Sunday, June 19, 2011

Wedding Madness Week!

I have had quite a week this week! I am still recovering from Saturday. WHEW!!!!! Somehow I managed to book 3 weddings on one day! I know I think I might have lost my mind for a second. After I recovered from the initial shock of it..I had to really sit down and think about to schedule this day out. Not to mention I had an additional 5 cake orders for Saturday and 1 cupcake order for the following Sunday! So I got to work..put on "my girl panties" as Caroline from Real Housewives of NJ would say and made it work! All of the cakes were delivered on time and I am quite proud of the way the dessert buffet for wedding number 3 turned out:) I learned many things from this weekend that I will most definitely be double checking and reinforcing the only 2 wedding cakes per day rule and that having extra people on hand is a HUGE plus. I would have never been able to pull this off if it wasn't for my 2 interns, my assistant and my dear hubby. Being a superwoman does have limits and cake deliveries is one of them. You physically can't be in 2 places at once, learn to lean on those around you when you need to and thank them for their help! 

 Vintage Inspired Dessert Buffet: 2 tier cake in Neapolitan flavor, chocolate dipped strawberries, cake pops, mini cupcakes and dessert shooters (dark choc. raspberry, grasshopper, smore and key lime pie). Delivered to Regent's Glen in York, PA.
 Close up of Wedding Cake

White & Blue Wedding Cake- 4 different flavors delivered to Heritage Hills in York, PA.

 Rock Em, Sock Em Wedding Cupcake Tower- Lots of different cupcake flavors. The cutting cake is Gluten-free White Chocolate with fondant made toppers made to look like the Rock Em Sock Em robots in the background.
Star Wars Groom's Cake- Orange Creamsicle cake flavor. 
Black & White Coach Purse Cake- Vanilla cake with Strawberries/Cream filling. 

 Over the Hill Birthday Cake- Top tier is vanilla and bottom tier is chocolate.
Over the Hill Cupcakes- Chocolate cupcakes with Peanut Butter Buttercream. 

Gluten-free Birthday Cake- Chocolate cake with Milk free Vanilla Buttercream. A lot of clients that are gluten free have diary/milk allergies so this buttercream was made with flax milk instead of regular milk.
Also if you haven't checked out my new Etsy store please do. I will be adding some angry birds toppers tomorrow. I will be adding more toppers over the next couple of weeks. My website will also be getting an overhaul thanks to my web designer, Sharvon of SP Photos! Please go check out her site.  She does website work on the side and is very reasonable so if you are looking for a new web designer, she is your gal!

Until next time...
Peace & Blessings

Monday, June 13, 2011

More Graduation & Celebration Cakes!

So as I stated in my previous post that its graduation season so I have gotten more orders for graduation cupcakes and cakes. I recently got an order for a topsy turvy graduation in the next 2 weeks! So I am really excited about that cake because it fully custom for this particular client. This up coming week is going to be the week from bakery hell in the shop because I have 3 yes! 3 weddings on one day and will be vending at the York City Juneteeth Celebration as well as my regular cake orders. So starting tomorrow I will be spending some long days at the bakery and my interns will probably be cursing me in their sleep! LOL!!!

Father's Day is also coming up and I have decided not to do any classes because I will just be tooo freakin busy to fit them in and also I would like to do something special for my hubby this year so I don't want to doing cake deliveries on Sunday. I think most people don't understand how hard it is to be a small business owner and juggle family at the same time especially when you have a young child like I do. Jayden is 19 months and doesn't understand that mommy is busy and can't come home to play which makes me sad when I come home and he is sleep :( But I do it because I love making cakes and one day I won't have to work so hard. It is also a but frustrating when clients don't want to understand why you can't fit them in or stay later to make it work. I think they forget that cake decorators have families and responsibilities outside of their shops. Or they just don't care. Luckily I don't have to turn down clients to often but I have a feeling that if anyone calls last minute this week (someone always does) that they will be getting a no. And other decorators out there don't be afraid to say NO! If you can't do it, you can't do it... Don't stretch yourself thin and not do a perfect cake because you don't want to make someone a little upset.

I don't know when my next review is coming because I haven't had the chance to get a new cake toy recently, though the hubby and I will be making our first cupcake stand this week. So I will try to remember to take lots of pictures and so you all how I made it. So without further ado... ON to the CAKES!!!

Tuscan- Grape Theme Sheet Cake- This cake was for Scissors & Sun Hair Salon in Red Lion, PA. They were celebrating their 15th anniversary. I felt honored that they asked me to make their cake for such a special day. Basket weave technique on the sides with strawberry-raspberry buttercream tinted light brown. Grapes are made from fondant with royal icing flowers.

Whale Theme 1st Birthday Cake- This particular client wanted a cake to match the invites for her granddaughter's first birthday. She only wanted pinks on the cake so the star fish and whales are all in shade of pink. I know the cake is quite bare compared to my other cakes, but she wanted it to be very simplistic in design. Sheet cake is Apple Pie flavored and smash cake is vanilla. 

Under the Sea 1st Birthday Cake- I loved working with this client! She was so nice and knew wanted she wanted for her son's first birthday. She had personalized invites with his picture on them, under the sea themed. So I will designed the cake around the invite. All of the sea creatures are made from fondant. Cake is vanilla with oreo buttercream and chocolate with vanilla buttercream. The smash cake is vanilla. 
Purple Floral Birthday Cake-Vanilla cake with vanilla whipped filling. 

Graduation Cupcakes- This order was bigger than my normal cupcake orders, this one was 5 1/2 dozen in various flavors. This client brought in a graduation napkin and wanted the cupcake toppers to match the napkin, which I did.

Elmo Sesame Street Birthday Cake- This cake was made for a previous bride whose youngest son turned 2 a little bit before her wedding. She didn't get a chance to have a party for him before she got married so they had one after :) Vanilla cake with Strawberry Jam filling. 

Purple & Zebra 15th Birthday Cake- This client saw a picture of a cake I did just like this one a while ago for another sweet 16. Her daughter wasn't 16 yet but she still wanted something special so I did the same design with some minor changes. I think this one looks before the first one :)
Jungle Babies- I have been venturing out into the world of 3-D figures. Normally my assistant makes most of them but I have decided to dive right in and see what happens. These cuties are first 3 of a set of jungle babies. I still have to make a zebra and the set will be complete. I will be selling these and other things like cupcake toppers on my new Etsy store!

So that is it for to bed for an early morning!
Until then..
Peace & Blessings

Monday, June 6, 2011

Mother's Day, Communion & Graduation

Hi All,
     So I have been busy then not busy then busy again... and as always blogging gets put at the end of the list of things that need to be done:( Sighhh.. but since I have so many new photos of cakes and things that are going to be happening soon that I need to get on the ball and blog more..Plus I know you are dying to see more pictures of cakes right??? So I will begin with my Mother's Day cake class..where I taught a mother-daughter duo to make cakes that look like flower pots. They had soo much fun and were quick learners too..its nothing like the banter between mother and daughter that makes me smile...especially since this is the 6th Mother's Day that I have gone through without my own mother. Their cakes were vanilla with vanilla buttercream frosting and they dyed there own fondant a terra cotta color to cover their cakes with after I showed them how to carve their cakes. The class took about 2 1/2 hours from start to finish so  I say that is a success. Below is a picture of the class with their cakes:

Other than Mother's Day and wedding season.. it is the season for graduation and communions besides the birthday cake orders I always get. I have also been working on some display cakes for the bakery in order to show off the different types of designs I can do. Below are some pictures of display cakes as well as some graduation, communion and birthday cakes over the last couple of weeks. 
White & Black Wedding Display Cake 
Jungle Birthday Cake - Chocolate cake with vanilla buttercream
Communion Cake- Vanilla cake with Strawberry Mousse filling 
Lime green & White Zebra/Heart Cake and Cupcakes- cake is Oreo Overload and cupcakes are Butterfinger 
15th Birthday Cake- cheesecake flavored cake 
Burgundy Calla Lily Wedding Cake- delivered to the Stone Mill Inn in Hellam, PA

Sea Theme Display Cake
Purple & Blue Birthday Cake- vanilla cake with oreo buttercream filling 

Purple & White Coach Purse Cake- Red Velvet cake with vanilla buttercream filling. Shipped to Bloomfield, NJ. 
Cupcake 1st Birthday Cake- Berry Overload cake flavor and the smash cake is Peanut Butter and Jelly.
Louis Vuitton Suitcase Cake- cake is chocolate with peanut butter buttercream. Hand molded handle and hand cut out Louis Vuitton symbols. 
Pink Graduation Cupcakes- Cupcakes were in a few different flavors: Dark Chocolate, Red Velvet, Vanilla & Peanut Butter. The cuppies were for a York, PA graduation and picked up at my bakery.

Well that is it for now, don't want to overload you guys on the goodness of cake so I will be posting again tomorrow with more delicious pictures of cakes including more graduation pics. 

So until next time..
Peace & Blessing