Strawberry and Cream Cake

Are you looking for a yummy, super-moist strawberry cake that tastes like REAL strawberries and not like soap? Then look no further. This delicious recipe combines butter, sugar, freeze-dried strawberries, and strawberry yoghurt, for the perfect, moist bite!

Easiest Meringue Kiss Recipe

With the recent Instagram trend for layered fruit tarts taking the cake community by storm, the need for a meringue kiss recipe just become a whole lot more important. These delicate kiss-shaped meringues are such a beautiful adornment for cookies, cupcakes, and cakes. Grab the recipe here!

Berry Delicious Cake

Tomorrow is my birthday, i'll be turning 32! Eeeeep!! Anyway, I never usually have time to make myself a birthday cake, and so I end up going without one. However, this year I was determined to make my own cake. I've been falling in love with a recent Instagram trend for almond sable layered tarts, adorned with berries, macarons, meringue kisses, and fresh flowers. So, in my quest to 'cakify' the dessert, I made a two-tiered cake version.

I DIY'd my own wedding cake, and it was a disaster!

No, that's not the cake I made! I wish! Years ago, long before I became a professional cake maker, I DIY'd my own wedding cake. In-fact, it was quite literally the first tiered cake I ever made. Now, I can't even look at pictures of that cake without harboring a sense of regret, and not just because it makes me cringe to see the lopsided tiers, wonky icing, and buttercream bulges- but because I robbed myself of a wonderful experience. The experience of having a cake designed for me, the experience of being a bride; an experience I aim to give every bride and groom that walks through my door.

Ultra-Violet: The Pantone Color of the Year

This weekend we made our first Pantone ultra-violet-inspired wedding cake of the year, and it's a stunner! One of the things that we love best here in the design studio, is collaborating with bold, fearless brides (and grooms) to create something a little unexpected. This wedding cake has some serious wow factor, and was the perfect centerpiece for their passionately purple wedding.

Mutually Beneficial - Growing your Business with Relationships

As a wedding cake maker the single most important business decision I made was to improve my vendor to vendor relationships. Networking is such a simple concept that people overlook the importance of establishing a network of business friends. We are always looking for that "complicated marketing strategy"; convincing ourselves that if something seems complex and difficult-or expensive- it must be the route to success. The real route to success is getting the basics down. Simple strategies, executed well, will trump complicated marketing ideas every time. Connecting with others and establishing mutually beneficial business arrangements is one of the best and easiest ways to grow your business.

The Power of NO

It's such a simple, one syllable, word, and yet it wields infinite power. Saying "No" is something we are conditioned to avoid as business owners, but from a personal perspective, learning to say "No" was a powerful tool for growth  and change. It helped me to build my business to become what it is today.

The First Lady of Cakes

I have wanted to blog about this for a very long time but out of respect for the bride and groom, I didn't want to make their wedding about something other than them, because really, a wedding should always be about the bride and groom. In November of 2016, I created a wedding cake for the very lovely Kristen Jarvis-West. If you're not familiar with Kristen, she was the long-time Chief of Staff to former First Lady, Michelle Obama. 

LOVE ALWAYS WINS

It has always saddened me that I don't get to make more wedding cakes for the LGBT community. I have read too many horror stories about gay, lesbian, and trans. identifying couples who have been turned away from wedding bakeries because of their "lifestyles" and it has often led we to try to think of ways to better market myself as an inclusive cake maker.

All White on the Night

I've had the pleasure of working with Jenny Vander since 2015. As the CEO of CTG Events and Designs in Woodbridge, VA, Jenny has planned hundreds of beautiful events throughout Virginia, and I've been fortunate to make cakes for some of those events. This year I was able to make a winter-wonderland-inspired design for Jenny's glamorous birthday party.

Our Signature Chocolate Cake

It's a bold claim when you say chocolate cake is your "Signature" flavor, but after six years as a wedding cake specialist, servicing hundreds of brides - we can confidently say, "Our chocolate cake rocks!" Nearly every-single bride orders our signature chocolate cake and the overwhelming response is usually, "wow, it tastes like REAL chocolate."