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Behind the Scenes @ Sweet & Saucy Shop: Pororo Cake How-to

Monday, July 28th, 2014

Hey there, welcome to a new series we’re starting up, where our cake decorators share with you the ins and outs of one of their favorite cakes of the week. We’re really excited to show you what goes on behind the scenes!

This post, Kaytee shares with you the makings of a cute little cake featuring Pororo the Little Penguin, a South Korean cartoon character. She chose to feature this cake because we Sweet & Saucy decorators love cute animal toppers (especially when they’re wearing aviator caps! What?! Ahh!), and any excuse to highlight them is definitely welcome. So here goes. Enjoy!

Here’s the final product:

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Now let’s see how we get there!

To begin, here’s a trade secret: when we make those toppers you folks love, a lot of the time, they’re made of Rice Krispie squares. Fondant is really quite heavy, so this allows us to have elaborate toppers without damaging the cake supporting them. So first, we mash the squares into the shape we want:

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Then, we cover the shape with melted white chocolate:

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After this, we’ll shave off the extra bumps. Sometimes – if we’re feeling particular about the shape being very smooth – we’ll cover it in modelling chocolate.

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Then I cover the ball in red modelling chocolate. I choose modeling chocolate for this particular topper because of its flexibility and ability to cover seams using your own body heat through your fingers.

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Then I do the same with the remaining shapes.

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You’ll notice that there is a skewer going through all the parts in the picture above; this ensures that the topper is secure. The skewer also goes through the styrofoam, much like it will in the cake, in order to hold the topper up, in its place.

Then, I add the details, using water to adhere them to each other.

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Another neat thing about modeling chocolate is that it hardens when cold. So I make the wings out of modeling chocolate, then freeze spray them to keep them in the desired position. I use chocolate brown petal dust to fill in the creases on the cap.

Then for the rainbow, I roll out pretty thin red fondant. Since it’s the top of the rainbow color, I want to use it as the base. I roll out thicker bands of each color, then cut them uniformly, using a metal pasta strip cutter that has been a lifesaver back here. Each band is adhered to the base using water.

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Once the cake has been buttercreamed and is sufficiently hardened, it’s time to put the decorations on, and voila! You now have a Pororo cake! Look at that cute little guy!

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Style Me Pretty Book

Saturday, December 22nd, 2012

Well I have been waiting for this day for a while…Style Me Pretty’s new book just came out on Decemeber 18th and I couldn’t be more overjoyed!  Last year Abby asked if I could be the contributing cake designer for the whole book and of course I said yes after pinching myself a million times!  I had the privilege and pleasure of working with Jose Villa, Lisa Vorce, Kate Holdt, and Rebecca Schmidt Ruebensaal on the books six styled photo shoots and I have to say they turned out pretty amazing!  Below is one peek from a shoot we did with them that was a bonus chapter that Abby recently featured on her blog!  You can buy the book at any major bookstore or online through Amazon.

I have to say this might be one of my favorite cakes!  I have fallen in love with gold this past year and I love to add it to anything and everything when it comes to cake and desserts!  I love simplicity as well and I think that is cake is very simple, yet just my style!

From the paintings to the gold encrusted silverware…I am in love with everything!

Thanks so much for stopping by and I will definitely be posting more about the features we have in the book coming up soon!



Whimsical Warehouse Elopement Photo Shoot

Wednesday, March 7th, 2012

We were all excited to be featured on Green Wedding Shoes yesterday for the recent photo shoot we did!  The lovely girls from over at GATHER Events and Occasions asked me to be a part of this Urban Photo Shoot and I loved the concept. The space was amazing and I absolutely loved everyone on the team’s design that brought together this one of a kind shoot!  You can see all the details and inspiration over at Green Wedding Shoes too!  Thanks to Leah Lee Photography for the fabulous photos and you can see the rest of the wonderful team I got a chance to work with at the end of the post!







The paper design and invitations are so much fun I think…




The flower design was simply amazing in my opinion!  So earthy and unique…lovely job by Krista Jon.





Heirloom catering made some of the best looking food for the shoot…they have to be on my top list for “NEED TO TRY” since I have only seen millions of delicious looking photos of their food, but never been able to actually taste it! Hopefully one day soon!



I just adore the place setting design…so original and whimsical.





For the cake design I knew I didn’t want to do a traditional white cake, so we paired grey, cream, and peach together and I love the combo!  For the grey bottom you can’t see all the detail we did, but we imprinted the bottom with a doily like pattern to give it texture and detail and then covered the top two tiers in peach fondant.  Then we did a simple sugar lace doily to lay under the cluster of sugar flowers.





Thanks so much for stopping by the blog…hope you enjoyed this shoot as much as I did!

photography: Leah Lee Photography // design + styling + paper goods: GATHER Events and Occasions// cake: Sweet and Saucy Shop // catering: Heirloom LA // florals + styling: Krista Jon // rentals: Archive Vintage Rentals // hair: Nicole Chew Beauty // makeup: Lauren Dunning // wedding dress: Stella Alberti Couture // bridal accessories: Lo Boheme // bow ties: Pocket Square Clothing // jewelry: Ariel Gordon // venue: Jesse St. // videography: Tower Films // models: Aurelia Scheppers + Jado Lee

My Maternity Photos!!!

Tuesday, February 7th, 2012

Well I have been waiting and waiting to share these photos with you and I am so happy to finally be able to!  This past year has been one of the best years of my life as my husband and I have been preparing to welcome our little baby girl, Blake Eileen Brandon, into the family!  I am writing this post at 5am having been awake already with little blake’s wiggling and hiccups (her favorite thing to do inside my belly) since 3am, but I have never been filled with more joy!  I thank that Lord for the special gift He is giving to us and am counting down the days (1 month left) until little blake arrives!

My dear friend Carlie, from Gabriel Ryan Photographers, took our maternity photos and I really don’t think I would’ve picked anyone else to do it…she captured everything perfectly and these photos are something I will treasure for the rest of my life…thanks Carlie!  We were also lucky enough to be featured on the blog, Onto Baby, my new obsession these past few months, so you can check out their full post here!

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As many of my friends and family members will tell you I certainly am doing my fair share of shopping for my little girl…I just can’t stop myself when I see tiny clothes and shoes!  Yes I know she probably will only wear those shoes for half a second, but they have made me smile so much already and her tiny feet aren’t even in them yet!

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My sweet hubby Tim has been the best partner ever to go through this pregnancy with…I will cherish every memory of him talking to little blake in my belly and seeing the joy on his face as he talks about all his future plans with his little girl.  She is one lucky lady to have such an amazing daddy!

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Of course we had to do a couple wardrobe changes…just in case my pregnant and ever changing body didn’t look so good in one outfit :) Thankfully Carlie is a master at what she does and made all my outfits work!

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Well this is the first of many cakes I will get to design for my little girl…just wait till your first birthday blake, mommy will make sure and go all out!


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Well thank you so much for stopping by my blog and sharing in this amazing time with us…we can’t wait to share more photos in the months to come of our little girl!

Custom Kid’s Cakes

Monday, September 19th, 2011

Well the kid’s cakes in my iphoto gallery have been stacking up so I thought I would share some recent ones we’ve done with you!  Kyong mainly heads up the kid’s cake section and I have to say she does an amazing job bringing the cake designs to life!  First up a 1st birthday party for a little rocker boy :)





Sesame Street and especially Elmo is always popular with the younger crowd!



This was a fun project we did recently for a 1st birthday party.  They had a whole dessert bar set up too, but I don’t have those photos yet.  We created three baby tigers for them and then a bunch of adorable baby tiger cake lollipops!



Irene is getting flawless at piped buttercream cakes and this next cake is one of my favorites…


This Mickey Mouse Clubhouse cake is a great way to pull off the theme on only a one tier cake; simple, but fun!



This carved flamingo cake was a birthday surprise for a client and they loved it…



I just happen to love this next cake Kyong did…Spongebob and his little krabby cakes and french fries have never looked more cute.




This cake had so much detail and took quite a while to make, but I loved the final product!





And lastly the ever popular Toy Story birthday party, but this time the star of the show was Jessi!




Thanks so much for stopping by the blog and make sure and let us know which cake you liked the best!

Dreamy Wedding in Newport Harbor

Wednesday, June 15th, 2011

This past weekend I was at Barnes & Noble bookstore and I happened to pick up The Knot Southern California Magazine.  As I went to look through it I was pleasantly surprised to see that we were featured not one, but FOUR times!!!  To say I was thrilled is an understatement!  We are so lucky to work with such amazing planners, photographers, florists, etc and because of them I am blessed to get in these kind of features!  Leila from Be Inspired PR got us this amazing feature below and I have to say a big THANK YOU to her!

This wedding was shot by the lovely Meg Perotti and the wonderful Courtney, from Joyful Weddings and Events, pulled the whole gorgeous day off!  I get to work with Carissa, from JL Designs, quite a bit and I have to say that this might be one of my favorite weddings she has done…the florals are just breathtaking!  Courtney took the concept of a “beach wedding” to a whole new level and I loved how it all turned out!

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Karrie and Elizabeth from Posh Paperie created the perfect invitations, menu cards, and place cards!  Love them!!  And how unique is this place card display Courtney created!










Seriously Carissa’s florals are SIMPLY STUNNING!







For the cakes we did a rustic trio of cakes and I have to say I just love this simple homespun look!  We accented them with fresh peonies and with the florals from Carissa and burlap backdrop it was a match made in Heaven.






Here are snapshots of the 3 other cake features we got in the magazine!  First up a fun groom’s cake we did for a groom that loved boxing!


At this next wedding we did with Jesi Haack Design & Gabriel Ryan Photography we did another rustic style cake and then a full mini dessert bar as well!


And lastly we did a fun dot cake with lots of pops of color for a client from In the Now Weddings & Events!


Thanks so much for stopping by the blog!  Hope you have a great day!

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