Tomoe’s Farewell to Nova Scotia

When we heard that Tomoe was leaving for the West Coast, I asked if I could make a cake for her and her husband Richard to go along with the “Farewell to Nova Scotia” themed goodbye party. My sister-in-law said it could just be a simple cake that had “Farewell Tomoe & Richard” written on it. Well, I couldn’t do that. ๐Ÿ˜‰ (If you are wondering why I’m only talking about me in this story, it’s because Margaret was out of the province for a week.)

So when I got thinking of iconic NS, I thought lighthouses, and then I made up my mind. I wasn’t quite sure how I was going to achieve a lighthouse, but I did some research, and had an idea laid out in my head. With the help of a design by Hunter(my 8-year-old), I baked six small round Vanilla Bean Marble pound cakes and a 12-inch square Vanilla Bean pound. After stacking the cakes, using ourย Cake Stackers system, I carved the shape I wanted for the lighthouse and the rocks that it sat on. I then dirty iced everything with Vanilla Bean buttercream and chilled it overnight in the fridge, so the entire cake would be very firm and ready for fondant.

Oh, and earlier in the week, I used an empty chocolate milk bottle, a disassembled Dot-it light, and some scrapbook paper, to make a topper for the cake that actually lights up! Yay!

Not sure how I was going to cover the lighthouse with fondant, I decided to just dive right in. By this time, I was joined by a “cake crew” (Amanda, Megan, and Noah for artistic imput ;)), and Amanda and I surprisingly covered the entire cake in one piece of fondant. Then the girls got to work dusting the “rocks”, while I made the gum paste details- the door, steps, windows, and Farewell sign. After adding the gum paste details and painting the window panes, we added candy covered chocolate “rocks” and I piped little tufts of grass in among them. We then mixed up a marbled blue buttercream, which was spread on using a small spatula to create the moody waves of Nova Scotia.

Every detail we added got us a little more excited… and the finished product had us all impressed! Thanks for the group effort, everyone! ๐Ÿ™‚

*Success! We fooled a number of people who came to the farewell party and didn’t realize the lighthouse was a cake. Yay!

Rachel’s Rustic Romance

Rachel’s autumn wedding celebration called for something special. She had found a photo that she loved and we tweaked the details just a bit. We made and used gum paste flowers and leaves of various sizes, for a natural feel. The grapevine really finished off the outdoorsy feel of the cake, along with the huge slab of wood that was used as the cake stand. As we decorated this cake, we couldn’t help but notice how “outside the box” it seemed. It reminded us of those haute couture wedding gowns- you know, the ones that have that unique detail that sets them apart. The white on white kept a very romantic feel, which was then balanced by the rustic vines and cake stand. A beautiful combination!

Rachel chose 3 different flavour combinations, so each tier was different. She had Decadent Chocolate cake filled with Chocolate Ganache, Almond Pound cake filled with Almond buttercream, and Decadent Chocolate cake filled with Vanilla Bean buttercream and Salted Caramel. Each of these tiers were sooo yummy!

Congratulations, Rachel and Ty!

Jennifer’s Apple Barrels

Jennifer and Jerry came to see us with a cake in mind- definitely Carrot Cake, and definitely buttercream frosted, to fit in with the rustic barn wedding they were planning. Well, it just so happens that we had anย apple barrel cakeย on display that day, waiting to be delivered that afternoon. And it caught Jerry’s eye. And Sally’s(Jennifer’s mom) eye. And Jennifer’s eye. And then the plans changed. A bit. ๐Ÿ˜‰

While keeping the inside the same- still Carrot Cake filled with Cream Cheese Buttercream- the design for the outside was completely changed. To accommodate feeding all of their guests, Jennifer and Jerry decided to go with three tiers, which we topped off with gum paste flowers and leaves to match their wedding colours. The bands around the barrels were also changed to a grey, to coordinate with the rest of the wedding decor.

We love this cake! The colours made it seem very bridal, but still so fun and whimsical.

Congratulations, Jennifer and Jerry! ๐Ÿ™‚

Camille’s Birch Bark

Camille and Spencer were having an outdoor wedding and she wanted to incorporate the cake into the outdoor theme. Combining ideas from a few different pictures of cakes she had seen and liked, she decided to go for a 2 tier cake, with a few details, such as their carved initials and the peeling birch bark.

The cake was Decadent Chocolate filled with Vanilla Bean Buttercream, and Camille also ordered two slab cakes (one the same flavours as the wedding cake and one Almond Chocolate Marble with Almond Buttercream) to feed all of her guests.

The cake was covered with fondant, carved, and painted with petal dust and food colouring. The knot in the top tier was also formed with fondant, and added a touch of realism to the finished cake.

Congratulations, Spencer and Camille! ๐Ÿ™‚