Meow-Meows takes a bath

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“She will lose her shit,” said the doting father of a two-year old daughter named Cecilia, who loves bathing her TY Beanie Boo Muffin cat (aka “Meow-Meows”).

If ever there was a review for my cakes that I would wear with pride, it’s that I made a toddler lose her shit.

So here was the criteria:
1. Make it chocolate.
2. Include this cat:

TY Beanie Boo Muffin Cat

TY Beanie Boo Muffin Cat

3. She loves bathing Meow-Meows.

Rubber ducky was a bonus:
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#NailedIt

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An Evolution of Holiday Cakes

xmascake2013So this is kinda out of season (however, given the horrendous snowfall we received yesterday, perhaps it is just giving the white Christmas we should’ve had instead of that ice storm back in December). I decided to dig up some old photos of some of my earlier attempts at holiday cake decorating. I would never say I’m a pro now but it is quite humbling to see how I started and how much I’ve learned through the years. So if you’re attempting to make a cake and it just cannot hold itself together, don’t get discouraged. We’ve all been there; pre-crumbcoat. Practice makes more practice perfect.

Pictured above is the cake from Christmas 2013. The tree is made from an ice cream cone and presents are shaped using rice krispie treats and wrapped in fondant.

Now brace yourselves for this blast from the confectionery past (2006 to be exact). I believe this was my first multi-tier cake, and believe me, there were multi-tears alright:

wondayxmas2006Well, you gotta start somewhere!

Next up is 2007’s holiday cake where I learned to dial back the crazy a bit using cones for trees for the first time, and a gingerbread house that was actually made with graham crackers:

xmas2007Then in 2008, I went back to the lab kitchen to experiment with decorating again. This time using wafer paper for designs. Looking back on this, I think I can execute this better… and by “better” I mean do it completely different:

xmas20082009 was a trying year – due to an accident, I was out of commission for a while but I was determined to have an epic cake comeback with multi-tier cake with a spinning snowman! Suffice to say, I’ve had all evidence of its existence destroyed.

There were many other cakes since then that have helped me hone in my skills. Perhaps they’ll eventually find their way to this blog but until then, Merry Cakemas!

Shrek-themed Gingy Cake

ginegy1The cake is the Magnolia Bakery vanilla recipe (yes, this Gingy Cake is not a ginger cake). I also used my usual pudding filling with a splash of bourbon for between the layers.

Now let me explain this cake design: a friend at work has expressed his hatred for the Shrek movie franchise on a number of occasions… so naturally, his birthday cake was going to be Shrek-themed. Shrek’s face was too hard and hideous to construct so I took the easy route and fashioned Gingy out of actual gingerbread cookie. This would have been great if my friend had actually seen a Shrek movie and got the reference

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Minecraft Cake

This Minecraft requires two 8″x8″ square pans, a vanilla cake recipe (or chocolate but I used vanilla), 500 mL heavy cream, 1 package of instant vanilla pudding, 2 batches of marshmallow fondant (one batch tinted light brown, the other white), one batch of buttercream frosting (enough to coat the cake… it’ll be covered in fondant), some red and brown pearl dust and a little bit of vodka for painting. If you have gray petal dust for a little bit of detailing and shading, have at it!

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Luau Themed Cake

This cake design is from 2008, when I was still unsure about using fondant and relied heavily on icing for decoration (though the lei is made from fondant and the pink and white flower and the ears are made with gum paste… clearly I had no idea what I was doing).

To get the shape of the pig, I used a medium and a small stainless steel mixing bowls. The texture of the pig is created by piping star-shaped dots.

I Geek, Therefore I Am

You’ve already seen my Watchmen Cookies, now here are more cakes and cupcakes I’ve done in the past that are geared toward my fellow geeks and pop culture lovers…

This commissioned cake features one of the most addictive games of my youth: Bubble Bobble.

This cake was for an 80s theme birthday. Why we landed on the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man? Your guess is as good as mine. I used a meringue frosting which had the texture and taste of marshmallow… seemed appropriate.

This ColecoVision cake design was an issued challenge. It is one of my [very] early attempts at decorating (circa 2008). Knowing what I know now, I think I’d like to revisit this and use fondant. Stay tuned for that!

Kids’ birthdays are so much fun to bake for! Here, the theme of the party was the Renaissance! Kidding, it was superheroes, of course! The piping took a while and my hands were sore after but I had a blast making these (though, seeing Marvel and DC mix it up cupcake-style bothers me).

That’s right! I once made cupcakes in honour of a f*cking CMS tool!

And finally, I’ll cap this post off with Oscar the Grouch! I also created an Elmo, Big Bird, Grover and Cookie Monster but I wasn’t overly fond of them. One day… One day.