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Black and White Wedding

One of my favorite events to-date, was a stunning affair at the Four Seasons Westlake Village. The wedding was black and white and modern. The tables were made of mirrors and every napkin had a fresh orchid placed on it. This is just an example of the beautiful details that went into the event.

I love the cake we designed for this event. One side of the cake was covered with edible black lace and the other with black swags. Where the two sides met we used white orchids and greenery to bring a fresh element to the design. The cake was severe and yet delicate at the same time.

We also made individually boxed two-tier mini cakes for every guest to take home at the end of the evening. Having a fork tied to every box was so cute!

Here’s what the little guys looked like inside the boxes

Individual Opulence

Recently there has been quite a demand for individual “Wedding Cakes” or “Cakelettes” as I call them. These are two-tier cakes decorated to the nines – the same way a full-size wedding cake would be.

While the Cakelettes are definitely labor intensive I love the idea of every guest receiving their very own cake at an event. It is a touch that goes a long way and keeps the celebration going even after the guests return home with their sweet treat in tow.

Here are some Cakelettes that we have done recently. Just as with a regular sized cake, a mini cake is like a blank canvas – the design options are endless!

The Ruffle Cakelette is beautiful on its on or with some added gilding as seen below

Valentines Day: Lovey-dovey eats

Before I jump on into some great Valentines day treats I’d like to send out a quick hello to all our readers. It’s been quite some time since I’ve blogged. But for good reason- I’ve just returned from a month traveling in South America! Stay tuned for upcoming posts on the trip, my culinary discoveries and recipes inspired by my travels. Its a free culinary tour just for you!

I’m sure you have all been bombarded with e-mails on Valentines day sales, what to get your valentine, what to wear for your valentine etc. For a holiday based on connections and relationships it sure seems like the media is turning it more and more into a Christmas frenzy. My friend and I were talking about our V-day plans and we agreed the best gifts were homemade. Something special and made personally.

The biggest dessert trend we’ve seen this past year is the rise of the mini or single bite desserts. This trend is perfect for Valentines day since it’s usually a holiday celebrated in twos. Here are a few V-day dessert ideas done Urban Sweets style:

Mini cake pops are a great option especially dressed up with hearts

To go full-on Valentines day by plating the cake pops in red sanding sugar

A more subdued option: choose two colors (even simple brown and white) and create a mini dessert display in that theme

As many are predicting, this is the year of the “Pie Pop”. Perfect for Valentines day is a cherry pie pop. Paint little red hearts on the front to hint at the flavor within.

Pie Pops are great as a gift as well. Use a Valentines themed bag, place a piece of styrofoam at the bottom and use it as a Pie Pop display

Heart shaped meringues are a delicate little treat, but add more W-O-W by forgoing food coloring and using strawberry coulis to color and flavor these sugary pillows.

Create a bowl of Meringue hearts- simple and romantic

Planning a bigger event for more than just you and your loved one? Create a Valentines day dessert display by combining the ideas above into a sweets table that isn’t over the top (as in red, red, red), but elegant and provides many little treats to satisfy whatever the palate desires.

 

Happy Valentines Day from Urban Sweets to you!

Mini Cupcakes All Dressed Up

I think it can be officially declared: The cupcake craze is now a way of life! It is no longer a trend just passing through town. With TV shows, headbands, jewelry and of course many, many cupcake companies to choose from these little guys are here to stay.

Personally, the mini cupcakes have won my heart. Just a few of the reasons why:

1) I can get a ton of different flavors and not feel like a glutton

2) So easy to eat. There’s no knife vs big bite dilemma with these little tikes

3) They are so adorably cute!

Even with these reasons as to why minis reign supreme – I have found very little as to how to display minis in a more unique fashion. Yes the cupcake tree is an oldie and a goodie – but I want more options that will bring these guys some major oogle time….

My answer: tea-light holders! They are the perfect shape for mini cupcakes and there are so many different options a decorator could go wild!

Here are shots I took of my little guys trying some tea-light displays on for size.

Another option is to use upside down glasses and mugs

Another idea I can’t wait to try is to put the minis inside lanterns. So cute!

Parmisu – The new healthy summer dessert!

As part of the Foodbuzz Tastemaker Program, I was quite excited when I arrived home to see a box of Nature’s Pride Hotdog and Hamburger buns on my doorstep!

In this video you will learn how to make a healthy summer dessert using bread!



Eventful Events

This past weekend we participated in the LA Cupcake Challenge. It was a great event! Tons of awesome people (over 600 to be exact!), great music and tons of delicious cupcakes of course! While the results have yet to be posted, I wanted to share some shots from the event.We made Apple Spice Cupcakes with Brown Sugar Buttercream

Each cupcake was topped with a handmade chocolate leaf

Another fun event we were involved in recently was a cake demo for a Mother/Daughter event at a local elementary school. It was a two-part demo. In the first segment I showed everyone how to make fancy looking cakes at home that don’t require special tools or techniques. I then showed what goes into making an Urban Sweets cake. It was fun to see the moms just as excited as the girls!

Bridal Bliss

We recently did a cookie and cupcake order for a Bridal Shower. I found the wedding gown cookies to be the most fun to decorate since I had carte blanche when it came to the dress design. I was able to channel my inner Vera Wang! The champagne glasses were also cool since we made them a little bit “Mod” with the white bubbles.

It’s worth double clicking on the dresses to see the detailed designs!

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