Archive for February, 2010

Figurine Sculpting Class

Thursday, February 25th, 2010

Well, one thing I do look back on this year and am sad about is the lack of classes I was able to teach because I was so busy and overwhelmed with opening up a new shop of my own.  Now as much as I wish I could say that I am offering a class really soon, I can’t, BUT don’t worry because I have an amazing class that I want to pass along to all of you cake lovers!  I just found out from Kyla, who heads up the Capital Confectioner’s in Austin, Texas that they will be hosting a class here in Southern California.  The amazingly talented Lorraine McKay will be teaching you how to sculpt realistic figurines!  This is one skill that is very hard to learn by yourself and I highly recommend taking this great opportunity to learn under Lorraine.  She is offering four different classes at Classic Cake in Garden Grove.  To get all the information about the classes definitely check out their website!  Here are just a couple photos of Lorraine’s beautiful work!  Definitely let me know if you will be going to the classes!

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Hope lots of you can make it!

New Special Occasion Cakes!

Thursday, February 25th, 2010

Although we do mostly wedding cakes at the shop we also love making special occasion cakes to help people celebrate that special day in their lives!  These types of cakes can sometimes require a lot more work and detail then wedding cakes, but I find that it’s all or nothing when it comes to them because when you say you will make someone a cake that replicates a real life item it either looks like it or not…not too much room for error.  With that being said, my big undertaking this month was a DJ Turntable Cake.  I was pretty happy with how it came out, but definitely underestimated the hours I would have to put into it!

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And since it was a 1st Birthday Cake we added a special element for the birthday boy!

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This next cake was for a 25th birthday party!  She loved peacock feathers and knew her color scheme, so we took that and ran with it!  My sister made the sugar flower and feathers and I think they are amazing!

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Kid’s cakes are a lot of fun too, but I try to make sure they still follow my style and don’t get too overdone…here is a Panda Bear Cake with tiny sugar flowers and butterflies!

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My assistant, Louisa, made the Panda Bear and I think it turned out great! I love the half smile and cute little face!

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Now sometimes people don’t have a lot of money to spend on a special occasion cake, but want something beautiful and delicious, so I always suggest the rustic style cream cheese frosting cakes with fresh flower accents because I think they are just as gorgeous in their own simplistic way!

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We also got to do a recent Sweet Sixteen Birthday Cake and she wanted a princess tiara crown and a bold sugar flower!

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Lastly one of my favorite cakes recently was for a small wedding we did last weekend.  My new intern, Kyong, is definitely an artist and when I showed her the design I wanted to have painted on the cake she did it better than I could’ve imagined.  I was also quite happy with this garden rose sugar flower I made.  I wasn’t sure how I would like the flower once it had the red tips on it, but I was pleasantly surprised…I think it made it pop and really showed the gorgeous petals off!

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Well thanks for stopping by to check out my blog!  I’m currently in Texas and about to run off to my first day of class with Mike McCarey! We will be learning cake structure for crazy cakes and will be remaking this fantastic Big Bird Cake that Mike made for a Food Network Competition…wish me luck!

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Twilight Photo Shoot!

Friday, February 19th, 2010

Being able to collaborate on photo shoots with other talented people in the wedding industry is definitely one of my favorite aspects of my job!  I find that they give me a chance to push the envelope and try some new techniques and designs out.  This photo shoot was definitely an experience like that.  When Lina Wallace and Heather Ham told me about their plans for a Twilight inspired photo shoot I knew I couldn’t turn it down and then to top it off they said Meg Perotti was photographing it, so I knew the photos would be gorgeous!  Lina and Heather definitely thought this shoot through and have great back stories to all of their design and details.  They wanted to do their interpretation of what they thought Twilight’s wedding look might be like…we had all seen the darker side play out in photo shoots, but they wanted to do a lighter feel to it and do more of a forest, earthy look to it.  I have to say they did AMAZING!  Here ares some words from them describing the look…

We mainly took our inspiration from the fourth book in The Twilight series by Stephanie Meyer, Breaking Dawn, in which the two characters Bella and Edward get married. The wedding was described as taking place at the house where Edward and his family live in the woods surrounded by all white flowers. We also took inspiration from the iconic cover of the first book where hands are holding an apple. Apples were used as escort cards, candleholders, a cake topper, and our signature beverage, hot apple cider.

For our ceremony setup we had floating rose heads and crystals hanging from a tree with a simple white rose petal aisle.

For the bouquet, we used peonies, roses, lisianthus, dusty miller and bluporum tied with a simple white ribbon that had the words “so the lion fell in love with the lamb” written by our calligrapher, Calligraphy Katrina.

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For the cake I knew I wanted to have some hand painting, but also some other 3D elements that popped off the cake.  My friend Heather did the painting part for me and then we made sugar molds to accent the side of the cake and also stuck on real lace pieces as well for texture.  And to top off the cake I thought a hand painted silver apple would be the perfect addition!

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For the favors, we had several options including buttons with “Team Bella” and “Team Edward”, as well as miniature green trees and pashmina wraps in coordinating colors.

For our main tablescape we used all white flowers (roses, lisianthus and hydrangea) as well as some greenery (dusty miller and bluporum and a few succulents). We incorporated apples as candleholders as well as using floating candles in glass containers and silver candelabras. We had a lace table runner made by Sashes of love placed down the center of the table. We had menus made by our calligrapher with each guest’s name (Bella, Edward, Alice, Emmett, Esme, Carlisle, Rosalie and Jasper). We used a chocolate brown satin ribbon with a crystal broach at each place setting.

We also decided to do a “Luxe for Less” look to show brides how they could take a high-end tablescape and interpret it into something more reasonable for those concerned with their budget. Instead of the rented wooden tables we used a standard linen in camel. We used wooden folding chairs in an antique finish and used a single candelabra with a few floral centerpieces for a similar effect as the main tablescape.

We wanted to bring Bella and Edward’s wedding to life similar to how it is described in the book. We’ve seen other inspirations that are very gothic and dark using reds and blacks, but we wanted to show our interpretation of what their wedding would really look like with delicate, light, airy details.

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Thanks to all the wonderful vendors that made this gorgeous photo shoot a reality!

Event Design: Lina Wallace – A Stunning Affair and Heather Ham – Events by Heather Ham/ Photography: Meg Perotti / Floral design: Lina Wallace Rentals: Classic Party Rentals / Stationary: Calligraphy Katrina / Table Runner: Sashes for Love / Venue: Church of Our Saviour




More Valentine’s Day Treats: JL Designs + Sweet & Saucy Shop

Wednesday, February 10th, 2010

The pop-up shop that Carissa, of JL Designs, and I did at my shop this past Christmas was such a success that we decided to offer it to our customers for Valentine’s Day too!  When Carissa posted her Valentine’s Day florals to say I was blown away would be an understatement!  She is beyond talented and I truly think that if you want to give that special someone in your life a heartfelt gift what could be better than gorgeous flowers that fit their style and personality plus some delicious treats too!  So here are the details! Hope to see all of you this weekend!

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when: friday february 12 and saturday february 13
where: sweet and saucy shop – 6400 stearns street, long beach
what: a variety of couture floral pieces, ranging anywhere from $20-$100
why: because you’re a last minute shopper and we are trying to make this easy on you…flowers AND sweet treats in one blow – come one!! it’s dummy proof! :)

we are taking custom orders that will be available for pickup at sweet and saucy on friday and saturday…so if you wanna save on delivery, you can still order anything in the collection and then come get it yourself…OR you can just be surprised at what’s in the shop…we will be creating some signature pieces at a lower price point along with our couture collection…you know, just for variety’s sake :) so there will be something for everyone!

but whether you want to pick up your arrangement OR you want us to deliver to your sweetie, either way

ALL CUSTOM ORDERS MUST BE PLACED BY 5:00PM ON THURSDAY FEBRUARY 11TH…

otherwise, you can feel free to browse the pieces at sweet and saucy on friday and saturday…but word to the wise, it’s first come first serve so to get a wide range of options, i wouldn’t lolligag!!!

email me if you are confused, overwhelmed or just plain clueless as to what to do…i am here to help :) carissa@jldesignsandevents.com

For the ladies in your life…

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Now for the man in your life…

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To place your orders with Carissa just visit her website!

Of course we will have lots of yummy Valentine’s Day treats for you as well, so place your orders now since we will be busy busy this weekend!





Valentine’s Day Sugar Cookies

Saturday, February 6th, 2010

Of course I wanted to get these photos up sooner, but the shop has been quite busy this week, so I’m squeezing them in right now! Before I show off the yummy sugar cookies I thought I would give you a sneak peak of the gorgeous photos that Sarah K Chen captured last week at her Blush Boudoir shoot that Linda Ly, from Grand Soriees, styled.  They asked me if I would like to send some sexy treats along with them and of course I couldn’t pass up the opportunity.  Here are just two photos from the shoot, but definitely check out her blog for more gorgeous photos!

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Aren’t they dreamy!  So with Valentine’s Day right around the corner what wouldn’t be better to give that special someone than a delicious cookie with a love message…here are some of my favorites!

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You can buy these sugar cookies individually bagged and tied with a ribbon for $4.25-$6.00 or you can get this gift box with 3 large cookies for $20.

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We can also do jewel cake lollipops or a gift basket of 6 cake lollipops for $20!

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Hope everyone has a fabulous weekend!

Do-It-Yourself Valentine’s Day Treats Featured on Brides.com

Thursday, February 4th, 2010

I was very excited last week when I got an email from Brides.com asking me if I would like to contribute a fun and easy D0-It-Yourself treat for their readers!  Of course I said yes right away and went to work.  Over at our shop our delicious cake lollipops are always quite the hit and so I wanted to play off that idea, but make it a little more reader friendly. So instead of having to go through the whole process of make the actual cake pops I thought donut holes would be a great substitute. So if you are in for an easy and yummy treat for Valentine’s Day definitely go over and check out my tutorial on Brides.com!

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There are some other great tutorials too for other Valentine’s Day Gifts so make sure and check them all out!

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