50th Wedding Anniversary Celebration


sunflower bra-71My parents celebrated their 50th Wedding Anniversary last year in a beautiful garden setting in Kelowna, BC, where they were married. We had a lovely afternoon gathering of old friends and family to celebrate.

The cake I made for their wedding was a two-tiered cake decorated with gold art-nouveau lattice-work, edible pearls, and hand-painted dragonflies.

Golden Wedding Anniversary CakeI had to assemble everything in advance and then build the cake the night before, in the hotel room, which was something of a challenge!

sunflower bra-25I catered most of the event myself, with bars and cupcakes, but the champagne flute cookies, decorated with the edible pearls for bubbles, were a hit with the children.

sunflower bra-23sunflower bra-14One of the things we did as well, just as a conversation piece, was to do a “laundry list” of 50 “things” about my parents –  we hung them around the tent like a clothesline and it was great fun.

sunflower bra-26sunflower bra-60Happy 50th Anniversary Mom and Dad!

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Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers – Pete’s Cake – Done Right


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I work for Ritchie Bros. – the largest industrial auction company in the world.  We are a pretty special, unique kind of company – the people I work with are truly the nicest, most honest, hard-working people you will ever know, but  Pete Blake, our former CEO, is the probably the nicest, honest, most well liked individual of all of us. It was with heavy hearts, and some tears, that we gathered yesterday to bid Pete a fond farewell and wish him luck on his new adventures as he steps down as CEO of Ritchie Bros.

I’ve made cakes for Pete in the past – there are other blog posts here for a Yoda cake, a Paris-themed cake for Pete’s beautiful, amazing wife Leslie, and a camera cake for Pete’s brother. Pete and his family are truly some of the nicest, most appreciative people on the planet, and in my opinion, it would have been unacceptable to not say thank-you to Pete for his years of inspirational leadership in the only way I know how best.

I started with the hat – every team member at Ritchie Bros. wears an orange hat, so Pete’s hat was first.  The hat is made from rice crispies, to hold the shape better than cake, and I hand-painted the stitching around the brim with food-colouring.

RB Cake - Making the hatThe sold cone in the background is an iconic symbol of Ritchie Bros., and is used during auctions to indicate sold items versus not, on the ramp.

RB Cake - Painting the Auction theatre

I’ve had this idea for a while, to create an auction theatre out of cake, but I wasn’t totally sure how to make it look like there were customers in the theatre – so I hand-painted the scene with food colouring and a little perspective and hoped it would work out. I’d be lying if I said I plan the whole cake in advance – at the end of the day, creating a cake like this is kind of a crap shoot, and I never really know how all the elements will go together until the final assembly.  I have an idea, kind of hope it works, and then go from there. I wasn’t happy with the way the signage looked above the theatre, so I cut it off and re-did it.

RB Cake - Listing CatalogWhen you register as a customer at one of our auctions, you are given a Listing catalog, with the items listed by Lot number. I thought my final nod to Pete would be to list his major achievements at Ritchie Bros., on page 2014, of his own personal catalogue. I love how this turned out – the page looks exactly like one of our bid books, and is such a great way to show off how awesome Pete is. The details are taken from an accompanying coffee table book that was created for Pete.

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Earlier this week, when I was planning this cake, I said to Megumi (Pete’s assistant) “man, it would be perfect if we had time to make a bobblehead of Pete to put on the cake”. She reached under her desk, and pulled out of bubble-wrap a bobblehead and said “kind of like this one?!”. Yeah! The bobblehead of Pete took the cake, and at the end, once we’d filled up the yard with equipment and put a couple of excavators on the ramp, the cake was AWESOME.

There’s just one little detail I wanted to point out – at Ritchie Bros., safety is everything, and I wanted our EH&S team to know that our cake auction house has the proper safety posts in place on the ramp, however it does appear that one is crooked – I actually left it that way as a point for authenticity. 🙂

RB Cake - RampI know I speak for everyone at Ritchie Bros., to say Pete – you’re an amazing human being. Be well – and we’ll see you later.

 

 

 

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Star Wars Angry Birds Cupcakes


IMAG7274Well, you knew this was going to happen sooner or later. Earlier this year, I taught my son’s Grade Two class how to make Angry Birds in Fondant in their class. It involved an immense amount of pre-planning – mixing all the right colours, having everything ready in advance, and then poof! The classroom was instantly filled with 17 seven year olds high on sugar. It was enormously messy, hugely entertaining, and the children actually made replica’s – Princess Leia for most of the girls, and Han Solo for the boys – they did really well.  I stepped them through the process, little piece by piece, and in the end, they were all pretty impressed with themselves. There was, to be fair, one or two melt downs, but nothing catastrophic. Of course we had to make Boba Fett for Ben. 🙂  Sam’s birthday is coming up in November, and a Star Wars Angry birds cake could be cool. Just sayin’ 🙂

 

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Finding Nemo – Coral Reef Tropical Fish cake


IMAG6069You’ve probably guessed by now I’m dealing with a massive backlog of un-blogged cakes! I made this birthday cake for Kenzie, who is the daughter of my good friends Matt and Xara. Kenzie loves the Vancouver Aquarium, Finding Nemo, and all things fishy, so this was an appropriate theme! And I loved making it – especially the sponges. 🙂

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Steampunk Robot Cake


IMAG0099There are few things that go together better than Steampunk and Robot. I LOVED making this cake! This was my first order via Instagram (follow me here: @groovycraftchick) for a local client who is very into Robots and all things geekery.

The first step was to get appropriate colours for the robot – I used (again) my favourite food colouring spray by Duff:

IMAG0095Then raided our tool kit for fresh (clean!) screws, bolts, and other implements that I could press into freshly-made marshmallow fondant.

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The two things I loved the most about this cake, was the bow-tie on the Robot, and the key.

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The leg actually cracked on the robot, but at the end, I thought it looked way cooler that way, so I wasn’t too worried about it. Such a handsome fellow!

 

 

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French-themed Cupcakes


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