Creating custom sculpted cakes are always much harder then they look. Especially when one is doing a sculpted cake truly all cake…..NO rice krispy or Styrofoam in the cake. Then sizing it up and down. An engineering task. Here at Sedona Sweet Arts we love the challenge of doing your cake, in actual cake! Seriously no rice krispy or Styrofoam something unique.
Donna Joy usually created a mock up and template way before we ever do the cake. Even with all that we always seem to tweak the cake while it is being created. You never know until you start to carve which way the crumb will fall. :)
Job ~ Skateboard Cake ~ Surprise Grooms cake to be delivered with wedding cake ~ Flavor Black Forest ~ Skateboard to be replica of Grooms skateboard. Hum a skateboard? How can we make a cake with no fake elements look like a skateboard? Brainstorming sessions. While looking around we found a few skateboard cakes out there on their back with the wheels up. No Donna Joy wanted to have the cake standing on its wheels, looking close to the real thing.
So for this cake we borrowed our neighbors skateboard. We used the skateboard for our template. Measuring scaling, creating a few mock ups, working on the sizing to get the scale as close to the real deal.
We cleaned up the wheels. Then with food grade silicone Donna Joy created a mold from the wheels. Wanting to keep everything as tasty as possible we made the wheels from white chocolate. What a way to go, isn’t it? Then we needed the wheels to match the colors of the grooms skateboard wheels so we colored the white chocolate green, then molded the wheels. Once the wheels were molded we then painted the nut bolts to match his skateboard wheels.
We worked with the mock ups to figure how many cakes along with what sizes of cakes we needed to bake. The cake was going to be two tiers. The base tier, a platform of cake (with filling), the underneath chassis for the skateboard, This cake support system was not intended to be seen. Then one long flatter tier that would sit on top of the cake chassis, representing the board of the skateboard. Yes we will sculpt cakes with fillings….crazy isn’t it?
Donna Joy got the logos from the Bride. The bride took the pictures with her digital camera. Then Donna Joy took the images into photoshop, where she cleaned them up and sized them. They were then printed onto frosting paper. They weren’t as perfect as we would have liked due to the method and the resolution of images.
The Skateboard design was to have the skateboard on its wheels making the board portion thicker then a real skateboard so that they could have real cake. It is actually carved being thicker on edges and thinner in the middle to give the look of the skateboard curving upward on the edges. Then those edges would be airbrushed dark in color in order to hide the thickness. The cake is going to be transported completely assembled to the wedding venue.
Okay day of…… Donna Joy puts the individual elements to together. The cake chassis, along with the skateboard portion. The fondant has yet to be placed on skateboard. Donna does a test. OUCH! The cake is cracking! Panic Panic!!!!! Oh no…..will we have cake on our face? What to do…. Donna’s head is racing. Dana is the one who stays calm. Phone ringing, customers running in the front of store ordering food to go. Seriously? One could have a melt down. Cracking cake 4 hours to go. Time is running out. And we wonder why Donna Joy gets high blood pressure, oh my.
Donna suggests ideas to Dana. He tells her to set it down and think it through calmly. Does she? Yes and no. Then taking Dana’s suggestion of a 15 time out she decides to make the chassis longer. Could this cake be done with out team work? NO. A small portion of the chassis will be seen at certain angles. Not the desired design but will do. Donna takes the extra cake and builds on to the cake chassis. Test …YES! The cake isn’t cracking when placed on the chassis.
Now the fondant is placed on the skateboard. The edges are airbrushed. Logo is placed and wheels are attached. Happy as the task was achieved Donna Joy made a joke about how the cake almost killed her and the mess she made of the kitchen and herself. “”Someone needs to hose me off”
So what are your thoughts? Is this a piece of cake? We always laugh as people call to order a cake like this and then say ” have fun with it” or say “what it’s not $50 bucks?” Yes we hear that allot, “oh I thought it would be around 50 dollars”. We love the challenge, we love, LOVE, Love,creating new things. They’re not always easy. We try with all our might to create cakes that are really cake, taste better than the look and are affordably priced. Can’t wait for the next cake challenge.
Hounds tooth Hat Cake- Bear Bryant ‘Bama Hat Cake
Created by Pastry Chef and Cake Artist Donna Joy. Donna Joy started with three 9 ” Red velvet cakes. Then she carved them into a the shape of a hat. Then finished it off with edible pattern to make this Bear Bryant Hat. Then adorned with signature red edible feather.
Pick up right away after being tweeted by the Groom the cake was named Grooms Cake of the week by ESPN writer. To read more about it being picked up on Twitter by an ESPN writer .
Wikipedia: is the ninth letter and a vowel in the ISO basic Latin alphabet. →
In today world of wedding cakes Brides and Grooms are looking for the cake to make a statement about them. Whether it being a simple or over the top cake. There are meanings behind the look, flavor, design, and accents.
Sedona Sweet Arts is lucky to have a Cake Artist that is willing to go the extra mile to get that special touch.
Originally Bride had an out of town friend that was going to do her cake. Then her friend had a family member get ill, so just a month away we took this cake on. Most of our large cakes get booked a minimum of 6 months ahead. Donna Joy jumped through some hoops to get things done.
Pastry Chef / Cake Artist Donna Joy prefers to make all her sugar pieces herself. Since the ideas and themes are moving targets she generally does them free handed even though she will make or use a mold if possible.
This cake the bride requested we use her favorite cake and frosting be used. Both recipes for the Ganache frosting and cake forwarded to Donna Joy. She tested both out ahead of time to make sure they were workable. A few minor adjustments were made to formulas. Then the formulas were scaled to meet the needs of wedding size. The party was a pretty good size party. The Wedding party opted to keep the cost within a certain price point, the main cake served a maximum of 83 and then a sheet cake with the same flavors was created for additional servings.
While the flavors and frosting were a must for the Bride, she also had this adorable topper created by her Aunt from paper. The arms and legs moved. The image of Bride and Groom was a reproduction of the real Bride and Groom. It’s it sweet? Donna Joy had to make some adjustment to the cake to make it work. We just love it!
The sugar adornments were all done free hand by Donna Joy. Acorns, plants, mushrooms, dirt, green fiddle heads. The mushrooms were created with food grade anchors so they could be placed on cake and then moved around with out moving or falling. Then she also made a moss cake riser to have the cake sit on and pull the theme together.
We just loved everything about creating this cake especially the flexibility of Pastry Chef Donna Joy to work with someone else recipe, to creating the sugar pieces ,working with the Brides topper and do so all last minute.
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With the cost weddings increasing many Sedona Brides and Grooms are selecting to have a more intimate wedding with all the bells and whistles. For example they select to have 45 guest or less but do most of the elements in a manner that captures them. Creating a smaller cake may not be less time from the cake artist standpoint, as we will scratch bake the cake the day before the wedding, make homemade fondant and filling. Our Pastry Chef and Cake Artist Donna Joy custom creates the sugar flowers. So even our smaller cakes are work of art, blending the science of baking along with the art of sculpting, creating and crafting the cake.
We loved this one. A smaller wedding were the couple got married in Tlaquepaque, an award winning wedding venue and had their reception at Rene’s a upscale restaurant with gourmet European cuisine. Rene’s a local favorite has also won many awards for their awesome ambiance and food.
The Bride wanted a cake that sang. The Orange fondant cake was done in a smaller serving size, then the cake was adorned with edible rice paper butterflies. The flavor of the cake was Donna Joy’s Gluten Free Carrot Cake so that everyone at the wedding party could enjoy.
The next cake was created for a beautiful wedding at Amara Resort. The couple also having an intimate wedding selected to create the custom cake slighting larger with the theme of Day of the Dead. This adorable cake topper was provided by the Bride & Groom. The square fondant cake was stenciled in a black floral vine. The cake was adorned with Donna Joy’s hand made pastillage sugar flowers.
Everyone at Sedona Sweet Arts loves creating works of art for every size wedding. To see more wedding cakes check out Sedona Wedding Cakes. To order Gluten Free products and baking mixes check out Sedona Sweet Arts on line Store.
Sedona Sweet Arts has many Brides and Grooms that know what they want. Today’s world has really open up all the possibilities for a coup getting married. Tiffany Blue, Black , and White were the color theme. Simple with a touch a nature was what this couple was looking for. They came in prepared. They had a color swatch for us to match the fondant to. They knew they wanted a Tiffany blue canvas of fondant with a branch and white flowers with black centers.
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Cake art has really changed over the last 15 years. With many of the cake shows on TV everyone is thinking about everything and anything for a cake. This post is about the Grooms Cake. So here were the elements
Goal Grooms Cake.
Female Blue eye, sexy,mascara, just the eye…………Chocolate Cake.
Feeding around 35 ish
If your thinking who would want a eye grooms cake, well an Optometrist !
The eye lashes were what we really wanted to grab onto. So we played and we played more. Eye lashes…..Needing them full mascara sytle on the top. Tired so many types of ebible sugar to get the effect. I really wanted them to curve and come away from cake. So after a week of experimenting this is what we came up with.
So from what we heard they had a lot of fun with it. Posing and taking pictures. Tons of eye joke. To see more of Sedona Sweet Arts work check out thier web site. It seems like facebook is the first place to get images so please check out Sedona Sweet Arts facebook page, hope you Like it!
This year Donna Joy and Sedona Sweet Arts was proud to participate in Tlaquepaque Arts and Craft Village – Festival of Trees event. The festival starts November 25th in the Tlaquepaque Ballroom from 11:00 am to 7:00 pm. Upstairs from Rene’s restaurant. When you walk into Tlaquepaque’s ballroom and you’ll be swept away with all the awesome Christmas trees and artistic gingerbread houses. Don’t miss the Grand Finale Auction and Cocktail reception on Saturday, December 3rd, 2011 from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm where they will announce the winners of the silent auction! This is sure to be a fun time for all! Tickets will be available shortly and are only $10.00 per person or $15.00 per couple! Call 928-282-4838 to reserve your spot. All proceeds from this festive event will benefit Verde Valley Toys for Tots and Arizona Indian Living Treasures.
So here what Donna Joy did, in order to make a template for the baking of the gingerbread she created a mock up using cardboard, paper, and pins. Ouch! was heard many times during this phase…….she kept pinning her fingers! The angles of the roof line needed to be determined.
The based board was then created using fondant.
Gingerbread was rolled and cut to the templates created from the mock up. Then sugar was added to the windows to create that see through effect. The finished product has interior lights, these lights light up the inside of house which can be seen through the sugar glass windows.
Since the structure was much larger than a normal gingerbread house. Interior wall supports were created in the design. We wanted to make sure that we had enough support for the double roof line. Between the walls were pathways for the wiring of the lights.
I especially like the roof, it being multi angled. If you look close you can see that Donna Joy textured the roof panels before she bake them. It give a neat texture and cut out fondant tiles to finish it off.
The theme a Sedona Sweet Heart Gingerbread Manor captured tons of Sedona elements such as Sedona Red rocks, prickly pear cactus, scrub oak, pines. All those special landscape items we love about Sedona.
We loved the planters created with peppermint candy, pretzels. One of our other favorite elements is the benches made from gingerbread and pretzels. It reminded us of the rustic benches we see in the Sedona Area. And the Lights!!!!!!!
So Donna Joy created this in the hopes of raising money for a great cause, bringing in some holiday cheer. Used in this piece: gingerbread, fondant, pastillage, gum paste, royal icing, assorted candies, rice krispies treats. A true piece of edible art. Check out the festive of Trees event at Tlaquepaque.
Lately we become dreaming of ruffles….. yes Sugar ruffles. Cake and Ruffles…… We have a few new designs in the works but check out these two sweet cakes.
Classic and fun Yellow and Gray colors for a wedding……….. Check out all the fondant gray ruffle cascading the cake.
I love this cake! Ruffles run up the sides of cake. Then it adorned with hand sculpted sugar flowers by Pastry chef and Culinary Artist Donna Joy. Don’t you love the texture of the cake?
Organic, rustic, natural and green are a few trends we at Sedona Sweet Arts are seeing. Here is a popular buttercream design referred as “Rustic”. One of Donna Joy’s pics of this design is popping up in blogs all over the world! Some say messy…:) But look real close yes she piped the ribs on the cake! I know her hand was sore with this one. The beautiful fresh flowers were provided to us by Bliss Extraordinary Floral.
Now rustic cakes can be affordable. They can also have some custom made sugar flowers like this cake. the cake below is a textured buttercream with handmade sugar flowers from Donna Joy of Sedona Sweet Arts. The sugar flowers were made to match a color swatch provided by the bride.
The next cake is a Tuscan Wavy finish. This is also a soft price point cake. The buttercream waves were created to be dramatic! Add the burnt orange-red hand made calla lilies and wow it fits the decor.The next cake has a great spin off the first cake or the Rustic Buttercream. One layer white, then a chocolate, then a white. Cool looking isn’t it? Adorned with fresh flowers provided to the bakery to adorn the cake by Sedona Floral. The awesome fresh flowers matches the wedding party exact. Don’t you love the sunflowers?
Check out the hand painted sugar flowers in the next grouping. To see more of Donna Joy’s work visit Sedona Sweet Arts.