For The Love Of Pups: Yukon The Husky Dog Cake

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My sweet and talented photographer pal Jeanie celebrated her awesome husky pup’s 1st birthday in August and she asked me to make a cake in his likeness! Man I fiddled with his husky dog cake face for quite a while and finally settled on going for a cartoony look which I think turned out pretty darn woofin’ cute.

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Have you ever loved a pet like it was the furry child from your own womb? It’s a real emotion and it’s something that only other pet owners understand – those little pals become your constants, your best friends, your always-there comfort. Even with all the room-clearing gas and occasional barfs and poo-picking-up and furniture-ruining, the love for them persists. My heart still aches for my sweet old cat Coco, who I had to put down in 2007. Yep – I named my cake business after my old cat, a feisty little orange-haired jerk with fluffy fur pants who was possibly insane, but she loved me and I loved her. When I had to put her down after a long illness, I sobbed into her fur telling her it would be ok, and then suddenly her little life was gone – it was like hugging a stuffed animal and it was so surreal and sad. When we finally drove home from the vet, empty-handed, cat carrier without cat, the house felt so eerie and hollow without her scampering around, those little paws pattering about or her annoying gunk-gunk-gunk scratching under my bedroom door to try to get in, Jack Nicholson in The Shining style. A little while after she passed I had a tiny memorial party at my house with close friends. I made a slideshow with pictures of her set to Brenton Wood’s Oogum Boogum (I used to call her Boogie) and the Mamas and the Papas “Dedicated To The One I Love” and just sobbed. I think having a weird little funeral for her helped me grieve though. I still miss that little barfmaster and hearing those songs again makes my heart hurt a little…

husky dog cake - coco cake land

husky dog cake - coco cake land

So yes – I’ve suffered a few broken hearts over the years from pets loved and lost. Today, with this husky dog cake, I’m celebrating the love of pets – and also remembering another animal that just passed away – my brother-in-law’s giant fluffball malamute named Zeke. Here’s to all those nutty animals that help us get through life.

Rest in peace, Zeke! xo Lyndsay

Ruffle Pink Heart + Unicorn Cake Topper

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ruffle heart cake unicorn cake topper - coco cake land

You’re the last… you’re the lassssstttt! Anyone else remember The Last Unicorn? Also known as, traumatizing, freaky-terrifying animated movie I saw in elementary school? It’s amazing what has been seared into my brain from watching things as a kid. Seeing E.T. scared the living daylights out of me – I was certain every time I went to the bathroom I would find E.T.’s powdery white corpse.

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This ruffle heart cake with unicorn cake topper, though, is nothing to be afraid of! I love how girly girl it is – purple and pink, ruffles, UNICORN!!!

More horsey unicorny insanity on the interwebs: 

The Alison Show is the queen bee party animal of party animals – and THIS UNICORN PARTY will blow your mind to unicorn-land and back with a side of rainbow dust. The silver sparkly cakes, the uni-balloons, every sweet detail (candy unicorn kebabs!) I bow down to how cool Alison is! Love her energy and infinite creativity!

This HORSE cake is one part vintage 1970s cookbook and every other part completely CUTE and awesome! Love that tendril-y licorice mane and the vintage-y styling!

Katherine Sabbath – her name sounds so wickedly METAL and her cakes are BEYOND THE FARTHEST RAINBOW OF beauty. This is what she calls her unicorn cheesecake!!!

And THIS. This is unspeakable, it’s so freaking amazing. Imagine walking into an art gallery and eating away at the art in Baketopia. The unicorn in this is laser-light-show mind-melting.

Happy weekend, cake pals! xo Lyndsay 

Happy Chappy Pineapple Cake With Rainbow Cake Layers

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My old friend happy chappy pineapple cake is back, this time adding some cuteness to an already super cute 1st birthday party!

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There’s only one thing that next-levels a kawaii cute pineapple cake face. That’s RAINBOW cake layers. ROYGBIV! Do you ROYGBIV or VIBGYOR when you stack your cake layers!? Seems like a logical cakey question. Both looks cool and rainbow-y of course.

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Sweet Emily turned one – and cool mama Jinny ordered both the giant rainbow cake layered pineapple cake plus cute little mini chocolate cupcakes with rainbow sprinkles.

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I snapped this pic to show the size comparison. Pineapple dude was HEAVY.

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And the insides of the cake! I die to see pictures of the insides of cakes (sent to me by Jinny)! There’s something about layers of cake with frosting and colour that makes me bonkers with giddy excitement. Certified cake nerd.

Pineapple cake with rainbow power makes me happy, and so do these links: 

I was recently reminded of this AMAZING video of Lin Yu Chun. It will make your day, it will make you cry, it will make you smile, it will make your soar high above the clouds like an emotional eagle. Why can’t I be a cool bowl-cutted Taiwanese teddy-bear cutie in a bow tie.

While I’m being a complete youtube idiot, there’s this, because I love singing Alicia Keys.

Possibly slightly redeeming: how RAD is everyone in this Future Islands performance. The lead singer needs to be cast in a Scorsese film. And that bass player is cool as the most casual blazer-wearing pickle EVER! I love him!

And far from cakes yet not far at all: White Lung Deep Fantasy! You have different paths you can take in life – White Lung takes the path I always wished I had the gonads to take, saying all that needs to be said.

Happy Thursday, cake pals! xo 

You Are So Beautiful To Me: For The Love Of Buttercream Cakes

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rosette buttercream cake - coco cake land

cherry buttercream cake - coco cake land

rosette buttercream cake - coco cake land

rosette buttercream cake - coco cake land

For the love of buttercream cakes! Get in nice and close – lie down on one of these and snuggle into it like a big old frosting cake pillow. So many pretty cakes this summer! It’s kind of bonkers how omnipresent this rosette cake design is – the amazing Amanda of I Am Baker was the originator of the rose cake! I have a fun claim to cake interwebs fame, too – this very hungry caterpillar cake design I made way back in 2008! So cute as now my kiddo can practically recite the book. No wonder it’s a fave for birthday parties… I love how the caterpillar blows up like a big old pig after chowing down through all the snacks he can find. I feel like that caterpillar lately after going too wild on Conehead Club! But now I’m on a horrid health train where I’m exercising again (actually feels great!!) and eating better! I’m such a yo-yo exerciser. Bah! Oh well. For now, I can ogle these cakes…! xo Lyndsay

Naut Too Shabby: Octonauts Cakes!

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These little duder Octonauts cakes were SO fun to make! I made them for a brother and sister team – a little guy named Weston who just turned 4 years old with a gluten intolerance, so yes these vanilla and chocolate cake cuties are also gluten-free! His mom L emailed me with this, hoping I’d be able to help make some birthday cakes: “my son is having a difficult time feeling “different” than everyone else these days with regards to special snacks.” HOW COULD I SAY NO TO THIS! It’s my JOB to make 4 year olds feel special!!

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handmade cake flags

white bear and green bunny cakes

Can we talk about the KAWAII factor of the Octonauts characters? Tweak the Bunny and Captain Barnacles! They were created by Vicki and Michael, the geniuses behind Meomi and the Vancouver Olympics mascots. They are a casual cool awesome couple and they live and work here in Vancouver, BC!

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I was so proud of my little blue hat I made! I cut out good old Captain Barnacles’ blue hat out of craft paper, drew a teensy Octonauts logo and cut that out, and glued it all together, attaching it to a wooden skewer to then place into the cake!

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And THIS PHOTO is why I do what I do:

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THE CUTENESS! My heart melted into a pile of goo when I saw this photo. W’s face, clasping his hands in sheer delight – too much!!! And this from their mom:

“A HUGE THANK YOU for making such beautiful and DELICIOUS (might I add) gluten free cakes. They were perfect, they were a hit, and I think made Weston’s day (and Gwendolyn’s) beyond special to FINALLY share a birthday cake with his friends this year!!! I’m gonna cry. :) Thanks for helping to make this such an awesome party for our kids!”

And all of this makes me a very happy cake-making chappy. See you all soon, cake pals! xo Lyndsay

Sweet Type: Pink Ruffle Birthday Cake For Miko!

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paper cake topper

My dear friend Miko celebrated a milestone birthday this month – 40! (but she looks 30 – Asian genes! SWEET!) Tough to get cooler than Miko. A musician, artist, mother, feminist and small business owner, she’s what all the youngies hope to become. She’s like a Japanese Canadian Kim Gordon. Age is such a strange phenomenon, especially for women. So much emphasis is placed on youth in our culture – but one can’t be young and beautiful forever. It’s an impossibility! I remember when I was turning 20 years of age, a long-ass time ago – I had such a freakout. I felt so OLD. But really, I was still a total child. I think it wasn’t until I turned 30 that I began to feel comfortable in my age, and aging. And in fact the closer I get to 40, I’ve given up on caring – it’s going to happen, and I feel more accepting of it; I’m still me, just an older, wiser version, ha! I am getting more philosophical about life too. And yeah, you can still be cool and listen to feminist punk music when you’re an older lady.

pink ruffle cake by coco cake land

pink ruffle cake by coco cake land

Miko’s sweet beau Jason threw her a wonderful party – full of friends, family and loved ones all there to celebrate a really incredible woman! For her birthday cake, I made a pink ruffle birthday cake – dark chocolate cake with a creamy milk chocolate ganache filling and pink vanilla buttercream piped in a ruffly vintage look. Man I am loving the sweet 1980s vibe of that cake topper too – I hand cut the letters out of craft paper and then stuck the letters onto some medium length wooden cocktail sticks.

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Not only is Miko an amazing mom and super sweet friend, she also just launched a new business - Coral and Cloud! Brightly hued, super stylish and modern, hand-painted wooden bead necklaces. I’m in love with them! She makes them for both adults and kids, too. Happy happy birthday, Miko! I’m so lucky to call you my friend. xo Lyndsay

Life Is Rad: Wedding Cakes For Scott + Natalie!

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Love is a beautiful thing. I’m not just talking husband and wife love. I’m talking family love, friendship love. The love of a chocolate eclair. Wife and wife love, and husband and husband love. The love of your children, your pets. Your record collection, and the love of a tart and icy frozen yogurt. The love of perhaps three beautiful buttercream cakes like these. But most importantly today: celebrating the love of Scott and Natalie, two of the very raddest people who found each other, started to date, formed a deep bond and love, then married each other, with the tiny help of:

1. A Korean and a Chinese, who obsessively like to set up their friends;

2. A video of a very excellent female skateboarder named Elissa Steamer!

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Yeah! My pal Christa and I set up these two cuties! We have this pretend thing we call “Cupid’s Club Asia” where we try intensely (but really casually to the potential candidates) to match-make some of our pals. Kind of like “It’s Just Lunch” without the pantsuits. One night Christa came over to our place for dinner and I happened to ask her if there were any pro female skaters, because, I’m a feminist and I like to know these things. So she showed me a video of Elissa Steamer ripping it extremely hard. I thought, woh she’s so cool! She reminds me of my friend Natalie!

Yeah. You know what happened next. We went to F-book, looked up Natalie, freaked out with excitement because we thought she’d be perfect casual times match for our dear pal Scott.

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Blast forward several months. Scott and Natalie hit it off like a UNICORN and a RAINBOW. Then this happens – the cutest tiny church in Fort Langley, BC puts the cutest sign ever up outside on their signage board. I kind of deeply want a signage board like this outside my house. Except the drunks from the park would urinate on it and it would get spray-painted with anarchist symbols. So no. I digress; here’s the sign:

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Oh, and for this righteously excellent occasion.. you know it! I made three buttercream beauty wedding cakes and a bevy of cupcakes! I was so thrilled with how the cakes turned out, as you can tell by the boatload of photographs.

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Vanilla cake with rainbow cake layers and white chocolate lettering. Unicorn cake topper drawn by Scott!

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Pink vanilla buttercream cake with raspberry jam filling and fresh berries! Aiyee, so cute!

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My R and my little T both helping to set up, and coming to party at the wedding! R and Scott  are both sweet pals, and they play in the same band: the heavy, excellent group Womankind!

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I just loooove those chocolate letters! I used my silicone alphabet letter mold for it.

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Dark chocolate cake with chocolate ganache and blackberry jam filling and fresh berries – the vegan cake of the bunch! I want a slice right now. I’m not a major horn-tooter but I’m going to give myself an R.Kelly “beep beep” for this cake – it was damn fine.

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Here’s Christa, my super good pal (we actually just refer to each other as Korea and China) and very excellent cake-slicing machine! Well-oiled Korean dessert cutting master!

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Dorkfest 2014 posing with my cakes!

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The outside of the tiniest cutest church. We all got to ring the bell afterward! FUN.

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T eating some snacks in church. He’s also wearing a little bow tie from Forage Haberdashery!

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The church had this small, lovely well-kept yard and playground; so pastoral.

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TIRE SWING! Who can resist a rusty dirty old tire swing!

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My dudes. Sorry Scott and Natalie if you heard Teddy saying “cheese toast” or “fishies” or “Joel” during the ceremony!

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Handsome little blondie Henry, my friends Robin and Brady‘s son. Robin is one of the creative geniuses behind Windy & Friends. 

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Hello there, newly married beautiful couple! I adore Natalie’s vintage wedding dress! (Plus, she usually wears jeans and rides a motorbike, so this was extra sweet!)

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Hello there, beautiful idyllic setting with hangy-down pretty yellow fragrant flowers.

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Hello there, sweet and goofy couple!

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And a kiss seals the deal. Scott and Natalie, I wish you a lifetime of love, happiness, health and good times. SO happy to be your friend and to have celebrated with you on your super special day. You both truly are RAD. xo Lyndsay

On Top Of The Sea: Ocean Themed Cake!

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Pretty piped-all-over swirls of sea-blue buttercream makes for the basis of the cutest ocean themed cake!

ocean themed cake - coco cake land

ocean themed cake - coco cake land

Little fondant buddies of dolphin, fish, turtle and starfish are popping out of the buttercream storm! I love me some washi tape bunting, too! Hashtag: wild about washi!

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Teensy matching mini cupcakes in blue cupcake liners are the perfect little addition. A dash of sprinkles and you are ready to PARTY, ocean themed cake style! And there are ombré sea-green and blue cake layers on the inside, too! Love. Happy birthday, Jacob! Thanks for the cute order, Alice! xo Lyndsay