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June 23, 2010

Yellow Plumeria Wedding Cake

Plumerias are such a happy flower!  Plumeria trees are fresh in bloom during these summer months.  Every time I see a tree full of flowers, it reminds me how lucky I am to live in Hawaii. =)

  Plumerias are a popular selection with both local and destination brides who want to include them on their wedding cake for that special Hawaiian touch.  But, as lovely as they are, the plumeria is one example of a fresh flower that is not food safe.  I remember when I was growing up, my elementary school had lots of plumeria trees in the courtyard where we played during recess.  As the flowers bloomed, my friends and I used to pick them from the trees to wear in our ears.  Each time we picked a flower, a white milky sap would drip from the bud.  Our teachers and parents warmed us the not to to touch the sap and especially, not to eat it.  Its this sap from the plumeria thats toxic and shouldn't come into contact with your food.  But, for you plumeria lovers out there, not to worry, there is a safe alternative... Sugar flowers!  Most sugar flowers are made from either gumpaste or modeling chocolate and although the flowers are made from sugar, they're usually just for decoration rather than to be eaten.  Each of these edible confections are a work of art and is delicately handcrafted, shaped and painted for that realistic likeness to your favorite flower.  And, unlike fresh flowers, sugar flowers can be saved as a keepsake to remind you of your special day.  So, when you're ready to create your wedding cake, consider custom sugar flowers to give you a creation you'll always remember!

Pictured: Handmade Sugar Yellow Plumeria Cake Topper

June 12, 2010

Ni Hao Kai Lan!

"Ni Hao!"  This means 'hello' in Mandarin Chinese.

I do not have kids so when I received this inquiry for a Ni Hao Kai Lan theme cake, it was completely new territory for me.  In order to do some research for this cake, I decided to DVR a few episodes so I could check out what Kai Lan was all about.   If you don't have little children, you probably haven't seen this new Nickelodeon show either.  It follows Kai Lan Chow, a bi-lingual preschool aged girl who together with her Ye-Ye and friends introduce children to the Chinese language.  Think Dora the Explorer meets in China!

For the cupcake tree set up, it was all about COLOR!  We kept to a birght, fun loving cake fit for little Ava's First Birthday!  The 120 mini cupcakes were decorated in pink, red, violet, and teal colors and topped with sugar daisies and flower blossoms.  The top cake featured Kai Lan herself on her grassy lawn with bunches and bunches of colorful flowers.  The flavors Ava's parents chose were Strawberry Vanilla Swirl & Devils Food Chocolate mini cupcakes and Pretty Pink Strawberry Cake with Fresh Strawberry Cream filling for the cake topper.  

Sheng Ri Kuai Le (Happy Birthday) Ava!

June 1, 2010

Christie & Daryl's Wedding

Photo by A Cake Life

Wedding season in Hawaii is in full swing and Christie & Daryl helped kick off the season with their beautiful May wedding.  We met with Christie & Daryl back in December when they were in town from Australia planning their Hawaiian wedding.  This Aussie couple coordinated their wedding from overseas with the the help of Dianna Shitanishi of Hawaii Weddings & Events.  Christie's decor was a vibrant and stunning arrangement of lush turquoise, fuschia pink and yellows.  Their photos by Terra Photography are so vibrant, it makes me happy when I look at their gorgeous colors! 

This Aussie couple knew early on they wanted to incorporate their love for the beach and their color palette into a bright and fun-loving wedding cake set up.  We kept the design for the cake topper simple with a few pink plumeria sugar flowers and used their custom cake topper as the focal point.  Christie had this custom topper made of herself, Daryl and their cute pup!  I love how their pup got to wear a lei too!  Their Devils Food Chocolate w/ Oreo Cream filling and Red Velvet w/ Cream Cheese filling cupcakes, were each topped with a matching handmade pink plumeria sugar flower and a variety of sugar paste seashells, sand dollars and starfishes.   

Christie & Daryl sent us this email after they returned to Australia:
"Aloha Kristin, WOW! That's all we can say about our cake.  It looked and tasted unbelievable!  Your detail and presentation is out of this world.  Choosing you to make our cake was the best decision we made.  I will definitely be recommending you to other brides!! If we could give you 20 out of 10 we would.  Mahalo again, Christie & Daryl"

Congratulations Christie & Daryl!

Photos Courtesy of Terra Photography

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