Break Out the ‘Staches, Handle Bars, and Lip Dusters – It’s Movember Cupcake & Fondant Fun at Le Dolci!

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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.

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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.

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Martini, Anyone? Chocolate Cupcakes and Fondant Fun at Le Dolci Cupcakes & Cakes Design Studio, Day 2!

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I’m so glad you all liked the photos and post of my first day at Le Dolci’s Cupcakes & Cakes design studio the other day!  The support and excitement means a lot to me and it makes me really happy knowing you guys want to know and see more of what I do when I’m here.  I can say with absolute conviction that I have the baking itch more than ever now.  I know there are times when we all feel like our passion for certain things starts to wane and we start doubting if we actually love what we believe we love.  But I’ve been doing scrapbooking since the age of 13 and have only wanted more for myself over time and I have a gut feeling this passion for baking is only going to be fuelled more and more in the best way possible.

On the agenda for Day 2 at Le Dolci: chocolate cupcakes and fondant fun!  You’d think after baking cupcakes at home and baking vanilla cupcakes at the studio I’d be set with the chocolates ones.  Not exactly.  You can bake a million times and still not get it right sometimes.  The chocolate batter looked, smelled, and tasted awesome (oh please, like you don’t stick your finger in the mixing bowl to have a taste, right?), but I eyeballed the amount of batter in some of the baking cups wrong and ended up putting a little much batter in some of them with resulted in some chocolate cupcakes that were a little uneven and too big and puffy.  Whoops.  Sigh.  No matter, live and learn, right?  I’m showing the ice cream scoop who’s boss next time and you can bet my next batch is going to be freakin’ perfect.  One very important thing to learn and always keep in mind: if at first you don’t succeed, kick the problem in the ass and do better next time 😀  Regardless, it was mouthwatering seeing the cooling racks with rows and rows full of chocolate and vanilla cupcakes.

Next up, fun with fondant!  This was my very first time playing around with fondant and I felt so giddy as I started rolling, squishing, and moulding balls of it in my hands.  I thought to myself, “hmm, I kind of feel like Duff from Ace of Cakes.  That, and a pizza maker”.  You should have seen me go.  I was smacking it down, stretching it out, kneading it, twisting it, poking it with toothpicks to add colour to it, and because I’m silly, sniffing it.  Mmm, sugary.  Anyway, the fondant fun called for 18 olives with little pimentos in the centers for a corporate cupcake order, so there I was with a dish of different food colourings, a container of toothpicks, and some white fondant to start things off. 

Being at Le Dolci is like being in art class and oh how I’ve missed art class.  The last time I was in an art class was in 10th grade and sadly, for reasons I’d rather not hash out right now, life went in a different direction and my art classes stopped after that.  But art class was the best.  You came in every day with your trusty art kit for a solid hour and and a half to work on whatever project you were working on at the time whether it was moulding clay, watercolour, printmaking, or drawing and the best atmosphere was the best.  You sat on your art stool with your classmates and friends with the radio on in the background and the time just flew by.  And that’s exactly how I felt as I sat in the studio squishing and stretching sweet fondant, and sticking toothpicks into containers of food colouring, quietly trying to achieve the desired olive colour of the company’s olive logo.

And as luck would have it, it took me only one attempt to get the right colour for the first olive!  SWEET.  A dab of leaf green and two dabs of brown did the trick for the first test olive, so all I needed to do was duplicate the colour for a larger ball of fondant big enough to make 18 olives.  I think they turned out okay!  They’re not perfect, but I’d say it’s decent for my first time working with fondant.  I thought it’d be cute to stick a few toothpicks in them for the photos to make them look like martini olives, hee.  With or without – invisible – drinks, every day is a cupcake party at Le Dolci and I can’t wait to keep doing more things with the frosting making, cupcake baking, and fondant squishing 😀

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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.