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Cirque de Soleil Bridal Shower Cake

For the most part I do believe that everything on a cake should be edible. Partly because I’m a tad of a purest when it comes to baking being raised in farm country where the eggs in the christmas cookies were from my Grandma’s hens down the road  and the strawberries, rhubarbs  and apples in my mother’s pies, I  hand picked from the backyard. The other factor is because as an artist I am challenging myself to create almost anything into an edible medium for the design. However once and a while I do feel the need to break my own rules in the best interest of the design.

A little while  back  the very talented wedding gown designer Kim Ironmonger of Valencienne  asked me to design a Cirque de Soleil  inspired cake as a special touch to a friend’s bridal shower. Kim and I plotted  the touches to this vibrant cake with a sugar mask topper and hand painted cake. It was a lot of fun creating this fun and unique cake.

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Lovely White Wedding Cake for {Elysia and Matt}

Okay maybe I have too much fun with the chalk board in my cake studio but I photograph most of my cakes on that wall because it has the best light to capture the cakes with windows in front and to the side of it. I recently been getting a lot of good feedback on how I stage the photos but honestly it’s really whatever I have time to do in between getting the cakes ready to deliver.  I wish I could say I remembered to capture all of this years cakes but their have been a few that never had their close ups unfortunately. I try my best to blog and update new designs when I can and enjoy sharing with you all (whoever you are that enjoy hearing about my sugar journeys.)

For Matt and Elysia’s wedding cake design we went with an elegant white, pearl, and gold palette. The details included white flowers with golden sugar buttons and broaches inside them, ruffled trim and rows of timeless pearls. I enjoy the unusual tall narrow tiers to this design and was a great fit for their reception at Copper Creek Golf Club in Kleinburg. Congrats to the super lovely couple!

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{Written Love} Elizabeth + Nick's Wedding Cake

I can’t believe it’s already October! I saw some leaves start to fall today and it made me think how quickly the summer came and went. I spent most of the summer focused on creating unique cakes for my lovely 2011 couples. One couple I was looking forward to making their cake was Liz and Nick. They wanted their cake to be romantic but with a quirky twist. Their reception was at Bellvue Manor, The Library room.So their decor was surrounded around a novel theme. For the pumpkin flavored cake we designed it to look like written vintage pages with gumpaste ranunculas like flowers also look like they were made out of book pages. I also added cute book mice hiding in the floral bouquets for an unexpected playful twist. Congrats again to Liz and Nick!

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Sassy Animal Print and Pink Floral Wedding Cake

Last weekend I actually had a week off cakes because I went to Montreal to teach a fabulous group of cakes decorators. I got to teach a fashion inspired cake class and share my couture cake skills. It really was a stellar class and you ladies really rocked out those couture cakes! To be honest when I first started teaching, I had a slight fear in the back of my head that I was giving away my skills and my cakes wouldn’t be in any way unique. However it’s not the skills that bring out a great cake design but the designer’s interpretation . Also the fact that I never repeat a design , pushes me to look ahead of what I’m going to create rather then get stuck on what I’ve already done. So now I find myself enjoying teaching and excited to see what the students come up with as they grow their cake skills. It’s quite refreshing  to teach passionate beginners who remind me that I was there too eight  years ago when cake became apart of what I love in life.

So here we have  something a little sassy! I animal print painted cake with golden bead/gem work and soft sugar florals. I wanted to keep it girly but also sophisticated – which can be hard to do when doing animal print. I won’t lie I’ve been a little obsessed with cake stands . You can find this cake stand to buy online at My Sweet and Saucy Supply.

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Sea inspired Wedding Cake featured in Wedluxe Magazine

In the current issue of Wedluxe Magazine, you’ll find a Sea/glass inspired inspiration shoot. The shoot had some inspiration from both artisan glass and nautical colours. So for the design I did a pulled sugar (isomalt)  and crystallized sugar cascading design. It’s nice to use different mediums from time to time even if it means working with a blow torch and melted sugar. Yes it can get hot! You can see the whole feature here and as well in the magazine on stands now.

 

 


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The collaborative dream team included:Photographed by Erin Samuell, A Simple Photograph
Produced by Crystal Adair-Benning, Distinct Occasions
Gown Boutique + Designer: Kim Ironmonger, Valencienne
Floral Design: Nicole North, Petals, Stems and Leaves
Cake by: Lori Hutchison, The Caketress
Stationery: PaletteraHair & Makeup: Amplified Soul
Table Design: Paras Mehta, Design2Decor
Table and Chairs by: Comtemporary Furniture Rentals
Photographed on location: The Wychwood Barns

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Emily And David's Casa Loma Wedding Cake

Designing a cake for a couple is not just about technique and decorating but knowing how to style it to their tastes. I usually like them to describe the feel of their cake in few words, and as I’m creating every touch of their cake I literally have those few words echo in my head. For Emily and Davis those words were “timeless”, “beautiful”, “romantic” and “clean”. Why do I do this? It insures when all the design elements come together (much like a puzzle pieces) that the result is their dream cake.

For the design of this five tier  wedding cake we based it slightly off of her absolutely stunning invitations designed by Paletterra. The blush pink and gold  floral cake was to be displayed and enjoyed at their beautiful reception at Toronto’s historic castle, Casa Loma. Cascading flowers finished the look of this red velvet and vanilla cake with strawberries. I truly love how pretty this cake turned out. It’s one of my current favorites.  Congrats to Emily and David and thank you so much for allowing me to create your wedding cake.

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Grey Ruffles and Green Orchids Wedding Cake

I love using grey or really any neutral to complicate more vibrant colors and shades. For this pumpkin cake (one of my personal favorite flavors), green sugar orchids surrounded the lifted tiers with vertical grey pleats and ruffles. I wanted to create a detailed yet clean cake for Natalie (the Bride) and her wedding at the Ancastor Old Mill.

Sweet Regards – Lori

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Xiaoxi's Romantic Floral wedding Cake

Wedding cakes covered with sugar flowers won’t be going out of style any time soon, or really ever. They are timeless and beautiful. For Xiaoxi’s wedding at The King Edward Hotel we covered her cake in soft pink roses and garden flowers with hints of purple. Clusters or glittery pearls completely the design of this three tier white fondant wedding cake.

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Ballet Inspired Wedding feature on Wedluxe

 

I am in LOVE with this shot of the mini Faberge Egg cake from Z Molu Photography for a feature on Wedluxe.  The shoot was based around a Black Swan inspired ( in a non literal way) wedding. You must take a look of the full feature on Wedluxe and the rest of the fabulous team that put the whole look together.




Photography: Zaheer Molu, Z Molu Photography
Planner/Producer: Cindy Johnson, Platinum Events Group
Florist/Decor/Event Designer: Tamara and Kevin Slagter, Fuscia Designs
Stationery: Laura K Design
Fabergé Egg Mini Cakes: Lori Hutchinson, The Caketress
Beauty Styling: Jackie Gideon (Makeup) + Mira George (Hair)
Venue: Capital Event TheatreAdditional credits: Chargers, China, Crystal Stemware, Flatware from Chair-Man Mills
Chiavari Chairs from Detailz Couture
All linen and Chair-slip Accessory: Micki’s
Photoshoot Assistant: Gabriela Castillo, Platinum Events Group
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Amsale inspired Wedding Cake

I think one of the biggest misconception with making a haute couture cake, is that you need to replicate is right down the shape. Personally I love the shape of cake and it’s stacked cake forms and rather design dressing the structure of a wedding cake. I’m not really big on the doing the obvious in a sculpted  novelty sense: headless mannequin shape cake. I like using the couture inspiration and mix and match it with other elements and in this case, flowers. In the end you get a well dressed cake suited for the elegant affair.

Here’s a peak of the lovely  Sanaa and Fidan’s wedding cake. The dressings of the cake were inspired by her swoon worthy gown: Amsale Dahlia. The pleated organic texture of this gown is just so beautiful we had to capture it into her cake paired with purple flowers. We also designed a full on sweet table for her wedding (going in the cake vault for now, but I will share in time.)

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Adorable Ranunculas Wedding Cake

I love making towering tall wedding cakes but also adorably chic petite wedding cakes for the intimate celebrations. For Na and Terrence they had a very pretty and intimate wedding in shades of pastel pink and purple at Jamie Kennedy at the Gardiner Museum planned by Melissa Andre Events.   The flavor of the cake I was most excited for as it’s one of my favorites: Lavender flower cake with silky raspberry butter cream icing. It was not only the perfect flavor but also matched the colours when cut into. Congrats again to the  lovely couple, Na and Terrance!

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Sweet Peak: Inspired by Monique Lhuillier

This cake is going into the vault for now but I’ll share a close up peak of Souzan’s wedding cake inspired by the rosettes on her gorgeous Monique Lhuillier gown. Tons of edible bling bling was added to this towering wedding cake.

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Sandra + Carlo Featured on Wedluxe

Check out the Wedluxe Editor’s blog for Sandra and Carlo’s beautiful wedding (and cake). I LOVED working and planning Sandra’s Rivini gown inspired winter wedding cake. She was such a doll and bride’s like that are the reason why I love what I do. I still remember the cake consult going on for hours because we were just having so much fun discussing her wedding and plotting her wedding cake.

Positioned in front of the table was the incredible cake designed by The Caketress. The cake was inspired by Sandra’s gown. “The cake was made to match my wedding dress exactly,” remembers Sandra. All 7-tiers featured white fondant with irridescent luster and silver accents. Flavours included a rich chocolate cake with chocolate genache and dulce de leche as well banana split. “Lori (The Caketress) is an Immensely creative cake designer. Lori takes your ideas and makes them even more grand than you could ever imagine!”  – Sandra on her Cake on the Wedluxe Blog

Planning Company: Distinct Occasions
Gown Designer: Rivini
Gown Boutique: White Toronto
Bridesmaids Dresses: Jim Hjelm Occasions
Hair + Makeup Artist (for Bride): Hanoch Drori
Stationery Company: Pulp and Pearl
Floral Company: D&D Floral Design (Home and Personal Flowers) & Designing Trendz (Ceremony and Reception)
Decorating Company: Designing Trendz
Cake: The Caketress

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St Tropez inspired featured in Wedluxe Magazine


Check out the new issue of Wedluxe Magazine for the St Tropez inspired spread.

Photographed by: Krista Fox and Melanie Galbrand-Chen, Verve Photo Co.
Produced by: Cindy Johnson, Platinum Events Group

Stationery design by Deborah Lau, Palettera

Furniture and candelabras from Contemporary Furniture Rentals |

Floral Design by Tamara Mutter-Slagter and Kevin Slagter, Fuscia Designs

Glassware from Chair-man Mills

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Romantic All White wedding Cake

You know it’s near the middle of summer when the hot hot days keep us sitting by a fan. For cake decorators the most common concern is that heat destroys the cake by cake sweat getting the fondant wet and decorations sliding off. What is “cake sweat” and how do you avoid it? Well when the weather is so hot and humid and the cake is cold and put into the heat it starts to create condensation – much like when you take a cold beverage out to enjoy and the can/bottle drips condensation on the outside. This is the biggest concern when a cake is in the process of being delivered or going to an outdoor wedding. Here’s some tips to avoid cake sweat so that you can decorate without worrying about destroy your work. I hope this helps some of you that are battling the summer heat! If you have some of your own tips – feel free to comments below.

1. Try to decorate in an air conditioned environment. You can use fans and dehumidifying to assist if you do not have and AC.

2. Set your cake fridges to the warmest setting. This might sound odd but the colder your cakes are the more the cake sweat. This prevents the “shock” of the overly chilled cakes being put into a humid climate.

3. If the cake starts to sweat while attempting to decorate it, place the cake in front of a fan and wait for the condensation to go away before doing any work. You can do more damage by trying to get rid of the condensation manually or decorating when there is moisture on the cake.

4. When getting ready to deliver don’t deliver the cakes to early if you know they are not going into a air conditioned environment.  ex. 11:00 am for a 5:00 reception. Deliver only a few hour/s before so the cake can last through the reception.

5. Make sure your car’s AC is going and box the chilled cake so that the sun won’t warm it up. There are also silicone packs out there that you can tape to the inside of the cake box to take away the moisture in the air.

Speaking of lovely summer cakes, here’s Natalie and Paul’s romantic all white cake for their wedding at the Royal Conservatory of Music here in Toronto. I personally love the all white color palette with the piped laced and sugar flowers. It makes it almost traditional and timeless. I freehand pleated texture to the fondant and created a sparkly pearl cluster. Congrats to the happy couple again! It was a pleasure making your cake.

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Jennifer {hearts} Paris, black lace and Alon

Choosing a cake design is a process. However when I met with the lovely Jennifer and Alon, Jennifer had a creative eye and knew exactly what she wanted. She had fallen in love with a black lace graphic design and even knew the exact shape and color for her french inspired wedding at Graydon Hall. For this red velvet cake I hand painted and piped the intricate lace pattern directly on the cake and accessorized with these fantasy pink flowers – a topper was added once it was delivered to the beautiful wedding.

Congrats again to Jennifer and Alon!

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"J'adore Dior" – Jacky and Luc

Some bride’s have exceptional couture tastes and Jacky was one of them. I still remember when we first met for her cake consultation/tasting and she pulled out a picture of her dream dress she was getting recreated by Valencienne. It was not just any dress but the vintage Christian Dior Junon gown.  I was inspired to say the least. The bejeweled petals of this gown is so swoon worthy – we had to incorporate into the cake.  It took forever individually attaching each edible pearl but it was worth it to get the final couture look of Jacky and Luc’s wedding at the Art Gallery of Ontario. 

Christian Dior Junon dress, in a photo by Richard Avedon for Harper’s Bazaar in Paris in 1949.

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Beth + Graham's Square Wedding Cake

I love freehand sculpting on cakes – it’s probably one of my favorite techniques. For Beth and Graham’s three tier square wedding cake, I designed a hand rouched overlapping design with an edible beaded broach. Falling purple hydrangeas complimented this chocolate coconut cake.

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Peak at Grace's Couture Confection – Ritz Carlton

Grace had exceptional taste when it came to her wedding and wanted a cake that stood out. Together in two years of planning for her wedding  cake we designed a towering cake of thousands of sugar petals for her Ritz Carlton wedding at the end of May. Sorry this is just a peak because the rest of the pictures will go into the vault for the time being. Congrats again to the fabulous couple.

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Swooning for {Grace Kelly}

Image By Jessica Blaine Smith Photography

A few months back (during the Royal Wedding Craze) I got to design a wedding cake inspired by Grace Kelly for the Steven and Chris Show for wedding planner Cachelle Odette Fry of Savoir Flare . I really wanted to design a cake that embodied the timeless class and fashion trendsetter she was. I took inspiration from an iconic dress she wore in the movie High Society. I replicated the lace applique by hand piping it into the cake and then brush painted it with 24 k gold and silver. I know, I know-  I have said in the past I don’t care for piping, but lately I’ve been kinda getting addicted to it. So just to warn you all this won’t be the last piped Caketress cake you will see this season. Enjoy!

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Photography by ——> Jessica Blaine Smith Photography

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*Organic Charm*

I love it when the groom puts his input for the design of the wedding cake. It shows he cares about the details and is excited for the wedding. For this three tier wedding cake going to the Toronto Botanical Gardens, the groom wanted to add little details like four leaf clovers to the climbing sugar orchids and flowers. The vanilla caramel cake turned out beautifully for their spring long weekend wedding.

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Portraits and Cake with Jessica Blaine Smith Photography

I’m very fortunate to have talented and creative friends. Jessica is  the talented  wedding and portrait photographer behind Jessica Blaine Smith Photography . For my birthday we woke up extremely early to be surrounded by the  cherry blossoms in High Park in the morning light. It was a lot of fun and I love how the photos turned out. Thanks Jessica!

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She also took a few snaps of the royal wedding cake winner from the Marilyn Dennis Show.

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"Elizabeth in Love" – Wedluxe blog feature

Be sure to check out the feature on the Wedluxe blog. I feel lucky to be apart of a creative team for a style shoot at Powder Bridal on Market lane in Woodbridge. There they have gorgeous bridal couture like Jenny Packham and Aruna Seth shoe that dazzle with the impeccable jeweling .  I was very excited to finally get to work with a talented wedding photographer –  Elizabeth Kaye of Elizabeth in Love as well as De Rose Designs created some beautiful bouquets that were swoon worthy.

For the cake I wanted to style them similar to the Jenny Packham dresses that are tastefully and delicately sparkling with hundreds of jewels. Even with a small cake I found myself taking hours to  attach the gems which gave me an appreciation of all hand sewn gems on the gowns. Enjoy and make sure to check out more on the  Wedluxe blog!

Photographed by: Elizabeth in Love, Weddings by Elizabeth Kaye
Flowers: Lisa De Rose, De Rose Designs
Gown Designer: Jenny Packham
Gown Boutique (Jenny Packham Gowns , jewelery, Aruna Seth Shoes and veils ) : Powder Bridal in Woodbridge.
Model: Jacklyn Warmington: Beaux Mondes
Makeup Artist: Sarah Smith
Hair Stylist: Madelaine Griffin

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Muskoka Romance – Rustic Flower Wedding Cake

I personally love Muskoka weddings with the blend of elegance and rustic bliss. For the the Victoria long weekend I delivered this three tier oval pumpkin caramel cake to the Inn at Christie’s Mill in Port Severn. For the design I hand painted and textured the cake with birch finish and enhanced it with bloomed sugar peonies, small blossoms, and berries. A perfect blend of the rustic north with pretty.

Sweet Regards – Lori

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Royal Wedding Cake Competition – CTV Marilyn Dennis Show

The day of the royal wedding I was competing in a live cake competition on CTV’s hit daytime show , The Marilyn Dennis Show. I only had a little over half of hour to assemble (decorations done in advance)  with my lovely assistant Isabelle from J’adore Cakes Co. We competed against two other fabulously talented cake decorators: Flour Fancies and Fabulous Cakes. Time went by so quickly when  putting together this 5 royal tier cake with 4 matching mini cakes. It was well worth it though because we actually won!

Cheers!

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"Princess Bride" – Featured on the Wedluxe Blog

This past winter I had the priviledge of working with a creative team for shoot that was recently featured on the WedLuxe Blog. The inspiration for the shoot was from the custom  gowns of Kim Ironmonger, owner and designer at Valencienne. It was alot of fun designing a cake around a dress the was in production at the same time and had to envision what fabulousness Kim was up to. The dress was stunning and cake to compliment like an accessory and not so much actually match.

The flowers wer designed by  Toronto based florists – Pink Twig and linens  by Susan Murray International

These HAND MADE boxed invitiations, giftboxes, and menus  were created by paper couturier Deborah Lau-Yu of Palettera.  Seriously how beautiful are they?

I wanted the blush pink and gold cake to be traditional but still a fresh couture design with pillowing fondant fabric and gold encrusted jewels.

Check out this gorgeous video filmed by Andrew and Emily Sorlie from Honey & Dear.

Suppliers for this concept photo shoot were:

Styled by: Distinct Occasions

Photographed by: Dave & Charlotte

Video by: Honey & Dear

Invites/Favors: Palettera

Florals: Pink Twig

Linens: Susan Murray International

Dress: Valencienne

Model: Ada Adams

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Jewel Tones- Featured in Wedluxe Magazine

You have to hand it to Wedluxe magazine for being ahead on the trends each time. I was asked to design this royal sapphire wedding cake BEFORE the royal engagement even happened. So for the design I did  sculpted ruched sapphire blue fondant tiers with hundreds of edible bead added and then topped with a golden edible crown. I wanted it to be bejeweled and fit for a princess.

Please check out http://www.wedluxe.com/jeweltones for a look at the whole royal inspired  spread.

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Royal Inspired Wedding Cake Design

So I know I’m guilty of not blogging as regularly lately but I have been busy working on lots of exciting projects that I’ll be able to reveal in time. I also have been doing more teaching at the Bonnie Gordon Cake College and also some travel private classes with New York being the most recent with a very talented student who flew in from Turkey. I still get surprised every time when requested to travel either for a custom cake design or teaching a fellow cake enthusiast, but I’m more then happy to when my schedule allows me too and hope to continue spreading the couture cake love globally.

As mentioned in the previous post, back in January I was asked to collaborate with a talented wedding  team to create our predictions on the royal wedding. I wanted the “Kate Middleton” to have a touch of traditional elements but stylized to suit a trend setter like herself. I noticed with her personal style she wore beautiful print and elaborate hats. Instead of doing cascading spring flowers to the cake, I did an assortment of fabric ruffles, edible dollies, pearls, black lace and royal gold accents to the design. It will be interesting to see what the couple’s wedding cake looks like. I’m sure we’ll be all watching.

Photography: MIMMO & NAZ / Event Design & Styling: Principal Planner Weddings & Events / Flowers:Stemz Florals / Wedding Reception Location: Graydon Hall / Wedding Invitations: Palettera / Shoes: Chaussures X2B / Wedding Dress: Ines Di Santo / Bride’s Hat: KC’s Hats /  Event Rentals: Chair-man Mills / Linens (Tablescape): Celebrations Group / Linens (Cake Table): Luxe Linens / Hair & Makeup: Faces by Carla

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William and Kate's Royal Wedding Inspiration Shoot

Back in January I had the privilege to work on a style shoot with an amazing team. I was asked by the talented Azar of Principal Planner Weddings & Events to help her create her vision of what she would do for the William and Kate’s royal wedding. This was an incredibly fun shoot with some amazing vendors (you have to check them out!) I’ll blogged later down the road about the details of the cake design  but for now enjoy these gorgeous images from MIMMO & NAZ.


Words from Azar at Principal PlannerWhen news of Prince William and Kate Middleton’s engagement hit the stands, wedding industry professionals and brides alike were sent into a royal frenzy.

Personally, the news of the engagement as well as the ring itself brought back memories of legendary Princess Diana. How she would have loved seeing her son get married and how things would have unravelled if she were still with us today. She was a beautiful, respected and powerful woman, whom some would dare call, a rebel with a cause. When I decided to venture into this design, I knew Diana would be a major inspiration because the world hopes that Kate Middleton will follow in her gracious footsteps.

Premise: a creative shoot that offers an ode to the simplicity of both princess Diana and Kate Middleton as well as a youthful take on what a royal wedding could look like. Without any specific guidelines, I sprung for an understated opulence that lends endless inspiration to all royalty smitten peeps.

We found a Kate Middleton “look-alike” as a playful touch and pushed the envelope by introducing a little boudoir attire! (breaking the rules a little?) With the British known for many attributes including a ‘less is more’ approach to design and attitude, we set out to create a tasteful yet detailed table scape that honors this. We let our imagination run wild with our cake, so graciously manifested by the Caketress and the invitation designed by the ever so talented Deborah over at Palettera.

Sapphire velvet linens, a hint of black throughout the design as well as the use of golds and white set the perfect tone for our rendition of a wedding fit for a British Princess. We all dream of being a princess on our big day and Miss Middleton will soon be just that.”

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Gorgeous hand made boxed invitations from Palettera that are to swoon for.  Aswell you have to love the full lush Anemone florals arrangements designed by Stemz Florals.

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Photography: MIMMO & NAZ / Event Design & Styling: Principal Planner Weddings & Events / Flowers:Stemz Florals / Wedding Reception Location: Graydon Hall / Wedding Invitations: Palettera / Shoes: Chaussures X2B / Wedding Dress: Ines Di Santo / Bride’s Hat: KC’s Hats /  Event Rentals: Chair-man Mills / Linens (Tablescape): Celebrations Group / Linens (Cake Table): Luxe Linens / Hair & Makeup: Faces by Carla

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Canadian Winter Wedding Photo Shoot

What can I say about Canadian winters? I actually enjoy days when snowflakes are dancing and waking up to a white blanket of sparkling snow on the ground. I find it somewhat dreamy and considering I grew up a few hours north of Toronto, the little bits of snow we get here are nothing to compared to there. Back in December I designed a snowy couture cake for Crystal of Distinct Occasions for this outdoor shoot in December.Enjoy!

Wedding Planner & Designer: Distinct Occasions/  Photography: B&G Photography / Floral designer:Petals, Stems & Leaves / Venue: Toronto Hunt Club / Stationery & Favors: Palettera / Wedding Gown:Valencienne / Bridal Accessories: KC’s Hats / Cake: The Caketress / Makeup: Makeup by PBW

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Wedding Planner & Designer: Distinct Occasions / Photography: B&G Photography / Floral designer:Petals, Stems & Leaves / Venue: Toronto Hunt Club / Stationery & Favors: Palettera / Wedding Gown:Valencienne / Bridal Accessories: KC’s Hats / Cake: The Caketress / Makeup: Makeup by PBW

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Jane & Andrew's RCYC Wedding cakes

I’ve been waiting to blog these couture sweet treats for quite some time now.The couple,  Jane and Andrew knew exactly what they wanted for their wedding at the Royal Canadian Yacht Club (R.C.Y.C.) here in Toronto. So when they looked  through the pages of Wedluxe magazine and saw the “Inspired by Ralph Lauren” editorial spread (that I was so very fortunate to be apart of), they decided to hire on the team including planner Cindy Johnson of Platinum events, to create a similar look for their June wedding near the water.

For me to tell the story of this cake design I almost have to go back to Summer 2009 to  when I first designed the RL couture inspired cake but luckily I already blogged that HERE . I really have a soft spot for  the 4 foot towering ruffled cake because I look  back at it now as the cake design that changed my career,  my approach to how I design cakes and relocated my business to the GTA. I was always very stubborn at being original even from the beginning I started with cakes, but it wasn’t until I created this cake that my artistic heart sang because I had finally found my niche.

For Jane and Andrew a four foot tall cake wasn’t necessary for a wedding of 80 guests, but we still wanted to make an impact on the guests. So I designed mini cakes to match the original design as well as displaying the original at the reception. When making the mini cakes,  I wanted to make the couple’s mini cakes different then the guests, so I designed theirs as two tiers as a sweet surprise for the two.

Just have to give a shout out to the whole team involved in this wedding and I look forward o sharing more soon.

Wedding Stylist: Cindy Johnson | Platinum Events Group
Photographers: Joee Wong Photography
Floral Design and Decor: Tamara and Kevin Slagter | Fuscia Designs
Invitation Designer: Corina Van Sluytman | Bella Invites
Hair and Make Up: Mira George (MUA) + Dawna Book | for Jackie Gideon
MC + DJ: Michael Coombs | Prodigy Entertainment
GuitaristDunstan Morey

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Featured in Today's Bride Magazine

If you check out the latest bridal magazines on stands now, you will find Today’s Bride . In the newest issue two Caketress’ cake designs  are featured with one of them being Lisa and Greg’s Hawaiian wedding cake. It definitely made a colorful page opening for the “cakewalk” section. Check out below for more shots of Lisa and Greg’s tropical wedding cake that was featured in the magazine. Also this pink and coral fashion inspired wedding cake was featured as well. Photography by Taylor Jackson

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Cake Spotting : Grace Ormonde Wedding Style Magazine

Katie and Scott’s ranunculus and anemone wedding cake is featured in the new issue of  Grace Ormonde Wedding Style magazine. You can find this cute country chic wedding cake covered in edible doilies in the cake section of this international magazine. Here’s a few more shots of this adorable shabby chic wedding cake.

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"Best Ten Wedding Cakes of 2010" by Brides Magazine

I finished my last wedding cake of 2010 this past weekend and it felt good. To think a year ago I was contemplating and stressing over moving my business from Collingwood to the general Toronto area. I knew my ambitions had outgrown the small tourist town I’ve always had a soft spot in my heart. I feel very lucky to have been able to begin my business from the comfort and support of a small town and then be able to grow in a the city of Toronto filled with even more possibilities for me.
Now that 2010 is near it’s end, I’m getting excited for 2011 even more. With out giving to much away (yes I like a little element of surprise to when I blog), I will be combining my love of traveling and designing cakes with a few international orders and also pushing my designs skill more. Let’s just say that over the next year I’ll have a lot more to share.
Back on topic. It made my day to find out Brides Magazine picked one my designs as one of the best 10 cakes of 2010. As they explain,”Of the hundreds of wedding cakes we saw this year, these exceptional designs impressed us with their bright colors, unexpected shapes, and whimsical details. ” This kinda puts the frosting on the end of 2010 for me.
Happy Holidays – The Caketress

Photography: Rebecca Wood Photography

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Featured: Wedluxe Magazine, Inspired by Royalty Issue

I have to say one of my favourite things about my job is doing creatives. So when the editor of Wedluxe Magazine (a high end Canadian bridal magazine) contacted me to be apart of a style shoot, I was absolutely thrilled. There may have been a few happy dances involved on my behalf. For the theme of of our shoot we were inspired by royal jewels (before the royal engagement). The theme of the shoot couldn’t be more perfect with Kate and Will’s royal wedding. So I designed a rich blue and gold cake that was bejewelled with a delicate gold crown topper.

I also got to work with some of the best in the business. Check them out!

Stylist and Planner : Gabrielle deMelo of Casamentos

Photography: 5ive15ifteen

Stationary Designer : Palettera

Flower Design : Pink Twig

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