Thursday, March 29, 2012

The Big House

This cake was created as a surprise for the groom... to be served for dessert at the Rehearsal Dinner at Il Giardino in Cedar Knolls. It is vanilla cake with alternating layers of coffee and chocolate buttercream. Yummy!

Friday, May 27, 2011

School Birthday Celebration

I suppose that it is not surprising that my kids take a great deal of time to consider what type of baked good they would like to bring to school for their birthday celebration. This year I made all types of what I thought were quite excellent suggestions to my daughter... she didn't like any of them. Then one day she came home and announced "I want you to make cupcakes with faces of all the kids in my class" (I made the mistake of doing this when she had a SMALL preschool class a couple years before)... so I tried my best to dissuade her and offered some other suggestions. No takers.

24 cupcakes, vanilla with buttercream and fondant decoration. All with my best effort to match the faces of the kids in her class.... hoping that 8 year olds would not be offended if their nose or ears were too big or their hair was the wrong shape or color.

My husband and I arrived at her classroom with the cupcakes. The kids were thrilled! A couple mentioned that their hair had changed (I was working off a picture that was taken at the beginning of the year) and one or two mentioned another feature that they thought I could have improved upon... but to my great sigh of relief, the majority loved their cupcakes... most were quickly devoured and a few faces came off the cupcake to take home to show Mom & Dad. Best of all my daughter said - "See Mom, it was the best birthday snack EVER!"

She has already started designing her cake for August... I dare not even ask!

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

A Little Baby Talk

Seems like I have been doing cakes by theme. Strange, but just the way the orders have come in. Last month was a string of baby shower cakes..

The fist was a pastel cake with a teddy bear sitting on the top. The cakes were "I Remember Vanilla" with fresh strawberries and vanilla buttercream and "I Remember Vanilla" with chocolate ganache

Next up was a re-appearance of our "Sporty Baby Lamb." This time he was wearing a New York Yankees baseball cap and was sitting atop a "Best Ever Vanilla" filled with chocolate ganache

 For this party we also provided Cupcake Lollis done as bottles and baby heads for the centerpieces of all the tables... The lollis were displayed in fun sports themed containers...


Saturday, February 19, 2011

A Study in Texture

Last weekend I became a little obsessed with mono-chromatic designs that featured texture. The first cake was a little "old school" for me.... instead of fondant I used buttercream to decorate this cake... piping "roses" in a medium pink. I have to say I love the way it turned out! The inside of the cake was Best Ever Vanilla with alternating vanilla and chocolate buttercream filling.

This next cake was for a Surprise "Red and White" themed birthday party and was the centerpiece of the dessert table. It was covered in red daisies with a single white candle on top. The cake was a gluten-free chocolate cake with white buttercream filling.

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Cupcakes, cupcakes, cupcakes!... Part II

Back in November I made cupcakes and styled a commercial shoot for Squeezie Cakes. I just received the stills from the shoot and wanted to share - what a difference professional lighting and HD cameras make!!

Stacks of cupcake boxes and tubs full of batter... trying to get it organized and ready to go!

Styling the set for all the "beauty" shots

All the cupcakes made by Sweet Stuff (with more in boxes for later in the day)

Sundae Cupcakes - yummilicious!

Fauxstess cupcakes

Red Velvet with Cream Cheese Frosting and cake crumbs

Animal cupcakes.......

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Simple, but elegent birthday cake

This "old school" birthday cake was I Remember Chocolate with a coffee mousse filling. It was covered in blue fondant and featured gumpaste flowers.... simple, but elegant!

Monday, January 3, 2011


Cupcakes with fondant footballs to celebrate T's 9th Birthday

Best Ever Vanilla Cake with Chocolate Ganache Cream shaped into a Gray Hawks' Football Helmet...

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Cuptail Lollis Bouquet

This bouquet was made to celebrate a Sweet Stuff 21st Birthday...

The Melissa Bouquet:

Monday, December 27, 2010

This is a dessert table I created for a beach themed surprise birthday party...

kettle corn cones.... (supported by pretzel M&Ms)

Cuptail Lolli cones. YUM

More Cuptail Lollis and some salt water taffy

A sand castle cake surrounded by some white chocolate shells