Tuesday, July 10, 2012

From Design to Conception

I thought I would show how I come up with cake designs for different clients. I have two different bridal shower cakes to share. The first one was a surprise for the bride from the mother. The mom wanted me to incorporate the bridal invite into the cake, as well as the bridal shower theme of little black dress. I typically sketch several different designs for a client to get a gauge for what they like. From that point they can either pick a designed I had sketched or make changes to a design such as color or placement of scroll work, etc. Since the invite included a white wedding dress, and the theme was little black dress I thought it would be fun to have both represented in the cake. I decided to make a 3-D dress rack for the cake topper, which had both dresses hanging from the rack, and then replicate the scroll work from the invite on to the cake.
All of the scroll work I piped by hand with any stencils.

The dresses were hand cut and placed on wires to look like cloths hangers.

The MOB framed the invite so that everyone could see where the inspiration from the cake came from. I loved the way the cake the turned out. I thought the LBD theme was super cute for a bridal shower.

For the next cake I was again contacted by the parents to make the cake for their daughter's bridal shower. This time the information I was given was only that the parties color scheme was plum and gold. The parents basically gave me free range to do whatever I wanted with those colors (love those type of clients). I sent the client three sketches and they again they chose their favorite. Then they made some slight adjustments to the sketch such as making the border on the top and bottom tiers wider.

I have to say I was a little nervous while making this cake that it would not come out like I had pictured in my head. However, one the cake was stacked and put together it came out better then I had expected.
I really loved this cake and wished I could have kept it. I don't think the pictures really do it justice. It is hard to see all the details from the pictures. Oh well I can always recreate it later on if I want.
Thanks for stopping by. I hope you enjoyed this look at how the process works.

Monday, July 2, 2012

Wedding cakes and a Baltimore grooms cake

Sorry for the lack in posting, but we have been pretty busy around here with cakes and other
event. I just wanted to stop by and share some recent cakes that we had done. The first up was
for a my bride Nikki who wanted a small wedding cake for cutting, and an awesome Baltimore
themed grooms cake for her man. The wedding cake itself was very simple and elegant with a
fresh flower topper.

For the grooms cake we went all out. The bride said that she wanted a cake to represent
Baltimore and the Ravens but also include her groom’s Filipino background. So of course
when everyone thinks of Baltimore they think of crabs. So to incorporate everything the bride
wanted we decided to make a crab basket set on top of edible newspaper with Ravens headlines.
(Since you always throw down some newspaper to eat your crabs). We also added an Old Bay
container, a crab mallet with the Filipino flag on it and their wedding date, a bottle of Miller Lite
and a shot glass for good measure.
I love the way this cake turned out and some of the guest couldn't believe it was a cake.
Everything on the cake was edible from the edible newspaper to the sugar beer bottle that we
made. I think the "Old Bay" we added to the crabs really made them come to life.

To finish out the weekend we made a country themed wedding cake. I love it when a bride steps
out of the box and lets us create a really fun wedding cake. The cake fit nicely into the venue and
the decor the bride had selected for her big day!
I absolutely loved the bride’s choice for her head table. It was so rustic but elegant at the same
time, and it fit the theme perfectly. 
This cake was so much fun to make. I hope I get to do more themed wedding cakes in the future.
So that's all I have for you guys for now! I do have some really big news I want to share, but I
have to hold off until I know it will be official. Thanks for stopping by!