Art Deco!

I love Art Deco! I like the clean lines, the geometric shapes, and I love the era it represents.  It is certainly fun to see this style making a comeback, especially when it comes to weddings. Really these days weddings are becoming more theme based rather than tradition based. Pick a theme that fits you and run with it! I think that the Art Deco style, which in it's heyday represented luxury, glamor and decadence, is perfect for a wedding!  It is the one time that people get to throw a huge party to celebrate with their friends. Even budget conscious weddings are big affairs for most people.

This wedding was beautiful! I wish I had pictures of the location, but the bride and groom picked a beautiful outdoor location at a winery and they really did a fantastic job with the Art Deco theme without going over the top. I loved everything they did.

I was also thrilled to be able to contribute to the affair with this Art Deco inspired cake!


Horizontal stripes are really tricky to get right!  It took some work, but in the end I was pretty happy how everything turned out. The gold sections are a shiny gold, but it doesn't show in the photo.

Almost all of the shapes were hand cut from a template since I didn't have cutters the right shapes or sizes.


Kourtney, the bride, also wanted to surprise her groom with a cake just for him, so I made him this off-roading cake with a replica of his truck on top.  I really love how this cake turned out.  My favorite part was the little tire tracks behind the truck, but unfortunately we didn't get a good picture of that (you can kind of see them in the photo below).


I really like the "mud" too... which is all chocolate ganache, and smelled really, really good when I was putting it on the cake! The truck is rice treats covered in modeling chocolate and then covered in fondant and hand painted. The mud on the truck is ganache too.

Congratulations Kourtney and Ryan!  Thank you for letting me be a part of your very special day.

Steampunk!

This is one of my favorite cakes so far... I think I saw that about a lot of cakes, but it is true! This cake took a lot of time to create, but I am super happy with the finished product.

About one month ago, Celia of Celia Rose Inc, contacted me about creating a cake for a window display that would be created at Sparkle Bridal Couture in Sacramento.  I was absolutely thrilled, and truth be told a little nervous, to be a part of such a wonderful project. She sent me color ideas, the window sketch and gave me a theme: Steampunk! For those who haven't heard of steampunk before, it is best described as the Victorian era meets the Industrial age. Very 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. It can actually be taken in lots of different directions, but Celia gave me free reign with the cake design, so this is the direction I went.

Let's start at the top and work our way down, shall we?


The very top layer was a top hat! I decided to hand paint the stripes because it kept the over all look clean but still with a bit of rustic imperfection.  The roses are all hand made sugar flowers and the feathers are also hand made from rice paper.  I added a few gears in there too because you really can't have too many gears when doing something steampunk!


The hat was cocked jauntily off to one side , and I added in more sugar flowers, feathers, and a handkerchief and broach to fill in the void. The handkerchief is also edible and is made out of gumpaste.


All of that is perched in top of a corset layer.


At the base of the corset I added another broach and handkerchief along with a couple more roses.


 The Corset is perched upon a "metal" patchwork tier that has been aged a bit.  Then everything rests on the top of an old wooden chest with a fun series of gears working their way up the sides. All the gears are made out of fondant and airbrushed in metallic finishes.




And there you have it! My very first Steampunk creation! I love this style and I am looking forward to my next opportunity to create something like this again. 


 After I completed my creation, I brought it to Sparkle and helped put their window display together.


 Here they are placing one of the gowns in the window. There was a videographer on site working on a video about the window display.


I wish there wasn't so much glare on the windows, but this was the best picture I was able to get of my cake in the window.

Thankfully Carmen of Carmen Salazar Photography was on site and she took these wonderful photos:







Owl Baby Shower

In all the excitement and craziness of last week I totally forgot to put this blog together! Well here you go... an owl baby shower!

This cake was fun to make and you really can't go wrong with cute forest creatures.And when you put them together as a family...


You have the perfect recipe for a cute baby shower!  This particular design was based on the plates and napkins.  I love being able to bring those inspiration pieces to life!


This family of owls was perched atop a tree that wrapped around all three tiers. There were lots of polka dots and flowers and a banner was stretched around the tree to welcome the newest addition to the family!

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