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


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


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




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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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 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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