Monday, April 25, 2016

Tiffany & Co. inspired 1st Birthday Celebration

A lavish 1st birthday celebration featuring custom designed cakes and desserts displayed like Tiffany & Co. jewelry?  I'm in! 

It's always a treat to work with Jeramee from You're Welcome Events...she sure knows how to design and execute an all-star celebration! This elegant 1st Birthday party for adorable twin girls was a noteworthy occasion. 

Designing the 3-tier cake, twin cutting cakes and detailed dessert buffet was a cake artists dream come true! No detail was spared on the custom decorated cookies, cupcakes and rice crispy treats pops.  Much like the treasures from Tiffany & Co., each was a work of art.  A truly fabulous party...thanks for letting me help with the celebration! Enjoy!

Creative Team:
Design & Planning: You're Welcome Events
Photography: Beach City Photo
Florals: Pink Daffodil
Production: Lucas Jeanne Events
Kid's Entertainment: Artovator

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Cake Camp 2015 Las Vegas

Cake Camp, the name alone excites me.  Cake, shopping, Vegas... What's not to like?  Green Valley Ranch was a first class resort and everything was very easy and convenient. But I'm most impressed with the California Cake Club for putting on such a high quality and low stress conference!  The ICES convention had, in my opinion, gotten too hung up on protocol and the quality of the demonstrations suffered. Cake Camp was so much more professional and offered almost exclusively hands-on mini classes (3-4 hours) with 8-12 students, rather than 1-hour demonstrations with 50-75 people. The instructors were all world class sugar artists and the best in the business. Plus, the vendors were all decorators themselves and sold only high quality products. I am already looking forward to (and saving $ for) the next cake camp in 2017! 

Another trifecta on the way to Vegas...two bakers baking at our stop in Baker. My assistant Emma was a great travel buddy! 
Ruth Rickey provided an awesome class making gum paste plumeria flowers (obviously, a favorite around here). Thank you for the game-changing tips on assembling sugar flowers!

Below, Ruth's suggested "basic kit" for petal dust. I loved that this is the same way that I store all my colors...I thought it was brilliant when I came up with it. Ha ha! 
My most helpful class was a discussion about booking wedding clients with my new hero Lauren Kitchens from Fancy Cakes by Lauren. She is so inspiring, yet real, honest and down to earth.  Poor Emma got tired of hearing all the advice from Lauren that I plan to implement in the studio this year!  I think I have a little crush. 

We also loved the wafer paper flower class using printed wafer paper and heart shape cutouts. Why didn't I think of that? 

Marina Sousa today from Just Cake instructed us on making a "Chalkboard Cake."  Not a bad first attempt with "Fondarific" fondant made with buttercream... tastes pretty good, but hard to work with.  I can't wait to start experimenting at home. 

The last class was from my local hero, Lindsay Sinatra from A Wish and a Whisk bakery in Costa Mesa. We made a darling mini cake with a ballerina theme: 

Cake Camp was a sugar-coated blast! I am thrilled to be back home, armed with some new tricks to practice in my own bakery. Until next time!

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Casa Romantica Styled Photo Shoot

Whenever work takes me to Casa Romantica Cultural Center & Gardens, I welcome the opportunity! On this occasion, I had the distinct pleasure of working with an amazing team of vendors who came together for this elegant styled photo shoot. 

Casa Romantica, with its historic setting and panoramic ocean views, is a photographers dream! Bensten Photography delivered the goods. They captured the elegance, romance and spanish-style details of the property. 

Countless hours of piping, tufting fondant, and sugar flowers were all worth it! I am in love with the finished product.  Makes me wish I could get married again! 

The dessert buffet was a fun chance to employ my collection of antique cake stands.  The small bites dessert trend rages on...guests love sampling mini cupcakes, cake pops and elegant sugar cookies. 

The views, the styling...all breathtaking.  Every detail played off the romance of the setting, with an elegant whisper of the beach setting. 

Introducing, the all-star team that put this beautiful scene together:

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Romance & Rancho Las Lomas

I have been excited about this wedding for quite a while now!  I sketched the design over a year ago on my plane ride back from the ISES cake convention in Albuquerque.  It is so fun to see it finally come to fruition. 

Any event at Rancho Las Lomas is reason for excitement! Nestled under ancient oak and sycamore trees, this open-air theater with a marble ceremonial stage is a spectacular place to say "I do." The Bride chose an elegant spanish-inspired theme and vivid color palette. The effect was nothing less than stunning. Lynne Lucente Floral Designs crafted a dazzling display of flowers for this affair. Every detail was perfect. 

The cake was a show-stopper...a 4-tier buttercream cake with ivory icing and black sugar lace. Borders were piped in icing and hand painted with gold luster. 

Roses were handmade in gumpaste and airbrushed in shades of fuchsia, purple and burgundy, then accented with gold gilded gumpaste leaves. Monogram brooch and jeweled brooches were hand crafted in gumpaste and painted with piping gel.

We wish the newlyweds all the happiness in the world!  Thank you for letting us be a part of your celebration! Thanks for your impeccable taste makes my job so much fun. 
Photo credit: Lynne Lucente Floral Design

Venue: Rancho Las Lomas
Floral Design: Lynne Lucente Floral Design
Wedding Photography: Jim Kennedy Photographers
Catering: 24 Carrots Catering
Rentals: Found Rentals