Lightning McQueen

Sometimes when you are given a request to create a well known, much loved cartoon character, the results can be underwhelming (just check out Cakewrecks for many humorous examples). This was the challenge I was given when I was asked to create a cake of the Disney Cars leading character, Lightning McQueen. Things got ever so slightly more arduous when the client wanted Lightning reimagined in Dinoco form. How many of you even understand what I am talking about? Having two young boys of my own, I was lucky (?) enough to have watched Cars about a million times. In fact, our DVD is so worn, it would serve better use as a coaster than a DVD.
The cake was for a fabulous little four year old boy, Elliott (who also happens to be my son), so the stakes were high with this one. Not only did I need to impress him, but also a room full of brutally honest children. I knew I had done well when one of the guests didn’t even realize it was a cake.
This was definitely one of my personal favourites and it actually came together easier than I anticipated. Thanks for the challenge Elliott. I can’t wait to hear what he picks for birthday No. 5.

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You Only Turn Fabulously Forty Once

While I always do my best to impress my clients, my latest cake came with a bit of extra pressure. You see, my client was my very own sister and the cake was for her 40th birthday party (you only turn fabulously forty once, you know).
The theme was just like my sister: classic, glamorous and extravagant.  With gold, white and black as the colour scheme, I felt it was the perfect opportunity for me to try my hand at edible gold leaf. The cake was made up of two tiers of delicious, seasonally appropriate carrot cake filled with a coconut cream cheese buttercream. The design was simple and sophisticated; The bottom tier was layered white ruffles, while the showy gold leaf covered tier stole the show on the top.
Having never used gold leaf before, I wasn’t really sure what to expect. If I had even a little experience with it, I would have realized that you need A LOT of it. Gold leaf isn’t something easily accessible in the GTA, so it’s not exactly an easy fix when you make it to the top of the cake, only to realize you’ve run out.
My initial design plan had been to leave the top tier clean with only gold leaf and no adornments. However, with my slight hiccup, leaving the top of the cake white would just not do. I decided to continue with the ruffle theme, creating a spiral effect with white fondant. I was quite happy with the final product, but what mattered more was that my sister loved it.
Happy 40th Michele! May the next forty be as fabulous as the first.

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You Will Not Be Disappointed

Whenever I am throwing a party and want to add an extra special touch, I call Tina and ask her for one of her cakes.

She works with me to come up with a design to fit the event.  Whatever the occasion, be it one of my children’s birthday parties, a christening, a wedding shower or a 40th birthday party, Tina has always delivered cakes that taste delicious, are spectacularly designed and within budget.

I recommend Tina to everyone I know that is looking for a cake designer. You will not be disappointed.

Tina’s Cakes Are Amazing

Simply put, Tina’s cakes are amazing.

I have been so fortunate that she has provided cakes for my family members’ birthdays year after year.  Her creativity knows no bounds; I give her a theme and she runs with it.

From a pirate theme, to a cake shaped like a teddy bear, to the solar system, her cakes are truly works of art.They are so beautiful, you won’t want to cut into them.  Make sure you do though, the only thing better than the appearance is the taste.

As if that isn’t enough, Tina is an absolute delight to work with.

Tina, thank you so much. No birthday in my house is complete without one of your delicious cakes.

Friendly & Highly Talented

For as long as I have known Tina, she has been creating awe inspiring cakes.

Her imagination seems to know no limits. The beauty on the outside is not only matched, but surpassed by the flavourful and moist cake inside. My family has turned to Tina for every one of our occasions including birthdays, showers and our wedding. Part of the fun we have had with Tina is providing a theme or idea and allowing her creative freedom; we have always been thrilled with the results she provides us.

I highly recommend Tina to be a part of your family’s next celebration; you will not be disappointed with this easy-going, friendly and highly talented cake designer.