Watermelon Cat Cake!

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It’s a watermelon cat cake! SURE WHY NOT! I teamed up with my Internet pals and brilliant dessert creatives Vickie Liu and Samantha Chiu to form #cutefruitclub – we made kawaii, fruit-inspired desserts to kick off Summer! I’ve been wanting to try a “watermelon” cake for a while, but I wanted to give it a Coco Cake Land vibe – so I made it into an animal, of course! Hehe. Want to know how I made this guy? Read on, reader!

watermelon cake batter

Start off with your favourite vanilla cake recipe (or, try an actual watermelon-flavoured cake recipe like this one from my pal Sugar Hero) and tint it a deep fuchsia/pink colour (I used a mix of electric pink and fuchsia gel colours). Sprinkle in some chocolate chips for “seeds.” Divide your batter evenly between three 7 or 8 inch round cake pans! Bake and cool completely before beginning to frost your cake.

watermelon cake

Make a big batch of vanilla buttercream (you can find my tried and true recipes for both vanilla cake and buttercream in my book!), dividing the batch. Keep about 2/3 cup uncoloured (white), and tint 3/4 cup a nice bright green (I used leaf green). Tint the rest of the buttercream the same colour as the cake batter – a nice bright pink! (yes, I know watermelon is technically red, lol). Fill your cake layers and frost the entire exterior of the cake with the pink buttercream. Then, fill a large piping bag fitted with a large multi-opening tip with the pink buttercream. Fill a small piping bag fitted with a smaller multi-opening tip with the white buttercream, and a small piping bag fitted with a multi-opening tip with the green buttercream! Starting with the green piping bag, pipe the “green fur watermelon rind” (hehe) around the bottom of the cake. Next, pipe the “white fur watermelon rind.” Then for the pink fur, I piped upwards in lines, going all around the cake until it was completely covered. For the top, I started at the edges and worked my way inward.

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Make the fondant face! I used pre-coloured black and pink fondant to make the kitty face features. Use your hands to shape two white triangular ears, anchoring them with wooden BBQ skewers cut to size. Press the fondant pieces into the cake – then add chocolate chips for watermelon seeds!

slice of pink cake

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If you wanted to bypass the cat face part of this cake (BUT WHY), simply pipe the entire cake and add “seeds” by pressing in chocolate chips (swirly-side-down) into the entire cake!

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CUTE, AMIRITE??

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Slice in to your watermelon cat cake friend and enjoy, *wink *wink. Perfect for Summer birthdays – or, make it for that weird and amazing friend in your life who would appreciate a watermelon cat cake, hehe. Don’t forget to check out the #cutefruitclub hashtag on Instagram to see what fruity concoctions we’ve come up with! Happy start of Summer, cake pals!! xo Lyndsay 

Buttercream Blossom Cake For Wilton Cakes

buttercream blossom cake

I frigging love how this bright and colourful buttercream blossom cake turned out! My friends at Wilton Cakes invited me to do a guest post for their blog, along with an Instagram takeover. I wanted to make something vibrant and summery! I made a “cake duo”, and I will post the second cake on my blog as well – it’s also a fun one!

two smooth buttercream cakes

party time blossom cake

These pink blossoms with candy sprinkle centers are the cutest and actually very easy! I combined the blossoms with some piped drop stars and rosettes, along with some candy melt “dots” straight outta the bag (you could use any type of round candy! I love the simple shape of the candy melts, like polka dots). Click on over to the Wilton blog (or my Instagram takeover!) for the whole step by step buttercream blossom cake tutorial, including all the tools you’ll need to create this cake.

buttercream blossom cake

Happy June already, cake pals! xo Lyndsay 

Cake Walk Cakes for Teddy’s Carnival!

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cake walk cakes unicorn cake

Time is flying as usual and it’s already the END OF THE SCHOOL YEAR. Teddy’s school community ROCKS and this year I got a little more involved in the school carnival, taking on the role of Jolly Jar co-coordinator (LOL) because the jolly jar booth didn’t have anyone to coordinate it this year, and the kids fricking LOVE this booth (it is jammed with a huge lineup as soon as the bell rings at 3pm). What the heck is a jolly jar, you ask? It’s a jar ‘o’ fun that is decorated in a (hopefully) creative way, filled with fun things (candy usually, little toys or crafting materials or a gift card etc) that are sold for $3 each as a fundraiser for the school, and there are prizes for most creative jars! For three weeks prior to the carnival, the kids bring in their decorated jars and they all stand around and oooh and ahhh over their favourites and dream about which ones they want… and it’s just so CUTE. The jolly jar booth can never die!!! Anyhoo, I made two cake walk cakes once again! I went for a “blast of candy” design once again, and then decided to unicorn-it-up for the second cake.

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cake walk cakes

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Does a unicorn say “neigh?” I was going to write “I AM MAGICAL” but then I didn’t want that somehow to be misconstrued as someone thinking I was saying that about my own cakes – braggarts be damned. If the cake was for adults, “HORNY” would’ve been mildly funny for one millisecond, but maybe not. Sometimes I still think my unicorn looks like a pig with a shower cap on, but perhaps I am just overly critical, hehe. I will forever love school carnivals (I still remember our singular precious school carnival at my elementary school – now I know why there were never very many, THEY ARE A LOT OF WORK! KIDS, YOUR PARENTS ARE WORKIN’ OVERTIME LITERALLY FOR YA!) and cake walks are what dreams and nightmares are made of (the nightmare of not winning a cake… SAD! But hopefully your friend will share cake with you.) xo Lyndsay

My Dad’s 75th Birthday Sock Hop + Striped Buttercream Comb Cake!

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striped buttercream comb cake

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I’m just a *few* months late in posting this striped buttercream comb cake duo of cakes… I made these back in late November for my beloved Dad’s 75th birthday party bash. My mom went wild and threw him a 1950s themed sock hop party centered around the family jukebox, seventy plus octogenarians (but young at heart and spritely octogenarians!!) crammed like sardines into their two bedroom condo!

striped buttercream comb cake

I frigging love stripes … I wear them practically every day… so of course I am very much into the striped cake trend that’s been ripping through the cake decorating world, hehe. My pal Elizabeth aka Sugar Hero has a great video on how to get those stripes! My stripes on these cakes are far from perfect but not tooooo shabby for my first try with my new bengal cake comb from Ester Cakes!

striped cakes duo

The raspberry topped cake was vanilla cake with vanilla buttercream and filled with raspberry jam! The peach-blue-purple cake was dark chocolate with vanilla swiss meringue buttercream.

mom and dad dancing

My mom Linda and dad Gerry! Celebrating fifty years of marriage too, this July… !

dad and lyndsay and cakes

My pops in his uniform – Hawaiian shirt! – with me and the cakes! I’ve made so many cakes for my wonderful Dad over the years!

mom and dad laughing

And I snapped this pic of my parents laughing hysterically, post-party … I hope I can continue to make Rich laugh this hard well into our 70s…! Once again (lol) Happy 75th birthday, Dad! Love you lots and so lucky to have you in our lives! xo Lyndsay 

Aloha Kitchen Guava Cake Recipe

aloha kitchen guava cake recipe

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I’m so excited to share this pink guava cake from my wonderful blog pal Alana’s book Aloha Kitchen: Recipes From Hawai’i!!! If you’re a reader of this blog you may know how much Hawai’i means to our family, guava always reminds me of POG juice and shave ice, and sippin’ on an icy, condensation-droplet-covered can of Passo-Guava Hawaiian Sun. Ahhhhhh… I think I also personally feel quite at home there (an Asian with tattoos!) and am very lucky to have visited several times in my life. It was my goal destination for when my chemo and radiation was over, back in 2015. Maui was where my husband sailed to from Vancouver, on a tiny sailboat with his best friend, and I flew and met him there, back in 2008. Hawai’i was even the theme of our own January wedding here in Vancouver, Canada back in 2007… so reading Alana’s cookbook brought back many memories of one of my favourite places ever!

aloha kitchen guava cake recipe

Not only is Aloha Kitchen a beautifully photographed cookbook, but just flipping through it alone may very well make you start drooling – it is filled with everything I want to eat, that mash-up of Asian and Polynesian and “America” cultures resulting in things like Spam musubi, mochiko chicken, noodles, sushi, rice, kalbi beef… and desserts like this pink guava cake, tangy and soft, tender layers sandwiched with guava purée whipped frosting. I upped the “tang” and texture factor by adding my favourite freeze-dried raspberries to the top! (PS that’s my blog BFF Steph from I Am A Food Blog being my cake-holding model! Hehe.)

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aloha kitchen guava cake recipe

pink guava cake

So dig right into this Aloha Kitchen guava cake! Perfect for summer or anytime you want to invite the warm glow and feel and deliciousness of Hawai’i into your life… If you can’t find guava puree or guava concentrate, simply reduce a 1 litre carton of 100% guava juice by boiling it over hight heat until its reduced by more than half, about 40 minutes. Any leftover guava concentrate can be swirled into yogurt or vanilla ice cream!

aloha kitchen guava cake recipe

Aloha Kitchen Guava Cake

12-16 slices

For The Guava Cake

  • 2 1/2 cups cake flour
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 11/4 cups sugar
  • 6 large egg whites
  • 1/4 neutral oil
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 cup guava purée or guava concentrate
  • pink gel colouring (optional but cuteness factor high!)

For The Frosting

  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 8 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 3/4 cups icing sugar, plus more if desired
  • pinch of kosher salt
  • tiny amount of pink gel colouring
  • 1/2 cup guava purée or guava concentrate
 

Bake The Cake

Preheat the oven to 350°F.

  1. Line a 9 by 13 inch baking pan with parchment paper – I used three 7 x 2 inch round pans.
  2. In a medium bowl, combine the cake flour, baking powder and kosher salt, whisking until combined.
  3. In a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, combine the butter and sugar and beat on medium speed until well combined, about 3 minutes.
  4. Add the egg whites, in three additions, beating each addition until well combined, about 1 minute.
  5. Add the oil and mix until combined, about 1 minute or more.
  6. In a separate bowl, whisk together the milk, vanilla, guava purée and food colouring.
  7. On low speed, alternate between adding the wet and dry ingredients, mixing each until combined before adding the next addition.
  8. Pour the mixture into the parchment lined pan(s) and bake until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean – 25-30 minutes for the one pan, 18-20 minutes for the three round pans. Let the cake cool in the pan for 10-15 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.

Make The Frosting

  1. In a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, whip the cream on medium speed for 1 to 2 minutes until frothy. Gradually increase the speed to high and whip until it’s light and fluffy with stiff peaks, another 2 to 3 minutes. Do not over whip! Transfer the whipped cream to a bowl.
  2. Return the bowl to the stand mixer and fit with the paddle attachment, no need to clean the bowl. Place the cream cheese in the bowl and mix on medium speed for 2 to 3 minutes, until smooth.
  3. Add the sugar and pinch of salt and increase the speed to high. Beat until light and fluffy, 2 to 3 minutes.
  4. Gradually pour in the guava purée in four additions, making sure the purée is fully incorporated after each addition. Scrape down the sides with a rubber spatula as needed.
  5. Increase the speed to high and beat until smooth and incorporated.
  6. Remove the bowl from the stand and, using the spatula, gently fold in the whipped cream in three additions, incorporating completely after each addition.

Assemble The Cake

  1. Fill the cooled cake layers with frosting, using an offset spatula to smooth. Add a generous layer of frosting to the top of the cake, spreading to the edges of the cake.
  2. Sprinkle with freeze dried raspberries and chill for at least two hours before serving!

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aloha kitchen guava cake recipe

Congrats Alana on your amazing book! I love it so much and can’t wait to cook through the whole thing! xo Lyndsay 

Jabba The Hutt Cake

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Last minute Jabba the Hutt cake for Star Wars Day, aka – MAY THE FOURTH BE WTH YOU. We are in deep, deep Star Wars obsession around our house these days – Teddy is six years old turning seven. Teddy has been anticipating May 4th for months now – so we had a little Star Wars party (which turned into maybe almost birthday-party-calibre… oh dear)… I was excited to try something new to bake, and well, I’ve always been fascinated by the diabolical Jabba the Hutt (and his greasy, cheese-dripping Spaceballs brother, Pizza the Hutt)! Jabba, the giant slug lord gangster who chains up Princess Leia as his slave – but she gets her revenge by choking him to death by the very chain he enslaved her with… jeez, Star Wars is dark. So, I drew up a Jabba sketch with my cake pans in mind and came up with this Jabba, which could easily be turned into just a classic SLUG cake, if the occasion happens to call for it. SLUG PARTY!

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boba fett and friend

Teddy and his cousin Brookie! (aka Boba Fett and Pre Vizsla – I had no idea who these characters were but now our house is GRIPPED by Star Wars)

jabba the hutt cake tutorial

I started with dividing a lemon cake batter into two six by three inch round pans, and one half of my Wilton sports ball pan (I’ve used this for so many cakes and not ONE of them has been a sports ball, hehe!). I then trimmed my six inch round cake layers in half, and reserved one for cutting into triangle-like shapes to mimic Jabba’s tail.

jabba the hutt tail

jabba cake

star wars jabba cake

For the tail, I layered three triangles on top of each other – and built up the frosting to give it a curved shape. The frosting is a lemon creamcheese frosting, tinted lightly with leaf green and brown gel food colours.

star wars jabba cake

This is my second coat of frosting – I did the first coat, power-chilled it in the freezer, then added another layer!

jabba the hutt fondant eyes

Next, I worked on Jabba’s facial features! The snakey eyes, nostrils, long mouth and gross tongue are key to giving him the Jabba look. More importantly, piping the wrinkly lines around his eyes really gave him the Jabba look! I used a small open circle tip for the eye wrinkles.

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For his stubbly arms, I used a medium open circle tip and piped it right onto the cake (it took a few tries to get it in the right place!) If I ever make Jabba again, I’ll experiment with piping the whole cake with the wrinkly lines – Teddy is on an anti-buttercream tirade these days so I wanted to do as little frosting as possible! :P

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Slice o’ Jabba the Hutt cake!! Serve him up with some blue milkshakes and Star Wars sugar cookies! We also did a pool noodle light sabre craft and we watched Revenge of the Sith, which was INTENSE. Yikes. Definitely screen it before showing it to your younger and/or sensitive kids, something I wish I had done, oops. However, Teddy didn’t seem bothered by it, even though there are some ugly scenes (Chancellor Palpatine is EVIL, FYI! I loathe him and his horrifically freaky face, he destroyed Anakin and Padmé’s lives!!!) including the gruesome fiery almost-death of Anakin, who then gets a brutal-looking operation which turns him into Darth Vader… I think I was clearly more traumatized by this movie than my six-year-old!

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Hope you enjoyed this simple Jabba the Hutt cake tutorial! MAY THE FOURTH BE WITH YOU! xo Lyndsay 

Willy Wonka Candy Cake

willy wonka candy cake

willy wonka candy cake

I made this Willy Wonka candy cake a few months ago to help promote a video gaming app – and darn it, I thought it turned out so candy-cute! I’d never made a candy cake (made popular by my pal Katherine Sabbath – did you know I have an interview with her on my long-gone but maybe resurrected in the future cake column Sugar Crush?) – I’m always somewhat anal/minimal when it comes to topping my cakes with accoutrements so I played it very cool with this one. I didn’t want to overwhelm it and just slam a whole bunch of candy, willy-nilly, all over it. Every candy was placed in an anal-retentive way (cake design is the ONLY place I am type A. I am very casual and a highly tolerant person in general…)! How bout those golden Canadian chocolate loonies, eh?

willy wonka candy cake

Ahhh, candy. I love gummy candies more than I should, but I generally don’t even keep them around the house because I’ll just destroy them. However, GUMMY VITAMINS provide the same chew factor! Yes, I know I can only have a few at a time… dang it. What’s your candy kryptonite??  xo Lyndsay  

Icing On The Cake Book!

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icing on the cake book

Do you love insanely gorgeous photos of cakes? Do you love no-fail recipes, and delicious desserts? Do you love Tessa Huff?? Do you love step by step INSTRUCTIONS that give you the PIPING POWER CONFIDENCE to turn your cake into a frosted masterpiece???? Okay. Then you may just love my dear friend Tessa’s newest cake book Icing On The Cake! (I would insert an affiliate link there if I knew how to do that. Internets???)

icing on the cake book

Tessa already knocked it out of the cake park with her first bestseller, Layered. I truly feel it is today’s Cake Bible.

icing on the cake book

icing on the cake book

The photos and recipes were so dang beautiful that Icing On The Cake book even managed to bring me out of my baking hibernation!!! I based the cake on one of her decoration ideas in her book, and used her perfectly delightful vanilla cake and swiss meringue buttercream recipe!

icing on the cake book

Congrats T on this wicked cake book!!! A real treasure to add to my collection! xo Lyndsay