Monday, October 1, 2012

Where Designs Come From

Sometimes customers will have the exact cake design in mind when they place an order right down to the ribbon on the board and the color of the of the inscription. Nothing is better than knowing what you want! (although I always have the caveat that I can't simply duplicate a design from a picture--every customer deserves to have a cake custom designed for them!) 

More often though customers have a theme or an color palette they want to work with--and this is when designing gets fun! If it is available, one of the best articles to work from is the invitation to the party!  The invitation gives me an idea of colors, theme, and the personality of the party.  

 This was an adorable baby shower cake that was designed based on the invitation.  The party originally started out as a Very Hungry Caterpillar theme, but as the idea grew the planners wanted to include more vintage toys and books into the decorating.  The table centerpieces had all sorts of old bears, etch-a-sketch, pull telephones, and wooden blocks.  The cake did a great job pulling together the original invitation and the expanded theme.

This First Birthday cake was an amalgamation of a few different cake elements pulled together to create one frilly and festive cake for the birthday girl. The party theme was pulled together by the invitation with blue, rose, yellow and pink colors with polka dots and the requested frills of the rosettes. The striped "1" topper is echoed in the striped candle on the graphic.

This little boy had a high-flying first birthday with an entire airplane theme party!  Custom graphic had the invitation as a boarding pass, so naturally I wanted to make sure the cake and cupcakes soared with style.  The cake featured a sculpted, fondant-covered Rice Krispy Treat airplane topper on a buttercream cake with clouds on the sides.  The coordinating cupcakes were also finished with a stand up cloud topper. 

The great thing about working with a custom cake designer is that you aren't limited to choosing a cake out of a book.  Each cake is designed especially for you: from the decadent cake flavors and style of buttercream right down to the pearls on the crown. And if you don't want to make ALL those decisions, just provide a little inspiration and let the designer work some sugar magic. 

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

It's been a while...

Hello out there in bloggerland!  Thank you for stopping by and I apologize for leaving this blog hanging for the past few months.  While I love the intimacy of the blog format for sharing cakes and stories of how they have come to be, the gravitational pull of Facebook has conquered the weekly show and tell of Sugar Song Cake. 
 It has been a busy winter season for me, and I have had the opportunity to make many beautiful cakes for so many lovely customers!  I think that most anyone who is reading this blog now is also following me on Facebook, but if not I invite you to stop by and see what is happening!  You can find Sugar Song at:

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This blog is going dormant for a while, (unless there is some great outcry for mildly witty cake prose to go with some kick ass cakes.) In the meantime check me out above and keep it sweet! Hope to see you soon.