2015 so far has been a whirlwind of cakes, cupcakes and smiley faces. We worked non-stop fulfilling wedding orders this summer, partnering with so many new and wonderful clients. We also sprinkled in some fun birthday and corporate event cakes whenever possible. Long days and little sleep were our thing but somehow we still had a blast! Huge thanks to all of you for your continued support, and also your patience for our sometimes less than frequent updates. We are now working hard to get everything up to date, while balancing lots of food styling work on set, and preparing for the busy holiday season ahead! There have been a few top secret projects in the works that we will soon be allowed to release… can’t wait until we can share!
Out & About
The Professional BC Wedding Awards are the longest running wedding industry awards in Canada. This event is a celebration of BC’s dynamic and creative wedding industry and When Pigs Fly Pastries was thrilled to be in the running for the 2014 Awards. Amongst the entries received from across the province, we were proud to be selected as one of the top three finalists for Best Wedding Cake in BC!
As first-timers to the Awards, this was an exciting achievement for us and it was a true pleasure to connect with other professionals who inject passion into the industry. Thank you to all of the couples we worked with in 2014 who put their trust in us for their special day. Also, sincere thanks to Amber Hughes Photography. Amber provided us with the exceptional photos she captured from Adrian & Clelia’s wedding, which was our recognized entry for the Awards. Can’t wait until next year!
Happy Birthday to the Vancouver Arc’teryx brand store!
This past Saturday the new West 4th location celebrated it’s first birthday. They invited the public to come in to enjoy refreshments, check out the new fall and winter lines, and even win some gear. We were more than happy to customize dozens of mini cupcakes for the party – which seemed to disappear faster than we could put them out! Congratulations Arc’teryx!
Cirque Du Soleil celebrated it’s 30th birthday this year – and Vancouver was lucky enough to have them in town for the occasion! Our mayor, Gregor Robertson, dubbed June 16th as “Cirque Du Soleil Day” and lots of festitivies took place downtown.
When Pigs Fly Pastries worked with Cirque to create a cake design that reflected both their current show, “Totem”, as well as their 30th year. 19 cakes were created and sent all over the city to different media outlets as a part of a gift basket to show Cirque’s appreciation and to help celebrate!
Each cake had two small logo recreations, as well as a handmade fondant tree frog (one of the stars of Totem). It took a ton of organization and even more time, but we were thrilled with the outcome and feedback. As long time fans of Cirque this was a very exciting project to take on!
This past week we were so excited to be making the retirement cake for local football legend Angus Reid of the BC Lions!
Richmond boy Angus had been a well-known name to the city of Vancouver for over a decade now, playing since 2001. Although his football career may have had a rocky start due to health problems – he pushed through, breaking all barriers and showing everyone exactly what he was made of. As an offensive linesman he appeared in over 200 regular season games, 11 playoff contests, and 3 Grey Cup games with the BC Lions (winning 2 of the 3).
The veteran ended a 13 year long CFL career with a celebration with family, friends, colleagues and media at Ceili’s Pub in Kitsilano. We created 64 mini cupcakes decked out in Lions colours and his number. We also created a large recreation of one of his jerseys. Throughout the event we were excited to see a number of tweets from party go-ers about the cake and cupcakes, including a few from Angus himself. (See our favourite tweet below)
Congratulations on an amazing career, Angus! You are a great inspiration for every child looking to follow their dreams – with enough determination and will power anything is possible. All the best for the years to come!
We will be participating in the annual Vancouver Sun Run as our second year as a corporate team! This year, with it being the Sun Run’s 30th anniversary, teams were giving the option to fundraise for a charity. When Pigs Fly Pastries has chosen to raise funds for the Heart & Stroke Foundation as it is something that is near and dear to hearts of many of the team members. Donations will support research that can help save lives. Let’s work together to terminate heart disease and stroke.
To place a donation towards our team please click here. To view Emily’s personal page and story, click here. Thank you in advance to anyone who is able to contribute – any amount, no matter how big or small, will make a difference!
If you’d like to join our team please contact Emily – the more the merrier, and all are welcome! Team registrations end on March 28th, 2014.
Did you hear a mention of WPFP on the radio today? You just may have! We dropped some goodies off for our friends at JRFM for their current Johnston’s promo “Pigs Flydays”. Emily felt like some flying pig themed cupcakes were the best way to spread the pigs fly love. Chocolate cupcakes with whipped peppermint ganache, and rum & eggnog cupcakes with cinnamon spice buttercream were on the menu – and from what we heard they were throughly enjoyed. Thanks to Docc, Amanda, Kelly & Terra for letting us stop by!
Earlier this week I had the pleasure of making a birthday cake for Ian D’Sa, the guitarist for the band Billy Talent. This Canadian band from Mississauga is currently on their 10 year anniversary tour! After having seen them perform live in years past, it was exciting to collaborate with them.
Their original vision for the cake was a simple recreation of Ian’s signature hairstyle. We got to talking and soon came up with a design that was much more fun and still made his unique ‘do the star. I quickly began their custom creation: a red velvet cake with fresh Italian buttercream between the layers.
The finished product was a hit – both to look at and to eat! Photos of the cake spread like wildfire over social media and I have been reading sweet messages and comments from their fans for days. Thanks for all the love, everyone – and Happy Birthday, Ian!
When Pigs Fly Pastries was recently approached by a woman who is a food stylist for film & television sets. Having had worked in film in the past, and having seen stylists at work, Emily has always had an admiration for the art in what they do. There are so many little tricks and secrets that make every edible element look like perfection!
She was thrilled to be asked to help out on the stylist’s current show. Emily provided a three tiered cake & nine dozen marzipan fruits. These goodies will appear in the episode of the unnamed show in the fall – details & air date to come!
Do you or someone you know have a darling little one who’s about to have a first birthday? Why not celebrate and make memories in the most delicious, messy, and adorable way possible?!
Last year When Pigs Fly Pastries partnered with Family Creative, a videography & photography company, to feature “Smash Cake Sessions”. Small cakes made custom for the birthday child to do with whatever they please – whether it’s licking off the icing, smashing their fists into it, or crawling through it. Family Creative is there to capture whatever their reactions may be from beginning to end. They are always fun to shoot and perfect ways to mark the milestone, or even use for birthday invitations!
Check out their website for more information about Family Creative and for how to book your “smash” session today!
For more smash cake photos you can check them out in our “Happy Customers” album in our gallery.
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