Thursday, May 31, 2012

Beach Wedding Cupcake Tower: Michele + Dustin

First things first...May/June has been a really exciting time for my little business. Starting last weekend I began the first of FOUR wedding cakes in a row, which is the busiest I have ever been. Thank you for continually visiting my site and passing on the word to your friends and family- it is seriously paying off and I couldn't have done it with out you!

To start off the summer wedding season I packed my little car full of custom cupcakes and headed down to Va Beach to celebrate the marriage of Michele and Dustin. The wedding cake for this very sweet couple fell into my lap via close family friends, and I couldn't have been more happy to do it. The beach holds a special place in both Michele and Dustin's hearts - so much in fact that they said their vows with sand between their toes. To reflect their shared appreciation and venue of choice, I created a very beach-y cupcake tower for their reception. We bounced more than a few ideas back and forth before settling on the final design, and you can check out their inspiration board here. The final sketch looked like this:

The cupcakes were two different flavors. Michele's favorite- vanilla poundcake filled with chocolate-almond ganache and topped with dark chocolate frosting, and Dustin's favorite- chocolate chiffon cake filled with chocolate peanut butter ganache and topped with peanut butter frosting. Each cupcake was dipped in graham cracker 'sand' and decorated with a handmade sea creature.

Gumpaste sand dollars, fondant starfish, and pink sugar coral.

The Adirondack chair topper was ordered off of Etsy, and is the only non-edible element of this cake. The driftwood fences are also gumpaste.

Congrats Michele and Dustin!

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Black and White Anniversary Cake

Yin and yang, chocolate and vanilla, Christian and Ally. Opposites attract! Check out this fun and classy black and white cake I made for my friend Christian to surprise his girlfriend on their two-year anniversary. The cake was split down the middle chocolate and vanilla, inside and out. It was dark chocolate cake layered with dark chocolate mousse on one side, and white cake layered with white chocolate mousse on the other. I iced it with vanilla and chocolate buttercream and then poured chocolate ganache on top so it was dripping down the sides. Hand piped white and dark chocolate hearts top it off. It turned out to be one of my favorite cakes, and as aesthetically pleasing and opposite as Christian and Ally themselves :-) Lots of pics because I liked it so much:

The naked cake

Hand piped chocolate hearts

Finished product!

A shot of the insides