Thursday, December 29, 2011

May I Have The Envelope Please?

I often make Birthday Cakes and Wedding Cakes, but a cake I made today is from one of my favorite categories...Gender Reveal Cakes!  What is a Reveal Cake, you ask?  Well it's just like a "regular" cake, but the batter or filling is colored either pink or blue based on ultrasound results that until the cake is cut have been kept a secret.   

For today's cake, time was of the essence, so I baked the vanilla cake while the mom-to-be was in the ultrasound office.  Then, after her appointment, she dropped a sealed envelope off to me at the shop.   I wait until she leaves, then I open the envelope to find out what color I need to tint the icing.  For a short period of time I am among a very select group that knows the gender of the unborn baby. I love seeing the future mom's anticipation and I especially love that she is gathering those closest to her to cut the cake, reveal the gender and celebrate what is to come!  I love that these cakes bring families together.  

Gender Reveal Cakes can be decorated in so many ways.  This cake was going to be served with all the excited grandparents present, so mom-to-be opted for a simple buttercream iced cake with baby pink and pastel blue fondant polka dots and question marks.  I added a little edible glitter and a simple bead border to finish it off.  So what color was revealed when this cake was cut?


Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Wait...That's Sugar?

Groom's cakes sure have come a long way!  While we still create traditional Groom's Cakes with chocolate dipped strawberries and a ganache drip, we recently had the pleasure of creating a Groom's Cake for a groom who loves photography.  He sent us a photo of his camera and we went to work!  We prefer to keep all items on our cakes edible, so we rarely use plastic figurines and other non-edible items as accents.
 The end result was a rice cereal treat base covered in black fondant.  The lens was attached to the body with skewers then strips of fondant were added, textured and hand painted silver luster dust.  Other fondant details including buttons and the flash were added and painted.

The sugar camera was carefully transported to the reception site and placed on the Groom's Cake, which was a 12" Square cake iced in ivory buttercream with a rosette border to coordinate with the Wedding Cake. 

The wedding photographer was on-site documenting the big day and didn't realize that the camera was edible.  The groom came by as well and loved his cake and sugar camera...success!

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Everything's Coming Up Roses!

I love getting requests for our "Rosette Cake." 

Cupcake-like swirls covering a cake entirely. 

 Add edible glitter and sporadic pearls and....viola!

Whether it's one tier or two or more, this cake is a show stopper.  

Monday, December 26, 2011

Baking on the Wild Side

The best part of being a custom cake bakery is that every day is different.  One day we can be baking a chocolate chip cake with chocolate buttercream filling to be decorated in camouflage with a deer head and the next we've got a lemon cake with raspberry filling decorated in a vintage style with ivory and blush fondant lace and pearl accents. 

Having said that, there are styles and trends in cakes, just as in fashion or home decor, and this year animal print is in.  From zebra to leopard and tiger print - it all translates nicely in sugar.  Add a splash of your favorite colors, maybe some polka dots, feathers or a monogram and you've got a wildly fabulous creation. And you can make it your own with any combination of our cake flavors and fillings!

So go on the wild side!  What can we bake for you?