Festival of Trees Gingerbread Houses 2011 Tlaquepaque Arts and Crafts Village

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. Festival of Trees TlaquepaqueDon’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.

We hope that you all get over to this special event and bid on Sedona Sweet Arts on Sedona Sweet Hearts Gingerbread Manor.  Check out the steps we used to create this gingerbread wonderland.

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.

Tree were made, cactus, puppy dog, peppermint trees, benches, flowers.

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.

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Ruffle Wedding Cakes

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?

Sedona Sweet Arts is always coming up with new cake designs check out their web site or “like” them on facebook to keep up with new designs.

Dessert Bar Wedding Treats

Wedding Dessert Bars

Trendy Brides love to make their wedding fit their passions regardless to the size of the wedding party. At Sedona Sweet Arts we are seeing all kinds of wedding desserts from napoleons, eclairs, macarons, dipped strawberries, and candy including dessert bars with an assortment of yummy treats.   Sedona Sweet Arts loves creating these custom dessert bars for all size wedding parties. Below is a example of an Elopement size wedding party, 15 guests that we created for Sedona’s  Amara Resort.

Sedona Wedding Petite Style

Here is a sweet petite four style wedding dessert display. These tasty bites are all made from scratch including the hand molded chocolate mousse cups which were filled with a bittersweet chocolate chanity style mousse. The zesty tarts are filled with Pastry Chef Donna Joy’s homemade lemon curd adorned with a fresh raspberry nestled on a flaky homemade tart shell. The last dessert on this mini dessert bar wedding is a classic creamy vanilla cheesecake.

Don’t be fooled with the frozen selection!  Everyone can buy in frozen bites to serve. The rare jewel of homemade pastries like this can not be match. One bite and you know!  The dessert bar style wedding treats  are custom created to fit your wedding needs. Check out Sedona Sweet Arts for more ideas and to connect with Donna Joy.

Interested in having your wedding at Amara? Give April Bates a call (928) 282-4828 or visit their website http://www.amararesort.com

Sweet smooth Buttercream Wedding cake – Cheescake Wedding cakes

How Sweet is this? Smooth buttercream canvas is the cake, accented with yummy chocolate swirls then adorned with hand sculpted sugar Calla Lilies by Donna Joy of Sedona Sweet Arts. The design is a Donna Joy’s original created for a Bride getting married in beautiful Tlaquepaque Chapel in Sedona Arizona. Tlaquepaque unique flare of Old World charm creates a romantic location.

The orginal design Tlaquepaque Calla Lilies was done with hand sculpted hand painted  Flame Calla Lilies. Then to top it off the Bride had Donna Joy hide the cheesecakes under the sweet frosting.

Changing the colors of the Calla lilies to fit the Wedding decor. Davids Bridal “Pool” colored Calla Lilies.

Sweet Buttercream Wedding Cake

Check out more of Sedona Sweet Arts work at their web site.


Sedona Sweet Arts – Sedona Wedding Cakes Best of Knot Weddings

How sweet is this? Sedona Sweet Arts / Sedona Wedding Cakes wins “Best of Weddings” by the Knot. Thank you Brides

The Knot "Best of Weddings 2011 pick"

Check out Sedona Sweet Arts wedding cakes online or visit their web site.

Cupcake Wedding Towers

Isn’t This pretty? Simple and classic. This  Cupcake tower adorned with a single tier Fondant cake for the top.  The simple butter cream topped cupcakes are adorned with a pastillage sugar daisy.  How yummy and elegant!

For more cake photos check out Sedona Sweet Arts and Sedona Wedding Cakes.