Sneak Peeks!

Just wanted to give everyone a small dose of what I am working on today. 

Pe-Ya-nee, Pe-Oh-Nee! 100th Birthday PEONY Cake!

A month ago, my mother-in-law, Winn, mentioned that we are having a family get-together/Popo's 100th Birthday celebration.  I asked what I can do to help and a happily agreed to a cake.  But, travelling out of town with a cake - ferry ride and all, is a totally unknown experience for me.  My usual cake pick-up/ delivery are local areas 10-15 minutes of driving time.  This has been in the back of my mind for a month.  After asking numerous questions about colour, flower choice, flavour etc; Winn and sisters decided on purple, peony and mango.  They pretty much allowed me creative freedom on the design. 

After researching, I didn't realize that the Peony flower had such an abundance of petals.  Which means, it takes longer to do.  It was stressful for a bit, trying to find the right tools and materials for the peony but it worked out with a week to go. 

A blessing, also, showed to give me a helping hand... Lynn (bro-in-law's girl)! She is a cake decorator and I sorta asked her to give me a hand.   We laboured for 2 hours to create 5 blossoms! Whew! It worked! We are happy! A small hitch, paper towels used to open blossoms stuck to the petals and created breakages! Since I knew how to make them, it was easier to re-make 3 more blossoms and repaired the broken ones!

I thought I have been mispronouncing the word, PEONY!  I said, peyaknee and I was correct to say Pe-Oh-knee! But, Auntie Nelles, who was a former florist said that it's a Potato, Pohtatoh thing! So I felt better. 

So without further adieu, here is final result of the hard work and I must say I am very happy.

Vanilla Chiffon with Mango Buttercream and Mango Syrup

The party was great.  It was nice to see the cousin-in-laws and all the Aunties and Uncles!  It was such a nice day despite the early morning 5am wake-up schedule to catch the ferry. 
The cake was a hit and I beam like a proud mama when my little boy sang Tomorrow (Annie) accompanied by Renee on piano.

Starring Elmo!

Cake No. 2

A friend of the family is celebrating the 1st Birthday of their grandson, Dominic.  A short notice and I've committed for 2 cakes already, But, I can't say 'no' to them as they are super nice!  And, who says no to an Adorable boy? Not me! I am a softy!

They wanted a Sesame Street cake with Elmo as the star!  After a few drafts, a couple of changes... here is the final design.

(not shown: Elmo's face opposite side of cookie's face)

We want a Bright, Hot Pink Cake!

Wow, just finished another busy weekend with cake request.  3 cakes in 2 days, a trip out of town to deliver a very special cake to a very special person.  I will post this cake separately - Look for Peony, PeOny! 100th Birthday Cake!

Cake no. 1

I donated a cake to my daughter's spring fair and Anne won it for her twin girls birthday!  I am glad she won it as I know her from PAC and it was a pleasure making a cake for her daughters' 10th birthday.

Here is the request, they want a bright cake, hot pink and other bright colours.  After sending my sketches, they picked this cake.  I made them a Chocolate Chiffon for the bottom tier and Vanilla Chiffon for the top with vanilla bean buttercream icing.