For Jessica

*sigh* Love and romance are in the air and my newsfeed is bursting with gorgeous bouquets, detailed gowns, and shimmering linens.  Its wedding season for sure!  I adore weddings.  If I could get married every weekend (to my same handsome groom of these past 12 years) I would!  Its just such an enchanting event and I cannot get enough of them.  My love of weddings is one of the reason I decorate cakes.  If I can’t get married every weekend, then at least I get to participate in the wedding by designing THE wedding cake for these lovely couples.  I love hearing all the plans and details that the bride and groom have chosen and then taking the different design elements of her dress, the invitations, the venue and trying to create something uniquely them.

Jessica contacted me around the time I had completed my Gold Sequins Cake for a collaboration with Sarah’s Stands (you can read the post by Sarah here) in which I used Erin Gardner of Wild Orchid Baking Co‘s gold confetti techniques from her new Craftsy class.  Jessica had loved the gold sequined tiers and asked if I could create a cake for her incorporating those sequins.



I was thrilled at the opportunity and ultimately came up with this design for Jessica’s big day.   Using a pattern like the one from her invitations, I added the cascading metallic shattered chevrons to the tiers surrounding the shorter sequin covered tier.  My hope was that they would appear to be almost bursting out of the gold sequin covered tier.  I then used a diagonal line to separate the top tier into two portions; one left white and one covered with the gold sequins that I knew Jessica loved.


Jessica had sent over some photos of the flower arrangements that she had chosen which included pink and peach roses.  I had been playing with making gum paste roses but had never been happy with their final look.  I knew I had to pull off some seriously gorgeous flowers for this cake so I turned to my expert and friend, Kara Andretta of Kara’s Couture Cakes.  Thankfully, Kara had created an amazing tutorial for making these more natural looking roses.  I spent hours pouring over her Youtube tutorial (found here) and even more time harassing her via FB messages until I was content with the look of my roses.  I used a variety of filler flowers including buds, carnations (learned those from the fabulous Miso Bakes in her post on The Cake Blog, and those cute little finger flowers that I learned from Jacqueline Butler of Petalsweet Cakes.

FondantFlingerJessica5I was nothing short of ecstatic to see the outcome of this cake.  It came out exactly as I had pictured in my mind and the bride loved it!  It was delivered to the lovely Palmettos on the Bayou in Slidell, Louisiana and looked gorgeous with the backdrop of oaks and palmettos scattered along the bayou.  Oh the charm of the bayou with the moss covered trees dripping into the bayou waters….so scenic…makes me wish I could get married again….


Buttercream Purple Ombre Cake








Gold Sequins Cake


The perfect wedding cake design?  Essential.  The perfect wedding cake stand?  Crucial.  Every cake designer knows that the perfect cake, if not presented properly feels lacking.  My preference?  The cake pedestal.  There is just something so appealing about a cake on its pedestal.  Now, finding the perfect pedestal is no longer an issue.  Sarah’s Cake […]

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Flowers with Friends


This past weekend I had the opportunity to fly out to California and spend some time with some dear cake friends.  We laughed, we ate amazing food, we relaxed and we created sugar flowers.   Our delightful and inspiring hostess invited us into her home for the weekend, though to simply use the word “home” […]

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Eyelet Cake with Bouquet



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Nautical 1st Birthday Cake

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For Becca


This cake was designed especially for a friend of mine so I knew that it had to be perfect.  Fondant tinted to the perfect shade of sea foam was indented on the first tier with a small quatrefoil cutter from Not Just Cakes By Annie.  The sugar pearls were tinted gold as well with a […]

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For Tom and Heidi


  Grey, white and yellow buttercream covered cake with chevron and polka dots, fondant rose petals and topped with a wafer paper rose for Tom and Heidi’s wedding!  I was so excited when this destination wedding couple asked me to recreate this design first made by the talented One Sweet Slice. Generally, I don’t agree to […]

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Buttercream Effects with the Leaf Tip


Ah, the leaf tip. Its just such a versatile piping tip and one I’ve been using quite a bit these past months.  Most recently, I used it on this cake as part of a large dessert table for a church event. I’ve used this technique on a few of my cakes so far and it […]

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Rustic Buttercream Technique Tutorial


    Its true!  I’m finally finished with this little tutorial that I promised to you all several weeks ago.  Thankfully, unlike the actual making of this tutorial, this technique is quite fast and easy.  Here is a short list of things you’ll need to cover a cake in rustic horizontal lines: Chilled, stacked, filled […]

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