Thursday, December 23, 2010

New path...

I apologize to all my followers for not posting in a long time.  My husband and I are making the move to Portland, Oregon and I have been distracted these last couple of months with job interviews and packing.  At the start of December, I was offered a great position with a marketing agency in Portland.  So with some sadness, I am taking a break from Cake and Co. for a while.  Thank you to all of you have read my posts and journeyed with me!  I wish all of you a very happy holiday season and a great New Year!

Keep baking out there!

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Dessert | 300 Cupcakes

So, we survived the 300 cupcakes!  Yes, we, Ty and I survived baking and frosting 300 cupcakes.  My husband is amazing, he canceled watching football with his friend twice to help me frost the cupcakes.  There is no way I would have been able to finish and it wouldn't have a been a tear free occasion {woot!}.

Close up of the carnation cupcakes!
I prepped all my dry ingredients for the vanilla cupcakes Friday night.  On Saturday morning with my production line all ready to go, I baked for 4.5 hours straight!  We then took a break and enjoyed a lovely dinner at Disneyland Hotel's Steakhouse 55 with some of our friends.  Dinner lasted a little longer than I thought and we returned home hoping to frost half the cupcakes... boy, was I wrong.  I made 24 cups of vanilla Swiss meringue frosting and that took about an hour and a half (my mixer is small and I could only make 6 cups at a time).  I showed Ty how to pipe a carnation (thank you to Blue Note Bakery, your online video is great!) and off he went.  I took over a little while later and by the time midnight rolled around, we only had about 48 completed.  I figured out that it took us about 30 minutes each to pipe 24 cupcakes... not promising.  

The next morning we woke up around 8:30am and started piping right away.  We piped from 8:30am to 12:00pm.  I think Ty finally understands the pain associated with cake decorating, ha! 

All in all, the totals for the weekend:
13 hours for prepping, baking and frosting
10 pounds of butter
75 eggs used 
4 Harry Potter movies that played in the background that weekend 

12 boxes that held 2 dozen cupcakes each, plus one box that held a dozen
It was awesome to see all of them in their boxes!  It was a definite sense of accomplishment
 Thank you again to Ty who was the best sous that weekend, I still wish I was able to take a picture of you piping pink carnations for our kids one day!  And thank you to Salisa and the Gamma Phi Beta Sorority for this opportunity!!!

Until next time!

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Dessert | Carnation Practice... Marigolds

This weekend, I am baking 300 cupcakes for the sorority Gamma Phi Beta... 300!  I'm both excited and scared...  I don't know if my little kitchen can handle this, but it's going to have to.  I was asked to pipe carnation flowers, I learned by watching this video that no longer works and my flowers look more like marigolds than carnations.  I wanted to share with you my practice run, my marigolds below.  Wish me luck today as I start on the 300 cupcakes!

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Dessert | Kristen's Birthday Cake and Cupcakes

As promised, desserts!  

Last week my coworker celebrated her birthday and our department goes a little crazy with birthday breakfast buffets... 

The birthday girl and the breakfast spread
I never seem to be hungry for lunch on those days {it may be the delicious cheesy potatoes!}.  Kristen happens to be my cubicle buddy and both of us graduated from Chapman University.  We also happen to be 1/2 of a group our other coworkers have deemed the lunch bunch!  There happens to be three ladies at work who I adore and work just wouldn't be the same without them!  Okay, moving on from the mushy gushy stuff... Kristen loves the colors orange and teal {I found out later that her teal is more of a turquoise}!  She even claimed dibs on those colors for her wedding, so we decided to incorporate that color scheme into her birthday decorations!  

This one was a group effort and I have to thank the lunch bunch for all their help! Thank you to Lynda for providing all the paper decorations!  
All the paper flowers scattered on Kristen's desk were cut out and the flowers are from her mom
Kristen loves red velvet, so I baked about 2 dozen cupcakes and a 4" mini cake for her!  I couldn't cover the 4" mini cake with fondant and have freshly baked cupcakes, so I opted for a rustic frosting look with fondant decorations.

The cupcake wrappers were custom designed and cut by Jen.  Jen is an amazing illustrator and designer, check out here work here.  

Happy birthday to the birthday girl!  Cheers!

Next up, piping carnation flowers... 250 of them...


Sunday, August 22, 2010

Paper | Sources I love!

You are probably asking why I haven't posted anything about cakes or desserts lately... I promise you the next one will be about desserts!  

This post is about three of my new favorite party paper/design sources!  First up,!  A modern stationary and invitations company based out of San Francisco that brings you fantastic designs!  They have some new offerings that I may be purchasing down the line as the holidays draw near... 

Minibook albums from their wedding line. Photo courtesy of Minted.
Menu Cards. Photo courtesy of Minted.
Baby Shower and Kids Invitations. Photo courtesy of Minted.
Skinny wrap labels... I totally want to use these this Christmas! Photo courtesy of Minted.

Second up, Style Me Gorgeous!  

BWS tips button 

I stumbled across this blog through another blog and right away I loved everything that Sarah had to offer.  It might be that I am a little big kid, but I am always attracted to kiddie stuff {huge Disney fan ~ remember the Minnie cupcakes}!  She designs playful and whimsical mommy and children items!  And you gotta love her company name!  In the last couple months that I have been in wedding world, she came out with a "print, cut and party" line that is simply genius!!!  Finally someone who offers more than just invitations, thank yous and menus.  Here is a preview of her recent tea party line!
Photo courtesy of Style Me Gorgeous.
Photo courtesy of Style Me Gorgeous.

Photo courtesy of Style Me Gorgeous.
Here are some other printables she offers: Birdie and Elephant and Diggers and Dump Trucks.  Visit her website to view her other offerings. 

And last but not least, I saw these cute cupcake sets at Sur La Table and had to look up Meri Meri when I got home.  If you are one of those that rather purchase than cut-it-out yourself, then this is the solution for you!

Oh Baby Baby line. Photo courtesy of Meri Meri.
Aloha line. Photo courtesy of Meri Meri.
Mermaids and mermaid invites! Photo courtesy of Meri Meri.
They do more than cupcake liners and invites... full party decor!  Love!  Photo courtesy of Meri Meri.
Now go have some fun!  Happy cutting and partying!

Where credits are due:
Minted ~

Style Me Gorgeous ~
Style Me Gorgeous blog ~
Meri Meri ~
Sur La Table colorful cupcake wrappers ~

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Party | Little Inspirations

So I was checking my email and guess what should pop up... an email from Crate and Barrel {no surprise there} and they announced a website redesign.  I work in the creative web and print world, so these kinds of announcements excite me!  I opened up the email and the second item listed... dessert tables!!!  

Photo courtesy of Crate and Barrel

Oh how I love thee!  

Crate and Barrel's new web re-design allows you to shop by ideas {sub-category: create the look}, which I think is a fantastic move!  In today's world people are inspired by the crafty and the creative and they want to replicate that.  Here is a screen capture of the first line of product within this dessert table idea.  

Photo courtesy of Crate and Barrel
 The cake pedestal prices are not too bad surprisingly.  Some of my favorite ceramic and Mosser milk-glass cake stands average between $30-$60 a piece. 

Mosser milk cake stands

And I love these glass jars and again the price points are not too bad.  My coworker told me that TJ Maxx Home Goods and Ross are two places to keep an eye out for these jars if you are in need of a lower price point.   These jars have multiple uses beyond candy and dessert bars… 

Makes you want to go out and buy a couple of these, doesn’t it? 

This whole post was inspired by a single email that I received, it’s amazing what can inspire you and what directions it takes you in.  I’ll be picking up a couple of these jars this Halloween and I’ll make sure to post some of my ideas. 

What are your ideas?


Saturday, August 14, 2010

Paper | Party Accents

Like I mentioned in my previous post, I am going to incorporate my other love {paper} and it's uses with desserts!  For those of you who are just visiting my blog, I have a tendency to want to make things pretty - it might be the perfectionist in me, but I love to plate and dress food up!  One of the easiest ways to dress up your desserts or even a party is by adding paper accents.  

Seeing how much I love paper, our stationary set for our wedding was very important to me!  We love ferns and it's symbolic meaning, so we ran with a fern theme.  See below for how we incorporated it into our special day

Our complete set: save the dates, invite, cupcake wrapper, menu, thank yous and welcome recipe cardsPhoto courtesy of Soul Mates Photo.
Paper fern cut out and cupcake wrappers. Photo courtesy of Soul Mates Photo.
Close up of the cupcake wrappers.  Photo courtesy of Soul Mates Photo.

Paper mini fans, name place holders and menus.  Photo courtesy of Soul Mates Photo.

Paper labels on wine bottles displaying seating assignments.  The roses on the bottles were made out of paper.  Photo courtesy of Soul Mates Photo.
More nameplates and using the ferns in our flower arrangements. Photo courtesy of Soul Mates Photo.
The photos make my stationary set look extra fancy, but in all honesty, these were all DIY - Do it Yourself projects {just in case you wanted to know what that stood for mom}.  You can easily create these items at home by purchasing fun paper at Michaels or Paper Source and cutting items out using scissors or dies and dies.  

We took this pic of great stationary ideas at Paper Source today!
I love the Asian themed dinner party set, especially the chopsticks holder!
I love Martha Stewart and she has some great templates available online for you to download for free and use for your next party!  Up next, some places to purchase some pre-made party stationary sets ~ I think you'll be excited, I am!

Hope you are able to dress up your next party!

Where credits are due:
Soul Mates Photography ~
Cupcake wrapper die ~
Florals for the cake display, Teresa Sena Designs ~
Penguin Cake Toppers, The Pink Koala on Etsy ~

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Cookies | Tips & Tricks

Happy Thursday everyone!

I have a short little post for all of you!  Sugar & Meringue put together an online sugar cookie book (with the help of Bake It Pretty, Cakespy, The Constant Baker, Not So Humble Pie, and Sweetopia) for all your viewing pleasure and best of all it's FREE!  She has some great recipes in there, but the best part are her tips on how to flood and decorate sugar cookies. 



Sunday, August 1, 2010

It's been a long time

I know it's been a long time since I blogged, but hey, I was getting married {insert big smile here}.  

In a previous post I mentioned loving table displays!  You may have heard of Amy Atlas, some people see her as the Queen B of dessert tables and she really does do amazing work.  Dessert displays are just like what they sound like - a dessert buffet but in today's modern world people are dressing up their displays and matching their desserts with their party's theme. 

Zebra Patterned Dessert Bar, photo courtesy of Amy Atlas
If you know me, then you know that I'm a huge dork who gets excited about desserts and paper... yup, paper!   I used to work for a printing company and now I traffic production in an art department for a craft company.  I even have a favorite line of paper!  What is that you say, line of paper... yup line of paper.  The Curious Collection is amazing!!! {See, I'm a huge dork...}.  So, with that being said, I can honestly tell you that dessert displays are exciting because they combine two things that I love!

Over the past couple months I've been thinking up different ways to extend my future business.  I've thought about a store front, maybe a little boutique shop, maybe a cake supplies store... it's still a work in progress, but I have decided to incorporate paper and it's uses with desserts into my blog.  My company's name is Cake and Company and paper is really good company!

It's easy to take your simple homemade cupcake, like the one below and dress it up!

All it takes, is either a decorating tip or some fun with paper.  I'll be posting a few tips and DIY projects in the future so that you can also do it at home!  So keep your eyes out for future posts!  In the meantime, here a few images from our wedding.  I baked the cupcakes for our wedding tower the night before the wedding, I know I am crazy but I wanted my family to taste my treats.

Close up of our wedding cupcakes. Photo courtesy of Soul Mates Photography

Our cake topper and a larger shot of our cupcake tower.  Photo courtesy of Soul Mates Photography
To tie our cupcakes into our wedding theme, I had paper printed with our fern design on it.  I then used a cupcake wrapper die to die-cut the wrappers.  For the cake on top of the cake, I decided to go with fondant covered Styrofoam cake dummies.  I didn't want to fondant a cake in Maui, because I have never worked in that type of climate before with fondant.  So, to save my bridal sanity and frustration I took the simple way out and covered the dummies in California.  Yes, I put the cake dummies in my carry-on luggage...  I then die-cut a fern flourish out of green paper (I can just see the disappointed look in Kerry Vincent's eyes) to decorate the cake.  Tyler and I are each others penguins, so I surprised him with our penguin cake toppers. 

See the use of paper with desserts is amazing!

Here is one last photo of me and Tyler from our wedding

To see more of our wedding photos, check out
 Until next time, happy baking and paper cutting!

Where credits are due:
Amy Atlas Events ~
Soul Mates Photography ~
Cupcake wrapper die ~
Florals for the cake display, Teresa Sena Designs ~
Penguin Cake Toppers, The Pink Koala on Etsy ~

Monday, July 5, 2010

Cake | UCLA Bruin's Groom Cake

I love when clients "aka friends" have an exact idea what they have in mind and then trust me to create it for them.  I will be honest, I was a little nervous about this one.  Last year, it may be a full year, a friend from college asked if I would do a groom's cake for a friend of hers.  The groom wanted a UCLA Bruins themed cake.  I had previously done a USC Trojan cake (I can hear either the boos and the cheers in the background) last year, so I thought why not, I can do this!  

I ran a few images I found off the web by the groom and groom decided he wanted to go with the Bruin drawing behind the UCLA logo.   We picked this out last year, so when it came time to actually do the cake I was a little intimated.  But I laid out a schedule and I accomplished the Bruin a little bit here and there.  I started to work on the Bruin logo two nights before the cake was due.  It would have been easy to purchase a printer, fondant sheets and edible ink and print out the logo (this works so well for corporate clients - sugar cookies and cupcakes).  But I also like the look of layered fondant.  So, with my handy dandy exacto knife I set to work cutting out different layers of the logo.  

Night 1
Here is the final cake!  I don't like to toot my own horn, but I think this is definitely a step up from the USC cake that I did last year.  

Day 3, pick-up Day!

And I wanted to share this last photo, my friend, Leika took this at the wedding.  I love the table display (I am all about table displays!)

I probably won't be able to post anything until after our wedding, so don't give up on me. 

Until next time, enjoy the summer!

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Cake | Simplistic Graduation Cake

Just wanted to do a quick post on a cute little cake I did for my friend, W.  W graduated in late May with a Masters in Biology.  I wanted to do some kind of nerdy cake, like I did for Tyler's birthday last year (remember the Beer Yeast Microbe cake), but I decided to do something more simplistic.  

W really likes my mint chocolate recipe, so I create a 6" cake for her.  Mint chocolate cake with peppermint Swiss meringue buttercream.  For an added surprise, I smashed up Girl's Scout's Thin Mint cookies (I buy a box every year and put it in my freezer... frozen Thin Mints are the best!) and sprinkled the cookie crumbles in between the layers of cake.


I did a simple black circle pattern on the outside of the cake and topped it all off with a Thin Mint cookie on top of the cake. 

Here I am with the graduate.  Congratulations on your graduation W!

Next up, a groom's cake which I think is beary beary good...

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Cupcakes Inspired by Glee

I'm sorry I haven't posted in a couple weeks.  Work is crazy busy, we are getting ready for our big trade show and I am getting married in exactly three weeks! 

I'm a pretty big fan of Glee, you may go so far as to say that I am a Gleek.  I have the music from Glee on my iPhone and I listen to it almost daily at work, it gets me through the day!  Anywho, a bunch of wonderful ladies gather weekly to watch Glee together

And in honor of the season finale, I wanted to make cupcakes.  I was going to go the simple route and just pipe frosting on the cupcakes and spell out Glee or something like that.  But then my friend Tals said we should make slushie inspired cupcakes.  A day later we had this!

I baked red velvet cupcakes with cream cheese frosting.  To make the cupcakes appear like slushies, I piped the frosting onto the cupcake.  Then I dipped the cupcake into a bowl of large dusting sugar.  I then used spray food coloring, red of course, to color the frosting to make it look like a slushie.  I have found that the more you spray the wetter the frosting will appear.  Tals bought small red cups and straws.  We filled the red cups a little over half way with starbursts and then placed the cupcake gently in the red cup.  We finished it off by cutting colored straws to 3 inches and placing the straw into the cupcake (thank you Stephanie for your help!).  

Over head shot!  I think they look just like a slushie would!

I had all the girls pose for a slushie in your face shot!  If you haven't seen an episode of Glee, I highly recommend it!  It may just bring some gleefulness into your life.

I'll have a new post soon!  So many cakes to share with you!  Thank you for stopping by, until next time, take care of that sweet tooth!