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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!


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.

Candyland, Cupcake Tower & Couple’s Map

Here’s a peek at some of our latest cakes from last weekend!

This first cake was a “surprise design” made for a friend’s daughter’s first birthday party at the Hilton Garden Inn in Staten Island, NY.  I have an open policy with friends and family that if they ask me to make a cake for them, I’ll give them a very big break on cost as long as they leave the design entirely in my hands – and I’m happy to say this one was a success!  The only design direction I was given was the cake had to be girly and Candyland themed.

The top & bottom tiers are vanilla cake with vanilla moussaline buttercream and the middle tier is devil’s food cake with chocolate moussaline buttercream.  All tiers are covered in fondant and all decorations are edible!  The lollipops & bow were made from a mixture of gumpaste and fondant, the gumdrops, and all flat decorations were fondant, the 1 topper was gumpaste and the lil’ mini gingerbread girl was modeling chocolate.

Topper close up.


And mom & birthday girl!

This next cupcake tower was made for a Tweet Your Face Off event at Nasilele Photography in Brooklyn, NY.  I was super bummed that I couldn’t attend the event as I was literally finishing up the last cake of the day while Jay delivered & set this up on his own!  The cupcakes, decorated with facebook f’s and twitter t’s were: lemon cake with lemon buttercream, vanilla cake with vanilla buttercream & red velvet with cream cheese frosting.   The cake on top was red velvet, filled with cream cheese frosting, frosted in vanilla buttercream and decorated in fondant.  The little bird’s speech bubble was gumpaste.

If you are looking for a wedding or portrait photographer you should definitely check out Nasilele’s website – her work is stunning!


This last cake was a unique “couple’s map” wedding cake that was initially inspired by my Subway Love cake recently featured in NY Weddings.  All the elements on this cake told the NYC story of the bride & groom.

The top tier highlighted the groom’s career in real estate and the wedding location at the Metropolitan Club, the middle tier told the couple’s proposal story, and the bottom tier showcased a few of the after-wedding party locations and the couple’s neighborhood.

All tiers were comprised of lemon pound cake, filled with lemon curd, frosted with lemon moussaline buttercream and decorated in a combination of gum paste and fondant.

Resurfacing!

Hrm, I could say that I was taking a 33 day blog hiatus to reflect on the last bit of my 33rd year, but the truth is that I haven’t been able to get much time to blog, catch up on twitter or tend to my website as much as I wanted in the past month!  When you’re running a one-woman cake shop and have a slew of unexpected last-minute orders on top of a relatively full calendar, kitchen activities & deliveries take over everything else.  Fingers are crossed that I’ll be able to find an intern or two to help out in the Sweet Element kitchen SOON!

So, before the onslaught of July orders pulls me into the kitchen again, I thought I would share just a few of my favorite June cakes.

This first cake was one of the most unique wedding cakes we’ve made.  The bride & groom wanted to recreate their proposal story with their wedding cake, changing just a few details to make it special for their wedding day.


I love this inspiration photo that shows the pumpkin proposal that the groom arranged to be seen from the top of a mountain hike with his bride-to-be!

Here’s a close-up of the sugar bride and groom that were sitting atop the mountain of cake!  I adore the mini wire-rim glasses on the groom.

The bride also secretly ordered a NYC subway map groom’s cake as a surprise for the groom.  I couldn’t think of a better way to showcase both city & country than with these two cakes!

The mountain & barn cakes were comprised of red velvet cake, filled with cream cheese frosting, frosted in vanilla buttercream and decorated in a combination of fondant, modeling chocolate & gumpaste.  The subway cake was a devil’s food cake, filled with peanut butter mousse, frosted in vanilla buttercream and decorated in fondant.  Both cakes were delivered to the beautiful Round Hill House in Washingtonville, NY.

This next offset square wedding cake for a wedding in Edison, NJ was a fun challenge to take on, especially as our first gig with Pure Ambiance Events!  The bottom three tiers were banana cake, filled with peanut butter mousse & milk chocolate ganache and the top tier was vanilla cake filled with milk chocolate ganache.  All tiers were frosted in vanilla buttercream and decorated in fondant.  The manzanita branches were made of modeling chocolate and the orchids and delphiniums were handmade of gumpaste.

You might be able to tell where much of the cake inspiration came from by taking a peek at the beautiful room set-up by the Pure Ambiance team below!


This next wedding cake is a perfect example of how beautiful a cake with real flowers can be ~ great for the bride on a budget!  The cake was comprised of red velvet cake, filled with cream cheese frosting, frosted in vanilla buttercream and decorated in fondant with satin ribbon and fresh orchids.  We delivered this tropical cake to the stunning Le Club Avenue in Long Branch, NJ.  I really just wanted to go and hang out at the beach after setting this up ~ but alas, there were other orders waiting to be finished back at the studio!

This groom’s cake that we delivered to The Madison Hotel in Morristown, NJ, is definitely one of my most favorite cakes of June.  A last minute order, I was so happy I was able to fit this order into the books!  The bride had seen a photo online with Lego stormtroopers hoisting up a Lego Darth Vader into a pint of Guinness (concept originally from Kevin Pulton) and wanted that recreated into cake.  Keeping in the Guinness theme, the cake was our Guinness Chocolate Cake, filled and frosted with Guinness buttercream and decorated in fondant.  As this was a *very* last minute order, I had to make certain inner structures of the Lego guys from foam as all gum paste bodies would not have time to dry, but all the exterior portions are made from modeling chocolate, gum paste & fondant.

Here’s a side-view shot of the lil’ Lego guys 🙂

It’s unusual that I actually get to see my clients’ reactions at weddings as I usually set up before they get into the room, but in this particular case, when the bride slipped and mentioned that there was a surprise groom’s cake waiting in the ballroom, the groom just HAD to see the cake before the reception!  It was definitely a pleasure to grab this quick picture of very happy bride & groom with their pints of Guinness & their Guinness cake!

And last but not least, we made this chocolate plate Chicago Blackhawks birthday cake as a surprise for a huge Blackhawks fan in Hoboken, NJ.  The cake was devil’s food cake, filled with banana cream filling and frosted in vanilla buttercream.  The top decoration was all chocolate and the inscription was in fondant.


I always wonder how surprise clients react to their cakes, so as you might imagine, I love getting emails from clients with photos of happy cake recipients ~ especially when the cakes are a surprise!

Well, that wraps it up for now …  it’s back to the kitchen to get started on some very fun cakes for July!  Hopefully I’ll be able to get to blog more often this month 😀

Super Nintendo Groom’s Cake

‘Tis the season for groom’s cakes!  This surprise groom’s cake was a life size recreation of the SNES (or Super Nintendo Entertainment System for you non-gamers out there!), and included a sugar copy of Dr. Mario.  The cake was delivered to a rehearsal dinner at Il Vicolo in Livingston, NJ last Friday.

This cake was comprised of vanilla confetti cake, filled & frosted with vanilla buttercream and decorated in a combination of gumpaste, fondant & modeling chocolate.

Star Wars Characters Groom’s Cake

One of the latest Sweet Element groom’s cakes, delivered to Boulevard Five72 in Kenilworth, NJ was a Star Wars themed cake that incorporated the Star Wars logo on one tier & some of the most popular characters on another tier.

The cake was comprised of our double chocolate chip cake, filled with peanut butter mousse and frosted in blue vanilla buttercream.  The decor was made of a combination of hand painted gumpaste & fondant.


Here’s a few additional detail shots of the fondant Star Wars characters before they went on the cake.



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!

Come Visit Us!

Sweet Element will be the featured cake designer at the Lord & Taylor trunk show sponsored by Brides magazine this Friday & Saturday at Garden State Plaza in Paramus, NJ.  We will be handing out cake samples & there will be a wedding cake giveaway (up to $1000), so I hope you’ll come out and visit us!  You can find all the details below.

Veuve Clicquot Birthday Cake

Last Friday I created this Veuve Clicquot champagne bottle cake as a surprise for Jonathan from his boyfriend for a party in Hells Kitchen, NYC.  As a special touch, I created special personalized sugar labels with the birthday inscription & birth year.  As you might have guessed, Veuve Clicquot is Jonathan’s favorite champagne!

This cake was comprised of devil’s food cake, filled with peanut butter mousse and frosted in vanilla buttercream.  The exterior decor was a combination of fondant, modeling chocolate & gum paste.