John & Kristina’s Elegant Skull Cake…yes I said skull.

John and Kristina were married on Saturday at the Hershey Lodge. When I met with them for their cake tasting, we talked about the colors…black…sunflower yellow. We decided to do a pretty damask cake with yellow roses. It sounded just perfect. At the end of the consultation, John said…could you put a skull on the cake? I kind of thought really? But I aim to please, so I added the requested skull and crossbones to the middle tier. It was a great addition 🙂

The cake flavors were vanilla cake with rapberry buttercream filling and chocolate cake with chocolate ganache and peanut butter buttercream fillings.

The five yellow roses on top represented John, Kristina and their three children.

Kristina is the one who loves skulls, so it was a special request to make the cake special for her. It was really funny when an older lady came into the room, saw the cake and said “is that a skull?”. A wedding cake uniquely special for the couple!

Congrats John and Kristina!!!


Cam’s Cleat Cake

This Saturday I created these edible cleats for Cam’s birthday. They are replicas of his own cleats. It was my first attempt at a shoe like this, so it look a little figuring out, but I’m pretty happy with how they turned out.

The cake flavor was red velvet with Oreo buttercream filling.

The grass was made out of piped buttercream.

Happy Birthday Cam!!!

Donut making with sous chef Blake

I was at Kohl’s purchasing my 3rd Artisan Kitchen Aid mixer a few months ago (with my additional 30% off coupon), and since I can’t leave there without spending several hundred dollars, I saw this donut maker on sale too. With my 30% off coupon it ended up being about $15…so I bought it along with a cotton candy making machine…which I’m sure will stay in the box longer than the 3 months that this donut maker sat for. Sunday is my day to relax and regroup and my assistant Blake really wanted to make donuts today so I broke open the box and here are the results.

Blake’s choice was the chocolate buttermilk donut. I pulled out my finest cocoa to make the gourmet mini donuts. Special thanks to Anna at Hershey for keeping me stocked with a supply of Scharffen Berger!

Blake was originally hired to be my official “putter inner” of cupcake liners into the tins. His compensation is cupcakes of course and seems to be pretty happy with that for now. He is trying to climb up the ladder at The Couture Cakery, so I thought I’d give him a little more responsibility by putting him in charge of the donut making. Here he is putting the sugar into the bowl…didn’t spill one bit 🙂

After combining the dry and wet ingredients, Blake tried to manage holding the mixer without batter flying everywhere…it’s pretty big and heavy for a 4 year old you know.

The batter went into the Babycakes donut machine and in just 4 short minutes voila! Donuts!!!

After Blake made the icing, he carefully spooned it onto each donut.

Of course, lots of sprinkles are necessary to make a tasty donut.

Mmmm they actually looked yummy!

Blake inspects the donut…and the result is….


Chocolate donut with white icing and sprinkles. Love the bit of icing on his lip 🙂 He was so proud of himself.

Want one?

Here’s mine…it was delish!

I highly recommend the Baby Cakes donut maker for a fun and easy family activity. I guess if your kids are going to eat a donut baked is better than fried…but I’ll take a hot crispy fried donut any day!

Ashley’s Zebra Theme Bridal Shower

Ashley is getting married this fall and had her bridal shower last Saturday at Events Etc. in Hershey. It’s actually affiliated with the Hershey Pantry…one of my favorite breakfast spots. It’s a wonderful venue for a shower or rehearsal dinner. I had so much fun designing this sweets table for her shower.

The theme for the cake I’ll be designing for her wedding will incorporate ruffling so we brought a little of that into her shower cake with the ruffle rosettes.

Pretty invite!

Jessica with Love, Jessica Handmade Invitations designed the invitations, table numbers and menus. I love her work and everything looked amazing.

The menu.

Kim with Sweeties by Kim made her beautiful chocolate covered Oreos with a zebra print.

Chocolate cupcakes with raspberry Chambord buttercream frosting…one of my faves 🙂

The shower colors incorporated purple and black, so these Hershey Bliss candies were the perfect find.

I also created all the tags and labels for the candy jars.

Here’s Ashley, the lovely bride to be (2nd from right) with her three sisters and mom.

What a fun shower! Cant wait for the wedding 🙂


Venue: Events Etc

Designer Oreo Cookies: Sweeties by Kim

Invitation, name cards and menu: Love, Jessica Handmade Invitations

Table Linen: Essential Party Rentals

Leaves Wedding Cake

Christine and Mike were married this past Saturday at the Susquehanna Valley Country Club. They fell in love with a wedding cake designed by Ana Parzych and this is the cake I created inspired by it.

The wedding cake flavor was marble cake with chocolate ganache and raspberry buttercream fillings.

Here’s the email I received from Christine after the wedding.

“The cake was wonderful! Thanks so much for everything!!!”

Congratulations Christine and Mike.

Heidi and Joe’s Fall Sweets’s Table

I had so much fun creating Heidi and Joe’s sweets table for their wedding reception. The rustic theme with a touch of autumn was just charming.

The small wedding cake incorporated the tree theme on their wedding invitation.

The sweet treats included our popular marshmallow pops.

I love the bags they ordered for guests to take some goodies home.

The color theme included orange and brown.

The cupcake selection included chocolate chocolate, chocobutter (chocolate cupcake with peanut butter frosting), nutty monkey (banana cupcake with peanut butter frosting) and vanilla vanilla.

The edible flower decorations coordinated with their wedding colors.

The ceremony took place right outside the reception tent. Orange blossoms dangled from the gazebo. It looked so pretty.

The florals were really beautiful too.

Joe cut tree stumps from the property to create the stands for the cake and cupcakes. They really added the perfect touch to the table design. Bonus…I got to keep them 🙂

Everything was just perfect. Rustic, charming and elegant!

Congratulations Heidi and Joe!

In White Couture…Q and A with owner Shari Kendall

There is now a bit of Beverly Hills in downtown Lancaster with the opening of In White Couture. I had the pleasure of attending a vendor open house recently and fell in love with the designer gowns being offered by Shari Kendall’s 2nd couture bridal salon.

Here’s an informative Q&A I had with Shari.

Question to Shari: What trends do you see for 2012?

Shari’s reply: Designers are using layers to create texture and interest in both skirts and bodices. Layers are being shown in different fabrics and at many different angles and shapes – from traditional horizontal layers to more unique diagonal layering and they are even being used to create flower and shell shapes. The other significant trend in bridal is that beading is back! The 2012 collections are showing lots of beaded bodices, belts, and appliques.

Question to Shari: What is the difference between the collections at In White Couture and the contempory salon.

Shari’s reply: Both collections have beautiful gowns that are designed with the utmost attention to detail, but there are a few differences in the two salons, the most obvious being price. The gowns in the contemporary salon range from $750-$3000 and the couture salon gowns start at $2500 and go up from there. The gowns in the couture collection, since they are made directly under the designer’s supervision are completely customizable; however, in the contemporary collection we are are more limited in what we can do for customization. Also, there are fabric differences, the couture gowns are generally 100% silk (from petticoat to outer layer), with the exception of just a few; however, the contemporary gowns are made from the highest quality synthetic fibers, with a few exceptions having an outer layer (the one that everyone sees) made from silk. The contemporary gowns are made to the bride’s size, but the couture gowns are made to the bride’s exact measurements – any alterations for a couture gown that may be needed are free, but there are fees for alterations to a contemporary gown.

The gown and headpiece above are from the contemporary salon collection. I had the pleasure of providing the cakes for this photo shoot styled by Carmina Cristina who also did the dramatic make-up. The beautiful photography is by Scott Davis Photography.

Another stunning photo…

This was a gorgeous gown at In White Couture. The detailed beading was amazing.

Here’s Shari with my very favorite gown. I think it would be the perfect inspiration for a wedding cake 🙂

Last question to Shari: What trends do you see for bridesmaids dresses?

Shari’s reply: The designers are introducing more social occasion looks and fewer “bridesmaids” dresses, so we are seeing even more short dresses (many of which can be made long if the bride prefers) than last season. And although strapless still rules, more designers are introducing a cap sleeve or v-neck to bridesmaids dresses this season. The color palettes are starting to become more muted. Designers are offering more silver, softer yellows, muted purples and oranges – more earthy, less in your face colors than we saw last season – gone are the bright fuchsias and in are the muted pinks. Plum is still a strong favorite among designers and brides for its versatility and contrast with bright flowers.

Hillary was a bride I had the pleasure of working with this year. Her romantic gown was from In White and I asked her about her experience. Here’s what Hillary had to say.

“I loved my dress! I fell in love with the dress online.. I felt that it really reflected my personal style. In White was wonderful to work with- made me feel so comfortable and were very helpful throughout the whole process. When I called In White, they didn’t have the dress in their shop, but they carried the brand. They ordered the dress just for me, so that I could try it on!

The photos of Hillary are by the talented team of Sam and Ben with Essential Sunshine. Their wedding photos are amazing, here’s a link to see more on their blog.

Be sure to visit In White’s website for more information about their wonderful salons located in downtown Lancaster across from F&M College.

Thank you Shari for all the great information!

Vendors in this blog post:

In White Couture Bridal Boutique

Carmina Cristina – Make-up

Scott David Photography – Bridal Shoot

Essential Sunshine Photography – Hillary’s wedding