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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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

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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!

striped sprinkles cake

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 

Kawaii Pineapple Cake by Teddy!!

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Way back in November, I got a “surprise” for my birthday – Teddy made me the kawaii pineapple cake from my book! (with help from his dad, of course!) All week he kept saying “MOM do you want me to tell you what I’m giving you for your birthday??” ….It’s HARD for a six year old to keep a secret, especially when it involves my main place of work and all of my work tools, hehe.

pineapple wearing sunglasses cake

kawaii pineapple cake

kawaii pineapple cake

The speech bubble says “LOVE YOU MOM” ! I love how the pineapple stem and shades kinda looks like a cyberpunk mohawk with virtual reality glasses or something… !

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42 years old in my new sweater, a gift from Rich. NICE ONE, honey!!

coco cake land birthday

Every freaking year is a blessing. We’ve had so many ups and downs trying to grow our family a little bit more but I always must remember how good things are now, how lucky we are, to appreciate what is in the here and now and not wish for things beyond my control. I’m almost halfway into 42 now, woh. Just chugging along and hoping for continued good health! xo Lyndsay 

Blue Arctic Fox Cake + CBC Arts Exhibitionists

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Hello there, long lost blog reader friends! It is I, Lyndsay of Coco Cake Land, slowly and cautiously returning to internet life, and trying to capture the joy in which internet life once gave to me. So I will begin with a blog post featuring this buttercream blue arctic fox cake, which I made for a short CBC Arts Exhibitionists documentary featuring little old me and my cakes, made by the lovely Josephine Anderson!

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What causes the deep internet break of a 42 year old Chinese cake lady, asks the blue arctic fox cake and the flower buttercream party cake?

blue arctic fox cake cococakeland

I think I was burnt out from the internet after my book came out. That, mixed with some general existential mid life crisis-ness, plus feeling CREATIVELY DEAD INSIDE from re-starting my gosh darn Tamoxifen medication, annnnd feeling disillusioned with social media with having to constantly produce top dog content, and likely some seasonal affective disorder thrown in – a perfect flour storm of Lyndsanity! What do you do to get yourself out of a creative/mental funk? I’ve been trying to keep up my daily sweat-so-hard-it-looks-like-I-had-a-shower exercising, as well as making a point to spend time with the great people in my life (my family of course, but friends too.) I bought some jelly roll pens in ice cream colours to inspire some drawing. I’ve lightly gone back to posting on Instagram but I’m finding myself getting tripped up in my old habits – ie, mindless scrolling and spending way too much time on there. Trying to find the balance of enjoying using it and interacting with my friends and colleagues on there, but not letting it take over my whole day.

blue fox cake

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Whenever I look at this guy I smile! So that’s something.

arctic fox cake

I hope you have had a great start to 2019, my friends! Look forward to some more sporadic posting in the days to come! xo Lyndsay 

Pink Reindeer Cake!

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pink reindeer cake piping

And just like that, we are completely slammed with holiday vibes. This year I’m determined to keep it ZEN CHRISTMAS and chill out. Each night I’ve been sitting on the couch and just zoning out on the twinkly Christmas tree lights and warm glow of lamps and dreaming about trying to keep the holidays as simple and enjoyable as possible. I’ve got a loose cannon gingerbread house with Teddy on the horizon (ZEN CHRISTMAS), as well as buttercream piped sugar cookies in zany colours (I love doing this) which we give out to neighbours and friends, and we will host and attend a few beloved seasonal parties. (This pink reindeer cake might be a fun holiday project to make with a friend, loved one or kiddo!). Christmas around our house also means Rich’s birthday, which falls on December 21st – and every year we do an aroma-mania of a raclette party – stinky but oh so delicous cheese melted goo-ily over roasted potatoes, with crisp tart little mini gherkins and pickled onions on the side. Just writing that sentence has prompted me to get into my gym clothes, hehe.

pink reindeer cake

pink reindeer cake

My pink peppermint buttercream chocolate reindeer cake is over on my column for Genius Kitchen! Find the whole pink reindeer cake cuteness here! Wishing you all a warm, peaceful and enjoyable holiday season, however you celebrate – whether it’s takeout Chinese and holiday movies or a candlelit feast of days worth of cooking… happy holidays and may you get through December with your mind, body and spirit intact! xo Lyndsay

Unikitty Cake For Brooklyn!

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LOOK AT THAT CAKE FACE! What a nut. I’m just catching up on many many cake posts from this Fall, and this one was a real cute lil bud I made for my dearest niece, Brooklyn, for her seventh birthday. She requested a UNIKITTY CAKE – and my LEGO infused brain thought she meant this crazy character from the Lego movie, but after I made it, I realized DUH – she just meant one of my caticorn cakes, oops! Still, I love how this cake turned out – extra kawaii eyes – another great use out of my square cake pan, yay!!

Lego Unikitty cake Coco Cake Land

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Lego Unikitty cake Coco Cake Land

Brooklyn and cake

Love my bubbly, hilarious and kind hearted niece. She brings so much joy to our family.

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Teddy’s birthday card to his beloved cousin Brookie! They are just over a year apart, and Teddy loves her so much. Non stop giggle fest when they’re hanging out…

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Me and my sweet niece Brookie!! Can’t believe she’s seven years old now… xo Lyndsay 

CBC Our Vancouver Book Appearance!

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pink striped buttercream cake

buttercream bunny cake

Boy oh boy oh boy. I didn’t realize quite how far behind I was on blogging until I decided to sit down at my computer and hammer some posts out! Back in September, in support of my cake book, I was featured on the CBC program “Our Vancouver” with Gloria Mackarenko! I grew up seeing Gloria on the news. Apparently she had seen my story in The Vancouver Sun and wanted to have me on her show! I didn’t sleep super well the night before because: live TV!! and I made three cakes to bring PLUS a cake to demo, with Gloria helping to pipe some buttercream fur!

CBC Our Vancouver Coco Cake Land

CBC Our Vancouver Coco Cake Land

Gloria was so kind, and she really put me at ease, and in the end, it wasn’t so bad!! In fact it was kind of fun! There was one camera person, and a sound person, and Gloria – so pretty chill, if you don’t think about the fact that people will be watching this on their home televisions!

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Thank you to my husband RT who escorted me to the television station, helped me carry all my cakes and stealthily snapped these pics! You can watch the segment here. Seeing my parents and my son Teddy lose his mind over watching his mom on television was reason enough to do it! Teddy was so darn excited, it was really so cute!! I found it 83.5% mortifying watching myself but I did better than I thought I did, ie – I didn’t sound like a total turd. You can watch the CBC Our Vancouver Coco Cake Land segment here, if you’re so inclined. Thank you CBC Our Vancouver and to Gloria for reaching out! xo Lyndsay