The short answer: A custom tasting is an opportunity for you to sample 3 flavors and 3 fillings of your choice!
The long answer: We are a custom cake shop. This means that I make every cake fresh and made to order and I only bake certain flavors each week (The flavors ordered that week). So that couples have the opportunity to sample a fresh cake I offer those flavors for couples to enjoy during our consultation. Another great thing about a custom cake shop is that we don't pre-select your flavors and fillings for you. You can mix and match any flavor with any filling. That gives you 288 choices for your cake flavor!!! It would be impossible to bake 288 flavor combinations each week...and it would be gross to keep them on hand frozen too. Most couples are happy with the flavors at their consultation and do not desire to taste anymore. However, some couples would like to taste the cake they have selected or are maybe considering a few various flavors. So to give them the opportunity to taste we created our Custom Tasting Event!
This is an evening I basically open up my kitchen! I allow you to choose any 3 flavors and any 3 fillings to taste and I will bake them fresh for you! This is a public event, so there are many couples here enjoying various flavor combinations. The Custom Tasting is also a deconstructed tasting. This means that I do not combine the cake and the filling. I keep them separate. This allows the couple to try various combinations of flavors and fillings so they can decide which combination is perfect for their wedding!
So come! RSVP on our website with your flavor choices! Make it a date night and have fun playing with cake flavors! Got a question or not sure what flavors and fillings might pair well? No worries. Send me an email and I'll answer any questions for you!
Continuing with our 10 year anniversary celebration this month, I thought I would share with you my 10 favorite bride (and grooms) cakes we have made over the years!
This is probably my most favorite cake of all time! But, there is a little bias to it as well. A few years ago my husband and I renewed our wedding vows and this was our cake! I love vintage! And I love all things French! Since our theme had a vintage flair to it I wanted to design a cake that would fit right into our decorations. Since my dress had lace as well as little elements in the centerpieces, I chose to have sugar lace on the top and bottom tier. To tie in my love for France I had 1 Corinthians 13 (the chapter on unconditional love) written in french on the middle tier. Since Banana Foster is my favorite cake, there was no other choice but to have that be the cake flavor as well!
I had a lot of fun with this guy! Everything was edible on this cake. The "ice" is made out of isomalt, which is one of the main ingredients they make hard candies out of. It does get very hot and if you burn yourself with it watch out...you will feel it for weeks! Speaking from experience here! The grandfather of the groom even came up trying to grab a beer because he did not realize this was a cake!
I love new ideas and fun twists that we can put on a cake. Last year metallic drip cakes were all the rage! And I had so much fun with it! The bride requested a little pop of lavendar to tie it into her wedding so she chose a simple watercolor band as well as some texture on the bottom tier for a little extra pizzazz! Dress it up with a thin classic flower cascade and you have a gorgeous (and tasty) dessert!
Grooms can be very creative! I had a groom who loved R2D2 and wanted him somehow tied into the wedding. And the grooms cake is the best way to do that. Since this wedding was a formal affair, he needed to be dressed appropriately for the occasion!
Oh my Corset Cake! There is just something about a classic wedding cake! This beauty is smooth and elegant. We added some ribbon (a super easy way to incorporate your wedding color into your cake) in a cris-cross pattern, along with some pearls. In the center are some lovely broaches to give a pop of bling! It's elegant and sexy at the same time!
I love a groom with a sense of humor...and a bride too! This book worm wanted to bring his future wife into his cake...with a little comedy too. Apparently he is not a newby when it comes to "For Dummy" books!
Soft and Elegant are two great words to describe a watercolor cake. This design is so customizable, yet unique and ornate too. Using a combination of colors for your wedding, you can lightly dust them onto a fondant canvas. For this cake we chose a light pink, orange, and lavender for contrast. Then we added a silver decorative border to give some dimension. This gives your cake a little pop of color in a way that does not distract the other elements of the wedding!
I'll be honest...I have never seen an episode of Call of Duty. But, I did have a lot of fun making this cake! Using a combination of black and white watercolor we gave the cake a camo effect. The red drip is the perfect look for blood...gross, I know! Then we added some grenades and dog tags...what more could a guy want! Maybe some chocolate...oh yeah...we have that too!
Sprinkles! Who doesn't love sprinkles? And some brides really love sprinkles...so much that they want sprinkles on their wedding cake! Given the right theme to your wedding, it can fit in perfectly. This cake is so much fun to make. Messy, but fun! I was finding sprinkles in my kitchen and in my clothing for quite some time. On the most exciting day of your life, why not have a cake to match!
In our spare time my family and I love to travel and experience new places and people! So when I had a groom want a suitcase cake I was so excited to take on the task! The suitcase itself was a lot of fun to make! But, what I loved the most were all the "stickers." Rarely do we place stickers on our luggage anymore of all the places we have been, but for the purpose of this cake we went back in time. Exploring all these places to find the right stickers for this cake also added to my list of places to visit too!
Y'all....we have huge exciting news!!! July marks our 10th anniversary!! I cannot believe 10 years ago I quit my job to begin the journey of owning a custom bake shop. With my husband and 1 year old little boy in tow we moved to Austin from Ft.Worth and began the journey of business ownership! In honor of our 10th anniversary, I'm going to share our 10 most exciting moments!
Stay tuned for next week....our 10 favorite cakes!!!
There are some really fantastic looking fondant cakes! You can do so much with it! The use of fondant allows us to sculpt and mold and manipulate icing into all kind of shapes and forms. But, it's expensive! And many people don't care for the taste of fondant (myself included). So does that mean you have to give up on the fun cake you had in mind? Not necessarily. Some fondant designs can be recreated in buttercream with only certain elements being in fondant. Keep in mind the look will not be 100% similar, but if you are going for a concept, it will be the same!
Let's compare these two poker table cakes! The top one is made entirely of fondant. The second one is made in buttercream with a few fondant elements. The price is also nearly half of the all fondant cake too!
My suggestion: if you are going for the look and want that wow factor centerpiece cake, then splurge a little and go for the fondant. If your main priority is an adorable concept without spending a fortune, then the buttercream cake with fondant elements will probably be the better option for you.
Trends come and trends go...and trends come back again! When I first opened my business 10 years ago the popular trend was a white cake with a colored scroll (oh the scandal...putting color on a wedding cake!) I remember hearing all types of comments about the wedding cake needing to be white. Well, today color is everywhere in a wedding...including the cake! However, the traditional scrolls and piping disappeared. Replaced with textured cake, semi naked cakes, and geometrical designs we haven't seen many piped cakes in years.
However, I'm noticing a shift in the wind. I first noticed when I read an article on possible cake trends for 2019 and one thing this author mentioned was that they are seeing traditional piping on cakes. I started to pay attention to the collective ideas from my brides. And sure enough, I've been doing more piping. In fact, last week 2 of my 4 weddings had traditional classic piping on their wedding cake. In my consultations with future brides, I'm noticing a lot of them are choosing designs from my old album...the one with the traditional piping. Some are choosing the entire cake to be one scroll while others are mixing it up a bit and designing each tier with a different design. Is the classic styled wedding cake making a come back? We shall see!
We are very quickly coming up on 10 years in the wedding industry! In those 10 years we have learned ALOT! Not only about cakes, but about brides too! Some brides have brought me to happy tears with their kindness and generosity and others leave me in a blank stare. Thankfully, the former is more common! So, do you want me to let you in on a little secret? Those brides...the one's who are sweet, humble, and treat us like we are the professionals...their kindness gets them a lot more with their cake. Here are a few tips to be the best bride ever in the eyes of their baker:
An engagement is an exciting time in a young couples life! Many times we want to get the planning started and meet vendors, taste cake, and do all the fun things. But let's not rush. Let's make sure we take the proper steps. Otherwise, our time together is counterproductive without direction. So, here are 5 things you need to have down before you are ready to meet with cake bakers.
So, is all of that already done on your to do list? Then why wait...call or email me and let's begin designing your wedding cake!
A cake in and of itself can be beautiful! But, there are some tiny little touches that you can add to the cake to give it that extra touch, elegance, or ambiance to your wedding. And one way is through cake stands! Cake stands create more of a statement piece for your cake. They also add height, making your cake more grand in show! You can also choose a slightly larger stand and place fresh flowers, candles, or other adornments around your cake too!
Perhaps my very favorite cake stand is the Pedestal Stand. This elegant stand gives your cake a little extra height, while resting on a single pedestal. It's a more dainty stand, but is strong in character. The come as simple or as ornate as you wish. One word of caution, I recommend placing no larger than 3 stacked tiers on a pedestal stand. While, I've stacked 4 tier cakes on them...it makes me nervous since the weight is not as centrally located.
The most popular stand is the more traditional Footed Cake Stand. This cake stand has 4 legs around the base of the stand. Typically they are not quite as tall as the Pedestal stand, but are larger and thicker. These are great for 4 and 5 tier cakes as they are sturdy and heavy. The stand is also more dominant, making the stand itself more of a show piece.
Popular with more rustic or shabby chic weddings is the Wooden Stand. These stands are large wooden blocks, often stained or decorated with lace or other adornments used in the wedding. Couples can event paint their last name, Mr. & Mrs, or some other cute wording on the cake. These customizable stands can be used in their home as decoration or for parties and other entertaining events. They make a lovely keep sake of their wedding day that can be enjoyed for years to come.
We have been a little silent about our new kitchen expansion, so I thought I would fill y'all in on the progress! Right now, it's slow. When we opened our custom cake shop 10 years ago, one thing we decided on was to run our business debt free! The drawback is that things take a little longer because we have to save up for them first. New ideas aren't flashy or instantaneous. But, the good thing is that the business is 100% stable. No bride has to worry about finding out our bake shop closed down because we couldn't pay our debt or got behind on our rent...because there is none! Since we announced our plans for our new kitchen last May we have been saving and saving!
And now we are slowly ready to begin! Yesterday we met with our electrician. We walked through our space and drew out the plans...where would my oven go, my fridge, storage...and the fun one...my consultation room! I don't know why but I am so excited to begin designing my consultation room!! All the beautiful cake masterpieces that will be created in that room! We mapped out every plug and wattage, as well as additional electricity for growth in the years to come! Since our building was not created to be a commercial kitchen we are needing to bring in more electricity to our space. So the electricity will be probably (hopefully) our biggest hurdle. But, we are working through all the details and they will begin digging trenches and putting in the new wires, boxes, and all things electrical within the next few weeks!
This is our biggest step. Once this is completed our second to biggest step is our plumbing. After that it should a fairly quick and easy process. Fingers crossed our goal is to have our new kitchen completed and ready to go by the fall!
Round wedding cakes...they are the traditional shape of an elegant and classy wedding cake! They are so beautiful to look at, but cutting it...well that's another story. Or is it? Round wedding cakes look pretty difficult to cut. However, with the help of a few tricks they are rather easy. Here is the best way to cut a cake to get the most servings and create beautiful looking slices for your guests to enjoy!
When you cut your cake you want to imagine going into the cake about 2 inches. From that point you will begin to cut a small line, staying about 2 inches from the end, creating a semi-circle. Once you have that base you want to cut down from your semi-circle to the end of the cake. Slide your knife over an inch and cut again. Then plate. Go over another inch and cut down, serving your second slice. And so forth. This will give you a beautiful slice of cake that is roughly 5 inches tall, 2 inches long, and 1 inch wide. I need to make a video showcasing this technique, but in the meantime hopefully this photo will suffice. Once you have finished the first row, go in another 2 inches and repeat the process. When you get to a small circle in the middle of your cake then you will cut that in half and either serve or cut those two haves in half as well...giving your guests yet another nice rectangle slice of cake.
So, order your round cake and get the look you want...slice with ease...and ENJOY!
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.