Saturday, September 27, 2008

Craven-Jones, Whitewater Creek CC, 9/27/8

Next stop: 4:45p Whitewater Creek Country Club (WCCC) in Fayetteville (about 1 1/2 hours south of Conyers). I thought we would never get there .....

This was the site of Nikki Craven and Alvin Jones' wedding and reception. This facility is gorgeous also and has golf course and million dollar homes all around it. Nikki wanted a tall cake, so I made her a 5-tier using a fake cake for the bottom layer; we surprised Alvin with his fraternity logo (groom cake). After setting up Nikki's cake, Clay and I were starved, so we headed to O'Charlie's for dinner and ate more than our share. We went back to WCCC to wait until after the cake cutting ceremony (for the plateau). So I crawled into the back seat, and Clay put the back down on the front seat and we slept for a couple of hours. I got up around 10:00, went in and got the plateau ... it was a long day, but a good cake day.
Professional photo's courtesy of Nikki Jones (the bride). Thanks, Nikki.

Zimmerman-Marlow, Villa Serena, 9/27/8

First stop - 2:30p: Villa Serena in Conyers. This was my first time at this venue and I would love the opportunity to go back ... check out their website. The facility could use a huge sign out front and a paved driveway, and more outdoor lighting, but I can tell they are still working on the landscaping. This was the site of Danielle Zimmerman and Jay Marlow's wedding and reception. The bride wanted me to incorporate details of her dress and veil in the cake. The groom cake was lots of fun to create .. Jay is quite the outdoorsman and loves to camp. The photographer (Shannon Wright) offered to bring home the plateau and meet with us the next day ... so we didn't have to go back to pick it up that night. Thank you, Shannon.

Photo courtesy of Shannon Wright (

Saturday, September 20, 2008

Maggie Turns Three !!!

For Monday, 9/14, I got ready two dozen cupcakes iced in RED with white polka dots to be sent to school for Maggie's 3rd birthday (Maggie is the daughter of long-time customer Joellyn R.)I also created Minnie Mouse's face on a little cake for a small home celebration.

On Thursday night, 9/18, Joellyn's husband, Matt, came by to pick up Maggie's big cake for her BIG birthday party. It was a head-to-toe Minnie Mouse. While Matt was coming to pick up that order, we had him deliver another order for me ... they live close to another faithful customer of mine, Karibeth. She had ordered 4 dozen cupcakes for a patriotic theme party at her daughter's school ... So I created a pull apart cake (cupcakes stuck together and frosted as a whole cake) in the shape of an American Flag which was made of 2 dozen cupcakes .. the remaining 2 dozen were iced in white with red/white/blue star candies sprinkled on top.

Juniel-Barnes, Renaissance Hotel, 9/20/8

My friend, Connie and I headed to the Renaissance Hotel to deliver the cake for the Juniel-Barnes Wedding Reception. It was held on the 25th floor and provided a panoramic view of the city of Atlanta. I work with and have many favorite vendors, but this wedding had two of my faves ... Carla Duncan (florist) and Ally Haggerty (Coordinator). Ally's new to the business and is very good at what she does. Kyla and Curtis came to me with a spefic design in mind ... the cake design was sleek and had a contemporary feel. I loved how it came out. Her colors were purple and brown, so I used both of those colors on their cake. The entire cake was vanilla, but filled with alternating layers of Bailey's and Cookies n' cream. YUM !!! Kyla and I also surprised Curtis with a little birthday cake ... how many grooms get the love of their life for a birthday gift !!

Photo courtesy of me .. will replace with pro pic upon receipt.

Saturday, September 13, 2008

Wooden-Simonds, The Atrium, 9/13/8

Our second delivery of the day ..... Nine dozen cupcakes ... lemon, lemon w/ raspberry filling, chocolate, chocolate w/ Bailey's filling (yum). This tree was for Susan Wooden ... one of my out of state brides (New Mexico) who got my contact info from The Knot's Best of Weddings 2008 Magazine. Each cupcake was frosted flat with my vanilla buttercream and an "S" was hand-written in a red-orange color.

I decorated the cupcake tree with black ribbon, the color came from the gorgeous gerbera daisies and flavor cards made by the bride.

Photo courtesy of Beth Seitz Photography in Norcross (

Hughes-Williams, Trolley Barn, 9/13/8

Our first delivery for the day was downtown at The Trolley Barn ... it's a great venue. I think it costs about $3000 just to rent the barn (which housed the old fashioned trolleys ... which have been non-existent here in Atlanta since the 30's or 40's). Once you pay the rental fee, you then have to bring in all the vendors from cake (me), to catering, to music, floral, etc. The kicker is, YOU have to set up the tables and chairs and YOU have to clean it up at the end of the night. That can be a bummer.

Alaina wanted the look of a 5-tier cake, but not the servings from a 5-tier cake. So, the top 4 fed 134 and the bottom layer was fake. Her color scheme was ivory, black, and black magic roses.

Photo courtesy of 35 Atlanta (

Saturday, September 6, 2008

Moody-Henderson, McDaniel-Tischner House, 9/6/8

Our first delivery of the day brought us to Monroe, GA to the McDaniel-Tischner House ... a grand old southern brick and column home turned into an event facility. Gorgeous. Our delivery was for the Moody-Henderson reception .... the groom was an avid Atlanta Braves fan ... so I created a 12" Round braves baseball for him ..... while the bride wanted CUPCAKES for her cake. I decorated the cupcake tree using red w/ white polka dot ribbon ... frosted 120 cupcakes (10 doz) in white, and added their "m H k" monogram in red on each and every one .. with the exception of a dozen cupcakes that were placed in the back (for the groom) that had the red stitch markings of a baseball. It came out cute. I got a shot of the cupcake tree, but totally forgot to take a pic of the baseball. oops.

Photo courtesy of me .. pro pic to follow

Bolton-Spiller, Atlanta Hilton NE, 9/6/8

The wedding of Lisa Bolton and Dave Spiller. A large event (250 guests), and held in the grand ballroom of the Atlanta Hilton NE in Norcross. Lisa was more traditional and wanted a 5-tier cake .. each layer with a different design. The groom cake was my idea .. I had seen a photo of this cake in a magazine (as a wedding cake) and wanted to recreate it in a small scale as a groom cake. So, friend Machelle and I had fun earlier in the morning, cracking chocolate and creating the design on the cake. Thanks, Machelle !!! I often name my cakes .. the groom cake is called "All Cracked Up". I see great potential with this cake .. it can be done in just about any color ... yellow buttercream with dark chocolate, green and brown .. the possibilities are endless.

Photo courtesy of Shannon Wright (