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The Ruffled Weekend
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The Ruffled Weekend

Custom Cakes

Having done wedding cakes for about 20 years — 15 of them here at Twiggs — I’ve seen several trends in wedding cakes come and go.  A couple of years ago it was all about austerity, very plain cakes with little to no decoration.  Perhaps that reflected the austere economic times.  Then last year damask was really popular and still is, actually.  Right now ruffles and femininity seem to be making a surge.  We had two cakes which prominently featured ruffles this past weekend.  The first design was posted on Pinterest a while back and now I’ve probably had six different brides bring it in.  The cake has frayed ruffles done in fondant running around each tier.  It’s an easy design to execute, honestly — just tedious and time-consuming.  This cake was taken to the Martin Johnson House, one of my favorite San Diego venues.  It’s the perfect location for an outdoor summer wedding.  I love the pictures that come from this venue as the cake is often set against a plate glass window of the cottage on the property.  The window reflects the Torrey Pines on the grounds; it makes a great back-drop for the cake picture.  This cake was part of a dessert buffet that we did — a small cake along with mini-cupcakes, tartettes, brownies and cookies.  First up is a picture of the cake itself and then a picture of the larger buffet.

Next is a cake with buttercream ruffles rather than fondant.  The base of the cake is a horizontal pleat design we’ve done many times, but two of the tiers have ruffles overlaid in the middle of the tier.  The cake alternates white and pink to create a very summery, fresh look.  The flowers I had to work with were fantastic — very exotic ones, most of which I’d never seen before.  This cake went to the Handlery in Mission Valley which I hadn’t been to for a couple of years.  They’ve remodeled the place and it looks nice.  They’ve really got a wonderful outdoor garden area that this cake got set up in.

The next cake went to the very contemporary and cool Skybox next to Petco Park.  The cake is covered in an ivory fondant and then lines similar to a topographical map are impressed into the fondant mimicing the outline of the gumpaste anemones on each tier.  It’s a contemporary design that looked right at home in the uber modern Skybox.

 

The final “featured” cake from this past weekend is a wedding cake that went to the University Club in downtown San Diego.  The University Club is on the 34th floor of Symphony Towers with walls of windows, so you have a spectacular view of downtown San Diego, the bay and the Pacific Ocean beyond.  It’s a private club that used to be closed to members only.  With the economic downturn, they now allow non-members to rent the space for weddings.  I don’t think it’s the least expensive option there is, but it’s a venue and view your guests won’t forget.  

Finally, here are some more cakes we did this past weekend.  They’re smaller images, but you can click on any of them to see a larger version.

   

That’s it for another blog post.  This past weekend was a little saner than the prior, but we’ve got another crazy one coming up.  As always, thanks for keeping us so busy.  I’m very grateful for the volume of business we have now.  Until next week!

 
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