Saturday, June 12, 2010

Summertime Sweets

During the past 2 weeks, I have had the pleasure of making 2 wedding cakes for two of the sweetest people. I had gone to school with both of them for years and was so excited that I would be able to contribute to their weddings. Danielle's cake was a 4 tier that was iced in vanilla buttercream, covered in ivory fondant and then covered in an intricate free-hand design. A moss green ribbon added a touch of elegance to the bottom of each tier. The top and bottom layers were double chocolate chip filled with vanilla buttercream, the second layer was lemon cake with raspberry mousse and the third was vanilla cake with lemon filling. Danielle and Taggert were married on May 28th of 2010 :)

Sari's cake was also a four-tier cake, all of them were double chocolate chip cake with raspberry filling. The cake was iced in light blue vanilla buttercream and a chocolate brown ribbon was added to each tier. A free-hand design was piped on the cake to add an interesting touch. Sari and Kyle were married on June 10, 2010. I wish both couples all the happiness in the world and the best of luck as they start their lives together! Thank you so much for allowing me to take part in your special days!

Monday, April 12, 2010

Bridezilla takes over Colorado

I have dealt with many brides in my time, but this one takes the cake (no pun intended). Now, I'm trying to be as nice as humanly possible....but WOW...she was a tough cookie (again with the baking humor...I don't mean to do it, it just slips out). Anyway, I got her name from a co-worker of mine and immediately regretted taking it. HELLO BRIDEZILLA! From the minute I started talking with her I got a strange vibe. (And by vibe I meant that this woman could probably breathe fire and kill me in an instant, so I better not screw anything up). She was SO specific about every single detail and would call me at 3 am when she got some sort of epiphany about decorating methods. (Right.....because I don't have a degree or anything. I don't have ANY clue how to make a cake. Here ma'am...would you like the offset spatula!?!) She finally decided on a 2-tier square cake covered in red fondant. She also wanted me to turn into Picasso and hand paint a tiny checkerboard pattern in black food dye and then cascade giant red flowers all over it. I stared at her. That's all I could do. (Of course I avoided eye contact because I'm sure it isn't smart to look a demon in the eyes). I went home that same day and almost started crying while I looked at the sketch that she had drawn up. I decided to take matters into my own hands. I met her a few days later and showed her something that I had thought of. It was a 2-tier cake covered in white fondant with an itricate black design painted on it and a small bundle of red flowers on top. She started to cry. I thought they were tears of anger, but apparently they were tears of joy (I didn't know monsters could cry). But she loved it. She wanted THAT cake. I explained to her that this may look a TINY bit more elegant and not so "deck of cards/cirque de soleil disaster." I went weeks without hearing from her and I thought that I had tamed the wedding beast. I was so so wrong. She started calling me all through the night and leaving me crazed voice messages. One stating that she wanted me to construct a dummy cake of EXACTLY what the cake was going to look like. I replied, "I hope by dummy cake you mean...sketch." "NO!!! I WANT AN EXACT REPLICA!!!!" "Okay, if you want to pay me to make 2 cakes then I can do that." "WHAT!!? ISN'T THAT A SERVICE YOU PROVIDE!?!" (A service I provide!?) "No." After all was said and done...the cake turned out beautifully and she actually did love it and so did everyone at the wedding. (She may have threatened to hurt them if they didn't so those comments may have been skewed).

Monday, April 5, 2010

The Cake Season Begins

Wedding season has begun again and that means one thing....cake tastings. While many bakers dread this act, I actually enjoy it. After all, bringing cake to others is like engineering a rainbow with fluffy puppies and jelly beans falling out of it. That's right....cake brings happiness. The tasting process finally gets the ball rolling and allows the happy couple to mix and match until they find just the right flavors. This tasting was for my friend Danielle who I have known since the 3rd grade. (Oh, Facebook. I'm so glad that it reconnects me with those that knew me during my "baggy t-shirt tucked into my tapered mom pants while my hair was pulled back giving me brain damage" phase. After all, many of us rocked that FANTASTIC fashion sense together). Anyways, I met with Danielle, her mom and her fiance to eat cake and bounce around some ideas. The tasting consisted of lemon, cinnamon swirl and vanilla cake with fondant and either vanilla buttercream or cream cheese icing. After a tiny bit of healthy debate, they decided on chocolate cake with vanilla buttercream filling, lemon cake with raspberry mousse and vanilla cake with lemon custard. (Sounds like tasty combinations to me). Let me just say that they were one of the most agreeable and sweetest couples I have worked with. No screaming, tantrums or flying cupcakes to be seen! (yes, a bride actually flung a bite of cake at her unenthusiastic significant other during a tasting of mine...not awkward at all right?). Overall, it couldn't have gone was nice catching up with an old friend and creating a design for her special day. They agreed on a 4-tier cake with ivory fondant, moss green ribbon and intricate piping details around all the layers.