Saturday, April 25, 2009

Third Time's a Charm!

My chess cake marked our third appearance on Sunday Sweets on Cake Wrecks!     Thanks to Jen and to all those who sent in photos!

Sunday Sweets: Game On!
Sunday Sweets: Valentine Treats
Sunday Sweets: Winter Wonderland

My Marzipan on Sue's Cake

One of the fun parts about sculpting marzipan for clients is receiving pictures of the cakes they made using the sculptures. Here is a picture of the cake Sue made for a baby shower using the pink and blue teddy bears that I made for her. Isn't that adorable!!

Sunday, April 12, 2009

We're on Woman's Day!

Our briefcase cake was chosen to appear in an April Fool's Day feature on Woman's Day online. The story was about answering the question -- Is it real or is it cake?

Check out the feature for yourself at Woman's Day online!

Monday, March 30, 2009

Gold and Purple

I never thought about the regal feeling you get when see gold and purple together. This cake was commissioned for a thirtieth anniversary event. The tiers were all banded in white and then airbrushed in a royal shade of gold.

The colors matched perfectly with the decor at the venue -- I was so excited! This picture was taken on site -- in real life the purple vines and letters on the cake matched the purple of the underlying napkin.

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Thursday, March 12, 2009

New Website Launch!

I'm so excited about the redesign of the Dahlia's Custom Cakes website. Lots of new cakes, new marzipan sculptures, clean design and easy navigation. Check it out yourself -- click here for!

Thursday, February 26, 2009

Zari Embroidery Demonstration

I am so honored to have been selected to demonstrate at the 2009 ICES convention in St. Charles, Illinois, just outside of Chicago. ICES stands for International Cake Exploration Societé, and the organization has over 3500 members worldwide, including sugar artists, cake designers, and vendors.

My demonstration will teach how to replicate Zari embroidery in cake design. Created in India, Zari is a stunning form of embroidery which uses glittery gold and silver thread combined with fine stitching. Above and below are example of cakes that incorporate this technique. My demo is on Saturday, August 1. For more about the ICES convention click here.

Hope to see you there!

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

A New Blog!

Spring is approaching here in Michigan so it is the perfect time to start a blog! Clients and friends always ask what is going on behind the scenes so I will be using this blog to share with everyone.

The first picture and story I wanted to share was about the football player cake. As a cake designer, I don't often get to see the "after" when a cake is cut and served. But in this case I was able to capture an "after" photo, where you can see the insides of this 2-foot-tall University of Michigan football player.

I was so excited to be using the armature created by one of my favorite colleagues and mentors, Bronwen Weber. Bronwen and her partner Francois have packaged an amazing series of cake armatures called Cake Study. You can buy your own here.

Happy almost spring!