Monday, February 24, 2014

Baby Shower Cake + Beer, BBQ + Baby Talk

Beer, BBQ and Baby Talk was the adorable theme for this unique baby shower this past weekend.  I considered the usual picnic blanket, red and white checks and a little baby under the blanket, but then I saw the cutest newborn pictures using a Radio Flyer Wagon as a prop...and I fell in love with the idea.  I love the way this turned out, and I hope I get to make this design again with a girly twist.

Monday, February 3, 2014

Vintage Butter Cream Cakes

During any cake tasting/consultation, the subject of fondant comes up.  Typically, the statement...I don't like fondant. begins this discussion. My response is always...most people don't eat it, it's only there to protect the cake, keep it fresh, and of course, to provide a beautiful smooth finish to decorate.  I also explain that I use Satin Ice Fondant, which is slightly more expensive than other fondants, but is the best tasting, if someone did decide to eat it. (actually, a lot of guests eat it, and love it, but brides and grooms to-be will never buy this story)

I then explain that I always apply a thick layer of butter cream to the exterior of all my cakes, to allow each bite to slide deliciously off the fondant with each bite. Our climate here in Arizona, and the unpredictable temperatures, rarely allow the display of a butter cream covered cake outside.

This wedding was the exception.  A late afternoon, early evening ceremony, a cool day, and a shady spot at the venue, made up the perfect set of circumstances for this trio of non-fondant, butter cream cakes topped with fresh roses.  I especially loved the little felt birds as the bride and groom.

 I made this delivery alone, which was a bit stressful, as the cakes were heavy, I was really paranoid about the "melting factor", and I had this Groom's cake on board as well.  I knew it wasn't at all possible for it to roll away, but I was very relieved when I placed it on the cigar bar, along with the other vintage items, and no one knew it was a cake!  They assumed it was just a decor prop, until the groom cut into the red velvet cake inside.

Thanks to the bride's Mom, Jenny for a new friendship, and a glowing review, and to Image Industry for the beautiful images.

Sunday, January 19, 2014

2013 "The Year of Sculpted Cakes"

Sculpting cake has become a new passion for me, I must admit it.  I'm not sure if it's the artistry, the challenge or the painting, because I really love it all.  When I start a project, I really don;t have a clear idea of how it will finish, but that's half the fun, the anticipation, and the FEAR!  Silly, I know, but one thing I value, is the uncertainty of my cake life.And sculpted cakes give me lots of uncertainty, excitement and a little thrill especially when my clients get the first glance.  Here are a few from this year, and I am certain that 2014 will hold more sculpted cakes, I have a few ideas in mind, just need the perfect client to give me a call, and a chance to try them out.
Will it be YOU?!!!  How adventurous are you?

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Gluten Free Holiday Pies + Cakes

It's that time of year again, already!?!  It's PIE TIME.  I'm breaking out the pie pans, stocking up on sweet creamery butter, and lots of apples, pumpkin, cherries, blueberries, pecans, and dark chocolate for the flakiest, most tender, and best of all GLUTEN FREE pies and mini pies. Large pies are $25.00 and mini pies (2") are $24.00 per dozen (sold by the dozen only) Choose from Apple, Cherry, Pumpkin, Chocolate Truffle, Blueberry and Pecan.

Place your orders early, as there will be a limited number baked for Thanksgiving. Orders will be available for pick up only this year in the Northwest Phoenix Valley on Tuesday and Wednesday before Thanksgiving..  Place your order by email to :   Orders can be paid through Paypal invoice or cash at pickup.

 Don't forget about Holiday cakes!  And melt in your mouth Pumpkin Macorons.  Custom orders are always welcome, but please provide 2 weeks notice.

Saturday, November 2, 2013

Baseball 1st Birthday

Red, white, blue, and baseball.  What a perfect theme for a little boy turning one today.  Happy Birthday Charlie!

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Pearls + Peonies + Bling Wedding Cake + Macaron Towers

 Soon to be featured on Wed Luxe is Lindsay and Brad's Sweet Pink, Vintage, Bling Wedding at the gorgeous Silverleaf Country Club in Scottsdale , AZ.  A beautiful pink wedding cake and a sweet pink and silver dessert vanity table topped off this lavish affair on October 5th, 2013.  
 The backdrop was custom made by me (Angela Saban Design) based on a picture that the Mother of the Bride fell in love with early in the wedding planning process.  The fabric on the backdrop was a gorgeous rose pink taffeta and the vintage sconces with dripping crystals were the perfect backdrop for the sequined pink linens and garden roses.  

The cake was four layers, Vanilla Bean cake with fresh raspberries, and raspberry butter cream, Double Chocolate cake with toffee crunch, chocolate ganache, and chocolate butter cream, Vanilla Cake with Lime curd and lime butter cream, and topped off with Peach Cobbler cake and vanilla bean butter cream.
 The  pink Peonies were so delicate and the pearls were strung on clear string with fondant pearls.  The sugar skeleton keys were a last minute inspiration.  The cake bling, a silver square with crystal insert, finished the layers off perfectly.  Pink ruffles on the largest layer were tipped with silver sugar paint.

An extravagant sweets table was Lindsay's request, so I put together some French Macaron Towers with white, silver, and pink candy dishes, white embossed treat bags and Mercury Glass Decor to surprise her guests on the patio after dinner.

 The Macaron flavors were Pecan Chocolate and Bourbon butter cream for the groom (from Kentucky) and Vanilla Peach Cobbler, for the bride.

 Vanilla Taffy, Coconut Jelly Beans, and Sugar Sticks were stacked on a silver tower and  placed in crystal glass dishes. Pink and silver sixlets were layered into apothecary jars and vintage pink milk glass dishes along with glittered skeleton keys.  The sequined silver linen was a special find and is now available for cake tables.  The glass vanity was loaned by the bride's father.  The chandeliers, crystal tea lights and hanging flowers are available for rent.  Call today for pricing!

Beautiful photography by Diana Elizabeth