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 🙂
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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!!!!
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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:
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 …
It was only a matter of time before our first car cake request came in, and we were thrilled to make one for Trevor’s 2nd birthday! The birthday boy’s only request was that it be a blue car with yellow highlights, so we based the cake on a Ford Mustang and embellished it with a few things to make it truly Trevor’s: a yellow 2 for his 2nd birthday on the door, the Boston Red Sox rear window decal, and of course, the license plate!
The cake was a chocolate chocolate chip cake, filled & frosted with vanilla moussaline buttercream. The car was decorated with a combination of fondant, gumpaste & modeling chocolate. To cover the board, we used a little oreo “dirt”.
A close up of the grill & the mini mustang (one of my favorite design elements)
The birthday boy & his cousins digging into the cake. Trevor was getting upset because he didn’t understand that the car was a cake & not a toy, so he was thrilled when he could finally get to it!
The birthday boy enjoying a giant modeling chocolate tire!
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Happy Octoberfest! Here’s the latest Sweet Element cake that was made for a Octoberfest themed birthday party in Montclair this weekend. Inside the stein was a black forest cake (chocolate cake, kirsch infused cherries & chocolate buttercream) and whipped cream topped the cake to make the “foam”. The pretzels were made of modeling chocolate & topped with salt.
Last weekend I had the pleasure of making a cake for Patricia’s Yarns who was celebrating their 5th year in Hoboken, NJ. As creative license was left up to me, I thought it would be a sweet design for this Hoboken yarn shop to have a messenger bag with 5 skeins of yarn spilling out. Patricia had requested that her logo be incorporated, so I made it fairly prominent on the bag as the label. There were also three “5’s” incorporated into the yarn – can you spot them all?
This cake was comprised of a chocolate devil’s food cake filled & frosted with vanilla moussaline buttercream and decorated in fondant. The yarn skeins were made of rice crispy treats frosted in vannilla moussaline buttercream and decorated in fondant. The needles were the only inedible piece to this cake, and were made out of sharpened painted dowels with gumpaste toppers.
If you’re a knitter & ever find yourself in Hoboken – you should definitely check out Patricia’s shop! I spent about an hour browsing through her vast selection of yarn and left with two giant bags full of yarn for 2 scarves & a winter blanket. Patricia was also kind enough to give me a swift [which I totally love 😀 ] as a thank you!
Here are some additional detail shots of the cake …
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I always thought that I’d be making a pint of Guinness cake as a grooms cake, but our friends’ Irish pub birthday party this past Saturday presented the perfect occasion to create this cake. If you ever find yourself in Hoboken, NJ – go visit Carpe Diem for perfect pints & excellent pub food!
Since the pub’s true birthday is 7/15, I included 15 clovers on the board, three of which were gold four leaf clovers, as the pub was celebrating it’s 3rd birthday.
The cake consisted of alternating layers of devil’s food cake & yellow butter cake that was filled and frosted with Bailey’s Irish Cream buttercream. A combination of chocolate & vanilla fondant was used to decorate the exterior of the cake.
I thought the guys would enjoy the little clover in the foam detail on the top 🙂
Joe & Billy in Carpe Diem’s dining room with the cake!
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