Friday, December 31, 2010

1st Giveaway *Modern Dining Furniture* c/o CSN Store

I am very Excited and pleased to Announce my very first Giveaway care of CSN Stores.

CSN Stores have over 200 online stores where you can find anything you need whether it be modern dining furniture, fitness equipment, or even cute cookware!’

The gift certificate amount will be $15!
I thought i'd take a quick Peek through the CSN Store Modern Dining Furniture to show you some of my favorite items from the CSN Selection.

Top of the Table Item:

Linens


The Giveaway will be drawn on Wednesday January 5th, 2011 by Random Selection.

What do you need to do?
Leave a comment on what you would buy from the Modern Dining Furniture Selection. Also please add your email address when commenting so that way if your name is picked i can contact you.

So go ahead and enter, what do you have to loose! You could be a winner!

Rules:
*Please note that CSN Stores can only ship their products to the US and Canada locations, please only enter if you are located in one of these two countries.

*Please refrain from commententing on CSN's Facebook page as it violates Facebook policies.

Monday, December 20, 2010

Cala Lilie Wedding Cake!

This cake was done for a girlfriend of mine who got married on a gorgeous day in October. The sun was shining and warm for the wedding. You couldn't have asked for a better day!

This wedding cake is a 3 tiered cake w/ Deep Purple Cala Lilies.

Bottom layer is chocolate w/ chocolate ganache. Middle was vanilla cake with vanilla buttercream. The top layer was Vanilla cake w/ Cookies and cream. All covered in vanilla buttercream and white fondant. The cala lilies were made out of Fondant and dusted with dusting powder. They were such a unique color and a great fall color as well.

(Pictures are courtesy of the hubby)
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Thursday, December 16, 2010

Back from a restful vacation!

My husband, myself and two of our friends decided to head to the Bahamas for a 4 day getaway. We stayed at the Riu Palace which is literally right beside the Atlantis. A great spot for a 4 day weekend getaway. The only downfall with the hotel is it's not child friendly. Lots of stuff for the adults to do but not for kids. Good thing this getaway was a couples getaway! It was a great vacation with a much needed break. We each missed the kids but we were glad we had the small break.

I'm hoping to have a few new posts this week but until then i'm still on vacation mode!

Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Bakerella visited the Big T-O!

So on December 8th Bakerella made her grand entrance at the William Sonoma on Bloor Street West. A great turn out for her first visit to the Big City! I begged my sister to attend as i didn't really want to go alone. So i made my journey to the city for part of the day and met my sister downtown. We got their early enough that when we arrived at William's Sonoma we were told to go upstairs and grab a number.

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Sure enough we grabbed #9 and #10. We were also told that the first 10 people in line got to stand at the front! Wahooooo! I was very excited to have gotten there so early to get #9 and #10.
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So with so much time to waste what did i do, Shop of course! Did i buy anything, not really. We did go for a coffee though! MMMMM Starbucks.

While waiting for Bakerella to make her grand apperance i turned around to find these two lovely ladies with the coolest shirts possible! I would love a shirt like that!
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Ok now onto the Bakerella photos!
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Are these not the coolest shoes!
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Bakerella also did a book signing! Of course i bought the book at William Sonoma, i waited on purposed until the Saturday!

Bakerella, myself and my sister Jess!
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Me explaining my first failed attempt at Cake Balls
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Bakerella and my sis Jess!
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Thursday, December 2, 2010

Frosting for the Cause!

Frosting for the Cause

This is an amazing idea for bakers worldwide! If you haven't heard of Frosting for the Cause check them out and join! You don't need to be a professional baker to showcase your talent! All it takes is a little imagination and your heart and a small donation to make a big difference!

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Cakelava coming to Kitchener, Ont.



So for those who have never heard of Cakelava all i'm going to say is Shame on you! I highly urge you to check out their site and Blog!

Icing Inspirations in Kitchener, Ontario is bringing Rick Reichart to teach a 3 Day Class. When i saw the sign up sheet i was very excited but i didn't register right away. It all came down to finances and whether or not i could afford it. At the time i couldn't. Then they added the 2nd 3 day class as the first sold out pretty quickly. Sure enough the 2nd class sold out as well. I was disappointed as i really wanted to take this class. Rich is an amazing designer and anyone could learn some new cool techniques. I'm not a Novice designer, i would say somewhere in between Beginner and Intermediate.

Then about two weeks ago a spot had opened up for Class 1. I was very excited and was able to now apply for this course. Sure enough i got confirmed for the last spot! I was very excited and i am still excited for next year's Class with Rich in Kitchener. The best part is because i'm local i won't have to worry about added expenses, just the course itself!

March 2011 can't come fast enough! :D

Monday, November 15, 2010

My first cake testing....

So 2010 has been an exciting year and hopefully that means 2011 will bring more cakes and cool surprises!

Last week was my very first cake testing and i was excited and nervous at the same time. As a baker you critique your own work and whenever i would take cakes or cupcakes to work and of course i'd get nothing but thumbs up. But showcasing my cupcakes for someone i don't know can be a bit nerve wracking. I knew the couple wanted to do cupcakes for their wedding and i was happy to do so. I found out that their favorite flavors were chocolate and vanilla. I decided to make chocolate, vanilla, lemon and marbled cupcakes to give a variety. The icings i used were vanilla, chocolate, chocolate ganache and lemon buttercreams.

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The couple decided on chocolate with chocolate buttercream and vanilla with vanilla buttercream. The cake will also have a cake topper of a 6 inch cake in a quilted pattern with the couple sitting on top of the cake. I am very excited to do this cake next year. The couple themselves were super sweet and i hope their wedding day is a beautiful day without rain for them!

Bakerella is coming to Toronto!

So i am a huge Bakerella fan! I have even attempted her cake pops. (failed but tasted great) So every week i get her mailing list email. First thing i saw in the Details was Tennessee and Toronto. I thought really she's coming to Toronto. (How cool would that be) So i read through the email and yup she's coming to Toronto.

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Saturday, December 4 th at 12:00 p.m.100
Bloor Street West, Toronto, ON

If you haven't heard of Bakerella than shame on you! You should check out her site, she has done some fantastic stuff and even has a couple of books out!

Who knows maybe i'll see some other Cake Makers i've met through Twitter/Blog and Facebook there!

http://www.bakerella.com/

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Dr. Vet!

This cake was being done for a Dog Vet Clinic. I was asked to do 3 dogs, a Golden Retriever, a puppy Goldenretriever and a Poodle. The idea was to have the actual cake to look like a Vet table. I made the cake look silver as most Vet tables are metal. Then i added the utensils on top that a vet would use as well. All decorations are made out of Fondant and Gumpaste.

The flavor of the cake is chocolate and vanilla with a filling of chocolate ganache. The outside icing is vanilla buttercream and then covered in Fondant.

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Wednesday, November 3, 2010

MMMM Pumpkin.....

On the Canadian Thanksgiving long weekend we decided to go and pick a pumpkin. This is the 3rd year we've done this but only my 2nd year of making pumpkin puree. Last year was a bust as i over stuffed the jars and lost 3 since they cracked. This year i was smart and split them up into small and large jars.

Here is the Puree.
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All jarred and ready to freeze.
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Now your probably wondering what will i do with all that puree. Well we've made 3 batches of pumpkin muffins and a pumpkin cake. Nothing beats home made pumpkin puree for baked goods!

Monday, October 25, 2010

Nothing will change with the baby!

So i was asked to do a cake for a family member who just recently had a new addition to the family. A baby girl! (Congrats by the way) Apparently he was an avid golfer and loved his shaggy dog! (Apparently he played 6 days of the week, obsessed yes!)

So i was asked to do a cake to incorporate the golf theme, his shaggy dog and the newest family addition!

The cake was chocolate cake, filled with chocolate ganache and then covered in butter cream and fondant.

The cake looked great and i loved the dog, but doing people i need some serious help with that. I think i need to start doing people with modelling chocolate.
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Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Soccer and Flowers make a nice combo

This cake was made for two sisters who have opposite tastes. One loves soccer and the other sister loves pretty/colorful flowers. So why not put them together for a nice combination in a cake.

The cake was vanilla cake with cookies and cream. The soccer ball was a chocolate cake, all covered in Buttercream and Fondant. The flowers are also made out of Fondant.

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Monday, October 18, 2010

Welcome Baby Aziz-Ross

Fall seems to be a popular time to be pregnant! My co-worker and friend Jen and her hubby Sal are expecting their very first bundle of joy! We did a work baby shower and of course i couldn't help but make some desserts! I made vanilla cupcakes with chocolate ganache and raspberries on top. I also added a little welcome sign on them!

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Friday, October 8, 2010

So long, farewell.....

I bet you have the Sound of Music song in your head now! I know i do. :D

This cake was for a client who's sister was moving from ONT to NWT. So what better way to send them off than with a cake! They wanted decorations incorporated onto the cake to represent the family. The Scottish Lion, the NWT Flag, their daughter Emily swimming, Electric Guitars to represent the dad and son and of course their dog (A Chihuahua).

The Cake was chocolate cake w/ chocolate ganache and fresh raspberries in the middle. The cake was covered with vanilla buttercream and Fondant. All decorations are made out of Fondant.

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Thursday, October 7, 2010

Oh Baby!

My co-worker/Friend Deanna is expecting her 2nd bundle of joy (i say in a few days, she says in about 2 weeks) I decided to throw her a baby shower with some of the coolest girls from the office. It was a nice relaxing evening with lots of food, lots of sweets and of course wine for those who were able to drink! Deanna got some of the cutest baby clothes and of course home made gifts as well!
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The cupcakes were chocolate with vanilla buttercream! MMMMMMMM
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Gotta luv the sweets table!
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Saturday, September 18, 2010

M-I-C-K-E-Y M-O-U-S-E

First off i love Mickey Mouse. I have a number of stuffed Mickey Mouse Toys that i've closed over the years. A co-worker asked me to make her daughter a Mickey Mouse Cake (No special reason), she just wanted to surprise her kids with a cake. I'm also trying to change my flavors up a bit as well to give a bit more variety. So this cake was a vanilla cake filled with cookies and cream. (I tried it and man was it good on it's own, you can't go wrong with whipped cream, oreos and some icing sugar) Ok i think i'm drooling after writing this. :D

A top view of the cake just before adding the finishing decorations.
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Ta Da!
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Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Sponge Bob Square Pants!

This cake was so much fun to do! My very first Sponge Bob Square Pants cake! The cake was chocolate cake, filled with raspberry puree and then fresh raspberries. It was covered in vanilla buttercream and then with Fondant. All accents of the cake are Fondant.
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Monday, September 13, 2010

Buddy from Cake Boss!

So this past Saturday (Sept 11-10) Buddy Valastro from Cake Boss was in Toronto at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre.
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My sister went with me so i decided to take a picture of the two of us while awaiting Buddy's Arrival. My sister is on the left and I'm on the right.
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I didn't really know what to expect but boy was i ever impressed at the end of it! Buddy came out down one of the Aisles greeting fans, shaking their hands, giving them hugs! He is genuinely a nice person and was eager to see his fans.
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The evening was 2 hrs of pure entertainment starting with a Big Welcome to his fans and thanks for coming out to support his tour. Throughout the night he would discuss how he got started in the family business. I had no idea that at 17 his father passed away and he dropped out of school to run the business. But before that he was a child who would get into trouble and on weekends he would work at the Bakery washing toilets, cleaning pans, anything but baking. As Buddy got older he would start baking small things such as cookies. Well at that point he didn't want to screw that up, this was his chance to do something new. He said he knew he had the talent and this was his calling.
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Buddy had a few competitions, first the women, then the men and then the kids (i did not post the pictures just in case)
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We even got a sneak peek of the newest Cake Boss creation.
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One thing i didn't know about Buddy was that he is on the Board for the Make A Wish Foundation! He said so far he has been able to grant 4 Wishes, which is unbelievable!
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To finish off the night Buddy did a question and answer section and while the audience asked Questions he was piping a cake. Man now that is talent, i would have to concentrate while piping a cake. He could probably do that in his sleep.
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