Friday, October 30, 2009

~ Frosting Friday ~

As we come to the end of October, today will be the last post in our special Grooms Cake series on Frosting Friday and it's the perfect timing to feature some fantastic Halloween inspired cakes!

photo courtesy of flickr

photo courtesy of flickr via Your Best Wedding

Monday, October 26, 2009

Anne & Mike ~ Saddlerock Ranch

After what seems like the busiest September and October on record, we have lots of beautiful weddings to share with you over the next few months. Here is the first of many!
We started with an amazingly gorgeous California day, an over the moon in love couple and some amazing family and friends to celebrate Anne & Mike's wedding at Chateau Le Dome at Saddlerock Ranch. We had the pleasure of working with an great photographer Susan Bordelon, and we are excited to share a few of our favorites.

Anne and Mike's love of wine, great food and family was incorporated throughout the day. Guests signed a magnum of wine from one of their favorite wineries. Anne made cookbooks as favors that included family favorite recipes, of course with a wine pairing suggestion.

Anne & Mike, we wish you a lifetime of the love and happiness you shared on your wedding day. It was a pleasure and a privilege to be part of your special day. Thank you for allowing us to share in your journey.

We want to thank the amazing vendors that helped make this day possible.
Venue ~ Saddlerock Ranch
Photographer ~ Susan Bordelon
Caterer ~ Pierre's Catering
Florist ~ Flower Wild
Officiant ~ Rev Clint Hufft & Debra Alpert
Cupcakes ~ Susie Cakes
DJ ~ Pete Isaac with Dance Syndicate

Friday, October 23, 2009

~ Frosting Friday ~

Since Kathy and I are both big fans of wine, I thought it was only appropriate to feature these fantastic wine bottle cakes from Confetti Cakes in today's Frosting Friday post. Cheers!

photo courtesy of

photo courtesy of Confetti Cakes

Friday, October 16, 2009

~ Frosting Friday ~

I just had to get in on Susan's October special feature of grooms cakes, with my Southern Texas roots and all... There a ton of reasons that I have chosen to feature Armadillo grooms cakes, one of them is my LOVE of the film Steel Magnolia's. Shelby's wedding in her colors of 'Blush and Bashful' will always make me chuckle, and who can forget the aunts blood red armadillo grooms cake that was being served out of the garage.

Here is an image of the original Blood Red Armadillo Grooms cake from the movie Steel Magnolias.

As Susan and I headed home from a recent wedding in Rancho Palos Verdes, in my exhausted daze I asked her if that had been an armadillo in the middle road. As we were still in So Cal, it was much more likely to be a raccoon or possum...surely not an armadillo. To say the least this was enough to make us laugh for the duration of the drive home. Just another reason to feature the armadillo design as a grooms cake.
Sharing a little love for the state animal of Texas. Hope that these images give you inspiration as you personalize the cakes for your own wedding.

Friday, October 9, 2009

~ Frosting Friday ~

Continuing with our special feature on Grooms cakes for the month of October, we were happily surprised to find this adorable owl cake on Southern Weddings. You see, Kathy and I are Chi Omegas and therefore we are huge owl fans! How cute is this little guy?
He looks delicious!
Even the wedding cake from this gorgeous wedding was adorned with cute little owls.
photos courtesy of Whitney Lee Photography via Southern Weddings.

Friday, October 2, 2009

~ Frosting Friday ~

We're going to change things up a bit on Frosting Friday for the month of October and feature a special series on Groom's cakes! For our first feature, we thought we would start with a little Groom's cake history lesson from The Food Timeline:

Groom's cake seems to be relatively modern tradition that probably originated in the Southern United States sometime in the 19th Century. The traditional cake ingredients and folklore are reflect ancient Wedding cake customs; current recipes and serving ideas reflect modern wedding tastes.

"Cake historians say the [grooms cake] practice first came to the wedding party in the mid-19th century. About that time the bride's cake--for a long time a single-tier, dense fruitcake--had evolved into a stacked pound cake in the shape of a church steeple. But revelers still desired some of the old-style, rich, fruity cake. Enter: the Bridegroom's Cake. Each guest was given a slice of fruitcake in a box to take home. As the story goes, single women who slipped a slice under their pillow would have sweet dreams of a mate. Today, groom's cakes are baked and iced in the bridegroom's favorite flavors...A groom's cake is a have-to-have in the deep South."---"A Cake of His Own," Washington Post, April 15, 1998 (p. E01)

"The grooms cake...The tradition of sending wedding guests home with a piece of second cake, called a "grooms cake," has its origins in early southern [U.S.] tradition. It is a tradition that almost disappeared by today is experiencing a revival of sorts. The modern-day groom's cake is often a chocolate cake, iced in chocolate, or baked in a shape, such as a football or a book, that reflects an interest of the groom. It is to be used as a second dessert, it is placed on a separate table from the wedding cake and cut and served by the wait staff. At a small, at-home wedding, it is placed on a separate table from the wedding cake and is served. Having a special groom's cake is a charming personal touch. Some couples ask to have the groom's cake packaged, festively wrapped and tied with a ribbon, in small boxes to send home with departing guests."---Emily Post's Wedding Etiquette, Peggy Post, 4th edition (p. 339)

It seems that sports tends to be the most popular theme for Groom's cakes, so today we're sharing an "Amazing Cake" for our hometown team.

photo courtesy of Ryan Phillips Photography