Krista’s Naked Cake

Krista contacted us with a request that’s right on trend. The “naked” cake. There’s no hiding any imperfections under another layer of buttercream or fondant. Right from the base, the baking of the cakes, you need to make sure that you’ve taken all of the steps necessary to end up with a cake that bares not only it’s own bones, but your skills as well. A challenge, but one that we were excited to take on. ๐Ÿ™‚

Krista also wanted to take advantage of summer’s bounty of berries, so we topped off this Decadent Chocolate cake filled with Vanilla Bean buttercream (our most popular combination, by the way) with fresh blueberries, strawberries and chocolate dipped strawberries. Now, there are some cakes that we’ve made that just look so delicious, it’s hard not to dig right into them before they are ever delivered- this cake was one of them.

This unconventional cake was perfectly suited to the wedding venue, a vineyard on a Wednesday afternoon. Everything was bright, fresh, and beautiful!

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50 Sweet Years

Elysia contacted us to make a 50th anniversary cake for her in-laws. She wanted something unique and something different from anything we’ve done before. The outdoors definitely had to be incorporated into the cake, as both Avard and Judy love the outdoors and that is where they spend much of their time. Elysia also made a special request flavour-wise… Could we do something maple-flavoured? As Avard taps/makes his own maple syrup, we suggested infusingย the cake with hisย own syrup. Success! We added some to the Vanilla Bean pound cake itself, which just added a subtle flavour. We then brushed maple syrup onto each layer of cake, then filled and frosted the cake with Maple buttercream, flavoured again with Avard’s own maple syrup. The result? It was like a pancake dessert! ๐Ÿ™‚ And we especially love the idea that even the flavour reflects their personalities.

We had at first suggested maybe a birch bark cake, but then were reminded that a maple-flavoured birch bark cake was mixing it up too much. ๐Ÿ˜‰ So Elysia suggested a wood grain, which we hand carved into the fondant on the top tier, and brushed with petal dust to make it stand out. We then carved the initals of the “bride and groom”, along with the year they were married, inside a heart. The bottom tier was left plain, but dusted with the same colour to match the top tier, then we used grapevine at the base of each tier to add a bit more of the outdoors.

Happy 50th, Avard and Judy! ๐Ÿ™‚

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Isabelle’s Bountiful Blossoms

Isabelle and Eric came to us looking for a cake with lots of blossoms. Keeping the cake itself neutral and simple, the flowers become the focal point. Isabelle’s bouquet was going to have mauve roses, deep purple carnations and white/green hydrangea. The cake was made to coordinate. All of the flowers are made with gum paste, and hand painted and dusted. We arranged them in nice, full bunches, and the colour combination is stunning!

The overall effect is very clean, classic and romantic.

The cake inside is a classic, too. Vanilla Bean and Chocolate Marble pound cake with Vanilla Bean buttercream, to please the masses. ๐Ÿ™‚

Congratulations, Isabelle and Eric! ๐Ÿ™‚

The day of the wedding was also the arrival of hurricane Arthur. The winds gusted around 120 km/hr, and caused a lot of downed trees andย power outages. Needless to say, there were a few changes that had to take place with the wedding(including a change of venue for the ceremony from outside to inside), but it seems that everything fell into place. We received this email the next day from Isabelle:

OMG… the cake was absolutely stunning!!! And delicious! Way beyond all my expectations! Thank you so so much, we had a perfect day because of people like you!

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Caitlyn’s Ocean Ombre

Caitlyn and Alex were having a nautical theme at their wedding, having it right on the water, with lots of ocean touches to the decor. They wanted this incorporated into their cake as well, so we created a cake worthy of a mermaid’s wedding. ๐Ÿ˜‰

The aqua tinted cake was decorated with gum paste pearls, shells, sand dollars, and starfish, piped with buttercream “coral” and finished off with ombre “waves” on the bottom tier. It suited a beachy, summer wedding perfectly.

Caitlyn and Alex chose two different flavour combinations- Decadent Chocolate with Vanilla Bean buttercream, and Almond Marble with Almond buttercream.

Congratulations, Caitlyn and Alex! ๐Ÿ™‚

The Cat’s Meow for Cassia

Cassia asked us to make a cake for a joint anniversary celebration- her own (10 years) and her in-laws (43 years). She wasn’t picky over what she wanted for decoration on the cake, so we threw out some suggestions and were excited to try a new ruffle technique in a white to dark grey ombre. Cassia mentioned that her in-laws love black cats and she wanted to incorporate that onto the cake. So we made a gum paste silhouette of two cats with their tails in the shape of a heart to satisfy that request. ๐Ÿ™‚

Inside, the cake was a carrot cake. Not our usual carrot cake though, as a special request was made to use Splenda instead of sugar. We hadn’t baked with Splenda before, and there were some differences in the way the cakes rose and the consistency, but we were told afterward that the cake tasted splendid (half a pun? ๐Ÿ˜‰ ).

The ruffles themselves were made with a mixture of our homemade marshmallow fondant and gum paste. The effect is awesome. We loved it. It takes some time, but well worth it!

Happy anniversary to you all! ๐Ÿ™‚

 

 

40 Years and Counting…

40 years. Time to celebrate.

Marlene contacted us to make a cake for her sister, Diane and her husband, Monte (who happens to be my dad’s cousin) for their 40th anniversary. She wanted to surprise them with a cake that they’d love. So we were given a few ideas. Monte and Diane hadn’t had a wedding cake at their wedding, so Marlene didn’t want the anniversary cake to look too much like a wedding cake, but she wanted it to be pretty… We can do pretty. ๐Ÿ˜‰

We wanted to incorporate some sugar flowers, some colour and the idea of lace was mentioned a few times. So we put on our thinking caps and also asked if their daughter-in-law Brandi had any ideas. So with this group effort, we came up with an idea to create a ruffly bottom tier(that resemblesย hydrangea) and then add some lacy piping to the top tier. We then added a bunch of gum paste hydrangea to the top tier. When deciding on colour, we went with pink and blue, which is a throwback to Diane’s wedding dress, which was white with pink and blue flowers on it.

The finished product has a shabby chic feel to it, and made us all think of a garden party, which was perfect because the anniversary dinner was taking place at theย Old Orchard Inn, which overlooks the Annapolis Valley, which happens to be out in full bloom right now. ๐Ÿ™‚

Under all the fondant, the cake was our Vanilla Bean sour cream pound cake, Vanilla Bean buttercream and Salted Caramel. Which, by the way, is becoming our most popular flavour combination.

Happy 40th Anniversary, Monte and Diane! xo

 

Charly’s Little Black Dress

This cake was a cute one. The theme of Charly’s wedding shower was Little Black Dress, and all invited were asked to wear, you guessed it- a little black dress! Cute idea! So the idea for the cake was simple. We were asked to make a two tier cake, with different styles of little black dresses adorning the bottom tier. The second tier was wrapped with a wide black ribbon and finished off with a black and purple bow (Charly’s wedding colour), and then the cake was topped off with a martini glass filled with pearls, the perfect accessories to any little black dress!

The inside of the cake reflected the theme as well, as it was Decadent Chocolate (a rich, dark chocolate cake) with Vanilla Bean buttercream- it was like a little black dress with pearls on the inside as well!

Congratulations, Charly! ๐Ÿ™‚

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Sydney’s Post-Grad Petals

Lorrae (no idea if I spelled her name right) called us to make a cake. Which is a compliment in itself, because she makes delicious, beautiful cakes. She just didn’t have the time to make one for this particular occasion. A very close friend of hers, Sydney, had graduated high school early and was having a grad party, and Lorrae (again, I’m sorry about the spelling) was very involved in the decorating/organizing process.

Sydney had a rustic chic theme going on, with burlap, mason jars, twinkle lights, all that good stuff. Lorrae had perused Our Cake Galleryย and likedย Michelle’s Burlap & Buttercream, as it followed that same theme. She didn’t need a cake quite so big and I had mentioned that I had seen burlap flowers at Michael’s in a couple different shades, so we went from there. She trusted us to do the rest.

Unfortunately, Mom had a previous engagement, so was leaving me alone again! So I called in reinforcements, in the form of Toby & Hunter (I love my boys!), to help me bake this one. Mom very kindly made the Salted Caramel for the filling before she left, so I didn’t have to worry about learning how to make that. ๐Ÿ™‚ We baked Vanilla Bean Pound Cake and filled it with Vanilla Bean Buttercream and Salted Caramel. We’ve been told that this combination is heavenly, cake you would eat in paradise, and downright delicious! We agree. This flavour combination is killer!

When it came to decorating, it was going to be very simple, but I wanted to try out a new petal piping technique(inspired by the burlap flowers), and I didn’t think Lorrae would mind. It turned out pretty cute, and while we were heading to the party to deliver it, it was all I could do to keep from dipping my finger in the buttercream. It smelled and looked so good!

Now, I did fail in one respect with this cake. I didn’t get proper pictures of it. I apologize, but you can still see the details. (Just pretend you were at the party ๐Ÿ˜‰ ) Our cake joined a spread of delicious food, in a beautiful atmosphere, with great music and friends.

Congratulations, Sydney! ๐Ÿ™‚

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Eden’s Inspiration

This cake was a privilege and a pleasure. Eden(whom we’ve known since she was a little girl) and Andrew(whom we don’t know nearly as well, but he’s a real sweetheart) asked us to create a cake for their wedding day inspired by Eden’s wedding dress. Now, don’t worry, Andrew didn’t see either the dress or the plans for the cake, although he did accompany Eden to the consultation appointment and was allowed in the room for the tasting part. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Eden’s dress was strapless, with a sweetheart neckline, cascading ruffles and a pearl and beaded embellishment at the waist. With the dress being so very romantic, we wanted the cake to convey the same romance, along with the elegant simplicity of the rest of the wedding. We used gum paste to create asymmetrically draped fabric and ruffles, and used pearl dust to give it that satin sheen. We created a focal point with a few beaded pieces and we’re incredibly pleased with the end result. We are both fans of white on white wedding cakes- there’s just something about them that evokes drama and romance, perfect for a once in a lifetime event.

Both Eden and Andrew wanted their wedding cake to reflect their fun personalities and so they chose three different flavour combinations: Vanilla Bean pound cake with Vanilla Bean buttercream and Salted Caramel, Decadent Chocolate cake with Peanut Butter buttercream, and Newfoundland Cherry Pound cake(giving homage to Eden’s family from the Rock) with Almond buttercream. Great choices, if you ask us! ๐Ÿ˜‰

Our love and congratulations go out to you both, Eden & Andrew! ๐Ÿ™‚

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Eden sent us this picture after the wedding, saying:

“Best cake ever! You can’t even tell where the cake ends and my dress begins! These ladies are the best at what they do!”

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Eden’s Invitation

An added bonus for creating Eden’s Inspiration– we got to make a small surprise cake for Eden’s bridal shower a few weeks before her big day. We used their wedding invitation as inspiration, incorporating white and black with a touch of yellow. This was a Decadent Chocolate cake with Vanilla Bean buttercream, a different combination from any they chose for the wedding, but still incredibly delicious! ๐Ÿ˜‰

Congratulations, Eden!