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December 31, 2010

Stepping Into 2011...

For my last blog of 2010, I wanted to take a break from blogging about cakes and instead share pictures from my family photo shoot earlier this year.  This was a very busy and successful year for A Cake Life and, as I look back, I'm thankful for all the great opportunities we've been blessed with.  A huge MAHALO to all of our clients who've chosen us to be a part of your special day.  From birthdays to weddings and all other celebrations, it our pleasure to provide the cakes that make your parties memorable!  And thank you for the opportunity to make connections with many great wedding vendors.  Finally, thank you to my family that continues to motivate me to work harder and supports me everyday. 

Thank you for all the blessing this year has brought and we are looking forward to all the cakes and cupcakes in 2011!  Happy New Year! (^_^)

With Warmest Aloha,

Photos Courtesy of Pinky Photography

As we step into 2011, we wish you all the 
blessings and best wishes in the New Year!

December 23, 2010

Gingerbread Family Festival

Photos Courtesy of Kaela Wasnich
The 1st place Corporate category winner!
The holidays are upon us and Christmas is just a few days away.  One of the most rewarding things about the holidays is sharing and giving back to those in need.  The Easter Seals of Hawaii is a great organization that provides services to those living with disabilities.  Every year the Easter Seals puts on their annual Gingerbread Family Festival fundraiser.  For $39.00 participants get their own gingerbread house to decorate along with LOTS of candy to choose from.  This a great family friendly event that attracts nearly 6,000 participants annually!

This year the First Insurance Company of Hawaii (FICOH) contacted us to help the with their local Hawaiian gingerbread entry.  The FICOH team requested an assortment of whimsical ocean themed sugar figurines.  We handmade a blue starfish, orange octopus, red crab and green fish and, of course, no gingerbread house is complete without a Santa!  Our shirtless Hawaiian Santa is wearing a red lavalava (A Polynesian style wrap around waist cloth) and orange lei.  Congratulations to the FICOH team who won 1st place in the Corporate category!

Merry Christmas!
The FICOH team working on their gingerbread display
Our octopus, crab, starfish and fish fit perfectly into the beach scape. 
hehe, the gingerbread man is fishing!
Marshmallow fireplace rotisserie
Close Up of the gumpaste ocean characters we made
Hawaiian style Santa outside his house
Photo Courtesy of Easter Seals Hawaii

Check out this video clip of the Gingerbread Festival.  More pictures from the Festival can be viewed HERE.  Video courtesy of Easters Seals of Hawaii.

December 15, 2010

A Dr. Seuss Birthday!

In November we created this super fun Dr. Seuss theme cupcake tower for Caleb's 1st Birthday.  Caleb's parents created a colorful party decked out in all things Dr. Seuss, complete with Green Eggs and Ham!

For the cake, we kept with a color scheme of blue, red and white.  The cake topper was crowned with a handmade sugar Dr. Seuss hat.  To complete the Seussian design, we hand painted red fish, blue fish, #1 and Dr. Seuss hat cupcake toppers.  The flavors they selected for Caleb's cupcakes were Guava, Strawberry Vanilla Swirl, Devils Food Chocolate with Peanut Butter Cup filling, and Red Velvet with Cream Cheese Icing.  Caleb's cake topper was our Guava Cake with Guava Cream filling.
Happy Birthday Caleb!

Green Eggs & Ham!! Perfect for a Dr. Seuss themed party!
Caleb digging into his cake topper!!

December 6, 2010

Featured Wedding - Sarah & Kevin 10-10-10

Photos Courtesy of Athena Plichta Photography
Sarah & Kevin were married on the biggest wedding date of the year, 10-10-10!  We're so honored to be the cake vendor for such a wonderful couple.  Together with their family and friends, they shared in a beautiful and intimate ceremony and wedding at Hale Moli'i at Kualoa Ranch.  Their photographer Athena Plichta did a great job at capturing their love for each other and their fun-loving, laid back style. 

Following Photos Courtesy of Alisa Grieg

Sarah & Kevin chose a Cupcake Tree cake to display and serve to their guests.  Their cupcake tree was adorned with a full length cascade of sugar flower plumerias with touches of navy blue and moss green accents to match their wedding colors.  They chose our Yellow Butter Cupcakes filled with 4 different types of fillings:  Vanilla Cream, Lilikoi Cream, Fresh Strawberry Cream & Guava Cream.  Each was topped with different color sugar pearls for flavor designation. 

Here are some highlights from the review Sarah & Kevin wrote on 
our Vendor Profile:
"Kristin was great! The presentation of the cake topper and cupcake tree was beautiful . . . and the flavors were amazing! We will definitely be using A Cake Life again in the future."
Check out their Flavor Chart!  (^-^)

Congratulations Sarah & Kevin!  We wish you a lifetime of love and happiness!

Vendors of Sarah & Kevin's Wedding:
Venue: Hale Moli'i: Kualoa Ranch
Event Coordinator: Alicia Hollinger at Milestone Events Hawaii
Cake: A Cake Life
Catering: Beaches and Backyards Catering

November 17, 2010

Val & Val Wedding Video

When the talented Joshua Fair, owner of Fisheye Studio , contacted me to be a part of Val & Val's wedding day video, we were eager to participate! Fisheye Studio has a spectacular style and vision for their wedding photography and cinematography.  Their movies convey such emotion and feeling like I've never seen before.

Valerie & Valiant's video was shot throughout their wedding day documenting the all the prep that goes into putting together a wedding.  Their Same Day Edit cinematography was played that night at their reception.

CLICK here to check out our blog featuring Val & Val's wedding photos. 

val + val | one name . one cake : SDE from Fisheye Studio on Vimeo.

Check out Fisheye Studio's, website to see more of their sample work!

November 15, 2010

Featured Wedding - Val & Val. One Name. One Cake.

Photos Courtesy of Renai Photography

Pictured:  Cupcake Bouquet.  Our cupcake bouquets made up of a dozen cupcakes decorated with fresh orchids in a decorative vase.  The illusion of our bouquets are made to appear as a flower vase.  Its a unique crowning accent to a decorative cupcake tree.
Valerie & Valient (Val & Val) were a married on September 19, 2010.  When we met with them to design their wedding cake they knew immediately they wanted a cupcake display for their wedding cake.  But instead of doing the traditional round cake topper, they wanted something different.  So after discussing a few ideas, we came up with our Cupcake Bouquet topper.  The bouquets give their cupcake tree a regal finish set against the beautiful ballroom backdrop. 

Val & Val chose 2 flavors for their cupcakes: our Yellow Butter Cupcakes filled with Fresh Strawberry Cream filling and our Coconut Cupcakes filled with Pineapple Cream filling.  Each cupcake was topped with buttercream icing and small cherry blossoms color matched to the fabric of their bridesmaids dresses.  Their Cupcake Bouquet was accented with fresh white dendrobium orchids.

Congratulations Val & Val!!

Check out some pictures from their wedding by Renai Photography and stay tuned for Val & Val's same day edit wedding video.

November 5, 2010

Je t'aime In Paradise Part 2

 Here is Part 2 of our French Inspired photo shoot which was also featured on national wedding blog Brenda's Wedding Blog Part 1 & Part 2.    

This post features the beautifully styled guest reception table, sweethart table and the CAKE!  (*^_^*)  Check out all the lovely chic details from fresh garden roses in vintage milk glass to amber glassware all set perfectly to for that French Vintage ambiance. 

Pictured: Guest reception table set against the scenic view of Moli'i Pond in the background.
Pictured:  Shilhi Seibel of Passion Roots used feathers, Phalaenopsis orchids, garden roses and ferns to create wonderful texture in this centerpiece arrangement.  
Pictured:  Elegant amber, copper and bronze accents, baubles & table settings.  So romantic and charming. =)
Pictured: The Sweetheart Table for the Bride & Groom was draped with a rich bronze colored fabric.  The place settings were flanked with gold detailed plates topped with metallic potted arrangements.
Pictured: Individual guest favors wrapped in linen, muslin & feathers set atop white square settings welcomes each guest to their French Vintage reception
Pictured: 2 tiered French Inspired cake design by A Cake Life.  The bottom tier was embossed with a diamond quilt pattern, handmade sugar copper buttons and applique.  The top tier was anchored with a white bride & groom silhouette and finished with a single fresh garden rose and white feathers.  Both tiers were accented with scalloped edging and a fondant pink loop bow adds that finishing touch.
Cake by A Cake Life
The Creative Team:
Styling and Floral - Shilhi Seibel of Passion Roots
Styling - Karine France-Matsumoto of Seasons of Life Events
Cake - Kristin Kato - A Cake Life
Photography - Ashley Smith - Taryn Reid Photography
Makeup/Hair - Corvette Dela Cruz
Model - Taryn Nakashima

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