Several weeks ago I received a call from a mom who was throwing a birthday party for her little girl. The theme? Princess of course! The birthday girl couldn't decide which princess was her favorite for the color scheme - it changed daily as it tends to do with 5 year olds - so we went with girly pink. The cake was White Chocolate Wedding Cake with pink ombre rosettes, and it was topped with an edible crown fit for a princess.
Accompanying the cake were 2 dozen Chocolate Fudge and Golden Vanilla Butter Cupcakes that were topped with hand made fondant crowns, swords, and shields. We couldn't leave the knights attending the party feeling left out!
In June, I provided the cake table goodies for a couple who was married at River Road Chateau in Anna. Originally they were going to go with a small naked cake, cupcakes, and a surprise groom's cake, and the bride told me ahead of time about the Mickey Mouse cake topper and cupcake picks she was going to have ready for me to add. Just a couple of weeks before the wedding though, she found a picture of a cake design that tied in the Mickey theme, and it was just perfect for their subtly themed wedding!
The cake was alternating layers of Lemon and Strawberry cake, filled with Lavender Blackberry buttercream, and iced in Vanilla buttercream. The bottom tier was iced in a rustic design, and the top tier featured a Swiss Dot pattern.
There were 5 different flavor combinations of cupcake for the guests. Red Velvet with Cream Cheese Buttercream, Lemon with Cream Cheese Buttercream, Lemon with Lavender Blackberry Buttercream, Strawberry with Lavender Blackberry Buttercream, and Chocolate with Chocolate Buttercream. I don't think I could have picked just one!
My favorite part though had to be the surprise groom's cake. The bride secretly took some photos of the groom's Marine uniform so I could replicate the ribbons and awards. I ordered uniform buttons and the same awards online, and then made molds from the actual pieces so I could replicate the details in fondant.
There were so many fun details that this couple incorporated into their wedding, like his and hers mouse ears hanging from the back of their chairs instead of satin bows, and I am so happy that I was able to incorporate some of those details into their wedding cake too!
Recently I was contacted by a man who wanted a birthday cake for his girlfriend who I used to work with years ago. I came up with a few sketches, but having knowledge of who the birthday girl actually was, I just knew this was the one! Shoes, purses, and travel!
In the original sketch, I used silhouettes of skyscrapers, but the client asked if I could change them into landmarks from Paris and London, places they had traveled to recently. Absolutely! I love when the client gets involved in the design process. It makes the finished product so much more personal!
The flavor of the cake was lemon and it was filled with lavender blackberry buttercream. I used a thin layer of vanilla buttercream under the fondant covering the tiers instead of the lavender blackberry because the berries would have created a surface that would just be too bumpy to yield a nice fondant finish.
And then came the decorations. I printed out pictures of the Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe, Louvre, and Pantheon for the Paris landmarks on the bottom tier and Big Ben, the Tower Bridge, and London Eye for the London landmarks on the top tier. I then cut them out and used them as a guide to cut out the fondant silhouettes.
Then I let my inner fashion designer out and added the cutest 15 shoes and 11 purses. All unique. All edible. I NEED to find pairs of the white ruffled shoe and pink with black dots shoe in my real size!
Of course, world travel and a closet filled with these goodies wouldn't be complete without a little bubbly too. In addition to a shoe and purse, a fondant champagne bottle topped the cake as well. The birthday girl loved it, and posted some sweet comments on Facebook before I even had time to review the pictures I took.
Which of these shoes or purses would you like to have in your closet?
I just found out it is World Chocolate Day! Like I really needed an excuse to eat some chocolate today!
If you aren't prepared, don't worry... there are still plenty of chocolate holidays to go this year. National Milk Chocolate Day is July 28, International Chocolate Day is September 13, National White Chocolate Day is September 22, and National Chocolate Day is October 28!
Recently we delivered a set of wedding cakes to The Laurel in Grapevine. The bride asked us to create a Cake Bar comprised of five different flavored cakes instead of the traditional stacked wedding cake.
The bride still wanted one of the cakes to stand out as the 'wedding cake' for the traditional cake cutting, so we made her cake slightly larger than the others. This centerpiece was our Champagne Cake which was filled with Raspberry Buttercream, iced in Swiss Meringue Buttercream, and decorated with hand made gold gelatin sequins to resemble champagne bubbles drifting up the side of the cake.
One of the cakes was designated as the groom's cake. This was our Chocolate Stout cake filled with Chocolate Hazelnut Buttercream. This decadent cake was iced in Chocolate Buttercream and crowned with chocolate ganache. The bride and groom have a friend that made the toppers for all of their cakes.
This wedding was over Memorial Day Weekend, and also featured two summery flavors. A Lemon Cake filled with Lavender Blackberry Buttercream was iced with Swiss Meringue Buttercream before a quilt pattern and pearls were added. The other was a Strawberry Cake filled with Cream Cheese Buttercream and iced with a Strawberry Buttercream ruffle.
Rounding out the Cake Bar was another traditional groom's flavor - Red Velvet with Cream Cheese Buttercream.
I love that the bride used unique stands, toppers, and designs for each cake making each one as individual as it's flavor! The cake servers were instructed to cut the slices thinner than usual so that the guests could have more than one piece. I don't think I could have selected just one!
Hi! I'm Melisa
I am the owner, baker, designer, decorator and all around 'one woman show' of Sweet By Design, a home based, custom cake bakery which is located just outside of Dallas, Texas. I hope to shed a little light on the wedding and event industry and make your day a little sweeter!
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