Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Nicole Scott & Scott Thomas December 20 at Sweetwater Branch Inn

 Black linen, with dark red napkins and high and low black iron vases with black magic roses furnished by Thompson's Flower Shop from High Springs.. the room was stunning at Sweetwater Branch Inn...  This black Damask cake was the perfect choice along with the cascade of black magic roses.  I have been working with Nicole for the last 9 months with little changes on the cake design.  The silver cake plateau was furnished by Sweetwater.  Her cake flavors were a chocolate velvet with the white chocolate cream cheese filling and a vanilla chiffon with the amaretto cream filling.  They selected their cake and filling choices after our last "Say it Sweetly" a night of tasting in October.  We have another cake tasting night coming in February, request your evite early.

Poker Grooms Cake

Nicole surprised Scott with this poker grooms cake for rehearsal dinner complete with a tier of his favorite cake German Chocolate cake with coconut pecan filling.  The poker chips and the card topper are all edible.   What fun we had.  The second tier was a strawberry cake with strawberry cream cheese filling... 

Congrats UF Grads December 2009

This was one of my favorite graduations cakes this week... for a few reasons..  I did Amelia & Douglas's wedding cake 2+ years ago, their baby shower cake and birthday cakes...  I feel like one of the family now.. It was Amelia's idea to add little UFs around the cake... love it going to be a hit for future cakes. Another interesting fact about this cake, they love my chocolate velvet cake with raspberry filling and the chocolate ganache icing, but for design reasons chocolate icing is not always the easiest to work with.  So several cakes ago we tried the chocolate ganache under the fondant rather than a butter cream icing.   And except for a little messier during application of the fondant it worked great...  so now it is their first choice for cake. Also the top tier was a coconut cake with pineapple filling... ooooh

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Sandra Scott & Alfred Camps December 12, Paramount Plaza Resort

Sandra wanted a not so traditional buttercream iced cake and needed to serve over 250 quest.  This beauty served  300 and this fountain set up is rarely seen. This was the first time I create this cake with the Bible cake in front, typically it has a large 18" 1/2 round in the front. But for this couple the Bible cake along with their selected verse and names was a much better choice.  Cake flavors were chocolate velvet w/ chocolate ganache, vanilla chiffon with bavarian cream, vanilla chiffon with strawberry, and red velvet with white chocolate cream cheese.

Snowflake Office Party Cake

Love snowflakes....   
Chrissy selected a snowflake cake for her companies office party..  this buttercream iced cake served 65 complete with edible snowflakes.   Chocolate velvet cake with chocolate ganache, Vanilla chiffon with white chocolate cream cheese  

Garden Party in December

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Christmas Crunch Candy

CHIRSTMAS CRUNCH or also know as peppermint crunch..   This is a family favorite.   I use a high quality Belgian white chocolate and only a solid red and green peppermint hard candy crunch and not broken up peppermint candies...   It makes all the difference in the flavor and the look of this festive candy..   Available in 1/4# or 1# bags or in a bulk bag of 5#s for yourto divide up and package to your needs.   Lots of other crunches and chocolates.

Monday, December 7, 2009

Snowflake Winter Wonderland Wedding Cake

Edible snowflake for cakes are one of my favorites...  the photos just do not show the shimmery, glittery ice like beauty of these cakes.(goes to show why you need a professional photographer).  Created for Brenda Morris and David Milan married in Steinhatchee on Saturday Dec  5.  Brenda's cake choices were a seasonal red velvet cake with white chocolate cream cheese filling and a spice cake with pineapple cream cheese filling, covered in buttercream and fondant icing.   Also spray of sugar snowflakes behind the brides clear ice-like topper was just perfect.   

And finishing off her wedding sweets we created  white chocolate snowflake bites boxed in a clear truffle box with silver ribbon.

Thursday, December 3, 2009

My Shoppes' Holiday Window

Gail and I just finished the showroom street side window and we love it..  More Photos  click and see more photos of what we have done.. 
Have a great holiday and be "sweet"

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

"There is a Snowman in my kitchen" after a brief holiday, I return to find there has been a Snowman in my kitchen and he has been very busy..... all kinds of holiday sweets. Cakes, Cookies and Chocolates....... and he is not finished yet... Watch for photos tomorrow. Off this morning to decorate my showroom window in time for Newberry's Festival of Lights on Thursday.. a parade also.. love small towns.             here's a peak   

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Cookies & Brownies now at Silverwind Gifts in Newberry

Triple Fudge Brownies, Cheesecake Brownies and seasonally decorated cookies...  are now available fresh baked at Silverwind Gifts in Newberry..  

Silverwinds is the cutest little gift shop with so many wonderfully unique gifts, home decor, Biagi beads, cards, bridal gifts & registry...  Deborah Waller, owner, joined the downtown Newberry gang a year ago after she moved here from Alaska, and she has an eye for pretty things...  the shop is located directly on SR26 next door to my cake studio/showroom and has enchanted many a bride when they come to visit me. Stop by for a yummy and enjoy her hospitality.

Monday, November 9, 2009

Amy Hizer & Richard Francis Nov 7 Southern Oaks Country Club in Lake City

Like Amy her cake was a beautiful & elegant and like Richard he was British & she had to surprise him with a cake portrait of their favorite pet, an English bulldog.   This was my first dog cake and we had so much fun with it.  The bridal cake was a combination of cakes, chocolate velvet with bavarian creme, vanilla chiffon with raspberry and a vanilla chiffon with a white chocolate cream cheese and the grooms cake, the puppy was an almond cake and the flag was red velvet w/ white chocolate creme cheese...

Sara & Austin's Cupcakes Nov 7

A beautiful fall day for a elegantly casual outdoor reception.  Sara loved the idea of cupcakes and using her black and white polka dot theme they were a hit.   Chocolate velvet with chocolate ganache filling,  vanilla chiffon with white chocolate mousse and a strawberry swirl cake with strawberry cream cheese.. something for everyone.. 

Go Gators a Grrrreat Groom's Cake

Mrs. Roberts order this for her son Paul's game day wedding. Held Saturday Nov 7 at the beautiful Sweetwater Branch Inn.  Rich chocolate velvet cake with chocolate ganache.

Amanda Alayon's Baby Shower Cake Nov 8

I was soooo happy when Amanda called me to create her cake visions..  I did Amanda and Chase's wedding cakes 2 years ago and now it was their first baby...   She knew just what she wanted it to look like and everything was to edible.  The booties and flowers made of sugarpaste and the bottle, diaper pins and pacifier were all made of white chocolate..    I can not wait to see the shower pictures.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Yoda Cake- Susan St Hilaire-Robby Messer Aug 29 Cedar Key

Yoda was Robby's request...in fact he even gave me a picture of another yoda cake for an example  and it was a hit. Susan sent me a note afterwards she had someone dress in a Darth Vader costume to cut the cake- can't wait to see that video.. (that is scary that I can actually spell Darth Vader-yes I love sci fi)  Susan said it was hysterical seeing Robby munching out on Yoda's ear.

The Secrets to Ms Debbie's great tasting cakes

YES!  that is right, it is my Ms Gail, my baker...   and
YES, she is a "honey bee", and that is why our cakes taste so great....
she has that magic touch.... or should I more simply say... "she's touched"
You can not argue that we do not have fun around here..
We love you Gail and thank you for that much needed LOL that I needed that day...
and she made this costume herself too.  

Monday, October 26, 2009

Burton theme Halloween Birthday Cake

What fun this cake was...  Michele's 40th Birthday and she loves Burton's films.   Notice the coffin sliding down hill...   and the tombstone.  everything on this cake was edible, including the dead tree..  made of chocolate fondant.. tootsie roll fanatics would love this one..  cake choices was the key lime cake with white chocolate cream cheese and a vanilla chiffon with white chocolate mouse

Turner-Brotherton Oct 24

Fall is here even if the temperatures do not show it yet...  I love working with the fall colors and for Betty Jo & Michael's cake we made sugar flowers in the golds & oranges of the "circus rose" and the coreopsis and mingled in amongst the sugar flowers were various chess pieces made of dark & white chocolate.  YUM...  the flowers and the chess pieces cascaded down the side of the buttercream iced cake with a queen & king pair crowing the top.  Their cake flavors were vanilla chiffon with raspberry filling and chocolate velvet with chocolate ganache.  I enjoyed the table arrangements of various chess boards.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

A Super Big Sloppy Sweet Thank You to my party pals.

In case I have not mentioned it lately, (HA), our private event, "Say it Sweelty" is finally here..  And it simply gets sweeter and sweeter every time.   I will have photos coming soon to show all the fun we have had. But I want to take a few minutes to people and companies that are helping to make this such a sweet success.
Angela for A`vie helped me book the elegant Plantation Hall in Haile Village.  Angela along with Amy and her other lovely young ladies will be greeting our guest at the door providing them with guidance and menus. They will be happy to answer any wedding & party planner questions that one may have.   Susan Minter from Event Divas will be furnishing floral arrangements for our table center pieces and I can not wait to see what she comes up with this time.  Many of you will remember Susan-she the feather boa lady...  and also thanks to Susan she has arranged with Party Time Rentals for the beautiful linens for the quest tables.  Party Time was gracious enough to furnish these linens to us for this event. Ann Marie from Party Time will be on hand to answer any rental questions.  I was delighted to have Leah & her high energy group from Celebrations Catering agree to join us for the evening and furnish some of her fabulous savories for the evening.  We tend to sugar rush everyone so it is great to have items like "hot spinach artichoke dip", "paid thai noodle salad", "asian ginger meatballs" & "teriyaki chicken stuffed cucumber cups"... my mouth is already watering. Kristen & Paul from Footstone Photography will be taking some great shots for my scrapbook and website and will be happy to answer any of your photography questions & portfolio for you to .  "he is the tall cutie pie with the camera".  Edward and Adrienne from Duo Cellissimo will be enchanting us for the evening with the elegant and classic sounds of their cellos, what more could you ask for.   Oh yes, Tim Dickert from Open Show Video, Tim will be making a short video for me and will have a video of his past work on hand for you to watch.  "he will be the one with a video camera and oh-the dreamy eyes"....   and not to forget the "behind the scenes group" my sweet family, friends and staff.   I do not know what I would do with out my core three... Ken aka "Mr Debbie" -my husband running every errand and delivery I can throw at him, keeping up with me and dealing with my last minute frantics of "OMG-I FORGOT...", and my mom- Ms Rose- who will not be able to be here with us this year but she was able to help make so many of the wonderful chocolate treats... She is my chocolatier (sorta like a mouskateer but different)-"thanks mom-gonna miss ya" and last but SOOO not least, my friend and baker Ms Gail, where does all that energy come from in such a little package... Gail has been with me for hours on end this past week.. I would not do this without her.. and also joining us for the evening, Ms Judy... a great friend and co-decorator-she is the only person I will allow to decorate one of my cakes when I need the extra hands, I wish she was with me all the time, she will be assist in answering cake decorating ???s .  Ms Cindy another sweet pal from Happily Ever After Events from Chiefland and Ms Holly a young working mom, both who have agreed to work for "cake" and will be helping us cut and serve cake..  I do not think I have forgotten any one..  but again thank you to all and please remember to "Say it Sweetly"

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Meredith Dudley & Jacob Farmer at Turkey Creek Country Club Oct 10

I met Meredith for the first time at our "Say it Sweetly" in February, 2009.  I did not meet Jacob until apx. a month before the wedding when we finalized all our details for their cake design.  Meredith was another bride who had brought in a sketch of a cake she envisioned.  I am going to have to start scanning these drawings to include a photo next to the final cake photo, another great idea from the bride herself...  KUDOS Meredith.

A 3 tier hexagon cake iced in buttercream with the quilted effect on all 3 tiers (another first), navy ribbon and navy pearls along with a fancy script monogram in a blue on a oval sugar plaque. The 2 jade roses I made of sugar in a greenish-yellow.   We delivered the cake to the Turkey Creek Country Club where Chef Peter White from Chef Brothers Catering had a table ready for set up.  Meredith and Jacob's cake choices were red velvet with white chocolate cream cheese filling and light vanilla chiffon with white chocolate mousse filling... it was a weekend for red velvet.   My photography is not so great sorry for poor photo... need to find her photographer...

Bren Sheppard & Garrett Schultz Oct 10 Cedar Key

So enjoy working with Bren and Garrett.  Their theme was "A Perfect Pair" and the room was filled with warm chocolate browns and pear greens which included pears in the center pieces.  All the roses, mini pears, vines and leaves were made of sugar and edible. We delivered the cake to the Cedar Key Community Center  which has a nice large room and a prep kitchen.   Eric Redmond, pianist played for Bren & Garrett at their ceremony.  The cakes were a light vanilla chiffon with a raspberry filling and red velvet with white chocolate cream cheese filling, with a buttercream/fondant icing.   mmmm yum

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Chloe Smith & Brent Richards Oct 3 @ Sweetwater

Chloe was a delight to work with and when she booked a full year in advance we knew she had plenty of time to design the perfect cake..... well about 3 weeks before her wedding... we were running out of time.. and here she goes...  she had designed her own cake.. she sent me a pencil drawing of a cake with a specific look in mind.  As many wedding cakes that I have created over the last 18 years, it delights me when a bride selects or in this case designs a cake that I have not created yet..   it was beautiful and it even looked better in front of the mirror at Sweetwater Branch Inn  http://www.sweetwaterinn.com.  She selected my moist light vanilla chiffon cake with one having a strawberry filling and the other an amaretto filling.  Thank you Chloe for allowing me to create this beauty.

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Night of Tasting

Only 8 days away to our "Say it Sweetly" a night of tasting..  
This is the 3rd of a semi annual event where we offer our clients our complete line of standard cake flavors and fillings along with many of our various cookies and chocolates..  
Just to get your sweet tooth going...  there will be chocolate peanut butter cheesecake truffles and white chocolate raspberry cheesecake truffle (REAL TRUFFLES not cake balls) and our infamous Triple Fudge Brownie Bits, our mysterious Heaven in your Mouth Brownie Bits, our Too Yummy Sugar cookies along with at least 12 cake flavors including our Red Velvet, Key Lime, Orange Cream, Strawberry, Lemon, Almond, Chocolate Hazelnut and soo much more and 20 different fillings including White Chocolate cream cheese, Chocolate ganache, Raspberry, Strawberry, Lemon Curd...... OK? ARE YOU HUNGRY NOW...  

Also joining us this year will be planning tips with Angela for A`vie,  florals from Event Divas, savory appetizers from Celebrations, linens from Party Time, enchanting music from Duo Cellissimo,  photography from Footstone, videography from Open Show

please check our our show page for more information and to request an e-vite... it is open by invitation only...

Monday, October 5, 2009

Gainesville Bridal Expo by Jay's Bridal

I so love the Phillip's Center and the Gainesville Bridal Expo on Sept 27 was no exception.   The rain kept it's distance and the bride's arrived anxious for a great event.  Set up seemed to go so quick and easy, the girls and I actually had time to run and grad a cup of joe.   Paul is always so helpful and all the wedding vendors had set up great booths and brides were excited.     We look forward to the next one in Jan 2010..  

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Ladies Night Out

I had the privilege of joining a wonderful group of professional women from Linked in Women, www.linkedinwomen.com.  Women business owners set up table top booths to share their services and products from carpet to wine.  I brought alone many a sweet pleasures with my infamous brownie bites and my truffles... What a blast we had.  Being the first time we all wondered what the night would bring..  well it brought 126 women who visited our tables, enjoyed a wide variety of wine, gifts, massages, candles, flowers, desserts and so much more...Soo looking forward to next year. 

Florida Bridal Expo

The Florida Bridal Expo held on Sept 13 at the UF Hilton in Gainesville was sooo much fun.  We had a great time creating a fake cake for the mock reception held in the Hilton's courtyard.   No one would guess that in a small section in the back of the cake held a sweet treasure for the cutting ceremony..   It was so fun to sit back and watch their faces.. it's a real cake...no not really..   With the assistance of my baker, Ms Gail, my decorator-Ms Judy and of course MR Debbie -my hubby Ken.. set up went smoothly and we spoke with many wonderful brides about their wedding cake plans.