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?
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.
Whenever I look at this guy I smile! So that’s something.
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
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!!
Love my bubbly, hilarious and kind hearted niece. She brings so much joy to our family.
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…
Me and my sweet niece Brookie!! Can’t believe she’s seven years old now… xo Lyndsay
Knot Too Shabby: Sailboat Cake + Easy Cupcake Liner Garland
I am so down with the old man and old lady names in the baby naming world these days. Of course these names will become normalized as little man and little lady names soon enough, but come on – NORMAN?! What a great name! I guess Teddy has an old timey name too. I made this green pup based on “Leapfrog My Pal Scout” – for baby Norman’s first birthday party, for our pals Andrea and Steve! Steve was the guy who screenprinted all of my Coco Cake Land book merch for my book parties! Here’s a pic of his little dude Norm in a Coco Cake Land t-shirt! I always hoped I could name a second kid – it’s so fun to think of names that match with Teddy, or are similar, or just sound nicely together. But I’m thinking that I’ll have to save those names for a cat instead, hehe. Norm photo credit by Jennifer Sheppard who incidentally makes wonderful waxed canvas backpacks!
I made this pink Totoro cake with flower crown based on a VERY SPECIFIC drawing that was hand-delivered to my mailbox by the adorable and hilarious Saya, daughter of my good friend Miko! Safe to say I NAILED IT based on the drawing and notes… even down to the orange inner ears, hehe! xo Lyndsay
AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!! HAPPY CAKE BOOK DAY OF BIRTH!!!!
Coco Cake Land the book is finally here!!!!!! And instead of being watermelon-pooped out of a 10 centimetres dilated vageen covered in afterbirth followed by the birthing of a “sure why not I’ll encapsulate this” placenta, it is actually a non-crying, non-vernix-covered GORGEOUSLY CLEAN CUTE KAWAII COLOURFUL CAKE BOOK OF MY DREAMS!!!
I feel as casual cool as this pineapple dude right now. Just, “wow.” Just like – “give me my sunglasses so I can bask in this amazingness, this craziness.” No, pineapple cake. You didn’t write dat book. You didn’t stress and sweat over Word docs and hate your photos and reshoot all your cakes and cry a whole bunch and get excited a whole bunch and have so much anxiety you wanted to crawl under a large but crawl-out-able rock, pineapple cake. You didn’t emotional eat your feelings and get low-grade fevers over this book, and wonder if you were good enough to produce the thing that felt worthy of a book deal, of someone believing in you enough to give you money to make a book. But you know who did?
THIS BOWL CUT LADY! YOU MAY KNOW HER AS THE CHINESE PUMPKIN, or LYNDSANITY! This lady who is doing a photoshoot casual-bare-foot-style wearing her Cherry Bombe t-shirt for good luck. This lady who no longer has that bowl cut, but has sorta chin-length hair, and is feeling happy and good and healthy these days. That lady. She did that.
These photos were taken last summer in July 2017, on an insanely hot day in a thankfully air conditioned studio, with my awesome and incredible photographer friend Lori as my assistant and spirit guide, with Kendrick playing. These photos were meant to become the cover of my book – the concept was “PARTY SCENE!!!” Bright, colourful, with all the hilarious cake buddies laid out and ready to party. But, in the end, the crew at Roost Books decided on something different and went with the cake that I had felt all along was destined for cover stardom – the turquoise bunny cake, the one I made for my beloved niece Brookie on her fifth birthday – that exact cake, the one that was eaten and enjoyed, with candles plunked into the buttercream and the broken notes of an off-key “Happy birthday” absorbed into the layers, that cake made with love and affection made it to the cover! All the way to the top, baby!!
And here’s an in-real-life photo from that birthday party with that cake, at my parents’ home: me, Brookie and BunBun:
I’ve relayed to a few people the story of when I finally saw my book for the first time. I was coming home from the gym, covered in sweat, my mind occupied with something else. I saw a manila envelope poking out from my mailbox and my heart jumped. I unlocked the front door, sat on the nearest step and just held it on my lap, just so afraid to open it… I think I was scared to feel disappointed, that after all these years and time and hope that somehow it wouldn’t live up to my expectations. I wanted to be proud of it, I needed to be proud of it, in order to stand behind it. I finally tore open the envelope. Just stared at the cover in awe, running my fingers along the smoothness, the newness!!! I slowly cracked it open, fragile as an egg. And then it hit me so hard, yes of course I did some shrieking. I just laid on my bed and carefully went through each page and marvelled and laughed and shrieked some more… it felt like my whole life was in there, cakes made for my family, friends, my dearest son. Teddy and Rich pop up like hidden Easter eggs throughout the book. I cried. I felt happy, and proud.
I think this photo Lori took of me TWINNING with my pineapple-wearing-sunglasses cake might be one of my favourites ever. It’s kind of a weird Weekend at Bernie’s-ish photo and I look more than a little puffy-cankles but these snaps were taken at the end of a long day when we were finally feeling loose and totally idiotic and silly. I’m so happy this picture made it into the book!
To my readers, fans, clients and internet friends – thank you so much for your support! It really really means everything! I also just want to thank Roost Books SO MUCH and thank the fine people who work there (Sara, Jenn, Liz, Audra, Daniel, Jess, Claire) for all of your hard work, kindness and support in helping me make this book. A life dream turned into reality, and it has become a huge part of the story of my life, a good and happy part.
Of course, huge huge thanks to my dearest family and friends, and to my Rich and my sweet nutbar on wheels, Teddy. I am so looking forward to sharing this book and celebrating its existence!! xo Lyndsay
It’s been a hot minute (7 years??) since I last made an Elmo cake, but my sweet lil niece Sydney (who I affectionately refer to as my “white niece”) turned two years old in July and she is wild about Elmo!! Who isn’t?? What’s not to love – red fur, a voice like a chipmunk on acid, and a real joie de vivre attitude!
Apart from the tweaked out blazing pupils, my favourite part of this cake is the Sesame Street cake topper – and of course, hearing my adorable niece’s little voice saying “ELMO! ELMO!” as soon as she saw this fuzzy friend!
And a snap of Elmo cake IRL! Happy birthday sweet lil Sydney! xo Auntie Lyndsay
Tanner’s Hawaiian 1st Birthday Bash : Pineapple Head Cake!
It’s the FINAL COUNTDOWN! One week until Coco Cake Land: Cute and Pretty Party Cakes to Bake and Decorate … well, you know… comes outta the cake book CLOSET and hopefully flies off the nearest book shelf in a fine bookstore near you!!! Hehe. To celebrate “one week to go,” I’ve got another giveaway on my Coco Cake Land Instagram – for a copy of my book, and this SUPER CUTE TOTE BAG I had made because I am a maniac and I LOVE MERCH! I have always loved a merch table. Setting things up in a cute little way and meeting and greeting and chit chatting. And sometimes selling things, like band t-shirts or records. So, I decided to make some limited edition (ie, I couldn’t afford to print very many) Coco Cake Land themed merchandise!! I’ll do a proper post on the merch in the weeks to come, hehe!
This past week has been truly exciting in my fragile little mind, as all of my dear blogger pals and Insta friends have been posting about my book, and really seeming to LIKE the book… and seeing early reactions from fans, friends and followers has been SCARY but also very encouraging and supportive! My Sweeatpolita sprinkles giveaway party train has been rolling along with lots of great fellow blogger buddies taking part in helping me give away the book AND the custom sprinkles mix… seeing my friends’ posts, and seeing their Coco Cake Land style cakes has touched my heart SO much!!!! To read the kind words of my friends and colleagues… I am trying to soak in every minute of this exciting time! I cannot wait to see my book on a store bookshelf for the first time. Oh man. So many cool firsts.
You can find this buttercream flower power cake project in my book under the “Pretty” section!! :P If you’d like to preorder my book, you can purchase through Amazon for the US and international orders, Chapters Indigo in Canada, and the book will be widely distributed so DEFINITELY check and order through your local favourite indie bookstore if you live in the US or Canada!! Ok I better lie down now after all this excitement! xo Lyndsay
What can I say? You either know this nerd, or you don’t – you are either down with the POKEMON or you exist in a quiet, secluded and gentle vacuum untouched by the cultural phenomena of the last two decades. I existed lightly in this vacuum until my son Teddy turned the magical age of five, and started Kindergarten. Then all of a sudden, the Pokemon firestorm began. I still haven’t had to shell out one cent for any pack of Pokemon cards for Teddy, but truly I would if he wanted them that badly… I feel lucky that Teddy is perfectly satisfied with his tattered Ziplock bag of who-knows-what Pokemon. I’m glad he’s not overwhelmed by the obsession to keep up with his classmates, who will now be referred to as the “Pokemon Joneses.”
Pokemon characters make cute cakes though, non??? Hehe. Oh, and to the uninitiated – this yellow fellow is not NAMED Pokemon, which was my rookie mistake. This dude is the ringleader and his name is PIKACHU. PEEK-AHHH-CHOO. The Pikachu cake mouth was really bugging me and I made quite a few of them before I settled on this optical illusion black crown/pink rock fondant combo. But, as usual, I feel the piece de resistance of this cake is the paper POKEBALL CAKE TOPPER! It really drives home the overall theme, lol. I sat at the table and verrrrry carefully made the topper using my trusty circle punches and Sharpies! The ears are simply cut out yellow card stock, coloured in on both sides. I made fondant ears, but since this was a hot-ass day in July, I decided paper ears were a safer bet for sticking up and staying put!
Theo is my son Teddy’s buddy, and one half of what is known as The Theodore Experience – he goes by Theo, Teddy goes by… Teddy. Two sweet Theodores! Thank you Mia for asking me to make this! Happy 6th birthday, Theo! Hope you loved your Pikachu cake! xo Lyndsay aka Teddy’s mom