With Christmas around the corner, the decor for this wedding couldn’t have been more appropriate. Beautiful old books with lace and gold accents adorned the room. The florals consisted of winter white ranunculus, roses, pine needles, and pinecones.
Rachael and David had a classic white cake with gold piping at the base of each tier. Rachael found a beautiful hand-painted cake stand that matched everything perfectly. We finished it off with a single white ranunculus with pine accents.
Top tier: chocolate cake with chocolate fudge filling, Bottom tier: Vanilla white cake with strawberry buttercream filling, Outside: Classic vanilla buttercream
Isn’t this adorable? Rachael is from California and David is from Australia!
One of our most favorite designs is the floral heart cake inspired by Rifle Paper Co.‘s floral heart print. We first came up with the design copying the Rifle Paper colors in a previous post, but got a request to do the same cake to match the beautiful color palette of a wedding.
When Kristy sent me the color palette (navy, light pink, dark pink, and gold), I got so excited! It reminded me of something you’d find on a Kate Spade print. Plus, anything with a touch of gold automatically makes it awesome.
I loved the gold scallop cake board with it!
Detail shot. My favorite were the little gold flowers. :)
It’s been another long stretch of time since we’ve posted, but admittedly, we’ve been quite busy with kids – Cathy’s full time job of being a wonderful mother and my full time job of working with kids for my day job! We’ve had the opportunity to squeeze some cake time in there, so we’ll be updated the blog slowly but surely. :)
We had the pleasure of doing a wedding cake for two dear friends of ours. The bride, Sarah, is the sweetest person you’ll ever meet. She is a girly girl to the max, and had such a beautiful shabby chic-inspired wedding complete with mason jars, succulent favors, and flowers in beautiful shades of pink.
When Sarah came to us, she had different visions for her cake, so after lots of sketching and discussing, we nailed it down to a simple lace design (to coordinate with her beautiful wedding dress) complete with bold pink flowers to add some pops of color. We also made vanilla cupcakes, some decorated with blush pink nonpareils and others decorated with a fondant medallion with a subtle lace imprint.
During the cake-making process, we were a little stumped of how we could achieve the lace look effectively without using special lace cutters or molds. Thankfully, we had the help of a friend (Dani!) to help us create the lace look. We couldn’t have done it without her!
Sarah and Austin, thank you SO much for picking us to do your wedding cake! We love you guys! Also, photo credit goes to the wonderful and amazing Cathy Breslow!
If you look closely, you can see the lace imprint in the fondant medallions. It added a small touch of sophistication to the cupcakes.
It’s been a while! Both Cathy and I have been quite busy with various things, so P&P has been taking a break for a while…
…but now we’re back! I started a new job working with kids with Autism, and it’s awesome. Getting used to a new schedule was a little tough at first, but I think I’m now getting the hang of it. As much work as cakes can be, it’s also quite therapeutic for me. Plus, I love hanging out with my baking partner, Cathy! She’s the best. =)
Back in June (yes, June!), we got to make a baby shower cake for a friend, but never had the opportunity to post it. The theme was a pink/white/black French type of theme, so we made a small cake to celebrate the arrival of this little one.
It’s summer here in the Bay Area, and we’ve been getting beautiful weather! Although the weather here can be a little finicky, the week that I worked on this cake was HOT! I did a fun 1st Birthday cake for a friend’s daughter.
The theme was Hawaiian, which made me super excited! I absolutely love Hawaii, and I can’t wait for the day I get to go back. I remember warm breezes, bright flowers, Hawaiian music (which I streamed to get me in the mood), and of course…the food. Oh, the food.
My friend Kiyoko requested that her daughter’s cake have colorful flowers on it. I had an idea of what to do, but not really a concrete idea. I Googled tropical color palette, and found a beautiful palette to work with. I went back and forth between making it really “kiddie” or keeping it more simple. I decided to do the latter. Even for kids’ birthdays, I like simple, clean designs. I wholeheartedly agree with the old adage that less is indeed more.
This cake was made with moist yellow butter cake and filled with a rich dark chocolate truffle filling.
She also requested a dozen matching cupcakes for the kids at the party. I added mini flowers and two-toned leaves to the cupcakes to make it a perfect set of sweets!
Yellow butter cake topped with chocolate truffle frosting
Happy 1st birthday, little Ava!
“Tiffany blue. Ivory. And pearls.” That was all she needed to say. How could we say no?!
Our first meeting with Kandace, the (at the time) bride to be, was so much fun. We met at a local coffee shop and gushed about her engagement, her vision for the wedding, and of course, the cake!
After seeing several pictures of cake elements she loved, we agreed to come up with a few sketches and have another meeting with her hubby-to-be, Joe. We came up with three different sketches – all of which we loved. After showing them to Kandace and Joe, we knew which one it was going to be. Kandace kept coming back to the Tiffany blue cake with pearls and a shimmery ivory bow.
Here is the sketch that was chosen!
Since we had just finished doing a cake the weekend before, Cathy and I were in “cake mode” and had such success with this entire cake from taste, to baking, to construction, to decor.
Thank you so much to our friend Cathy Breslow for assisting us in taking pictures! We’re bakers – not photographers, so being coached on taking quality pictures was so helpful! We only hope to get better and better. =)
Securing the bow…
We should also mention that this cake tasted delicious!! It was chocolate cake with raspberry frosting. The soft pink frosting with speckled raspberry seeds stood out against the dark rich chocolate cake. It was so pretty (and yummy!). We’re hoping that we can post a picture of a cake slice from a guest of the wedding or the photographer of the wedding, so come check back some time soon!
Thank you, Kandace and Joe for allowing us to make the cake for your big day!
We’re obsessed with beautiful textiles. Fabric is such a huge source of inspiration of design because of its geometry, color, and texture. We absolutely love eyelet fabric for its dainty, feminine flair so naturally, we were quite enthusiastic when our friend and bride-to-be Chelsea asked us to make her wedding cake inspired by eyelet fabric.
Much of this design was inspired by Martha Stewart’s eyelet cake, including the tier separator and the “woven” ribbon.
Congratulations, Chelsea and Nathaniel!