream cheese filling and lemon with raspberry Italian Meringue buttercream. I really loved how the scrollwork turned out on this particular design.

We were excited to receive this comment from the bride:

"Thank you for making our day special with your gorgeous creation of cake. It was everything we wanted. Our guests commented repetitively how delicious the cake was as well. Thank you very much. "

Been a Bit Busy!

Yes, I know I haven't written anything for a couple of weeks now, BUT as the title says "I have been busy" lately. Now, as with most people, my life just doesn't revolve around cakes (my husband would disagree though). I help run my husband's environmental consulting business, run my business, help raise 2 kids and take care of an acreage. So with the coming of summer weather, comes with the usual yard work. Living on an acreage means for me growing a garden, 3 days mowing lawn, 1 day weed eating and weeding all my flowerbeds and all that other FUN stuff. One day I will write all about my life living on an acreage up here in northern BC, but right now it's 11:40 pm and I'm just kinda tired. So here has been just a few of the cakes we have completed here at JLG's (my short form for Just Like Gram's)...

Created this cute baby shower cake for a baby girl. Design was inspired by a cake created by Wild Cakes. Cradle was created from chocolate and all the other decorations were made from sugarpaste.

Client came to me and asked me to create a cake for her husband`s 39th birthday. Since she couldn't`t decide on a theme we decided to go with a fun and playful design yet including a clock ticking down to 40.