cupcakes

Friends Cupcakes

I got the honor to do a batch of FRIENDS inspired cupcakes!

These were for a bachelorette party which was a nice change of pace from doing * ahem * body part cakes for these sort of events.

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FRIENDS inspired cupcakes

We went with some awesome quotes- my favorites were “PIVOT” and “It’s the humidity!”. I am a huge FRIENDS fan and the Pivot episode is easily my favorite, I still die of laughter every time I watch it.

The humidity quote spoke to me, not only because I have the same issue as Monica when it comes to my hair, but making these cupcakes was in a classic Nova Scotia humid summer.

FRIENDS cupcakes

Below is a few items I used to make the cupcakes.

Ketchup Cake

I had the honor of getting to make a really fun cake for my friend's kid's 4th birthday. All he wanted was a ketchup cake! You heard me.. A ketchup cake!

I had very strict instructions that it was not to be ketchup flavored simply shaped like a ketchup bottle.

I ended up using a wine bottle cake pan for the cake itself. I had bought this pan for my own birthday cake this past year and figured I'd never have a use for it every again!

My black forest wine bottle cake!

My black forest wine bottle cake!

I was actually thinking about selling it.. Glad I didn't as it worked perfectly! The pan itself is not quite as big as 2 8" cakes so with the leftover batter I also made a couple of cupcakes that made for great tomatoes.

The ketchup cake!

The ketchup cake!

 

I decided to mimic the President's Choice Ketchup bottle- as much as it was tempting to mimic the classic Heinz Bottle- I really wanted to showcase a Canadian product in my cake (even if the 4 year old has no idea) considering the exposure the cake would get and my strong stand on locally sourced products... It just seemed right.

Ketchup cake

I got some great feedback on my facebook page on this cake! 

Scott said: Thank you Nicole for this kick ass, amazing, non-ketchup made ketchup-cake you made for Ronan’s 4th Birthday cake. It was awesome and delicious

Judy said: Ronan loved his cake! Great job Nicole!

Kathryn said: Thank you Nicole, he loved it!

Angela said: Such a great idea for my kids next birthday lol

Natasha said: Love it it looks fantastic.

Colin said: I am really glad that cake wasn't actually ketchup flavored. Thanks.

8 Easy Summer Cakes

One thing that gets me through the long winter months is dreaming about summer! The patio beers, festivals, warm weather and of course the summer cakes! These 8 summer cakes will warm you right up.

1. Melted Ice Cream Cake

Melted Ice cream cake

Melted Ice cream cake

You can feel the warmth with this cake! (and a little bit of the sugar as well) Cannot wait for the weather to be warm enough to melt my ice cream!

2. Tropical Floral Cake

Tropical cake

Tropical cake

You can just feel the sand squishing through your toes! Unlike the real thing the brown sugar sand will melt in your mouth.

3. Bonne Voyage Cruise Ship Cake

Cruise Ship cake

Cruise Ship cake

This was one of the first drip cakes I ever did and I was pleased how it came out! I am also pleased with the vacation vibes this cake gives off.. Especially since I am prone to sea sickness and really don't care for the cruise life. These cruise vibes are enough for me!

4. Popsicle Cupcakes

Popsicle cupcakes

Popsicle cupcakes

Last summer I had challenged my peers to give me inspiration for a summer treat. My friend suggested implementing Popsicles into a cake or cupcake variety. So after a small amount of research it was discovered that Mike n' Ikes with a little toothpick insterted make great looking mini popsicles! So here we have them, they're quaint and fun.

5. Pastel Wedding

Pastel floral wedding cake

Pastel floral wedding cake

These colours say "fresh" ! This was not an indoor formal strict wedding, this is a fun and intimate summer (possibly outdoor) wedding equipped with an appropriate cake to match!

6. Strawberry Shortcake

Strawberry Shortcake

Strawberry Shortcake

This one is pretty self explanatory.. Strawberry Shortcake! The perfect in season dessert for a back yard BBQ or heck any day of the week really. This light and fluffy dessert will make you feel like you're eating a sweet cloud. (With the  added bonus of the healthy**?? topping)

7. Mermaid Cupcakes

Mermaid Cupcakes

Mermaid Cupcakes

Can you hear the ocean waves in these cupcakes? These fun mermaid cupcakes will be a great addition to any youngin's summer birthday bash! Or an adult's summer birthday bash I don't judge.

8. Chicken Wing Cake

Chicken Wing Cake

Chicken Wing Cake

Last but certainly not least in our list of fantastic summer cakes is the chicken wing cake! Edible images are amazing (confession- I am no good at sculpting, it's something I'm working on but until the day I improve I have the images to fall back on) The savory inspired dessert will make you crave wing night. I even experimented with blending my hubby's secret chicken blend in the icing.

 

There we have it! Miss summer yet? You probably already did and I just made it worse... WELL just remember winter can't last forever and the festival days are on their way!!

Christmas Cupcakes

This has been a fantastic year for cupcakes! As sort of a "feel good initiative" I've been donating dessert to a local soup kitchen every Friday leading up to Christmas.

Nicole's Classy Custom Cakes

I've always believed in little kind gestures- sometimes the smallest thing can change someone's life for the better so I wanted to dedicate a little time over the holidays to promote that.

I was asked a couple of times why I chose to do it, mainly because it wouldn't exactly grow my business. I gave everyone the same response: it's just something nice to do. I wasn't concerned over the cost or the "potential business" sometimes it's just nice to do something for others.

Below we have all the cupcake designs that made their way into Hope Cottage this holidays season on top of a couple of other creations that passed through my kitchen!

 

Reindeer cupcakes.

Reindeer cupcakes

If I did these again I'd go a very different route... These more look like Christmas bears.

 

Santa Hat cupcakes!

Santa hat cupcakes

So much red food colouring and they are still a little pink! But the festive feeling is there.

 

Wreath cupcakes.

Wreath cupcakes

These were for my close friends in my life. These poor souls put up with my terrible work schedule enough, they deserve some sweets!

 

Winter Wonderland Cupcakes

Winter cupcakes

You really can't go wrong with the classic cupcake, these are in style all winter.

 

Christmas Tree Cupcakes

Christmas tree cupcakes

My favorite ones this year!

Well there we have it. The collection for the month! Can't wait to see what the rest of the season holds.

Corn free and gluten free cupcakes

Looking back at the week it was incredibly eventful! Every Sunday morning at 8am I recap the week, share what I learned and showcase some of my work.

I had a big project for a bride this week, she is allergic to corn and gluten. Gluten allergies seem to be pretty common these days  and i have a collection of full proof gluten free and flourless recipes, the challenge comes with the corn allergy... Corn is in everything in some way! I was recommend this recipe by Beach Body On Demand:  Flourless Brownie Muffins

This recipe which makes chocolate cupcakes using chickpeas as the base. The recipe is full of things I never use! The cupcakes came out looking great though, at a quick glance you'd never be able to tell the difference! 

The second challenge was the icing.. fun fact regular icing sugar is cut with corn starch BUT organic icing sugar used tapioca starch instead! 

The finished project is a tad plain (because sprinkles have flour in them) but it's a sweet bridal gown equipped with a "doctor who" blue belt.

I'm incredibly happy I was able to produce something sweet for this bride! Everyone deserves something tasty to celebrate their wedding!