Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Coco Cake at Indie I Do!

coco cake set up! photo by jeanie ow

Make a statement without saying a word! Did anyone out there love Sassy magazine like I did as a teen? I remember my older sister buying them when she started high school, and me getting to take a peak at them, along with poring through her high school annuals and dreaming about my own high school experience that was yet to come...

Sassy magazine was like an early teen bible for my friends and I... it was feminist without being outrightly so, it taught young women about self-esteem and being strong and following their dreams. It had amazing fashion and true life stories (It Happened To Me) and real advice for real problems that young women faced. It didn't candycoat readers with a typified tween existence of boys and prom and weight loss. It gave young women confidence and the power to think for themselves. Of course as a teenaged girl you still want to feel pretty and be liked and have crushes and dream about boys (or girls) and so on. Sassy was a perfect balance for that - allowing girls to be teens but empowering them at the same time.

So yes, I was a proud reader of Sassy!! And within the pages of Sassy there were always ads for Exclamation! perfume... with the tagline "Make a statement without saying a word!" The colour scheme was always black and white stripes or polkadots, with a splash of pink! Very late 1980s/early 1990s... so this was my visual inspiration for this year's Indie I Do wedding fair!

I've been wanting to make one of these adorable cupcake wrapper garlands ever since I saw it online here! So with the colour inspiration in mind, I sat at my table with This American Life playing in the background and strung together a lovely, fluffy, crinkly garland of black, white and pink. I also made a super cute new Coco Cake sign in pink and grey (two colours that are so pretty together, and, let's face it, 1980s!) and then made oodles of flags to go with it all. My favourite thing is to make things matchy and designy - I had lots of fun doing this!

For the cupcakes, I made light pink rosette buttercream topped vanilla cupcakes in silver wrappers, dark chocolate cupcakes in pink gingham wrappers and dark chocolate cupcakes with white vanilla creamcheese frosting blobettes. Pink carnations rounded out the late 1980s vibe for my Coco Cake wedding display table!!

I had a blast and a half at the wedding fair, partying it up with my amazing friend Sharon. We met lots of great brides and grooms, chuckled it up with some fellow wedding vendors and met lots of new friends too. All in all a great event!

(last photograph of my table by the amazing Jeanie Ow!)

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Wedding Wonderful!

2011 is here and I've been inundated with many wonderful emails from many lovely sounding brides and grooms... here are some of my favourite wedding cupcake and cake pics from the last year... !

Speaking of weddings... I will be in the one and only Indie I Do wedding fair this Saturday, January 22nd at Heritage Hall here in Vancouver! (Incidentally the Hall where Rich and I got married four years ago! -- I've attached a picture here for sentimental value... hee!) Indie I Do is a superfun wedding fair, with a great underlying energy, for artsy and artful, vintage-look, alternative and crafty brides and grooms! So come on out this Saturday and meet me, Lyndsay, and my lovely assistant Sharon! I will also have cupcakes for sale!

Also, look for a month's worth of guest posts by little old me, Auntie Coco Cake, over at the AMAZING design blog Poppytalk, starting tomorrow! So cool! I'm excited since I've followed her blog for years and think it's so inspirational!

Bye for now Coco Cakers!

xo Lyndsay

(Rich and I on our wedding day, January 13 2007! Pics by Jonetsu. Cake by Ganache Patisserie!)

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

BroBro turns 3! My nephew Brody's birthday!

Brody! You turned 3 years old! What the heck! And you love fishies, and underwater stuff, and anything to do with the ocean and the aquarium!! So Auntie Coco Cake made you a fish themed vanilla birthday cake and matching vanilla and chocolate cupcakes in a yellow and blue stripey motif! And you had a blast and a half at your birthday partying it up in the gymnasium, ripping around in mini cars and climbing over jungle gyms and crawling through makeshift tunnels made of puffy oversized coloured blocks, then eating up your cheese and crackers and pieces of apple and carrots and stuff. And then the whole room sang Happy Birthday to you and you smiled, blew out the candles (sort of) and licked the frosting off a vanilla buttercream topped cupcake and it made Auntie Coco Cake very happy!

Happy Birthday to my little BroBro! Love you lots!

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Artful Cakeful 2

Sweet Olivia hosted a baby shower for sister-in-law Milena... I made a bunch of cute flags for her... and took a bunch of photos too... ^_^

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Year Of The Rabbit!

Happy Year Of The Rabbit everyone! And how handy dandy it is that I have this bunny cake to post, a cake I made for my awesome pal Cindy's birthday, which happened to fall on Christmas Eve. Cindy is an artist, animator and illustrator here in Vancouver, and together with her guy Marc, they created this adorable New Year's animation!

The cake was green tea with matcha green tea buttercream... ! I added the carrot to this bunny design which I thought was chuckles-and-giggles hilarious. CHOMP!

Monday, January 3, 2011

Happy New Year!

Happy 2011 everyone! I just want to say thank you so much for taking the time to visit and read my blog... I wish I could meet all of you and high five you in person! Your support of Coco Cake in 2010 was really amazing and I do appreciate it. More fun and exciting times ahead for me and my little crazy cake world in 2011... stay tuned!

This was a beautiful, special wintry December wedding between two lovely people, Laura and Adam! Laura is the incredible Music Together teacher who teaches my nephews and niece about music, instruments, singing, sounds, sharing and family. I had the pleasure of sitting in on a class with my nephew Brody a year ago and it was so sweet, and fun... and I could see how the children adored Laura with her warm, open personality and her lovely singing voice. Laura and Adam requested a Bird singing to a Fish cake for their wedding cake! And with lovely, simple dark chocolate mini cupcakes in silver liners, with white blobettes of frosting and delicate little silver pearls to adorn them. A sweet winter-inspired wedding for a kind and loving couple.

All the best Laura and Adam! And Happy New Year to all!

xo Lyndsay