Winkles Wedding

Creating the cupcakes and top tier for the Winkles wedding was a lot of fun – not only did I get to bake, but I got to put on my “carpenter’s daughter” hat and build the display.

Jennifer requested fondant covered cupcakes embellished with tiny roses and pearls.  She also wanted a cake topper to save for her and Kyle’s first anniversary.

The cupcakes were red velvet with a cream cheese filling and chocolate with ganache filling.  The top tier was a vanilla cake with swiss meringue buttercream and fondant ruffles.

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Fondant covered with pearl and rose embellishments.

To display all of these lovely goodies, I built, painted and covered my own stand.  By taking this extra step, I was able to make sure that the display could withstand the weight of more than 100 cupcakes and the top tier.  No one wants their wedding cake crashing down around them!

The wedding itself was outside, and in Florida that can be iffy in October.  We did have a pretty warm day, so the cake and cupcakes were kept inside until they were nearly ready to serve.

Urbanczyk Wedding Shower

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Comfort Shower 2015 – Bee themed cake with honeycomb, stripes, polka-dots and bees, of course!

After dropping off the Routh’s wedding cake, it was time to head home and finish packing for the drive up to Michigan and prepare for the Urbanczyk wedding shower.  The next cake is one that is special to my heart since it was for my niece, Alyssa – If you have spent any time at all around me, you know that there are not many people more precious to me than this child of my heart.

The shower was bee themed and let me tell you, baking cake in a kitchen not your own is a little different – Of course, I’d brought my specialty equipment, and had already prepared about 50 modeling chocolate roses to top the cupcakes that were being served in honor of those who are not fondant fans – In addition to the cake and the cupcakes, with the help of the bridal party and the family, we also put out a gorgeous dessert table, using the 3-tiered cake as the centerpiece.

The cake itself was challenging, but it was important to me that it be beyond special – All three tiers were covered in white fondant and embellished with modeling chocolate – The honeycomb was being a little difficult and the hand-drawn heart on the top tier had me quaking, but I believe it turned out lovely!  Alyssa was happy with it, and that’s all I need.

Both Alyssa and Jake loved the cake, and I loved making it – Of course, my thoughts immediately turned to the star of the entire show, the wedding cake I’d be making for them in June. No pressure, right?

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The dessert bar at the Urbanczyk shower.

Long Time No See!

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It’s been a while, my friends!  I’ve been travelling quite a bit in these last few months and have been extraordinarily busy at my “real” job.  That doesn’t mean I haven’t been making cake and experimenting with new techniques, it just means that I haven’t had a lot of time to chronicle my adventures!  So my apologies for the absence, and here’s a little recap (along with pictures) of what’s been going on. » Read more