Saturday, December 31, 2011

Ringing in the New Year

What better way to ring in the new year than by celebrating a new marriage! Lisa and Jason are getting married today, and will celebrate the beginning of 2012 with 200 of their closest friends and family at their fancy reception tonight (which, by the way, will overlook the Charlotte skyline AND fireworks at midnight) now that's fun! Lisa and I have been chatting about her cake designs since summer, so it's fun for me to finally see the final result all come together.

Four cupcake flavors: walnut studded carrot cake, chocolate peanut butter, vanilla chocolate chip, marshmallow rice krispie (yup, you read correctly, that was Lisa's idea... rice krispie treats shaped and frosted like cupcakes!).

These chocolate peanut butter cupcakes were sprinkled with various sizes of silver dragees, to look a little like champagne bubbles. (In case you were wondering, this design was the beginning of my love for the silver dragee... I ordered 6 lbs of them at a cake show this summer just for this order... now I can't stop using them!)

These were the cute rice krispie treats, frosted with a swirl of buttercream, and sprinkled with clear sanding sugar. (These would be my personal favorite flavor of the evening, considering I could easily polish off an entire pan of rice krispie treats myself!)

The vanilla chocolate chip cupcakes were frosted with buttercream, and decorated with more mini dragees, and a trio of cute black fondant flowers.

And then there's the walnut studded carrot cake cupcakes, frosted with a scrumptious cream cheese buttercream and decorated with a single black fondant flower (side note - have you ever tried cream cheese frosting on a graham cracker - yum!).

And the final display! 200 beautiful cupcakes, and a sweet little bridal cake for the bride and groom to cut into. The fun thing about the cake, it's actually all rice krispies inside, which is Lisa and Jason's fav dessert. Very fun!

This post finishes me off for 2011. It's been a busy but really fun year. To all my clients and friends, thanks so much for all of your creative ideas and inspirations... and Happy New Year!

Friday, December 30, 2011

Batter up!

This baseball cake was ordered to be the groomscake for a wedding rehearsal dinner this weekend. I love working with soon-to-be brides to figure out the perfect design to celebrate and surprise their soon-to-be hubbies! In this case, Lisa's groom was a pitcher during his days at UNC.... love how this turned out! The hat and baseball are sculpted cakes, covered in fondant and hand painted, and the larger base cake is covered in buttercream grass. As always, my favorite parts are the small details - in this case, it's the seam stitching on the hat - look close and you'll see it!

Friday, December 16, 2011

Supreme {3D Pizza Cake}

Since I grew up in Chicago, I consider myself a pizza expert... I think almost anyone from Chicago or New York would say the same (I won't play favorites in this blog over which city has the better version... but I will say I can't resist a good slice, regardless of the city it hails from). So, since I'm an "expert" and all, I've been wanting to make a pizza cake for years. I finally got an order for one this weekend, and knew exactly what I wanted to do. My only dilemma - how to do the cheese. I pondered a bunch of different options -- grated chocolate, grated fondant, rolled fondant, pourable frosting -- and ended up using melted white chocolate (drizzled on the top), which turned out great. I imagine all of the little girls at Rachel's party will get a kick out of having pizza for dessert! (Now if only they could figure out how to make a pizza look like a cake... that would be fun!)

All Things Girlie {Tea Party, Ballet, Princess Cupcakes}

What do you do when you have a little girl who loves tea parties, ballet, and princesses?? You have a ballet-princess-tea party themed birthday!! So we did a little bit of everything on these cupcakes. So fun!

Up Up and Away {3D Airplane Cake}

My good friend Heather and I have been talking about this airplane cake for months. Her dad just retired from his career as a pilot for American Airlines. To celebrate, she ordered this fun cake for him!! It's a mini version of a MD-80, the plane he flew. I just love it!

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Trends {Cake Pops}

Okay, so if you haven't heard, cake pops are the trendiest thing going right now. Here's a super simple version... cake centers, dipped in chocolate, covered in sprinkles. Delish!! I can't keep these in my kitchen or I'll eat at least a dozen. I made these for a party favor for our friend Maggie... happy birthday, sweet girl!

Twinkle Toes {Ballet and Monogram cupcakes}

My friend Sam ( always orders the cutest things from me... no exception this time. Adorable little ballet themed cupcakes for her daughter's 5th birthday. Love these!! PS. Yes, I'm still trying to find any reason to use my favorite silver dragee sprinkles!!

Oh baby... {Baby Shower Cupcakes - Diapers and Babies}

Cute little cupcakes for a babyshower this weekend... Happy babies, sad babies, and lots of diapers. Yup, that about sums up the first few weeks with a new baby!!

Friday, December 9, 2011

3 week hiatus

After a three week hiatus (which was lovely!) I'm gearing back up for a busy December. I started folding my cake boxes this week to get ready. This is only half of the boxes for December... I wonder if Santa would bring me a bigger storage closet??!!