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Sedona Wedding Cakes


Donna Joy provides limited custom cakes after 24 years running a full service Bakery Cafe she now can do what she enjoys the best, Special Event Cakes.

She books up fast so contact her at donna@sedonasweetarts.com or donna@sedonaweddingcakes.com

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Skateboard Cake


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.

Skateboard Cake

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.

White Chocolate 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.

skateboard cake in process

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.

We hope you love this post.

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Houndstooth Hat Cake- Bear Bryant ‘Bama Hat Cake


Hounds tooth Hat Cake- Bear Bryant ‘Bama Hat Cake

Today a grooms cake can be anything you want. How about a Bear Bryant Hat? Well this cake has been causing a fuss with all the diehard Alabama Fans.

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 .

See more of  Donna Joy’s   creations of Sedona Sweet Arts 

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Wikipedia: is the ninth letter and a vowel in the ISO basic Latin alphabet.

Red Sugar Ranunculus Wedding Cakes


Here is a cake we just loved, dark red Sugar ranunculus created custom for a bride who wedding was all red flowers. We changed it up to match the florist the week before! Donna Joy had to pull a few all nighters to get these sugar flowers sculpted in time. We can’t wait to see the photos of the reception as all the flowers are suppose to be red red red. In all shades, no other colors according to the Bride. Peonies, ranunculus, and orchids were to be the only flowers used.
Donna Joy did it again making these stunning fun flowers from sugar. A buttercream canvas with accent dots in 2 colors. Created for a wedding at Sedona Rouge Hotel & Spa we love our Brides and wedding venues.
To see more of Donna Joy work check out our web site Sedona Wedding Cakes, or facebook.

 

Eye Ball Cake


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!

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.

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.

 

Nintendo Console Cake


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.

Nintento game console 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

s culinary artist Donna Joy & Dana Varney. You can follow them on facebook or their web site.