Today's blog was inspired by y'all! I have been noticing a question popping up with more and more brides, so I thought I would discuss it and hopefully it will help out more brides who have been thinking about it but haven't thought to ask (or maybe who haven't considered it yet, but now will) .
The question: "What flavors of buttercream icing do you have?"
The answer: Whatever you want within reason. Well, that's the short answer at least. Buttercream is buttercream. All you have to do to make a buttercream flavored is to add an extract. So that super fancy, orange cream buttercream icing....that's just buttercream with orange extract in it. Sorry to ruin the fanciness of the name, but it is what it is. My traditionally flavored buttercream cakes are Vanilla Buttercream and yes, they are flavored with a clear vanilla extract, so not to distort the white color. However, if you have another flavor in mind let's discuss. It's a simple fix to getting you the flavor you wish. I have done peppermint buttercream (Christmas is coming up...what a lovely addition to your holiday wedding). Almond buttercream is another popular option. Amaretto buttercream, pistachio buttercream, orange buttercream, pecan buttercream and much more. Basically, as long as I can get my hands on the extract the flavor is yours!
When thinking about your cake flavor, if you want to add an extra little pop to your cake, consider adding a flavoring to your buttercream!
Naked cakes have been all the rage for probably the last 2 years. And it is a cake trend that is still going strong after all this time! However, did you know there are different styles of naked cakes? Yep! There is more to the naked cake then meets the eye. Here are a few different ways we can make a naked cake.
The Truly Naked Cake: This cake is completely naked on the outside, meaning there is no icing. Most brides choose to place icing in between each of the layers to give those with a sweet tooth their sugar fix! However, some choose to put a fruit filling in between the layers to and allow it to gently pour over the sides of the cake, giving it a more organic look. Since this style cake is very unique, most brides choose to adorn their cake with fresh fruit and maybe even a little powdered sugar.
The Semi-Naked Cake: Technical term - it's a dirty iced cake. A lot of brides love this middle of the road naked cake look. There is a small amount of icing around the top and sides of each tier, allowing for some icing on the cake but still leaving most of the cake exposed. Since there is some icing on the outside of the cake more brides go for a fruit filling, however a buttercream filling is still a popular choice for this style cake. Flower adornments are more popular with this style cake. Another popular idea is to mix the fresh fruit with the flowers. It's a beautiful mix!
Thick Semi-Naked Cake: Currently, this is the most popular style of naked cakes. The top and sides of the cake are pretty much covered in icing, however it is so thin that the cake is still exposed underneath. This is a beautiful look. And...bonus! For the bride who is worried that the cake will dry out without icing (little tidbit...it might a little because the icing acts like a glue to hold the moisture inside the cake) this will be the best option because the cake still has a small layer of icing on it. Either fruit or buttercream fillings are a great choice for this cake, although most brides still choose a buttercream filling for those icing lovers! This cake also is gorgeous with either fruit or flower (or both) adornments.
So if you are considering a naked cake for your wedding go the extra mile and look at the different styles to see which one fits your wedding the best!
Pinterest! I have a love-hate relationship with you! It's a great source for ideas and planning! I know! I'm all over it when it's time to plan one of my children's birthday parties or redecorate something in my house. And being a visual person myself, I love when brides bring me photos so I can physically see their vision.
However...please don't be married to it! There are several reasons a beautiful pinterest cake won't be so beautiful in real life.
One, it's a fake cake. Most posts on pinterest are styled shoots. This means they are fake. As one who has made plenty of mock cakes in her lifetime I guarantee you there is not an ounce of buttercream on that beautiful 5 tier masterpiece. However, there is hot glue! And lots of it!! The lovely moist Vanilla cake will taste more like hard styrofoam if you try to steal a bite too...making it the perfect cake for that 90 degree outdoor wedding. This doesn't mean that the cake can't be beautifully created in a real life edible cake, but it may not be. Or, elements may not be. So be open to any suggestions or ideas your baker has. They want you to love your cake. So if they suggest a change, trust that.
Two, you are wanting to change a concept of the cake that will change the entire look. Sometimes we think that by making one small change to a design it won't impact the entire look, but sometimes it does. Talk with your baker about that to see if your idea changes will effect the entire look of the cake. She'll be honest with you. And if she suggests another change, be open to it.
Three, it's a custom design that somebody else created. A lot of cakes on pinterest are pretty scrolls or textures. And some cakes are custom works of art carefully designed by a baker. To steal their idea and replicate it tier for tier would not be a very courteous thing to do. However, we can always take elements or concepts of their work and apply it with our own designs to create a similar cake without taking the artistry of another baker.
Themed parties are the best! I mean, I love them! But sometimes working with a copyrighted theme can be difficult without infringing on the laws that protect the creator of the image. The struggle to create a perfect themed cake (whether it's for a birthday party, baby shower, or even grooms cake) is real. I mean sure, we could fudge a little...who would ever know. But, honesty and integrity should be the center of every business model right?
When I get a call from someone wanting a themed cake one option is to purchase the characters and create a theme around the character. Most people don't understand what I'm saying, so today I'm going to show you!
Meet Elsa, Anna, and the other crew of Frozen! My guess is you already have! The Frozen craze has been going on strong for years and isn't fading among the little's of today. But how do you give your little princess her much desired Frozen cake? Simple. I purchased a Disney Character Box from the Disney Store ($15 for the set). It also came with a troll, but we didn't want him on our cake. So then we began to design our cake around our characters. The blue cake with the white chocolate drizzle creates the overlook look of the movie. We placed Elsa at the top, just like she was on the mountain and surrounded her with some blue isomalt, just like her castle. At the bottom we created some snow capped trees and placed some of the other characters around the base of the cake. Then there was Olaf...in his summer attire. Since Olaf is my favorite snowman, we had to use him on the cake. So, we created part of the cake to resemble the summer...just like the end of the movie (or Spring if I remember correctly). Creating some green grass, green trees, and a little waterfall (because the ice is now melted) we formed the perfect little scene for Olaf.
And there you have the perfectly adorable Character cake!! And let's not forget the bast part...the flavor. Well, this particular cake was a yummy French Vanilla cake with a fresh strawberry and cream cheese filling. No great looking cake is complete without a great taste too!!
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!
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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!!
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.