Vanilla Raspberry Lilikoi Cake

vanilla raspberry lilikoi cake

vanilla raspberry lilikoi cake

Ahhhhh I love this pretty pinky striped vanilla raspberry lilikoi cake! I made this for a true original, my friend Phanie, who I have written about before – her blog Gang of Five, her IG Stories, she just lays it all out there. I find myself watching her Stories like I’m watching a reality show… she is a prolifically talented mother of three, one of those people who are really excellent at everything they set out to do creatively. She has been so kind to me, too, throughout the years, and her photos have become part of our family memories – from photographing Teddy at 6 months old, to her annual holiday photo shoots, to even taking photos of me before I had my surgery for breast cancer. Every year she invites me out to her birthday party and I can never attend, but this year I was determined to make it, and to show up with a beautiful cake – just because, to show this lady that she means a lot to the people in her life, and that she is special, worthy, amazing, and thought of often by many. I think she is so brave, and powerful, in showing the insides and outs of her family life, her relationship, her parenting, her creativity, the exhaustion of being a working mom with an atypical job.

vanilla raspberry lilikoi cake

vanilla raspberry lilikoi cake

vanilla raspberry lilikoi cake

Motherhood can be absolutely nuts sometimes. It can lift you up to the greatest heights of happiness and it can rip you down to absolute nutrageous insanity. It is beautiful, it is hard, it is so wild, being a mom!

slice of striped cake

Phanie and birthday cake

I LIVE FOR SNAPS LIKE THIS. GLOWING CANDLES ON ONE OF MY CAKES AND A GORGEOUS SHIT-FACED QT STANDING ABOVE IT. HAPPY BIRTHDAY BUDDY and I am so glad to know you, Phanie Pack! For more of Phanie’s work, or to her hire her for photography or other creative pursuits, check out her website The Pauhaus! xo Lyndsay 

Animal Cakes Mania!

animal cakes by coco cake land

bunny cake by coco cake land

The faces of my animal cakes have evolved over the years and I feel like I have so many more animal cakes up my sleeve! That, and Instagram story GIF cakes, like the notorious KAWAII PEACH BUTT cake. The pink kitty cake I made as a donation to a nearby school’s spring fair cake walk, and the white bunny I made for my dear friend Miko of Coral and Cloud, AND Aster and Clove, her newest venture – an amazing online shop for now, with visions of a storefront space in the future. (I imagine I’ll be helping to bus tables/wash dishes/take orders there in the future, hehe)…



Miko is quite an amazing force, and in many ways our lives have traveled along similar trajectories, from riot grrl/ feminist bands to music journalism to small business, to motherhood! Miko has been such a good friend to me, I turn to her for advice often as she is not only super creative but has a managerial/business brain, too. With this bun bun cake, I wanted to make her a cute and delicious kawaii cake to put a smile on her “forever 25″ youthful beautiful face!! You should really click on her over to Aster and Clove and just revel in the lovingly curated cuteness in which her and her biz partner Wendy have created. You’ll definitely find some good gifts on there.


I’m powering through these next few weeks getting ready for some fun and exciting giveaways and parties in celebration of my BOOK LAUNCH! So for now I’ll just leave you with the faces of these kawaii animal cakes! Happy Birthday Miko! xo Lyndsay 

Matcha Totoro Cake

matcha totoro cake

matcha totoro cake

The world, and the internet, sometimes feels like such a cruel little pinch in the nards. But – I really feel like you get what you give in life… ahem, I know that might seem like life is shitting on my head because, you know, breast cancer and all … but somehow, I am still just as posicore about life as I was before going through cancer. I think it boils down to this special phrase in which my mom instilled in me as a young child of the 1980s: “IT’S ALL IN THE ATTITUDE, LYNDSAY!” It’s a catchphrase that I have since taught to my almost-6-year-old son Teddy. This is not to say that you can’t have a day or moment where you are like “EVERYTHING IS HOT BOILED STINKY GARBAGE” but, for the most part, I try to keep it positive. I try to practice the values in which my parents raised me on – kindness, generosity, community, family.

matcha totoro cake cococakeland

Shortly after I had announced to family and friends (and even strangers of the internet) that I had been diagnosed with cancer back in 2015, a wonderful woman named Krista showed me an act of kindness and generosity. Her family has been through their own share of health struggles, yet they are such good and positive people. Krista also follows my Instagram and often leaves the sweetest comments- and back in October when I made this Matcha Frankenstein Totoro cake, she loved it so much – so I STORED THAT INFORMATION IN MY MIND AKA MY PHONE that when her birthday rolled around in June, I would make this for her. You can find the matcha buttercream recipe on this post, and the vanilla cake recipe will be in my book! :P Here’s to more beauty, goodness and friendship in the world, and waaaaaaay less nard-pinches. PS – if you want to see how to make this Totoro cake, check out my Instagram Stories here! xo Lyndsay 

Minty Green + Blue Buttercream Flower Cake


It is a pretty rare occasion that I do a cake order these days but I couldn’t resist my pal Jenni’s message, a birthday cake request for her dear mom: “She’s obsessed with ‘white cake’, like the normal-est kid birthday cake bought from Safeway kind”… so I made my favourite vanilla cake recipe and went buttercream-rose-wild in her mom’s fave colours for the top – minty green, shades of blue.


I totally get that nostalgic love for birthday cakes of yesteryear. I’ve always loved a sheet cake. I have no snobbery when it comes to cake, or any food. I will eat “low” and I will eat “high.” There is life and stories attached to every morsel. Even a tray of microwaved airplane food, a limp dish of squeaky chicken and carrots in a starchy sauce, or a cold, dry bun under a square plastic lid with a hard pad of salted butter and a flimsy plastic knife to spread it with, and a rectangle of chocolate sheet cake for dessert, eaten on an overnight flight home from NYC, triggers a memory for me – I spent one summer after high school working at the airport in the catering department, a huge warehouse factory pumping out meals and snacks for the airlines, 24 hours a day. You had to wear hairnets and gloves and aprons. I spent an entire eight hour shift once hulling and slicing strawberries – that was considered a good job at the airport! The worst job was “wear-wash” – the dish pit. If the supervisors didn’t like you, you were assigned to this area –  I had one shift there the whole summer, hehe. Sauna-hot, a conveyer belt full of dirty trays would rush towards you. Nozzle in hand, you’d have seconds to power-spray all of the old food bits at random, scraps of food and water splattering your face and neck, soaking your apron. It was there when I realized how horrifically wasteful airplane food was, as so many trays would come back barely touched. Shitty food begat non-eating, non-eating begat monumental waste. With my airport summer job money, I purchased my first stereo, with detachable speakers and double cassette and a three-disc CD tray. Many a mix tape was born out of that stereo.


Happy birthday Jenni’s mom!!! xo Lyndsay 

All The Piping Tips: Buttercream Flower Piped Cake

it's alive buttercream cake

buttercream flower piped cake

It’s ALIIIIIVVEEEEEE!!! That’s all I could think of as I was piping this hilariously overdone buttercream-covered cake. Like the cake was going to be all like “SMELL YA LATER, LYNDS!” and shuffle off the table and open the door into the great unknown, leaving a snail trail of frosting in it’s wake. I made this wild and wonderful buttercream flower piped cake for a local art gallery’s dance-a-thon as part of a prize pack. To be totally honest, I had all of these buttercream colours already made up in fresh buttercream from the day before so it was a perfect excuse to put the extra buttercream to good cakey use. I had volunteered at my good friend Amber’s work, a seniors care facility, to present a cupcake decorating workshop for some awesome senior ladies! The women had a blast as I showed them how to pipe rosettes, buttercream grass and even a buttercream rose cupcake. Spending time with the seniors really made me miss my own grandma. Sigh. She was such a cool lady. She was a librarian, an avid reader and a great cook and baker – I just know she would’ve freaking LOVED seeing my cake book finally come to fruition!

spring flowers cake

This cake also BLEW UP on Instagram which I did not expect. IG is so weird. One moment they’re shittin’ on ya and cockblocking all of your content, then the next they’re blasting your cake pic all over everyone’s algorithm, haha. Anyway… I hope the winner of this zany cake partied as hard as this cake parties! xo Lyndsay 

Cherry Bombe Jubilee Cake Of Insanity!

cherry bombe jubilee cake

cherry bombe jubilee cake

Happy Cherry Bombe Jubilee day! I made this Cherry Bombe Jubilee cake of insanity to celebrate! Last year in 2017, I had such a life changing, hilarious and inspired time attending Jubilee in NYC, I met so many incredible women and got to speak on a panel with some top dog food bloggers that I adore. You can read my Cherry Bombe Jubilee diary here! This year, I am going as a straight up mega fan/attendee. I’ll definitely write another Jubilee diary in the coming weeks after I’ve chilled out back into Chinese Pumpkin Vancouver mellow zone!

cherry cake cococakeland drawing

I set out to draw this cake idea I had … stripes and colours inspired by the wonderful Cherry Bombe cookbook, plus cherries of course. Working with red buttercream can feel slightly illegal but I had to roll with the inspiration, hehe. Buttercream roses, drop stars, raspberries, brightly hued maraschino cherries, fresh raspberries and STRIPES.


If you don’t have this baby yet, you should snag a copy. I find the cookbook both useful and super inspiring, so many diverse recipes by a huge range of super talented chefs, cooks, writers and food lovin’ women, and the design alone is beautiful.

cherry cake slices

buttercream and cherries cake

Honestly, as I started decorating this I thought, yeesh, this cake maybe is a little too insane, the very opposite of subtle. Buttttt I am a bit of a wild nut and in the end, I think it turned out pretty sweet!

cherry bombe magazine cake

A slice for you…

cherry bombe jubilee cake slice

Annnnnnd a slice for you!

slices of pink cake

No, sadly I did not bring this cake on my lap on a stinky overnighter plane all the way to NYC on my red eye flight from Vancouver. But, I am hoping to be back in New York around Coco Cake Land book launch time – in which case, NYC buddies, can I borrow an oven and a stand mixer???

cherry bombe magazine cake

cherry cake slices

Here’s to sweet new friendships, inspiring women, delicious food and the power of community! xo Lyndsay 

Purple Cat Cake For Olympia!

cococakeland purple cat cake

purple cat cake cococakeland

I feel so lucky to have such good people in my life. Erika and Robyn are two of those fine folks, and my friendship with Erika has blossomed like a Georgia O’Keefe flower over the years, fuelled by our mutual love for snacks, celebrity lesbian power couples (K-Stew, Beth Ditto, Cynthia Nixon, Sarah Paulson/Holland Taylor etc etc) and obsessing over names for potential future babies. Erika and Robyn NAILED IT with the name Olympia! Powerful, strong, original PLUS you get OLY out of that for major nickname cuteness/coolness! And Oly is indeed so so cute and cool. Softly ginger haired, with the face of a thousand expressions lit by huge bright long-lashed eyes, she is the joy of her two excellent moms. For her 1st birthday, I made this purple cat cake! Gluten-free, even!

purple cat cake

I decided to mix it up with my piping tips, and went for good old classic 1M open star tip, a personal fave, the original swirl tip, the tip that launched a thousand home cupcake businesses. I think this little purple cat cake friend turned out as CUTE AS CAN BE, perfect for an adorable sweet little Oly.

happy buttercream cat cake

Happy birthday, Oly!! And big congratulations and love to Erika and Robyn for ruling motherhood! xo Lyndsay 

Unicorn Cake: A Tale Of Two Horns

kawaii unicorn cake by cococakeland

unicorn cake by cococakeland

WHO CORNED IT BETTER!? A tale of two horns, The Case Of The Buttercream Kawaii Unicorn Cake by Lyndsay Sung. I dunno why, but for some reason the unicorn cake has always been my nemesis. My kryptonite, the sparkling green mega-crystal that has doomed me into stress levels unknown to womyn. Yes there are a gazillion mystical unicorn cakes out there and the original design by Jenna Rae Cakes is indeed AWESOME! It gives all the necessary hints of a unicorn – swirls and twirls of dreamy buttercream hair, the sometimes phallic horn(y) horn, ears and for the face – two simple lines for eyes, sometimes eyelashes – but without providing a full face. I really wanted to design a unicorn cake in my own style – and the hard part was – THE MOUTH. Now I know why none of these cakes have mouths. Doing a uni-mouth on a round cake is hard!! It’s a horse snout, so there needs to be a semblance of snout-ness… but a snout can also sometimes skedaddle into pig face territory … another unicorn cake fear of mine…

kawaii unicorn cake by cococakeland

The one above, was my first unicorn attempt in quite a while, made for an amazing old client of mine who happens to have the coolest kids. Five-year-old Banksy requested a rainbow unicorn cake for his birthday, and I would never deny making a rainbow unicorn cake for a kid named BANKSY! So while this was my first unicorn in several months, I DO have one in my upcoming cake book Coco Cake Land but his little face will be a surprise until the book is released, hehe. I wanted to try a top-of-the-cake unicorn face and a different piping style for the fur. So, once again I took to my sketchbook:

unicorn drawings

A lil dainty smile for my friend Uni???

unicorn drawings

Or, no smile, like this No Mouth Joe? (They also look kinda like the cutest Carmen Miranda haired unicorns.)

unicorn drawings

Teddy tried his hand at a unicorn too – CUTE!

kawaii unicorn cake by cococakeland

I tried several looks for this guy, no mouth, mouth, different nostrils, etc etc… frantic texts to my sister with a bunch of photos asking her to choose… Sister’s response: “You’re overthinking this.” But in the end, No Mouth Joe it was!! The more I look at this guy’s face, the more stoked I become. He is pretty darn cute. And again, “no mouth” sometimes feels “cuter”, Hello Kitty style, than mouth…?

unicorn's buttercream mane

No Mouth Joe’s beautiful buttercream mane!

smiley unicorn cake!

NEXT up, a month or so later, I got an email from ANOTHER favourite old client Rose – her daughter Ava was turning ten and requested… yup, MY OLD PAL UNICORN! I took it as another chance to fiddle with the design and have some fun with the face.

unicorn cake by cococakeland

Once again, I had finished everyyyything to my satisfaction, until the face/mouth combo. I took the teensy mouth off, put it back on, took it off, then put it back on – I thought the smiley face was pretty cute! Then I decided to try an extra smiley unicorn cake with the happy overjoyed closed eyes, hehe.

smiley unicorn cake!

In the end, I think I love this one too!!!

puffy letter stickers

Also: YAY for short three letter names so I can use my fave new puffy pink neon letter stickers from the Japanese dollar store!!

unicorn's buttercream mane

And a buttercream rosette and drop star mane never to be forgotten, with a dash of sprinkles. Sigh. I’d love to know what your favourite one is – No Mouth Joe, or Smiley Eyes?? Either way, this was a fun exercise in cake design! I have a feeling the next one will look different again… and so ends the first saga of A Tale Of Two Horns… xo Lyndsay