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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!

Brides White Hot Style Shop!

I usually wait on blogging about cakes created for publication, and as this lavender sequined wedding cake was created for the January 2012 issue of Brides magazine, I decided to wait until the issue hit newsstands to share this post!

Sweet Element was fortunate enough to be included in last year’s Brides White Hot Style Shop in NYC.  I was super excited to see my lavender sequined cake with purple fantasy flower was showcased on the cake table right at the front of the shop!


Here’s a photo of me with my cake taken by a fellow female entrepreneur & friend, Susan Ng (go check out her beauty products @ Naturally Susan’s) that came to visit during the Sweet Element cupcake tasting (both pistachio and red velvet went over extremely well)!


A few beautiful orchids from the florist …

And lastly … a lovely portrait of Jay & I being silly at the wrap party from The Booth!

Brown & White Square Wedding Cake with Fuschia Moth Orchids

This wedding cake, a perfect example of a very elegant, modern cake for a couple on a budget, was delivered to the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in the Time Warner Center in NYC a few weeks ago.  Using fresh flowers, a custom clay topper and satin ribbon as decor is a very cost effective way to get a very big design impact!

All tiers of this cake were red velvet cake, filled with cream cheese frosting, frosted in vanilla buttercream and decorated in fondant, satin ribbon and gigantic fresh fuschia moth orchids.  The super cute topper was made by Bitter Sweetz.


Close up of the bull dog bride & groom topper.  These are just beyond adorable!


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!