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Sweet Element’s 2nd Anniversary Open House!

When I found out that the other artists in my building complex were having their annual open house in early May, I thought it would be a great opportunity to open the doors to the Sweet Element studio too to celebrate our 2nd anniversary with friends and neighbors.  It feels like just yesterday that we were celebrating at our grand opening – ah … how time flies when life is sweet!

While I never made it upstairs to do the full studio tour, I did manage to run to the gallery set up on ground level to see some of the artists’ work.  I just adore the little pig heads!

What’s a party without a little S.W.A.G.? 😀

Two piece chocolate boxes with caramel & peanut butter bon bons for the chocoholics.

Individually boxed cupcakes in a variety of flavors were packaged in sweet little boxes with built-in handles for the perfect sweet take-away!

Aerial shot of the cupcake favors (from left to right): red velvet, confetti, pistachio, double chocolate, chocolate peanut butter, and almond!

A few thermal cups with some postcards.

A view from the back of the shop of the S.W.A.G. table and main tasting table!

A glimpse from behind the main tasting table.

We opened up the space by moving this display rack to “hide” a rack of tools and fondant behind.  Putting that backboard on the rack to conceal what’s behind was definitely worthwhile.  From this picture it almost looks like the cakes are just in front of a purple wall!

Pop of purple from a small potted orchid brightened up the main tasting table.

A close up of some peanut butter bon bons.

I thought that the open house would be a great opportunity to have a variety of sweets & art lovers vote on the final logo options.  I was thrilled to see that my favorite was also the crowd favorite by an overwhelming majority – it got over 51% of the votes!  I’ll be debuting the winner soon, right here on the blog – so stay tuned!

This is what happens when Mr. Sweet Element & I plan events. ;D
Here’s a close up of the logo voting box that everyone fed their votes!  No hanging chads with this system … 😀

And lastly, one last photo of me chatting with a few of our visitors (thanks to Susan from Naturally Susan’s for this shot!).  I’ll have to remember to ask one of my many photographer friends to come and document our next event, as I never seem to have shots of me – I’m either behind the mixer or behind the camera apparently!

A Steampunk Valentine


Happy Valentine’s Day everyone!  I’ve been wanting to create a steampunk cake for quite some time now, and I finally got a chance to with this mini heart steampunk Valentine’s day cake.  The cake is a chocoholic’s dream: devil’s food cake, filled and frosted with chocolate buttercream.  The board is covered in a distressed wood finish fondant and the cake is decorated with fondant & gum paste decor.

This was a very mini-project, as you can see in the in-progress and detail shots below.

Here are a few detail shots of the gears, screws, and other metallic accessories.

This might have been my favorite part of this cake – the heart in the keyhole.  The mini heart is a little less than  1/4 the size of a penny.

Detail shot of the gum paste skeleton key & feather.


Just to give you an idea of scale, here’s the base cake with my favorite Sharpie marker.  Very miniature in comparison to most Sweet Element cakes!

And lastly, just because I think buttercream frosted cakes are simply pretty on their own, here’s the cake simply frosted in chocolate buttercream, before it got steampunked.

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!

Gun Case Groom’s Cake


This rather interesting groom’s cake request came from a Virginia based bride who was planning a wedding at the Tappan Hill Mansion in Tarrytown, NY.  While we never actually met in person, I did receive a number of photographs of the groom’s gun & gun case from the bride to work off of.  While a number of people at the venue thought it was a rather unusual groom’s cake when I was delivering the cake, it made much more sense once I explained that the groom was a military weapon’s specialist!

As you might imagine, I felt just a *little* bit of pressure to get the gun “just right” since that was the highlight of the cake!  While my first attempt was a bit off, I knew I had created a rather good replica the second time around when I posted pictures of the hand sculpted modeling chocolate gun on twitter and I had a few cops message me back with compliments on the gun by model name and a few other cake artists asking where I purchased a gun mold!


This gun case cake was created of one of the most popular groom’s cake combinations: devil’s food cake, filled with peanut butter mousse, frosted in vanilla buttercream and decorated in a combination of fondant and modeling chocolate.  The gun is created of modeling chocolate and the clip and bullets are a combination of gum paste & fondant.

It was a pleasure to find this review of the cake on WeddingWire from the bride while on vacation a few weeks after the wedding!

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.

Burgundy Filagree Wedding Cake

This wedding cake was definitely one of my recent favorites both in design & flavor selection!  All hexagon tiers were pistachio cake, filled with lemon zest cannoli cream, frosted in pistachio buttercream and decorated in fondant and gum paste.  The top dusty rose calla lilies were handmade to match one of the wedding colors.

 

View of one of the side panels.

Close up of the calla lilies.

This was our first delivery to Rat’s Restaurant within the Grounds for Sculpture in Hamilton, NJ.  I was overwhelmed with how absolutely magical and enchanting the venue was & cannot wait to go back for dinner myself with some friends and dine at the chef’s table!  If you ever find yourself looking for a special venue for a small dinner or a larger catered event ~ definitely check them out!


Just in case you were wondering … the design was heavily inspired by this one element from my clients’ wedding invitations.  Yet another example of how valuable an “design inspiration” package of all other event elements can be to your cake designer!

Summertime Cupcake Towers

Hello again!  It’s been quite a while since I’ve gotten a chance to get over here to the blog … so as you might imagine, there are a LOT of cakes to update everyone on!  To start out here are a few of the cupcake towers we delivered last month.  I’ll be posting a bunch of wedding cakes soon!

This first cupcake tower was made for a Sex and the City themed bridal shower at the Marina Grand in Staten Island, NY.  The cupcakes were chai cake with cinnamon honey buttercream, devil’s food cake with vanilla buttercream & almond cake with chocolate buttercream.  The top cake was a vanilla cake, filled with raspberry preserves, frosted in vanilla buttercream and decorated in fondant.  This was the first time I was able to use Bella Cupcake Couture cupcake wraps as well, which I think fit into the theme perfectly!


This was my favorite view of the top cake city skyline 😀

Close up of one of the gumpaste lipstick cupcake toppers.

Close up of one of the Cosmopolitan gumpaste toppers.

This next cake & cupcake tower combo was made for a Christening at the Brick House in Wycoff, NJ.  The cupcakes were devil’s food & vanilla frosted in either chocolate or vanilla buttercream and red velvet frosted in cream cheese frosting.  The cake was all vanilla, filled & frosted in vanilla buttercream and decorated in fondant.


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.

18th GLBT Expo & Rainbow Weddings Weekend!


What a weekend!  Since my post last Wednesday, Sweet Element has been *VERY* busy with the production of a little over 6,000 mini cupcake samples for our biggest show yet, The Rainbow Weddings show, within the 18th GLBT Expo at the Javits Center in New York City this past weekend.

I definitely owe a HUMONGOUS thanks to Jay for all his help from Friday-Sunday.  I don’t know how I would have gotten through it all without him! Next year I will definitely be hiring another assistant to help with all the production & handling the booth traffic.

Here was our show menu of some of our most popular cake flavors:

Banana Cake with Peanut Butter Frosting
Almond Cake with Almond Moussaline Buttercream
Red Velvet Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting
Coconut Cake with Coconut Cream Cheese Frosting
Pistachio Cake with Pistachio Moussaline Buttercream
Vegan Chocolate Cake with Chocolate Ganache Frosting

Amazingly, *ALL* of our cupcake samples were gone at the end of the show!

Here’s a shot of our booth (lucky #13!) in the Rainbow Weddings section of the Expo.  Yes, those are ALL mini cupcake boxes (just for Saturday), double stacked on those bottom two shelves.  Shockingly, this was the ONLY picture I was able to take during the two day show, right before the show opened on Saturday, because our booth was SO busy both days that we never got a break to even sit down!

Even though it was completely exhausting, and I have *NEVER* done as many lunges and squats to get boxes of cupcakes from the rack to refill the samples on the table, I cannot wait for next year already!  It was SO much fun meeting so many wonderful people – potential clients, other GBLT friendly businesss people & fellow exhibitors.

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Blue Stripe 50th Birthday Cake with Bow

Luckily I had time last week to squeeze in this last minute order for a special 50th birthday cake for a client in Orange, NJ. This cake was comprised of four layers of red velvet cake, three layers of cream cheese frosting, vanilla moussaline buttercream icing, and fondant & gumpaste decoration.