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
For The Love Of Mothers: Strawberry Ice Cream 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
Peppermint Party – Silver Fringe Letter Garland DIY
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
Two. WEEKS. TIL. PUB. DATE!!! Two weeks from now, my sweet lil Coco Cake Land book will be on the bookshelves of actual stores, and in the laps of actual people!!!!! To celebrate, I’m giving away a copy of my book, PLUS a jar of my very own custom Sweetapolita sprinkles mix!!! You can’t buy this mix, you can only win it through my Instagram giveaway, and the Instagram giveaways of some of my closest blogger buddies! Oh shnikey!!!
A few months ago I was having din din with Steph and Molly when Molly was visiting Whistler. They were helping my panicked self brainstorm some cool-guy ideas for book launch time… Steph suggested a Coco Cake Land sprinkles mix… AND HERE WE ARE, BABY!!! Rosie of Sweetapolita has been a cake blog friend of mine for years and years – I made circus animal cookies from her book back when her book came out in 2015!
CUTE!!! Sweetapolita based the colours and vibe off of my book cover!! YES! After a few iterations of sprinkle mix, the buttercream-covered thumbs up was given, and the sprinkle mix was created!
I literally chose the hottest day of the summer so far to bake and frost this striped Lyndsanity sprinkled colour blaster of a Swiss Meringue buttercream frosted cake!!! I was 90% crying in the hot hot heat of my muggy kitchen while frosting this, then photographing it… ! The recipes for this vanilla cake and my version of Swiss Meringue buttercream can be found in… yep, you guessed it – MA BOOOQ.
When I was making the cake topper, honestly the only thing that came into my head was GIVE IT AWAY NOW, hehe, a rickdickulous reference to a very old and rather embarrassing song that I used to listen to back in grade nine while trying to be very edgy and cool. To enter the giveaway check out my Coco Cake Land Instagram for more, and to enter to win!!! Hehe!
I want to also give a HUGE sprinkly thanks to Rosie and her crew over at Sweetapolita for making this happen!! xo Lyndsay
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.
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!
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
Banana Party, Part 2: Banana Milk Chocolate Cupcakes Recipe
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
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.
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
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.