Thursday, December 17, 2009

I've Created A Masterpiece- welcome Cameron Michael Davis!

My family and I would like to introduce the newest addition Cameron Michael Davis, born December 15, 2009 at 12:36 pm. Cameron weighed 6lb. 8oz. and was 19 inches long. We are both recovering well and will be leaving the hospital tomorrow.
Thank you everyone for your support, well wishes and excitement for my growing family! I can't say whether he'll grow to be a cake artist, but we sure do love him anyway! =)
His big brother, Nathan, is excited he is here and we will spend Christmas with our new baby this year. He wasn't due until December 29.
So, now for the part I know you really!

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Hilton Head Island's 20th Annual Taste of the Season

This blog will be written in 3 parts. First I will explain the Taste of the Season event, second I will explain the Cake Design Showcase portion of the event, and lastly I will tell you about some awesome people, without whom my participation in the event would not have been possible. Buckle up...this blog will be a long one!

Hilton Head Island/Bluffton Chamber of Commerce host an annual event called 'Taste of the Season'. If you are unfamiliar with the event, it is a celebration of the beginning of the holiday season in which area restaurants and local chefs prepare and serve samplings of their finest cuisine. Around 1000 guests attend the event annually and over 30 area chefs participate. It is great food, great fun and very very festive. It really kicks off the holiday season each year. This year the event was held at The Sea Pines Country Club, which is a very large and beautiful venue...perfect for this event. The title of 'Best Cuisine' went to Aqua Grille and Lounge Executive Chef Eric Seaglund. We're so incredibly happy for them!! Very much deserved.

This year, the Taste of the Season also hosted a Best Holiday Cake Contest in which 5 area confectionary artists, including myself competed for the title of 'Best Holiday Cake'. We were asked to present a cake which depicts the holidays and what they mean to us, which will also be served at the event. Bluffton Today and The Island Packet both wrote great articles on the event in which myself and the other artists were featured, click on the links for the papers to check out the articles.

Sheri's Edible Designs took top prize of 1st Place with our stacked gift box cake, complete with edible bows and decorations, trimmed in edible glitter and topped with a snowman. ( See Photos at the end of the blog post). The cake took me 2o hours to create and would serve roughly 500. Not to mention in weighed a ton! It was a very fun project, but very labor intensive...I'm also 8 months pregnant. Whew! In the end, all of the artists displayed awesome cakes and I was so happy to be invited to be amongst everyone at the event.

Our journey to the event almost didn't happen though and here is the "behind the scenes" story.-

Anytime you create a towering cake which has to defy gravity, you would like to make sure you know your boundaries, which include width, weight and of course....height. Well, I measured all aspects of those boundaries and came up with the magic numeric limitations. I knew how tall ( or short) the cake had to be to fit into the delivery vehicle. I measured and measured again. Well, we were asked by event coordinators to begin set up between 3:30 and 4:45 so we would be set 45 minutes prior to event start time. With this in mind, we set out to leave the shop with all our gear around 3pm.
We go to load the car and LOW AND BEHOLD THE CAKE IS TOO TALL!!! Yes, 1 inch too tall. There is no way to take away height and no way to maneuver it to fit. At that moment, my hard tireless efforts seemed for was too late to find a backup.
In all the chaos and clamor I decided to do what I know best to a friend for help. That's just what I did.....

You see, Gary and I have these amazing friends, Jamie and Liz Bodie. We work very closely with the Bodie family, both personally and professionally. They own which hosts their two businesses- Jamie's Porta Party ( an amazing DJ and entertainment company) as well as LowCountry Lights, which cater to all your lighting needs, from LED's to lighted dance floors, monograms to japanese lanterns.....they do it all and I have to say are darn amazing at it! As much as the Bodie's are great business partners, they are wonderful people...eager and willing to lend a hand to those in need.
I frantically called Liz with a message something like "Liz if you get this in the next 10 minutes CALL ME!!!!!!"
Of course she did and then I asked " can I borrow your van?" haha like who does that?? I thought for certain anyone I asked would say...."what? Like borrow MY car, like," But Liz said "Would you like the big van, or the Suburban?" Priceless. Gracious. Giving......that's a cool lady right there! I'm not trying to schmooze and sing tireless praises for any old reason.....Liz and Jamie literally saved the competition for me. We went to get their super cool, super big van and without time to thank them, literally sped off to make up for lost time. I think my husband got back to my store, loaded the cake and accompanying supplies, and got us to Sea Pines faster than I can tie my shoes ( 8 months pregnant anyway)! It is all a blur and record time. We got to Sea Pines and set up with literally, honestly and in no way exaggerated 2 minutes to spare before event start time. Whew....not to mention we set up the table with the beautiful uplighting Jamie and Liz so kindly borrowed us moochers the day before!

It is safe to say I owe them some cake! So, please call these kind folks for all your DJ and Lighting needs!!! I mean it!

Thanks again guys, everyone for your support and well wishes.....we did it!

On to some pictures!

Photo Special To the Chamber of Commerce- photo by Rob Kaufman

Photo by Rob Kaufman

Just a couple photos of Jamie and Liz's handy work!

Photo by Mira Photography

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

October at a close.

Tis the last weekend in October and I am catching up on the blog, organizing cake photo files, filing paperwork....etc. Yep....feels like a season coming to a close. With that being said, I couldn't think of any other weddings to really close up the season with other than those from the past couple weekends! These couples really wanted to focus on the details for both their weddings as well as wedding cakes. From ornate sugar designs, to an unorthodox use of color (which was actually very visually stunning), these wedding cakes were so much fun!!

Congratulations to the wonderful October newlyweds!!! Here's wishing a lifetime of happiness ahead of you!

And One Pretty Tired Little Delivery Helper!

Monday, October 12, 2009

It's October....really???

I can't believe it's October! Two reasons really....first, this year is FLYING by!!!!! Secondly, it still feels like summer and I cannot wait for cool "fall" weather!

Summer weather isn't necessarily a bad thing, especially if you are hosting a destination wedding here on Hilton Head and your guests are coming from colder more dreary wintery places....then bring on the beach! In that case, I am happy my brides get to experience the summer extension!

For this blog, I've combined two weeks into one blog. The cakes share a general theme and I thought the designs would compliment each other nicely if I combined posts.

Enjoy my last 2 weeks work!


Sunday, September 27, 2009

A Whirlwind Wedding Weekend!

Wow what a week! This time of year is really busy for weddings and this weekend was no exception. I had 11 cakes go out this week, most of which were adorned with custom handmade sugar pieces such as bows and flowers.

While I do typically limit the number of commitments I accept for a given date, for every cake I took on for this weekend, I was forced to turn 2 away. I don't blame the brides for choosing this weekend to get married. After all, it is in the 80's with mild humidity and beautiful breezes....not to mention I was born on this weekend 25 years ago...has to count for something right?

So with 11 cakes, 100 sugar flowers, my birthday and a Death by Chocolate fundraiser (which I will blog separately), it's no wonder I need to put my feet up....oh and I guess it doesn't help I am nearly 7 months pregnant....

Not complaining at all....just relishing in the fact that all that was going on and not one ounce of quality was compromised. It just meant I worked a little harder this week, that's all. I respect my clients and the fact they have put trust in me to be part of their most special day.

Here are some pictures of the beautiful wedding cakes!

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Weekend Weddings- Many congratulations to all the newlywed couples!

Could not have asked for a better weather weekend! Friday saw heavy rains early in the day, only to have the skies clear and cast a beautiful glow on the freshly watered scenery. Saturday was incredible...mild temps and blue skies with white puffy clouds...who could ask for more?

Definitely not the couples who were married this weekend! Everything was perfect! The cakes were gorgeous, the wedding decor at every reception was just breathtaking and these couples were just a joy to work with!

Here are some pictures of their delicious wedding cakes:

Sugar Phaeleonopsis Orchids

Sugar Bows
Sugar Loop Bow

Live Flowers

All loaded up like little school children on a bus

Sugar tennis rackets and tennis balls- Grand Slam Tennis themed birthday cake

Thanks for looking!