I get asked all the time if I make gluten free cakes. The short answer is no. The long answer...well...we just don't have the capacity to offer truly gluten free cakes.
Even though I don't offer gluten free cakes, I want to help guide you to make sure you are ordering the right cake for you and your guests.
In order for a cake to be truly gluten free there has to be certainty that there is no cross contamination. Since the powders of flour and other gluten products can easily blow around a room or stick to a surface if not thoroughly washed, it's best to bake a gluten free cake in a kitchen that does not have other gluten products in them. Baking gluten products in a kitchen that also bakes gluten free products pretty much guarantees there will be cross contamination and a little bit of gluten will mix into your gluten free cake.
How big of an issue is that? Well, for people who are wanting to avoid gluten for health reasons it's not a big deal. A little gluten here and there won't hurt much. But, for those with health issues, like celiac's disease a little gluten can be very serious.
Even if you are wanting a gluten free cake because you are simply trying to be health conscious, make sure it's from a truly gluten free kitchen and not just a bakery that also offers gluten free cakes. The last thing you want is EMS at your wedding because a guest became ill due to cross contamination.
The clouds are starting to part. The sun is starting to shine. And the temperature is starting to warm up. The days of our cool to downright cold winter are fading away. While I personally love to shed all the layers of jackets and feel the warm sun against my face...my cakes...well...they do not.
I know the photos look gorgeous of a beautiful cake proudly displayed with a gorgeous grassy background is one we all dream of. But, for those of us wanting to enjoy a wedding during warmer months it's better we place the cakes inside.
I really recommend if the temperature is higher than 75 degrees, it needs to be placed inside. I also never recommend that the cake is placed in direct sunlight, regardless of temperature. Why? Well, buttercream melts. Even if the cake doesn't completely fall apart it will begin to soften and look droopy, maybe even lean a little. Fondant cakes don't fair well either with the warm outside temperatures. For one, they crack in humidity. But also, underneath that smooth fondant texture is buttercream...which will be leaking out the bottom of your gorgeous cake if left in unfriendly cake temperatures.
For those of us who have both inside and outside cake placement options, let's start thinking about the perfect indoor place to showcase your delicious dessert!
One great thing that I love about owning a custom bake shop is learning about my couples. What do y'all like? What do y'all not like? Personalities? Etc. I always love to gather feedback from my couples. One thing that I did hear about was our tastings during consultations. In the past we have offered a chef's choice tasting. For most couples this was great! But, for some they want to select their flavors they sample. Since we offer so many varieties of flavors and fillings and bake everything fresh from scratch, this isn't an easy thing to accommodate.
But, after working out the logistics we are now offering custom samples at our consultations! This means you can select up to 3 flavors and 3 fillings of your choice to taste when we meet to design your cake! How did we do this? We made two small changes. We now offer deconstructed tastings. This means that you will get little pieces of cake samples and little containers of your filling. This will allow you to mix and match the different flavor combinations and try different things. In order to offset the cost of creating custom samples we are now charging a $25 consultation and tasting fee. However, when you fall in love with our cakes...which you will...and decide to book that fee will be applied to your cake balance...making your tasting free!
So...what will you taste at your consultation! Check out our flavors and then email me so we can get you on the calendar!
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!
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.