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.
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.
Changing the colors of the Calla lilies to fit the Wedding decor. Davids Bridal “Pool” colored Calla Lilies.
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How fun is this cake? Make for a Nintendo lover and a foodie. The cake was scaled larger than a real Nintendo Console in order to get enough servings for the cake.
Filled with a light white velvet cake, whip cream & strawberries. The entire cake is edible, no faux or rice krispies in this sugar masterpiece. This fun cake was created by the folks at Sedona Sweet Arts