Saturday, June 18, 2011

The Nelson Wedding

A Gerber Daisy Theme

This couple has been coming into the restaurant for years. So when it was time to plan their wedding they came in for a cupcake consultation and chose my cupcakes for their special day. The bride came in with a picture of the Gerber Daisies and a swatch of the bridesmaids' dresses.

We both agreed that the cupcake pyramid would look beautiful if each tier was draped with chandelier trim.

For the cupcake decorations the bride chose yellow cupcake liners and coral/yellow miniature daisies adorned with silver dragees.

When the time came to decorate the pyramid, I used a glue gun to glue the trim around each tier. After I was done the pyramid did not look "complete", and was not formal enough for a wedding. Therefore, I purchased Gerber Daisies that matched the brides color scheme and ran them around each tier.

The cupcakes were dark chocolate chocolate chip with vanilla buttercream. The mini cake on the highest tier was a two layered mini cake with dark chocolate cake a vanilla buttercream. I really think the pyramid brought all of the wedding components together! Once again congratulations to the Nelsons!

The happy bride's testimonial:

Rita - You did an amazing job! I can't thank you enough for how everything came out. So beautiful. Everyone commented on what a great job you did and how awesome the cupcakes were! I have extras and can't wait to eat them. haha Hope to see you soon. Thank you xoxox..

Friday, June 17, 2011

Can you tell me how to get, how to get to Kokona Street?

My Kokona's 2nd Birthday!

When trying to decide what theme to pick for Kokona's 2nd birthday party it was pretty evident that it would be Sesame Street. I didn't have a specific idea in mind but the party elements evolved after I created the invite.Front Back
Creating the invitation was rather complex, it took hours on PowerPoint! My inspiration came from an Abby Cadaby headband I stumbled upon at the dollar store. So I dressed Kokona up as Abby Cadaby and incorporated her into the invite as that character. After I created the invitation, I was able to use that as a guide to make decorations, the cake, cupcakes, favors and goody bags.

For the main focus of the cake, I wanted to make the Sesame Street Sign/Logo but have it read Kokona Street instead. I envisioned a three tiered cake decorated with the primary colors, edible crayons and an ELMO cake topper of course. The cake turned just as I had hoped!The flavor of the cake was vanilla cake with berry filling and lemon buttercream. The cupcakes were vanilla cake with lemon and berry buttercream.

To accompany the cake and matching cupcakes I made M&M and cotton candy cones; to further add to the kids' sugar high! The steps I took to make the cones are as follows:

1. I cut and taped parchment paper into cones.

2. I made thank you labels out of Kokona's invitation and glued them on.

3. I figured they would look nicer if I could somehow hang them on something due to their shape. Therefore, I poked a hole on top of each one, ran a ribbon through the top and tied them on a silver plate stand that I had.

4. Finally, I filled each one half way with M&Ms and topped them off with cotton candy.

Sticky labels of the invite were also used for the party favors (which were individual cupcakes in peep window boxes). Colorful ribbon was used to tie each one.
I was pretty satisfied with the way everything turned out. Thanks to everyone that was there to help us celebrate our Sesame Street bash!

Sunday, June 5, 2011

Working with a theme..

Recently a customer came in to place an order for her daughter in law's baby shower. The sex of the baby was unknown therefore they chose an animal theme to play it safe.

(The invitation/theme)

The customer brought along the invitation and requested to have the owl incorporated into the final product. Being the perfectionist that I am I also decided to make the raccoon so it would resemble the invite even more!

The gumpaste designs were cut freestyle (no gumpaste cutter was used for either of the animals).

The final product!

Although making the cake and the cupcakes and seeing the final product was rewarding, it wasn't as rewarding as the email I received from the customer post event!



AWESOME, AWESOME, AWESOME, !!!!!!!! The raccoon/owl cupcake - cake, was a great hit! The cake was fantastic and the detail you did on the "creatures" was unbelievable. Everyone was so impressed that you created these animals to look exactly like the invitation that Lisa had picked out. Lisa was so impressed she took home the "creatures" too! Any suggestions on how she can preserve them? Cupcakes were, as expected after our tasting - perfection - and Lisa's Mom stated how vanilla & lemon was Lisa's favorite combination (which I was unaware of).( Lisa's Mom is also the family go to cake person cake/cupcake baker in her family and she was a great fan) The comments I heard were "cupcakes are so light and fluffy, frosting is soooo good - and "these are made in a pizza restaurant!!!??"

Thank you, Thank you - I am so glad I saw the article in Cheshire Herald about your adventure - - it made a decision easier of helping a small business in Cheshire , I appreciate how easy and accommodating you were to work with - you were so accessible via email / phone - so open to what we wanted and also offering wonderful expertise of what would work / not. Thank you again - if anyone ever asks me about getting cupcakes you are definitely going to be recommended by me.