Blog Design, Custom Blog Designs

August 22, 2011

Featured Wedding: Porsche & Stephen Modern Meets Vintage

Photos by A Cake Life

When we met with Porsche for her cake consultation she explained she wanted a modern meets vintage cake design for her May wedding at the Hale Koa Hotel.  The decor inspiration for the event was black and white with touches of silver.  The only color would be the purple uplighting illuminating the ballroom, setting the mood for their modern ambiance.  They completely transformed the Waikiki Ballroom with beautiful pipe and drapery and a cool lounge by Les Saisons and Vignette.

Their cake design was originally inspired by our "Ashley" cake, featured on the home page of our website.  Porsche loved the idea of an all white fondant cake accented with silver and pearl white details.  For their design we incorporated a cascade of handmade sugar jewels and vintage style brooches, scallop embossing around the top trim, an extra large silver modern style sugar flower, and a ruffle accent.  For their flavors, they chose Devils Food Chocolate with Peanut Butter Cup filling and Yellow Butter Cake with Cookies N Cream filling.

Photos by A Cake Life

 Photos Courtesy of Bianca Photography


We also had the privilege of designing Stephen’s Groom’s Cake featured on our blog a few weeks back.
Congratulations Porsche and Stephen!

August 15, 2011

From Sketch to Display: Cherry Blossom Cake, Part 2

Another couple, another cake, another sketch.  Cherry blossoms are a favorite d├ęcor accent, especially for couples integrating an Asian feel into their wedding.  Last week we shared Annie and Christian’s cherry blossom cake, and this week we wanted to share how another’s couples vision translated to their cake design.

Katherine and Ryan live in Las Vegas, but Ryan is a local boy so they decided to return to Honolulu for their February wedding at the Hale Koa Hotel.  Their wedding decor was inspired by this red plum blossom picture that Katherine gave us.  It also served as the main inspiration for their wedding cake.   Their reception was decorated with traditional Japanese details - shoji doors served as the backdrop for their head table and rice paper lantern centerpieces provided a modern accent.

When it came to their cake, Katherine and Ryan wanted to create a unique cake design inspired by this picture that integrated their traditional meets modern style.  For their cake design, we created a 3-tiered white fondant base cake. For a modern design approach, the cherry blossom branch climbed from the right side of their cake.  The branch was hand painted on for a softer overall look and had a textured feel for that traditional Japanese look. The handmade plum blossoms were matched to the picture provided and made in different sizes.  The 3D flowers added great dimension to the overall design.  Katherine and Ryan provided their own Double Hearts cake topper.   For their flavor, they chose Red Velvet and Cream cheese icing and Yellow Butter Cake with Fresh Strawberry cream filling.

Congratulations Katherine & Ryan! 

Photos Courtesy of Perfekt Photo

August 9, 2011

From Sketch to Display: Cherry Blossom Cake

After meeting with a client for their cake consultation, one of the first things we do is put together a sketch of their cake based on the design details we discussed.  This is based on photos provided, their invitation, cake size/shape, color swatches, and much more).  Here is one example of a cake we did from sketch to display:

Annie and Christian came to their wedding cake consultation prepared with lots of information!  They wanted a large cake, with a cherry blossom theme, butterflies, and LOTS of pink!  We discussed several floral arrangements for their cherry blossom design but Annie wanted to do something different than a common climbing branch design. 

After our consultation, we put together their sketch of "blooming" floral bouquets arranged throughout their 4-tiered cake.  Their light pink buttercream and cobalt blue bands around the tiers were all color matched to fabric swatches they provided.  For a little added detail, we included a swirl piping design along the cobalt bands in a slightly brighter shade of pink.  The cherry blossoms were colored a brighter shade of pink to "pop" off their cake. Silver metallic sugar butterflies were added around their tiers.  Annie and Christian provided their own custom figurine topper. 

The flavors they chose were our Yellow Butter Cake (all color tinted light pink!) with Lilikoi Cream filling, and Pretty Pink Strawberry Cake with Guava Cream filling... Even the inside of their cake was PINK! =)

August 1, 2011

A Chic Baby Shower for Alison

 Photos courtesy of Taryn Reid Photography

We were contacted by Shilhi of Passion Roots to provide a cake for a baby shower she was throwing for her Business and Client Relations Manager, Elana.  The baby shower was originally planned before Baby Alison was born, but due some complication they held off on the party till after Baby Ali was born.

The “chic soiree” held at the former Cupcake Boutique in Ward (now a pop-up shop) had a pink color scheme – using all shades of the color.  The table was set with vintage glass plates and cups, colorful cloth napkins, a bath salt and loofah favor table, and guests enjoyed an array of delectable bite-sized treats: chicken salad croissants, strawberries, truffles, muffins and tasty chips.


The main cake was a 3-tier buttercream iced cake, with the top and bottom tier embellished with textured buttercream.  The bottom tier included a silver pearl detailing trim, middle tier: sugar detailed appliques with top boarder ruffle trim, top tier: sugar brooch accent.  The topper (looking down) was a flower burst buttercream iced pattern with loop accents.

The cupcakes were Yellow butter cupcakes with Fresh Strawberry cream filling iced with white buttercream, textured silver and white sanding sugar and brooch accent.

The Cupcake bouquets were mini yellow butter cupcakes with white buttercream icing and crystal butterfly picks arranged in a vintage crystal vase


From Left to Right: Shilhi of Passion Roots, Karine of Seasons of Life, Ashley of Taryn Reid Photography and Me =)
We enjoyed working with Shilhi, and some other fabulous vendors.  Congratulations Elana, and welcome Baby Alison!

Vendors of Alison's Baby Shower:
Floral & Event Styling: Passion Roots
Event Coordination: Seasons of Life

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