Happy Canada Day!!!

July 1, 2013

Today is Canada’s 146th Birthday.  Despite being the brunt of many jokes (no, it really isn’t like the movie Strange Brew) I am truly proud to be Canadian.

This year I wanted to make a Canada Day Dessert.  I thought about doing something truly Canadian such as Nanaimo Bars, Butter Tarts or Beaver tails, but I decided to go with something that was Red and White.  I didn’t want to do the same old Red Velvet Cake I had made 14 of, two years ago for my friend’s wedding (Happy Anniversary Jen!), I wanted something different.  Then I remembered a recipe I saw quite a few months ago that I knew would be perfect!

I found this recipe on the back of a Heinz Ketchup bottle.  Yes, really, on the back of a Ketchup bottle! I am a huge ketchup fan, and it can ONLY be Heinz, as they say, “Heinz, there are no other kinds”.  Anyways, The recipe is called “Great Canadian Ketchup Cake”.  I am sure your face shriveled all up, did a bit of a head twist and thought ewwwwwwww!  I was optimistic, I envisioned it tasting like a cake my aunt makes with tomato soup in it, it reminds me of spice cake.  With a name like Great Canadian….I knew it was what I would make, and it was perfect, Red and White.

Great Canadian Ketchup Cake

Adapted from heinzitup.com

2 Cups all-purpose flour
2 Teaspoons baking powder
1 1/2 Teaspoons cinnamon
1 Teaspoons baking soda
1/2 Teaspoons ground nutmeg
1/2 Teaspoons ground ginger
1/2 Cups Heinz Tomato Ketchup
1/2 Cups water
2 Tablespoons red food colouring
3/4 Cups butter, softened
1 1/2 Cups packed dark brown sugar
2 eggs


Preheat the oven to 350°F (180°C). Grease two 9-inch

1. Stir the flour with the baking powder, cinnamon, baking soda, nutmeg and ginger into a bowl, set aside.


2. Stir the ketchup, water and colouring in a separate bowl. Set aside.

IMG_4748This is where I start to get a little worried. This bowl looks like blood but the thickness of Chinese food red sauce and has a STRONG aroma of Ketchup.  I stay optimistic and proceed

3. Beat the butter and blend in the sugar in a large bowl until smooth.


4. Beat in the eggs.


5. Add the flour mixture and ketchup mixture. Beat on low, scraping down the bowl as needed, until combined. Increase the speed to medium-high and beat for 1 minute.

Same colour as the mixer


Looks just like my Red Velvet batter

6. Divide the batter evenly between the prepared pans. (it was very thick)


7. Bake for 30 minutes or until the centre springs back when touched lightly.

**This is when I know things are going down hill and quickly.  As optimistic as I was this cake smelled horrible!  Normally anything baking smells delicious, not this cake.  My house reeked of a what smelled like hot Ketchup and vinegar, it kind of took your breath away.  Nowhere did I smell the cinnamon or nutmeg, ewww!

8. Cool the cakes for 15 minutes before turning onto a rack to cool completely.

**Normally as the cake is cooling I would make the icing so it is ready when the cake has cooled.  This time I held off, I thought I would try the cake first before making the icing.  I didn’t want to waste all the good butter and cream cheese if the cake was not good.  

After it cooled, I tried a piece, i figured if it was good I would fill the hole with icing….

All I can say is “EWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWW” this was horrible!  No amount of Cream Cheese Icing was going to make this cake taste good.  I was quite disappointed.  Though I am glad I tried it, I will never make it again, nor would I recommend you try it.  Sorry Heinz, but I will stick to using huge amounts of Ketchup as a condiment, not for baking!

This is where the cake ended up…


Wedding Shower Cake

June 23, 2013


I was asked to do a Wedding shower cake.  I didn’t come up with this one on my own.  I was shown a picture very similar to this and tried my best.  Cake out pretty good.


50th Birthday Cake

June 21, 2013


A few pictures of my latest cake.  A 50th Birthday Cake




Violet Cake

February 9, 2013


I was asked to make a cake for an adorable little girl having a first birthday.  Her name is Violet, my goodness she is adorable! The little bear is “My Pal Violet”, she has one and just loves it.  This was my first sculpted character cake, it came out ok, I will need more practice at that, it’s harder than it looks!  Hope she liked her cake.




Tim Hortons Cake

January 31, 2013


Ahh, Tim Hortons!  If you are not from Canada, then more than likely you have not heard of Tim Hortons.  If you are from the Northern United States, your Tim Hortons are just not the same (I have been, and they are just no good!).  Timmies are on just about every other street corner in Canada, here in my small town of 73,000 there are 10 Tim Hortons, and you would be hard pressed to find one without a huge line.  I am not a coffee fan but their steeped tea is the best! (why don’t the ones in the States have steeped tea??? double bagging it just does not cut it!).  Anyways…..

I was asked to make a cake for someone who is rarely seen without a Timmies in his hand.  This seemed like the perfect idea.  The cake was a huge hit, he loved it, as did everyone else. Here are a few more shots of the Timmies Cup Cake






Baby Shower Cake #2

November 9, 2012

I was asked to make a cake for a Baby Shower.  Little Hailey has already arrived so they requested something ‘Pink and Frilly’  This is what I came up with.

Justin Bieber Birthday Cake

May 18, 2012

I was asked to make a Justin Bieber cake for a 15th Birthday.  Not knowing a thing about him, I asked for them to come up with an idea and I would go from there.  They did even better!  They showed me a picture of what they would like and I did as close as I could.

Here is the inspiration….

And here is what I created….

Not quite the same but I tried.

I have not learned how to make the topsy turvy cakes yet, so it was a basic tier.

From what I hear she really liked it!!

Icing Technique

May 4, 2012

Dad’s Birthday is May 1st and requested, as usual, a lemon cake.  He didn’t want anything fancy, “just a simple lemon cake”. So that I did.  I wanted to spruce it up a tad, not just doing the boring spread icing.

A few weeks ago while browsing Pinterest (amazing site, I highly recommend it!) I found a chocolate cake that was decorated like this.  I knew I wanted to try it but wasn’t sure when I would get the chance.  Usually when I get a cake request it is for a theme cake, not often do I get to do a plane one.  So, when Dad requested a ‘simple lemon cake’ it was my perfect opportunity.

1.  Layer your cake as you normally would, icing in the middle

2. Put a thin  ‘crumb’ coat of icing on the entire cake

3. Fill piping bag with a medium to large size round tip

4.  Create a row of vertical dots, 3-4 depending on the hight of your cake

5.  With a spatula, spread every dot to the right (or left, depending on your handedness) in one motion

6. Wipe spatula clean and move up to the next dot

7. and again

8. Start the next row by slightly overlapping the first

9. Continue until all the way around the cake

10. To Finish the top, I placed dots all the way around the outside of the cake and slid the spatula towards the centre

Voila! Very simple.  Next time your doing a round cake, give this a try.

Lots and lots of Elmo’s

May 3, 2012

It has been a while, but finally guest baker Jen is back!  Jen’s little niece was turning 2 and she loves Elmo! We took on the challenge of Elmo Cake Pops and an Elmo Cake.  I must say we were quite adventurous taking on the Elmo cake Pops.  We had only ever made pops that were decorated with sprinkles, that was as fancy as it got.  Elmo, that was a whole other league, but we were up for the challenge!  As soon as I heard Elmo Pops were the goal I headed straight to Bakerella’s fabulous site, couldn’t think of a better place to look then the founder of Cake Pops!  Sure enough she had some Elmo’s. Ours did not turn out quite like Bakerella’s, but for our first attempt I think we did pretty darn good!

Elmo Cake Pops

Please see here on how to make the Cake Pop.

1. Dip Pop into red melting chocolate, making sure to tap excess off so they do not drip

2. White pop is still wet add eyes, we used pre-made eyes.  Could also use white candy with edible marker for pupils

3. Add Jelly Belly (or similar) for nose

4. Cut a brown or black melter in half for the mouth

(Good example of why you need to tap excess off – starting to drip)

5. Texturing (didn’t get a picture of this step)

Once the face has been assembled let the pop sit and dry.  You can leave them at this point (as they are still pretty cute) or add the “furry” texture.  This part is quite time-consuming.

Use a toothpick to dip into the chocolate and drizzle and dab the chocolate over the pop creating a textured look

Not bad for our first attempt at characters Pops! Only 34 more to go!

We also made an Elmo cake.  It was a cheater cake.  Jen found a cute Elmo cake pan, just bake and follow the outline

Lots of Elmo’s I hope she likes them :)


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