Taking A Break…
I love cake. Well, I should be clear… I LOVE making cakes, baking cakes, designing cakes, and more importantly… feeding cake to friends and loved ones. The last 3 years have been an incredible roller coaster of flour, sugar, sweat and yes, sometimes tears! I have been lucky to fall down the rabbit hole of creative cake making, and it consumed me completely… every cake I made led to 2 more, 3 more, 4 more creative cakes people asked me to make.
Over the last few years, I got to be a witness to baby showers, wedding showers, 90th birthday parties, 50th wedding anniversaries, weddings, and more.  I have had many more successes than failures (thank goodness) but oh… those failures wrecked me and haunt me still. That’s just life, I suppose, but I mean it so say that I never took any of the things I was asked to do lightly. 
Anyway… this year, it is clear I need to take a step away from the business of making cakes, back to the business of taking care of myself & my family. I have two young kids who would like to see me more on the weekends (an impossible task when you run a cake company), a husband who might like to see me more in the evenings, and a body that just can’t quite keep up with staying up all night for hours on end every week. 
So! I won’t be making any cakes for sale for a few months in order to catch up on rest, but I’ll still be quietly working on cake techniques and styles in my studio. I’ll put up those photos as they develop. There are some massively talented bakers who are baking their hearts out locally, I suggest you give them a call if you are looking for something special coming up. I personally recommend Heather of Sweet Heather Anne’s because she is as sweet as she is talented. Bryant over at Decadent Delights, Mary at the Jefferson Market Cakery, and Gwen of Gwen’s Cakes in Saline are all wonderful cake artists, too. 
Thank you! 
xo
(photo credit: Melanie Reyes Photography of Ann Arbor)

Taking A Break…

I love cake. Well, I should be clear… I LOVE making cakes, baking cakes, designing cakes, and more importantly… feeding cake to friends and loved ones. The last 3 years have been an incredible roller coaster of flour, sugar, sweat and yes, sometimes tears! I have been lucky to fall down the rabbit hole of creative cake making, and it consumed me completely… every cake I made led to 2 more, 3 more, 4 more creative cakes people asked me to make.

Over the last few years, I got to be a witness to baby showers, wedding showers, 90th birthday parties, 50th wedding anniversaries, weddings, and more.  I have had many more successes than failures (thank goodness) but oh… those failures wrecked me and haunt me still. That’s just life, I suppose, but I mean it so say that I never took any of the things I was asked to do lightly. 

Anyway… this year, it is clear I need to take a step away from the business of making cakes, back to the business of taking care of myself & my family. I have two young kids who would like to see me more on the weekends (an impossible task when you run a cake company), a husband who might like to see me more in the evenings, and a body that just can’t quite keep up with staying up all night for hours on end every week. 

So! I won’t be making any cakes for sale for a few months in order to catch up on rest, but I’ll still be quietly working on cake techniques and styles in my studio. I’ll put up those photos as they develop. There are some massively talented bakers who are baking their hearts out locally, I suggest you give them a call if you are looking for something special coming up. I personally recommend Heather of Sweet Heather Anne’s because she is as sweet as she is talented. Bryant over at Decadent Delights, Mary at the Jefferson Market Cakery, and Gwen of Gwen’s Cakes in Saline are all wonderful cake artists, too. 

Thank you! 

xo

(photo credit: Melanie Reyes Photography of Ann Arbor)

What a treat! A little cake we made for a photo shoot with Little Bit Magazine was featured this week over at Hostess with the Mostess. I love, love, love Alli’s photos!
The shoot was designed and styled by Aisha Holly of Dooby Design Group for Little Bit Magazine, and photographed by Alli McWhinney. For more details & fun party planning ideas, check out Hostess with the Mostess & Little Bit Magazine online.
 http://blog.hwtm.com/2013/01/safari-baby-shower/

What a treat! A little cake we made for a photo shoot with Little Bit Magazine was featured this week over at Hostess with the Mostess. I love, love, love Alli’s photos!

The shoot was designed and styled by Aisha Holly of Dooby Design Group for Little Bit Magazine, and photographed by Alli McWhinney. For more details & fun party planning ideas, check out Hostess with the Mostess & Little Bit Magazine online.

 http://blog.hwtm.com/2013/01/safari-baby-shower/

We won the Wedding Wire “Bride’s Choice Award” for the second year in a row, AND the Knot “Best of Weddings 2013”, too!

We are woefully behind in updating all of the amazing cakes we got a chance to make for our clients this year, but in the meantime… THANK YOU to all of our friends & customers, and everyone who took time to leave a review with both Wedding Wire & the Knot! What a wonderful thrill to be working with such incredible vendors, clients, and more. Thank you!

Also… last but not least… the biggest thank you goes to my family who ate a LOT of pizza and take-out without me while I was busy working this year, and also each of my staff (Laura, Liz, Kaylie) and various helpers (you know who you are!) along the way who really did make all the difference.) MUAH! xo

Jenny & Brenden’s Funky & Fun Wedding

Ok… so this bride is a PhD candidate with a seriously funky side! She sported a blue streak in her hair, and a million dollar smile as she tied the knot with the love of her life, Brenden. These two are best friends & soul mates, it’s clear to everyone around them. I had the pleasure of meeting them a year ago, through mutual friends, and this was a wedding I was really looking forward to participating in.

Jenny is super creative, and hand made all of the flowers used in her wedding… creative paper folded into beautiful petals, all in her wedding colors (wait for it… yellow, red, purple, blue, green, black, and white. And it all worked!) The bridesmaids each sported dresses and accessories in each of the colors, and the groomsmen all looked handsome, too. Their talented photographer, Rachel Shomsky, captured the day beautifully so I’ve included some of her signature shots here, too.

The cake is inspired by something by the Pink Cake Box Bakery, something the bride saw online. We handmade all of the sugar daisies you see, and I used all of Jenny’s colors to bring it together, and she added the whimsical duck bride and groom toppers. Thank you to Jenny & Brenden, it was truly an honor to be your cake lady!

P.S. Their venue, the Max M. Fischer Music Hall in Detroit, is an awesome place to get married, and the staff were all very sweet. 

Wedding Coordinator: Amanda Strzelecki  Freeman

Photographer: Rachel Shomsky Photography

Pink, Lace & Diamond Cake

Courtney & Dan’s wedding was just so, so pretty! All of the little details, the candles, everything about it was a light pink paradise. The venue (the Meeting House in Plymouth, Mi.) suited everything perfectly. 

This tiered cake rested on 1” diamond-studded separators, giving it a floating affect. The pale pink tiers were wrapped in sugar veil lace panels, a new technique I’ve learned recently. It is extremely time consuming (each panel takes hours to prepare and is incredibly fragile), but so worth it. I love the delicate fabric texture, and the surprise of the guests when they discovered it was all sugar, too!

Congratulations to Courtney & Dan, you are a fairy-tale couple!

Pretty cake for a pretty bride…
I LOVED working with this bride… Kelly is fun, passionate, and really just such a sweetheart. I was happy to come up with something to surprise her for her wedding to her love. Pearls run along the borders of this two-tier cake, and pretty sugar gardenia flowers add a little bit of romance, too. Congratulations!

Pretty cake for a pretty bride…

I LOVED working with this bride… Kelly is fun, passionate, and really just such a sweetheart. I was happy to come up with something to surprise her for her wedding to her love. Pearls run along the borders of this two-tier cake, and pretty sugar gardenia flowers add a little bit of romance, too. Congratulations!

Grey Pearl & Pink Rose Cake for Alex & Aimee


A peak of pearls among the traditional white tears gives this cake a fresh take. A scattering of fresh flowers and giant pink roses gave a pop of color. I loved making this cake, and the venue was relaxed and beautiful, very rustic. The bride’s choice was a red velvet cake with cream cheese frosting, which after they cut, I delivered straight to their honeymoon suite! 

Thanks for this super sweet couple for having us be your wedding day bakers, I really loved making your cake!

White Ruffle Cake

A stunning variation on the ruffle theme, this stately 5-tier cake has alternating tiers of delicate white petals and smooth fondant. This took hours and hours to create, and the gorgeous fresh flowers from Magnolia in Plymouth completed it perfectly. The wedding was held at the Inn at St. John’s, in their amazing Atrium room. Congratulations to Kristin & Matt!

photos by Paula Halcom, cake by Tanya Luz of Domestic Arts. Flowers by Magnolia in Plymouth, Mi.

Leopard Wedding Cake for Brooke & Matt
More pictures to follow, but here’s a little peak of what could arguably be called the most awesome wedding cake ever! We hand-painted this leopard pattern on this lovely 3-tier cake, and added a special antique brooch for a little bit of sparkle, too. When I get married (again!), I’ll definitely have this at my wedding, too! (My very patient husband probably just rolled his eyes, but he knows I’ll keep him forever. xo)

Leopard Wedding Cake for Brooke & Matt


More pictures to follow, but here’s a little peak of what could arguably be called the most awesome wedding cake ever! We hand-painted this leopard pattern on this lovely 3-tier cake, and added a special antique brooch for a little bit of sparkle, too. When I get married (again!), I’ll definitely have this at my wedding, too! (My very patient husband probably just rolled his eyes, but he knows I’ll keep him forever. xo)

Amanda & Aaron’s Elegant Wedding Cake
A silver & grey pinstripe runs around each tier of this ruffled petal cake for Amanda & Aaron’s wedding. This was inspired by a popular Sweet & Saucy cake design. We hand made dozens of those super delicate ruffled petals to create the cascade, I love the completed effect! Congratulations to you both, Amanda & Aaron. Wishing you a lifetime of happiness together!

Amanda & Aaron’s Elegant Wedding Cake

A silver & grey pinstripe runs around each tier of this ruffled petal cake for Amanda & Aaron’s wedding. This was inspired by a popular Sweet & Saucy cake design. We hand made dozens of those super delicate ruffled petals to create the cascade, I love the completed effect! Congratulations to you both, Amanda & Aaron. Wishing you a lifetime of happiness together!

Elaine & Andy’s Big House Wedding


Dozens of hand-made calla lilies adorn this striking, clean lined wedding cake for Elaine & Andy. We delivered this cake to the Big House (Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor), and it was a lot of fun to see this iconic building transformed into a wedding venue! Peeking out over the balcony, I was able to see the couple having their pictures taken on the field, it looked like a lot of fun.

There were 3 flavors served to each of the guests: our very popular Amaretto & Raspberry cake, a Chocolate with Dulce de Leche cake, and a Vanilla & Capuccino cake.

Congratulations to this sweet couple, thank you for having me be your wedding day baker!

Ruffles are all the rage this season…

and with good reason! I love their whimsical, light-hearted romantic feel. Maggie Austin, an incredible cake maker out of DC (you must check out her work!) is really the god-mother of the ombre ruffle cake, and I am sure you’re going to see lots of versions this year because lots of brides have come to me asking for a version similar to what they’re seeing in all the trendy bridal magazines. Here’s a beautiful yellow ombre ruffle cake that goes from a  very mellow buttery white to a bright canary yellow at the bottom. A small spray of orchids brought it all together nicely, I thought. 

This cake actually traveled today several hours away for a wedding, I’m waiting on pins and needles to hear how it went. It was almost 90 degrees out today, not a great day to travel with a 3-tier cake in the car!

Christina & Cosmin

I literally gasped when I walked in to the hall and saw all of the beautiful details that the family had planned at this wedding. Here is Christina’s dream cake, and I still can’t believe I was lucky enough to make it for her and her family! 

On a whim, I created an extra little ‘mini’ version of their wedding cake, complete with custom love birds on top. I love their little details, including a top hat, veil and rosy cheeks.

Thank you to the Surgent & Rus families for including us on your special day, it was really an honor to be a part of such a special night! 

Gorgeous apron alert!
I am a sucker for a saucy apron, I just can’t seem to help myself. I own dozens. I had put a stop to it last year (sigh!), but may just have to break down and get one of these cute little numbers for the spring. The price is right, and they are just so darn cute. Go take a look!

(via Womens Sweetheart Hostess Apron Cute Retro by CreativeChics)

Gorgeous apron alert!

I am a sucker for a saucy apron, I just can’t seem to help myself. I own dozens. I had put a stop to it last year (sigh!), but may just have to break down and get one of these cute little numbers for the spring. The price is right, and they are just so darn cute. Go take a look!

(via Womens Sweetheart Hostess Apron Cute Retro by CreativeChics)

Birch Tree Wedding Cake 

This nature & camping inspired birch-tree wedding cake also had hand sculpted clay bride & groom figures, tent, fire and camp sign. Painted on the sign was their honeymoon destination, a surprise the groom had managed to keep for the bride until she saw the cake. His little figure is holding their backpacks, and they are both wearing their hiking boots, too! A bouquet of clovers celebrates their luck in love, and commemorates their March 17th wedding date (…and more!) I love making these deeply personal & whimsical cakes!