Four Seasons Scottsdale Surprise Groom’s Cake

May 24

It’s not everyday I get a request for a surprise Groom’s cake with five cats on it.  A request like this is not only different but it’s one that requires a lot of skill, planning, and execution.  I am always up for a challenge!

Victoria reached out to me hoping I could design her a cake to surprise her Groom-To-Be with on their wedding day and she really wanted it to have their five, yes five, cats on it.  I quickly learned just how much Kyle loves them.  He is obsessed with them.  I was also told how much Kyle loves desert plants (the spikier and stranger the better) and cool colors.  How was I going to make a cake with five cats, desert plants, and a cool color palette make sense?  How about matte gray planter boxes filled with edible stones, sugar succulents/plants, and their five cats playing amongst them.

Victoria emailed me at least 10 photos of each cat so I could use them as reference.  I sculpted each cat out of modeling chocolate (think, edible clay) and then hand-painted them.   Each cat had to be in a certain position and Kyle’s favorite cat, named Pip, was front and center and had a black bow-tie adorning its neck.

This cake had so many time-consuming elements and small details that I worked so hard on.  It was wonderful to hear how much Kyle loved his personalized Groom’s cake and how he was telling everyone which cat was which.  The last picture of Victoria smiling at Kyle admiring his cake is my favorite of all and makes it all worth it.  Victoria, I hope this cake was all you wanted and more!

Here are some images of the process as well as the professional images captured by the talented and wonderful Rachel Solomon.  This cake might go down as one of my most unique requests as well as one of my most customized requests.

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Participating Vendors:

Photos Rachel Solomon Photography | Day of Coordinator Meren Dehaze of Some Like It Classic – Wedding Design | Venue Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale | Floral Design Carte Blanche Design | Groom’s Cake Heartsweet Cakes | Hair Joey’s Hair Couture | Makeup June Pearl Beauty | Gown Pronovias via Lillian Lottie Couture | Harpist VeeRonna Ragone | Groom The Clotherie | Hand lettering & signage The Pretty Paperie | Shoes Jimmy Choo | Rentals Classic Party Rentals | Paper Minted | Rings & Cufflinks Cartier | Earrings Tiffany & Co. | Film Lab The FIND Lab

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A Look Inside Courtney & Matt’s Elegant Custom Wedding Cake Design

April 22

When I think about the style of cakes that I want to design more of at Heartsweet this cake is a perfect example of what comes to mind.  Handmade sugar flowers, intricate detailing, towering tiers, shine, elegance, and a completely customized design.

The sugar flowers on this cake were made to replicate many of the fresh florals that would be seen throughout the couple’s wedding.  Days and days go into making each sugary bloom and there are no shortcuts for this type of realism.  You will see over 400 handcut and colored petals just in the Ranunculus flower lineup below.  Every sugar flower I make begins from a white, sugary dough (called gumpaste) that I make in-house from scratch.  I am then able to dye the gumpaste any color I want and then later dust it with an edible powder to create the realistic shading that you would see in a real flower.  Dusting brings the sugar flowers to life but it takes a lot of time.  A lot!  One of the biggest compliments I can get is when people don’t even know that the flowers on the cake are sugar.  That’s the goal!

The bride loved the idea of incorporating lace into the cake design and showed me a photo of her beautiful lace dress at the tasting and design consultation.  The lace on the cake was first stenciled and then outlined in hand-piped royal icing.  Talk about carpal tunnel!  I also added fondant flower cutouts to add even more detailing and fill in the lace a bit more.  The bottom tier was painted with an edible, pearlized luster dust to create a shiny effect and it complimented the ivory satin ribbons on the cake board perfectly.

This cake was truly a dream cake to create and one that I will never forget.  This was by far the most intricate, time consuming and largest wedding cake that I have sold here in Arizona.  Hence why my Husband Jon (the best delivery assistant ever) made me stand next to the cake upon delivery for a photo opp.  Ha!  I have said it many times before, but I am so grateful to have started my business here in Arizona alongside some of the most talented, creative, motivating, uplifting, and supportive industry vendors around.  I must give a huge shoutout to Jenni Thye from Imoni Events for giving me so much support and many opportunities since I have just recently opened my business in fall of 2015.  This cake would have never happened without her.  So thank you.

I know that this cake is merely a glimpse of what I believe I can offer in the wedding cake industry here in Phoenix.  I hope to design cakes that when people see them displayed at the event they say, “this is definitely a cake by Heartsweet.”  I hope this cake is the start of that dream.

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Participating Vendors Include:

Photographers: Cameron Clark & Jamelle Kelly

Event Planner & Designer: Jenni Thye | Imoni Events

Reception Location: Omni Scottsdale Montelucia

Floral: AZ Petal Pusher

Invitations: Vee Creative

Band: Trejavu Band

Ceremony Music: Obadiah Parker

Videographer: Serendipity Cinema

Rentals: BBJ Linens

Makeup: Linda Wagner

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Navy and Pink Scottsdale Wedding – Featured on Inspired By This

February 14

What better way to celebrate love, on Valentine’s Day, than to share some of my favorite images from Tasha and Trevor’s wedding day, taken by the kind and talented Amy and Jordan Photography at one of their Workshops last fall.  All weddings are special but they don’t all include 16 photographers, a FOX 10 Phoenix news story as well as being published on Inspired By This!

Tasha, a Phoenix Suns Dancer, was proposed to by her now Husband Trevor during one of the half time shows and their story went viral!  When Amy and Jordan heard that Tasha and Trevor were planning on eloping at the courthouse, and they wouldn’t be getting any beautiful photos, Amy and Jordan started thinking.  One thing led to the next, and Tasha and Trevor weren’t just going to be modeling for one of Amy and Jordan’s workshops (where they teach aspiring photographers how to become successful) they were getting married at it!

Top wedding planner (named one of the top by Martha Stewart!) Jenni Thye of Imoni Events generously donated her time and talent to give Tasha and Trevor the wedding of their dreams.  I was honored to design and create a cake for the couple and when Tasha saw it she told me that it looked just like something she would have picked.  How amazing is that!  I even made a side cake of their favorite flavor for them to take home to eat.  It was an honor to play a small role in helping celebrate two kind people on their uniquely, amazing wedding day alongside other talented vendors who donated their time and talents. You can just see their love of each other beaming through these gorgeous photographs!

To see the Inspired By This publishing click here.

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Other participating vendors include:

Event Design: @jennithye of @instaimoni // Floral Design: @butterflypetals // Calligraphy: @freedhands// Linen: @latavolalinen// Officiant: #mattnathanson // Rentals: @glamourandwoods // Hair: @hairbyemilyhughes // Makeup: @makeupbutterfly// Wedding Dress: @schaffersbridal_az // Tux: @celebtuxntails // Cake: @heartsweetcakes // Pies: @mammatoledos // Venue: @claytononthepark // Photography: @amy_demos & @jordan_demos

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Edgy & Masculine Styled Shoot at The Four Seasons

February 10

A couple of months ago I was approached by the lovely Meren Dehaze from Some Like It Classic to create a cake for a unique, masculine, and edgy styled shoot she was designing.  She had me at unique, masculine, and edgy!

I love designing and creating cakes that you don’t see everyday, and I knew that I could come up with something that would compliment her uses of leather, wood, and mixed metals.  I wanted to create a cake that was “simple” yet bold with a lot of texture.

Unlike most of my cake designs, where sugar flowers are a main component, I felt like this cake didn’t need them and I wanted the gold, braided texture on the bottom tier to be the main focal point.  I actually had been wanting to try this braided technique for some time now and I loved how it turned out.  Each individual piece was hand cut and painted before being attached to the cake tier creating the braided effect.

To achieve the braided look, I had to be extremely precise in cutting and shaping each piece to ensure they were all exactly the same.  I wanted to also bring in a slight marble effect and so I marbled some gray tones into the white fondant tiers.  This helped soften the edginess of the black, leathery tier and the bold texture of the braided tier.  I finished off the borders with small clusters of sprinkles that I painted gold and dusted with some edible gold glitter.

Below are a few of my favorite photos from this styled shoot captured by the talented Brushfire Photography.  A complete list of the participating vendors who contributed to this day are listed at the bottom of this post as well as the link to Ruffled Blog where this styled shoot was featured!

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Click here to go to the featured post on Ruffled Blog that was picked up in just 12 hours after being submitted!

Participating Vendors:

Event Design || Some Like It Classic – Designer Meren Dehaze

Photography || Brushfire Photography

Floral Design || Carte Blanche Floral

Rentals || Classic Party Rentals & Glamour and Woods

Linens || La Tavola Fine Linens

Wedding Invitations || Idieh Design

Venue || Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale at Troon North

Hair and Make Up || Sarah Monachos – Hair Makeup By Sarah

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Chic Southwestern Style Shoot

December 7

Over the summer Rachael Dufresne, one of Imoni Events talented wedding planners, contacted me after she saw my very first and only Heartsweet Cakes’ Instagram photo. I was in the midst of completing my website and finishing off my commercial kitchen space when she asked me if I wanted to design a cake for a style shoot they were doing at The Four Seasons. I had to read her message over and over and pinch myself!  I could not believe I was given such an incredible opportunity before I had even launched my business.

My goal as a cake artist is to design cakes that capture the details and feel of each unique event and I think this cake represents that perfectly! I am so grateful to Imoni Events for asking me to be a part of this style shoot amongst so many talented vendors. I was so humbled and honored that they trusted in me before they had even seen the rest of my portfolio. Thank you for “discovering” me and allowing me the creative freedom to do what I do best.

Thank you Green Wedding Shoes for featuring this shoot and all of the talented vendors who contributed their talents and skills.  Check out the comprehensive vendor list below a few of my favorite images taken by the talented Melissa Jill.

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Paper Crown

http://paper-crown.com

@papercrown

 

The black Tux

https://theblacktux.com

@theblacktux

 

Sarah’s Garden

http://sarahsweddinggarden.com

@sarahsgardenstyle

 

La Tavola

https://latavolalinen.com

@latavolalinen

 

Wiley Valentine

http://www.wileyvalentine.com

@wileyvalentine

 

Emily Hughes

http://hairbyemilyhughes.com

@hairbyemilyhughes

 

Arielle Rondeau

http://cremedelamakeup.com

@ariellerondeau

 

Kendra Scott

http://www.kendrascott.com

@kendrascott

 

Event Rents

http://www.eventrents.net

@eventrents

 

Tremaine Ranch

http://www.tremaineranch.com

@tremaineranch

 

Imoni Events

http://imonievents.com

@instaimoni

 

Four Seasons Scottsdale

http://www.fourseasons.com/scottsdale/?src=ppc_google_brand_drive

@fsscottsdale

 

Melissa Jill

http://www.melissajill.com

@melissajill

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The Knot Rocks Phoenix Web Launch Party

October 6

I wanted to share a few detailed shots, taken by the talented Eyes 2 See Photography, from The Knot Rocks Phoenix Web Launch Party last month at the Arizona Biltmore.  These will give you a glimpse at how incredible the event was!  It wouldn’t have been possible without the amazing vendors that contributed their time and skills.  Thank you again to Amina and her team at Some Like It Classic – Wedding Design for asking me to participate.

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Creative Partners:

The Arizona Biltmore
Kate Ryan Design
Victoria Michelle Beauty
Heartsweet Cakes
Wildflower Linen
Quest Drape
Let Them Eat Cake
Glamour and Woods
Desert House Productions Inc.
Altitude Aerials
Arizona Biltmore, A Waldorf Astoria Resort
Arizona Biltmore Hotel
Paula Jacqueline Cakes and Pastries
My Popcorn Kitchen
Eyes 2 See Photography
The Pretty Paperie
The Instant Classics
The Event Essentials
Jack’s Warehouse
A Bakeshop

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Pop Fizz Clink

September 24

One month ago, I was approached by the incredible Some Like it Classic wedding design team to be the featured cake vendor at a special event they were hosting for The Knot at the Arizona Biltmore.  The cocktail party was to celebrate the launch of The Knot’s new website and I was humbled and honored to be asked to contribute.

The idea was to design three cakes to be put on display as “art”.  I was given a vision board, put together by the amazing Amina Garrison, owner of Some Like It Classic, to give me some inspiration and she told me to “do what I do”.  As an artist, I always need some kind of inspiration before I design.  Sometimes all I need is one small detail to inspire an entire cake.  After seeing the vision board I immediately began designing.  The three cakes were inspired by the event’s theme, color pallet, and the overall look and feel of the vision board.  Many, many, many hours and days went into these three cakes and it was rewarding to put them on display for The Knot.

A big THANK YOU to Amina, and the Some Like It Classic team for this opportunity, the Arizona Biltmore for holding the event, The Knot, and the extremely talented vendors that also contributed to a fantastic cocktail party.  Many champagne bottles were popped, connections made, and delicious food and desserts were consumed.  I not only woke up with a smile yesterday but I ended with one…a BIG one!

Here are a few photographs of the three cakes, sugar details, and some swag from the event itself.

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Hello World!

August 18

Well, the day has finally come.  Launch day!

This is something I’ve been working toward and looking forward to for over a year.  It’s been quite the journey and it definitely hasn’t gone as I had planned. But, here we are. Heartsweet Cakes is now a reality and I feel a huge sense of accomplishment, pride, and joy.  I no longer have to try and explain to people what I’ve been up to or how much longer until my shop is open.

Many things have changed from my initial vision of my business, but one thing remained constant and that is my support system.  Thank you to my friends, family, and a special thanks to my Husband Jon for believing in me even more than myself at times.  Also, I am grateful to those who I have met along the way and who have mentored me including my web/brand developer and designer Ann Parker, owner of Grit & Wit, my lifelong friend and photographer Jenny Nelson, with Nate and Jenny Weddings, and my business mentors at Score.org here in Phoenix.

It is crazy to think how far I have come and I can only dream of where this will go.  If it is anything like my journey of starting this business then I better buckle up!  Click!  I have learned that just because it doesn’t go as I planned it doesn’t mean it isn’t going to turn out great.

I am so excited to create one cake at a time here in Arizona!  Let’s do this!

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