Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Rustic Birthday Cake

I don't get to make a lot buttercream cakes because well, what can I say? It's all about the fondant nowadays.  So when my friend Ayanna requested a  cake for her 30th Birthday,  I took the opportunity to make one! She celebrated her birthday at a vineyard in Long Island, so I took that as an inspiration for my design.  I wanted to incorporate that "country chic" and "rustic" look to the cake while still keeping it very classic looking. This is actually one of my favorite cakes so far this year because I like how simple it is.   I've always been a big fan of the "less is more concept" when it comes to cake design and I'm very pleased on how this cake turned out.  All in all it was a fun day, I want to wish Ayanna many more birthdays to come!  


Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Music and Beer

This is a very late post but I created this cake for my dad for Father's day.  My dad is a total music lover and my sisters and I always have fond memories of him singing to us.  We got our love for music from him and one of  my fondest memory of my dad is listening to him sing while in the shower, he can seriously stay there for hours without a care in the world and just sing.   I really enjoyed making this cake because it's for my dad, I'm not saying I don't enjoy any other cakes I make because I do, but part of the reason why I love what I do, is because I like to create these cakes for my family,  and I love seeing their smiles when they see what I made for them.  My dad together with my mom really provided for us and I really wanted to make him feel special. Growing up,  my dad and my mom sent us to private school from prepatory school all the way to high school and really took care of us in every possible way. They would take us to beach trips, movies, restaurants, etc.  they really made our childhood years fun and memorable.   The beer bottle which is made of rice krispy treats is homage to the company (San Miguel) that my dad worked for, for so many years.  My dad was the "boss" as his staff would call him and he spent many wonderful years with San Miguel,  so I thought it would be a nice touch to add.  When my family moved to New York, my dad had to retire early, both him and my mom sacrificed a lot,  including their thriving careers so we can have our shot here in NY and with that,  me and my sisters are forever grateful.   Love you Pa, hope you enjoyed this cake and thank you so much for everything. 


PS: This is one of the songs my dad used to sing to us...brings back great memories!

Embraceable You
By: Frank Sinatra

Embrace me, my sweet embraceable you
Embrace me, you irreplaceable you

Just one look at you
My heart grew tipsy in me
You and you alone
Bring out the gypsy in me

I love all the many charms about you
Above all, I want these arms about you

Dont be a naughty baby
Come to papa, come to papa do
My sweet embraceable you

I love all the many charms about you
Above all, I want my arms about you

So dont you be, a naughty baby
Come to papa do
My sweet embraceable you

Better late than never...Congrats Grad!

I would like to say Congratulations to my dear sister Karen who graduated with a degree in World History a couple months ago.  Sorry this is a bit late, but I'm pretty sure you enjoyed the cake!
Best of luck on your future endeavors!


Something Borrowed, Something New, Something Old and Something Blue! or maybe Turquoise...

I love brides who think outside the box and go the non traditional route! This Turquoise wedding cake was perfect for a Summer wedding day.  The bride really picked colors that popped,  and just perfect for the summer season.  The cake is adorned with periwinkle sugar flowers throughout,  and edible bead strands as accents. The Bride chose Vanilla Cake with Strawberry Mousse for the first two tiers and Chocolate Cake with Vanilla Bean Filling for the top tier.  Summer weddings can be a bit of challenge, because heat and humidity are a cake designer's worst nightmare.  The possibility of sugar flowers not drying on time or fondant cracking is high,  so a good air conditioned room is definitely a must.  Luckily the cake Gods were on my side that day and I averted a disaster. It was a real pleasure to make this wedding cake.  I want to extend my congratulations again to my bride Michele and her dear husband on their wedding, may you have many wonderful years together!