Sunday, July 25, 2010

Food Network Challenge "Paranormal Cakes"

Me and my husband in my Challenge kitchen after a VERY long and exciting day

Ok, so my first Food Network Challenge is FINALLY airing tonight and I'm extremely excited, but a little nervous too. I mean, I know what happens obviously, the show was taped 6 months ago! But, what I don't know is how they will edit dozens of hours of tape into a one hour show. The post production team can pretty much make the show into anything they want. After all, they manage to make Kerry Vincent look pretty darn tough, right? The truth is, she IS tough, but she's also incredibly kind, generous and supportive of the competitors. They just don't show that side of her very often. It will be interesting to see what kind of Challenge story they choose to tell this time. Like everyone else, I will wait and see. Come on 7:00, I'm dying to see it!

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Elegant Ivory Hexagonal Wedding Cake with Edible Sugar Brooch

We have been so fortunate this Summer, we've done one fabulous cake after another for wonderful clients. Last night we had the great pleasure of creating the Bride's cake, Groom's sweets, and party favors for Courtney Crummel and Gif Summers, now officially Mr and Mrs Summers! I first met with Courtney and her mother several months ago and it was clear to me that she wanted something really special for her wedding. She wanted her cake to be unique but not necessarily "trendy". We combined an elegant tone on tone ivory and champagne palette with hexagonal tiers in varying heights and an edible sugar brooch to achieve just the right mix of tradition, sophistication, and "of the moment" flair.

The edible brooch was definitely a show-stopper!

The royal icing stenciling with over-piping and sugar pearls was elegant and timeless

The groom was decidedly "not a cake man" and wanted to have cupcakes and mini pies and tartlets instead of the traditional groom's cake. I like a man who knows what he wants! His goodies included Chocolate Obsession and Caramel Cream Cupcakes, Lemon Meringue Tartlets and Mini Apple Pies with Crumb Topping and Caramel Drizzle. I heard today that the impatient guests wiped out the sweets before the bride and groom were even announced!!

For the 300 guest favors we created 4 varieties of Chocolate Dipped Pretzels and placed them in cellophane bags tied off with champagne ribbon.

I often get "attached" to the cakes I create for my clients but this one was particularly hard to let go of. My girls had to practically pry it out of my hands!!

Saturday, July 3, 2010


A couple of months ago we had the honor of creating a cake for David Tutera and his WeTV show MY FAIR WEDDING. The episode aired tonight so we can finally post some pics of the cake and the venue.

David's client this time around was quite the diva and wanted a fashion-focused over-the-top cake. The design included edible sugar beads, hot pink sugar "sequins", pearlized "dupioni silk" fondant, tufting and draping, and real crystal rhinestones. We used a combination of sugar flowers and fresh flowers on the cake.

David and his crew were so wonderful. I'm a big fan of David's and I was pleased to learn that he is every bit as calm, cool and kind off camera as he is when the cameras are rolling. The producer allowed us to stick around for the room reveal, watching from the balcony of the theater. What a THRILL!

Elegant White and Black Wedding Cake and Horse-Themed Groom's Cake

Oh how I love this cake!!
Every wedding cake we do is important, and every couple is special. But every so often we work with a couple that is truly sublime. Sheri and Jeffrey are one of those couples. Their wedding was exquisite in every way, their love story truly memorable, and to top it all off Jeffrey suffered a heart attack the week of his wedding and still managed to make it to the altar to marry the woman of his dreams. Now THAT is special!
This cake was a true labor of love for me. I knew it had to be elegant, stylish and memorable, just like Sheri and Jeffrey. This one will go done as an all-time fave.

Not to be outdone by his extraordinary bride, Jeffrey asked for a horse-themed groom's cake. One of my cake artists, Jessica, really nailed this one. Good job Jess!