One of the fun parts about choosing a custom wedding cake designer for your wedding is that your cake is just that....custom! You are not limited to a selection of cakes from an album, but are free to dream and create a design that is perfect for your wedding! It's unique and one of a kind! After all, you don't necessarily want a cake that 5 of your best friends have chosen as well.
I wanted to share with you a design that I will be creating for one of my February 2018 couples. We met last week and over an hour long consultation designed the perfect cake for their one of a kind wedding. Their wedding has somewhat of a dragon theme and they wanted to incorporate that into their cake. I had a great time coming up with ideas and designing their cake with them...and I'm even more excited to turn it into a reality in a few months. This cake will resemble a mountain, with more icing on the top cascading down to a semi-naked cake at the bottom. Powder sugar will dust the cake, almost giving the cake a snow effect. Adorned on the cake will be colored isomalt crystals in various colors, shapes, and sizes. We will complete the look with a dragon on top of the cake. I get so excited just thinking about how fun this cake will be to make, I cannot wait to show you all pictures!
Do you have any fun or unique ideas for your wedding cake? If so, let's get designing!
Today, I'm turning the tables a bit. Face to face consultations are so important when designing a custom cake. I ask a lot of questions and some probably seem like they aren't important for the cake...but they are. As your cake designer I don't want to just know about the cake. I want to know about the entire wedding. Why? Because as we begin to discuss design elements to your wedding day I can help guide you on what small decisions to make concerning the cake that will tie it into your reception flawlessly. Some couples get thrown off guard when I start asking a few of these questions, but rest assured it's not just small talk. I'm learning about your wedding so I can guide you through all the millions of pinterest ideas floating around there!
A few of the questions I might ask are:
If we haven't sat down together for a private consultation and tasting contact me and we can set that up! I would love to help you design your ideal wedding cake!
I see many blogs with advice on how to save money on a wedding cake. While some of them are great tips, most of them are horrible. Here are some of the most popular money saving tips that won't save you money:
So, now that we're all bummed from the busted bubble, here are some proper ways to save money on your cake:
Austin is well known for their rustic venues and brides swoon over different ideas to capture that rustic feel into their cake. I am so excited about this cake we made for a precious couple at Twisted Ranch this past weekend. Design and floral by Pink Parasol tied everything together in a pretty little bow to make the entire wedding flow perfectly.
The bride and groom wanted a grand elegant wedding cake that tied to their theme of rustic chic. So we got to work designing! The 4 tiers gave the cake a grand appearance while the hand painted brush strokes gave the design a tree-like resemblance. To make the cake even more rustic, buttercream barbwire cascaded down most of the tiers. The third tier encompassed a hand painted heart with their initials to give the cake a cute, personalized factor. And the fondant belt buckle completed the rustic look. However, you can't have a rustic chic wedding cake without the chic. Enter the beautiful spider mums and a touch of bling. Adorning each spider mum is a small cluster of rhinestones, just for a little pop of bling. And incorporated in the belt buckle are some small silver dragees, giving the buckle a little pop of pizzaz!
And what is the point of a cake if it doesn't melt in your mouth? This adorable rustic chic cake was a French Vanilla Cake with a Strawberry Filling and Buttercream Icing. How's that for yumm!!
Would you like an opportunity to sample any flavor combination of your choice? Would you like to mix and match different flavors and fillings to see what flavor combination will be perfect for your wedding day? If so, you don't want to miss our Custom Tasting!
So what is our custom tasting? Our custom tasting is one evening every few months where we open up our kitchen and allow you to choose your samples to taste. We will bake them fresh specifically for you!
How does this work?
It's that time again! Time for the Austin Bridal Extravaganza! In case you missed the details....it'll be held this Sunday, June 11th from noon to 5:00 pm at the Palmer Event Center!
Now that we got the fine print out to the way, let's talk about the show! There is so much I don't even know where to begin. I don't want to overwhelm you, so I'll just touch on one of the most important "do not do prior to the show" things that almost every bride does.
Do Not Eat Prior To The Bridal Extravaganza!!!
The show starts at noon and your mom and best gal pals are with you. It's only natural to want to grab a light lunch to enjoy the company and fill up before a long day of wedding shopping. But, don't do it!
The Bridal Extravaganza is filled with cakes, catering, and other delicious treats. And of course, they will be offering samples of some of their tastiest and most mouth watering treats and appetizers. This is a great opportunity for you to sample for you to sample some of the best caterer's and cake bakers in Austin side by side. In fact, it's the only place that you can! You don't want to be so full from lunch that you miss this opportunity. Come hungry. Sample the catering. Enjoy the cakes and treats. You will definitely be full by the time you leave, but you will have either found the perfect caterer or baker or will be well on your way!
See you all at the show on Sunday!!
Wow! I cannot believe it has been so long since my last blog post. We have had a lot on our plates...in addition to being in full swing for wedding season! I have some fun news to share. If you saw my facebook live last week then you already know. But, if you didn't...we are expanding!
Since I opened my doors in 2008 I have been slowly growing every year and last year had the honor of making 100 wedding cakes for lovely couples in addition to birthdays and other celebration cakes. With my little rental kitchen and my home office for the business work, I can't take on much more than that. But, I don't want to stop growing either. So, my husband and I began to brain storm. We talked at length with other professionals with much more wisdom and business experience then I have.
We had 2 realistic options. One option was to go out and open a store front. After much thought and prayer we decided against that. The main reason was the overhead. I love the personal relationship I have with brides. I love that I work with couples from start to finish. I spoke to several coordinators and venue owners that I work with I asked what was one thing that stands out about our cakes. And the answer...you're consistent. Since I'm the one baking and decorating every cake the product is always the same. If I had a storefront I would have to take on a lot more cakes to pay for the overhead. That means I would have to hire more staff and I would be having other employees baking and decorating your wedding cake. That creates inconsistency in flavor and design. And I didn't want that. I wanted my customers to be able to sit down with the person baking and decorating their cakes and know in full confidence that their cake was in good hands. So with that being said the storefront door was closed.
And the door to option 2 was opened and everything started falling into place...rather quickly too. With our children getting bigger and our house seemingly getting smaller we thought...why not combine the two. Why not purchase a larger home on some land and build a commercial kitchen on that land. I would have basically my own storefront but without the overhead. I would have a kitchen and consultation room and storage...all right there accessible to me. So we found a great realtor and she began to work tirelessly for us to find the perfect spot. Let me tell you that was no easy task. The zoning had to be right. The location had to be right. The school had to be right. The house had to be right. And the land had to be right. In 4 months we found it! And two weeks ago we closed on it and moved in!
So Kayla Knight Cakes has officially moved to Round Rock. We are about 5 minutes north of the heart of downtown Round Rock...much more centrally located for Austin/RR/Pflugerville couples! Currently, we are in the middle of our two phase expansion. The first phase is getting the family moved in. We are in the process of unpacking and getting settled in. Today I spent all day painting my new home office...exciting! Once we complete that we will be renovation on an already existing 550 square foot structure on our property. This will be the new home of Kayla Knight Cakes.
I will definitely be blogging and keeping everyone informed (with photos) as phase 2 begins until completion. And when it does...we will have some form of fantastic grand opening!
We had a blast making this little guy for a wedding recently. He is an adorable way to dress up one of your favorite characters to incorporate it into a more formal event, like a wedding. While precious on the outside, he is made of chocolate cake with a bavarian cream filling on the inside! So, as tempting as it is not to cut into him, you'd be missing out on a very tasty treat if you didn't!
We are so excited to be planning our first ever custom tasting! This tasting will be an opportunity for you to create the perfect flavor for your wedding cake. One thing that we pride ourselves on here at Kayla Knight Cakes is the taste of our cakes! Another thing that we strive for is a 100% custom flavor. Because of this we do not pre-select fillings and pair them with cake flavors. We let you choose!
So at our custom tasting you can pick any 3 of our flavors and any 3 of our fillings. I will bake them fresh for you and leave them separated for your tasting. This allows you to mix and match the various flavors and fillings at your tasting to figure out what flavor combination you want for your wedding cake! And the best part...it's free!
So, here's the rundown! Currently our appointment times are still pretty open. We have 5:20, 5:40, 6:00, 6:20, 6:40, 7:00, 7:20, and 7:40 pm available. Email me with your top two tasting times along with the 3 flavors and fillings you wish to sample. Then, on March 28th you along with two other guests (fiance, mom, bff, whomever) join me at Kindred Oaks and we will have the tasting of a lifetime! During our time together you can create your own flavor combinations and we will custom design the perfect flavor for your wedding cake! Feel free to email me with any other questions and I look forward to seeing you at your own custom tasting!
March 28, 2017
Contact me to schedule your appointment time and select your flavors!
Tastings are a wonderful opportunity to sample a baker's cakes to get an idea for their texture, moisture, and overall flavor! And every baker constructs their tastings in different ways.
Today's trend in tasting is to choose your cake flavor in which you will taste for the consultation. As of recent, we did not offer this to brides. The reason? Because we are a small family owned and operated bakery. The average sample cake tastes 3 hours to create from baking to icing. If I were to make 3 sample cake samples per consultation, that's 9 hours of preparation just for 1 consultation. Let's say I meet with 4 brides in a day (sometimes less, sometimes more). Well, you can do the math. Not to mention the time for the actual consultation and then let's not forget the wedding! So custom tastings for every bride is just not a realistic option since we don't have a full time staff member to only bake sample cakes. And why would you want that? Don't you want the person who is making your wedding cake to make the cake you sample at your consultation too? However, we have wanted to provide this service to our brides so we got together with some of our favorite wedding guru's and came up with a plan. And here it is:
Consultation Tasting: Our tasting at the consultation will remain the same. The consultation is when we will sit down and build your cake from scratch. When we sit down to design your cake I will offer a free tasting at that time. Those 3 flavors you sample will be 3 of the flavors I am creating that week for weddings. This gives you an exact representation of what your wedding cake will taste like and gives us the time to focus on our weddings and special event cakes for that weekend. After all, that is what we are here for...to make every wedding cake we create beautiful and tasty!
Custom Tasting: Every other month we will schedule an evening at one of our favorite venues. During our 3 hour block we will schedule 15 minute tasting sessions. This tasting will be a mix and match tasting. When you schedule your tasting you will choose 3 flavors and 3 fillings to sample. The samples will be presented in pieces, not as a slice of cake. Bakery terms...deconstructed tasting. This allows you to try and create different tastes and you can mix and match the different flavors and different fillings at once to see what flavor combination you like the best. Since this will be a 15 minute session, it will only be used for tasting purposes and the design aspect of the cake will take place during our consultation. Since we just had our Grand Tasting this past weekend, we hope to introduce our first ever Custom Tasting in March! Be on the lookout in our blog, website, and social media for that date so you can sign up and choose your flavors!
Kayla grew up in the wedding industry and has grown to love all things wedding. Please enjoy reading her thoughts and experiences as she continues to walk in family tradition.