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Squirrels Attack Wedding Cake

10/10/10 went off with a bang, when at precisely 10:10 am a very special couple tied the knot.

This wedding was incredibly unique for many reasons. The couple got married in their backyard and actually built the path as well as the wooden gazebo they were married under.

Right before the bride walked down the isle a song was played that was written and performed by the groom (a musician). And upon completion of the ceremony, the popping of champagne bottles resonated through the yard as corks flew in the air and bubbly was poured for everyone to enjoy.

The wedding cake was very playful. The bride is a veterinarian and has brought home injured squirrels over the years. These squirrels which now live in the backyard have really become a part of the family. We decided to make the squirrels the center theme of the cake. The concept behind the cake was to have a very elegant and traditional wedding cake that was then “attacked” by squirrels.

I really enjoyed being able to do a story cake, where each tier added to the tale that was being told.

I loved that the top tier had the squirrel staking claim on the cake. Having climbed up the cake and accidentally knocking over the bride and groom topper, the squirrel began a piling up its acorns

The bottom tier had a squirrel actually biting into the cake

For the middle tier a squirrel nose was peaking out, somehow having burrowed its way into the cake and was now trying to get out again

This was actually taken before we put the squirrels on the cake, but I love the picture so much, I had to share!

Calla Lilly Cake

For this wedding my clients knew exactly what they wanted. The bride came in with color swatches and pictures to help me understand the design she had in mind. Their enthusiasm regarding the cake was so clear I couldn’t help but get excited about their special day as well!

The highlight of this cake were two little monkeys that were perched on the top of the cake holding hands and peeking their heads out above the sugar flowers. They were so fun to make! And I can’t tell you how many people commented on them when we were setting up the cake.

Wrigley Field Cake

Two major Cubs fans decided to tie the knot in Santa Monica earlier this summer. And while they were happy to be by the beach for the big day, they couldn’t stand the idea of being so far from their cherished team. So we decided to bring the team to them!

Here are some pictures of the Wrigley Field Cake we made for them.

Beehive Cake

I was ecstatic when I got a call to do a beehive cake for someone who is an actual bee keeper! I always enjoy the additional challenge of creating life-like cakes for those who know exactly what the real thing is supposed to look like.

For this cake we decided to not only do a beehive with bees, but to do a shovel and gardening glove as well since the Birthday girl is also an avid gardener.

The handle of the shovel ended up being covered by the glove, but I had to show a picture since I just loved the wood-grain on the handle!

My favorite part of all were the bees. I love how detailed they are!

Magazine Coverage

We were recently featured in a cake article in Serendipty Magazine.  It’s always exciting to be able to share our cakes in print!

Birch Tree Cake

The Birch Tree cake I made this past weekend was an incredibly fun cake to make. The Birthday girl (Robyn) owns a company called “Robyn’s Nest”, so I played of that theme creating a birch tree cake with a nest on top housing three robin’s eggs with her initials on them.

Here are photos of the cakes inspiration:

I absolutely loved making the table display! It really tied in the cake theme.

This cake is one of my all time favorites (although I tend to say that about every cake I make right after its done 🙂

Since the lighting at the party was a bit dim, I took some pictures in daylight so you can really see the cake details.

The Birthday Girl with her cake

Ultimate Cake Off – Behind the Scenes

Last night was the premier of Ultimate Cake Off in which I, along with Liz and Alison, assisted Katie Robinson in creating a 6 foot tall wedding cake that set new standards on what a wedding cake can be.

It was such an amazing experience to be on the team and work with such talented cake artists. I find it so amazing that something that took months of planning can be condensed to a 1 hour show!

Here are some of the behind the scenes footage of the prep and filming. Enjoy!

By using Styrofoam dummies we were able to see what the final cake structure would look like

This is one of the early cake sketches

a few months later and after one grueling day….here is the finished cake!

Besides for time, there were a lot of other elements that went into preparing for this monstrous cake.

51 pounds of butter, 54 pounds of sugar, 113 cups of sour cream, 32 pounds of white chocolate, 10 pounds of gumpaste and 65 pounds of fondant to name a few….

A lot of our materials and tools were brought in from New York.

Here’s some of the luggage the team flew with

While the rest of the team was flying to LA, I was transporting all of our cake and frosting.

Our Kitchen!

and the competition begins

some of the gumpaste tiles we used on the cake

Time’s up and cake is done!

Once the cake was done we got to pose for some much needed glamor shots

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