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!

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

pirate guinea pig cake

pirate guinea pig cake
Originally uploaded by Wild Cakes
Perhaps my favourite recent animal cake! This was for my son's 6th birthday... he was having a pirate themed party, then saw the movie G-Force and begged us for a guinea pig!

Well since rodents freak my hubby out, that's not going to happen. Instead, my son got this adorable cake (complete with a "wooden" peg leg at the back which you can't see in this photo!)

Props to my friend Debbie who did an incredible white guinea pig cake which inspired me to do this cake!

Monday, February 8, 2010

cow cake

cow cake
Originally uploaded by Wild Cakes
This cake always makes me grin. I love doing very personal cakes, even if they make no sense to anyone else!

This more than 2 foot tall jersey cow was created for the grandfather of a very dear friend. He was turning 90(!) and they were celebrating in style!

Though not privy to the whole story, I was told that he raised jersey cows for most of his adult life, loves he tv shows, and enjoys nothing more than a bowl of cheese curds and maple syrup. His nemesis has been a saucy squirrel who lost his tail but still manages to torment!

So we put all of those factors together and sat the saucy squirrel on the back of the cow; noshing on a bowl of Grandpa's favourite snack while hogging the TV remote!

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Harley Cake

Harley Cake
Originally uploaded by Wild Cakes
Another non-carved, non-wedding cake (yes, we DO make those, sometimes!)

Everything on the cake is edible (except the handlebars!)

ocean blue

ocean cake
Originally uploaded by Wild Cakes
A beautiful blue ocean cake for a lovely young woman who really wants to vacation in Mexico again!

Saturday, January 16, 2010

Hamilton Bridal Show

A few shots of our Hamilton-Haldimand Spring Bridal show booth. We decided to go with deep rich tones this year; shimmery plum and metallic green-gold. Very hot colours this year!

I just love green!

Our show-stopper this season!

Friday, January 15, 2010

Steampunk Cake

Well it has been forever since I last blogged... sorry about that!

I am going to aim for weekly posts to keep you all entertained... we'll see how that goes! LOL

I just HAD to share my latest favourite cake which I created for my bridal show display this year!

It's my Steampunk Wedding Cake.

I found these delightful cake toppers on-line and knew I had to have them! I began designing a cake for them just as soon as they arrived. I wanted to combine a traditional design with unique
details and colours; just as the steampunk aesthetic combines Victoriana with mechanical fantasy!

So I pulled the gorgeous metallic colours from the topper... copper, bright silver, bronze, and brushed silver, along with a small accent of bright brass. The base traditional design is simply the 4 tier round cake with a cascade wrapping around the cake as it descends the tiers. However, instead of a floral cascade, I ordered custom cutters in the shape of several different gears. Each
gear was cut out of gumpaste and dried. Then it was airbrushed on both sides to one of the 5
colours (most of these colours required multiple layers of colour to get it just right!)

Once all the gears were dried came the fun part! Assembly! I was excited about this cake right from inspiration, but I absolutely LOVE it now that it's done!