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2011 Ottawa Suhaag Wedding Show

Posted by on Dec 3, 2011 in New Blog Only | 0 comments

2011 Ottawa Suhaag Wedding Show

Last weekend Mirch Masala Radio hosted the 2011 Suhaag Wedding Show at the Hampton Inn in Ottawa. It was a wonderful mesh of Vendors from both Ottawa and Toronto showasing all the good things they have to offer for the upcoming wedding season. ClaribelCakes was there and I brought along a couple of my beautiful girlfriends, Juthila and Sagal and my gorgeous sister Ramona to help with the event. Our booth featured 3 large prints from the Claribel Cupcakes Photoshoot with NZPhotography, and 3 brand new Cake Designs created specifically for the Suhaag Show along with some very tasty Lemon Cake with Passionfruit Swiss Meringue Buttercream. The beautiful linens for our booth were provided by Sizzle with Decor (A BIG THANK YOU!!). The first cake was a sweet little 3-tier design with embossed buttons hand-painted in gold around the middle tier. The tiers were finished in a sweet cherry blossom ribbon and the cake accented with a large Magnolia flower. The second cake used a top-tier from a cake near and dear to my heart. You’ll remember the beautiful wedding of Shirin and Rasel. I was able to keep the top tier from their Wedding Cake knowing I would use it again as a show cake. I used it to create this beautiful 3-tier design. I separated the 1st and 2nd tiers with a small riser and wrapped a beautiful draping crystal ribbon around so it hung between the tiers. I added a lovely diamond embossed pattern to the middle tier and finished the 3rd tier off with some pretty Dogwood flowers and leaves hand painted in 24K edible gold and some blingy hot pink ribbon. The final cake was my sweet Pillow Design. I did a small 3-tier with the embossed diamond pattern on the 1st tier. Beautiful fabric tassles hung from the 2nd tier with a lovely hand painted gold border design and the 3rd tier was embossed with some hand painted gold scrollwork. I finished off the 3-tiers with some small pearls and added another beautiful Magnolia as the topper to this cake. All in all 3 very sweet cakes. All in varying shades of pink, and all accented with gold and ivory. The booth looked fantastic and we were able to make some great contacts. Thanks to all those that came to the...

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A Royal Affair…

Posted by on Nov 18, 2011 in New Blog Only | 0 comments

A Royal Affair…

This past weekend Abanti and Samir were married at Ottawa’s upscale Chateau Laurier. What a royal and regal affair! The hall was beautifully decorated in shades of gold and ivory and there was a touch of royal blue light cascading the walls. It was absolutely stunning. I was contacted about a month ago by one of my 2010 brides asking if I was available for her friends’ wedding. I was more than happy to oblige. When the two came for a consult they brought a few Cake Boss inspired designs. The bride was very taken with Hex shaped tiers. After a bit of tweaking, adding and removing elements we ended up with this beautiful 5-Tier Design. Originally we had decided on a 4″, 6″, 8″, 10″ and 12″ Hex Tiers. I only later realized my pans were sized: 3″, 6″, 9″, 12″ and 15″. So they ended up with a bit of extra cake! The 1st Tier was hand piped with an ornate vine-like pattern. The 2nd Tier was wrapped with a royal blue pleated ribbon made from fondant and the couples initials were monogrammed and added as a brooch in the middle of the ribbon. The 3rd Tier was embossed in a swirl pattern and dusted in 24K edible Gold. The 4th Tier had Royal Blue swags that hung around the entire tier. The bottom tier was embossed with a royal icing damask stencil which was then painted in edible 24K Gold. A lot of little details as well including gumpaste pearls and airbrushing. The cake topper was created with handmade small roses which were airbrushed in gold and then put together to create that full topper. Flavours for this cake were Marble Cake with Belgian Chocolate Buttercream and Lemon Cake with Passionfruit Buttercream. Best Wishes to the Happy...

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CakeWalk Wedding Cake Edition – Punk Rock Love

Posted by on Nov 11, 2011 in New Blog Only | 0 comments

CakeWalk Wedding Cake Edition – Punk Rock Love

I can’t believe I forgot to blog my recent CakeWalk experience! I’ve been so busy lately it sort of skipped my mind. In any case, apologies to those that were eagerly awaiting some tantelizing behind the scenes tid-bits!! I suppose the biggest question most of you have is why I picked my sister to be my assistant when she had no baking/decorating experience. Well first off, I have a number of “cake” friends I could have asked, but I thought working with my sister would have been an unforgettable experience. I was right on that one! Second, keeping it in the family (for at least the first competition) seemed to be something that was necessary, especially with my business being named after my Grandmother – Claribel. I think she would have wanted it that way. We practiced the entire cake at home, but we never ran through the 7 hour timeframe which I later regretted! Once we arrived at the studio and were given our briefing on the day of shooting. Our day was broken up into 3 rounds: The first three hours, tasting session, and last four hours. We then had the opportunity to meet Caroline Rhea who was an absolute sweetheart. She’s super down to earth and so funny! We had a riot with her the whole day! Her two “sweet” sisters as she called us. Round One started, just like you saw it on tv, with both of us running around like crazy trying to get organized on how we were starting. Gordon came by and said hello. Dear lord he’s good looking!! I’m surprised I was able to keep such good composure while talking to him! He was pretty concerned that having an assistant who’d never dealt with cake was going to really pose a problem for us. I was still really confident at this point so no worries there! I completed most of what I had wanted to do within the first hour but as the end of hour 2 approached I realized we weren’t quite on track. At this point I think we needed to have 4 of the 7 tiers completed and I think we had only fully completed 1 tier! Alexandria had come over and mentioned that the lace I was putting on two of my tiers tends to dry quickly when left out so I made some super fast adjustments and ended up finishing some of the tiers I was saving for later in the competition after hearing that! We then broke for the tasting round. I was trying a brand new flavour, something not traditionally on my list. I wanted to impress the judges and I wanted to impress the wedding couple by using something within their flavour profile. They said they like marble cake and that they liked fruit sauces, so I went with a Lemon-Vanilla Marble Sponge Cake with a Raspberry Whipped Cream filling and a Raspberry Coulis served on the side. As we went through the tasting I received feedback from each judge. You heard most of it, but I recall both David and Gordon saying the cake was sponge-y. HELLO??!!! It’s SPONGE CAKE!! Enough said, we didn’t win the tasting competition but we had a bit of a break so we went back to our...

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Sofia’s Birthday

Posted by on Nov 5, 2011 in New Blog Only | 0 comments

Sofia’s Birthday

A few weeks ago my best friends daughter turned 2. Her in laws threw a little party for her with close friends and family. I made this sweet little cake for her. Happy Birthday Princess. The cake was covered in 2 shades of pink fondant. The bottom layer was embossed with a diamond pattern. All accents were gumpaste including the pearl borders and Magnolia. The entire cake was airbrushed in a pearl finish. Flavour for this cake was Carrot-Pineapple-Pecan Cake with Cream Cheese SMB.

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Holy! Beautiful Baptism…

Posted by on Sep 28, 2011 in New Gallery & Blog | Comments Off on Holy! Beautiful Baptism…

Holy! Beautiful Baptism…

A few weeks ago I received an email from Zrinka. She needed a Baptism Cake for her daughter Nevenka who was Baptized this past weekend at the Croatian Church on Hinchey Ave. in Ottawa. She had seen a design on one of my older photos and liked the idea of flowers with a cross but needed significantly more servings. After a bit of email consultation we came up with this design. The cake was 6″, 8″ and 10″ Rounds, covered in Ivory Fondant. The centre tier was airbrushed in pearl and embossed with a criss-cross pattern, then adorned with beautiful light pink pearls. The top and bottom tiers were airbrushed in light pink pearl lustre. Small roses were inserted as accents and pink and white ribbon were added to the tiers. The gumpaste cross was also airbrushed in pearl and inserted as a topper to the cake. Flavours were Vanilla Cake with Sweet Icing and Chocolate Cake with sweet Chocolate Icing. God Bless You...

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High Heel Birthday!

Posted by on Sep 27, 2011 in New Gallery & Blog | 0 comments

High Heel Birthday!

A couple of weeks ago my good friend Alex came to me for a cake for his girlfriend Cristina. I was given carte blanche on this one. I love being given carte blanche! I had done a cake a few weeks earlier for my sister and had a few Magnolia’s remaining so used them in coming up with this design. The high heels were handmade and airbrushed in Hot Pink Pearl Lustre. The Magnolia was also slightly airbrushed with the same colour to match. What girl doesn’t love shoes and flowers? Flavour was Vanilla Cake with Passionfruit...

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Sugar and Spice Wedding

Posted by on Sep 27, 2011 in New Gallery & Blog | 0 comments

Sugar and Spice Wedding

A few weeks ago I did this pretty cake for Kristen and Devon who married at the Cedarview Golf and Country Club in Ottawa. Kristen and Devon came to see me months ago with designs for their cake. Bride-to-be wanted a very elegant and simple cake. So not straying from her wishes, we came up with this design. The flowers were all handmade and dusted in varying shades of pink. The whole cake was pearlized and covered with pink and brown ribbon trim. Cinnamon sticks were tied together and added to the cake to encompass thier Sugar & Spice theme. Flavours for this cake were Chocolate with Raspberry Buttercream and Lemon with Passionfruit...

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Safari Shower

Posted by on Sep 1, 2011 in New Gallery & Blog | 0 comments

Safari Shower

Back in July, beaming Mother-to-be Chanel contacted me with a request for a Safari Themed Baby Shower Cake. She sent me a few photos through email and came over for a consult. We came up with this design. The lion, giraffe and monkey were all done with 50/50 and I tried to give each one a bit of a baby feel with the small eyes and then with the added stitching effect. The palm trees were made out of gumpaste. Letters were cut using the Cricut Cake. Flavour for this cake was Marble Cake with Belgian Chocolate Buttercream. Congratulations...

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Erandi turns 27!!

Posted by on Aug 30, 2011 in New Gallery & Blog | 1 comment

Erandi turns 27!!

Today is my Baby Sisters Birthday! This past weekend, her friends had a dinner celebration for her at Bambu Restaurant in Ottawa. Very cute Resto and great Chicken Penang! For dessert I made her this sweet little cake. Her first ClaribelCake ever!! The mini High Heels were made with gumpaste and airbrushed in a pearl finish. As was the Sugar Magnolia. I used a Royal Icing Stencil for the Damask Design and covered the cake in Black fondant. The letters all cut with the Cricut Cake. I baked something that’s not usually in my repertoire. The cake was Pineapple-Pecan Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Buttercream. A super moist cake with a lusciously creamy filling! I may have to make this my new favorite! And I may have to add it to a Special Flavour List! Happy Birthday Erandi! Hope this year brings you everything you wish...

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Shirin’s Arabian Nights Wedding

Posted by on Jul 6, 2011 in New Gallery & Blog | 1 comment

Shirin’s Arabian Nights Wedding

This Canada Day Weekend my sisters best friend Shirin married her highschool sweetheart Rasel. The Wedding was quite possibly one of the most beautiful I have ever seen. Blue’s White’s and Gold’s filtered the room and there was a resonating romantic ambiance that you couldn’t help but fall in love with. That was most definitely created by Estrelita of Sizzle with Decor. The stage had a beautiful white chaise and it was draped in beautiful fabrics and there were heaps of matching pillows all around, giving it an Arabian theme. Absolutely stunning! Photography was done by Julie C. Butler who I was thrilled to meet after addictively stalking her work on facebook for quite some time. I can’t wait to see the rest of the pictures she has done, but here is a teaser she uploaded… When Shirin came to me months ago with ideas for her wedding cake, I knew we needed to come up with something special. I had kept a picture of a Pink Cake Box Design hidden in the wings for just such an occasion and I am thrilled she wanted to use it for her Wedding. We changed up the colours and a little of the structure and came up with this design. I used 6″, 8″, 10″ and 14″ Rounds which I covered in Fondant and Airbrushed in a Pearl Finish. All sugar flowers were individually hand painted or airbrushed in varying shades of White and Gold. Gumpaste details were applied to the cake and hand painted in Edible 24K Gold. Flavour was Marble Cake with Belgian Milk Chocolate Buttercream. I can’t tell you how much fun I had creating this elaborate masterpiece for Shirin and Rasel. The colours matched their theme perfectly and I think turned out quite well. Here’s wishing both of you a lifetime of love and happiness. Love you! Audrey...

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