Friday, January 21, 2011

Zombie Proposal

I received an email a few months ago, inquiring about a cake as she wanted to propose to her boyfriend.

Well right away, I was interested!  Her next line completely sold me though... she said "we're really into zombies"  I knew then that I HAD to do this cake!  Weird and wonderful, creepy and ghoulish are my favourite themes!  Turns out that they also love Harry Potter and computers, as well as the movie "Alien"  so we combined those things to create this dementor-ish zombie emerging from a computer CPU.

As I worked on this cake, he developed quite a personality (yes, I DO anthropmorphize my cakes!) so he needed a name.  I settled on Rob.  Rob Zombie. (for those of you too old or too young or just not into heavy metal and horror, just Google the name.)  

Rob ended up rather larger than I had originally planned, and as this client wanted to pick up the cake, she had to scramble to find a vehicle to transport him (he was NOT fitting into her small car!)  Well she managed to rope in a friend with a station wagon and we twisted and turned and tilted until we got Rob into the back.  With approximately 1/4" clearance for his head, I wished them safe driving!

She assures me that he survived to made his grand entrance, and that  "the cake was the best thing I've done, and if I had to do it over again, I wouldn't change a thing."  

I just wish that he had said yes. :(

Friday, July 23, 2010

Alice in Wonderland

Just competed in a fabulously fun cake competition at Icing Inspirations in Kitchener last weekend! The cakes were amazing, prizes were phenomenal, and the judges were totally sweet!

I entered both the professional tiered cake division as well as the open sculpted division. Unfortunately, my sculpture of Mallymkus the doormouse had a little... incident on the way. It was a 40 minute drive, and less than a minute from the store, I had to brake a little hard. I
heard a soft "thump" in the back and didn't dare look until I got to the competition.

THIS is what I found:

And minutes later...
That is when I decided to rename her "Revenge of the Bandersnatch" Despite the fact that she fell on TOP of the Bandersnatch's eyeball there on her hip, it survived without a scratch!

Yes, I did get photos before I delivered her:

Fortunately, my tiered cake fared better on the drive! For those of you who may not really know me, I should explain something before I show you these photos. I don't really like "traditional" looking cakes. I hate doing piping and stringwork and ruffles. Unfortunately, in most competitions, those are the gold standard that judges are looking for as they can be quite difficult techniques.

Generally, I ignore that, and do a cake that is my own style anyhow; I enter competitions to push myself further, not really worrying about winning.

So...this competition was something different! The judges were young and hip cake artists. The theme was fun and whimsical; funky and wild! In other words... right up my alley.

So what did I do?

Yep. Lace. Ruffles. Insanely tiny piping. Crazily intricate stringwork in alternating colours. Delicate teacup made of gumpaste. Itty bitty black buttons with gold stars.


My daughter says I have gone so far past normal that I am simply coming back around to it. My husband says I just have a pathological need to stand out and be different.

Either way, in a sea of wildly colourful and crazily funky cakes... I produced this uber-traditional cake based on the details in Alice's dress at the beginning of the Burton movie.

Here are some close ups:

Gumpaste teacup... hand made & painted.

Based on Alice's striped petticoat.

Tiny detailed embroidery pattern.
Based on the hem of her dress.

Completely out of character for me, but nobody guessed it was my cake! Which was good, as one of the judges is a friend of mine, and I had to work really hard not to give away anything about my cake beforehand because I didn't want to bias her! Needless to say, she was utterly shocked when she found out this was mine!

Huge thanks to Vera at who had researched so many of the details of the dress, and who kindly shared her template of the embroidery pattern!

Saturday, June 5, 2010

Sweet Naughtiness

naughty bed
Originally uploaded by Wild Cakes

boudoir scene cake
Originally uploaded by Wild Cakes
Perhaps my favourite cakes are the ones that tell a story... that have a sense of humour... that have new details to notice every time you look at them.

I am also partial to the naughty cakes for the simple reason that my kitchen is in the basement of a parish hall, and there is a delicious frisson at having to hide the evidence of my work when the church ladies come down to say hello. (not to say that my naughty cakes are a big secret; it was discussed before I started working there, but not everyone shares my sense of humour!)

In any case... this week I had the opportunity to replicate a design I did a couple of years ago for my sister-in-law's stag and doe.

There is nothing actually shown on this cake that would make it X-rated, yet the design is two of the naughtiest cakes I have done. The new version of this cake includes a police hat (groom-to-be is a cop) and a naughty-nurse's uniform (yep, bride-to-be is a nurse)

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Here Lies Cory's Youth...

This past week was my husband's 40th birthday. He REALLY doesn't like milestone birthdays so I tend to be relentlessly cruel (years past have included singing balloon-o-grams from Father Time delivered to his work, amongst other entertainment!)

I decided to go easy on him this year. we went out for dinner with his family to one of his favourite restaurants. Bought him a ticket to see one of his favourite singers in concert. Gave him a mushy birthday card.

Then made him this cake...

Monday, April 19, 2010


I have been itching to share this cake with you, but since it was for a competition, I had to keep it under wraps!

The competition required the cake to be a 3 tier wedding cake. Each tier was to look like a gift box and have a lid, a bow & a ribbon.

Well as you can guess by the name of my business, doing something that straightforward for a display cake was not going to happen! I needed to make it WILDER!

Presenting: BRIDEZILLA!!!

Bridezilla - another view

Do you like her ring? How about her french manicure? Her lovely complexion??

Or the back of her lovely gown?
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LOL... say something nice... those teeth look SHARP!

I just LOVE the look of terror on the groom's face!

I didn't place (I did have some non-conformance issues) but was a close runner-up for the People's Choice award, and I believe the public was nearly as amused as I was, so that's win enough for me!

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

class with Mike McCarey!

I have just come back from a 2-day structures class with Mike McCarey (Mike's Amazing Cakes)

and WOW!!! The class was AMAZING!! Mike (and his assistant Mike) were so friendly and approachable, energetic and just soooo much fun to be around!! The amount of knowledge Mike shares in 2 short days is phenomenal!

If you have seen him in TV, you may remember his Sesame Street Big Bird cake... well we did a half-size version of it! (yes, that is MY cake at the top of this post!)

So, without further ado... BIG BIRD ON PARADE!

Sunday, February 21, 2010

winter wedding cake

Just had to share this adorable winter wedding cake! This one was actually commissioned by my cousin who was getting married nearly 6 hours away from my shop! (no... I don't make that sort of delivery for just anyone!!!)

It was really fun to actually attend a wedding with my cake, and hear the reaction of all the guests!