dogandcatbirthdaycake

Each new cake design takes me on a unique artistic journey, but I most enjoy the process when the theme holds a special place in my heart.

If you know me well, you know that I love dogs because … DOGS ARE AWESOME! Really, what’s there not to love? Dogs embody love, goodness, loyalty, they force you to exercise, and they won’t hog the remote. They will happily sit with you for hours on end while you recover from that nasty flu, and is there anyone else in your life who will greet you with frantic excitement upon your return from a 30-minute trip to the grocery store? Probably not. (more…)

Go-To Chocolate Cake

Looking for an easy chocolate cake recipe that will garner rave reviews? Then read on for my Go-To Chocolate Cake recipe!

Chocolate makes people happy, and not just because of its richness and delectability. It turns out that your sneaking-into-the-pantry-to-eat-just-one-more-piece-ok-make-it-two habit can be attributed to some pretty interesting chemical properties. (more…)

cupcake workshop
Confession time: I am deathly afraid of public speaking. So much so that when I was approached recently to run a cupcake workshop for a corporate group of 20 women, my first thought was ‘No way!’ The more I thought about it, however, the more I felt I should reconsider. How often do I have the undivided attention of an audience who is genuinely interested in what I have to say about cupcakes? I decided to seize the opportunity. I would feel the fear and do it anyway! (more…)

Happy St. Patrick's Day

 

A St. Patrick’s Day snowman is most fitting this year as a snowstorm left us with over 40 cm of snow. My city is still digging itself out!

Weather notwithstanding, isn’t St. Patrick’s Day great? Green clothing can be seen far and wide, and people celebrate whether it is sunny and mild or snowing and -20°C. To me, St. Patrick’s Day represents laughter and celebration and most importantly: inclusion. Everyone and anyone can be Irish for the day! (more…)

 

delicious whipped cream filling

 

Looking for a versatile cake filling that takes no time to whip up? Then you’re going to love this recipe for Delicious Whipped Cream Filling!

This is my go-to cake filling, but is also fantastic served with strawberries, atop hot chocolate, with coffee, on waffles and pancakes, on any type of pie or crumble, and banana splits, of course! Add in some cocoa powder and you have yourself a chocolate version. The best part: this recipe is RIDICULOUSLY EASY and takes no time. (more…)

I am interrupting the Vanilla Cake Series to share a quick post about the Valentine’s Day cake I made for my family:

 

Valentine's Day Cake

 

Being the only girl living in a home full of Nerf-gun-wielding boys, I welcome the chance to bring anything pretty and feminine into my world. Valentine’s Day is the perfect opportunity what with the flowers and hearts and chocolate-induced gastrointestinal distress we all have come to expect! (more…)

vanilla cake series part 2


This post is the second in my Vanilla Cake Series and will feature my favourite easy recipe from the Not-Quite Scratch category: the Double Take Cake.

As explained in the first post in this series, Not-Quite Scratch refers to a recipe that gets a little help from a pudding mix or flavoured gelatin, but does not involve a boxed cake mix (here is a link to the first post in case you missed it). (more…)