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March Madness!

It’s been a flurry of activity at Sweet Element this March, but I’ve finally been able to catch a little bit of computer time to share what we’ve been up to here in the land of sweets!

We started the month off with a very tall, very chocolate wedding cake for a wonderful couple who had their wedding at Battery Gardens in lower Manhattan.  Ilona & Allen were having a black & white NYC themed wedding, and loved the concept of having a unique chocolate buttercream cake decorated with a stunning silver NYC skyline, some graphic red fondant hearts and the iconic “I ♥ NY” logo in the center of the cake.  This cake was all red velvet, filled with cream cheese filling, and stood around 27″ tall!

Keeping in the NYC theme, we created this fun Jets jersey groom’s cake for another wedding at ‘Cesca, on the upper west side of Manhattan the following weekend.  The jersey was customized with the groom’s name and the couple’s wedding date in place of the player’s number.  The cake was a rich vanilla cake, filled with dark chocolate ganache, frosted in vanilla buttercream and decorated in a combination of fondant and gum paste decor.


We also created a fun Baby Einstein themed cake for a 1st birthday party in NJ.  This cake was a devil’s food cake, filled and frosted in vanilla buttercream.  The baby blocks on top were decorated rice cereal treats made with white chocolate in lieu of marshmallows in order to get nice edges.  All decor was made of fondant & gum paste.

Next up was prep for the 19th GLBT Expo at the Javits Center in NYC – which involved a LOT of baking: 6000+ mini cupcakes!  I am happy to say that I definitely had help this year in the baking department: BIG thanks to Mr. Sweet Element, fellow pastry chef LP & Remo – our newest intern!  I don’t know how I would have gotten through it all without you!

The GLBT Expo took place on St. Patrick’s Day weekend … which meant that Mr. Sweet Element and I celebrated our 1st date anniversary working the booth!  After last year, we realized that we definitely couldn’t do it alone, so this year we enlisted the help of some fabulous family and friends.  I don’t think I could give a big enough *THANK YOU* to Kim & Susan for all their help!  We were also very happy to share our booth with Nancy Swiezy Events, who created a gorgeous floral display for the table.  If you are ever looking for a fabulous florist or wedding planner – definitely give Nancy a call!

Here are a few snapshots from the show (last two courtesy of my cousin Kim, as most of my photos were STOLEN!***)

Kim, me & Susan all set up and waiting for the crowd to head in on Saturday.  Pistachio, Almond, Red Velvet, Confetti, Coconut & Vegan Chocolate mini cupcake samples, a few display cakes, a gorgeous floral display and little moo cards filled up our table!

Mr. Sweet Element, me & Kim ready to take on the onslaught of tasters!
Mini cupcake closeups and a shot of our back rack filled with boxes of cupcakes and display cakes.

***The weekend was fabulous … until I realized that someone swiped my phone!!! Definitely a downer to a great weekend, but luckily I was able to get a new phone late on Sunday at the AT&T Times Square store, who had reps at the Expo and were extremely helpful.  I’ll definitely be going back there for any phone needs in the future, as I’ve never received better service at any other store.  I thought it was incredibly sweet that the rep who I talked to at the Expo personally called me later that night just to check in to see if I was ok and had everything squared away.

So, new iPhone acquired, but many contacts and photos lost as I hadn’t synced it in a small eternity.  Needless to say I’ve already set up my new one and all my other devices on iCloud with “Find my iPhone/iPad/etc.” installed!

City Skyline Wedding Cake

Yet another last minute wedding cake this year … the city skyline cake!

We delivered this almond cake, filled with strawberry preserves, frosted in almond moussaline buttercream and decorated with gum paste skylines to Attic Studios in Long Island City, NY.


During our tasting & design consultation, the couple decided that they wanted to tell their long distance love story in cake.  With the groom being from Copenhagen, the bride from San Francisco, and the couple currently living in New York City, the skyline idea fit perfectly.  The stick figures on top were colored copper figurines with a gum paste heart that were taken from the couple’s wedding invitation design.

Here are a few more shots of the skylines that wrap completely around this 360º design.



Lemony Buttercream & Orange Orchid Wedding Cake

We delivered this cake to a small home wedding in nearby Maplewood, NJ last weekend.  The cake was super lemony – made of lemon cake, filled with lemon curd and frosted in lemon curd buttercream.  Fresh orange orchids gave a pop of color to top off the cake.

Shawn & Doug’s Wedding Cake!

I was honored when our friends Shawn & Doug came to me to create their wedding cake for their wedding at People Lounge in the Lower East Side of Manhattan a few weeks back.

After a few design sketches back and forth, we came up with a very modern buttercream design, with a round quilted bottom tier highlighted with dragees, a round center tier decorated with the grooms’ initials and an hourglass shaped top tier with scattered multi-sized dragees that was topped with lavender sugar moth orchids.  Each tier was banded with purple satin ribbon.

The cake was comprised of a combination of almond and devil’s food cake and was filled and frosted in almond buttercream.  We also brought along a red velvet sheet cake with cream cheese frosting as a third flavor option since the number of wedding guests ballooned quite a bit a few days before the wedding!


Setting up this wedding cake was a very interesting challenge – as this was the first wedding cake I’ve assembled on an active bar!  Luckily, Jay is very comfortable behind a bar as he was a bartender many years ago.  With his help on the working side of the bar, and gaining a little height myself by standing on a bar stool we were able to set this up fairly quickly and then enjoy the wedding as guests.

I can’t emphasize enough how wonderful it was to be able to witness such a beautiful, loving, and funny ceremony for these two guys.  While I always think of them as already married, since they had a civil ceremony in NJ years ago, this official wedding ceremony in NYC just cemented how perfect these two are for each other.  There was definitely a lot of happy tears and laughter during the vows.


I just love this close up of the grooms holding hands.

The grooms with their cake!


Having the cake on an active bar and being a wedding guest was making me crazy as all I could picture was someone elbowing the cake before the cake cutting ceremony.  Luckily that never happened, but I can tell you that I literally had to force myself to stop looking at the bar!


The cake cutting!


I love this picture from the cake cutting ceremony!  That man wants CAKE! 😀


Here’s one last close up shot of the sugar moth orchids topper.



Buttercream Basketweave Wedding Cake

I was thrilled to be able to work with the stellar team at Parties with Panache on this wedding cake that we delivered to an in-home wedding in Wayne, NJ last month.  Believe it or not, I don’t get a slew of buttercream wedding cake orders, so it was kind of nice to be able to get back to the basics with this buttercream basket weave design.

This cake was an all vanilla cake, filled and decorated in vanilla moussaline buttercream and real roses.

Bluebird & Cherry Blossom Buttercream Wedding Cake


We delivered this bluebird & cherry blossom buttercream wedding cake to the stunning Desmond Tutu Center in NYC this past Saturday (seriously, if you are looking for a unique & gorgeous gothic venue in NYC – check it out!). The cake design was inspired by the couple’s wedding invitation & wedding website, both of which were nature inspired and incorporated bird silhouettes.

The cake flavor was very spring: lemon cake, filled with lemon curd, and frosted in lemon italian moussaline buttercream.  The decor was a created out of a combination of modeling chocolate &  gum paste.

Here’s a detail shot of one of my favorite parts of this cake – the little branch pergola topper with gum paste cherry blossoms and a hanging heart pendant.


As with many wedding cake deliveries, we brought the cake up to the venue sans decoration and then came back with the decor to finish up the cake after we parked the car.  To our shock, when we came back with the decorations we found a man standing in front of the cake & when we asked him to move, we saw blue blossoms from the centerpieces all over the cake!  Luckily, the buttercream was still chilled enough and the florist’s flowers did not have stems, so they were easily removed without much damage ~ but I have now learned to never leave a cake unguarded before it’s finished!  Now why a florist with NO INSTRUCTION to put any flowers anywhere near the cake felt the need to step in and decorate the cake I will never have any idea.  I just hope that once we left the decorated cake he stayed away from it!

Here’s one last quick shot of the cake at a distance with a view of those pesky blue blossoms that nearly gave me a heart attack!