Category Archives: wedding cakes

Pantone 2014 Color of the Year–Radiant Orchid

Happy Tuesday!
The sun is shining and it’s a bit brisk outside today, so what better way for me to stay warm than to look at all the pretty ways the 2014 Pantone Color of the Year can be incorporated into a wedding. If purple is your favorite color {like me} you’ll be ecstatic about this year’s color & all the selections you’ll have!

Here a jumpstart for you to see just how you can use it.

Check out this gorgeous cake via Pinterest

Or this stunning ombre look from Maggie Austin Cakes via Pinterest

A pretty tea-length from dessy.com style 6687…

Or this full length halter/grecian looking one from dessy.com as well, Style 2908

Love these bouquets! Image courtesy of Pinterest.

I just love how the colors of this stunning bridal bouquet pop. Image courtesy via Pinterest es.weddbook.com

Can’t forget about the boutonniere’s…check out this radiant orchid colored hydrangea. Image courtesy of Pinterest.

And, who would I be if I didn’t include shoes….check out these beauties. Image courtesy of Megan Lynn Photography.

All good things have to come to an end, so what better than to look at these pretty Jimmy Choo’s.

Hope this gives you some inspiration! I can’t wait to see how this gorgeous color will be trending this year.

~Cheers!

{Guest Blog Post} How to Concoct Ideas for Unique Wedding Cakes

Happy Tuesday!

I’m pleased to bring you a Guest Blog Post from Sofia Angeli, who is a PR & communications consultant for companies in various industries. She brings her writing skills and passion for travel, culture, arts and lifestyle, including wedding planning and engagement rings, to the online world.

Check out what she has to offer about choosing a unique wedding cake…..

The wedding cake is more than just a sweet treat for the guests. It’s a symbol of unity, fertility, and good fortune for the couple. And, in terms of event design, it can be that centerpiece to wow your guests.

But, how can you come up with a cake creation that can be a conversation piece on your big day? As a couple, you’ve got to reach an agreement on the look that you want. You might be overwhelmed at the countless extraordinary wedding cake designs you’ll find online and in actual bake shops. If you’re having trouble deciding on the design, below are some ideas that can make all the planning a lot easier.

1. Get amazing ideas online

If you’re looking for unique inspirations for your wedding cake design, browse the Internet for some great ideas. If you find just too many options, narrow it down by focusing on the theme of your wedding. Type in the Google Search box all the keywords describing your event, press the Enter key, and you’ll find what you’re looking for.

Are you having a garden wedding? You can key in “unique garden themed wedding cakes” on the search engine bar for cake ideas that will give you the sweetest ending to your party. Browse through the creative concepts, pick some items that stand out in your view, and go from there.

Thanks to http://www.brides.com/ for this image.

Check out this one from Plan your Perfect Wedding:


2. Consider non-traditional colors, patterns, and shapes

A wedding cake usually appears extraordinary if the basic aspects of its design already veer away from tradition. If you really want to have a something really unique, it’s best to venture beyond safe hues or styles completely. Try novel shapes, patterns, and colors, but don’t forget to make it match your theme.

Thanks http://ruffledblog.com/art-nouveau-wedding-ideas/ for this gorgeous idea!

If you’ve set your event like your back in the Roaring 20s, ask your baker to make you an Art Deco cake complete with geometric shapes and metallic finish. Or, if you’ve got deep red and snowy white for your color motif and a strictly formal occasion, a towering black-and-white concoction would be a fitting surprise.

Thanks to http://www.pinterest.com/pin/197876977350263868/ for that inspirational 1920’s cake!

Thanks to The Wedding House for that gorgeous inspiration!

3. Choose a unique wedding cake topper

Perhaps the easiest way to make your wedding cake different from other couples’ is to choose a personalized topper that’s not the bride-and-groom dolls that you’ve seen on your grandparents’ cake. Be more playful by choosing a topper that represents who you are as a couple.

Consider rainbow-colored lovebirds, kissing koalas, or your favorite animal pair done in an unexpected color. If you’re fans of some TV show, movie, or cartoon, maybe you’d want a fondant version of a famous couple from it.

Here are some ideas:

http://www.etsy.com/au/listing/150245716/owls-wedding-cake-toppers-bride-groom

Found these cuties on Etsy

http://www.geeksugar.com/Star-Trek-Wedding-Cake-Toppers-22845889

You can also simply place your initials, but have them studded with Swarovski crystals, and the cake design will surely be a stunner.

There are a lot of inspirational ideas that you can grab from magazines and the Internet when it comes to wedding cakes. Just make sure that you put in touches of you’re wedding theme or your personality, and it will surely be a cake you can call your own.

Thanks Sofia for a great guest post!

~Cheers!

Game On!

Happy Thursday!

If you don’t know, Bostonians are HUGE sports fans and if you know me at all, you’ll know, that I am NOT.  But, I do have to say, that I do love a good hockey game and the Bruins are truly giving us just that!

That being said, the game last night was a NAIL BITER!  Yes, I watched it, when I caught Game 3 during the middle of the 2nd period (did I mention I wasn’t a sports fan?!) and, quickly got sucked into it. The Bruins were leading the series against the Penguins 2-0 going into this game. Let me tell you, I was on the edge of my couch for the reminder of the game and than it went into overtime since the score was still tied at 1-1!

I watched intently the first overtime period and again, was on the edge of my couch, hoping they’d scored, but I just couldn’t take the suspense anymore, so off to bed I went, not knowing the final outcome…. Music to my ears when I heard on the radio that the….

BRUINS WON 2-1!!
…in the second overtime period! 
I know, I know, what does this have to do with weddings, you might be asking yourself.  As I mentioned, Bostonians are huge sports fans & what a great way to showcase that part of yourselves at you’re wedding.
Check out how some fans showcased their love for the Bruins at their wedding…
Our neighbors at Dessertworks, located in Westwood, MA, created these two beautiful Bruins cakes….
And, Montilios Baking Company, located in Brockton, MA, made this masterpiece, in honor of the Bruins winning the Stanley Cup back in 2011.
But, going that “big” into declaring your hockey love isn’t your thing…how about some cute cake toppers instead?
And, because as you know, I am a SHOE LOVER, I just had to show you these…
Game 4 is tomorrow night….Believe me, when I say, I’ll be watching that game during our Friday night cocktail hour! 🙂
GO B’S!!
Are you a sports fan? How would you show your “love” for you team? Leave a comment to tell us!

~Cheers!

Vendor Love — Wild Orchid Baking Company

Happy Wednesday!

First, I wanted to send our hearts & prayers to the people of Oklahoma during this time.

Now, back to the scheduled programing…since the writing juices are flowing and I’ve gotten back (well, maybe) into the swing of blogging again, I am very excited to share with you one of my all time (yes, I will say it) favorite cake designers/bakers….Erin Gardner at Wild Orchid Baking Company.

Why, you might ask, is the creative & jaw dropping talented, Erin Gardner, one of my favorites?  I’ll be happy to tell you….

~ First, she’s just a super sweet, very humbling & talented girl ~ 
~ Second, her cakes & cupcakes are TOO DIE FOR! ~
~ Third, she is the WINNER of the Food Network’s Competition”Sweet Genius” ~
The third is just the “icing on the cake”(I couldn’t resist!) in my eyes since she was awesome before she won that competition! But, boy, was I proud of her when I saw the episode air!
I had the pleasure of working with Erin on a Snow White styled shoot I did last year, when I was partnered up with JD Designs as Diamond & Pearl Affairs. 
Erin took time out of her very busy schedule to sit down for a little chat with me.
1. What was the most unusual cake you created?
I had a very funny cake request from a little boy for his birthday cake. He wanted a shark and a tiger sitting on the beach together with little crabs in bow ties serving them drinks. The kid designed cakes are always pretty funny.        
2. How long does it take you to create one, from idea conception to baking it?
This really depends on the size and the complexity of design. Design is usually determined months in advance for a wedding cake.
3. Where do you get your inspiration?
Inspiration comes from lots of places. For weddings, it can be the flowers, room decor, dress details, or accessory details. Sometimes, couples want the cake to be inspired by where they were engaged or where they’ll be honeymooning.
4. How did you get into baking?
I started as a restaurant pastry chef plating desserts at night. I worked my way up through the restaurant world and then went out on my own with cakes.
5. Do you have a favorite cake creation? Flavor?
A favorite cake would be tough to pick, it changes so frequently. I have some cakes that I remember more fondly than others, but it’s not always because of the design or flavor. Sometimes, it’s the couple or what else was going on at the time. Flavor wise, I couldn’t pick a favorite either! It really depends on the time of year or kind of event. I love gingerbread cake in the winter, and in the summer, I love strawberry cake plus anything with dulce de leche buttercream.
6. What are your price points?
Since I run a custom shop we don’t have a set price list. Pricing is determined mostly by size and design. Details that take longer to create will increase the price of the cake.
7. Who inspired you to get into baking & why?
I wouldn’t say it was anyone specific. I had always baked as a hobby growing up and through college. I had never thought that it could be a career until I was in my early 20’s.  
8. Do you remember baking your first wedding cake? Tell us about it.
I remember my first wedding cake very well! It was for a good friend of mine that I’d known since I was a kid. I was living in Boston at the time, working as a restaurant pastry chef. I baked the cake in my little apartment and drove it to NJ in July in 90 degree weather. It made it there safely and everyone was happy with it, but it completely stressed me out. I actually swore I’d never make another wedding cake again.**
**thank god she reconsidered!! 🙂
9. Tell us about your new location?
I love our new location! It’s in the mills at 1 Washington St. in Dover. The space is very open and bright with the large old mill windows. It’s also fantastic to be in a building with so many other vendors that I love working with.
10. Any suggestions for brides when they are looking for someone to create their wedding cake?
My suggestion is to have a general idea of what you want, but be open to new ideas. A good cake designer will be able to steer you in the right direction and show you things you might not have thought of. 

Thank you Erin for chatting with me! It’s always a pleasure to learn more about the vendors I love! 

Now, for you’re viewing pleasure, check out the awesomeness of her talents….
And, last but certainly not, least….
I wasn’t kidding when I said she was talented!

I haven’t had a chance to visit her new location yet, but I sure am looking forward to seeing it and more of her creations.

Want to make sure your one of a kind creation from Erin is showcased properly, call or email us for you’re planning needs!
~Cheers!