Sunday, 24 June 2012

Cakes and Cupcakes and Cake Pops! Oh My!

It was another busy weekend at Sugarbird! Wedding season is in full swing and we were excited to to not only be making the wedding couple's cake pop favours, but also their cupcake wedding display! First stop, cake pops!

These little guys are small, but actually take quite a bit of preparation. The end product is a perfect delicious little ball of cake on a stick! We started by creating a whole bunch of these little cake bites (205 to be exact!), then got to work dipping them in chocolate and covering them in decorations. We went with pink and white to match the wedding colour scheme.

After they were all dipped, it was wrapping time! Every cake pop was wrapped in an individual bag and tied with a ribbon. Luckily for us we enlisted some help to give us a hand with the wrapping process!  Then it was off to the reception where they were placed on each person's plate :)

But it didn't end there! Also on the menu were 100 cupcakes, plus a small cake for the official cake cutting. The bride and groom chose apple cinnamon with maple cream cheese, vanilla with buttercream and banana with cream cheese icing for their cupcake flavours. And seeing as these are three of my favourite flavours, and we just happened to have leftovers, I wasn't complaining whatsoever ;)

Again, we went with the pink and white colour scheme. After baking all of the cupcakes and covering with icing and decorations, they were ready to be packaged up and transported to the reception :)

Finally it was time to set everything up! We organized all of the cupcakes on the gorgeous front table, and put our small cake on top, finishing it with a beautiful peony to complete the display. The finished product was a truly elegant pink and white cupcake tower and a fabulous alternative to a traditional wedding cake.

Congrats to the newlyweds! We hope they had a fantastic wedding :)

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Monday, 18 June 2012

A 2-cake weekend!

It was a busy weekend in the Sugarbird kitchen. Not only was it Father's Day, but we also had two wedding cakes to make! Luckily we were able to get everything finished and we were thrilled with how both cakes turned out (not to mention whipping up our Father's Day chocolate trifle, find the recipe in the post below!)

The first cake we created was an Irish wedding cake. In a change of pace, this cake was entirely the groom's vision and was created to be a surprise for the bride :). It incorporated both of their wedding rings and the effect was truly romantic. We started by hand forming celtic knots out of sugarveil, which is a mouldable icing, and used the same to pipe some claddagh symbols.

We then created some pretty purple roses to pull the whole cake together :)

The second cake was truly glamourous! A 3-tiered white cake decked out in rhinestone bling. We did some quilting on the middle tier and incorporated some black sugar pearls. The final product was shiny and classy, and perfect for an elegant wedding :)

Now it's time to rest up :). We have another busy cake-filled weekend in a few days! We wish both of the couples a happy marriage!!

Sunday, 17 June 2012

So much cake!!

One thing we learned quickly about cake making, is that after all that trimming and levelling of cake tiers, you're left with A LOT of leftover cake! People ask us all the time, "what do you do with all of those leftovers?". Well, first and foremost...we eat it. You'd think we'd get sick of cake after making it day after day, but somehow this hasn't happened yet, much to the disappointment of my healthy eating plan. Over time we've come up with a lot of creative ways to use the leftovers so we thought we'd share some of them here with you all :)

One thing we do with leftover cake scraps is make cake pops out of them. This is a super easy way to use up leftovers, and you're left with some adorable pops to give out at a party, etc. Just crumble the cake into crumbs, mix in some icing, roll into balls and refrigerate. Using melted chocolate, stick a lollipop stick into the chocolate, then into the cake ball and let set. Then dip the cake pops into more melted chocolate and cover with sprinkles, candy pearls, anything you want! Everyone LOVES these little guys and they're a great way to use up any amount of cake :). Here's some that we made for wedding favours.

Another idea (and we do this all the time) is to make a trifle with the scraps. You can do this with any kind of cake and there are a million different combinations you can mix in. For Father's Day this year, we decided to make a delicious and decadent chocolate trifle. It literally takes about 10 minutes to put together and everyone goes crazy for this treat when it's brought to parties, potlucks, etc!

Here's the recipe we use, but again, you can substitute anything! Choose your cake flavours, pudding flavours, icing flavours, sprinkles, etc. You can do no wrong! We've also included some store-bought short cuts if you don't have any of the homemade ingredients ready to go.

Chocolate Trifle:

One baked cake (9x13 size) or any cake scraps you have
1 box of instant chocolate pudding mix
1 container of chocolate frosting (or 1-2 cups of your favourite homemade frosting, we used our yummy chocolate fudge icing) melted in the microwave in a microwave-safe bowl
1 container cool whip (or homemade whipped cream)
1/2 cup Skor bits

Prepare pudding according to directions.

In a trifle bowl, tear up half the cake and layer along the bottom of the bowl.

Pour half of the icing over the cake as evenly as you can.

Pour half of the pudding on top of the icing and spread out to cover cake completely. Sprinkle with half of the skor bits.

Spread half of the cool whip over the pudding layer and spread evenly.

Repeat all layers one more time.

Finish by sprinkling the last of the skor bits on top (and I usually add some chocolate chips for good measure ;) )

And voila! The finished product. Probably won't win any style points, but trust me, it's DELICIOUS!!!

Enjoy!! :D

Saturday, 2 June 2012

Animals two-by-two!

This was a fun cake to make :). We were asked to create a Noah's Ark themed cake for three little ones, which meant we could go crazy making adorable little pairs of animals! We started by making a chocolate cake with delicious vanilla buttercream for the bottom tier, and a carrot cake with our cream cheese icing for the top tier.

Then it was animal time! Looks like this stop on Noah's journey was the jungle. We created elephants, lions, jaguars, pandas, alligators, and our favourites, the monkeys! And of course we couldn't forget the ocean life, so we included some cute little fishies and octopus.

Finally, what would a Noah's Ark cake be without the ark! We created the ark out of rice krispie treats and added on the ocean-bound pandas.

And voila, the finished product! Hope this family enjoys their cake, and of course their special day for Emma, Reed and Hannah :)

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