“Udderly” Adorable Farm Cake

I just loved this cute little farm cake!  The party was held at Toronto’s Riverdale Farm, so the cake was a perfect fit.

Farm Cake
The 2D scene around the lower tier featured Mr. Horse in his barn…

Farm Cake
…along with Sheep, Piggy, and a bright red bow!

Farm Cake
Miss Cow (since clearly she’s a lady cow…) topped it off with a “wooden” sign for the birthday girl.

Farm Cake

Farm Cake

Animal Bunting Cake

A trio of cute little animals decorates this sweet first birthday cake!

Giraffe, Elephant and Lion Cake with Bunting
Here’s Mr. Giraffe:

Giraffe, Elephant and Lion Cake with Bunting

Mr. Lion, chillin’ and danglin’ on the edge of the tier:

Giraffe, Elephant and Lion Cake with Bunting
And little Mr. Elephant (okay, maybe he’s more rotund than little…):

Giraffe, Elephant and Lion Cake with Bunting
They all have cute little tails, as well, but for some reason I didn’t think to get a shot of their rear-views (can’t imagine why that wasn’t a priority…).  You’ll just have to take my word that they were cute.  :)

Either way, Happy Birthday to little Gatsby – I hope your party was WILD!

 

 

 

A Cooking, Baking, Traveling, Tilting, Corvette, Kitty, Retirement Cake!

It’s a bit of a strange title for a blog post, I know, but I just wasn’t sure what else to call this cake!  Whatever you call it, it was quite the cake, for quite the wonderful retiree.

I was told that the guest of honour has some awesome plans for her retirement.  Among these, she wants to take some cooking classes, spend more time baking (I approve!), and travel the world.  She also just got a new cat, and she and her husband have plans to get a blue Corvette (hey, it’s no kitty, but it’s shinier and better on road trips).

I was asked to incorporate all of those elements into one snazzy cake for her farewell bash.  So… here it is!

A Cooking, Baking, Travelling Retirement Cake

Each tier featured one of her retirement plans.  The bottom tier was dedicated to cooking: a big pot full of spaghetti and meatballs spilled out onto the cake board, surrounded by various cooking paraphernalia (everything is edible, even the “wooden” spoon!).  Hopefully when she’s got time to cook at her leisure, she’ll be a little neater than I was and keep the spaghetti in the pot!

The “meatballs” are chocolate-covered cake balls, the “tomato sauce” is made from a base of corn syrup with chocolate cookie crumb “ground beef”, and everything else is either gumpaste or fondant, including the “marble” countertop.  I used a rice krispy wedge to hold the lid open (some of the party-goers chowed down on this krispy wedge as soon as it was disassembled – it was described as “so worth it”.)

A Cooking, Baking, Travelling Retirement Cake

The middle tier was a classic “pretty cake”, dolled up with pink details on its own edible plate, as a shout-out to her plans to bake more often in her retirement.  The top tier was a 3D globe, representing her desire to travel the world (and, to me, representing an extra challenge to make a sphere appear to balance on the edge of an already-tilted middle tier!).

A Cooking, Baking, Travelling Retirement Cake

On the very tippy-top, her fuzzy new feline friend was piloting the company jet to take her off on her adventures.

A Cooking, Baking, Travelling Retirement Cake

Down in front was the retiree herself, accompanied by the always-dreamy Fabio.  The initial idea was for to be her husband in the car with her, but he declined when asked to provide a picture of himself.  Her colleagues threatened that if he didn’t, they’d get me to put in Fabio instead, and he actually liked the idea!  So, open-shirted Fabio it was, complete with rippling abs and fully-formed nipples (not something I’ve often sculpted from fondant!).  Oh my!

A Cooking, Baking, Travelling Retirement Cake
So, there you have it.  A snazzy retirement cake!  Best of luck to the retiree – I hope she has at least as much fun in her retirement as I did making this cake for her!

 

Bouncy Ball Cake

What says childhood more than a simple bouncy ball?

How about a bouncy ball cake?

Bouncy Ball Cake
For this birthday boy, bouncy balls are his favourite toy, so it was a natural choice for this sweet and simple birthday cake.  Another favourite of his is a book that features a red tow truck, so I wanted to incorporate that into the design too.  Here’s his red truck, on a bouncy ball all of its own!

Bouncy Ball Cake

Hope you had a bouncy birthday, Clem!

Bouncy Ball Cake