Cake Trends and My Summer Cakes

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After about ten years of making cakes, I can look back and see clearly some of the trends wedding cakes have gone through in the last decade.  Shortly after I first started everyone wanted 3 tiered square cakes with ribbon wrapping the bottom edge. 026susanawilcox 001I had forgotten how much I loved this cake, still one of my favorites.

ferndell11-05 043After the square trend faded, most of the wedding cakes were round.  The new trend seemed to be grooms cakes, like these:bentley cake 015


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There’s been other trends of course, and I really don’t do a ton of cakes, but this summer I notice the shape of cakes changing again.  This first cake was so fun to do,  I thought the simple clean lines and the color were just gorgeous.  It is always fun to do a cake that appeals to your own design style.  The dahlia was made from gum paste and was the element that caused me the most stress, having never done one before.  The plaque was made with modeling chocolate, using a technique that my sister in law Veronica taught me this summer.

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DSC_0148I was also lucky enough to have my brother and family visiting at the time and he graciously took some great photos for me.  Thanks Forest!

The next cake was done for a sweet and sassy bride that I had the chance to teach at church.  It was a joy to be a part of her special day.  I loved the design she choose as well.  Notice the silhouette, narrow stacked tiers with an extra tall center tier.

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Love the flowers, her florist did an awesome job.  Those extra tall tiers can be tricky to cover, but I love the look.  This one was hand painted with gold lustre dust.

I love seeing the changes come and go, what do you think will be the next big thing in wedding cakes?

A Cake with Kick

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IMG_1229I have so many cakes that I need to post , owls and race cars and even a snowflake covered wedding cake.  But this Tae kwon do cake is the most recent.  My neighbor and her family are some of my best customers.  This cake was for Peter, an awesome yellow belt, for his birthday party at the Tae Kwon Do studio he attends.  Devil’s food with vanilla buttercream and mm fondant.

IMG_1232I made 25 of these little ninja cuppies.   I should have taken pictures of the process but  it was midnight and i didn’t think of it til I was done.  Would anyone be interested in a little tutorial on how I made them?

Boots and a belt buckle.

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Over a year ago I received a phone call from a mother of a bride who was searching for a baker willing to do a sculpted cake, specifically two pairs of cowboy boots.  And a wedding cake with a belt buckle.  What a fun order!  I ‘d tell you what flavors they were, but its been so long I can’t remember.

His boots.

Her boots.

My first wedding cake wearing a belt buckle,  notice the gun toting bride and groom.

All together.

 

 

A Bun in the Oven

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I don’t usually post too much personal stuff on this blog but I thought that maybe I should give a few reasons for my nearly year long absence.   For a while last fall, life was wild, we went on a trip and came back to a flooded home, my sweet grandma passed away and my mother came to stay for over a month while she and her siblings settled my grandmas estate.  But by far the biggest change in our life was that we found out we were excitedly expecting our fourth child.  I am not the happiest baby haver,  I get pretty sick and had gestational diabetes,  so while there were a few cakes in that time, none of them were posted.  Hopefully I’ll get to that soon!  In the meantime, maybe you’ll forgive me if I post something way cuter than any cake I’ve ever made.

 

My four sons!

Brand new little guy.  He had one serious rash, which thankfully went away after about a week or two.

At about six weeks.

Mario gets Married

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This was a fun one.  The bride wanted a very simple wedding cake and placed her order.  Then a few days later she called with the request of an old school Nintendo Gaming system.  My family had one of these bad boys and my brothers were awesome at playing Mario, Paperboy, Zelda.  I however was terrible!   Back to the cakes, the wedding cake was vanilla butter cake with vanilla butter cream on the bottom cake and snickerdoodle cake with vanilla buttercream on top.  The grooms cake was devils food with vanilla swiss meringue buttercream.

 

Princess Peach and Mario were provided by the bride and groom.  Aren’t they cute?

 

We all scream for ….frozen cake?

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As we all know, it is tradition for a bride and groom to save their cake top until their one year anniversary.   Which makes sense, survive what is said to be one of the hardest years of marriage and as a reward you get to eat freezer burned year old cake.   The lovely lady that made my wedding cake didn’t agree and sweetly made Dave and I a fresh little cake for our anniversary.  It was delightful and a tradition that I gladly follow for couples who order a wedding cake from me.

Last year I made this cake and this year they picked up their complimentary first anniversary cake.

They chose to have it made in our butter vanilla with lemon curd,one of the flavors from their original cake.  Happy Anniversary!

Dare to be Square

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This cake consisted of 1 six inch square lemon with lemon curd cake and no less than 48 little mini cakes.  The mini cakes with purple ribbon were devils food with chocolate fudge filling and the green ribbon had a matching key lime cake with a key lime cream cheese filling.  The bride who happens to be a friend of mine wanted to do something that would be fresh and new that most people hadn’t seen before.   I think we hit the mark.  Congrats Melinda and Dave!  We wish you a life of bliss!

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