Baking - Desserts, Decorating


This is loooooooong overdue. Our daughter’s birthday was in June and she is very much into Frozen, particularly Elsa. We had a party for her with a few of her school friends, all of whom also really like Elsa. I think every gift had some form of reference to the movie! Not surprisingly she asked for an Elsa cake for the party.

I saw several designs I liked, most notably a round cake with Elsa’s face in the middle, then using piped buttercream for her hair. I can’t even remember now what made me change my mind, but I decided to make a marzipan Elsa instead, much like the pink power ranger back in April.

It took some planning, but I drew it all out, coloured the marzipan and cut and shaped all the pieces. I had used marzipan instead of marshmallow fondant because one of the girls coming to the party couldn’t have the gelatin in the marshmallows. The marzipan dried out more quickly and was more difficult to make fine details, but it still turned out pretty good. As happy as I (and she) was with it, I kind of hope our daughter is into something else next year!

Baking - Desserts, Decorating

Dominoes Cake

A couple of my generous friends who sponsored me in the Rope for Hope asked to cash their cake in for Father’s Day. It was for an Opa who likes to play cards and dominoes. Cards seemed pretty intricate, so I opted for a dominoes theme.

It was a square vanilla cake, and I used marzipan to cover it with the hope that it would look a bit like a card table. I made the dominoes out of white fondant, using an edible black marker to draw all the dots.

I actually had to look up the rules again to make sure I was going to be placing them correctly!

Dominoes 1
Fondant domino pieces waiting for dots.
dominoes 2
Full set of double six fondant dominoes.
dominoes 4
Full set played out on cake ‘table.’


Baking - Desserts, Decorating

Travel Baking Challenge

Just over a month ago I signed up for our local Make-a-Wish Foundation’s Rope for Hope, where I need to raise a certain amount of money for the Foundation in order to get the chance to rappel down the side of a city skyscraper. As incentive to make donations I offered my donors various amounts of baked goods for various amounts of donations. (You can check out my spiel by clicking here). The response has been amazing!

I started honouring some of the baking requests last week in a bit of an unconventional way. Two of the generous donors were my brother and his family, and a longtime friend and her family, who all happen to live on the west coast. It also happened to be my brother’s 40th birthday last week. So I decided to surprise him for his birthday and delivered his stuff, and my friend’s, in person! I travelled from London, ON, to Vancouver, BC with several dozen cookies and two birthday cakes in my suitcase!

I made the cakes and decorations ahead, froze them, then packaged them up as securely as I could on departure day and hoped for the best! It all went surprisingly well. Following is a photo essay of the adventure.

Fondant Dog: For my friend’s three year old son, he wanted a cake with his ‘doggy’ on it.
Fondant Running Shoes: For my brother, who has gotten into running over the last year.
Prepping the fondant pieces for transport.
All the baking accessories I would need to assemble the cakes once I got there.
Fondant ‘doggy’ getting wrapped and ready to go.
All the fondant decorations wrapped and ready to pack.
Three cakes (2 spicy chocolate, 1 plain chocolate) frozen, stacked and prepped for packing.
Cakes snuggly packed into cake carrier.
My suitcase, with more baking supplies than clothes! In addition to the cakes and supplies, there is a container of chocolate mint sandwich cookies, and a container of cardamom ginger cookies.


Doggy cake all done!
Such a cute puppy 🙂
40th Birthday Running Shoe cake all done!
Close-up of Running Shoe cake.


Baking, Baking - Cookies

Homemade Oreos

After the Power Ranger cake last week I had some fondant leftover. Last time I had leftovers I made some little fondant-covered two-bite brownies. We were about to host a party at our place and I didn’t think those would be the right fit, so instead I decided to try and make some imitation Oreos and use the fondant for the filling.

I looked up some recipes and settled on a chocolate sugar cookie. It was pretty straightforward, cutting out all the chocolate cookies, and then cutting out the fondant to match.


The fondant was quite smooth, so I knew it wouldn’t stick to the cookies very well on its own. I was also making some empire cookies, so I just put a dab of royal icing on each side of the cookie to stick the sandwich together. It worked out pretty well, and because I had two colours of fondant leftover, we had two colours of cookies: white and hot pink. They were pretty tasty little guys, I will definitely be doing them again if I have leftover fondant!

Baking, Baking - Desserts, Decorating

Go Go Power Rangers!

So I thought Power Rangers were a thing of my childhood, but apparently they’re actually still a thing, and I had a request last weekend from a little girl turning six for a Pink Power Ranger cake. It took me a bit by surprise, and I was a bit intimidated at first, but of course I said “of course!”

After some searching it didn’t seem so intimidating, especially when I searched “pink power ranger clipart.” I printed off an image, enlarged it and went from there. I decided to make a fondant decoration for the top of the cake rather than trying to shape the whole cake like a power ranger. I think I made the right call!

I made a big black circle of fondant for the background, and carved out the other pieces by tracing through the image I had enlarged on each section of colour. The outline was indented into the fondant and I used a knife to carve out all the pieces. Then it was just a matter of sticking them all together on top of the black circle.

A chocolate cake was requested, so I made a 14-inch round chocolate cake, made the black circle 10-inch, and fit the power ranger to an 8-inch space. I put a thin layer of frosting to help the fondant image stick to the top of the cake, then piped pink frosting all around. And to garnish I used pink sugar and some silver dragees.

I think this is one of the few times I have been almost completely happy with how a cake turned out. The perfectionist in me was feeling pretty proud when I boxed it up, and the birthday girl seemed pretty happy with it too – which is always the best part!