Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Bark pre-order special is coming to an end

Wow, where did November go?    You may recall earlier this month I had posted a pre-order special for the Christmas bark.   If you pre-ordered prior to November 30th you received 3 boxes of bark for $25 (regular price $10 each).

Since this month totally slipped away from me and I forgot to send everyone a reminder I will extend the sale by one day since those of you who subscribe to the blog won't receive your e-mail until December 1st.    So pre-order your bark today and save before the prices go up December 2nd.

Each package of bark is nicely packaged making great gifts for teachers, co-workers, friends. school bus drivers....the list could go on and on.  

Flavors include:
Holiday Bark - peppermint
Festive Bark - orange flavored chocolate with cranberries
Toffee Bark
Cookies n' Cream Bark

Also we still have spaces open for anyone wanting to take the fondant candle workshop.

I will also be posting information soon for a Christmas cookie workshop, so watch for those updates.  

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Cold One

Here's a nice cold one for those beer lovers out there. 

This is a chocolate lovers dream with a chocolate cake, chocolate icing wrapped in chocolate fondant.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

A weekend date added for the fondant candle cake workshop

After posting the information on the Fondant Candle workshop, I received a high request for a weekend workshop.   So here it is:

Workshop will be held at the Jarrett Hall on Horseshoe Valley Road – Oro-Medonte on Sunday December 12th from 1pm – 4pm.    Pre-payment of $50 must be submitted to hold your seat.  I accept e-mail transfers to info@smashingcakedesigns.com or please send an e-mail to arrange other payment options.  

Once your seat is confirmed you will be e-mailed about a week prior to the workshop with a list of items required.   Such items will include, fondant, roller, fondant mat.   You can make a real cake or a dummy cake for the purpose of this workshop.

I will supply the candle, plate and specialty tools required. 

Please fell free to pass this workshop onto anyone you know that may be interested in attending.    

You do not need fondant experience to attend this workshop as I will show you how to over the cake and create the details.  

Simple Floral Birthday Cake

This weekend was my Mother-in-laws birthday.   So we headed up to her place for lunch and cake of course.    It was fun to just make a simple pretty cake as I don't get to do those very often.  

Monday, November 22, 2010

First Fondant Workshop

Here it is, the ever awaited introduction into fondant workshops. 

I have limited space for this beautiful Christmas Candle Cake, so sign up early.    Workshop will be help in Barrie on Tuesday December 7th from 11:30am – 3:00pm.   I will consider an evening class if there is enough interest.

Pre-payment of $50 must be submitted to hold your seat.  I accept e-mail transfers to info@smashingcakedesigns.com or please send an e-mail to arrange other payment options.  

You will be e-mailed about a week prior to the workshop with a list of items required.   Such items will included, fondant, roller, fondant mat.   You can make a real cake or a dummie cake for the purpose of this workshop 

I will supply the candle and plate.  You will have use of my tools to make the holly leaves and candle indent.   

Please fell free to pass this workshop onto anyone you know that may be interested in attending.   


Sunday, November 21, 2010

Same Cake Different Version

Back in July I made a In The Night Garden cake for my kids birthday.   While I have now make 3 In The Night Garden Cakes.

The one for this weekend didn't need to be a large, so we eliminated a tier but was still able to accomplish the same look and feel of the cake design.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Fundraising Event

Would you like to support RVH and have a chance to win a $100 Smashing Cake Designs gift certificate?   If you live in Simcoe County and have children between the ages of 6 months and 6 years please check out the Our Children of Simcoe County web site.  

You purchase a ticket for just $20 which includes your photo session, wallet prints and a year book with all the children.   Each ticket also is a ballet to win some free prizes donated by local companies.   

Call Munros Furniture today to purchase your ticket and book your photo session.  

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Another Candle Workshop

I have had a few requests about doing a workshop with the fondant Christmas Candle.   Right now I am trying to gather numbers to see how big of a space I would be looking at renting to complete this workshop.   If this is one you would be interested in please let me know by commenting with your e-mail address or e-mail me so I can forward finalized class details to you.  

Date and location is TBD based on numbers.  I am looking at Halls in the Barrie, Orillia and Oro-Medonte area so it will be within one of those areas.   If you could also let me know if daytime, evenings or weekends work best then I can go with the majority of people.  

You don't need fondant experience to take the class, I will show you how to cover a cake with fondant.   You will however need to bring your own tools (rolling pin, fondant mat or silicone mat to roll fondant on, and a few other common kitchen tools).


Sunday, November 14, 2010

Bark contest winners

We would like to thank everyone that entered into the Bark give away.   We would like to congratulate Lee and Amanda as our 2 winners.  

We also want to thank everyone that come out to the arts & crafts show this weekend.   We had a good time and met lots of great people.   It was fun to watch everyone sample the bark as they tried to decide which flavour was their favorite.   

Don't forget about the pre-order sale of the bark where you can save $5 before November 30th when you order 3 boxes for just $25.    I have several Mothers pre-ordering boxes now to receive them in mid-December for Teacher gifts.  

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Christmas Candle

Have I mentioned that I LOVE Christmas yet?  I love the bright colours and endless cake ideas that this season brings.  

Here is a sample cake I have made up for the Craft Fair this weekend.   This cake can be made in a variety of sizes which is great for accommodating different sizes of dinner parties.  
Here are a few more treats you can find when you visit us at the Craft Fair this Saturday.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Arts & Craft Fair

Come join us this Saturday at a local Arts & Craft sale.   We will be selling Chocolate Bark (at a great show special price), Light Bulb Lollipops, Chocolate Pretzels, Snowflake Cutters.......ummm a chocolate lovers dream.

You can find us along with other vendors selling stained glass, portraits, calendars, cards, scarves, jewelry, pewter.    Check off a few of those Christmas gifts and visit us at 3883 Line 8 North, Oro-Medonte, between Horseshoe Valley Road and Warminster Side Road.  

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Date Change for Candle Workshop

The Candle Cake Decorating workshop has been re-scheduled for Wednesday November 24th.    All other details remain the same.  Please see the post a little further down the first page of this blog for all the information and a picture of the cake you will make. 

Monday, November 8, 2010

Yummy give away and pre-order sale.

What is your favorite kind of Bark?   I did a lot of taste testing this weekend and must say I love all 4 of our Bark flavors and can't decide on a personal favorite. 

Holiday Bark,  I can say has the most enjoyable scent of all.  You open a bag of this bark and  can almost taste the mint and chocolate combination before taking a bite.

Cookies n' Cream, is just that a delicious creamy chocolate combination that melts in your mouth.

Toffee Bark has a nice crunch to it with a hit of toffee flavoring throughout.  

Festive Bark is an orange flavored chocolate mixture with Cranberries for added colour and flavor.  It reminds me of the orange chocolates found at Christmas time with the added bonus of cranberries.  

Smashing Cake Designs will be making bark an annual treat you can purchase each November and December.  You can also order bark and have it shipped to a friend with a personal gift card included.   

Bark will be retailing for $10 per box.  However if you pre-order your bark before November 30th, you can enjoy a bulk rate of 3 boxes for $25.    These make great teachers gifts, hostess gifts and stocking stuffers.  

Would you like to win a box for free?   I will be giving away 2 boxes of bark. Winners will be announced Sunday November 14, 2010.  Local winners can arrange pick up of the bark or you can have it shipped anywhere in Canada.   Here's how to enter both contests:
1) Post a comment below stating what you think your favorite flavor would be, be sure to include an e-mail address for contact purposes. 
2) Become an active follower of this blog.   To become an active follower you must enter your e-mail address in the bar in the top right side where is says "subscribe"  you will then a receive an e-mail from Feed Burner to activate your subscription.  Click on the link in the e-mail and you are now an active follower. 

Good Luck!

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Christmas Lights

I love driving around in December looking at Christmas lights.   I remember doing it as a child with my Mum and I now love taking my children out and see their eyes light up.

Another way to light up the eyes of a child is with candy of course.   This year I will be making and selling these chocolate light bulb lollipops during the Christmas season.   These make great stocking stuffers for kids and adults alike.   It's also a nice treat to hand out at Christmas parties to all the guests. 

I will be appearing at a few Christmas craft shows over the next few weeks where you can get your hands on some goodies.    I will post all the info on the shows shortly.   If you can't make it out to a show you can certainly place an order for any of the Christmas treats.    I can also ship a package of these lollipops :) 

Animal Baby Shower

Some of you may recall a Birthday Bash give away I did back in June.   For commenting on the blog or becoming a new follower you were entered into a draw for a gift certificate.   Marcia was the winner of that draw.

As soon as I announced to Marcia she that she was the winner of the certificate she knew she wanted to use it for a family members baby shower later in the year.   Well this weekend was the shower and this is the cake design Marcia and I came up with.

Congratulations again Marcia and it was a pleasure making this cake for you and your family.