Archives for August 2009

Happy Birthday Katie!


Katie, my fellow straw-stealer (don’t ask), recently commissioned a cake for her 21st birthday. She has been working this summer at the store where I share kitchen space, so we often spend hours chatting and laughing while I do my designing and sculpting. She keeps me from talking to inanimate gumpaste figurines, so I probably owe her what’s left of my sanity.

When we were discussing the concept for her cake she said that she didn’t care about any details except that the filling had to be white chocolate ganache. A fine choice. She later picked out the colours and design, so I suppose she did care about the cake after all.

When her cake was ready, I realized I had forgotten my camera. I hate when this happens because I really want to build up my gallery, but Katie happily promised to take pictures and send them to me. Today I got the most perfect pictures of what I think is one of my cutest cakes.

I decided to call this design Bubbles, and I think it is going to be a popular one. I’m going to try all sorts of colour combinations for Bubbles. Suggestions are always welcome.

Cassie and Friends

Cassie and Friends Cake


The people behind Cassie and Friends promote awareness of juvenile arthritis and raise funds for research, pediatric rheumatology programs, services, equipment, and events. Their team raised money at the Scotiabank Half-Marathon and 5K run, where I got to meet 4-year-old Cassie herself. (It’s always fun to hobnob with celebrities.)

After delivering Cassie’s cake to the Stanley Park finish line, I stayed to help serve it to the runners and guests at the Cassie and Friends tent. Unfortunately, nobody (including me) thought to bring plates, forks, napkins, or even a knife to cut cake with. Oops. Usually my cakes attend parties in homes or event venues that have kitchen facilities, so this situation has never come up before. This event, however, was in a public park.




We ended up using a Swiss Army knife to cut the first few slices before some good soul found us a regular kitchen knife. I felt strange serving cake from my hands (yes they were clean—I licked them myself) into the waiting hands of eager cake-eaters, but nobody seemed to mind. When people started coming back for seconds it became clear that napkins were unnecessary. We should have bragged about being environmentally friendly or something.

Photos by Maria Leticia Photography

Hands Around the World

Hands around the world cake

It’s always nice to make a cake for a celebration, but getting involved with special projects can be extra special. This extra special feeling was evident with a recent cake for the CISV Vancouver Chapter Picnic.

Hands around the world top view

CISV is a wonderful organization that promotes world peace by connecting kids from different countries and cultures through camps and other events. I really like this statement on their website: We are founded on our belief that peace is possible through friendship – and that the real difference can be made by starting with children.

The cake concept was suggested by Patricia, one of CISV’s most enthusiastic volunteers and a personal friend of mine.

Bikini Cake


The gentleman who commissioned this bikini cake, as well as the birthday boy, really appreciated the intricate details and, shall we say, textures of the buxom torso. Some customers are easier to please than others…

While we’re on the subject, clicking the pink button on this site gets you karma points in promoting breast cancer awareness.