Sweet Julias’s Blog

Cookies, Cakes, and More…

Shhh! Want to know a secret about party cakes??? March 27, 2009

I LOVE to do children’s birthday cakes!  I have so much fun imagining how excited the child will be when they see their special birthday cake.  I love the bright colors and fun designs that are incorporated into children’s cakes.   I am always honored to be asked to participate in a couples’ wedding, but childrens’ birthdays hold a special place in my heart!


A couple of weeks ago I had the pleasure of making a cake for Ellie who turned 3.  Ellie was having a pizza party and wanted a pink cake.  Her mom asked if I could make anything out of that…Sure! I said.  Here is what I came up with for little Ellie…a Pretty in Pink Pizza Party.


The cake is a delicious dark chocolate cake covered in ruffled buttercream and a fondant tablecloth.  Each of the little plates and pieces of pizza were handmade by yours truly.  The mozzarella pieces were individually cut and applied with tweezers just so. 





The birthday cake was dusted with a shimmery pink edible color and painted with a edible gold.  Everything you see on this cake is edible, although the pieces may get a little hard during the drying process.  If you choose not to eat the molded pieces you can keep them for a very long time….









I also made a cute soccer cake for McKenzie….the soccer ball on top is covered with marshmallow fondant and the grass is buttercream.  This soccer ball can be made into an complete 3D soccer ball that would serve aproximately 10 children.  Inside McKenzie asked for a moist butter cake, our most popular flavor. 









An afternoon baby shower was the perfect scene for this stacked box cake.   The cake is our moist butter cake and they are filled with freshly made seedless raspberry buttercream.  The cakes are covered with buttercream and topped with fondant lids and bow.  The baby booties are made from gumpaste.


Is there life beyond vanilla cake? January 7, 2009

So I know you are saying…”Julia, I have read over your extensive list of flavors (found here) and I am more confused now that ever”!  Don’t worry, you can have them all…. uhm well no, I guess that won’t work.  Okay since you asked so desperately, I will try to narrow it down to my top 5, uhm 10, er 11 favorites.  Cake is really a mix and match type deal… be creative, explore a little: it’s fun.


A word of advice, if I may, while you may absolutely LOVE chocolate cake with lemon curd…chances are the majority of your guests will not.  So consider choosing more than one flavor combination for your cake.  A minimal charge of $15 is added for each additional flavor combination, but this way you get your cake and your guests will eat it too!


Drum Roll please……Our most popular cake is…

            Butter cake with Vanilla American Buttercream….

I believe the popularity of this cake stems from the fact that this cake reminds people of why they love cake.  This is a velvety moist cake with a rich creamy buttercream that tastes like home.  This cake is popular with both the wedding and birthday crowds.


Our most popular grown-up type cake (especially for Groom’s cakes) is:

Chocolate Heaven: A rich dark chocolate cake filled with dark chocolate ganache and raspberry filling, topped with the most fabulous dark chocolate ganache buttercream.



More Combinations


Cakes, Fillings, and Icings Oh My!

Filed under: Flavor Choices,Party Cakes,Wedding Photos — sweetjulias @ 3:07 am

Today’s cakes are much more than Chocolate and Vanilla.  How about a cinnamon butter cake with cinnamon ganache buttercream or a luscious lemon cake with fresh raspberry filling?  No matter what cake combination(s) you choose you are assured a moist, fabulous tasting cake that is as scrumptious as it is gorgeous.  We offer an extensive selection of cake combinations from which you may choose.

…Flavor List Here


First things first Julia, where are You?? January 6, 2009

We operate our bakery out of our licensed and insured home kitchen in Raleigh, NC.  You can rest assured that your bakery items come from a pet-free, smoke-free environment.   We are inspected by the NC Dept of Agriculture before we accept orders and randomly at their discretion.  Some venues require proof of inspection and proof of insurance at time of delivery, please let us know if this is the case for your venue.

We are physically located in Wake Forest (specific address provided when making appointments) but we serve Raleigh and surrounding areas.  If you are not sure of our delivery coverage area, just ask.  We are very flexible and try to be as accomodating as possible.  Most often, the only limiting factor on our delivery area are previously scheduled deliveries.


We’re moving to Raleigh!!

Filed under: Introduction,Party Cakes,Wedding Photos — sweetjulias @ 6:59 pm

We are pleased to report that we will be moving to Raleigh, NC (specifically Wake Forest) in January 2009. 

We will be returning to the Asheville area on the following dates.  If your event is on one of these dates, give us a shout and we may be able to fit you in the schedule.

                      May 2, 2009                  Completely Booked

                      May 23, 2009                One spot available

                      June 6th, 2009              Completely Booked

                      October 17th, 2009     One spot available

We expect to be inspected and insured by the first week or so of February.   After that we will begin scheduling tasting appoinments and events.  Also, you will find us at the Forever Bridal Show on April 19th, 2009.  More on that to come…