Thursday, January 22, 2015

2014 In Review

2014 was my biggest year in cakes so far with highlights including a sailboat, a cakelet dessert display, and four three tiered beauties. In 2014 I also completed my studies at the Culinary Institute of America and made the move to DC, where my virtual cake boutique is now based out of and servicing all surrounding areas for weddings and events. With such an eventful and amazing year behind me, I wanted to share a few pictures of my favorite cake moments before completely turning to focus on wedding season 2015.

                  

This royal icing adorned dummy cake from February.

 

A three tiered stack of hat box cakes.

 

 A bachelorette book cake for my writer sister in April.


        A dessert bar of cakelets- three mini layers of cake sandwiched with frosting- from June.



 

Classic three tiered wedding cake sprinkled with sugar hydrangeas from August- my busiest month of cakes this year!


  Macarons on macarons for another August wedding at the beach.


Simple southern chic for another August beach wedding.


Kicking off tastings for the 2015 wedding season with a fruit filled dessert bar coming in May.



A sailboat groom's cake for my new brother in law in October,


and a tiled wedding cake topped with sea otters for their wedding day to close out my 2014 season. It was an amazing year! Thanks to all the happy couples for allowing me to be a part of their wedding day, and all of my friends and family who lent a helping hand along the way!







Monday, January 5, 2015

Fall Beach Wedding



This year was a big wedding year for my family, with both of my sisters tying the knot within six months of each other. It was my absolute pleasure to make both of their wedding cakes and groom's cakes for my new bro in laws, finishing up the Phillips Family Wedding season with a classic, beautiful beach wedding cake (Credit for the pictures in this post go to Matthew Spivey with Treece Photography out of Wilmington, NC). 
                                     

                                   


My sister and her husband's beach wedding was as fun and low maintenance as she is, and together the three of us designed a cake that would pair perfectly with the relaxed vibe of their wedding. For an intimate crowd of 70, it was a three tiered, white buttercream finished cake with a mosaic tile banding detail. My sister has been a swimmer her entire life, extending her college career as a master's swimmer today. We thought the mosaic tiles were reminiscent of pool tiles as a little nod to her swimmer background, and also one of the reasons she and John met in the first place. 


       


I also custom made their cake topper out of polymer clay in the shape of two otters holding hands. Sea otters mate for life and hold hands in the ocean to keep from drifting away from their mates. A sweet story that made the perfect cake topper for this beach loving couple. In typical John and Kali fashion, everything about their wedding day was fun and original right down to their cake cutting.


       

Yep. Those are swim goggles and Fireman John is reaching under the table for a stashed fireman's hat. They decided they needed some extra protection for the epic cake smash that was about to ensue.


       



       



        


Their reception food was Mexican themed and the cake followed suit. Kali's favorite birthday cake growing up was Funfetti, so I recreated the classic with my vanilla confetti cake with champagne buttercream. The other tiers were chocolate filled with a spicy Mexican chocolate ganache and lime margarita cake filled with tequila buttercream. 


       


It was the perfect cake to end a successful 2014 wedding season. I've been busy since gearing up for next year and getting organized for the THREE months in 2015 that I am booked solid. If you're planning a 2015 wedding and have yet to find a cake decorator, email me today at mphillipscakes@gmail.com to schedule a tasting and consultation. 



Thursday, November 20, 2014

Sailboat Groom's Cake

Groom's cakes are often my favorite cakes to make because of the freedom and creativity they allow. I love brainstorming ideas that can take an object or an activity that the groom enjoys and turn it into cake. My second sister to walk down the aisle this year was married in October on the beach in Oak Island, NC. Her fireman groom and my new handy brother in law had some interesting ideas for his groom's cake that ranged from hot tub to pirate ship and everything in between. We ended up landing on a sailboat cake, named the S.S. Boyette after their new last name together.



The cake itself was vanilla bean pound cake filled with whipped cream and fresh berries. It is covered completely in Italian buttercream, with only the accent decorations made from gumpaste and fondant. The sails are also edible and made from gumpaste, and although there is sadly no photographic evidence, the groom did take a large bite out of them later in the night. 



Stay tuned for more on their wedding cake complete with a surprise cake cutting stunt and flavors that incorporated their Mexican 'fiesta' themed reception. 


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Friday, October 3, 2014

Vendor Spotlight: Brett Denfeld Photography and Citrus Ceremonies

One of the best parts of this job is meeting and getting to work with lots of extremely talented people. This year has been especially enlightening for me because BOTH of my sisters were planning weddings. Being a part of their vendor decisions taught me a lot about being a wedding vendor myself and was also a great networking opportunity. For my first sister's wedding, she chose to do a lot of the decoration work herself (including gorgeous fabric flowers), and she picked an enchanting venue that took care of the food and general ambiance. For the photography and cinematography she sought out some of the best talents in the area, whom she also happened to know personally, and they sure did deliver. I was so blown away with how the wedding pictures and video really captured the feelings of the day (and the beauty of the cakelets!) that I just have to give these vendors a little plug. They are relatively new to the industry but crazy successful already--book them now before they book up! Virginia brides, you have been warned.




The pictures really speak for themselves, but working with Brett was effortless and fun. She brought an energy and passion to photography like I have never seen before and made us all comfortable even in the most awkward of , "Now look at each other and pretend to laugh," situations. I loved how genuinely excited she was to capture Cortney and Jack's wedding, which is a rarity in this industry for sure. And best of all, now I have all these gorgeous, professional pictures of my work thanks to Brett!
 

































Confession: I've been stalking the wedding videos of Citrus Ceremonies for YEARS since they first began. I was so excited to be able to actually work alongside them for my sister's wedding. Their videos are innovative and most importantly, personalized. They capture audio from both the ceremony and an interview of the couple before the wedding to sprinkle throughout footage of the day to create a truly intimate product. Please make sure you click the link below to check out the video of my sister's wedding (starring the cakelets that I made) and also visit their website for even more videos!




Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Cream and Blue Hydrangea Wedding Cake

I wrapped up my summer wedding season this year in South Port, NC with a wedding for some very dear friends of mine, Hannah and John. Their gorgeous and laid back wedding perfectly reflected their relationship, especially taking place in such a charming town as South Port, where the bride grew up going on beach vacations. We wanted to carry those vibes through to her cake and settled on a simple but classic three tiered cake adorned with cream and blue hydrangea blossoms and delicate cream filagree on the middle tier. 




The cake was a different flavor for each tier beginning with vanilla bean pound cake on the bottom filled with fresh berries and sweetened whipped cream. The middle tier was lemon chiffon cake filled with almond cream cheese filling and it was topped off by a white chocolate almond cake with milk chocolate ganache filling. Choosing a variety of flavors was definitely the way to go; Hannah and John's guests appreciated having so many options and from what I heard, had no problem returning for seconds and thirds to try all of the flavors.



The cake is sitting on a beaded glass cake plate from my personal collection that I offer for clients to "rent" free of charge to display their cakes.




The hydrangea blossoms are all handmade out of gum paste to custom match the blooms used to make Hannah's bouquet. They can be kept indefinitely after the wedding as a unique keepsake of the day!






I wish so much happiness to these two and I was so honored to be a part of their big day!



Monday, August 25, 2014

French Macaron Wedding Favors

Two weeks ago I had the pleasure of creating wedding favors for Erin and Joe's beach wedding on the Jersey Shore. Erin had contacted me a little while ago with the idea of French macarons in mind, and together we came up with the flavors, design and packaging for these trendy little treats. Her wedding colors were pink and ivory which we definitely wanted to incorporate in the favors. She and Joe chose red velvet and milk chocolate almond as flavors after taste testing a few samples I sent their way.




Very up and coming in the American food scene today, French macarons are small sandwich cookies made from almond flour and egg whites. They can be colored, flavored, and decorated in just about any way that you can imagine, which only adds to their appeal. What's more...they're gluten free without even trying (although I should mention, they were made in a kitchen with other non-gluten free items).






The pink macaron was cocoa flavored and filled with cream cheese filling. The ivory was a regular almond macaron filled with milk chocolate ganache. The flavors went together really well, and as much as I love cream cheese in just about anything, I thought the chocolate one Erin chose stole the show. Erin provided me with the adorable tags attached to the bags and I packaged them all up ready to go. I loved how the final product came together, and I thought it especially went well with their beach theme. Sitting all together in the bags, the macarons resembled sand dollars, and I hope they were an excellent addition to their big day! 




 Congratulations Erin and Joe, and also all of their wedding guests who got to go home with one of these!

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Green and White Garden Wedding Cake

Last weekend this pretty cake sat center stage at Kristina's Northern Virginia nuptials at Hidden Creek Country Club in Reston. It was a beautiful venue tucked away in a wooded area with very helpful staff and event support. The reception they were setting up when I delivered the cake looked gorgeous with touches of green and white and delicate cream colored hydrangeas. The cake fit right in! 


Kristina had a very specific idea of the cake she wanted- alternating tiers of green and white with a hydrangea sugar flower detail in the middle. The border on the first and third tier is done using fondant, and all of the details are completely handmade. 


Kristina and her husband found this cake topper online and left it for me to adorn the cake with after set up. I thought it really brought the whole design together and was a great addition.


The cake itself is vanilla bean pound cake filled with raspberry mousse on the first and third tiers, and vanilla Italian buttercream on the second. Each tier has four layers of cake and three layers of filling. As a special bonus, Kristina's mom Michelle also ordered a dozen blue moon cupcakes and a separate 10" vanilla cake filled with homemade raspberry preserves. I'm a firm believer that you can never have enough cake, and I'm glad Michelle understands this too!


 Congratulations Kristina! Thanks for letting me be a part of your wedding day.