Baby Cakes and More

It's been well over a year since I took some time off for maternity leave to raise Nolan. It's been the best year of my life. 

My friends all thought I was crazy, but the night before I was scheduled to be induced I was up baking treats to bring to the hospital. I took a big gift bag filled with raspberry brownies, chocolate chip cookies and sugar cookies to hand out as thank you gifts.

So as I planned, I gave each doctor and nurse a package of sweet treats as they finished their shift attending to me. The only problem was, I ran out of treats because I was at the hospital a lot longer than I expected. My labor was 36 hours!

A week later, I went back to the hospital with more sugar cookies in hand, to drop off to the rest of the staff I didn't get to formally thank the first time. I always like to show my love and gratitude with baking. That's one of the things I love about baking - sharing it with others and seeing the big smile on people's faces when they receive something homemade and delicious.

I actually had a lot of time to bake when Nolan was a newborn because he was such a good sleeper. I made sugar cookies, carrot cake cookies chocolate chip cookies, cakes, and scones. Here are some of the treats I made while baby was sleeping.

We celebrated a couple of milestone occasions. Nolan's 100 day (traditionally celebrated in the Korean culture) and of course, his 1 year birthday. For the 100 day party, I made a starry night themed cake to commemorate what an awesome sleeper Nolan was.

For Nolan's first birthday I created a pinwheel themed cake with some fruit themed sugar cookies. I also made an extra little cake that was sculpted like his face all dressed up in his traditional Korean han-bok.

It's been a truly amazing experience being a mom for the first time. I have already started to share my love for baking and cooking with Nolan by making his delicious, nutritious baby food and healthy baked treats. More to come on that soon!

The Drake Cake, September 2013

September 24, 2013 marked the third studio album by Canadian recording artist and international star, Drake. Titled, Nothing Was The Same,  the album cover features a portrait of Drake as a baby and how he looks now. Some of Drake's closest entourage were gathering at a restaurant in Toronto to celebrate the launch of the new album and I was asked to create a cake to surprise him with. 

The cake design included hand painted portraits against a blue sky with clouds, all done in edible paint. The portraits alone took about 8 hours but the effort was worth it! When I presented the cake to Drake in person, he was really surprised. He looked at every detail of the cake - the portraits and the speakers around the sides of the bottom tier. He was very appreciative of all the effort. Drake was kind of shy and very appreciative of all the effort. I got a picture of Drake and I while we were sipping on coconut cocktails!