Friday, December 31, 2010

FUN CAKES: December 2010

DECEMBER: What a fun month. Full of snowmen, reindeer, and festive cake pops.

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

FUN CAKES: November 2010

November gave me opportunity to shine ..... the month started with the JoannaCare Celebration ... it was a combination celebration of Joanna's 25th birthday and the start of the JoannaCare organization.

I got to meet some sweet newborns .. born to past clients. Created Sophie's Christening cake. Sophie should have been a boy (the way her mom was carrying). Was shocked to learn she was a girl ... but absolutely adorable, nonetheless.

Sydney ..... sound asleep when I delivered her baby dedication cake.

Mickey and Minnie cakes were plentiful in November as well.

Baby Showers and milestone birthday cakes too !

Saturday, November 27, 2010


Hi - I've you've emailed me to request information about my cakes and wondered why I hadn't responded to you ..... PLEASE check your spam folder. I've lost contact with many who thought I never took the time to respond only to find out that my email went directly to their spam folder. So, please check your spam folder.

Now, if my response is not in your spam folder ... it means that I must have been incredibly busy and your email got buried in my inbox ... (aka I've messed up and forgot to respond)... so, please give me another chance and email or call me again !

Thank You !


Sunday, November 21, 2010

WEDDING: Roland-Rice, Braselton-Stover House,

VENUE: Braselton-Stover House
BRIDE and GROOM: Jennifer Roland and Adam Rice

This was my second visit to the Braselton-Stover House. This time it was all decorated for Christmas and it looked amazing.

WOW ... my last wedding cake of 2010 ... and what a statement it made. I absolutely loved creating this and using both dark and milk chocolate "tiles". I'm so anxious to receive the professional photo !!!

Jessica and her mom came to visit me about 2 months before the wedding. With a love of chocolate in mind .... we came up with this stunning chocolate covered cake. I was so pleased.

Music: Kevin Maddox
Photo: The Photography Shoppe (will provide contact info once I receive the professional photo's).
Floral: Suwanee Towne Florist
Caterer: Cornbread and Caviar (Jane Eikenberry)

Wedding Cake Flavor/Filling:
6" - 1/2 Red Velvet; 1/2 Chocolate cakes filled w/ Cream cheese
8" - 1/2 Chocolate; 1/2 Lemon cakes filled w/ Seedless Raspberry
10" - 1/2 Red Velvet; 1/2 chocolate cakes filled w/ Cream cheese
12" - 1/2 Chocolate; 1/2 Lemon cakes filled w/ Seedless Raspberry

Saturday, November 13, 2010

WEDDING: Randall-Perszyk, Biltmore Ballrooms, 11/13/10

VENUE: Biltmore Hotel, Georgian Ballroom
BRIDE and GROOM: Amelia Randall and Riley Perszyk

The Biltmore Ballrooms require tall, stunning cakes ... the ceiling height alone dictates a large cake. Large cakes require a large plateau. What do they say: Hindsight is 20/20 ! Well, I wish this wedding cake was placed on a 22" instead of the 18" that was provided by the caterer. I wish the groom cake was placed on an 18" plateau rather than the 22" provided. Lesson: double check with whomever is providing the plateau to ensure it is the proper size for your cake.

Amelia was referred to me by one of my 2009 brides (Karla V) and we met back in August of 2009 for her November 2010 wedding ... planning way ahead ! She wanted an elegant cake so we designed this 5-tier alternating quilt and dot design. The entire cake was sprinkled with edible glitter. A little floral touch at the top was all that was needed.

Riley's cake was not the typical "Georgia Tech" design ... but one that I had created just once in the past. The Georgia Tech Seal.

Music: Spectrum Entertainment (Tom)
Photo: Ronnie Wolf (will provide contact info once I receive the professional photo's).
Floral: Alison Carlson - Viridis Designs
Caterer: Affairs to Remember

Wedding Cake Flavor/Filling:
6" - White cake filled w/ Seedless Raspberry
8" - White cake filled w/ Strawberry Cream Cheese
10" - White cake filled w/ Raspberry
12" - White cake filled w/ Strawberry Cream Cheese

Groom Cake Flavor/Filling:
12" - Carrot cake filled w/ Cream Cheese

Extra Servings Cakes:
1/2 Sheet - White cake filled w/ Raspberry
1/2 Sheet - White cake filled w/ Strawberry Cream Cheese

WEDDING: Dennis-Nsirim, Primrose Cottage, 11/13/10

VENUE: Primrose Cottage
BRIDE and GROOM: Shawnna Dennis and Lucky Nsirim

I just LOVE the look of this cake. Navy and Orange .. what a great color combination !!! Alternating flat finish and triple ribbon layers.

Music: (friend)
Photos: Fabulous Photography.
Floral: Primrose
Caterer: Primrose

Wedding Cake Flavor/Filling:
6/8/10/12" - 1/2 Red Velvet; 1/2 Vanilla cake filled w/ Cream cheese

Sunday, November 7, 2010

WEDDING: McCloskey-Goolsby, The Vinings Club, 11/6/10

VENUE: The Vinings Club
BRIDE and GROOM: Beth McCloskey and Oscar Goolsby

Beth had a gorgeous dot and damask theme going on for her wedding. So for her cake we alternated a single dot design with a damask pattern. Add a thin black ribbon at the base and red floral and this is the result.

Oscar is a major Falcon fan .... this was the first time I had "cut out" the falcon and I think it came out great. In fact, the wait staff kept going over to it and taking pictures.

Music: Hal Mealor
Photo: provided by Groom
Floral: Carla Duncan
Caterer: The Vinings Club

Wedding Cake Flavor/Filling:
6" - Chocolate cake filled w/ Chocolate Cookies n' Cream
8" - Chocolate cake filled w/ chocolate Cookies n' Cream
12" - Almond cake filled w/ Amaretto Buttercream

Groom Cake Flavor/Filling:
Carved 1/2 sheet White cake filled w/ Chocolate buttercream

Saturday, November 6, 2010

WEDDING: Tate-Morris, Little Gardens, 11/6/10

VENUE: Little Gardens, Lawrenceville
BRIDE and GROOM: Katy Tate and Richard Morris

Who knew that November 6th was going to be as cold as it was .... I remember setting up the cake and looking out at the lawn where the girls were having their photo's taken ... they looked so cold.

I've known Richard for a few years now ... he works for the same company as Clay's ex-wife and daughter. So when Richard and Katy began to plan their wedding, I got a phone call.

Katy's design choice for her bridal cake was perfect .... I think it turned out elegant .... just a hint of floral color at the top.

Richard's groom cake design was expected ... he (like Clay's daughter) LOVES Notre Dame !!! Instead of the fighting Irish Leprechaun, he went with the ND logo. It came out great.

Music: Spectrum (Matt)
Photo: Lee Patterson Photography (can't wait to see his work)
Floral: Magic Moments (House florist)
Caterer: Little Gardens

Wedding Cake Flavor/Filling:
6" - Strawberry cake filled w/ Vanilla Buttercream
8" - Vanilla cake filled w/ Almond Buttercream
10" - Strawberry cake filled w/ Vanilla Buttercream
12" - Vanilla cake filled w/ Almond Buttercream

Groom Cake Flavor/Filling:
Carved 14" Chocolate cake filled w/ Bavarian Cream

Friday, November 5, 2010

JoannaCare Gala - November 4th, 2010

On May 3, 2008 I had the honor of creating the wedding cake for Joanna Reid and Evan Gottschalk. Their wedding and reception was held at Park Tavern's Garden Tent.

Joanna is now a twenty-four year old young woman. She struggles with the effects of several neurological conditions, a connective tissue disorder, and an immune system deficiency. After over forty surgeries and the majority of the past year in the hospital, she struggles daily with the knowledge that at some point her medical bills could bankrupt her family. While Joanna's medical situation is very unique, her struggle with medical insurance and large hospital bills is not.

A group of individuals who love Joanna recognized the urgency of the situation and decided to plan some fundraisers to defray the cost of Joanna’s health care for the time she would be without insurance. However, the more they researched the more they realized that something bigger was needed. Joanna wanted to carry this mission much further than herself, and thus, JoannaCare, a 501(c)(3) non-profit charitable organization was created.

I had the distinct privilege of having been asked to create the cake for the JoannaCare Gala which was held Thursday, November 4th at Park Tavern's Garden Tent. I'll post professional pics as soon as I can, but until then my photo will do.

I worked with some of the finest vendors out there .... Shannon Wright of Photography by Shannon (; Ally Haggerty of Unforgettable Soirees (; Carla Duncan of On Occasions of Atlanta ( to name a few. Together I hope we provided Joanna and approximately 200 guests a memorable evening.

If you would like to read more about Joanna, watch her Documentary (which aired last month here in Atlanta), or would like to donate to JoannaCare (and it's tax deductible) ..... visit ! Thank you.

Sunday, October 31, 2010

FUN CAKES: October 2010

Had plenty of weddings to keep me busy in October .... here are a few of the "extra" cakes done.

Hayden celebrated her 9th birthday with a Rock "Climbing" Star theme ... her color scheme was purple, hot pink, and a little black. I should have taken a photo of the cake table .... everything matched perfectly. Happy Birthday, Hayden.

I'm not supposed to have "favorites", but ..... one of my favorite brides from a couple of years ago, gave me the unique opportunity a couple of months ago to be the first person to know if she and Joe were having a baby boy or a baby girl. My task was to bake a cake and color the batter either pink or blue ... frost it white ... and when the grandparents-to-be cut into the cake, only then did they find out Ashley and Joe were expect a little GIRL !!! Well, it was time for (one of) her baby showers and I was asked to create a cupcake tree decorated in purple and green. I can't wait to meet Miss Delaney Jayne on/around November 30th !!!

Karibeth had a ghostly Halloween party, so this adorable ghost cake served as her centerpiece (as well as dessert). Her favors were ghost oreo's nestled in candy corn. Too cute.

Saturday, October 23, 2010

WEDDING: Boyle-Padgett, Private Residence, 10/23/10

I will always have one very special thing in common with this couple. Our wedding anniversary is the same. Clay and I married 10/23/04 ... Molly and Derek married 10/23/10.

A private residence was the site of their wedding and reception. Picture fall colored leaves on trees, a meadow large enough to land a plane, an old barn/hanger in which to hold your reception .... top that with a gorgeous blue sky autumn day and you've got a great wedding and reception.

Molly and Derek met with me back in April .... Loved their cake design idea, but got excited about their cake topper. I created it using gumpaste and loved how it came out.

In less than a week, I've already received professional cake pictures and have attached them here for you. Thank you Annie Gannon (Photo by Gannon).

Happiness to you both !!! See you next year on your 1st Anniversary.

Music: Lethal Rhythms
Photo: Annie Gannon (
Floral: Le Bonne Fleur
Caterer: Just Caterin' Baby
DOC: Unforgettable Soirees (Kristi)

Wedding Cake Flavor/Filling:
6" - Carrot cake filled w/ Cream Cheese
8" - White cake filled w/ Coffee Buttercream
10" - Chocolate cake filled w/ Cookies n' Cream
12" - 1/2 White and 1/2 Vanilla cakes filled w/ Vanilla Buttercream

Saturday, October 16, 2010

WEDDING: Swain-Barron, Primrose Cottage, 10/16/10

Amanda Swain and Brandon Barron chose Primrose Cottage as their reception site. When I returned to pick up some cake items, I got a rare chance to see my brother, Jim and his best girl, Kay (who were guests at the wedding).

Amanda wanted an "old fashioned" icing technique ... I remember my mom frosting cakes in this same way. Amanda was concerned that this technique would not show up in photos .... on the contrary, this design has so many nooks and cranny's that it shadows and photographs very well.

Heard that the entire cake was eaten ... that makes me very happy.

Congratulations, Amanda and Brandon ... see you on your 1st Anniversary !!!

Music: an awesome band .. i'll get their info and post later
Photo: Matt Yung (I'm anxious to see his work)
Floral: Southern Bouquets - Tamela
Caterer: Primrose Cottage

Wedding Cake Flavor/Filling:
6" - Chocolate cake filled w/ Cherry
8" - Almond cake filled w/ Cherry
12" - Chocolate cake filled w/ Cherry
14" - Almond cake filled w/ cherry

Sunday, October 10, 2010

WEDDING: Jenkins-Conde, Cavender Castle, 10/10/10

Cavender Castle is in Dahlonega, GA. The picture of this castle is deceiving .... it's a bit smaller in person and plan to use something other than skinny high heel shoes to walk the grounds and parking lot. I felt like I was aerating the ground. If you like knights in shining armor mixed with antique hats/fans/lace/and lots of nicknaks ... you'll love this venue. I was not only a vendor, but a guest at this wedding .... if you would like my full review of this venue, just let me know.

Kristi Jenkins and Mark Conde chose one of the most popular dates to marry .... October 10, 2010 .... 10/10/10 !!! Kristi traveled to Atlanta (from Colorado) and I got to meet with her about two weeks before the wedding. She knew exactly what her cake was going to look like. She wanted a big cake, but had the need to feed a small amount of people. So, a couple of fake layers were used. I was quite pleased with how this came out.

Kristi and Mark are back in Colorado packing to move to Germany. I wish them both my best as they begin their life together as husband and wife.

Music: Cavender Castle
Photo: Kevin Harrell (friend of bride) will post pro shot once received.
Floral: ?
Caterer: Cavender Castle

Wedding Cake Flavor/Filling:
6" -Vanilla cake filled w/ Blueberry
8" - Vanilla cake filled w/ Grand Marnier buttercream
12" - Vanilla cake filled w/ Amaretto buttercream

Saturday, October 9, 2010

WEDDING: Anderson-Robinson, The Vinings Club, 10/9/10

This was my second delivery of the day. Clay and friend Delores delivered this one for me .... while I with friend Becky arrived from Big Canoe in time to set it up.

Lori Anderson and her mom visited me back in July. Lori (and Dustin Robinson) had chosen The Vinings Club as the site of both the wedding and reception. I love the view from the Club ... it's a surprisingly beautiful shot of the Atlanta skyline.

When setting up cakes at The Vinings Club, I always have to remember to bring my ladder .... the cakes are almost always set up on top of a gorgeous grand piano ... I am only 5 feet tall and the top of the piano comes to my shoulders. One of the many obstacles in my vertically challenged world. : )

Lori's cake was a combination of dots and scrolls and a handwritten monogram painted in silver.

Dustin's groom cake was the Duke Devil ... so handsome. : )

Best wishes to Lori and Dustin ... see you in a year on your anniversary.

Music: Complete Music (Rich)
Photo: will provide contact info once I receive and post the professional photo's.
Floral: Classic Blooms
Caterer: Vinings Club

Wedding Cake Flavor/Filling:
6" - Chocolate cake filled w/ Chocolate Mousse
8" - White cake filled w/ Strawberry Buttercream
10" - Chocolate cake filled w/ Chocolate Mousse
12" - White cake filled w/ Strawberry buttercream

Groom Cake Flavor/Filling:
10" - Carrot cake filled w/ Cream Cheese

WEDDING: Rivard-Brust, Big Canoe, 10/9/10

I wish I knew someone who had a cabin or home at Big Canoe ... just to be able to walk around and check out all of the nooks and cranny's that I get only a glimpse of as I'm delivering cakes. The Chimney's at Big Canoe was chosen as the site of Christine Rivard and Dave Brust's wedding and reception. Their weather was perfect.

We met back in April ... Christine wanted to incorporate two colors of her wedding into the cake ... dark brown with a hint of mossy green. A little band of moss green peeped out of the top of a large band of dark brown ribbon ... add a wide spaced single dot design, a bead border, and beautiful floral .... and you get a pretty classic cake.

Best wishes to Christine and Dave ... See you next year (for your anniversary).

Music: Spectrum Entertainment (Lou)
Photo: Anxiously awaiting photos from Laura Stone (Artstar).
Floral: Unique Floral (Julie Coffin)
Caterer: Talk of the Town (Peggy Echols)

Wedding Cake Flavor/Filling:
6" - Chocolate cake filled w/ Amaretto Buttercream
8" - Vanilla cake filled w/ Strawberry Cream Cheese
10" - Lemon cake filled w/ Lemon Cream

Thursday, October 7, 2010

WEDDING: Nuber-Maestre, Roswell River Landing, 10/7/10

Thursday is a very unusual day for a wedding. If you are still deciding on a date for your wedding, look at a Thursday or Sunday ... I believe venues tend to give a bigger discount.

Heidi Nuber and Ruben Maestre chose Roswell River Landing for their wedding and reception ... and what a great day it was ... 78 degrees, blue sky, light wind ... absolutely gorgeous.

Heidi and Ruben met with me back in January .... gosh, October seemed so far out at that time. Believe me, it got here fast !!! Heidi wanted cupcakes ... so 10 dozen were baked ... all different flavors/fillings (see bottom of this post). The cupcake tree was decorated with deep purple ribbon .... Angie of Birch Blooms provided the gorgeous purple hydrangea that I used to decorate the tree.

About a month before the wedding, Ruben decided he wanted a groom cake, but not the typical groom cake. Ruben wanted a Krispy Kreme donut cake. I love creating donut cakes ... they are so different and smell (and taste) so darn good. Not to mention, once guests realize what it is made of .. they just can't wait to dig in. He only wanted a total of 3 dozen donuts, so I was a little limited with the size, but still think it came out great.

Congratulations, Heidi and Ruben !!!

Music: Innovative Productions - Robert Payne
Photo: Lauren Wright Photography (
Floral: Angie Gunja, Birch Blooms
Caterer: Loaves and Fishes Catering
DOC: Ally Haggerty, Unforgettable Soirees

Cutting cake:
6" - Chocolate cake filled w/ Cookies n' Cream

Wedding Cupcakes:
2 Dozen Chocolate cupcakes filled w/ Raspberry
2 Dozen Chocolate cupcakes filled w/ Bailey's
3 Dozen Red Velvet cupcakes filled w/ Cream Cheese
1 Dozen White cupcakes filled w/ Lemon
2 Dozen Almond cupcakes filled w/ Almond Buttercream

Groom cake:
3 1/2 dozen Krispy Kreme donuts