Winter is coming.
Luckily, today it’s in cake form!
Winter may be the last thing on your mind at the beginning of August, but for Game of Thrones fans these words take on a very different meaning. I definitely count myself among this group, so I was thrilled when I was asked to design a birthday (ahem, “name day”) cake based on the series.
The centrepiece is the infamous Iron Throne. The story goes that the throne was forged by Aegon the Conqueror from the swords of his vanquished enemies. This one is made gumpaste (much tastier) and finished with edible silver and gold paint. The entire thing is edible, if you’re so inclined!
I stopped counting at 100, but I’m estimating there are about 200-300 individual swords in here, plus 49 sword hilts.
The front of the cake features the logo from the opening sequence, with the birthday girl’s name replacing the series title. We were going to use “Queen Travina”, but since Daenerys, Kahleesi of the Dothraki, is one her favourite characters, we thought “Khaleesi Travina” would be more fitting.
Around the sides are the rest of the images from the opening, showing scenes from Robert’s Rebellion (click image for a larger view).
I even made a video for this one to show the 360 degree view – it’s not the most production-quality video, but it does the trick!
I really enjoyed making this one – it was a fun challenge!
Okay, I’ve been sitting on this one a little while (not the actual cake – that would be sticky. And bad for business. I guarantee that all my cakes are non-sat-on). Now, however, I am happy to present you with one of my favourite recent cakes – an iPhone cake! This cake was ordered by the good folks down at Edelman Canada to celebrate the one year anniversary of their relationship with client PayPal.
The team at Edelman sent me a screen cap of PayPal’s new payment app and asked if I could modify that to show a Happy Anniversary message. Challenge accepted! It was handy that I have an iPhone of my own, since I wanted to be accurate – I measured every little dimension and scaled it up (math – woot!) to make sure that the finished product would look realistic.
I was quite pleased with how it turned out, and it seems the folks at PayPal were too!
Meet Mr. Crab! I really enjoyed making this cute baby shower cake. Plus, crab cakes are always delicious, right? Ahahaha. Okay, it’s not a crab cake, it’s a vanilla cake with white chocolate mousse. Probably a better choice for a baby shower (and definitely a fun one)!
I loved little Mr. Crab – I kind of missed him after the clients picked up the cake! I’m sure he was happy to go to the party, though. :)
Winter this year seemed like it would last forever. Thankfully, it didn’t – and now that we’re all enjoying the warmth of a well-deserved summer, why don’t we think about some ice and snow again? Now, before you start sending me snowballs as hate mail, don’t worry, I’m certainly not missing the cold (I was one of the happiest to see it leave!), but this cake celebrates some of the fun parts of winters past. This cake was for an end-of-season party for a team of synchronized skaters – similar to synchronized swimming, but on ice! COOOOOL, huh? Ahhaha, I’m so punny. :)
Anyway, enjoy the cake, and the summer weather – both always seem to disappear far too quickly!
Close up of the gumpaste ice skate. The blade is painted with silver lustre dust to give it shine, and the whole cake is sprinkled with edible snowy glitter.
As a counterpoint to last week’s girly cake, I now present a very manly little cake for a manly little boy!
This was actually for a baptism, but could easily serve for a baby shower or birthday too (even for grown up, not so little boys with moustaches and bow ties of their own!).
Here’s the fully finished cake: the name plate on top is written in Greek for his baptism (fun fact – this is the second cake I’ve written on that I don’t know how to read. I wrote “Happy Birthday” on this one in Armenian – I just have to trust they say what people tell me they do!)
Today’s pretty cake was designed for a little girl whose favourite colour is yellow – I think it fit the bill! I balanced the delicate lace-y borders with fun, multi-coloured bunting and a big, polka dot bow.
I made this cute stegosaurus birthday cake recently for a little boy who absolutely LOVES dinosaurs.
I sent his mom a couple of different designs, initially – one was a cake shaped like a dino, like this one, and the other was a round cake with a little dino figure on top. The birthday boy liked them both, but his biggest point of concern was why the little dino on the round cake (the baby dino) wasn’t with the big one (clearly the mommy dino!). So, for his birthday cake I made sure to put baby and momma together.
At first, he also specified that he wanted the dino to be “dino colour”… An obvious choice, right? However, since I’m no palaeontologist, I wasn’t sure exactly what that meant and I was happy when he changed his mind to red! And hey, red could have been dino colour – how do we know, at this point? :)
So, here he is: Morris the Stegosaurus, as a red dino birthday cake (apparently Morris is the name the birthday boy goes by when he is pretending to be a stegosaurus – how cute, huh?).
I know he’s a little rotund to be anatomically correct according to the fossil records, but this way there was more cake to go around! (For the record, Morris the Stegosaurus was vanilla cake with rainbow-coloured sprinkles right in the batter. Again not anatomically correct, but much more delicious!)