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Anthony’s Angry Birds Cake

Monday, September 26th, 2011

Hello hello! Happy Monday :)
I made this cake a while ago but forgot to post it. It’s my whimsical Angry Birds cake for my friend, Anthony. It was 3am and my mind was drawing a BLANK — I had no idea how to arrange the birds on my light blue canvas. I looked at my table and saw a comic book I bought from Hong Kong with a cartoon of a lot of businesspeople in suits squeezing through a door and a lightbulb appeared above my head!

I had some leftover modeling chocolate from another cake I made so I put together a ginormous slingshot for all the birds to “squeeze” through. Instead of the birds, I decided to let the pigs rule that cake so I shoved them all in there. The trick was to BALANCE and SECURE the pigs on a hardened chocolate surface (which was tough). Let’s just say… a lot of support materials were used! You see the blue bird in the slingshot? He didn’t get the memo that they were going to fling pigs instead.

I wanted to personalize the cake so I made an orange bird that I affectionately named, “Anthony Bird”. I was giggling the whole time I made him and I’m astonished at how similar they look. DO YOU SEE IT?? I’m going to exclusively make Angry Birds cakes that look like people. THINK OF HOW MUCH MONEY I’LL MAKE! I’m going to copyright it. Don’t steal my idea! :P

And the purple and pink birds are his girlfriends. It’s the glasses. Girls can’t get enough of ‘em!
Imagine they actually made new characters based on my cake. HOW COOL WOULD THAT BE? I’d be rich.

Cake Pops

Thursday, September 22nd, 2011

I’ve always been envious of people who could produce beautiful cake pops like there’s no tomorrow. I’ve had some pretty horrible experiences with them in the past. I’d be super excited at first when I’m struck by a vision/cute idea. I’d run out to the closest Bulk Barn or Michael’s and stock up on candy melts of different colours and scoop more than I need, just in case. Then I’d bake the cake, anxiously wait for them to cool, crumble the it into a bowl, vigorously mix the frosting in, mold them into perfectly-shaped cake balls and pop them in the freezer. While it is in the freezer, I’d melt the chocolate over a double boiler, being super careful not to let any steam or droplets of water get into it or the batch is DONEZO! I’d wait for the chocolate to melt, stick a lollipop stick in a cake ball and coat it in chocolate. Of course, it would be a mess and the lollipop stick isn’t white anymore but stained with whatever colour chocolate I used. It isn’t perfectly smooth but with imperfections all over the place. I’d pause, take a look at the mess and with an exasperated sigh think, “THIS ISN’T HOW IT LOOKS LIKE IN MY HEAD”. Then walk away from the messy kitchen.

I’m pretty certain that cake pops hate me. Of course practise makes perfect but I’m impatient… I want to make beautiful pops now!! So yeah… what were we talking about? Oh yes! I am envious of people and their cake popping skills.

Alllll that’s about to change, girls and boys! I finally made a successful pop tonight. Yeah, took me LONG ENOUGH! And that perfectly smooth pop? That was the 6th attempt tonight. I’m making some sample designs for a client’s birthday bash. I figure it’s about time to tackle my fear. Just like my fear of meringues, souffles and macarons (which, essentially is a meringue).

I can’t wait for the day (I’m anticipating it to be sooner than later) when I can announce, “Cake pops are now available at Sweet Escapes!”… just wait! They will also be $10 each due to the blood, sweat and tears (figuratively, except the “tears” part… ) and love that went in it. Ha-ha. I am SO going out of business @ $10/pop! :)

{Recipe} Raspberry Pancake Canapes

Wednesday, September 21st, 2011

Raspberry Pancake Canapes. I had a ton of raspberries from my garden, leftover fluffy pancake batter from Sunday morning’s breakfast + extra berry buttercream from a cake order today. Boom, boom, BOOM! :)

FYI, the secret to crispy golden edges is a bit of melted butter swirled around the hot skillet before the batter is poured in. Makes a big difference :) Find the recipe here

He loves me.. he loves me not…

Wednesday, September 14th, 2011

This is what I think about when I’m playing with sugar. One of the petals broke on my daisy and it reminded me of my schoolgirl days at recess when my friends and I would find wildflowers, pluck the petals out one by one and recite, “He loves me… he loves me not… ” I thought of that today… and this photo was born :)


Friday, September 9th, 2011

This font reminds me of That 70s Show!
Busy weekend ahead… but I love it!
Happy Friday, everyone! :)

Hi, My Name is…

Monday, August 29th, 2011

Meet Anthony Bird. He’s the newest addition to Angry Birds Rio :) THE RESEMBLANCE IS UNCANNY! I’m going to sculpt birds from peoples’ faces from now on. I mean, look at them! They’re practically TWINS! :) Don’t steal my idea ;)

What Passion Looks Like

Friday, August 26th, 2011

It’s 3:48am and I am putting the finishing touches to my daisy+bee cupcake toppers. I would much rather be in my cozy bed especially since I’m recovering from dizzy spells (not fun!) and need to sleep more… or maybe that’s just an excuse to sleep more :P Anywho! I got a last minute order for another cake for Saturday so I’m hustling to get these daisies done.

I’ve been exchanging e-mails with an old high school friend and we’re just catching up on each others’ lives. He asked me what I do and I said that I make designer cakes and work as a marketing consultant for Rocky Mountain. Then he asked, “Isn’t that a lot of work? Don’t you get tired of it?”… I didn’t even have to think TWICE and I said, “When you’re passionate about what you do, it never feels like work“. I’m so wise! Haha :)

But when the sun is almost rising and your eyelids are heavy… that’s another story!

THIS… is what passion looks like. Half-finished bees with freshly-positioned stingers (picture taken with my phone). Even so, I wouldn’t trade this life for anything!

They’ll look better when they’re done–I PROMISE! :) I just watched the finale of Masterchef S2 and after the winner was announced, she said, “This is a thousand dreams come true. My family taught me that, to never give up a dream… that if you want it and if you work hard, anything is possible. Doesn’t matter what the nay-sayers say. I’m proof of that“.

If there are nay-sayers in your life, you can tell my bee to sting them! :)



Wednesday, August 17th, 2011

Matthew, Jacob and I were hanging out one afternoon while I was putting a few orders together and we came up with the brilliant idea of making a cake with each of the cousins on it (13 of us, plus a nephew and a 2nd cousin). Good idea, huh? The following 3(ish) hours was the most fun I’ve ever had decorating a cake. It wasn’t so much me decorating it as the boys having fun creating each character with such thought and accuracy as I watched.

We wanted to make everyone so they’d resemble pandas (hence the white and black colour theme) and towards the end, I showed Matt how to colour the fondant – that’s why the “Jenn” and “Mike” characters on the cake are tan-coloured and everyone else is anemic (or how Americans view Canadians, according to the Simpsons).

I’m not sure how this came about but we kept singing, “We Are Family” by Sister Sledge. We even YouTube’d it and the song was playing in the background while we sculpted each character. I came up with the idea of putting, “WE ARE FAMILY” on the cake instead of each person’s name which was time-consuming to cut (and ahem… guess who had to cut them if we actually went through with it?). Jacob wanted to put, “SISTER SLEDGE” on it but that idea was quickly dismissed :)

Watching two teenage boys decorate a cake has to be funniest thing ever. Jacob kept saying, “I have to make a hair patty” which I found hilarious! He wanted to get each person’s hairstyle just right and since I had my hair up that day, I got the “bun” look. I LOOK LIKE A SUMO WRESTLER! Thanks J. Each person had an object next to them that described their personality. I got a cupcake (of course!). Mike got a dumbbell cause I guess he likes to work out (?). Tim, the doctor, got a big red heart because his job requires a lot of “heart” and care. Sebastien and Jason each got a hockey stick (which looked like brooms but I kept that comment to myself). AND we were all sitting around a campfire roasting marshmallows which were mini marshmallows skewered on a toothpick. They even made a little fire with a leftover beak from an Angry Bird haha! Making s’mores and having laughs around the campfire is one of our family’s favourite pasttimes.

I miss them already!

Sweet Sentiments

Wednesday, August 10th, 2011

I love writing and giving cards just because. Whenever I see cute cards (usually pink/glittery or both), I buy them and stock up. Bonus if they’re on sale or even better, on CLEARANCE! That sure gets my heart rate up ;) This is a bad habit of mine because after I get home and open my new purchases, I realize that I want to keep them for myself and not give them away. So I end up keeping it!

I was delighted when I came across these cards by Dayspring at International Seed Press Bookstore the other day and bought multiples of each design – one to keep and the rest to give! :) The BEST thing about all of this? They’re only 99c each! *happy Asian girl dance*

Want one? :)

Cake Competition Designs

Thursday, July 28th, 2011

There’s a cake competition called Threadcakes that has been shaking the (online) cake world. Its origins can be traced back to a t-shirt company called Threadless, where ordinary people like you and I design shirts and accessories and upload them for others to purchase. Threadcakes’ concept is simple. Pick a t-shirt design, make it into cake form and win money. Easy! :)

I was up all night picking and choosing the design I should replicate into cake form. Seeing last year’s winners and their cakes, I knew I had to up my game. I can’t stick to my regular cutesy designs and expect to win unless I put flashing lights, a rotating disco ball and a pump that dispenses sprinkles in the air in 30-second intervals.
… however, I can’t help but gravitate towards these designs!

Take a guess – which one did I choose?