Valentine’s Day Cake

I was so excited when Lori Hemphill who owns Party Perfect in downtown Lancaster asked me to create a Valentine’s Day cake for her window display. Her shop is just adorable. Lot’s of unique and creative gifts and accesories for parties, weddings and entertaining. Be sure to stop by 🙂

Pinks, reds and hearts.


Pinch me..I’m in Grace Ormonde Wedding Style Magazine!

I am thrilled to be published in the Spring/Summer 2012 issue of Grace Ormonde Wedding Style magazine. It is truly the most high end wedding magazine available showcasing the most stunning weddings.
 There are only seven wedding cakes featured in the magazine by six designers from the United States and Canada. I’m honored to be included with some of the country’s top designers including Maggie Austin and Vanilla Bake Shop. Mine is the square black damask print cake with the green peony.

I’m on page 175 and you can pick the magazine up at Barnes and Noble and CVS beginning Jan 7th.

 I created the wedding cake for Melissa and Dan for their wedding at the Cork Factory in Lancaster this summer. Along with the cake I did a sweets table.

Unfortunately, I didn’t get pics at the venue, but please click here to hop on over to Planned Perfections blog post to see some of the beautiful details from the wedding.

What a way to start the year!

Sallie & Joe’s Winter Wedding

This past Friday I had the pleasure of creating a cake and cupcakes for Sallie and Joe’s wedding. They were married and had their reception at my favorite venue, Moonstone Manor (formerly Conewago Manor). Usually wedding receptions there take place under their beautiful tent, but Sallie and Joe had an intimate ceremony and reception in the gorgeous manor.
 The lovely invitation set the tone for the wedding and reception.
 Sallie decided to have a small wedding cake and cupcakes for their guest.
The cupcake flavors included Nutty Monkey (banana cupcake filled with chocolate ganache and topped with peanut butter buttercream frosting) and a chocolate cupcake topped with caramel buttercream frosting.
The cake included sugar gardenias and the flavor was white cake with chocolate ganache and peanut butter buttercream fillings.
The florals, event design and catering were provided by Weddings by JDK. Everything looked just stunning.
Instead of placecards, Sallie made these adorable stir sticks which were placed in champagne glasses.
Congratulations Sallie and Joe on your new life together!
Florals, linens, rentals & catering: Weddings by JDK
Event Designer: David Everett, Weddings by JDK

A Beautiful Winter Wedding

It’s December, so a winter wedding theme is the perfect touch for a beautiful reception. I had the pleasure of creating a sparkly wintery wedding cake for Alison and Miso’s wedding reception at the Hershey Lodge along with a super sweet dessert table. The beautiful photos below were captured by Klose Photography…thank you Cyndi!
The wedding cake included sugar snowflakes, a quilting pattern with silver accents and a blingy rhinestone band.
 The cake flavors were carrot cake with honey cream cheese filling and chocolate cake with chocolate hazelnut buttercream filling.
The sweets table included Alison and Miso’s favorite treats including gourmet Oreos from Sweeties by Kim and some Serbian Kiki’s and much more.
 Alison and Miso were married at our beautiful State Capitol. What a stunning couple. Alison’s make-up was done by the very talented Carmina Cristina.
This photo is just priceless. The reception did look pretty spectacular.

 The floral arrangements created by  Jeffrey’s Flowers and stationery by Love Jessica were just gorgeous.
A bonus of having your reception on a Hershey property is that a Kiss and Reeses Bar may just show up for a quick dance.
Congratulations Alison and Miso!

Thank you again to Cyndi Klose with Klose Photography for providing these beautiful images.
Click here to hop over to Klose Photography’s blog to see more photos from the wedding.

Ceremony: Capitol Rotunda
Photography: Klose Photography
Reception: Hershey Lodge
Flowers: Jeffrey’s Flowers
Stationery: Love Jessica
Cake and Sweets Table: The Couture Cakery
Videographer: Sugar Leaf Films
DJ: BRP Enterainment
Ceremony Music: Seasons Trio
Trolley: Unique Limousine
Photobooth: Wink! Photobooth
Hair: Moxy Day Spa
Makeup: Carmina Cristina

50th Birthday Cake

Sometimes I receive calls from people who have seen something I have done in the past and want something similar. Recently, a lovely couple called and said they were celebrating the husband’s 50th birthday and wanted a cake similar to one I had done previously. It happened to be one of the very first cakes I did for a friend and told them I have learned a lot since then and could do something much nicer now 🙂 Here is the result. It was so much fun to create.


The four tier cake was marble cake with chocolate buttercream filling and marble cake with chocolate hazelnut buttercream filling.

Large purple sugar peonies added a nice touch. Special thanks to Ron Ben Israel for teaching me how to create them.

 Here’s the inspiration…I couldn’t find a bigger version.

This was such a fun cake to create and I have certainly come a long way in 2 years!

Farmland Glam Styled Shoot

Late October, I had the opportunity to be a part of an amazing styled photo shoot conceptualized by three talented wedding professionals…Matt and Nat with (mattnnat) Photography and Lori Witmer with Wildflowers By Design. Matt’s vision was to find the perfect tree in an open field for a beautiful bridal shoot. Matt and Nat went in search of “the tree” and found it on a farm in Lancaster. The owner probably thought they were a little strange when they asked to use the tree, but it really was the perfect location. The day started with gusting winds and we wondered how we were going to glue everything down, but when it came time for the shoot, the weather was just right. I hope you enjoy our efforts in creating something beautiful just for the sheer pleasure of doing it.
I created this sweets display incorporating purples and silvers. Mixing modern with rustic was a lot of fun. The vintage dresser was the perfect piece to display all the goodies.
Mixing the cool metals with the warmth of the wood was the look we were going for.
 Lori created the hanging flower balls which looked amazing above the sweets table. Nat really wanted French macarons for a fun ring shot, so I made some just for her. The wedding cake incorporated modern white flowers and ruffles. There were lots of other sweets that tied all the colors together.
Yummy mini tarts with fresh blackberries and a signature cocktail rimmed with purple sugar.
I love the florals peaking out of the drawer. We used crocheted pieces Lori’s grandma made which added a touch of charm.

Denae and Andy were just married a month before our shoot. They were so sweet.
The stunning florals in deep purples looked amazing against the white linen.
The modern and elegant stationery was created by the very talented Love Jessica.
The beautiful linens were provided by Special Occasions. This rosette pattern is one of my faves.
The to die for vintage couch was a Matt and Nat find. How cool does it look in the middle of a corn field! Denae’s beautiful ruffly gown was from In White Bridal Boutique in Lancaster.
Aren’t they just adorable?
“The Tree”

Thank you to all the amazing vendors who 
made this beautiful shoot possible:
Photography: (mattnnat)
Sweet’s Table: The Couture Cakery
Stationery: Love Jessica
Groom’s Suit: Filling’s
Bridal Jewelry: Finch Jewelers
Hair and Makeup: Lani from Plum Salon and Spa
Models: Denae & Andy (real life newlyweds)

Ashley and Erick’s Wedding Cake…bows & lots of ruffles

I had the tremendous honor of creating Ashley and Erick’s wedding cake. Ashley and her mom were such a joy to work with. The very elegant wedding reception took place at the beautiful Hershey Country Club. The theme of the cake was lots of ruffles. Ashley wanted to incorporate a bow and their monogram while keeping the design very elegant. I loved how the cake turned out.

 The florals by Blooms by Vickery included beautiful large silver bowls filled with white hydrangea and pink roses. Tall silver candelabras were also included on some of the guests tables for a nice variation of high and low designs.

 The elegant escort cards were designed by Love Jessica.
The cake flavors included white cake with peanut butter buttercream filling and chocolate cake with chocolate ganache and raspberry chambord buttercream filling.
It was such a pleasure working with Ashley. I wish you and Erick a wonderful new life together 🙂
Florals: Blooms by Vickery, Camp Hill
Stationery: Love Jessica
Cake: The Couture Cakery