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Slam Dunk of a Cake

Once in a blue moon, someone comes to us with a wonderful challenge of a cake. We get inquiries for edible versions of cars and purses all the time, but this past December we received a particularly special request.

To celebrate their anniversary, a former Miss Universe and an NBA star asked us to create a cake replica of two objects that best represented the union of their worlds – the Miss Universe crown atop a true-to-life basketball. The thought of this cake both exhilarated and terrified us, but we knew we couldn’t pass up the chance to do something so extraordinary!

We definitely had our work cut out for us; the process had to begin with research, research, research. Our goal was to get both objects as close to the real object as possible and to do so, we gathered as many pictures and measurements as we could find. We then started by carving the basketball out of stacked layers of cake and then we covered it in orange fondant for the base of the color. From there, we imprinted the basketball texture onto the fondant and then spray-painted and added more details as needed to bring the ball to life.

 

The Miss Universe crown was the more intimidating part of the design, due to its fragility when made in edible materials. Thankfully, our genius decorating team was able to create the frame of the jeweled beauty using a styrofoam ball as a structural base. In the end, the glittering cake tiara was beautiful enough to wear on your own head!

To tie all the various elements together, we just couldn’t resist transforming the cake board into basketball court tile. The final finishing touch was a pair of dog bones – an homage to the canine of the family!

 

Not to toot our own horn, but…. toot toot! Our finished design was nothing short of amazing and we are so proud to call it ours. The proof is in the picture pudding…

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Modern Glam

Everyone has different definitions of “modern” and “glamorous” – bright colors, bling, crazy shapes, you name it. But for the new issue of Oh-Brides Magazine, we decided to do a more understated elegant interpretation of “modern glam”.

 

The cake seen here, photographed at 200 Peachtree, is deceptively simple. It’s unique composition is made up of three square tiers and a sugar flower. The bottom tier has pearlized fondant pleating which continues up into the main body of the cake. This pleating mimics the graceful movement often seen in satin ruching on wedding gowns. The sugar blossom acts as a delicate punctuation mark and finishes the cake off with just a hint of color.

 

Ever heard “less is more”? Well, this cake proves exactly that. We’re so used to throwing everything we have at a design, that it was really refreshing to be a bit more restrained. The result is such an elegant and timeless piece – we’re sure it’ll stay in style for quite some time!

{ photos by Inije Photography }

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Audrey Hepburn

Tired of seeing scrolls and lace? Every now and then, we are too. Luckily, Brian Green of F&G Events gave us mold-breaking inspiration for a fabulous Occasions Magazine photo shoot set at the W Midtown Atlanta. He asked us to craft a sweet little cake inspired by a timeless style icon – Audrey Hepburn – My Fair Lady to be exact.

Our initial idea was to combine white lace and black and white ribbon in cake form to mimic her dress. But while that would have been lovely, we wanted to design something a bit more modern instead. So we took the element of the black and white ribbon and made the cake just that.

It almost looks as if we took the ribbon off her hat and simply tied it around the cake. Trust us – it was much more difficult than it sounds! Our hard work paid off though. The bold graphic lines of the ribbon make a fantastic statement, especially on a smaller cake that could work for both weddings and special events.

 

 

 

{ photos by Claudia McDade Photography }

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Upcoming Bridal Events

Ah, the start of a brand new year. January means the season of resolutions, new beginnings… and bridal shows! All you newly engaged Atlanta brides get bombarded with promotions and events to help you get started in your wedding planning. We can’t pass up the chance to get some of our delicious cake in your system, so here are two upcoming events you do not want to miss!

Champagne & Sweets at StudioWed Atlanta

Thursday, January 24, 6:30-8:30 pm

Enjoy an evening dedicated to wedding inspiration, table designs, and decor ideas in the studio as you mingle with expert wedding professionals. Sip champagne and enjoy delectable desserts. All brides and grooms will receive a gift. This is a complimentary event open to to all engaged couples and our industry friends. Register to attend at http://studiowedopenhouse.eventbrite.com/

Wedding 1-on-1 at Rhodes Hall

Sunday, January 27, 2:00-5:00 pm

Join some of Atlanta’s most trusted wedding professionals to get valuable expert advice for planning your own dream wedding. “Wedding 1 on 1” is designed to offer future brides a personal approach to planning in an intimate setting that won’t stress them out! Guests will have a unique opportunity to learn the ins and outs of wedding planning – from catering trends to choosing the right photographer, dresses, décor and more. More info and registration here http://www.weddingoneonone.com/

See ya there!

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The Drama of Cake

When our friend, Michelle Gainey of Lemiga Events, asked us to create a custom display cake for an upcoming Atlantan Brides photo shoot – we had to say yes! As you probably know by now, designing custom cakes is our favorite thing to do and with photo shoots we can really push the envelope. The inspiration for this photo shoot was to be the much-anticipated movie Anna Karenina starring Keira Knightley. If you know nothing of the Tolstoy novel it’s based upon, just imagine lavish 19th century Russian aristocracy mixed with forbidden love. It’s the perfect recipe for drama.

We wanted to do something to push ourselves out of the box in a way that really embodied the atmosphere and mood of the story itself. In order to do that, we took the classic floral motif and turned it on its head by having the flower petals consume the cake rather than the way it traditionally blooms outwards. The result is something quite unique; coupled with some painted gold vines, our vision was complete.

The floral motif turns into something like a living organism, but frozen in time. The soft ambient sunlight in the photos casts the perfect glow for our cake to live in. Can you think of any other movies that might make great cake inspiration?

{ photos by Heidi of Our Labor of Love }

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The Art of Cake

If you’ve ever wondered how we come up with such unique designs, the first place you’ll want to look is the drawing board. Literally. In addition to the joy of making a real bride and groom happy, we get to make display cakes where we really get to unleash our creativity and cake skills. Always romantic, but almost never the same, the themes given to us are the ultimate source of sweet inspiration. To give you a better idea of the design origins of our cakes, here are a few sketches of recently featured ones.

Inspired Bride Showcase: Parisian Romance

Utilizing traditional European motifs, our goal was to convey the opulence of Paris without being too ostentatious or over-the-top. Incorporating eclectic elements like the textured ribbon and the birdcage topper helped bring the design back to a more soft and relatable tone.

StudioWed Vignette: Winter Wonderland

Though we were given a storyboard for the setting, we truly drew inspiration from the timeless fairy tale romance of Snow White. With the popularity of contemporary re-imaginings like Snow White & the Huntsman and Once Upon A Time, it was high time we made a design that indulged fantasy. Falling red rose petals in white snow is a simply stunning combination that makes us feel cozy and wistful.

Southern Charm: Magnolia Bloom

It’s a given. Everyone loves flowers! When asked to create something based upon Southern blooms, what else could we do but a bunch of sugar flowers? To truly highlight the large and stately petals of the Magnolia, we just drew pattern inspiration from textiles to create the backdrop to the floral arrangement. Sometimes simplicity is just the best way to go.

Stay tuned for more sketch-to-life recaps in our blog!

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