Thursday, December 29, 2011

Ladybug birthday cake and cookie favors

Very excited every time one of our customers returns for a new birthday surprise! I made a chocolate fudge cake with Oreo cream filling carved into a ladybug. The red and black fondant creates a vibrant display.

We also baked and decorated individually wrapped cookie favors to match the cake.
Delivered to a 3rd birthday party at The Little Gym in Livingston NJ.

Monday, December 26, 2011

Hannukah Snowflake Cake

A two tier chocolate fudge cake with Belgian dark chocolate cream filling. Covered in blue and white fondant and decorated with sugar snowflakes. Delivered to a family Hannukah celebration in Chatham NJ.

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Santa Hat Elmo with Birthday Gift Cake

What better for a two year old on his same day as Christmas birthday, than an Elmo bursting from a gift box wearing a Santa hat? Maybe if inside is perennial favorite chocolate fudge cake with Madagascar vanilla bean filling.

The white fondant gift box is tied with a green bow and decorated with Elmo's goldfish, crayons and musical notes.

For a Christmas Day party in Livingston NJ.

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Black and Red Gucci Handbag Cake

I was called on by a customer whose wife loves Gucci, and he wanted to surprise her for a birthday party in Atlantic City NJ. He chose a handbag design with red, black and white colors, and the fondant is embossed with the Gucci logo. Inside is a white vanilla cake with strawberry cream filling, carved into a Gucci handbag.

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Suzuki GXR Bike Groom's Cake

This was a tough one, a motorbike cake modeled on the groom's Suzuki GXR. How do you make enough cake to fit inside a motorbike, and keep it standing? I never even rode on motorbike!

Simon started out by building a wooden frame, that would allow us to build up to the seat and leave it overhanging the rear wheel, as well as supporting the front end. Sorry, I was so busy I didn't take a picture of the frame, will have to stay a secret!

Inside is red velvet cake with cream cheese filling. Then we built up the cake with the engine block, fuel tank and seats. A black leather jacket with the groom's personalized 007 logo lays across the seat.

We delivered the cake to a wedding reception at Sterling Gardens in Matawan NJ.

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Fire Station and Engine Birthday Cake

It was quite cool delivering this cake to the Princeton Junction Fire Company, a really exciting location for a small boy's birthday party. The perfectly clean building houses a dozen gleaming fire trucks and support vehicles.

We made a white vanilla cake with dulce de leche cream filling, the bottom tier decorated as a fire house, the second tier in traditional dalmation spots and with a fire engine on top! Complete with fire hyrants and fire hose.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Minnie Mouse Car Birthday Cake

The hardest thing with sculpting figurines is getting the right expression, especially with such well known characters as Disney ones! Minnie Mouse has a particular look, with her eyes close together just set above her nose. But I noticed that the nose is not round, it's oval and protrudes! Took me a few attempts to get it right!

Now inside the pink fondant exterior, carved into the shape of a special car is lemon coconut cake with dulce de leche cream filling. The Minnie Mouse figurine sits smiling at all the kids! Delivered to a first birthday party in North Arlington NJ.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Scrabble Board Groom's Cake

A bride came to me wanting to surprise her husband to be with Groom's Cake in the form of a Scrabble Board, his favorite game. An interesting touch, inside half is almond pound cake with amaretto moccha filling and the other half is apple cake with praline buttercream. I especially liked how the bride selected a series of words to reflect his interests. Served at a wedding rehearsal dinner in Woodbridge NJ.

Monday, November 7, 2011

Hello Kitty and Bows Bridal Shower Cake

Just made this three tier cake for a bridal shower. It was so hard deciding on a flavor that our customer picked a medley of red velvet cake, chocolate sponge with yellow cake and chocolate fudge cake with a selection of cream cheese filling, dulce de leche cream filling and dark chocolate cream.

The white and multi-colored fondant cake is decorated with sugar flowers and butterflies, as well as a cute touch, forks and spoons around the base of each tier. Hello Kitty sits a top the cake with a pink fondant bow to match the others.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Honda CR-Z Specialty Car Cake

I am so pleased when our customers come back to us again to celebrate a special family occasion. Simon and I were asked to carve a Honda CR-Z specialty car cake for a birthday party in Wayne NJ.

I think we captured the dimensions and key features pretty well, right down to the Honda logo. A pretty car!

Under the white and black fondant exterior is lemon coconut cake with passion fruit cream filling.

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Rubber Ducky Baby Shower Cake

Sometimes I wonder whether the colors will look right. Originally we designed a blue cake for our customer, but settled on a two tier orange and fuschia fondant cake to match her final color scheme, and the cake really pops!

We baked pure white vanilla cake with Belgian dark chocolate cream and red velvet cake with cream cheese filling on the top tier.

The cake is decorated with yellow and green polka dots and a raft of rubber ducks sculted from fondant.

We were going to deliver to a Baby Shower in Chatham NJ, but that Halloween storm (which pulled down a big tree at home) took us instead to Warren NJ!

Monday, October 24, 2011

Pirate Treasure Chest Birthday Cake

My girls love pirates, reminds them of trips to Disney and their favorite movies! So we had a lot of fun carving this pirate treasure chest.

Worked hard to achieve a real wood grain effect with marble fondant, which I then hand painted. The bottom tier is yellow vanilla cake with chocolate cream filling and the top tier is red velvet cake with French vanilla cream.

The cake is covered in chocolate fondant and decorated with edible jewels, cameos, broches, pearls, a flask, gold cross and chocolate coins. Also we painted a map with "x marks the spot" to locate the treasure! And yes, it was all edible. Isn't cake decorating great?

For a party at the Brazilian Grill in Elizabeth NJ.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Ford Box Truck Specialty Cake

Times are tough, but lots of people are giving it a go and setting up their own business. So we were pleased to help celebrate a new business success. A proud family asked us to surprise their man with a Ford Box truck specialty cake modeled on his own plumber van. The fondant covered cake is Chocolate fudge cake with chocolate ganache. We delivered it to a party in Verona NJ.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Selection and Design of your Wedding Cake

A lot of brides are on a learning curve through their wedding planning. I thought it would be good to use this beautiful Green Cymbidium Orchids Wedding Cake to show how we go about the design process and help them create what they dream of for their big day!

I always recommend a tasting session for wedding cakes, and encourage bride, groom and some close family or friends to participate. That makes the tasting a really fun event, the Groom's often come in skeptical and walk out passionate about cake and the choices they make! They chose tiers of almond cake with dulce de leche cream, and chocolate fudge cake with white chocolate cream filling.

The tasting session usually lasts 20-30 minutes, which then gives us another 30 minutes to talk through and sketch a design.

I ask the bride to bring whatever material swatches, color cards, invitations, photos or other elements that we might incorporate into a design. She actually lent me the original stamp she used to make her own hand-creafted invitations. So by stamping our fondant ribbons with that design we obtained a perfectly personalized touch.

We ended up creating four tier ivory fondant wedding cake with a quilted diamond pattern and silver beads. A purple fondant ribbon and embossed ivory ribbon surround each tier.

The majority of our brides choose sugar flowers that I make. However in this case the bride chose Fresh Cymbidium Orchids to finish off the cake, which we ordered from Lotus Petals in Maplewood NJ.

Delivered to the Orange Lawn Tennis Club in South Orange NJ.

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Map of Italy 90th Birthday Cake

What I love about the cakery is when we occasionally get a walk-in customer asking for a last minute cake that we can actually fit in the decorating schedule.

I have Italian family, so delighted to carve a 90th birthday cake in the shape of Italy!

We designed a cake to scale with a topographical map and a series of special items (town emblem, its two churches, a bottle of wine and some musical instruments) that related to her home town of San Bartolomeo in Galdo.

Inside the fondant is a lemon cake with always popular cream cheese filling.

We delivered the cake to Union NJ!

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Gold Mardi Gras Mask Sweet Sixteen Cake

If you can't decide your favorite flavor, then you have to have them all! Inside this three tier Mardi Gras theme cake is a chocolate sponge with raspberry cream filling, red velvet with cream cheese filling and vanilla cake with dulce de leche.

The cake is covered in purple, green and gold fondant, decorated with stripes, stars and diamonds. On top is a Mardi Gras mask with feathers and shooting stars.

Delivered to a Sweet 16 party at the Stoney Brook Grill in North Branch NJ.

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Disney Epcot Center Groom's Cake

Our family love visiting Disney, and Epcot is always a great theme park. So the kids were excited to see us construct the platform and then stack on it a white vanilla cake with Oreo cream filling in the shape of the Epcot Spaceship Earth Pavilion sphere.

The structure had to be solid enough to support the fondant dome on the two hour journey to a wedding reception at the Seaview Resort in Galloway NJ near Atlantic City.

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Caparros Copper Sandal and Shoe Box Cake

One of our favorite customers wanted to surprise his wife for her 40th birthday. He ordered a white vanilla cake with chocolate cream filling, carved in the shape of a shoe box. On top we placed a copper colored Caparros sandal sculpted from fondant. Delivered to Catas Restaurant in the Ironbound district of Newark.

Friday, September 23, 2011

Piped Ivory Wedding Cake with Calla Lilies

I was so excited to make this four tier ivory fondant wedding cake decorated with calla lilies, as well as scrolls and leaves piped in royal icing. There were tiers of lemon cake with lemon cream filling, plus a chocolate sponge cake with Belgian chocolate cream filling. We delivered the cake to a fabulous wedding reception at an outdoor marquee in picturesque Mountain Lakes NJ.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Aeroplane Baby Shower Cake

Here was cute cake for a baby shower in Pennsylvania. The cake is covered in sky blue fondant and decorated with sugar paste aeroplanes, green and white polka dots.
Inside both tiers are red velvet cake with cream cheese filling.

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Flamenco Dancer Playbill Sweet Sixteen Cake

We were asked to design a three tier flamenco and theater theme cake for a Sweet Sixteen party on Roosevelt Island NY. Inside were tiers of red velvet cake with cream cheese filling and lemon coconut cake with passion fruit cream filling. I sculpted a flamenco dancer fondant figurine of the birthday girl, which matches her photo on a copy of Playbill! Additional pictures of the star decorate the bottom tier, while red curtains adorn the stage.

Monday, August 29, 2011

Toy Story 3 Birthday Cake

We just made this two tier cake for a birthday party in Bayonne NJ. The bottom tier has a white vanilla cake with passion fruit butter cream, and the top tier is chocolate fudge cake with chocolate raspberry cream.

I decorated the bottom tier with a red check design to match Woody's shirt. We sculpted fondant figurines with all our favorite Toy Story characters: Woody, Buzz Lightyear, Jessie, as well as the alien, Rex, the slinky dog, and not forgetting Mr and Mrs Potato Head!

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Squirrel and Owl Birthday Cake and Cookies

We designed this nature theme cake for a birthday party at the Cora Hartshorn Arboretum in Short Hills NJ.

The bottom tier has chocolate fudge cake and Madagascar vanilla bean filling, the top tier is a white vanilla cake with dulce de leche cream. We sculpted a fondant squirrel with a bushy tail holding an acorn and a blue owl to match the invitations. Little birds and Belgian chocolate twigs complete the decoration.

We also made a dozen matching owl cookie favors with blue fondant.

Friday, August 19, 2011

Sweet Sixteen Cake with Calla Lilies and Silver Pearls

A three tier sweet sixteen cake decorated with white fondant drapes and sugar Calla Lilies, each with a touch of pink or blue. One tier has red velvet cake with cream cheese filling, and the others are vanilla cake with dulce de leche butter cream. Silver fondant pearls surround the base of each tier, silver dragees adorn the cake board, and we placed a big number sixteen on the middle tier covered in sugar diamonds and sapphires. The cake was delivered to a garden birthday party.

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Porsche 911 Racing Car Birthday Cake

We can't all own a fabulous sports car, but we can have a flashy cake!

This week we carved a fabulous red Porsche 911 cake out of chocolate fudge cake with cannoli filling and chunks of Belgian chocolate. The cake is covered in red and yellow fondant, with a racing livery, and personalized license plates for a second birthday party in Watchung NJ.

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Juicy Couture Sweet Sixteen Cake with Bows

We were asked to create a fashion handbag cake to surprise a Sweet Sixteen at her big party. The two tier cake has pink fondant and chocolate bows on the bottom, with a 3-D Juicy Couture bag on top. Inside both tiers are pure white vanilla cake with Madagascar vanilla bean buttercream. Delivered to Toms River NJ.

Saturday, August 6, 2011

Topsy Turvy Mardi Gras Mask Bat Mitzvah Cake

A four tier topsy turvy cake for a Bat Mitzvah at the Orange Lawn Tennis Club in South Orange NJ.

Inside are tiers of chocolate and yellow cake with chocolate mousse filling. The cake is covered in purple, green and yellow fondant and decorated with stripes, diamonds, circles and pearls. On top is a purple Mardi Gras mask and fondant diamond shapes hanging on wires.

Sunday, July 31, 2011

Quilted Wedding Cake with Diamond Studs

I made this three tier fondant wedding cake finished off with a two ring silver cake topper that the bride and groom chose.

The two round tiers have a diamond quilting pattern with tiny edible diamond studs, while the hexagon middle tier has a blue monogram piped with royal icing.

A fondant ribbon surrounds the base of each tier, and I lightly dusted it with pearl dust to give a slight sheen.

We baked a red velvet cake with cream cheese filling and almond pound cake with dulce de leche cream filling.

Delivered the cake to the Titanic Restaurant in the Ironbound district.

Monday, July 25, 2011

Prada Shoe & Tiffany Box Engagement Cake

A two tier engagement cake with a blue Tiffany Box and a black Prada box. Topping off the cake is a white shoe decorated with sugar pearls and diamonds.

Inside is red velvet cake with cream cheese filling and also a lemon cake with orange chocolate cream.

Also hidden underneath the lid of the Tiffany box is a secret compartment with an engagement ring for a total surprise!

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Baby Shower Pram and Butterflies Cake

A two tier blue fondant cake for a Baby Shower. The first tier is pound cake with vanilla bean buttercream and the top tier has carrot cake with a cream cheese frosting.

The mother is pushing a pram with baby twins inside, while the groom is prsenting his proposal with a surprise ring.

A twig of apple blossoms and fondant butterflies add extra decoration to the cake.

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Mickey Mouse Ears Birthday Cake and Cupcake

A special Mickey Mouse cake with red and black fondant and yellow fondant polka dots. Inside is red velvet cake with Oreo cream filling.

We also made matching chocolate and vanilla cupcakes with cream cheese buttercream frosting, and black fondant Mickey ears. The red polka dot cupcake wrappers were perfect to fit the theme.

Delivered to a first birthday party in Hopatcong NJ.

Friday, July 22, 2011

Chanel Purse Cake with White Ottoman

For a 50th birthday party we crafted this red Chanel purse cake standing on an Ottoman stool cake and accompanied by a black Chanel shopping bag. Inside is all yellow vanilla cake, one with strawberry butter cream and the others have Madagascar vanilla bean cream filling.

The red purse is quilted, has a jeweled Chanel logo, and is draped with edible gold chains and pearls. The Ottoman cake sits on four gold feet.

Delivered to Philippe Restaurant on the Upper East Side of Manhattan NYC.