Ph.D.-serts | Eiffel Tower Cake Tutorial | Tampa Wedding Bakery

I’ve been waiting to post this cake because the tutorial for it was being published in the July 2014 ICES Newsletter.  The newsletter has just been released so I’m happy to share the cake with you now!

An engagement cake for a couple getting married in Paris. Continue reading

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Ph.D.-serts | Gorgeous Wedding with Sparkle | Tampa Wedding Bakery

A couple of weeks ago, I had the honor of creating a wedding cake for Cristina and Jose!  I have done their daughter’s birthday cake for the past 3 years.  Eva’s first birthday cake was a whimsical zebra cake (so fun!).  Her second was a Yo Gabba Gabba cake (so colorful!).  And her 3rd was monkey and flower themed (I have yet to post this one, sorry).  
Cristina always throws amazing parties for Eva so I knew the wedding would out of this world. But wait til you see it! Read on, read on!
Gorgeous white wedding cake with a brooch flower and lots of sparkle!
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Ph.D.-serts | Country Chic Wedding | Orange and Blue Cupcakes | Tampa Wedding Bakery

This wedding took place a few months ago, but as brides start booking their Fall weddings, we thought we should take a moment to revisit it.   Orange and blue cupcakes on a rustic stand with a burlap wrap and fresh flowers. Continue reading

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Ph.D.-serts | Star Wars Death Start Groom’s Cake | Tampa Wedding Bakery

Krystan (remember her from the travel-themed wedding?) wanted to surprise Luis with a groom’s cake, and he is a huge Star Wars fan so here’s what we created for him:

Luis' Star Wars groom's cake. Continue reading

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Ph.D.-serts | Suitcase Wedding Cake for a Travel-Loving Couple | Tampa Wedding Bakery

Here’s a fun wedding cake!  Krystan and Luis love to travel so they wanted their entire wedding to reflect that.  When we sat down to design their cake, I knew right away it was going to be a fun one.

Suitcase wedding cake for a couple who loves to travel!

 

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Ph.D.-serts | Purple & Black Damask Wedding Cake | Tampa Wedding Bakery

On October 13th, Ashley & Garrett tied the knot at Laurel Wood Gardens in Dade City, FL.  We were honored to create their wedding cake with black Damask and purple accents.

Purple and black Damask wedding cake

 

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Sparkly Beach Wedding Cake

Are you having a beach wedding and want a simplistic, elegant cake?  But maybe you also want a little sparkle and pizazz??? Here’s the cake for you!

Just the right amount of sparkle in this beach-themed wedding cake

The cake was iced in buttercream and covered with coarse sugar.  The sugar naturally catches the light and looks great at any reception!  Then, the cake was adorned with fondant seashells and a fondant starfish topper.

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Preparing for Your Wedding Cake Design Consultation

Preparation is the key to a successful wedding cake design session.  Here are our tips to ensure you get the cake you’ve always dreamed of:

1.  Do your cake research.

Look at pictures of cakes until your eyes hurt!  Pick out a few of your favorites and bring them with you to your appointment.  Don’t bring 50 photos though…that’s not helping your cake decorator see your vision.  Try 10 or fewer.

An elegant wedding cake covered with fondant and adorned with scrollwork, fondant drapes, and real seashells.

2.  Do your bakery research.

Once you have an idea of what you want your cake to look like, start researching local bakeries to find ones you’d like to work with.  Even if they don’t have a cake similar in their photo gallery, does it look like they are capable of decorating your dream cake?  Will their prices fit within your cake budget? Check out their reviews!  Are their previous brides disappointed, content, happy, or THRILLED?

A classy, elegant wedding cake covered with white fondant and decorated with black and red fondant.

3.  Plan your time wisely.

We recommend sitting down for a tasting & design consultation with a minimum of 2 cake decorators.  Don’t go with the first one you sit down with (even if they’re awesome like us).  I mean, this is the FUN part of wedding planning – who doesn’t love cake?!  And make these appointments at least 6 months prior to your big day. Many cake decorators book up months in advance so don’t set yourself up for disappointment if you wait too late and all the “good ones” are booked.

Andrea's elegant bridal shower cake with Damask, hand-piping, and fondant work.

4. Bring your inspiration & information

Bring everything you can to the cake tasting that will help your cake decorator see your vision for you dream cake.  Cake decorators are awesome and fun people, we know, but we are not mind readers.  Bring color swatches, your wedding invitation, pictures of the cakes you like, pictures of reception decor, etc.  Know approximately how many cake servings you’ll need and how much you’d like to spend on the cake.

Elegant wedding cake with pink & orange flowers and an oversized bow.

5.  Does the shoe fit?

Ok, you’ve sat down with the cake decorator, designed your dream cake, and tasted his/her cakes.  First of all, does the cake taste good?! Secondly, do you feel comfortable with this decorator?  If your personalities clash, you might be better off finding another decorator that is more suited to you. This might be the last time you meet face-to-face with the decorator so do you trust that she a) understands your vision and b) is competent enough to bring that vision to reality? And third, does the dream cake fit in the budget?

And last, but not least, if you’re having trouble narrowing down your own cake vision, use your resources.  There are tons of wedding magazines and websites at your fingertips.  Try TheKnot.com or WeddingWire.com for starters.  And we all know that Pinterest is a bride’s best friend.

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