January 13, 2010

Bridal Showcase 2010 - Cal Expo

This past weekend we attending the Cal Expo Bridal Showcase. The day was filled with meeting newly engaged brides and grooms and thier families and friends. There was so mush energy and excitement and our new display cakes were well received.
This year we decided to showcase cakes that have drama and color. We wanted to show want our abilities are with cake and sugar. We avoided the cake styles that we have done in the past with the thought that you can see pictures of cakes with scroll designs, ribbon borders, and quilting on our website. So we created brightly colored cakes, dramatic cakes, grand cakes, complete with a candy and dessert display.
We had 11 cakes on display, ranging in size from a 2 tier for 36 people up to a 5 tier for 204 people. We also brought for display cotton candy mini cupcakes in specialty papers, chocolate cake pops dipped in white chocolate, rice cereal treats covered and drizzled with chocolate and a variety of color cordinated candies. We also showcased our wide variety of cake stands, apothecary jars, dessert trays and custom made dessert tags. But we didn't stop there we also made sure that we didn't leave our visitors with an unfulfilled craving for cake, we provided tasting samples of white cake with raspberry preserves and champagne buttercream and red velvet cake with a bavarian cream filling and vanilla buttercream. Yummy!
rice cereal treats, cake pops on a tray of sprinkles, candy jars, bowls, and some cakes.
The candy and treats smelled great and really stopped people in their tracks, but the cakes were what captivated guests to stay at our table, engage us with questions, take pictures, and of course sample cakes.
There were a couple of cakes that received the most attention for the day. The first being the cake we placed on the front corner of our table.
This a 4 tier square, serves 172 people, covered in ivory fondant and accented with chocolate brown and apple green details. Then it was finished off with green orchids, orange lotus, champagne dusted blossoms and chocolate brown curls. The table was decorated with sola wood balls.
The next best was the Queen of Hearts of cake:
This 4 tier round, serves 204, was covered in a stark white fondant and then accented with black diamonds spaced perfectly around each tier with red hearts. It was then finished with red red roses and white stephanotis. The cake was topped off with a double sided Swarovski crystal monogram, custom made by http://www.verydifferentcakes.com/
Another popular cake was our dramatic showpiece, it was a little bit vintage, a lot glamourous, and had a romantic pirate appeal to it.
This was agrand 5 tier cake with various height tiers, serves 204. It was covered in white fondant and then had one side stenciled with a delicate damask and the other side draped with horizontal pleats. The two sides came together with a ruffle sided strip complete with diamante studed buttons. The entire cake was given a pearl coat so it had a subtle sheen to it. Then the cake was completed with sterilized ostrich feathers, sugar peonies and hydrangeas. It had 3 beautiful plumes on top that made the cake over 2 feet tall. We displayed the cake on top a silver 18" square stand. It was a sight to see. Look to our future blogs for more angles and close-up photos of this amazing wedding cake.
The cakes are not the only thing that makes our bakery different from the others, its our great staff. We are a family owed bakery and so the show was also a family event. My sister Martha, niece Theresa, sister-in-law Violeta, niece Celia, brother-in-law Joe, my mother Marion, and close friends Vermont and Jasmine attended the show to help Hector and I. They handed out cards, helped answer questions, offer samples, bring brides to the table and give the best support. I can't thank them enough.
I'll finish this post with one more photo of the entire both, a sample display of some of the many things our bakery can create.

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