Thursday, August 13, 2015

Bridal Shower Tea Party Tasting

Being designated as the official "Bridal Shower Host" is a BIG responsibility.  The theme, decor, guest list, venue, food, desserts, drinks....oh my!  Dessert should be a NO BRAINER!  Decadent, delicate, delicious.

Tea Parties are so feminine and remind us of the elegant creatures that we are...or at least the vision of elegance that we hope our grooms imagine us to be, right?

Bridal Showers should be fun, a celebration of our upcoming vows and also a farewell to our single days.  A tasting with me, at Angel Cakes might include a little of this..
and a little of that.....

And if that's not enough to get you excited about planning a Bridal Shower....maybe this would help

Call for a consultation and tasting......480-252-3240    Bridal Shower, Baby Shower, Birthday Party or Just a Tea Party!  Let's get started!!!!

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Silverleaf + Celebrity Wedding

I love The Silverleaf Country Club, and when you combine a gorgeous venue, a bride with brilliant taste, and a planner who has the talent to pull it all together, then, and only then, a celebrity wedding comes together!   I had the distinct pleasure of designing and executing a delicious tower of butter cream and sugar deliciousness that was their cake!!  Covered in handmade roses and stacked over several days, an ivory castle of butter and sugar, looked magical when surrounded by blush blooms and candlelight.

Four flavors including Strawberry Shortcake and Peach Cobbler...two of my favorites. Adam Jones and his beautiful bride Audie chose the ultimate combinations to treat their guests.
Thanks to BTS Event Management for referring me to this sweet couple.

A special thrill to see TMZ's feature of this celebrity wedding!!

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Gourmet Popcorn + BASH 2015

My new line of Gourmet Popcorn premiered last night at the 2015 BASH Conference!  How exciting to have so many Party Planners, Bloggers, and Event Industry Partners tasting 5 flavors or crunchy, sweet, and also savory popcorn

Here's the All Star Lineup:

Pricing is per cup - for popcorn bar set up, the recommended serving is one-two cups per person/guest
Design, containers, cups/bags, linens, table, labels, and props are priced per event.
Please contact us for a custom quote.
All our gourmet popcorn flavors are popped fresh and include natural, organic, and local ingredients as much as possible.
The only exception will be the flavors which include pre-made additions such as Nutella, Oreo Brand Cookies, Sriracha Sauce, etc.
Many of our Gourmet Popcorn flavors are Gluten Free! Just ask for a current list.

Thanks to Jamila Watson of Parties on Purpose for providing the opportunity to introduce this exciting new line up to so many of the Event Industry's movers and shakers!!!!
And here's a shot of the fabulous set up......

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Thanksgiving Pies + Desserts

This Thanksgiving the baking schedule will include not only pies, but some delicious spiced desserts that have become my favorites for the Holidays.

Pies: 8"  $25.00
Pumpkin with Leaf Pastry cutouts on top
Apple with lattice crust
Peach with lattice crust
Bourbon Pecan
Cherry with lattice crust
Chocolate (Truffle & Ganache)

Frozen Pies, ready to bake yourself: 8" $20.00
Same flavors as Pies above

Cakes: 8" serves 15-20  $55.00
Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting & Pecans
Pumpkin Spice Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting and Pecans
Bourbon Infused Vanilla Cake with Lime Curd filling and Blackberry Butter Cream
Rum Infused Vanilla Cake with a Peach Mojito Butter Cream (peach and mint)
Bourbon Infused Vanilla Cake with Butter Pecan Butter Cream
Dark Chocolate Cake with Chocolate Spiced Butter Cream (Mexican Cinnamon)

Cupcakes: One dozen minimum of each flavor $30.00 per dozen
Same flavors as the Cakes above

Mini Pies:  2" - One Dozen minimum of each flavor $30.00 per dozen
Same flavors as the Pies above,  Fruit pies with lattice tops

Pickup at one of two locations on Wednesday, November 26th, 2014, times to be determined
55th Avenue & Happy Valley Road
101 & Shea Blvd

Please email order to or call 480-252-3240

All cakes and pies can be ordered Gluten Free, please specify in your email, and also pickup location desired.

Gobble Gobble!!!!!

Friday, October 31, 2014

Poker Dessert Table + Dr's House Call

When a Doctor turns 60, loves the game of poker, and has more than 200 family and friends who want to celebrate with him......what do you do?  Order up a decadent, over-the-top dessert table full of royal flush edible playing cards, a sculpted lab coat cake, Towers of French Macarons, sparkling sugar cookies, and platters of fresh fruit surrounded by lush flowers and beautiful linens.

 As I said in my previous post about Life Lessons Learned through Cake.......every cake experience renders a life lesson.  This order was quite an adventure.  Delivered to Prescott, about an hour and a half North of Phoenix, this order included an 8' table, linen, flowers, props and stands, as well as all of the desserts.  A storm was brewing as we left the Valley and headed into the mountains of Prescott.  The storm reached it's full capacity as we entered the center of town with large hail, torrential rain, wind, mud slides, rock slides and cats and dogs.  Oops, sorry, no cats and dogs, just my imagination and overall panic!  I am so glad that my husband decided to accompany me.  We reserved a local hotel room for the night, as I was scheduled to return the next morning to pick up all of my rentals.

When we arrived at the top of the tallest mountain in the area, it was still pouring, and the host was frantically moving furniture, band equipment, and serving equipment into the house.  The storm was unrelenting and predicted to continue throughout the evening.  We moved all of our containers into the house, got soaked, and  waited for room and instructions to set up.  The host was in an amazingly good mood, dealing with all of the changes with laughter and good humor.  By the time guests started to arrive, the storm offered a little reprieve and I shot this photo on our way out.

Back to the lessons.....

Preparation is the key to success!  I had packed all of the desserts for travel.  Securing the cake well with a dowel through the center of the cake and into the board kept it from sliding all over the box as we went VERTICAL!  Honestly, the incline was ridiculous as we got closer to the house.

Edible transfers may seem like an easy-out, but are actually very time consuming.  I made 100 gum paste blank playing cards, let them dry for a week, and then transferred the edible playing card images onto them. they didn't fit perfectly, so I had to trim each one individually (four sides) of each card. Then, I stored them in flat boxes to be applied on site.

On a more personal level, I learned that the Persian Culture is amazing!  The food, the hospitality, and most incredibly, the love that they show for family and new friends (me and my husband) is nothing less than heartwarming.  In a world of mistrust, fear and judgement, it's hard to go to a set up like this at a personal residence, feel comfortable, and not be nervous that what you have orchestrated for the party will not be admired.  Well.....this group of family, friends and vendors was nothing short of AMAZING.  They even invited us to stay for the party, which we politely declined as I was exhausted, my clothes were still wet form the rain, and I was starving.  So, we retired to our hotel and enjoyed a hot dinner, a glass of wine and a warm bed for the evening.

The next morning was sunny and warm, we went early to the house for pickup and they greeted us with open arms...literally and big thank yous!

A great adventure, new friends and a lesson in hospitality even in the face of a terrible storm!

Love this job!  and special thanks to Shervin Photography for the phenomenal photos.

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Custom Cakes+ Life Lessons Learned

Can you learn "Life Lessons" from baking?  I have come to believe that every single thing we do, with passion, has an underlying lesson, or message for us.  And, the sooner we learn it, the sooner we can move on to the next lesson,  using what we've learned.
I LOVE decorating and baking cakes and desserts, but making the same cake over and over has never been my idea of ...well fun.  So, I try to design a new cake for every client, and this means that every cake is a new challenge, a new adventure, and a new opportunity to learn a lesson.
Sometimes this lesson is just, well, a CAKE lesson.  A particular technique, method, or something I've been wanting to try.  Sometimes the lesson comes as a new "challenging client", patience through the process, listening to someone's difficult situation, or maybe the story of the loved one that they are honoring with a celebration.
I think this is my favorite, seeing the other person's love and caring for someone and wanting to honor them with a cake or dessert that just "thrills" them, and makes them feel so special.
But sometimes, the lesson is private.  Learning my limitations, mostly physical.  Learning not to be surprised when something turns out great, I am deserving. Learning to be grateful, even when I am beyond exhausted.


Lessons learned....strategy is important, once you cut the supporting structure a certain size, there's no going back.  When you think things are simple, they might take longer than you think, so be prepared.  And, it's  NOT ABOUT ME.    I had become very used to my clients ranting and raving over their cake when I deliver right before the party, but in this case, no ranting, no raving, just a lot of busy people preparing for a very large party, for a very blessed little boy.
In other words, a gift which is given in true love is given with no anticipation of reward, gratitude or recognition.  This was a large, tall, heavy, time consuming cake, and I actually want to make another one, just to see if I can do better.

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Southern Inspired Cake Tasting + Wedding Workshop Photos

On Saturday September 13th I hosted my first Wedding Workshop and Tasting.  I invited a few of my "Dream Wedding Team" vendors and friends and a few new Brides-to-be.  When you work from your home, the challenge to transform the space into a wedding or event venue becomes more difficult.  But, with some teamwork, we pulled it off (my team was my wonderful husband).  It also doesn't hurt to have an amazingly talented florist (Ivy Weezner) by your side, and a rental company (Y-Knot Party Rental) with beautiful tableware to make everything sparkle! Kelly Beeby,  from La Tavola Linens of Scottsdale,brought me the most beautiful linens for the welcome table, sweetheart table, and late night buffet.  Molly Marie of Love Story Films, and Julie Read from Juju's Tutus rounded out the "Dream Team" list of special ladies.  Molly made everyone, including me, tear-up with her touching wedding video.  Julie looked absolutely angelic in the Serendipity Skirt from her newest collection, and shared tips to make the littlest members of any bridal party feel really special.  As always, a very special thanks to my very dear friend, Diana Elizabeth Steffan, once again, for making everything I do look so beautiful in photos
A beautiful yellow and grey linen provided by La Tavola Linen graced the Welcome Table
 I chose a blue color scheme for this event, 2015 promises to be inspired by the color blue, in all shades and  forms.  My adorable LOVE flower vase greeted everyone at the front door with sprigs of blue flowers.  It is a luster champagne color that blends with every color palette, always one of my favorite little touches.
Sweet Southern Inspired Dessert Table
The Pure Elegance Backdrop has been covered in a gorgeous satin finish caramel taffeta fabric and topped with a Swiss Dot Vintage white lace and hung with gold finished mirrors and sconces.  The sconces are from my personal collection, French antiques purchased specifically for this backdrop.
Sweet Southern Inspired Dessert Table with Pure Elegance Backdrop
The white linen on the table is made up of yards and yards of white chiffon.  Romantic and flowing just like the blush color from a few years ago, I just love the delicate feeling of this fabric.  I've been saving this white lace and beaded border for a special table, and this was the perfect occasion.
Southern Red Velvet with Cream Cheese Frosting
 I've been developing some new flavors in both Gluten Free and Non-Gluten Free flavors........Peach Mojito, features Rum infused Vanilla Bean Cake with fresh peaches, Peach emulsion and mint Butter Cream topped with a sprig of fresh mint.
Bourbon infused Vanilla Bean Cake with Blackberry Butter cream , Blackberry Syrup Reduction and Fresh Lime Curd (my favorite)
 Double Chocolate Toffee Crunch with Dark Chocolate Ganache Filling

 The one of my favorites, simple, sophisticated and wrapped in plant-dyed silk ribbon.  The pale blue color of the sugar flowers took me HOURS to get just the right shade of blue.  Not too pink, not too grey, to compliment the beautiful, natural color of the blueberries, and the ribbon.  In the end, I loved it, even though the color blue has never been one of my favorites, this one is really growing on me.
The antique gold finished tier was brushed with several different luster finishes to achieve just the right tone, trying to match the finish on the various mirrors and sconces.

 The cake stand is White Italian Marble with vintage crystal and gold "ball 'n claw" feet, originally from  a vintage furniture piece.  The stand, as well as the backdrop and all props are available for rent.
 The blackberries featured on the cake are sugar, and one of my favorite little touches, dark grey sugar pearls!  The ribbon is a new find from Silk and Willow, plant dyed silk ribbon, vintage-look, and such a find, they are my new obsession.

 Vintage French Scones

 The large silver vases and cake stands are part of the Angela Saban Design Decor Collection and are available for rent with a Floral Decor Package.
Place settings by Y-Knot Party Rentals.  Special thanks to Christine Young for joining the party, educating guests about all the gorgeous rentals available including the gold flatware and vintage-look chargers.  The pale blue hydrangea linen from La Tavola Linens paired perfectly with Magnolia blooms. Kelly Beeby absolutely reads my mind every time I visit the Scottsdale showroom, it's like she reads my mind!

 Dessert Taco Late Night Station with Lemon Curd and fresh strawberries, Red Velvet  and Cream Cheese Cake Shooters.  Gold Chevron table runner from La Tavola Linens.  Thanks to Kelly again!

 I picked up the YUM letters at Micheals, they are ivory leather-look and so cute!  All props and stands are available for rent as well..
 Blue thistles in the adorable bride's maids bouquet.
 Jamila Watson, the mastermind behind Parties on Purpose  shared some ingenious ideas for bridal showers, including this collection of "Favorite Things".  Such a brilliant theme, a collection of a bride's favorites as gifts for her guests.
Jamila shared a few of her recent parties and themes. 

This workshop was SO much fun, and worth every minute.  The brides had fun, the vendors networked and made some great new connections, and most of all, I was able to share my inspiration for the upcoming wedding season.  My heartfelt thanks goes out to every one of you!