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.
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.
So this past Saturday (Sept 11-10) Buddy Valastro from Cake Boss was in Toronto at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre.
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.
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.
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.
Buddy had a few competitions, first the women, then the men and then the kids (i did not post the pictures just in case)
We even got a sneak peek of the newest Cake Boss creation.
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!
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.
I had the chance to actually make cupcakes for a co-worker who was coming into town. I have never met a man who has this much of a sweet tooth. He loves chocolate and eats it a lot and i mean a lot. So i had dark chocolate at home and i decided to make chocolate cupcakes topped with vanilla butter cream and than added melted dark chocolate to give it a bit more design to it. From what i was told they were amazing. I had 16 cupcakes and i believe he ate anywhere from 6-10 of them!
By the way do you like my new cake stand! :D This one is perfect for showcasing Cupcakes! A great purchase at the wonderful Home Sense store.
So recently I've been looking for cake stands that can showcase my cake work. Looking online and I've noticed how expensive they can be. I've even gone as far as checking Value Village and so far nothing. I took a trip to Home Sense during my lunch hour to mainly look for a housewarming gift for someone. To my surprise the first thing i saw was a clear glass cake stand! I was very excited and of course i had to purchase it. Then continually walking through the home furnishing side i found a white porcelain stand, small enough to showcase cupcakes.
On a side note i know i haven't posted as much. Being a full time worker, a full time wife/mother, it gets difficult finding the time to bake in the evenings. Hopefully now that summer is slowing down and the nice fall weather is approaching i'll want to turn the oven on and do some baking! So for those who read my blog in the google reader, please don't leave but continue to check. I am anxious to get back into baking!