Canada’s Baking and Sweets Show Review

I attended the second day of Canada’s Baking and Sweets show yesterday, It was my first time at this event so I didn’t really know what to expect but I was really excited to see what it was all about.

The venue was nice, it was held at The Toronto Congress Centre, admission was $15.

There was so much to do and see, there were vendors from all over Canada and even the U.S., I was really happy about this because there were a couple of store such as McCall’s and Flour Confections that I’ve been wanting to check out but just haven’t had the chance. These pop up stores had great selection and for great prices too. I managed to get a few new toys that I’ll cover in another post.

The samples where there in abundance, anywhere from cupcakes to spinach pies, some where great and others were just not for me!

The competition cakes were CRAZY! One of the themes this year was Alice in Wonderland and I have to say that some of these bakes really went all out and presented some really good show stoppers. I’ll have to add a few pics later on.

The bonus of my day was meeting the Cupcake Girls, Lori and Heather were really nice and so approachable and were even taking pics at their booth.

Overall, it was a great day, I’ll definitely be going back next year!

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The Gentleman Cake

I was asked to make a cake for a special Dad, when I got the initial order I had no idea what I was going to do. Then, they mentioned the colours they wanted…purple and red and I immediately thought “what the heck am I going to do with purple and red?!”

After giving it much thought, I decided to go with a bow tie cake, it worked perfectly, the colours came together well and the end result was better than I expected.

Here are a few pics…

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The “Tuxedo Vest” was done free hand.

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Bow Tie Cake

Hot Wheels Porsche Cake

This week I had the opportunity to make a cake for my nephew’s Dad. He’s a really big Hot Wheels fan and have been collecting these little things for my nephew, so I thought it would be a great idea to model one of the cars for his cake. It turned out pretty good, my only disappointment was that the colour didn’t turn out the shade I wanted it to.

Overall the I was pretty happy with my first attempt of making a Hot Wheels cake.

I started out by baking the cake in the Wilton’s car cake pan and trimmed it down to the shape of a Porsche.

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I crumb coated and then went back and put a second layer of icing on. I made the wheels out of fondant using the medium circle cutter.

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The final result…like I said, I didn’t get the shade of blue I wanted but it came out ok for a first try!

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Cake and Cupcakes

I love birthdays, I’m always looking forward to the birthdays of friends and family because it gives me a chance to make them a cake. Sometimes I feel like I’m more excited about their birthday than they are!

This cake is for a young lady who I’ve known for more than half her life, she was celebrating her 20th birthday, she loves pink and wanted something special to celebrate with her friends, she also happens to be a close family friend.

The cake is a three layer 6″ vanilla cake, iced and filled with Swiss Meringue Buttercream.

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She wanted two different kinds of cupcakes, we decided to go with Chocolate and Lemon, for the Lemon cupcakes I actually put a little twist to it and added some Grey Goose Vodka to the filling, so they were actually Grey Goose lemon cupcakes.

I adorned the cupcakes with her birthday message and little flowers.

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She loved, loved, loved the finished product. She is like a younger sister to me, considering her and my younger sister are a year apart and good friends themselves, I was happy that I was able to make it all possible for her.

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Canada’s Baking and Sweets Show

I’ve been baking for a little over a year now and I’m finally getting into the mix of things. One of the events that I found really exciting was Canada’s Baking and Sweets Show (I didn’t even know one existed!). I’m so excited to go, the show happens September 27-29, and will have guests such as Anna Olsen (one of my faves) and the Cupcake Girls!

Tickets are $15/day or you can get a three day pass for $30…I probably won’t be able to attend all three days so I’m not even going to bother wasting my money on a three day pass.

If you live in the Toronto area and is an lover of all things sweet, I think it would definitely be worth a day trip.

Here is the link to the event: http://canadasbakingandsweetsshow.com/

I’ll be posting a review on the show when I attend.

Recipe Review *Salted Caramel*

I’ve been wanting to try a salted caramel recipe for some time now, I finally found a good recipe with great reviews so I decided  to give it a shot. The recipe is from the blog Beauty and The Beard and can he found here: http://beautyandbeard.blogspot.ca/2013/05/salted-caramel-sauce-its-as-good-as-it.html.

I’ll admit I was a little intimidated even though the recipe called for such few ingredients. I set all my ingredients out and got to work…anxiously!

Items needed:
1 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup water- room temperature
1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
1 stick unsalted OR salted butter
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
either:
two pinches kosher or sea salt
OR  1/4 teaspoon iodized salt.
Here’s what you do:
1. Combine your water and sugar in a heavy bottom sauce pan and stir to combine. It’ll seem too thick- it’s not!
2. Place the pan over medium heat so the sugar begins to slowly dissolve. This will take about 5 minutes. Resist your urge to stir it constantly and only give the pan a swirl every minute or so.
3. Slowly raise the heat a notch at a time to medium high, lightly swirling the pan every minute or so for 7 minutes. Keep a close eye on it after the 5th minute or so- you’ll want to get your butter ready to put in once the mixture is a LIGHT amber color. Too dark and it’ll burn! (I watched this thing like a Hawk!)
4. Cube your room temp butter and add it to the sugar mixture- it’ll sizzle a bit because well.. you’re adding something cooler to a really hot liquid. Don’t worry! It should happen that way! Stir the mixture VERY carefully, partially incorporating the butter. Be super careful not to whip the mixture up on the sides of the pan, or the sugar will crystalize, get back in your mixture, and ruin the whole batch. Sadness.
5. Once melted, take your pan off the heat and add your vanilla and heavy cream. Using a whisk, LIGHTLY stir it until it is a cohesive, very liquid caramel. Pour quickly into a clean pan or bowl to avoid any of the uncooked sugar.
6. In the new bowl, whisk in your salt, taste- add more if you’d like! Put it aside to cool for a bit.
7. After this, keep it refrigerated .. or eat it all in one sitting. It’ll yield about 1 1/2 cups- so plenty for you and your favorite friends.
This recipe was really, really good, at least compared to the store bought stuff. I can honestly say that my household will no longer be using store bought caramel.
I used the caramel to compliment some chocolate cupcakes that I made for work. I poured it into a Wilton bottle so that it would be fairly easy to pour and use.
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The Cupcakes:
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Give it a try…I can guarantee that you won’t be disappointed.

Marvel Comic Cake

I was asked to make a Marvel Comic cake for a young man who turned 12.

I started with a Spiderman cake board made with black and red fondant.

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I used a 8″ round with three layers, I covered the cake with white fondant to start. I covered the top portion with yellow and blue fondant to represent Wolverine.

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For Captain America I decided to add his shield to the bottom border.

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I then made Thor’s hammer and Hulk’s hand out of Rice Krispies covered with fondant. I spray painted the hammer with silver cake spray.

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For Wolverine’s claws I used fondant and gumpaste, because I didn’t have a lot of time for them to completely dry I had to insert half of a bamboo skewer in each claw so that it would stand upright on the cake.

Here is the finished product…I added a red cape to represent Captain America.

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