Saturday, November 20, 2010

Cake Sampling

One of my mini cakes for the wedding cake sampling.  Chocolate and red velvet with fondant 
Both mini cakes together.  The yellow one is a vanilla and lemon cake with a lemon buttercream icing.

It's been a while, I know, but honestly not a whole lot has happened. I had a cupcake order and a wedding cake sampling though. The sampling went really well and I was my first time having one. I still haven't had a chance to make those Golden eggs or the caramel popcorn I keep saying I'll make. It seems every time I plan to make it, something gets in the way, or I realize I ran out of butter. Don't you hate that? Oh and I also found this really cool recipe for red velvet brownie cheese cake that I've been dying to try cause it sounds like a mythical creature and how could I not give that a try.

On a non-baking note I've started on my Christmas gifts. I will not mention what they are in case the people I am making them for are reading this right now. But I've also started making a giant advent calender made of felt. Got the idea from the blog homemade by jill. So far I've got my little felt squares cut out and that's about it. I'm a little behind. Then it occurred to me that my mom made a similar one when she was young so I asked her to pull that out to compare. It's so neat and I'll have to take a picture of both when I'm done.

Also I've started pulling out a few Christmas decorations cause I guess its about that time already. The tree isn't up yet though, it seemed a little early for that. But it won't be long until that's up too.

I've got a couple of orders coming up soon, two birthday cakes so far. I'm hoping for a few more orders though. Then it's holiday baking and cooking with family and I can't wait!

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Elmo cupcakes

The elmo cupcakes were a great success!  The customer was pleased and my son kept trying to steal one.  Here's what they looked like.

And now for a family birthday dinner of shawarmas with baskin robbins ice cream cake!

Saturday, November 6, 2010


I finally got the pictures from Emily Murphy Non-Profit Housing's 20th Anniversary.  I never found it in any papers but someone from Emily Murphy sent them to me so I thought I would share them.
cutting the cake with two local politicians running for city councilor.

It seems this week has gone by so fast and it seems like I got absolutely nothing done.  I'm going to blame it on my birthday which was yesterday.  I did not make my own cake but a good friend of mine too me out for cupcakes at the flour Shoppe.   I had a delicious peanut butter cupcake with a berry buttercream icing on top.

Tonight I will be getting ready to make Elmo face cupcakes for an order of mine.  I will post pictures when they're done.  I never got a chance to make my caramel popcorn so I'm hoping to do that in the next few days. Oh and I am dying to try these golden eggs that I read about in Gesine Bullock's book "My Life From Scratch".  You can visit her blog here.  They sounds amazing.  So off to bake some cupcakes I go.

Monday, November 1, 2010

Happy Belated Halloween?

I know, I know, it's been a while since I've had a blog post but in my defence I have a really good excuse. First of all, I may have mentioned this before, I don't have internet at home so to be able to post an entry I need to go somewhere with internet.

Secondly my son has pneumonia again! Third time this year. I don't know how he keeps getting it and why our family doctor chooses to not look further into it. I am this close to getting a new family doctor. The cihldren's hospital here in Ottawa wasn't any better. I had to insist multiple times to get a chest Xray. They forget that this is the third time in a year and that maybe I might have an idea of what to look for. Besides I didn't want to have to go back in a few days when he got worse. Normally the hospital here is amazing, they've done wonders for Fionn. He was born with club feet and has had to have multiple casts on both legs to correct his feet and all were done by the amazing Orthopaedic surgeon at Cheo (Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario). So I don't know where we would be without it. But the ER is another thing. So finally they did Xray him and the results were early pneumonia. HA I was right. Not that I wanted to be but I know my kid. So here we are with more antibiotics. One more pneumonia and I'm insisting on seeing a specialist.

So all that to say that I've been pretty tied up. But I've still managed to get some baking in there. And now halloween has come and gone. So what have I been up to, well I had an order for 3 one year olds birthday cakes for a friend of mine so each baby had their own cake. Twins and their cousin. So one girl and 2 boys. I made a vanilla cake with white vanilla buttercream and pink accents for the little girl, chocolate with white vanilla buttercream and brown accents for one of the boys and red velvet with cream cheese icing and yellow accents for the other little boy. I had a lot of nice comments from the party goers.

Next I tried making baked stuffed apples from a recipe I found in a Jewish holiday cookbook. They turned out alright. I might add a scoop of ice cream on the side next time but they were pretty good by themselves too. Kind of like a lighter version of apple crisp stuffed in an apple.

I also made some shortbread cookies in all sorts of Halloween shapes and decorated them with royal icing. I will be making more to send to my son's daycare for the kids to decorate. He wasn't the only one sick so their Halloween party got postponed.

I think I'm all updated now. I was planning on making caramel popcorn last night after trick or treating but we were too full from the duck roast and roasted vegetables I made at my sister's new home. So I might make that some time this week.

Hope everyone had a fabulous and safe Halloween! Now get ready to be bombarded with Christmas!