One of my favorite trends in fashion this year is the come back of color blocking. This bold and contemporary use of blocks of unusual blends of color is very eye catching. For this design I decided to incorporated a geo type patterns and soften the look by accessorizing it with a magnolia sugar flower.
Design and Decor : Rachel Clingen Wedding and Event Design
Stationary: Paper Damsels
Gown: Valencienne Bridal
Photography by Corina V Photography
Cake and Cupcakes : The Caketress
Chocolates : Lilas Cocoa
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Planner and Stylist: Planner & Stylist: Crystal Adair-Benning from Distinct Occasions
Today we have dreamy peach and coral with chevron inspiration shoot designed by wedding planner and designer Crystal Adair-Benning of Distinct Occasions and photographed by the talented Tyler James Photography. For the design of the cake I created a hand painted chevron cake with sparkly gumpaste flowers of shades of silver, coral, peach, and orange. I love how gorgeous this whole look came togather.
Planning & Design: Distinct Occasions
Photography: Tyler James Photography
Florals: Mimosa Flower Studio
Decor Props & Styling: Design2Decor
Cake: The Caketress
Venue: R5 Lounge, Niagara Fallsview Casino, Niagara Falls
Dresses: Claire Pettibone from Studio Sposa & Sarah Houston
Hair: Lisa Marie Dionne of Bridal Beauty
Makeup: Sarah Smith
I’d love to say it’s all smiles when designing one of a kind cakes but I can be very hard on myself sometimes when making a wedding cake. The artistic battle in my head is challenging me to create the best possible design that’s uniquely fit to the couple. Taking that dreamed up sketch of a concept that I haven’t done before and making it in a 3d decadent cake without missing one element can be a challenge but it’s so worth it when seeing the results. What I’ve found works best for me as a designer is being allowed the creative freedom to tweak the cake with the goal being to make it the ultimate wedding cake for the couple.
This cake had a few tweaks. The major one being I added the multi mini frames as the borders, thinking it would be cute for the talented photographer/bride. The sugar flowers inspired by the floral designs of Sweet Woodruff . I also felt the cake required an additional tier to best balance the decorative features of the flowers, crown topper and frame border so it went from three tiers to four. I think my favorite part about this cake is the colors and seeing it fit perfectly with the decor of the wedding at Arcadian Court.
Photographer: Mango Studios
Creative Producer and Decor Stylist: Rachel Clingen, Rachel A. Clingen Wedding & Event Design
Floral Design: Rachel Clingen, Rachel A. Clingen Wedding & Event Design
Stationery: Michelle Sciberras, Paper Damsels
Cakes and mini cakes: Lori Hutchison, The Caketress
Jewellery pieces: Tara Fava Jewellery
Chocolate martini glasses: Lila’s Coco’s
Ghost Chairs, couch, pillows and french provincial
chairs: Contemporary Furniture Rentals
Location: Palais Royale, Toronto
Last year I designed a cake for Grace and Ryan’s Ritz Carlton wedding. Inspiration for the cake came from Grace’s Romona Keveza couture gown that had hundreds of fabric petals with crystals adorned on the dress. Hundreds of sugar petals and silver dragees were applied to create the look of the creme brulee flavored wedding cake. This wedding is featured in the current issue of Wedluxe Magazine and you can see the rest of this gorgeous wedding online here .
Photos by Ikonica – featured in Wedluxe Magazine
I’m so happy it’s wedding season at last! I’ve been planning with lovely 2012 couples on the cake designs and now it’s time to unveil the collection over the next few months. Last weekend I created a whimsical Mary Poppins themed cake for Racheal’s Banana Split bridal shower. So I incorporated the pin stripes from the attire worn , umbrellas and of course spoons full of sugar. Since this was an adult event I wanted the theme to come of subtle and not too novelty. Enjoy!
Sweet Regards – L
I love how water color is making a big impact on textiles in fashion right now. I couldn’t help but be inspired by it for this banana birthday cake adorned with sugar flowers. So cute!
Looking back to when I first started cake decorating, I would never have imagined or dreamed that I would be in demand to design cakes and teach internationally. I still can’t process how my work have grown so much in popularity but I am so very grateful or it. In mid May I designed and created another sugary masterpiece for a wedding produced by the ridiculously talented Carousel Girls. Leena and Zainab of Carousel Girls really know how to go above and beyond for their couples and I’m always excited to help execute their vision with the wedding cake.
This 11 tier cake with 4 double height tiers consisted of : 2 trips to Dubai (13 hour flight each way), over 400 sugar flowers, several grams of 24 K gold and over 65 pounds of fondant. Thank you to both Sweet Stuff and the pastry kitchen at the Raffles Hotel for welcoming me into their kitchens to create the towering cake.
Sweet Regards – L
Here’s just a peek of a cake I designed for a wedding at Capital Events Theatre in midtown Toronto. The wedding was gorgeously designed and planned by Cynthia Martyn Events.
So much talent came together to make this style shoot. Check them out!
Photography: Vicky Starz Photography / Venue: Mrs. Bridal Boutique in Toronto, Ontario / Floral + Event Design: Lisa Collins of Sweet Woodruff / Wedding Cake, Cupcakes + Cake Pops: Lori Hutchinson of The Caketress / Dresses + Accessories: Mrs. Bridal Boutique / Hair + Makeup: Lauren Williams & Emily Hartzman of Lift Beauty Boutique
Peonies are one of my favorite spring flowers and look gorgeous on wedding cakes and in this case cupcakes. Dragon and Samantha said their vows at the Old Mill in Toronto. For their cake we designed a five tier cake with traditional elements like piped lace and sugar flower topper with anemones and peonies. The beaded ivory belt matched the brides gowns. For wedding favors for the guests I designed these purple peony cupcakes. Congrats to Samantha and Dragon!
Photographer: Alex Albojer, lifeimages. Creative Producer: Kasia Juras-Azcurra,
Prelude to a Kiss Tabletop
& Florals: Walter Galvao,
Decor With Grandeur Inc. Stationery: Patricia Figueira, Cre8ive Invitations Shoes: Ron White Cake: Lori Hutchinson, The Caketress Lori Hutchinson Designs Jewellery:
Karolina Keeler Location:
Featured on Wedluxe.com
Photography: Rhythm Photography
As I mentioned before, back in December I had the amazing opportunity to travel to Dubai, UAE to create a wedding cake. I worked with the talented and kind ladies behind one of Dubai’s top wedding planning company, Carousel of Life . I also had the pleasure of teaming up with the fabulous cupcake bakery, Sweet Stuff Dubai , who welcomed me into their bakery and assisted in the production of this wedding cake. I’m happy to finally reveal the cake I travelled half way around the world for. For the design we had rich colors to work with , Orange, red and gold. The ladies at Carousel were so accommodating when I came to Dubai and even took me to the florist’s shop to see what was in store for the centerpieces. I tried my best to match the rich bright hues of the flowers in sugar and also created manzanita branches in sugar with a pair of sugar love birds. When delivering the cake to the outdoor reception, I knew I had done my job right because the cake fit beautifully with enchanting decor.
Photography and Cinematography : Filmatography
Planning and Design: Carousel of Life
Stationary: Studio Grace
Note: The Caketress caters to Dubai, UAE exclusively through Carousel of Life . For UAE wedding cake enquiries please contact Carousel for further details.
Filmtography did a great job documenting the wedding in both cinema and photography. I rarely get to see the couple enjoy the wedding cake so this was treat. 🙂
On stands now, you’ll find a few of my cakes I designed for the Glitteriti style files in Wedluxe Magazine. For this shoot,” Champagne, Carats, and Crystal”, I created a set of 5 sparkling pink, white and silver cakes with literally hundreds of little sugar beads added to them one by one. The whole look of the entire shoot turned out beautifully with such a great team of wedding professionals. Check it out.
Photographer: Corina Van Sluytman, Corina V. Photography
Producer: Cindy Johnson, Platinum Events Group
Photo Shoot Assistance: Jen Hsu and Kyle Iannuzzi, Platinum Events Group
Floral and Decor Design: Tamara and Kevin Slagter, Fuscia Designs
Cake & Mini-cakes: Lori Hutchinson, The Caketress
Stationery/Invitations: PALETTERA Custom Correspondences
Hair Stylist: Ming Justin Cheung, Puzzle Creations
Photographed on location: Le Meridien King Edward, Toronto
I am obsessed with baby’s breath after seeing how soft and dreamy this wedding turned out. Na and terrence had a lovely intimate wedding planned by the talented Melissa Andre Events on Chinese Valentines day at the Jamie Kennedy at the Gardiner Museum that is featured in the newest issue of Weddingbells magazine. Check out the swoon worthy details in their wedding captured by Mango Studios
Planners: Melissa Andre of Melissa Andre Events
Photographer: Mango Studios
Reception location: Jamie Kennedy at the Gardiner Museum
Dress: Rivini from White Toronto
Hair and makeup: Melissa Andre of Melissa Andre Events
Groom’s tux: Hugo Boss
Favours: Tea bags filled with dried rose tea from China
Bridal party attire: David’s Bridal
Cake: The Caketress
Flowers: Flower Parade
Music: Impact Entertainment
I’m really lucky to have found what I love to do as a cake designer, and even luckier to meet extremely talented people in this industry who have the same passion in creating beauty for wonderful couples. What drives me is pushing my creativity and making couples surprised and happy in their wedding cake. So when Azar from Montreal’s leading wedding planning company, Principal Planner Events , (yes, you MUST check her work out …breathtaking!) and the uber talent Monique Simone Photography asked me to create a wedding cake design for a “Laduree Inspired” sweet table, I couldn’t say no to work with such passionate and creative wedding vendors. This is a terrific example about how wedding vendors are very much a team when working together in a wedding and when we are all focused in exceeding couple’s expectation the result is perfection. There are so many beautiful little details Azar styled in this dessert table that I’m just going to let the lovely photos speak for itself. Make sure to check out the team that came together for this shoot (that btw was recently featured on the Amy Atlas blog).
Sweet Regards – L
I’m going through a stage where I’m obsessed with all things cutesy and pretty. I’m even loving pink, glitter, and even started taking ballet lessons. This is coming from a past tomboy who wore overalls and plaid (usually covered in mud). I guess you can my style has evolved and the little princess in me likes to come out when I least suspected it. So when Weddingbells Magazine asked me to do a very “Cute + Playful” cake adorned with multiple shades of pastels, I couldn’t resist having fun with this cake.
For the design I was inspired by letterpress (thank you to the talented Deb from Palettera for lending me the templates for embossing and then painting), and felt flowers flowers (made in sugar paste of course.) When you put all these pastels together with a golden heart in a design, you can’t help but think of the sweetness of young hearts.
Sweet Regards – L
Weddingbells Magazine is now on stands nationwide. Look out for Part 2 & 3 next week to see two other cakes I designed that were featured in the Magazine.
Today I have a treat for you all! Back in the early fall my dear friend (who is also one of the most talented and sweetest people I know), Elizabeth Kaye asked me if I could create an owl inspired cake for a outdoor rustic shoot. I was immediately inspired thinking about the multicolored feathers that Owls have and with Fall being my favorite season I could wait to have her shoot my cakes in such a beautiful season.
I also got to work with wedding stylist and coordinator Lynzie Kent for Electric Blonde Entertainment and Events . She gave a very fresh and fun approach to styling this shoot and I’m so happy I was apart of this rock-star team. The shoot also included gorgeous vintage inspired gowns from the fashion designer Sarah Houston. Check it out and I would love to hear your feedback or even leave some love. 🙂
Make sure to check all the amazing vendors that put this look together!!!
Styling and Coordination: Lynzie Kent for Electric Blonde Entertainment and Events
Photography: Elizabeth Kaye
Wedding Gowns: Sarah Houston
Floral Design: Roots Floral and Event Design
Invitations and Paper Goods: Kendall Kent at Beet&Path Design
Hair: Kathleen Sou
Make-Up: Sarah Smith
Accessory Styling: Alysha Greco for Stella & Dot
Cake: Lori Hutchinson, The Caketress
Brides Headpiece/Favours: Lynzie Kent for Electric Blonde Entertainment and Events
I’ve had a design relationship with ruffles for half of my life now, starting with my obsession of fabric before cake. It’s funny about four years ago I was practically begging couples to trust me and design a ruffle wedding cake and now there’s a cake ruffle craze. Here’s a few of my favorite ruffle wedding cakes over the years I wanted to share.
Photography by Isis Photography
Photography By Jennifer Klemmentti
Photography by Mimmo & Naz
Photography by ROWELL Photography
Whether you call it aubergine, plum , eggplant, or just dark purple , these shades have found their way into elegant affairs. Some would say it has been used royally as the focal color with metallics like gold being the accent and in other ways the neutral when paired with a vibrant color like lime green or fuscia . Either way you can’t turn your head to deep purple orchids, roses, and even cala lilies in any decorated party. Here are a few cakes I designed in the past few years with lush shades of dark purple.
Photography by http://www.daveandcharlotte.com
Photography by http://www.daveandcharlotte.com
Photography By http://www.RowellPhoto.com
Color plays a huge role when it comes to designing the wedding cake, let alone setting the tone to the entire event. I want to share some color “cake flashbacks” to show different ways we have brought a color to the sweet life (pun intended.) First up, Coral. There’s something very happy and elegant about coral in which I love to design custom works with. When is comes to flower choices coral peonies are stunningHere are a two of my favorite coral wedding cakes. Enjoy!
Recently Sanaa and Fidan’s sweet table was featured on the Amy Atlas blog (the queen of dessert tables.) Back in July a designed this sweet table and cake for their reception which included a cake inspired by Sanaa’s Amsale dress and framed macarons and meringues. Enjoy!
I have something colorful to share today. Recently this cake was featured in Dubai’s VIVA wedding magazine as a collaboration with the talented wedding planner’s behind Carousel . I was asked to design a golden wedding cake for a colorful and luxe wedding spread. I look forward into sharing more details soon but for now check out the cake!
Photography by Jessica Blaine Smith
This past year I’ve been very fortunate to teach some lovely classes. I’ve been flown to New York for a private class here and there and also been going to Montreal for private group classes. I really love mentoring some of the most passionate cake decorators I’ve ever met. I also teach a regular Haute couture class at the reputable Bonnie Gordon College of Confectionary Arts. Here’s a two tier design I did for a class in Montreal discussing brush embroidery painted with watermelon pink and gold accented with pearls. For updates on class dates be sure to follow The Caketress Facebook Page for updates.
Photography by Montreal’s Monique Simone Photography
Cake Stand Rental from Montreal’s Principal Planner
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