Friday, May 31, 2013

The end of Summer wedding season

Its so wonderful to be back home!  Since I last wrote I've been galavanting around the East coast of USA & Canada.  As luck would have it, we managed to arrive in Boston on the day of the lockdown and watched it unfold in the relative comfort of a hotel room!  Talk about excitement.
I did manage to do some caking research whilst there (Including learning how to make a whoopee pie properly) but to hit all the amazing cake places as well as doing the tourist thing.....would've been impossible.  
I do have to say though, that my highlight would've been the 1000 island region on the border between USA and Canada.  Super super fantastic!  That, and I LOVE thousand island sauce!
So Eastern USA, ticked off the bucket list!
Anyways, I did promise some photos of the cakes we did for the November - March wedding season, so here there are!
First up, a romantic classic design, perfectly suited for the venue at Millbrook Winery in Jarrahdale.  The bride wore lace and had a posy of pink peonies.  Perfect!
Then, this fabulously styled wedding on the Matilda bay foreshore, with ghost chairs, floral chandeliers and flowers in the Swan River.
Painstakingly handpiped to match the invitations.
Pretty close don't you reckon? 
And figurines in traditional wedding costumes to match.
Here they are again....cheekily in my car on the way to the wedding.
We also loved being a part of Laura's big day with this gown inspired wedding cake.
It all starts with a nicely edged cake
Apply some ruffles...
Some sugar lace, sugar flowers..... some bling and Et voila!
Laura loved her wedding dress, which was lovingly crafted by her sister in law, one of our budding local designers.
Often weddings are a team effort, and more often than not it requires the work of many teams.  Such was the case with the Angela's stunning wedding.
Styled by the talented Blissful Affairs, furniture and placement by Her handpicked harvest, flowers by Zinnia, photography by Nectarine, Video by White box studio and cake by yours truly, all seaside by the Indian Ocean at Indianas.
The cake
Awesome wedding video, cute as anything...!
Sometimes, it even takes a team to put together a cake....such as these two beauties.
Cake by us, flowers by the wonderful girls at Eufloria.
This cake was a real team effort.  Original design by the Caketress, sugar flowers by Glenda, figurines by me, Glenda & Kartini!  Wonderful centrepiece for the Quarry Ampitheatre.
And these wonderful babies, that we gave equally as much love to!
A macaron tower....or two.... the situation that macarons are not enough..... well, you can have a whole dessert table!  Just like Jess & Richard did!
Complete with a chocolate macaron tree and toadstool cupcakes!  Love it when we get such awesome clients!
Hope you all had a lovely season too and I look forward to sharing all the pics from our amazing guest teachers in the last few months!

Saturday, March 30, 2013

Another year older, another year wiser?

Gosh!  Time truly flies when you're having fun....or just whilst you are super busy nevertheless!

First Christmas...and now it's already Easter!!  Where does the time go??
I didn't intend to be MIA for soooo long, I promise I will try to be better at keeping up!

At Cake Love, things have been going from strength to strength.  With us adding more to our team, particularly with the super talented Melissa Woodward joining our teaching team.  Melissa is a multi award winning artist, and we are so excited to have her impart her enthusiam and passion to our students this year.

Our international and interstate teachers this year will include renowned sugar artist Kelvin Chua.

 28 - 30th August 2013
A 3 year campaign to coax her to our little town, we've finally suceeded in tempting the simply amazing sugar flower artist, Jacqueline Butler to the studio!  We're thrilled to put it simply.
 13 - 18th July 2013
After an awestruck day with Debbie Brown early last year, we're suuper excited to invite her back to Perth in August.  We often credit Debbie for reinventing modern cake decorating and with her 14 books, have made it available to inspire a whole generation of cake decorators!
The ever charming Handi Mulyana is making his annual trek over, fresh off Masterchef Indonesia appearances and juggling his international teaching commitments.
With designs such as this gravity defying topsy turvy, we're in for a ball of a time!
12 - 18 April 2013
and still to be confirmed, we have local Chocolatier Yuki Nakamura (who's beautiful Japanese inspired chocolates are available at providores like Fresh Provisions, Herdsmans and the Boatshed) who will be running chocolate workshops and tasting evenings!
and of course, fingers crossed, we also get Margie Carter back later in the year with her absolutely squealworthy and oozing with cuteness design, Peaches and Dolly!
September 2013
Enough about commercialism!  Well, sort of......
Here's to catch you up on some of my creations over the last few months!
Firstly, this great pic from the Cake Angels of our Nemo cakes at the Ronald McDonald house Christmas party.  I am delighted that it went to such a good home.  The Cake Angels do wonderful work Australia wide, and I look forward to being able to do this again for them some time in the not too distant future.
Remember Fred the Chameleon?
Fred was created in class with Margie Carter back in July last year and sat in the window for a few weeks after, much to the delight of the neighbours...including Portia.  Now, Portia simply knew, that this was the only cake that would do for her next birthday. 
Funnily enough, Fred actually lasted until November..... well, that was until he started developing a bit of a whiff....
Poor Fred was very unceremoniously dumped into the garbage by really was hilarious and sad all at the same time, as after all, I was very attached to old Fred!
But thanks to Portia, I got to make another Chameleon, one I very quickly named Chase...don't ask me why!
Here he is, snug as a bug in the production stages.
And viola, in all his colourful glory.  I adored making him, and delighted that Portia chose such an original cake for her birthday!
Some more fun birthday cakes,

Alice goes down the rabbit hole for little Daisy's first birthday.
Princess & her castle turret (design by Creative cakes by Julie)
Cricket enthusiast Jack
An amazing seaside masquerade 50th for Terryl
Interesting Geology themed cake for Keith's 40th, complete with oil tap!
What every 21 year old would want....Chanel!
Classic with a touch of art deco for Maria's 50th
Payten's favourite flavour of the month toy...Bubble guppies (thank you google!)
Thomas themed for Nathan.
Alex's Minecraft and Halo 4, Xbox themed birthday cake
And this cutie for Chiara's first birthday to match the birthday invitations.
To finish off, as this post is getting a little long....
Christmas came and went.  We celebrated with a sumptious high tea at Rochelle Adonis.
The team had a great time and high tea is always awesome, especially with good company.
I will leave our wedding cakes for the summer season till my next post, just so I don't stay away too long.
Have a wonderful and safe Easter!!