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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!

Spring 2012 Press!

I thought I’d take a moment to share some of the latest Sweet Element cakes that have found their way onto the pages of a variety of spring bridal magazines!

Here’s our pleated cake (on the right) in a Designer Desserts feature in the Spring 2012 issue of The Knot.  All cakes in the feature pulled details from fashion to adorn cakes – one of my favorite things to do!


Sweet Element definitely made a splash in our first appearances in both Contemporary Bride New Jersey & Contemporary Bride New York with a total of 9 cakes featured in their Spring 2012 issues!

In the inspire me: Jet Setters spread, our Par Avion Wedding cake was featured.


Here’s a close up shot of the Par Avion Wedding Cake.

In the inspire me: Groom’s Cakes spread, we had our Miller Lite Beer Bucket and our Lego Star Wars & Guinness groom’s cakes featured.


Close up of the Miller Lite Beer Bucket Groom’s Cake.

Close up of the Lego Star Wars & Guinness Cake.

I was thrilled to see our set of five Monique Lhuiller Inspired Wedding Cakes opened up the Cakes to Feast Your Eyes On feature!

Last but not least, we had one of our fresh flower wedding cakes, a square fondant wedding cake decorated in orchids in the subsequent pages of the Cakes to Feast Your Eyes On feature.


Close up shot of the Cascading Orchid Wedding Cake.

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!

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.



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.

Summer 2011 Press!

Apparently this is the summer of sequins!  Check out two Sweet Element sequin wedding cakes that were recently featured in Get Married & The Knot (national edition)!




April Cake Catch-Up!

I love when a relatively quiet month all of a sudden turns out to be a super busy one unexpectedly!  This April was definitely one of those crazy months where I seemed to be inundated with last minute requests.  Here are a few of the Sweet Element projects that kept me busy this month.


Sweet Element Winter 2010 – Press!

Sweet Element was lucky enough to have a few more of my personal favorite Art Deco styled wedding cakes featured in both NY Weddings & The Knot winter editions, so I thought I would share!

One of the two covers for the Winter 2010 edition

NY Weddings Spread with a Sweet Element cake!

Closeup of the Blue & Silver Art Deco Wedding Cake

The Knot Winter 2010 – National Edition Cover

I was delighted to see my cake in the table of contents too!

The Knot spread with one of my favorite White-on-White Art Deco wedding cakes & a few Sweet Element chocolate bon bons too!