Lots of Little Mermaid cake options

2017-10-13T21:16:15+00:00

Many children's birthday cakes have a Disney theme, and none is more popular than "The Little Mermaid." I try to avoid using actual Ariel items and instead prefer to have the client add figurines or other licensed materials to the general design that I provide [...]

Lots of Little Mermaid cake options 2017-10-13T21:16:15+00:00

Minimum order amount during summer

2017-10-13T21:16:15+00:00

This year we've instituted a minimum order amount ($300) during the months of June, July and August, the busiest wedding month in Oregon. Some people have asked why we took this step, so I'd like to address it. Wedding cakes are extremely time-consuming to bake [...]

Minimum order amount during summer 2017-10-13T21:16:15+00:00

Whooooooo’s your baby?

2017-10-13T21:16:16+00:00

Owls have been a rocking baby shower theme for a while now, and I never get tired of making cakes in that motif. I hope people keep ordering these for years to come!

Whooooooo’s your baby? 2017-10-13T21:16:16+00:00

Blowin’ in the wind

2017-10-13T21:16:16+00:00

Many brides are choosing cake designs based on flower petals or "exploded" flowers, as I like to call them. Here are two different looks. The smaller cake has larger petals that cover the step up in cake size. The larger cake is more of a [...]

Blowin’ in the wind 2017-10-13T21:16:16+00:00

Timbers!!!!!!

2017-10-13T21:16:16+00:00

Another take on the wood cake includes this one: a groom's cake for a fan of the Portland soccer team the Timbers. LOVE doing cakes like these!

Timbers!!!!!! 2017-10-13T21:16:16+00:00

Bridal bungalow

2017-10-13T21:16:16+00:00

The building where my office is and where I meet clients is called the "Bridal Bungalow." There are eight wedding-related businesses in there, and all are owned by women. During the wedding booking season (about October-March), we have monthly open houses were prospective clients can [...]

Bridal bungalow 2017-10-13T21:16:16+00:00

Happy Birthday to a friend, mentor

2017-10-13T21:16:17+00:00

I love being hired to make cakes for my friends. I get such joy from making something I know they will love. This cake was for Cecilia, who is an ardent Hawai'i fan. It included coconut, pineapple and guava for a tropical triple-threat. We did [...]

Happy Birthday to a friend, mentor 2017-10-13T21:16:17+00:00

Sweet, sweet nature

2017-10-13T21:16:17+00:00

The wood-look cake has been going strong the last two years, and this one was particularly fun because it included themed cupcakes as well. The bride made the wrappers and picks for the cupcakes AND provided the wood cake stand. All I had to do [...]

Sweet, sweet nature 2017-10-13T21:16:17+00:00

Here a tart, there a tart

2017-10-13T21:16:17+00:00

The most popular dessert bar item we've been creating lately is the tartlette - a two-bite shortbread crust filled with all kinds of goodies. For a recent event we did lemon cream cheese with a fresh blueberry on top. We've also used a Marionberry filling [...]

Here a tart, there a tart 2017-10-13T21:16:17+00:00

Biggest wedding cake yet

2017-10-13T21:16:17+00:00

In summer 2013 we did our largest cake spread yet, a wedding for about 400 people. I think we figured the cake, side cakes and sheet cakes at about 385 servings. We were aiming for a lightly rough-frosted buttercream cake with gum paste peonies in blush [...]

Biggest wedding cake yet 2017-10-13T21:16:17+00:00

2014 Bridal Show

2017-10-13T21:16:17+00:00

Well, another Salem bridal show has passed, and overall I would say it was a good event. It flew by, especially on Sunday. There definitely was a different vibe each of the days. Saturday seemed to be mainstream brides looking for a large cake or [...]

2014 Bridal Show 2017-10-13T21:16:17+00:00

Pinterest proliferation

2017-10-13T21:16:18+00:00

I went to a wedding industry conference in October, and one of the seminars I attended was about the importance of Pinterest. I had avoided getting sucked into Pinterest up until that point, but after the seminar I dipped my toes in the pinboard waters. [...]

Pinterest proliferation 2017-10-13T21:16:18+00:00

Natural at its best

2017-10-13T21:16:18+00:00

I love cakes that have a touch of the natural. Leaves, sticks (edible, of course) and yes, even grass! This green buttercream and fondant cake was for the only wedding cake I've ever delivered to the Rose Garden in Portland. It was crazy time consuming [...]

Natural at its best 2017-10-13T21:16:18+00:00

Minnie Mouse overload

2017-10-13T21:16:18+00:00

I've been getting a lot of orders for Minnie Mouse birthday cakes lately. There are a couple takes on it, but they always include pink and a lot of polka dots. I've done so many I've stopped taking photos of them all! But here are [...]

Minnie Mouse overload 2017-10-13T21:16:18+00:00

What’s cool is burlap, baby!

2017-10-13T21:16:18+00:00

By far the most common look I've been seeing at weddings during cake deliveries is a sort of shabby chic/rustic/country angle with a lot of burlap. It's often paired with yellow, antique white or a touch of other color. Using that as my guide, I [...]

What’s cool is burlap, baby! 2017-10-13T21:16:18+00:00

Wedding cakes with ruffles

2017-10-13T21:16:18+00:00

A huge trend right now is ruffles -- going up, going down, going sideways. Sometimes they are a single color, and sometimes they have a color variation called "ombre." There are a few ways to achieve the look, mostly done in fondant. The ruffles facing [...]

Wedding cakes with ruffles 2017-10-13T21:16:18+00:00

What’s going on?

2013-01-31T08:28:52+00:00

Don't get me wrong, I'm not complaining, but I have had so many couples calling, emailing and booking, I can bearly keep up. I can't figure out if everyone is just planning early this year (which is GREAT) or if there are just TONS of [...]

What’s going on? 2013-01-31T08:28:52+00:00

2013 bridal show

2017-10-13T21:16:18+00:00

Well, the 2013 Oregon Wedding Showcase is behind us. It was quite a whirlwind with lots of chances for me to meet brides and couples. There were a surprising number of couples with 2014 weddings at the show (the organizers give attendees name stickers with their [...]

2013 bridal show 2017-10-13T21:16:18+00:00

Christmastime weddings

2017-10-13T21:16:19+00:00

Christmas provides basically a built-in color scheme and theme for a winter wedding. New Year's is great in that regard, too, but that's a post for another day. Couples often go with a Christmas-gift look or something similar, usually with red tones and silver. Light [...]

Christmastime weddings 2017-10-13T21:16:19+00:00

Cake-related question for other vendors

2017-10-13T21:16:19+00:00

Questions relating to cake to ask other vendors Caterer: Will your company cut the wedding cake? Florist: Will you work with my cake designer to plan the cake flowers? Who puts them on? Gown shop: If a color match is needed, can you provide one [...]

Cake-related question for other vendors 2017-10-13T21:16:19+00:00

10 questions for your cake designer

2011-12-19T11:29:46+00:00

Here is a list of questions I presented at a workshop a bit ago. It might be helpful. 10 questions to ask your cake designer Can I taste your cakes before booking you? Are your tastings free? When do you do them? How many people [...]

10 questions for your cake designer 2011-12-19T11:29:46+00:00

Favorite wedding cake of 2011?

2017-10-13T21:16:19+00:00

I know I've said this before, but this might be my favorite of the year. It's in the top three for sure. It was SUPER time-consuming to do all the piping -- which was all freehand, thank you very much -- but I just loved how [...]

Favorite wedding cake of 2011? 2017-10-13T21:16:19+00:00

Buttercream with style

2017-10-13T21:16:19+00:00

Another way to make buttercream icing a bit more interesting is to add vertical or horizontal marks. It gives the feeling of movement without looking messy. This design technique looks great with fresh flowers or, as you see below, with sugared fruit (all purchased from [...]

Buttercream with style 2017-10-13T21:16:19+00:00

Rough frost: Little bit rustic, little bit classic

2017-10-13T21:16:19+00:00

You know those cans of frosting you can buy at the grocery store, the ones with the photo of the perfectly frosted cake on the label? It usually features super swirly frosting, heavy on the spatula marks. Well, here at Myriad we call that a [...]

Rough frost: Little bit rustic, little bit classic 2017-10-13T21:16:19+00:00