Prepare to see some fabulous ‘staches being sported on men around the world because in just one week, regions across the globe will be promoting awareness and raising funds to support the fight against men’s cancers and illnesses in the wildly popular Movember nation and worldwide charity event. On November 1st, guys can register at Movember.com with a squeaky clean shaven face and raise money throughout the month via sponsorship for their moustache-growing efforts! The “Mo’s” that these men don become symbols of a larger concern facing both men and women, namely, the need to for more public education and discussion of the health concerns men face today. To show our support for all the fathers, brothers, uncles, grandfathers, boyfriends, husbands, partners, and friends in our – and everyone else’s! – lives, we started testing out some Movember cupcakes at Le Dolci!
As soon as Lisa thought of the idea, I started moulding away with the fondant to come up with some super cute, funny, and just plain ridiculous moustaches! The first thing that popped into my head was Ned Flanders. I’m a Simpsons geek through and through 😉 Lisa wanted them big and brash and out there, so I giggled my way through the afternoon as I looked to popular iconic men for inspiration in making my funny, exaggerated ‘staches. I channeled an exaggerated version of Charlie Chaplin using black fondant, a mish-mash of male characters from the beloved clickety-clack board game, Guess Who?, for my auburn guy, and a cross between the cute Monopoly board game man and Colonel Sanders for my white-haired fellow. And the blue-eyed, brunette? I just started rolling fondant and by the time I knew it I had made some ridiculous brown moustaches that looked like croissants! I call it the croissant moustache.
Lisa also thought it’d be a nifty idea to hold a special themed cupcake decorating class in November in honour of the event! On Saturday, November 19th from 1pm-3pm, you can decorate and create your very own Movember men cupcakes for your boyfriend, hubby, dad, or brother. Or better yet, have them come to a class! Or you know, just have fun and eat them yourself. I may have used fondant to make these sassy gentlemen, but you could use candies, cherrios, icing, food colouring; the possibilities are endless and you’re like me, making faces and people are fun to do! It’s hard to stop once you get going. “Ooo, I can make him into a redhead!”, “Ooo, I can make him with curly hair!”, or “Hmm, moustache pointing up or down?”. It’s almost like playing with paper dolls only with fondant and with faces. And of course, the cupcakes. I cannot wait to put all my Movember men on cupcakes! I don’t know if any of the “nose neighbours” I made will catch on and provide any guys with inspiration, but they sure are cute and it’s all in good, sweet, cupcake fun.
Le Dolci is a private studio located at 75 Portland St., just east of Bathurst near King St. West. The studio hosts cupcake decorating classes and handles catering for both corporate and personal events. For more information on classes, schedules, rates, and more, visit their official website here and their Facebook page here.