Party Like It’s 1994 – Pink Rosette Cake + A High School Reunion

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Cakes with roses remind me of high school. Sheet cakes with electric blue borders and custard filling, Safeway cakes with hastily piped roses, cheesy flowers like the carnations and baby’s breath I had delivered to the ex-boyfriend who crushed my heart after I heard he broke his leg during a football game.

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Memory one: using my sister’s expired passport to get into Starship Nighclub on Kingsway in Vancouver. I wore sheer black Betsey Johnson pants with a large pink floral print, giant hoop earrings and a half top. We bought orange juice at Safeway for mix and chugged it in the car while my girlfriends smoked cigarettes. Why are teens in such a terrible urge to grow up? If I could tell my teenage self to cool it, I would’ve. It was always such a push and pull between childhood and adulthood for me.

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Memory two: the taste of my after school snack. Every day we’d get off the bus and stop at 7-11 and I’d get a bag of salty Sun Chips, a pink lemonade (some weird Canadian brand) and either a sleeve of white powdered mini donuts or a package of Hostess cupcakes, the chocolate one with “creme” filling and the white swirl on top. My metabolism was on fire in those days.

a wedge of pink rosette cake - coco cake land

Memory three: Being voraciously hungry/thirsty after basketball practice and coming home from school and pouring the largest glass of milk possible. Chugging it and ruining my appetite for my mom’s ground beef spaghetti and iceberg lettuce with watery-sweet Catalina dressing.

pink rosette cake decorated buttercream cake

So yeah … I survived my 20 year high school reunion over the weekend. It was the most surreal experience. I was nervous going – clammy hands, even. Would the bitches still be bitches? Would my old crushes look like shit? Would people hate ME for some reason?? I was throttled with high school-y like thoughts and obsessions. I had skipped the 10 year reunion because at the time it hadn’t been long enough since high school ended. I was a “different person”, I’d discovered feminism and critical theory – basically I thought I had moved on and was too cool. But 20 years later, as I approach my 38th birthday, with a husband of 8 years and a 2 year old son and 20 years of life-living between me and high school, this time I was drawn to it and I wasn’t sure why.

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It turned out to be soooo hilariously fun, deeply surreal, like stepping into a time warp. Seeing some of my old friends, it felt like yesterday. I sweated through my chambray shirt ripping it up HARD on the dancefloor to some brutal 90s tunes. I hugged and took pictures with everyone. I drove home happy and finished the banh mi that was waiting for me in the fridge. I was fraught with feelings afterward – like, why did that affect me so much? Why did seeing all my old boyfriends bring back giddy emotions, from disgust to giggly fondness?

pink rosette cake slices - coco cake land

For the days after the reunion my brain was fritzing with memory after memory, washing back up onto shore like long lost message bottles. So I processed the shit out of my feelings and came up with this: As a teen, you’re a disgusting cocktail of hormones, explosive emotions, anxiety and insecurity. Every feeling and emotion dug me out with a spoon so deeply, whether they were happy or sad -as a teenager (basically a child), you have no perspective. Everything is SO IMPORTANT. So my memories have scarred me. But now I can finally wear those scars happily and I can look back fondly. My high school experience is like a Safeway sheet cake – oily, sweet, with prettiness and surprises inside, bad for you, nostalgic and addictive. Pass me a plastic fork and I’ll dig right in.

Look Who’s Talking Four: Pineapple Cake

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Look who’s back… back again! Look who’s back … tell a friend! Pineapple cake, pineapple cake, pineapple cake.

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These pineapple eyes are smillin’… Sunglasses or not, dude’s a total fruity party animal.

pineapple cake face - coco cake land

Where the pineapple goes, the party goes. CONFETTTTTTTI!!! Flowers, paper bits, whatever ya got!

pineapple cake face - coco cake land

Happy 2nd birthday sweet little Flora! You are an adorable doll! Thanks to mama Elizabeth for the order. Elizabeth is co-creator of a sweet event planning biz here in Vancouver – Double Fantasy. It’s run by artists so you know “u can’t touch this.” Check out their blog to feel the brutally cool vibe. 

Things I’m lovin’ on:

This is a painting. My brain and stomach are so confused!

I just discovered Love, Cake and I’m in …. love!?

These little dudes made me laugh – probably because my 2 year old is weirdly obsessed with touching cacti.

Captivated with this chilling podcast. Are you listening to Serial yet? (PS can I say how much I hate the word podcast? It reminds me of alien body snatchers.)

I love how some people can look at a giant cardboard box and turn it into this cuteness.

Happy pineapple cake face almost-weekend, everyone! xo Lyndsay 

Pretty Palette: Rainbow Petal Cake

rainbow petal cake - coco cake land

rainbow petal cake - coco cake land

I made this cutie-pie tri-coloured petal cake and cute little matching mini cupcakes for Alice to celebrate the upcoming birth of her second babe. I have some thoughts about the petal cake which I will relay here: Man alive, it takes a while to pipe and pull, switch colours, pipe and pull, switch colours and keep on keepin’ on ’til the whole cake is done. I kept singing Patience by Guns N Roses, with memories of my friend Ann’s grade 7 graduation party, slow-dancing in the basement with a boy crush, my hair all crunchy from my hairsprayed poodle perm and just FEELING those lyrics. And I was feeling those lyrics big time once again while piping this cake:

“All we need is just a little patience

(patience)

Mm, yeah…”

Yes, it takes a while to make this petal cake. But I thought it was totally worth it – and imagine all of the colours you can make it! Colour palette ideas galore! In fact, you can even use the petal technique and make it into a fish cake, like I did, hehe!

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Alice’s baby shower colours were mint green, lavender, gold and white so I rolled with that colour theme. Loved the colour theme. Totally sweet.

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I love finishing any cake with a single berry, or candy, or flag – the cake itself was earl grey and the cupcakes vanilla raspberry – but I just had to get all matchy-matchy on the cake so I added the raspberry. Pretty, simple and now the cake and cupcakes were a family with their raspberry badges.

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Have you tried the petal cake technique? All you need is a piping bag fitted with an open circle tip (or three piping bags fitted with three open circle tips, in my case!) and a small offset spatula. Visit this tutorial from The Cake Blog, or there’s also this great video of an ombré cake version from the Boy Who Bakes which really lays it down pat! Thanks again Alice for the fun order – and all the best with baby #2! xo Lyndsay 

Swirls Of Love: Wedding Cupcakes

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I made 150 prettily swirled wedding cupcakes last weekend. It had been a long while since I did a larger order of cupcakes but it was satisfying cranking them out, and frosting each with a buttery-sweet perfect swirl.

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Marriage – it’s a wild roller coaster ride. I don’t know anyone, my parents included, who have had it super easy. Which is why when someone asked me the other day “what is the key to a happy marriage?” I both laughed and cried inside. I responded that the key is that it’s not always happy. Yes, there are many moments of bliss, laughter, closeness, love. But then everyday life gets in the way. That’s why they say all that stuff about in sickness and health, for better for worse, in good times and bad – those vows are gettin’ y’all ready for LIFE TOGETHER.

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So to that person who asked, I said: Listen to each other. Kiss, hug and hold hands – show physical affection. Laugh hysterically together, do things together that you enjoy as a couple. Do things they like simply because you love them, and ask for that in return. It’s give and take. Communicate feelings and take time to listen to your partner. You’re both going to screw up a few times, whether those screw-ups are small or large. Be forgiving, if you’re able. Marriages that look perfect on the outside (or on the internet and blogs) are guaranteed far from perfect. Oh, and when kiddos comes along – make sure you plan nights to yourselves! Pay a babysitter or get an in-law to come over.

a hand holding a chocolate rosette cupcake

Yeah. If only life was as simple, beautiful and perfect as a dark chocolate cupcake… ! Got any marriage or relationship tips you’d like to share? I’m all ears. xo Lyndsay 

It’s A Jungle Out There: Animal Cakes!

grey owl, white cat and pink dog cakes

I die a little of cuteness and pain when I send an animal cake out the door. My precious animal cakes, lovingly frosted and piped, ahhh they’re like my own little animal shelter of dogs, cats, owls, red pandasgorillas … hehe! What’s better than an animal cake? A table full of ‘em – colourful, adorable, the happiest setting ever.

white owl buttercream cake

The white feathery owl cake pictured here was made for the Powell Street Festival lotto winner – this year it went to a cute family who brought it to their KARATE CLASS. To this I say: FIND SOMETHING TO CELEBRATE AND THEN EAT SOME CAKE! Hooray! I love the idea of sweaty kids in their starched white karategi sitting around a mat enjoying a slice of well-earned owl cake. CUTE!

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On another note… It’s my birthday coming up in November so I’m trying to decide what to make! Last year I made this rainbow cat cake… I’m looking for suggestions for this year, guys! Rated G only – hehe! (No peen cakes allowed)!  xo Lyndsay 

A Slice Of Cake

 

three layered rainbow cake slice

A slice of cake, a slice of life. I am obsessed with photos of cake slices. (jewel toned cake with meringue kisses)

pink cake slices on a table

Pink cake slice party time! (how to frost a cake - pink birthday cake)

two buttercream party cakes with crafty cake toppers

Ooooh! A duo of party cakes – two cakes make everything better. (monogram cake topper DIY and pink ombre cake tutorial)

cotton candy layered party cake

Cotton candy coloured cake layers. Swoon.

polka dot cake slice

This looks like the aftermath of a New Years Eve party … (polka dot cake tutorial!)

 a pink and blue birthday cake sliced

Cake slice eye candy! (1980s inspired sweet sixteen party cake tutorial)

And some more cake slice photos to make you want to punch through your screen with a giant fork…

Sweetapolita’s 6-layer Neapolitan Macaron Cake

I love every thing about this Funfetti Cake, from the marzipan triangular bunting to the spectacular photos.

If you want to die of beauty via cake slice photos, see Call Me Cupcake. No one does cake photography as painfully beautiful as my girl Linda.

What about you? Anyone else share my weird obsession?? Ha! xo Lyndsay

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.

husky dog cake - coco cake land

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

ruffle heart cake unicorn cake topper - coco cake land

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