Wednesday, May 28, 2014
Katharina and Joe wed last June at Shadowbrook Castle, a beautiful Tudor-style home in Joelton, Tenn. They turned to Signature Cakes by Vicki to create their wedding cake. Given the unique nature of their cake, I had to learn more about their vision and design process.
Yes, Pinterest and wedding blogs offer great inspiration. But, use those sources for ideas, not full duplication. Partner with a talented Nashville cake artist like Vicki and design your dream cake! Here's how Katharina did it...
What was the vision for your wedding?
Our vision was very eclectic – just a combination of various elements that represent things we love. The one theme that we carried throughout was the Tudor Rose. I incorporated these blue and green flowers into our save-the-dates, invitations, and programs, and into the cake that Vicki designed for us! I also wanted nature to be a big part of our wedding day; specifically, I wanted a water feature. Despite being very different in our interests and personalities, Joe and I developed a love of kayaking together, and so I wanted this common passion to be a part of our day.
How did you find Signature Cakes by Vicki?
I started with a Google search for wedding cakes in Nashville, and Signature Cakes came up within the first few results. I looked at several different websites, but after perusing Vicki’s cake gallery, I decided that she must be the one to create our cake!
What inspired your cake?
My inspiration was the Tudor Rose theme, and the theme of running water. I did not want a traditional-looking cake, and originally, I thought I wanted a waterfall cascading down one side (to represent “taking the plunge”). I had begun my search for a kayaking cake topper long before the final design was complete!
How did you approach the design for your wedding cake? Did you take pictures to Vicki or did you meet with her and answer questions about your dress, etc?
We met with Vicki in person and brought along pictures of my dress, of the Tudor Rose emblem, and of cake details that I loved. Luckily, Joe and Vicki talked me out of the full-fledged waterfall in favor of the incredible three-dimensional grass cascade, with a small romantic pond on top for the kayakers.
What did you want most from your cake?
I wanted our cake to be unique; my husband wanted it to be tasty. In the end, we were both very happy!
What surprised you about the experience of designing your cake?
I was delighted by how well Vicki listened to our ideas, and created the most perfect design for us, despite what I felt were my own vague specifications of “unique, with flowers, water, and kayakers.” I was also surprised by how delicious the cake hiding under the beautiful fondant was!
Signature Cakes by Vicki is known for offering couples a different flavor with each layer! What were your cake flavors? Did you have them custom designed or were they standard?
Our flavors were white chocolate and spice cake, both of which we sampled at our meeting with Vicki. Vicki offered a wide variety of flavors, all of which were amazing. I was so glad that this was one decision that my husband wanted to help with! In fact, he still reminisces about those samplers, and looks forward to the day that we have another occasion to ask Vicki to create another cake for us (as do I!).
What did you like most about your cake?
I loved all of the details in the design and the flavors, and the impression it had upon my guests and myself has been thrilling and lasting. I was late to my ceremony, and had to rush past guests to the changing room upon my arrival. I finally saw the cake just as I was waiting to step out onto the balcony and walk down the aisle, and it took my breath away. It was an incredible work of art, and it perfectly encompassed everything that I had wanted not just in our cake, but in that whole day.
Photos: Lauren Mouser Photography from Louisville, KY.
Wednesday, May 14, 2014
When I was planning my 2012 wedding, I knew that I wanted to do something special for our wedding cake, especially since I didn’t want a traditional tiered cake. Coming from a family filled with bakers, including a cousin who makes wedding cakes, I thought it would be great to include a recipe that is close to my heart. My Grandma is an incredible baker and it is common for her Viennese Torte recipe to show up on birthdays, anniversaries and other special occasions.
Since my family members were traveling from Canada to Nashville for our wedding, they weren’t able to do the baking, so I approached my friend Abby at Creative Crumbs Nashville. Luckily she agreed to using my family’s recipe, and she did an incredible job! We all enjoyed having this cake at the wedding, and even my Grandma signed off on her creation! She was really moved that we included her recipe on our special day, and it meant so much to me to share that with her.
A moment with grandma on my wedding day
Abby also made a surprise chocolate groom’s cake, decorated with Snoopy and piano keys, which my husband loved. It was great to have these two yummy cakes at our wedding - and they looked incredible too!
If you’re looking for an unconventional wedding cake, or want to include a family recipe on your wedding day, be sure to check out my interview with Creative Crumbs below.
What was it like using a family recipe to make the cake for our wedding?
It was a bit intimidating! Making wedding cakes takes lots of time and energy, but to have the opportunity to make a special family recipe added a little extra pressure. Especially since your grandmother was going to be there....I didn't want to mess up!
It was also so special, it really made me feel like more a part of the day. Weddings are such intimate events, really the biggest day in most people's lives, and making cakes for that most special of days never gets old or routine. Being trusted with your grandmother's recipe was such an honor. I love making each cake unique to each bride and groom, and using a family recipe was such a unique way to do that.
How was this process different from other wedding cakes you have made?
It definitely took a little more work ahead of time. When I use my recipes, I know how much batter I need to make a certain size cake, how long the cakes need to bake, how much they rise, and so on. But since this was a new recipe, I made several test batches in the weeks prior to the wedding to ensure that everything was perfect. My roommate didn't mind the extra cake either!
Have you made any other cakes from special or family recipes?
I've had the chance to make one other recipe. The groom from a wedding last summer requested his aunt's Hummingbird cake recipe as one of the flavors. I was really glad to have his grandmother's recipe because I had never even heard of a Hummingbird cake!
What is your favorite recipe that your family has passed down? (I'm assuming there are a few other bakers in your family!)
I'm actually not sure where the baking gene came from! I used to bake bread and muffins as a kid, but I usually came up with my own recipes. (I'm notorious for not following recipes).
My favorite recipe is probably my grandmother's fudge recipe. She used to make it for Christmas every year, and I distinctly remember making it with her one year so she could show me all the little tricks. I still have the note card she wrote the recipe on, which is such a lost art in the day of looking up recipes online.
Is there anything else you'd like our readers to know about making a custom cake with you?
No idea is too big or too small. Whether it's a specific recipe, a flavor idea, or a design element, I love all the little things that make each cake special.
To talk to Creative Crumbs, you can visit their location at 707 Porter Rd in East Nashville, call at (615) 260-3660, or email email@example.com. You can also see more of their cakes online at www.creativecrumbsnashville.com.
Photos: Five By Five Photography & Design
Monday, May 5, 2014
If you’re seeing red when it comes to wedding colors, or dreaming of a fall wedding in Nashville, then you'll love today's featured style shoot! Set at the idyllic Drakewood Farm, a new wedding venue north of Nashville, some of our city’s finest wedding pros joined forces to create an enchanted day that we’re still dreaming of! With bright red apples, cowboy boots and flannel accents, you’ll want to get cozy with each of these gorgeous photos, all captured by Ace Photography.
Enchanted Florist created floral arrangements that incorporated many of the colors found in Tennessee’s Autumn hills into the ceremony and reception settings. The hay-strewn aisle was adorned with stark red rose petals. The bride’s colorful bouquet stood out against the rustic barn wood backdrop and even included an apple amid the beautiful flowers. Towering branches filled with red leaves provided drama to the reception area and groupings of red, orange and yellow flowers livened the table centerpieces.
Apples are seen throughout this shoot, creatively used as bunting, hanging from trees, wrapped around the birch wood trellis, and placed on overturned barrels. There is even a cider and caramel apple bar, provided by Chef’s Market, which would be great at a fall wedding! Signature Cakes created a rustic four-tiered cake with interlaced branches and bright red accents, displayed over red delicious apples.
All of the red decor accents really stand out against the bride’s off-white gown with vintage lace details. Street Tuxedo made sure the guys looked great in light beige suits with red bow ties, an accessory that they carry in many colors. They even matched the bride’s red boots! If you'd like to include any of these gorgeous details in your big day, be sure to get in touch with the vendors listed below.
The Vendor Team:
Glitz Bridal and Formal
Southern Events Party Rentals
Designs in Paper
Academy of Makeup Arts
Wednesday, April 30, 2014
Your wedding is an extraordinary, once-in-a-lifetime event and your cake should be too! Your day, dress and design are like no other. So why should you limit yourself to a vanilla, standard cake? You shouldn't!
Sweetface Cakes encourages brides to go bold with style and flavor, and they absolutely love creating distinctly unique cakes that are “outside of the box!”
Custom wedding cake created by Sweetface Cakes for a couple who loves to travel.
Why be bold? Well for starters, everyone loves a couple that incorporates personality into their wedding. The more personal the better! Do you and your groom love to travel together or enjoy reading books on the weekends? Why not choose a wedding cake that celebrates these details and the uniqueness of you as a couple? Your wedding cake is a great way to add a touch of whimsy and fun to your reception.
Maybe you love bold flavor combinations? Surprise your guests with custom Sweetface Cake flavors like peaches and cream with peach pecan jam or strawberry cake with caramel cream cheese filling! The options are truly endless and your guests will flip over the one-of-a-kind flavors.
Don't be afraid to make a statement with your cake! To design the custom wedding cake of your dreams, give Sweetface Cakes a call at (615) 481-2181 to set up a free tasting and consultation. Want to see more of their unique creations? Be sure to visit sweetfacecakes.com.
Wednesday, April 23, 2014
Some of the world’s greatest creations were born out of what most would call impossible ideas. Vicki Nelson, owner and lead designer at Signature Cakes by Vicki, realizes this and that’s why she will do almost anything to help a groom’s vision for his cake come to life.
The groom’s cake might be the only opportunity he has to express himself at his wedding. It serves as a reflection of his personality, hobbies and favorite things, and if he cares enough to dream big about this cake, then it has to be done right. It’s a pretty tall order to fill, of course, but with Vicki’s experience, the groom is in good hands.
Vicki shared this fun story with us: A groom requested she make a cake that looked like a case of beer and a beer pong game. The cake looked so real, in fact, that the bartender at the venue asked her to take the “case of beer” into the back where all the other alcoholic beverages were being held!
Some of our favorite grooms cakes, made by Signature Cakes By Vicki, certainly make us want to have our cake and eat it too:
Chicago Cubs and Yuengling Lager
Crab on beach