manon & pat

author’s note:  I take NO credit for the amazing pictures.  Thank you Manon & Pat for sharing them with me. 

Don’t they look happy?  And don’t you think that the cake they’re cutting is adorable?!

Guess what?  Emily and I did that!  AWESOME!

My adventures with Manon & Pat started in July.  Manon emailed me (thank you Joelle for the promotion) and asked if we could meet to discuss her wedding cake.  I immediately asked her what her favourite cake flavour was, and if she was allergic to nuts.

Response: carrot cake and heck no!  

AWESOME!  I decided to bake my carrot cake for them.

The taste test went well – I gave them three pretty substantial pieces – they shared one and were really pleased with what they tasted (I later discovered the other two pieces didn’t last much longer).  We discussed the other component of the order:

cupcakes – flavours, look, cupcake liners, etc.

cake – size, shape, colour scheme, the overall “look”

I left feeling really excited to work with them (side note: Manon & Pat are ADORABLE together… seriously – trop cute).

The colour scheme for the wedding was black and white – and I offered to help Manon find black & white cupcake liners. 

Guess where I found them?  San Francisco!  Yep.  Among my return purchases were these little goodies.  They served us well.

I wanted to do a little test to ensure that Manon & Pat liked the way the liners looked when encasing a chocolate cupcake (the white basically becomes transparent… I wanted to ensure it was a look they liked).  I figured since I was going to show them the cupcake, I might as well make them another cake to sample.

This one was my apple-spice cake

Again.  Super successful.  Manon & Pat just looked at me and said they liked both.  A lot.  Easy compromise – carrot cake for the lower tier, apple-spice cake for the upper tier.  DONE!

Once my part was done it was time for Emily to take Manon’s requests and turn them into a reality.  I was gobsmacked when I saw the cake up close.  It was BRILLIANT. 

We both loved how the upper tier is 3 layers of cake rather than the standard two.  We loved how clean the black ribbon looked when placed on the fondant. 

And then we waited to see how the bride and groom would react.

Manon emailed me two days after the wedding:

Hi Lynne, The cake and cupcakes were amazing!  It looked absolutely beautiful! Thank you so much for everything!

I’m really proud of what we did.  And I’m super thrilled that Manon & Pat loved it … that’s really all that matters.

Thank you both of including us in your special day.  Congratulations!

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the moo cow cake

bakers note:  this entry doesn’t include a recipe.  I’m sorry … I am guarding this recipe close to my heart… but you should know I never, ever get tired of baking this cake.  Never ever.

Remember that cow cake I made (well technically, I baked, and Emily decorated)?

It was for Jack.  The coolest 2-year-old… for reals.

I heart Jack – because he’s so full of personality (he entertained us at Thanksgiving by trying on 4-inch heels).  On yeah – and he’s adorable as well.  Seriously – too cute for words.

Jack looked and poked at his cake

He wasn’t quite sure what to make of it at first … he would look at it … then he would look at us … until finally, he looked up at his mom and said “moo cow”.  Adorable?  Of course!

Once Jack had confirmed it was a moo cow – he dug right in.  Seriously.  Right in and on his face – the way any 2-year-old should enjoy their birthday cake!

The cake was a pretty massive success.  I won’t lie – this vanilla/chocolate marble cake is my absolute favourite cake to bake.  It’s butter based (not oil), but still stays incredibly moist.  It’s the one cake batter I can not stop myself from eating raw … sometimes that’s all I eat for dinner …. yum – raw cake batter (don’t worry, I’m only licking the bowl or paddle attachment – I do actually bake cakes with the batter).

It seems I’m not the only who likes this cake.  So does this little guy (Austin).

All that was left at the end of our cake fest was the head.  That’s right… the cow head was all that remained. 

Note to self – I should ask Amanda how long the cow head lasted once we cleared out ;0)

emily

Emily is the creative genius behind our little baking duo business.  Seriously – she LOVES playing in buttercream and is patient enough for the perfection of fondant: I like to dabble it in all – but Emily…  Emily is GOOD.

Emily doesn’t even need a stencil.  I mean … check it out?  Adorable right? (Or is it just me and Jack the 2-year-old who thinks so?)

This is for Jack’s (my little friend from Thanksgiving dinner) 2nd birthday party … I’d say whoot whoot – but perhaps I should be saying mooo mooo! ;0) 

She even thinks of the little things … like putting spots on the sides of the cake… so that it’s ever more adorable … oh how I heart this cake (something fierce).

In case you were wondering … I baked my totally delicious, (as in… “the best cake in the whole wide world”) marble cake (2x 9-inch rounds)It’s an amazing recipe.  And no… I haven’t shared it on my blog yet … but feel free to order one from me (or us if you want it super nicely decorated).

While she was at it (and I mean … she decorated these two cakes, PLUS another one in the same evening), Emily tried her hand at an Ed Hardy design. 

This is what was provided as the inspiration (Fiona is turning 12 this weekend and loves Ed Hardy designs).

So Emily did this.

A solid 1x 13-inch round vanilla cake (as per the request)… I think it turned out brilliantly (apologies for the slight smudge in the pictures… my camera lens was a little dirty).

I just wanted to take the time to gush about how great Emily is.  I heart being able to bake cakes with her … and just you wait until I blog about the last wedding we baked for… I think it was our best effort to date!