Archive for July, 2009

We are Opening up Shop On Friday!

Friday, July 31st, 2009

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Sarah & Cezanne’s Wedding

Friday, July 24th, 2009

I have been waiting for a while to post this uber-fun wedding!  I knew when I first met the couple that this was going to be very creative and beautiful wedding!  They had such fabulous ideas and weren’t scared of putting in the extra time to pull off a one-of-a-kind dessert display.  Not only were they super creative, but their wedding planner and my personal friend, Jesi Haack of Jesi Haack Weddings, is one of those people who is SO talented and loves pulling off gorgeous, yet unique events!  Thanks so much to my other friend, Adrianne Bonafede, who is a great photographer and came along with me to help capture a lot of these yummy images.  Their wedding photographer, Juan Posada, of Posada Photo shot some lovely images too and was kind enough to share them with me!  

On a side note I wanted to say “THANK YOU” to all my blog readers because this past week I passed the 1,000,000 view mark!!! I could’ve never imagined having that many views on my site…when my husband first suggested I start writing a blog I thought he was crazy…I remember saying to him “Who would want to read what I write and look at my silly little photos!”  BUT I guess I was mistaken, and I have to say thanks for proving me wrong!  This has been so much fun and I absolutely love getting to connect with people all over the world through this silly little blog!

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Here is a little behind the scenes info about the wedding via Jesi Haack’s blog…

“This clean, modern, design inspired wedding showcased Sarah and Cezanne’s love for ultra-hip designer, Jonathan Adler and The Parker, a chic resort in Palm Springs. From the custom designed monogram, courtesy of the groom, to the fruity, Creamsicle signature cocktails, it was impossible for their guests not to feel drenched in chic exuberance.  Each reception table claimed the name of one of the couples’ favorite mid century designers and the fortune cookie favors illustrated the story of their engagement.  Everywhere they looked the guests were refreshed with an eyeful of buttercream yellow, tangerine orange and lime green detail.  The tantalizingly tempting dessert display had every taste bud in the room screaming for a mini-cake lollipop, or a mouthful of cotton candy.  Paired with the newly renovated, modern decor of The Belamar Hotel in Manhattan Beach, it was a dynamic display that could not be matched.  Maybe not even by The Parker itself :)”

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Sarah & Cezanne both wanted their guests to enjoy an array of tasty mini desserts as well as having a custom wedding cake that incorporated the pattern they created which was seen throughout their wedding.  We used edible frosting sheets to print the pattern on the cake as well as on the sugar cookies and then created handmade sugar orchids to surround the top tier of the cake. I have to say that my sister outdid herself with these flowers…they are gorgeous!

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Here are some more details shots of the wedding!  

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For the mini desserts we decided to pull the yellow and orange color scheme throughout the look by adding cute candy to the cupcakes and using liners that matched too!

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We then dipped the chocolate cake pops and pretzels in matching chocolate as well.

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A couple more detail shots of the wedding…

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And last, but not least the glorious little mini key lime pies, passion fruit, coconut, macadamia nut tarts, and monogram cookies…aren’t they cute!

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And what’s a dessert bar without a little cotton candy!

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Thanks so much Sarah & Cezanne for letting me be apart of your special day!

Cake Tutorial…Plus Extra Designs!

Tuesday, July 14th, 2009

I am writing today a very excited person because all of my equipment has finally arrived for the dessert studio!  We are in the final stage of everything and hope to open by the end of the month!!!  I even got to meet with some clients in my new office this past weekend…it was SO much better than meeting up in a coffee shop! I will definitely be taking some more photos of the studio and post them up soon, but for now I wanted to share a fun cake decorating technique with you!  I originally saw this design on another cake and loved the look of it, so I thought I would try it out.  I came up with this easy method to get the lines even…I mean it has probably been done before, but I never saw a tutorial on it, so here it is for your viewing pleasure!  

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First I recommend either using royal icing or swiss/italian meringue buttercream for this…I used swiss meringue buttercream. The first step is to get your cake a nice smooth finish and chill it slightly.  Then use a circle cookie cutter to make a mark in the center of the cake and repeat until the whole row is done. Continue making rows until the tier is covered.   You can pick any size circle you want, but I think I did around 1″. Then pipe along the circles.  Chilling for 10-15 min after this point will help with the rest of the marking, so that the buttercream circles won’t be pulled off.

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Then take the circle cutter and mark it in the center of the intersecting cirlces…see photo below!  As you can see my circles aren’t perfect, but when you are done with the pattern you can’t tell at all!

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Then pipe the next circles and pipe dots where the lines intersect.

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For this cake I simply decorated it will a small bouquet of white tulips and put it on a cute stand!

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Hope this tutorial helps you to try this new technique!  I also wanted to share some other orders that I have done recently.  To start is the mini cupcakes, cake lollipops, and lingerie cookies that I did for Playboy Playmate Kendra Wilkinson’s Spa Party in LA.  I wish I had more photos of the event, but here are a couple Louisa took for me!  Nicole from Cobalt Events did a great job with all of their pre-wedding and wedding details!

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Best wishes to Kendra and her new hubby, Hank Baskett!  This next cake was for a client who wanted to incorporate her friend’s fish tattoo and love of margaritas into one fun cake for her birthday.  We also make cookies to go with it.  We actually had real margarita glass on top of the cake with edible liquid gel and a lime, but sadly it didn’t fit in the photo.  

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Lastly I had the pleasure of doing a cake for a friend of mine’s recent wedding!  She was a stunning bride and just wanted a simply cake that matched her invitations and love of daisies!  Sara created this gorgeous sugar flower daisy and it was the perfect addition to the cake!

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Kayli & Darren’s Wedding

Thursday, July 9th, 2009

Get ready for some GORGEOUS photos!!!  I have to say that I was so excited when one of my old friends from college asked me to do the desserts for her wedding.  To make it even better she introduced me to Jesi, from Jesi Haack Weddings who planned the whole wedding & design!  Since the day we met Jesi and I have hit it off and I absolutely love spending any time I can with her. She did a fabulous job with every detail of this wedding and really carried Kayli & Darren’s wedding design to the next level!  I was so excited when I got to the venue and saw the incredible backdrop Jesi created for my desserts…I can’t thank her enough!  Not only was I blessed with an amazing planner for this wedding, but the photographer is one of my favorites!  Aaron Shintaku, from Aaron Shintaku Photography, captured these fantastic images and literally left me speechless when I first saw them. Congratulations to Kayli & Darren…may the Lord bless your marriage greatly!

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I absolutely love creating full dessert bars that incorporate the wedding cake and mini desserts into a fully designed table.  Thanks to Jesi for the real tree stumps, handmade backdrop, and table runner!  For the cake we used billy button flowers as the main accent to the fun bird topper they wanted for the cake.  

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Here are some details shots of the beautiful couple and their wedding!

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And last but not least the mini desserts!  Kayli had asked me if we could include her mother’s cookies and grandmother’s fudge into the dessert spread and I’m glad we did because it gave that truly homespun feel!  For the desserts we did cheesecakes with raspberries, key lime pies, chocolate peanut butter balls, red velvet cupcakes with cream cheese frosting, and carrot cake lollipops.

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And finally the cute couple enjoying their first bite of cake!

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The other fabulous vendors were…

 

Photography:  Aaron Shintaku and Amy Hinden, formerly AHS Photography
2nd shooter (so Aaron could be a legit groomsman :):  Gabriel Ryan
Hair & Makeup:  Carlie Renee
DJ:  Johnny E
Officiant:  Isaac Marcs
Floral Design:  jesi haack weddings
Photobooth:  Foto Cabina
Event Design + Coordination:  jesi haack weddings
Beautiful Hair Piece:  Oh My Deer

Bride & Bloom Magazine!!!

Monday, July 6th, 2009

Well, as you can see change has come to the blog!  Thanks to my sweet hubby for redesigning my blog to look more like my new website!  I can’t believe I have been blogging almost 1 1/2 years now…times flies when you are having fun!

I hope everyone had a fabulous 4th of July weekend!  I loved finally having a little free time with the family and tried very hard to keep my mind off the millions of things I need to do for work.  Who knew that ordering bakery equipment and supplies could be so daunting!?!  I think I have over analyzed every aspect of cupcake liners, packaging design, ovens, and baking racks.  I am happy to announce that I placed my HUGE order for all the baking equipment and tried not to look at the price quote when I got it…I simply closed my eyes and signed the check!  I have to give a shout out to my WONDERFUL parents who have practically funded my whole dream and decided to jump on board as partners in the business with my husband and I!  I absolutely LOVE working with my family and so happy that they will all be surrounding me as I take this crazy journey into sugar, spice, and “hopefully” everything nice!  

One thing that has made this journey so sweet has been the amazing vendors that I have met along the way and now I am even lucky enough to call them friends!  Carissa from JL Designs has probably helped me more than anyone in the wedding industry and has truly been a blessing in my life!  She is the most talented floral and event designer and seriously blows me away each time I see her work!  I can still remember the first time she asked me to tag along to one of her photo shoots and I couldn’t believe it!  It was so last minute, but I didn’t care…my sister and I busted out 6 mini cakes and a two tiered wedding cake in one night!  When I asked who the photographers would be and Carissa said Carlie & Gabriel from Gabriel Ryan Photographers I was jumping for joy! I am in love with their work and was so excited for them to shoot my sweets!  They are not only talented, but some of the most fun, genuine, and sweet people I know!  We were all also so lucky to work with Allison from Invitation Innovations, Desiree from Wildflower Linens, and Megan from Classic Party Rentals!  Carissa’s fabulous publicist Leila Khalil, from Be Inspired PR, landed us in the new issue of Bride & Bloom Magazine and I can’t thank her enough!  Here is one of the two shoots we did that day!

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I was so happy with how the magazine spread turned out!  Here are a couple of the close up detail shots!

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And here is a photo of Carlie, Carissa, and I…they of course decided they had to taste the mini cakes once the shoot was done!

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I also wanted to share a couple more photos with you from the dessert studio!  A lot has happened this past week, but most importantly my front bakery case got put it!!!  Thanks so much to Ben Brigham for his amazing custom wood work!  I basically told him what I liked and let him do his thing and was so happy with the results!  I do have to say the photos are great, but it even looks better in person, so once I’m open I hope you stop by!

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