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 (www.shannonseye.net); Ally Haggerty of Unforgettable Soirees (www.unforgettablesoirees.com); Carla Duncan of On Occasions of Atlanta (www.onoccasionsofatlanta.com) 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 www.joannacare.org ! Thank you.