Thursday, December 3, 2009

Heavenly Bites Cake Bites - order some today!

With the holiday season upon us, and plenty of holiday parties and events to attend, many of you are wondering "what can I bring that will wow the crowd?"

Stop right there - I've got your solution! Order a box of  Heavenly Bites signature item "heavenly bites"!! What are these? Let me explain the delicious-ness!

Imagine any cake of your choice, crumbled up in a bowl, mixed with just about anything yummy you can think of (try buttercream, marshmellow fluff, nutella or expresso flavored liquor), rolled into a bite size ball and dipped in chocolate!?!?

They can be dipped in any color chocolate to match any affair and decorated with anything from sprinkles to tiny are sure to be the hit of the dessert table at any party with these!

I've never been able to take a picture of my own because they've been eaten too quickly, so here are some pictures of cake bite creations from other blogging bakers out there to give you some ideas.  Contact Heavenly Bites Cakes today to order yours!

By Alana Hodgson - adorable Christmas and winter themed cake bites:

By Danielle Baker - a delicious idea - peanut butter cake bites!

What might possibly be the CUTEST thing I have ever seen (by Bakerella):

Beautiful blue by Austin Cakeballs:

Contact Heavenly Bites for a price list.

Monday, November 16, 2009

A (anything but) "Hokie" Bridal Shower

These fall flowered cupcakes, cake topper and Virginia Tech Hokie Bird sugar cookies were made for a bridal shower. The bride (Jen) is a friend of mine and I had the honor of attending the party as well, which was so much fun! It was a wonderful party, planned by her mom and bridesmaids and it had a lot of little touches that were perfectly Jen.

These are the cupcakes - chocolate and vanilla cupcakes with a swirl of vanilla frosting on top. Each cupcake was topped with a large flower made of fondant in fall colors.

The cake was vanilla with chocolate frosting and filling, covered in cream colored fondant, topped with a bouquet of fall flowers, with a brown and burgandy ribbon around the base.

Finally, as a party favor, I made Hokie Bird sugar cookies to celebrate the bride's favorite college football team/alma mater.  These were displayed at each place setting in clear goodie bags and tied with a burgardy ribbon.


Fall, Football & Vows

This NY Giants jersey themed grooms cake was commissioned by a bride as a surprise for her soon-to-be husband at their rehearsal dinner this past weekend.  Inside was a red velvet cake with cream cheese filling - his favorite! 

It was decorated to look like a football jersey, with the couple's last name across the top, the NY Giants logo in the center and a mini-football on top. Lying in a bed of fall leaves to denote the season, this cake was really fun to make!

Making the leaves was a fun project - they are made of fondant and I got the colors by mixing different colors together and rolling them out while they still had a tie-dyed look, rather than fully mixed together. Leaf cut-outs and my newly discovered favorite decorating tool - veiner molds - really brought them to life! My favorite leaf is the dark maroon colored one in the front! :)


Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Lightning McQueen 2nd Birthday Cake

My nephew Andrew's 2nd birthday party theme was Lightning McQueen, so the cake was decorated to look like the famous car itself! The best part was seeing Andrew and his brother Luke's faces lighting up when they saw the car. The best complement came from 4 year old Luke who said "You did a really good job on that cake Auntie Tara!". Melted my heart!! :)  Here are some pics:

The cake inside was Betty Crocker's Gluten Free Chocolate - it tasted so delicious, I don't think anyone would have guessed if we hadn't mentioned it! My sis-in-law told me that after we left, Andrew ate the whole fondant spoiler with his name on cute! Love you Andrew! Hope you loved your cake!

Friday, October 9, 2009

My Babies Turn ONE!!

A few weeks ago my identical twin boys, Patrick and James, had their 1st birthday - what a proud day for all of us! They've grown so much (26 lbs each!) and have already learned and done so many things (walking, a trip to Disney, appearing as Baby Henry on Guiding Light, going to their 1st Yankee game!) - we're so proud to be parents to such sweet kids! Here are some pics of their first year:

For the birthday party, we had an Elmo theme so I made cupcakes with fondant Elmo faces on top, as well as a few others with a "p", "J" and the "#1" on top in blue and green (the colors we've used to help identify the boys over the last year)!

Digging In! :)The boys annihilated their cupcakes and even managed to take a few bites of the leftover crumbs! We finished up the party with a ride on the nearby carousel for everyone at the party - so much fun!!

It's Element-ary My Dear!

One of my co-workers was planning a party for his brother and needed a cake - we brainstormed about what his brother's interests were and since he's a chemist, we decided to do a cupcakes topped with the elements. When you put the cupcakes together, they form the Periodic Table! I suggested that he keep them separated until his brother arrives and challenge his chemistry skills by asking him to put the elements in the right order!

The cupcakes were vanilla cake and split between chocolate and vanilla frosting, topped with a square of fondant to form the puzzle pieces!

Monday, October 5, 2009

Damask 30th Birthday Cake

This weekend I had a 4 tier cake due - my 1st 4 tier ever! The design was a damask print painted on the cake with chocolate frosting over light blue fondant. I was especially excited about doing this because it was for a co-worker's wife's birthday AND since these are Heavenly Bites signature colors!

I actually was attending the party too, so I actually got to taste the official finished product AND see all the reactions of the guests, host and most importantly, the birthday girl...she loved it! (Phew!) The cake was all red velvet with cream cheese frosting and filling - YUM!!!

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Heavenly Bites goes to a Wedding!

The day after the mini-cakes were due, I had a 3 tier wedding cake and 130 cupcakes due! Needless to say, there were some late nights last week getting all the decorations prepared, but it was well-worth all the hard work, getting to see the finished projects (and then crawling into bed!)

The wedding cake was a 3 tier Devils Food cake with cannoli cream filling (YUM) and vanilla buttercream frosting. It was covered in sage green fondant, each tier wrapped with a darker green ribbon and decorated with several eye-popping orange tiger lilies (to match the wedding flowers) and pearl dragees in a swirly design...I was so excited with the end result!

Front of Cake

Back of Cake Side of Cake

The cupcakes were a delicious mixture of cake with cream cheese frosting, banana cake with vanilla frosting and vanilla cake with chocolate frosting...each was topped with a decadent swirl of frosting and either three tiny flowers or one large flower with a pearl dragee center.

Just Finished!

All set up at the wedding, with bride and groom cake topper! Close-up on a tier with apple and banana cupcakes

The wedding took place at the beautiful Liberty House in Jersey City, NJ in view of the NYC skyline and turned out to be a beautiful day - so happy for the bride and groom!

Heavenly Bites gets Angelic

This past weekend was a crazy one! By far my busiest yet, with the largest orders I've ever had. First up were mini-cakes for a baptism. The angels on top were made out of fondant. I started making them 2 weeks prior to the event! There were 2 different types of was vanilla cake, vanilla filling and vanilla frosting...the other was chocolate cake, white chocolate filling and vanilla frosting. All were covered with fondant, with a ribbon around the base, polka-dotted and marked with the initial "R" for the adorable baby boy being baptized that day.

Next up...a wedding cake and cupcakes!

Friday, September 4, 2009

1960's Style Record Player

Hi everyone! Last weekend, at the request of a client, I made a 1960's style record player for her parent's 60th birthday party - she had a really fun idea of having the record on the player say 1960's Classics, copywright 1949. The cake was a chocolate-lovers dream! Chocolate expresso cake, chocolate filling and chocolate ganache frosting. The whole thing was covered in Chocolate Fondant and handpainted to have a wood-grain look.

It was so much fun making this cake! I received a wonderful email from the client after the party which is the best part of cake decorating - hearing that the cake was a hit! :)

Monday, August 24, 2009

FORE-ty!!! A Very Golf-y Birthday

So this weekend, one of my co-workers (at my day-job), commissioned me to make golf cupcakes for her fiance's 40th birthday party. This was SUCH a fun project - I felt like a kid making little tiny golf clubs, golf balls and flags! The best part, in my opinion, was the birthday boy leaning up against the flag for the "19th hole", with beer in hand and golf clubs off to the side. I hope he got a round of golf in on his birthday weekend!

For the cupcake tower, I used, for the first time and definitely not the last, an amazing product from The Cupcake Tree. This was their mini-cupcake tower that holds up to 100 cupcakes. What an awesome product! So sturdy, and you can decorate the tower any way you like! Very affordable, well made and definitely a hit in my book!! They also have ones that hold up to 300 cupcakes AND they make square ones too. They have great examples of decorating ideas on their website as well - check it out!

Monday, August 17, 2009

Kids Stuff!

The past 2 weeks have been a lot of fun - I had two orders for kids cakes/cupcakes where I really got to experiment with making fondant and gumpaste animals. It was really fun!

Can you tell me how to Sesame Street?

First up was a Sesame Street themed 1st birthday cake for my best friend's son Matthew. I was so psyched to do this cake for them, 1) because Matthew is a little cutiepie and 2) because I can't believe my best friend from high school and I are now at the point in our lives where we're going to our CHILDREN's birthday parties!!

The 3 tier cake was all yellow cake with vanilla filling and frosting. It was decorated all in primary colors with beading around the base of each tier and there was a Sesame Street character on each level - Big Bird, Cookie Monster, Elmo and Oscar. We also made a smash cake for Matthew in the form of a giant cupcake!

The Smash Cake

Jungle Boogie, Jungle Boogie...

Next up was my nephew's 4th birthday! He had a jungle themed party in a park in Hoboken - the perfect location and a beautiful day! We made vanilla and chocolate cupcakes with chocolate and vanilla frosting. For the kids at the party, each had a choice of a cupcake with a fondant jungle animal face - there were lions, tigers, elephants & monkeys to choose from. For the adults, there was a giant swirl of frosting on top. A little melty in the August heat, but it's my opinion that everyone should be licking their fingers at the tail end of eating a cupcake anyway! :)

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Cakes in July

The last few weeks have been so busy with work, cakes and vacation, so this is the first chance I'm getting to post!

Wine Theme Bridal Shower Cake

A few weeks ago, I was asked to do a bridal shower cake for a wine themed party. The bottom tier was 3 layers of chocolate cake with raspberry filling between one layer and white chocolate filling between the other layers and frosted with white chocolate frosting. The top tier was red velvet cake with cream cheese frosting.

The cakes were covered with ivory fondant and I used champagne colored pearl dust to achieve a marbelized look. The grapes bunches were made of fondant as were the beads around the base of each tier.

Beach Ball 2nd Birthday Cake

This past weekend, I had a beach ball cake due for a 2nd birthday party. This was a really fun cake to make, especially because it was a sculpted cake and I got to get creative with the sea creatures that lived in the ocean at the base of the cake!

The base cake and one of the ball cakes were made with vanilla cake with vanilla pudding filling. The base cake had white chocolate frosting and the ball cake had dark chocolate frosting. The second ball cake was devils food cake with chocolate pudding and white chocolate frosting.

This was the first cake I've ever painted on and I have to say, I loved it! I was nervous as I started, because I felt if I messed up, I'd have to pull off the fondant and recover the cakes...but it turned out to be great to work with the food coloring paint and create an ocean-like quality on the base cake. Painting the beach balls was awesome too.

I hand sculpted the sea creatures and added the delicious graham cracker sand and after 15 hours of work, was SO excited with how this came out!

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Yankee Stadium Cake

A few weeks ago I was commissioned to make a Yankee stadium cake for a 1st birthday party - I was pretty excited to try it! I'm including pictures of the was a yellow cake with raspberry filling, vanilla frosting, and covered with fondant. After baking the cakes, filling and stacking them, I carved the cakes into the shape of the new Yankee Stadium. Next, I carved out the center of the stadium - to be honest, I couldn't believe how easy it went!

I then frosted the cake, rolled out the fondant, and (expecting a big struggle to get the fondant over the cake without cracking) got the fondant on and smoothed down in ONE attempt! I was really excited. :) My twin boys and husband were napping, so unfortunately I had no one to share my excitement with - haha - so I waited until my husband woke up and came in to check on the then I felt like I could be cool and professional about it, so when he opened the fridge and was like "Wow! It looks great!" I was able to say "Aww, thanks!" But inside I was beaming with cake dork pride ;)

I had made all the signs for the stadium the night before, so I was able to start attaching those to the outfield fence right away. I laid out the field in green fondant, the bases and baselines in white, and finally a black fondant base for the stands. I used confetti sprinkles for people - that was really time consuming getting all those on there! But I loved how it looked when it was finished.

I finished off by adding the "YANKEE STADIUM" sign out front and adding the tall archways that appear on the new stadium as well...and couldn't believe I was finished! Hope you like how it turned out!


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