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Candyland, Cupcake Tower & Couple’s Map

Here’s a peek at some of our latest cakes from last weekend!

This first cake was a “surprise design” made for a friend’s daughter’s first birthday party at the Hilton Garden Inn in Staten Island, NY.  I have an open policy with friends and family that if they ask me to make a cake for them, I’ll give them a very big break on cost as long as they leave the design entirely in my hands – and I’m happy to say this one was a success!  The only design direction I was given was the cake had to be girly and Candyland themed.

The top & bottom tiers are vanilla cake with vanilla moussaline buttercream and the middle tier is devil’s food cake with chocolate moussaline buttercream.  All tiers are covered in fondant and all decorations are edible!  The lollipops & bow were made from a mixture of gumpaste and fondant, the gumdrops, and all flat decorations were fondant, the 1 topper was gumpaste and the lil’ mini gingerbread girl was modeling chocolate.

Topper close up.

And mom & birthday girl!

This next cupcake tower was made for a Tweet Your Face Off event at Nasilele Photography in Brooklyn, NY.  I was super bummed that I couldn’t attend the event as I was literally finishing up the last cake of the day while Jay delivered & set this up on his own!  The cupcakes, decorated with facebook f’s and twitter t’s were: lemon cake with lemon buttercream, vanilla cake with vanilla buttercream & red velvet with cream cheese frosting.   The cake on top was red velvet, filled with cream cheese frosting, frosted in vanilla buttercream and decorated in fondant.  The little bird’s speech bubble was gumpaste.

If you are looking for a wedding or portrait photographer you should definitely check out Nasilele’s website – her work is stunning!

This last cake was a unique “couple’s map” wedding cake that was initially inspired by my Subway Love cake recently featured in NY Weddings.  All the elements on this cake told the NYC story of the bride & groom.

The top tier highlighted the groom’s career in real estate and the wedding location at the Metropolitan Club, the middle tier told the couple’s proposal story, and the bottom tier showcased a few of the after-wedding party locations and the couple’s neighborhood.

All tiers were comprised of lemon pound cake, filled with lemon curd, frosted with lemon moussaline buttercream and decorated in a combination of gum paste and fondant.

Super Nintendo Groom’s Cake

‘Tis the season for groom’s cakes!  This surprise groom’s cake was a life size recreation of the SNES (or Super Nintendo Entertainment System for you non-gamers out there!), and included a sugar copy of Dr. Mario.  The cake was delivered to a rehearsal dinner at Il Vicolo in Livingston, NJ last Friday.

This cake was comprised of vanilla confetti cake, filled & frosted with vanilla buttercream and decorated in a combination of gumpaste, fondant & modeling chocolate.

The Studio Turns One!

Oh how quickly time flies … the Sweet Element studio celebrated its first official birthday yesterday on 5/1!  In order to celebrate our first year … I thought it would be fitting to share a number of our firsts that we celebrated throughout the studio’s inaugural year.

First Cake Delivered via Public Transit (including NYC cab!)

First “All-Nighter” Cake

First Publication in a National Wedding Magazine
First Celebrity Cake (a gift for Kim Kardashian from Bongo Jeans!)

First GIANT show at the Javits Center.  We never would have been able to produce 6,000+ mini cupcakes in 3 days before the studio was in operation!

First “Extreme” Cake with Lights ~ Star Wars Light Saber Fight Scene Cake!

I can’t wait to see what year two has in store!

Congratulations Will & Kate!

Like many of my fellow wedding pros, I was up at 4 AM this morning to join in the revelry (even if only via television!) of the royal wedding.  It was truly a sight to behold all the attendees in their finest & so fun to see such fantastic millinery!  Many people have said that watching this wedding was like watching a fairy tale, and I have to say that I agree.  Kate was a stunning princess in a gorgeous, traditional gown by Sarah Burton of Alexander McQueen & William was quite the handsome prince in uniform.

Of course, I could not wait to see the wedding cake … and it didn’t disappoint! Fiona Cairns & her team did a beautiful job.  All that intricate piping … wowza.  I love the all chocolate groom’s cake from McVities Cake Company requested by Prince William for the reception at Buckingham Palace.  If I had a choice … I would definitely go for a slice of that chocolate cake over a slice of the wedding fruit cake – wouldn’t you?!

I am definitely looking forward to seeing the wedding trends that this royal wedding has set in motion.  Something tells me a lot of requests for lace & piping on more traditional monochromatic cakes will be coming up!

Personally, I hope that many of the “best dressed” fashions seen on wedding guests will also be making their way to cake trends … definitely some gorgeous color combinations & fascinators!

Happy 1st Anniversary Mike & Vickie!

At this time last year, Mr. Sweet Element & I were in the heart of Houston, TX getting ready to celebrate the wedding of  Mike & Vickie after safely delivering all their chocolate favors to the reception.

Shortly after they exchanged vows, this transatlantic couple moved across the pond to London, England to start their married life together [with their furry cat-kids following a few months behind! :D]

Happy 1st Anniversary Mike & Vickie!  We can’t wait to come & visit you across the pond soon!

18th GLBT Expo & Rainbow Weddings Weekend!

What a weekend!  Since my post last Wednesday, Sweet Element has been *VERY* busy with the production of a little over 6,000 mini cupcake samples for our biggest show yet, The Rainbow Weddings show, within the 18th GLBT Expo at the Javits Center in New York City this past weekend.

I definitely owe a HUMONGOUS thanks to Jay for all his help from Friday-Sunday.  I don’t know how I would have gotten through it all without him! Next year I will definitely be hiring another assistant to help with all the production & handling the booth traffic.

Here was our show menu of some of our most popular cake flavors:

Banana Cake with Peanut Butter Frosting
Almond Cake with Almond Moussaline Buttercream
Red Velvet Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting
Coconut Cake with Coconut Cream Cheese Frosting
Pistachio Cake with Pistachio Moussaline Buttercream
Vegan Chocolate Cake with Chocolate Ganache Frosting

Amazingly, *ALL* of our cupcake samples were gone at the end of the show!

Here’s a shot of our booth (lucky #13!) in the Rainbow Weddings section of the Expo.  Yes, those are ALL mini cupcake boxes (just for Saturday), double stacked on those bottom two shelves.  Shockingly, this was the ONLY picture I was able to take during the two day show, right before the show opened on Saturday, because our booth was SO busy both days that we never got a break to even sit down!

Even though it was completely exhausting, and I have *NEVER* done as many lunges and squats to get boxes of cupcakes from the rack to refill the samples on the table, I cannot wait for next year already!  It was SO much fun meeting so many wonderful people – potential clients, other GBLT friendly businesss people & fellow exhibitors.

If you are like me and believe in marriage equality for all, please visit this site & join the petition!

NYC Wedding Connection Luncheon

Today I had the opportunity to attend another one of the fabulous luncheons thrown by Mary Hines of Chandelier Productions.  It’s always such a pleasure to meet other wedding vendors & forge new friendships with other people in the event & wedding business.  I thought I would share the work of some of the wonderful photographers I have gotten to know through these meetings.  Definitely check out the links below & take a look at their work!

Jared Slater from J & J Photography is a photojournalist who specializes in weddings, family portraits & headshots.  He also offers a substantial discount to same sex couples, & will continue to do so until they have the same marriage rights in all 50 states, which I think is incredibly commendable.

Fay Chang from Lucky Sights Photography is also a photojournalist who specializes in weddings & portraits.  Her photos are absolutely stunning!

TECCS First Year Celebration Cake

A few weeks ago, Sweet Element was fortunate enough to be able to participate in The Ethical Community Charter School’s First Year celebration in Jersey City, NJ.  We donated a large celebration cake & also mini cupcakes for all the students.  The cake was a combination of chocolate & yellow cake filled with vanilla moussaline buttercream and decorated in fondant & chocolate.  The words around the sides of the tiers: Ethics, Service, Community, Social Justice, Academics & Exploration represented the varied parts of the school’s mission.

We wish the school & all the families continued success & growth in the future!

As a very welcome surprise, I received a number of thank you cards from the students & teachers last week for the cake & cupcakes.  Here are a few of my favorites.

A huge card from one of the classes:

Pop-up cards!

And the one that peaked my interest the most.

I secretly wonder if the cake was just “ok” because the kids only got to eat the cupcakes, because the cake & frosting for both were the same!  Hrm …

Stingray Birthday Cake

Here’s one of our latest sculpted cakes that was made for a little girl’s birthday in Montclair, NJ last week.  It was Sweet Element’s first request for a stingray cake. We hope it made Julia’s birthday a memorable one!  The cake was a white cake, filled with lemon curd & frosted in vanilla moussaline buttercream.  The decorations were made of fondant, gumpaste & cookie sand.