ARISA + LUKE’S VEGAN LEMON WEDDING CAKE

Arisa + Luke's Wedding Cake

I am so happy to be able to be part of such a beautiful celebration of this gorgeous couple’s love via cake! :)  This was a 3 tiered lemon cake with cream cheese frosting and it was all vegan!  The cake is finished with gold trim and fresh white orchids.

Photographs are courtesy of Erich Chen Photography and for the full wedding post, visit Erich Chen Photography’s blog (there are so many breathtaking photos, if you love weddings, you must check it out)!  I also want to mention how beautiful the venue is–  I scoped out the scene the night before to get ready for the delivery and we drove up to trees lit up with flowing lights dangling down from the branches, the best word to describe it was enchanting!

I also wanted to share with you that this will be the last cake order I will be fulfilling– I am officially retiring from the world of cakes to focus on creating paper goods and sharing vegan recipes and ideas on this blog! But I am really happy with how this turned out and being able to be part of Arisa and Luke’s special day.

Hope you enjoy and thank you to all of you who have been so supportive of my cake venture from day 1, 6 years ago!  It is greatly appreciated.  It has been a really fun, stressful, and interesting journey that has allowed me to experience lots of new opportunities and meet wonderful people!  If you’d like to see my previous cakes, they will still be up over at the cake blog: SweetCatastropheCakes.blogspot.com.

I leave you with a photo tutorial of how you cut a wedding cake:

Cutting the cake!

Uh oh!  Someone is in trouble!

Cake in hair!

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And of course I had to include a picture of the beautiful lights,  I love how the glow softly lights up their silhouettes!

Beautiful couple, beautiful lighting

Congrats Arisa + Luke!  Wishing you both many years of laughter, love, and happiness!

Justin’s 1st Dr. Seuss Birthday!

I think one of the coolest things about making cakes is being a part of events that I otherwise wouldn’t get to experience, two of my favorites being weddings (not married) and kid’s birthdays (no kids).

This past weekend I was able to get super hands on with my friend Donna on her son Justin’s Dr. Seuss themed birthday.  She came up with some great ideas to really get into the spirit of Dr. Seuss!  It was exciting to see everything come alive, from idea to reality, to celebrate Justin’s first birthday.

I made him a personal 6″ vegan chocolate cake, with chocolate ganache filling and fresh strawberries.  The cake was inspired by the one on the cover of the book Happy Birthday To You! with the white on top.  The Birthday Bird, holding a cake with 1 candle, tops the cake and the entire thing is finished off a number 1 and red and white Dr. Seuss stripes on the cake board.

The Birthday Bird is made of gumpaste and fondant and details were painted on in black food coloring to give it the same sketchy look it had in the book.  (Scroll down for pics of Justin digging into his cake– literally!)

For the guests, 100 One Fish Two Fish themed cupcakes were made.  Some were vegan chocolate, some were vegan funfetti, and all were topped with blue waves of water and colored goldfish (which you can learn to make a vegan version here).  I also made the cupcake stand, which consists of boxes wrapped in blue paper, stacked, covered in fish cut outs, and topped with the little sweets.

I found One Fish Two Fish coloring pages online and printed them out on colored paper which helped cut down on ink use and no need to color!

Here are more pictures and decorations from the party– it kind of made me want to have a Dr. Seuss party of my own!

Happy 1st Birthday Justin!

These Truffula trees were so fun to make! It was my first time making tissue paper pom poms and I followed this great tutorial by Beehive and Birdnest.  I also really loved this tutorial that makes beautiful flowers out of IKEA napkins by Going Home To Roost!  The tree trunks are made from large construction paper and the black is drawn in with markers.

All the food was inspired by Dr. Seuss books– like the oodles of noodles above from Fox in Socks!

Donna had this great idea of hanging cards of Dr. Seuss quotes from their patio!  I copied pages from the books then printed quotes onto those pages and attached them to colored paper.  The cards are hung with fishing line to give it more of a floating look.   She also found these great spirals to dangle from the patio as well!

This quote card is my favorite :)

A fun Dr. Seuss style outdoor table with activities for the kids!  The great striped fabric was found at IKEA and the Cat in the Hat crowns can be found on Etsy.

This was Justin’s guestbook, made with the Happy Birthday To You! book.

The poem inside was inspired by the one seen on  Little Pumpkin Grace…And Hudson Too! We changed it up a bit to personalize it to fit what happened when Justin entered the world!  Dr. Seuss scrapbook paper can be found at Scrampers and Jo-Ann’s.

It was a very fun day and I can’t wait for Justin to look back on his 1st birthday years from now and see what a great party his parents threw him!

As Dr. Seuss would say,

“Today was good. Today was fun. Tomorrow is another one.”

{Photos of Justin eating his cake are courtesy of Mike Brown of Brownstone Photography}

Justina + Jason’s Wedding Cake: Flora + Fun

I had so much fun re-creating Justina and Justin’s wedding invitations into cake form for their big day!  Their 2 tiered cake sits on a real tree stump base and is adorned with succulents, billy balls, and berries in their wedding colors, slate grey and a bright lemon yellow.

You can see more of J + J’s beautiful, creative, vintage, and unique wedding over at Real Weddings! One of my favorites from their celebration is the canvas guestbook where friends and family helped to create a one-of-a-kind masterpiece to add to the couple’s art collection (slide 23 of 25).  I am also really excited to share that the cake made it into this piece and you can find it on slide 24 of 25!  It is so amazing as I have always been a HUGE Martha Stewart fan!

Here are some photos from concept to cake!

The sketch…

…to cake!

One of my favorite elements of the cake was Luda, Justina’s cat, who made an appearance– I love including our furry family members on the big day!

Thank you J+J for helping to provide meals and wishing you a lifetime of love, laughter, and happiness!

A Pretty Creepy Joshua Petker Inspired Birthday Cake

I have always loved art and painting– it’s such a wonderfully free way to be expressive!  There are no right or wrong answers or such things as mistakes.  The “mistake” can be covered up or re-done or that “mistake” might be the brush stroke or paint drip needed to take your piece to where it’s supposed to go.  When I was younger, I thought I would become an artist and pictured myself sitting in Paris with an easel set up (I was very naive and young back then, like 4 years old lol).

I haven’t had the chance to paint in a long time so I love it when I get a cake order that is based on art and I get to do some “painting” on a cake!  This one was perfect for the Halloween season and was a birthday gift to a big fan of Joshua Petker.  It is decorated with vegan decorator’s icing as well as fondant…here is a look at my artist’s palette :)

I was not familiar with Joshua Petker’s work until I got this cake order, but I highly recommend checking out his site and taking a look at his pieces– I love his use color and his style, and how he can create this painting, that is pretty but creepy at the same time!

Here is the original painting, titled “Head Wound III”:

And here is the cake version:

We personalized it by adding the birthday boy’s age in the dripping black paint, and also his initials, “DSC”, in the painting.

Thank you Frank for this cake order, it helps to provide 70 meals for The EEC preschool/nursery!

Happy Birthday David!

Ombre Flower Wedding Cake

Congratulations Cherish + Steven!

Their cream cake is adorned with ombre flowers in their wedding colors.  The cake is actually a display styrofoam cake with a small section cut out in the back to place a real piece of cake for them to cut into.  It’s a great option if you’d like to have a beautiful cake at your wedding but want an assortment of desserts, have a lot ways to travel (get sheet cakes for serving), have an outdoor wedding and worried the cake will melt, or if you are doing a dessert bar and just don’t need that much cake!  A display cake gives you a beautiful spread while allowing things to be a bit more flexible.

One of my favorite elements of cake decorating is making sugar flowers– I really enjoyed being able to create these flowers in the ombre colors which was something new for me!

Cherish and Steven’s cake also helps to provide 300 meals for the children at The EEC preschool and nursery in South Africa!  Another reason to celebrate!

Wishing C+S a happy, loving, fun, and wonderful life together as husband and wife!  (And loved their “love is sweet” wooden cake stand and delicate mobile hanging above!)