• cake,  gluten free,  Health

    Gluten Free Quinoa Cake

    Following my gluten-free lifestyle change I tried this for a party I was going to…. Gluten Free Chocolate Cake*turn out more like a brownie 2 cups cooked quinoa (1/2 dry + 1.5 cups liquid = approx. 2 cups cooked)1/3 cup unsweetened almond milk4 eggs1 tsp. vanilla extract1/2 cup melted butter or Earth Balance1/4 cup melted coconut oil1 cup white sugar (I used organic raw)1 cup unsweetened cocoa powder1/2 tsp. baking soda1 1/2 tsp. baking powder1/2 tsp. salt Preheat oven to 350F and line a 9″x13″ OR 2 round cake pans with parchment paper.In a food processor or blender combine the eggs, milk and vanilla ~ blend for 10 seconds.Add the cooked…

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    How To ~ Decadent Fudge Cake

    This is one of my more popular creations.  Here is a short How To on how to make this cake!  Enjoy. Bake 2 chocolate cake layers.I like this one:   2 cups white sugar 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour 3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda 1 teaspoon salt 2 eggs 1 cup milk 1/2 cup vegetable oil 2 teaspoons vanilla extract 1 cup boiling water DIRECTIONS: 1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease and flour two nine inch round pans. 2. In a large bowl, stir together the sugar, flour, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda and salt.…

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    A few cakes from May

    Despite my recovery I allowed myself to play with a bit of sugar this month… here are a few pictures.The top two are for two homeschool girls that graduated this past weekend. The one is lime green (which doesn’t show well in these crappy pictures) and the other is purple. My friend Matt celebrated a birthday and we couldn’t help but send him his own R2D2: R2D2 Cake I also did a pirate/treasure map cake but forgot to take a picture ( I always forget!).  I will try to get one to post.

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    A few more cakes…

    February/March was a really busy time for cake making!  Here is a rundown on some of the more recent stuff… A Jungle Theme baby shower… It was actually for my friend Mary in Penetang. ON, she picked it up on her way home from Ottawa and froze it until the shower. She’s going to be a grandma!  Here are the elements, picture it stacked all together.My friend Sara ordered a Pirate birthday party cake for her son Kailin.  I’m pretty happy with how the chest came out, and the gummy spiders were a bonus last min. find at the Bulk Barn!

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    February & buttercream

       I love doing baby shower cakes.  They are always fun to do!  Baby shower cake ~ boy  After the baby shower came my youngest sons birthday.  He wanted a Star Wars cake.  Again.  I had a million other ideas for cakes but… no…. he wanted star wars…. again.  So here is, hopefully, my last Star Wars cake. R2D2 Cake 

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    Aussie Birthday!

    Had a blast doing this surfing kangaroo for Kira!  Iced in vanilla buttercream.  All the decorations were made out of fondant.  Water is made with piping gel and a bit of royal blue paste colour.  The rocks you see are chocolate and available at the Bulk Barn here in Canada.  I used edible food colouring markers to make the designs on the surf boards and the boomerang. Everything you see is edible. Got a question about how I did something on a cake…. just ask!  I would be happy to spread the love.

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    Celebrating Fall

    In every family I think there is one time of year where you get lots of celebrations all packed together into a month or two.  For me it’s in and around November.  You can’t swing a cat without hitting a birthday or an anniversary.As I type this my two nephews are on there way here and I’m prepared… with battling lightsabers.  One blue, one yellow.  I posted about this cake a short time ago.  I LOVE how easy it is to make. My friend Kim had me make a skate park cake for her son’s birthday, and a boxing cake for her dad’s!The cupcakes were all DC and Element… his…

  • cake,  Creativity,  thrifty stuff

    May the Force be with you…

    My son just celebrated a birthday and when asked what kind of cake he wanted he didn’t come up with an answer until the night before the big event.  His answer was that he wanted a Star Wars cake…. no other details were given.  I decided to make a light-sabre.  The reason I’m sharing this with you is that is was so easy it was scary, it looked pretty cool, and you can adapt the idea.  Here’s a picture:I simply made a 9×14 sized cake, cut it into long strips, pieced it together on a big tray and iced it.  What made the kids love it is the addition of…

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    Sugar Suzuki

    Some cakes you make are pretty boring, you’re just giving the client what they want!  Then there are those cakes you get to do as you wish, what I like to call the “free reign” cakes!  This past weekend I delivered just such a cake.  My sweet friend Wendy turned 40 recently and had her party on Saturday night.  We were already booked elsewhere so we missed the shindig, but I got to go nuts with some sugar!  Fire pit and Stringer Pond  Wendy’s Apple Orchard  The icing is butter cream with meringue powder, all the decorations are made of fondant with gum-tex, except the pretzel logs…