I'm currently now on maternity leave, taking a break to enjoy the arrival of our next addition that will be added to our beautiful family.. we are just so lucky.
While I won't be taking on any cakes for the rest of the year, I have been working on a huge project for most of this year that I'm beyond excited to share with you all soon and that I'll be launching next year!
Here's a few shots from our own maternity shoot. These stunning photos were taken on our family farm where my husband first proposed to me and where we had our wedding photos taken.
So it was pretty special to then have our maternity shoot taken at this location again a few years later and by Whakatane's own photography by kushla.
Photography | Photography by kushla
Jay and Ryan's intimate wedding was set on Taupo's serene waterfront.
Foxes, bears and deer Oh My! I adored making this rustic inspired cake, the carved bark theme along with the hand carved initials tied in perfectly with their woodland wonderland they had created for their special day.
I used Sweet sticks edible paint for the hand painting of the fondant.
The flavours for their three tiered wedding cake were the ever popular fresh ginger, walnut & spiced carrot cake along with a decadent vanilla cake, lathered with white chocolate ganache throughout and topped with a thinly covered vanilla fondant.
It was an absolute pleasure creating such a special cake for this couple, the bride was one of thee most patient and lovely brides I've ever dealt with.
The photography was by Taupo's own krystle from Bespoke Photography, her level of talent just blew me away, she captured all the special moments from the day and her attention to detail was just beautiful... Enjoy!
Couple | Jay & Ryan
Photographer | Krystle from Bespoke Photography
Cake | Sweet Deer Hand-Painted Cakes
Florist | Daisy Chains & Paper planes
I Love that I get to show off this truely stunning shoot! Nestled in on our home town beach of coastlands in whakatane, Bay of Plenty.
I sooo enjoyed having a different colour palette to use for this shoot, it defintely brought me out of my comfort zone and got me thinking!
I got to have such a play with different looks and textures for the cake table... from ombre ruffles to pastel blue painted florals to regal navy and silver leaf, it was all so different.
I used the blue range of paints from Sweet Sticks Edible Art Paints, they are such super easy paints to use and dry so quick you never have to worry about smudging and smears when packaging and moving your cakes from A to B (Especially when you have half a dozen to move!)
I was blown away with how the combination of sea shells and flowers together on the cakes and table really complimented each other.
The photography captured that gorgeous winter afternoon light perfectly, giving such a dramatic and powerful to each and every piece from this shoot.
So many shots to look at from this epic shoot, enjoy!
Our amazing team...
Photography | photography by kushla
Cakes/Cookies | sweet deer hand painted cakes
Hairstylist | bespoke hair by Chloe
Makeup artist | makeup by lynisa
Florist | honeybee wild flowers
Stylist | the heirloom
Models | Becca, Alex & Si & the gorgeous little River
Gowns | Corina Snow Bridal Couture
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Edible Art Paint- My favourite paints to use ...
My Nephew Oscar's 4th Birthday Party
I so so enjoyed making this much simpler star wars themed cake for my nephew for his fourth birthday party.
The order was a double chocolate mud cake, black glittered fondant and black buttercream.
I used the scrummy Glossy Black fudge frosting from Sweetapolita.
I had so many wonderful comments on this frosting, it was just devine! Only thing you have to prepare for when using this black frosting is that everyones teeth and lips were momentarily black ha ha!
You can colour this frosting to any colour it wouldnt have to be black!
Glossy Black Fudge Frosting
Glossy Black Fudge Frosting
Add all of the ingredients, except the melted chocolate and black food color, into the food processor, and pulse until everything is incorporated.
Add the melted chocolate and pulse until smooth. Add a small amount of the black color (about 1 teaspoon). Pulse until combined. Let sit for about 15 minutes (the color will take awhile to process--it's best to let it sit rather than adding more and more right away).
Add more color if necessary, until desired black tint is achieved.
Steve & Amy's Wedding
Steve & Amy's wedding was held in a beautiful marquee situated in Kutarere, about a 20 minute drive out of whakatane.
The vendors involved in this wedding were just out of this world, one of the most amazing weddings I have seen and been apart of in my little caking career.
When it came to making the Wedding cake, Amy was so easy to deal with she made it an absolute dream.
Top tier | Subtle soft pink and white marble
Middle tier | Pink ombre
Bottom tier | hand-painted with a beautiful deep gold
Topped off with gold leaf and a few stunning peonies, subtle magic.
The Catering I have to say was one of the most freshest most gorgeous food I have ever seen at a wedding. From the fresh honeycombed topped camembert cheeses, to the beautiful meringues served along with dessert everything was just WOW!
The styling was sensational as always by Casey and her team at The Heirloom, Ternaniums filled with flower posey's and metallic details thoughout brought everything together.
The venue was filled with florals, from the floor to the ceiling by HoneyBee Wild Florist, Peonies, roses and proteas were highlighted everywhere bringing the whole venue to life.
Amazing fresh photography by one of the Bay's best with Swift & Click, capturing all the beautiful moments of their day.
Congrats Mr & Mrs Nelson