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!!
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!
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!
And THIS PHOTO is why I do what I do:
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
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.
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.
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
Pig Man Of Alcatraz: King Pig Cake From Angry Birds
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!
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.
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:
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.
Vanilla cake with rainbow cake layers and white chocolate lettering. Unicorn cake topper drawn by Scott!
Pink vanilla buttercream cake with raspberry jam filling and fresh berries! Aiyee, so cute!
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!
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.
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!
Dorkfest 2014 posing with my cakes!
The outside of the tiniest cutest church. We all got to ring the bell afterward! FUN.
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
Pretty piped-all-over swirls of sea-blue buttercream makes for the basis of the cutest ocean themed cake!
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!
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
It never occurred to me until recently that KIDS read my website.
This photo made me realize this:
6 year old Hazel doing some deep-scrolling on Coco Cake Land, “choosing” cakes for both her mom and herself! CUTE! (Also, eating a poached egg!)
Hazel’s mama is the very talented Katie of Window Community Art Shop - a social enterprise art and craft showcase in Vancouver’s downtown eastside! Katie is an awesome seamstress and one of Vancouver’s coolest mamas. Since I SUCK at sewing, we often trade! Cakes for sewing!!
Katie made me these really amazing coral and grey triangle pennant garlands for my cousin’s upcoming wedding – and in exchange I made lil Hazel this perfectly ruffly pink and purple heart cake! It’s like Upper and Lower Canada! Bartering system is alive and well! Beaver pelts and maple syrup!
Yeah. And there’s Hazel with the big purple bow – CUTE!! Happy Birthday, sweet girl! Anyone else out there skill-trade? xo Lyndsay
I’m kind of in deep love with this cake. Vanilla cake layers, pink vanilla buttercream frosting and filled with raspberry jam. Just a big old delightful explosion of raspberry pink cake cuteness.
I will always love making birthday cakes. I am a true believer in feeling special on your birthday – before T was born, my fave thing to do on my birthday was go to a matinee movie (even by myself if no one was available) and snack my face off. Another thing I try to do every year is take a photobooth picture. One day I’d like to have decades worth of them, and I can show my grandkids and they can get all freaked out by them, watching me age from one photostrip to the next! This pink raspberry buttercream cake was super special – I made it for a beautiful 90 year old woman. Yeah that’s right, guys – 90!
On one hand I can’t imagine making it to 90 years of life. But on the other hand, the rate in which life is speeding by, I can sort of see how it wouldn’t really be that far away. Man, I’ll be a brittle, probably crazy old Chinese lady at 90. I wonder what it feels like to know that your time on Earth is coming to an end, to know that it’s impossible to live much longer? What does it feel like to have 90 year old bones? What does a cake taste like when you’re 90?
When you’re 90 years of age you get two, no – three pieces of cake. You get to pick the raspberries off and eat them one by one if you want. You can throw the raspberries at your great grandchildren, even. So that seems pretty great. Maybe I’ll be able to look back in time and search for my blog on the internet when I’m 90. It might take me 12 minutes to type in “Coco Cake Land” but hopefully I’ll be able to do it.
Thank you Elizabeth and Quinn for ordering this lovely cake! So happy it was well loved. xo Lyndsay
Have you ever listened intently to the lyrics of It’s My Party by Lesley Gore? Man. Total nightmare. Your supposed cad of a jerky little boyfriend ditches you on your BIRTHDAY for slutty Judy? Don’t cry, Lesley. A clown like that is worth kicking to the curb, to use an early 2000s saying. Instead, drown your sorrows in pink buttercream cakes, flutes of cold rosé and the support of your awesome lady friends.
Pictured here: a few recent simple but pretty little party cakes I made for the ladies of Talk Shop Media! A beautiful vanilla buttercream rosette cake (did you know this design was created by Amanda of I Am Baker?) and a big old honking chocolate and vanilla layer cake with vanilla buttercream and the sweetest little pastel sprinkles. This thing weighed probably the amount of a 6 week old baby elephant. I wish I had a slice of cake right now. Happy Monday, friends! xo Lyndsay
Spring has sprung! Spring thusfar has been a beautiful cakesplosion of baking and sunny days. I just love the mega huge white cherry blossomed tree next door that rains down its soft snowy petals into our yard and onto our heads. Can you spot the crow?
Super simple sprinkle zone on a super simple but dare I say HEAVY vanilla buttercream cake!
I can smell the blooms from here. Double cherry blossom smelling trouble.
Getting wild with colour palettes lately, guys!
Crunchy chewy colourful mini meringue kisses.
Watering can obsessed! The world is his watering oyster!
STOP THE CUTENESS if you dare on this penguin faced cake – it looks EXACTLY LIKE THE BABY it was made for! (Baby is human, not penguin)
Sprinkly dotty explosion on a fun cake, coming soon!
Insanely gorgeous summery spring weather means ice cream and popsicle recipes are on its way on Coco Cake Land! Man I love this time of year. Lilacs are blooming, the scent of cherry trees fragrant at dusk, the sky lit longer each day. I’m so pumped for the month of May and beyond! With this sweet weather, we’ve been spending mad time at the park, slidin’ on slides, digging around in the sandbox with shovels and mini dumptrucks (a good step for my little T-bird, who cry-hated sand’s guts on our recent trip to Hawaii), and strolling the sunny streets like there’s no tomorrow. Yeah. May’s started off pretty darn good.
My favourite things this week:
Frigging cutest use of cardboard and duct tape ever. Obviously I’d love this one - DIY play birthday cake by Mer Mag!