We have grown and changed our business as time has gone by the past few years. When we started Magnolia Bakery and their cupcakes were all the rage. Then a bunch of cupcake stores opened in the area and my once popular cupcake business slowed way down. I was fine with that because it gave me more time to focus on learning my craft. Now, 90% of those shops are closed but I’m still here and I don’t make cupcakes anymore!
One of the most often heard comments I get during bridal consultations is “I don’t want fondant.” The problem is that most of the inspiration photos they bring me are fondant. There’s the odd occasion where I have to tell them no, but more often than not I can come up with some way of replicating the design in buttercream.
When I met with this couple they brought an inspiration cake that was buttercream with lots of lines in it.
A lot of you are much better at sugar figurines than I am, so when I got this order for a “less cartoony” representation of the bride and groom, I was visiting lots of places on the web and printing out tons of examples.
Our couple here loved the great outdoors and were very specific that the cake include a black bear, a tent, a canoe, and some fallen tree logs.
A few months back, I met with a bride that wanted a very natural cake with ferns, fiddle heads, and irises. I had never made gum paste irises, so I started looking online. All of the so-called “irises” really looked nothing like the irises my bride wanted. I decided that my only recourse was to make my own. I got out my Nicholas Lodge DVD and started making notes. Several days later I had a bunch of the little suckers made up.