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.