Sunday, June 3, 2012

bridal fragrance

There lies an outrageous but true ritual behind the popular tradition of getting married in the month of June.  It dates all the way back in the 15th century, when Spring came around and people would come out after the long and very lean winter months and bathe communally.  Yes, communally.

It made sense that June was the best time to get married, when people still smelled nice and that suggested a symbol of a good beginning for couples.  

Interestingly enough, brides used to carry fragrant bouquets of flowers not for aesthetics, but to actually mask the body odor that was asserting itself again.  (And there is no known historical record about what the grooms did on their end!)

What’s even stranger is the history behind the wedding cake.  In ancient Rome before icing was even invented, marriages were sealed when the groom smashed barley bread over the bride’s head for good fortune.

All this is too wild a trivia for me and I’m glad I live in a time when women do not smell putrid and have bits of bread all over their heads on their wedding day.

Last Saturday, the lovely Katie Federchuk married the love of her life Billy with a reception held at the beautiful Crystal Banquet Hall in Markham, Ontario.  She wanted a simple mostly-white wedding cake with a little touch of femininity.  

cake table adorned with fresh flower petals
notice that adorable 'i do' beneath the cake?
view of the bride & groom and guests of honour

This 4 tiered cake is made of both Lemon Cake with Lemon Curd Buttercream and Strawberry Cake with Swiss Meringue Buttercream.

My Cricut Cake (that was about to be put up on Kijiji this weekend, details of which will be discussed in another post) was put to good use when I decided to give it whirl, and craft a white-on-white design on 2 tiers of the cake. 

By coincidence, the edible flowers on the cake matched the dazzling floral arrangements by Precious Flowers ‘N Things.  The reception hall looked divine, beautiful and um..yes, fragrant!

Best wishes to the happy couple!

Stay sweet!

Friday, May 25, 2012

Special Blessings

My daughter Sofia celebrated her First Communion and the only cake related request she made was not to have anything pink on her cake.

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Happenin' Hot Wheels for Preston

Dark Chocolate Cake with Chocolate Ganache Filling. 
Happy 4th Birthday, Preston!!

Superbowl Sweetness


"A Lombardi what?!" This was my reaction when Barbara, a mom from my kids' school, asked me to do a cake for his son Liam's 11th birthday.  Liam is an avid football fan, stemming from the fact, perhaps, that his birthday usually falls on the week that leads up to what apparently is the holiest day in sports. He wants a Vincent Lombardi trophy on the cake, his Mom said, with colours of the Patriots and the Giants.

Growing up in a country where the national sport is basketball, I have very little knowledge about football. I had no clue who the Patriots nor the Giants were, and I didn't quite get the fascination North Americans have over it.  

Google images proved to be helpful, like always, and I managed to make this cake like I know who Eli Manning is. 

I did watch the game, though.  Madonna (halftime show) was initially the main reason, but I patiently sat through it and tried to understand the phenomenon. I realized football is more than a sport that gives you a great excuse to drink and eat all the wings your body can handle.  It's all about math, precision and strategy.  It's about skill, salsa dancing, and one pissed off super model. Surprisingly, I enjoyed the game. 

A Surprise for Genalin

My good friend, Gen, recently turned 40 and sweetness of a husband Jay threw her an elaborately planned surprise party with her closest friends and family. He came to me with a cake "design however you want it, based on how you know Gen" request. (Just my kind of client! :-)

It was a night filled with happy tears, delectable food and tons of love and laughter.

back at blogspot

Hello everyone!

I have decided to use blogspot as bebsycakes' new home, where Facebook-less clients can view recent cakes (and old time faves) that I've made. My other website,, is still very much active and accessible.

Thanks and Happy Family Day, Canada!