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Bridal Show…… March 9, 2009

We recently participated our first show in Raleigh.  The Embassy Suites-Crabtree hosted a lovely show on a chilly Sunday afternoon.  We were happy to escape to the tropical theme of the show.  A lucky couple won a trip to a fabulous beach somewhere!

 

Here is a picture of our booth.  We offered three different cake styles along with matching favors.

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We were offering 2 samples that day; Butter cake with chocolate mousse and Butter cake with a yummy lemon curd.  A lot of people shied away from the lemon curd…I guess it sounds a bit strange.  But I have to tell you…a freshly made curd (lemon, lime, passion fruit) is absolutely to DIE for!!  Tangy and sweet and oh so creamy!

 

 

 

 

 

 

We also met some more of Raleigh’s fabulous wedding classy-jeweled-cake-flowers-english-gardenvendors! Diamond Entertainment will get you and your loved ones to your wedding and reception in style!  Vivienne Carosso has excellent jewelry from Cookie Lee that would be perfect as bridesmaid gifts or your wedding day ensemble.  We are excited to visit Cute Buttons in Cary for adorable paper products and invitations.  And we were fortunate to meet the owners of The English Garden florist.  They were kind enough to allow us to take this photo of our cake next to their Stunning floral display.

 

You can catch us at our next bridal show on April 19th and the Southern Bridal Show & Expo at the NC Fairgrounds.  This show is hosted by Forever Bridal and I have heard that they host wonderful shows.  We will have more samples and new cakes for you to see. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you can’t wait until April to meet us, remember we offer free tasting and consultations Tuesday-Thursday at from 10-2 and at 7pm.  Please remember that our tastings are by appointment only.

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Wedding Professionals and New Friends February 5, 2009

Filed under: Introduction,Uncategorized,Wedding Photos — sweetjulias @ 4:47 pm
Wow!  What a banner first week we had!  We want to send a shout out to our very first Raleigh customer Cathleen over at Coyote Logistics!  We are glad you all enjoyed your cupcakes last week (and the ones from this week, must have been good!).
 
We have also scheduled a bunch of free tastings and consultations for weddings this year.  Remember, 3-6 months out is the perfect time to book your wedding cake.  The honor of our first Raleigh bride and groom goes to Kristen and Chris who will be getting married in July 2009.

 

We are also proud to be a sponsor for the Wakefield High School’s Spring Talent show to be held Saturday February 14th, 2009 from 1-4pm. 

We are donating lots of yummy treats for the intermission snacks (cupcakes, cookies, chocolate covered treats, mmmm!). This Talent show will benefit the Stop Hunger Now Organization, so be sure to support your local students as they do their part to Stop Hunger Now.

 

I also attended a wedding professional’s luncheon hosted by Perfect Wedding Guide.  We enjoyed a wonderful salad and bread pudding from the Embassy Suites Cafe and discussed how to make ourselves more approachable in new situations.  I also met a bunch a fantastic wedding vendors.  I met the lovely Sandra Gall  of  The Gallery  check out her Soul Searching gallery…it is stunning.  I also spoke with wedding planner Makia Walls who will help you with all those details you never knew existed at Simply Elegant Events.  And if you are looking for personalized invitations, look no further than Galanova.  These are just a few of the professionals we met at the luncheon, please ask for referrals if you need them.

We would like to extend a great big cyber Thank You to Raleigh for the warm welcome!  We are excited to be here and hope to hear from you soon.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Open for Business in Wake Forest/Raleigh… January 23, 2009

Today we are officially open for business in Wake/Forest Raleigh. We have completed all of our paperwork and diamond-rope-sm1inspections and we are ready to bake you a fabulous cake!

We will be available to answer phone messages and emails:
10am-5 pm   Monday through Friday
If you would like to contact us outside of that time frame, please emails us. Often we are working on paperwork during the evening hours.

Please note that we are a By Appointment Only custom cakery.  We are often available for short notice orders, but we never have cakes premade.  It is best to plan your order ahead as we do get very busy with weddings and special events.

Free tastings and consultations for cakes over 75 servings will be held:
10am-2pm and 7pm Monday through Thursday

Some Saturday appointments are available, but they are very limited due to previously scheduled deliveries.

For orders over $50 delivery is FREE within a limited area.  We will let you know if there is a delivery charge when you place your order.

 

Busy, Busy, September… January 11, 2009

Filed under: Wedding Photos — sweetjulias @ 9:30 pm

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To start off September we did a wedding cake for a relative Shannon, and her new husband Lee, at Lake Oconee ,Georgia.  We had so much fun visiting with our family and playing at the lake.  The location and the wedding were absolutely lovely.     Unfortunately, the 100 degree plus weather took a toll on the fondant ribbon.  Fondant and Georgia summer humidity do not mix!  We will forever after reccomend FABRIC ribbon for outdoor summer cakes. 

 

 

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Let’s see… what happened in August 2008? January 8, 2009

Filed under: Wedding Photos — sweetjulias @ 3:36 am

Hmmm, it’s been so long….oh yes!  I worked with a very lovely bride named Misty and participated in a Cake competition.  

Misty had her cake all worked out, so there was very little for me to do up front, except make a blue Red Velvet cake…..

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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