Archive | January, 2012

Weddings 2011

30 Jan

Well, it was my first year with the shop open, everything was new (alot still is)! But the first year being open and doing wedding cakes…..different ballgame altogether! First, I have help! HA! Second, the shop is not air conditioned! Boo! This really can slow things down, and to be honest…. it really sucks! And, I don’t care how many bakers and cake decorators you know…there HAS to be at least one cake that gives you as many problems as you can handle, and sometimes more! UGH! I have a special name for these cakes, which I won’t say……there could be young eyes reading this! Ha! ha!

This cupcake cake is one of my favourites of 2011! It had a real whimsical feel to it, lots of candy and bubblegum flavours. I also did cake truffles for this wedding as well. My first time making these for a wedding. I think they turned out pretty good!

My second favourite wedding cake of the year is very simple, but it says alot! All ivory, round tiered cake with one tier covered in fondant flowers.

         The ivory wedding cake was inspired by another cake artist. The bride brought in a picture of this particular cake, so I replicated it for her.

If I had the cake artist’s name, I would post it and the original picture of the cake.  The fondant flowers took a good 5 hours to make, then dry time for them so they aren’t flimsy when they are put on the cake. I have done alot of cakes with more colour, and different shapes, but this one really gets me every time I see it. It’s got to be the flowers!

This one is another favourite, I sketched out this cake before I opened the shop! A man came into the shop and ordered a three tiered cake to propose to his girlfriend! He wanted it to look nice, and big and didnt have a preference, just to colours and such….this gave me the perfect opportunity to make my sketch into reality! It’s really very exciting! Usually cakes like this are a collaboration between the client and the cake artist. Not very often do I get free reign….some people get scared! Ha! Ha!

So, even though this is not a wedding cake, I put it in the category because of the design!

The cake pictures below are wedding cakes that I have done in 2011. It isn’t all of them though! It makes me excited to do this again next year and see how trends have changed again, with colours and shapes and such!
























I will post more at a later time, my kids are needing me! And by the title of my blog, you know! ha! ha! Kids come first! Until a later date!!! Stay sweet!





My Little Girl!!

29 Jan

Now that I am all “professional” and everything (sounds weird!) I took on a Co-op student! I think if I were to go back and do things properly when I was younger, I probably would have been a teacher! I love the thought that I could potentially increase the usage of someone else’s brain mass! Ha ha!! In all seriousness, I really love to teach people new things. I am always introducing new words to my girls at the shop! It gives me gratification even more when they actually use the word! You would think that I get enough of that with having an almost 5 year old and an almost 3 year old! But, it never gets old!

Anyways, I am rambling! So, I took on a Co-0p student! Her name is Amelia, we call her Mi-Mi, and she is so adorable and her brain is a sponge! You cannot help but fall in love with her! The epitome of a teenage girl, she loves EVERYTHING girly! The more pink the better, shopping, nail polish…..did I mention shopping? But she is very focused! This girl is seriously smart! I wish I had as much drive at this age as she does! And I know that her parents are proud! I can see it in her mother’s face! An all around good girl, no sarcasm in that either! So, this picture is of her first display cake that she made. Her first fondant cake! She did pretty good too! It is still on display at the shop! I had someone in the shop today make a comment on it, and I told her that my 17 year old co-0p student made it…..”much talent”  she said! Mi-Mi has so much drive for what she wants in life, that she is coming back for another semester! My girls and I are looking forward to another 4-5 months with her! There is still alot to learn in the cake business, and she is willing!

We are so proud of her! Isn’t she as cute as a button? Seriously! My first experience being a mentor for the co-op program was wonderful. I really enjoyed the teaching aspect of it, and I even made her a little folder and wrote down things that she learned by the day…it was pretty fun! I dont think I am on the path for any more serious mentoring, for college or anything right yet, but starting with a high school program is good enough for me right now. There is alot to juggle….especially with birthdays and wedding season coming up! There is another subject entirely!

I will try to be back soon….in days or weeks, not months!