Saturday, March 27, 2010

Crabb-Cake and Razzle Dazzle Glitz

This weekend was a fun one! I had the pleasure of creating a wedding cake and grooms cake for Lindsey and John who were married at Palmetto Bluff, and a wedding cake for Kimberly and James who were married at The Westin Hilton Head Island Resort & Spa.

Lindsey chose a 3 tier square cake with shiny champagne colored butter cream complete with white lattice quilt piping and pearl swags. It was also decorated with a pearlized band and a monogram C. The grooms cake was a Dungeness crab because Lindsey and John's last name is Crabb.

Kimberly and James had a rhinestone reception and everything was glitzy and sparkling. Their cake was no exception! The 4 tier fondant cake with an alabaster finish was trimmed in shiny silver banding and a champagne satin swag and bow. The handmade custom sugar brooch had pearls and stones set in a silver circle. Kimberly wanted the cake finished off with a rhinestone monogram H, which she purchased.

I had lots of fun creating these beautiful cakes for such wonderful clients. I wish them much happiness and many successes in their married lives!

Onto the pictures!

Close up of detail

Lights off to show butter cream shine

The Crab Cake (haha, get it crab cake) Everything is edible...legs, body, sand and shells

Kimberly and James' cake for their glitzy reception- before special lighting

After special lighting effect to show sparkling elements

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Ashley Rhodes Events and The Hilton Garden Inn in Beaufort host a bridal fair

Last Sunday, I attended and participated in a bridal show which was put on by Ashley Rhodes Events and The Hilton Garden Inn Beaufort. The show hosted about 30 area vendors and about 75 brides. There had to have been close to 200 people in overall attendance. Not too shabby for the inaugural bridal fair.
We had the pleasure of setting up a booth to showcase our cakes, sugar florals and of course, allow attendees to sample cake! It was a great day.

Also, the wonderful Scott Hopkins Photographer was on hand to snap a few shots of our set up. That was very, very nice of them! Here are a few of the pics from the show!

Heather and Nick get married

Last week was a great week. We officially celebrated the first day of spring, which greeted us with temps in the low to mid 70's. Ahh, I love this time of year (minus the pollen).

I had the opportunity to create a gorgeous wedding cake for an equally sweet couple, Heather and Nick. I have been working with Heather and Nick for over a year in preparation for their big day. They are such a lovely couple and really, seriously, two of the coolest and nicest people you will ever meet.
Their wedding took place at the lovely Port Royal Golf Club located in Port Royal Plantation. Heather and Nick used two different shades of blue to accent their evening reception. They wanted a cake with a feel of the ocean and an obvious depiction of the fact their wedding was a destination wedding. They did not, however, need a beach theme. We decided on an abstract wave pattern using their two blues, and an accent of sugar phaeleonopsis orchids with curly willow (Their wedding flowers).
I also had the pleasure of talking to both Heather and Nick separately just an hour before they were to walk down the matrimonial aisle. They were very relaxed and happy. It was just wonderful! I hope the two of them enjoyed the first glimpse of their wedding cake together and had a fantastic wedding day!

This, is the final product.

The BEAUTIFUL bride, Heather, just an hour before she marries Nick, the man of her dreams!

Monday, March 15, 2010

Long Cove Garden Club visits for a demonstration

Today I had the pleasure of hosting a demonstration for the Long Cove Garden Club. Roughly 30 women, give or take, attended this demo at the studio.
The highlight of the presentation was to showcase my sugar work and flowers to discuss how it co-relates to what they do as a hobby. I demonstrated sugar flower making and coloring, as well as how to properly wire and tape live flowers to avoid contamination in cake. We talked about poisonous flowers, as well as flowers that are food safe and okay to eat (assuming they are organically grown without the use of pesticides or other harsh chemicals). I will post a list of those flowers below. I showed the lovely ladies how to decorate a small cake using live flowers, and then of course we cut and served the cake for all!
I hope they enjoyed the presentation as much as I enjoyed having them!
Here are some photos and then the list of flowers- enjoy!

My edible sugar flowers in the center of the crowd.
The cake I demonstrated.

And here a list of poisonous and non-poisonous flowers commonly used on wedding cakes-

African Violets
Apple Blossoms
Plum Blossom
Tiger Lily
Stargazer Lily
Casablanca Lily

Calla Lily
Carolina Jasmine ( Yellow Jessamine)
Gloriosa Lily
Lily of the Valley
Sweet Pea

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Alice, Harley, Batman and Wedded Bliss

Last week was full of cool and unusual cakes. Some had 1 meaning, some had 1 very symbolic meaning, and some had a bunch of different items meaning different things. Not catching my drift? Take a look at the photos...they kind of speak for themselves.

This Batman themed cake was created for a little boy named Nathaniel who turned 3. I have had the pleasure of creating every one of Nathaniel's birthday cakes over the (3) years. Happy Birthday Nathaniel

This cake was for a lady named Jess who turned 23. Her friends went out of their way to throw her an Alice in Wonderland themed "Mad Hatter' party. The events of the evening included Mad Hatter costume party, a trip to see the opening of 'Alice in Wonderland' the movie, and of course this cool whimsical cake. Lucky girl!

Dave turned 50 and his wife, Stacie, surprised him with a party and this cool cake, oh yes...and a ZR1 of only a handful in the U.S I've been told! Dave is an adventure thrill seeker. He sky dives for a hobby/passion, he love Harley-Davidson Motorcycles and Corvettes. Dave sounds like a pretty cool guy, very deserving of a cool cake!

Calli and Aaron wed on Hilton Head. Callie wanted a light blue butter cream finish complete with sugar shells and live calla lilies. Congratulations Calli and Aaron!

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

New Pictures of cakes, new pictures of baby Cameron and a few updates

Hello all! Blogs seem to be few and far between these days. I am sad to say I have been a slacker, but for a very very good reason...we are BUSY! We stay crazy busy through the year, but this January, February and March have been the craziest I've ever had! Definitely not complaining and I think it's a good sign of things to come.

So, where did I leave you last? I know you all probably want to see new pictures of the boys, and of course the cakes!

Before you do, I want to share a few of the happenings as of late.

First, Hospice Care of the LowCountry held it's annual Hospice Hearts fundraiser. This year it was called 'Hospice, Hearts and You'. As usual, I was asked to provide a cake for the celebration. I opted to create a cake to appeal to the fashionista or material girl in all of us. This cake, complete with sugar shoes, shoe boxes and handbags all made of cake, was created with love and support for our local area hospice. You may remember last year, I was commissioned to create the handbags for the 'Hospice, Hearts and Handbags' event. Click the link HERE to view last years event and cakes.
Here is this year's cake:

Another item worthy of mention that I was awarded's 'Bride's Choice Award 2010'. This means I am among the top 5% of wedding vendors in the nation. What an honor and a privilege. It's all because of the reviews from my loyal past clients. So, if you've received a wedding cake from me in the past, be sure to log onto and review your experience.

Oh Yes! I almost forgot to mention it SNOWED here in Hilton Head last month! What craziness! Nathan and Gary enjoyed building a snowman and having a snowball fight. This was Nathan's first snow!

Lastly, before I get into recent pictures...I have to thank our friends Scott and Melissa Hopkins of Scott Hopkins Photographer for coming out to shoot the boys (photos, not literally). These photos will be cherished by our family, I'd like to share them. Check out their web site HERE.

Here, also, are pictures of some of the cakes I've been busy creating this month.

Thanks for taking a peek and checking in for an update. Stay tuned in the coming weeks as I am announcing big news that has me squealing with excitement!!