In terms of engineering, I did my most complicated cake this weekend for my nephew's first birthday party (family members = cake guinea pigs). It was a gravity-defying electric guitar "leaning" up against an amp. Both the guitar and the amp are cake!
I got a lot of questions so I thought I'd share a look behind-the scenes. Here's how it was done.
This was my fourth year entering the Orange County Fair cake decorating competition. This year I entered the Wedding division and took home 2nd place. I look forward to this every year - it's a time for me to be the client, use some of my favorite techniques and mediums, push myself out of my comfort zone and try something new and scary. This cake accomplished all three.
No, I'm not talking about love. I'm talking about little kid fingers & cake. Below is the cake for my baptism (circa 1982) and the two hooligans caught in the act are my older sister and cousin.
You see, little kid fingers and cake are like magnets. Where there is a cake within reach, you will most certainly find a little kid reaching for it (and truth is, adults can be just as bad!). A couple years ago I made this cake for a family holiday party. You'd think I would know better, but I set it down to take a photo and turned my back for 30 seconds ... and bam! Kid fingers in my cake.
So here is the lesson. ALWAYS TAKE YOUR PHOTOS BEFORE THE KIDS ARRIVE! You're never going to stop kid fingers from finding cake (again, they are magnets). But you can take photos of the cake before the two collide. You're welcome.
Today I'm celebrating the conclusion of my second year in business! And what a year it as been - no sophomore slump here!! The question I get asked more than anything by family and friends is - "which cake is your favorite?" I tried, I really tried to pick ONE single favorite cake from my second year in business.
From October 2016 to October 2017, I had a 90 different cakes to choose from, but I just couldn't do it. All my cakes are my babies and are my favorite for different reasons. I was lamenting about this to my hair stylist (p.s. if you're a bride looking for great hair & makeup, she is your gal!) and she gave me a great idea ... categories! So we did a quick brainstorm on some category options, and I posted on Facebook & Instagram asking for your input.
So, without any further ado ... I give you my many favorites!
I was just coming down off the excitement of the Wedding Chicks feature and the viral spread of my cake on Instagram when I was contacted by Woman's World Magazine. They were working on a story about wedding cake trends and had found a few of my cakes on Instagram that they wanted to feature. Just a few days later the story came out!
This is a big deal! Wedding Chicks is one of the most influential wedding blogs out there. I was lucky enough to be asked to participate in this boho-chic styled photo shoot back in March by the awesome team at Kelsey Rae Designs. They assembled a talented group of vendors to create these faux wedding scenes (see all of them listed below) and pitched the final product to be published by various blogs. I was thrilled when
Photos by: Lisa Rossman Photography
It feels good to say it ... I hate red velvet cake. Its bright ruby color brings so much promise to the taste buds, but instead delivers a bitter sponge of nothingness. I thought I was alone in my feelings toward this most popular cake flavor (you'll see I don't include it in my cake flavor menu options), until I saw this episode of Orange is the New Black and rolled with laughter ...
When you are ordering a cake, I understand that you want to know exactly what you are ordering. While every client is different - some want the design process to be a collaboration and others just want to let me make all the decisions - in the end - they all share a common desire to know what to expect when the cake hits the table.
That's why I create a rendering of all my cakes that you can approve before you agree to hire me for your next event. I'm more than happy to collaborate with you to create a design that fits perfectly with your event - or I can present you with a design option of my own creation.
You can see several of my "Renderings to Reality" photos below.