I had the pleasure of working with Encore Catering on this stacked books cake for a very special 60th birthday celebration at the Newark Museum in Newark, NJ last month.
The client had very specific requests on the book titles and stacking order, and wanted a classic book feel to the overall look. I thought a marbled board would be a nice accent as well. I have to say I’m pretty happy with the end result!
All the books were vanilla pound cake, filled with lemon curd, frosted in vanilla moussaline buttercream, and decorated in fondant.
It was wonderful to hear that the cake went over well, as I received the following note in an email from Encore Catering the following week:
“Awesome job on the book cake. The client was thrilled!”
I love baseball themed cakes … and I’m considering this one the first of the 2011 season! We delivered this peeking Mr. Met Groom’s cake this past Saturday to The Crystal Room in Staten Island, NY as a surprise to a Mets fan groom from his Yankees fan wife!
This cake was comprised of red velvet cake, filled and frosted with vanilla moussaline buttercream and decorated in fondant. The Mets hat on top was made of rice cereal treats and decorated in fondant.
Posted in Cakes, Groom's Cakes, Special Occasion Cakes
Tagged baseball themed cake, cake, fondant cake, grooms cake, mets cake, mets grooms cake, mr. met cake, nj grooms cake, ny grooms cake, sculpted cake, specialty cake, Sweet Element, Sweet Element Cakes
After all the Twitter love I’ve gotten from Jay’s computer forensic friends, I couldn’t say no when they asked if I’d make them a cake for their last meet up in downtown Manhattan. As you might imagine, the cake had to be somewhat computer related, so with a little inspiration from the group, I came up with the USB key cake with the NYC4SEC logo on it below. The cake was a chocolate devil’s food cake, filled with chocolate buttercream, frosted in vanilla buttercream and decorated in fondant.
This next cake was made for the 4th birthday of a very sweet lil’ girl in my hometown of Bloomfield, NJ. After looking at cakes with her mom online, she found a cake she loved from The Elegant Cakery in Texas. Since she was having a smaller party, I designed a smaller 2 tier cake for her based on the inspiration cake. The cake was yellow cake, filled with dark chocolate ganache, frosted in vanilla buttercream and decorated in fondant & gumpaste.
Posted in Birthday Cakes, Cakes, Special Occasion Cakes
Tagged 2 tier cake, birthday cake, cake, dongle cake, fondant bow, fondant cake, gumpaste daisy, kid birthday cake, nyc4sec, Sweet Element, Sweet Element cake, tiered birthday cake, USB cake, USB dongle cake, USB key cake
Whew. I can’t believe how much time has flown by since that last blog post! When you’re a one-woman shop (with the much needed help of a crafty carpenter/delivery man/dishwasher extraordinaire husband when he’s NOT working his full time job), there’s a LOT on your plate! I’ll have to make it a point to check in here at least once a week!
But enough with the excuses … 😉
Here’s one of the latest Sweet Element CAKES! I received a request to construct a piano keyboard cake for a small birthday party of 10 at the Palisade’s Mall Lucky Strike in West Nyack, NY last weekend and came up with this lil’ piece. The cake is constructed of yellow cake, filled & frosted with chocolate hazelnut buttercream and decorated in fondant. And just in case you were wondering, all 88 keys were individually cut out and applied!
And some pictures of the birthday boy enjoying his cake 🙂
Posted in Birthday Cakes, Cakes, Client Photos, Special Occasion Cakes
Tagged 3D cake, birthday cake, fondant cake, piano cake, sculpted cake, Special Occasion Cake, Sweet Element, Sweet Element cake
One of my favorite Sweet Element cakes from a *very* busy cake week last week (more posts with our other cakes to come!) was this Tiki cake I made for my aunt Julie’s retirement party that we delivered all the way up to the Manchester Country Club in Manchester, CT. After 35 years of teaching, Julie is finally stepping out of the classroom this June. Her only request to the party planners was that the party be Luau themed, so I thought a gigantic Tiki drink cake would be the perfect cake for the event!
This cake was a chocolate devil’s food cake filled with peanut butter buttercream and frosted in vanilla moussaline buttercream. The decorations were a combination of modeling chocolate, fondant & gumpaste. The only inedible things on this cake were the straw (giant emptied Pixi stick ~ yes, I saved the grape Pixi dust!) & the umbrella. I owe a GIANT thanks to the ever crafty Jay for building that AWESOME pink drink umbrella from scratch!!!!
Posted in Cakes, Client Photos, Special Occasion Cakes
Tagged cake, fondant cake, luau cake, retirement party cake, sculpted cake, Special Occasion Cake, Sweet Element, Sweet Element cake, tiki cake, tiki drink cake
In the midst of the bitter cold of winter, I find myself looking forward to spring & baseball. So, finding myself with a little time on my hands & baseball on my mind, I came up with this design for a Yankees wedding portfolio cake based on the Yankees uniforms. I can’t wait for the 2010 season to begin!
Posted in Cakes, Wedding Cakes
Tagged 3 tier cake, cake, fondant cake, Sweet Element, Sweet Element cake, tiered cake, wedding cake, yankee cake, yankees, yankees cake
New Year’s Eve is always an extra special celebration in our house, since it’s also my husband Jay’s birthday. This year he requested a chocolate “coffee” cake. So without further adieu, here is Jay’s birthday cake, which also happened to be the last Sweet Element cake of 2009!
The coffee cup cake was a chocolate devil’s food cake, filled and frosted with an espresso italian meringue buttercream and decorated in fondant. The doughnut & napkin were sculpted out of fondant. The cake “board” was a piece of counter top to go with the whole coffee/diner theme!
For those of you wondering, the chocolate lil’ devil creature was a last minute surprise. He’s the FreeBSD mascot, and a favorite of Jay’s, always a tech guy at heart & a FreeBSD fan.
Posted in Birthday Cakes, Cakes, Chocolate, Special Occasion Cakes
Tagged 3D cake, beastie, birthday cake, cake, Cakes, chocolate plate, coffee and doughnut cake, coffee cup cake, fondant cake, freebsd, sculpted cake, Sweet Element, Sweet Element cake
I know I promised that I wouldn’t let the Sweet Element blog slide for long periods, but somehow, even without a corporate gig anymore – life is still hectic! In between dealing with all the people necessary to get my cake studio completed (which seriously is a job all unto itself), I’ve been keeping my creativity flowing by making portfolio cakes, which is always gratifying as it allows me to experiment with different techniques and continue to push the envelope artistically.
Yesterday, I was lucky enough to be able to work with Mike from Arclight Images & got some great new shots of some of my latest portfolio pieces. It was such a pleasure working with a guy with such a great eye & very creative mind. After a number of shoots with magazines & their very simple backdrops for cakes, it was really fun to think of different settings for pieces – both in & outdoors!
Without further adieu, here are the photos!
Posted in Cakes, Special Occasion Cakes, Wedding Cakes
Tagged alphabet cake, arclight images, bird wedding cake, blue wedding cake, Cakes, fall cake, fondant cake, ginkgo cake, halloween cake, pirate cake, sequin cake, Sweet Element, Sweet Element Cakes, tiered cakes, wedding cake