Sugar Stories: All White on the Night

Sugar Stories: 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.


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I first met Jenny under quite tragic circumstances; I created a cake for a little girl with a terminal heart-condition as part of the charity Icing Smiles. Jenny was a nurse for the family and also a local wedding and event planner. When she saw the four tier minnie mouse cake I created, she called me to connect and the rest is history. I firmly believe that everything happens for a reason, and in my mind and heart I was led to Jenny. I am pleased to say we have had a wonderful working relationship and several years later, both of our businesses are growing in ways we never would have imagined.

Last year I took a little time off from cake making, as I was feeling a little worn down, but when Jenny called and asked me to make her a spectacular winter-wonderland-themed birthday cake, I just could not say no. 

Unsurprisingly, as an event planner, Jenny doesn't do anything by halves and her party was an evening of glitz, glamour, and gorgeousness as hundreds of her friends poured into the Red Rose Inn for an "All White Party." 

Jenny is perhaps my most favorite client and event professional to work with because she gives me such creative freedom. When someone trusts you enough to say, "Just make something spectacular, and do your thing, I trust you," you know that they truly believe in your artistic ability and it makes you want to go above and beyond to prove them right. I drew inspiration for the design from a cake created by Alexandria Pellegrino of Cake Opera Company. We incorporated some romantic ruffles into the bottom tier, and some silver lace (which was over-piped with royal icing). The cake also featured a beautiful hand-painted winter scene and, of course, no cake of mine would be complete without some dazzling sugar flowers. 

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This cake was challenging in so many ways, it stretched me beyond my comfort zone. I loved being able to hand-paint a design onto the cake and also bust out my much-underused piping tips.

I also created a smaller, accompanying cake, which sat on the dessert table provided by Serap Andreason - another local cake and dessert maker! This cake featured a sparkling sugar exterior and some jewel accented sugar peonies. 

I always get such a rush from the delivery- yes it is extremely stressful in ways that only a cake maker will understand, but it is rewarding in so many more ways. There really is no feeling like walking into a beautiful event space, and placing this incredible centerpiece in the room and hearing people tell you how beautiful it is. I will never get tired of that, and it feeds me through the hard work of creating these giant wedding cakes.  

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