Dessert in the Desert

I had the lovely opportunity to be a part of a gorgeous styled photo shoot for a wedding fit for the desert! I made 5 cute little cacti cupcakes:

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That “Bride” table card is hand written… I’d die to have that talent!unnamed-3

The beautiful menu was set atop an aloe leaf….is it called a leaf? An aloe arm? …part of an aloe plant.

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And those flowers? They are HANDMADE!! Can you believe it? Prettiest things I’ve seen.

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Gorgeous invitations by a talented lady: unnamed-8

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So lucky to work with such talented ladies:

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Cupcakes: Cake on Sunday

Flowers: The Lovely Ave

Photography/Planning: Callie Burgard

Invitations/Menus: Pretty Little Paper Company

Calligraphy: Chelsea Abriel

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Styled Shoot – A Fairytale Wedding

Back in January I was invited to participate in my first Styled Shoot. It was for a contest for On the Go Bride asking for winter wedding inspired submissions.

Ours has a whimsical Alice in Wonderland theme. It was one of the only valley snows we got and the scene was just beautiful with the fresh snow, vintage dishes and creative decorations.

View our full submission here. (And learn more about the amazing vendors on this shoot)!

I had so much fun creating the cake for this shoot. I used modeling chocolate for the first time to create roses and a teacup and saucer for the cake. I also got to use some edible gold paint for the first time and it is beautiful.

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I had to put this cake together outside in the garage (in January!) where it was cold enough to keep my chocolate roses the shape I wanted. Brrrr! But worth it.

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I just LOVED all the vintage items…this shoot is what inspired me to start a collection of my own!

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The table set-up is just so cute and creative.

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Everyone was in attendance – The Mad Hatter, Alice, Queen of Hearts and the White Rabbit:

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The mismatched chairs and couches? Perfect. Not to mention this darling alter set up.

Since this cake was real (and not Styrofoam) I needed to figure out something to do with it after the shoot…my mom came up with the idea to donate it, so our local Ronald McDonald House was the recipient.

It was absolutely amazing and I can’t wait to be a part of more styled shoots in the future.

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Modeling Chocolate Roses …and Charity!

My latest cake has been the most fun project I’ve had…the problem is that I can’t share the whole thing with you yet. BUT…I can show you the roses I made out of modeling chocolate.

In the past I’ve used fondant and gumpaste to make flowers, but I’ve been wanting to try something new.

Modeling chocolate tastes better (I mean, you can’t go wrong with chocolate) and it’s very forgiving…that’s good and bad. I had to assemble the finishing touches of my cake in the freezing cold garage to keep the flowers well defined.

I love the look of them and can’t wait to make some more cakes using this technique.

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I also got to donate this finished cake to the Ronald McDonald house and bring some sugar and smiles to families and children healing together.