Monday, May 4, 2015
Ashley's Bride Guide sat down with Amy Millslagle, owner of delicious cake shop The Frosted Affair of Green Hills. Her talented team, along with fabulous designer Jay Qualls, debuted their new collection of wedding cakes for 2015 earlier this month and we were fortunate enough to pick her brain and learn more about the inspiration behind these jaw-dropping designs.
Can you tell me a little bit about your inspiration for you new 2015 collection? What are your team's favorites? Which style was most popular at the debut event?
The Frosted Affair’s 2015 Wedding Cake Collection was inspired by numerous sources:
- Bows, embellishments, lace, and ruffles from newly released wedding dress designs
- Vintage music lyrics
- The newly released 2015 Pantone colors
- The growing popularity of gold, glitter, and bling!
- Bride’s own personal wedding invitation!
We love all of the designs, but, as our designers have said, it makes me happy when we get to paint with gold, push the envelope with modern, painted, distressed hexagons, and create items with some of the latest techniques including wafer paper and edible images.
All our guests had their personal favorites, but the black and gold glitter cake was a hit! Also, everyone had fits over the 3 groom's cakes in the collection – Casino Night, Beer Can, and Vintage Tool Box.
What makes this collection stand out?
The designs are fresh, new, and executed extremely well. However, when you look at the collection as a whole, it doesn’t all look the same. Inspiration has been drawn from many sources and the outcome is many distinct designs– each as unique as our wonderful brides!
For brides who aren't familiar with your designers, can you give me a little bio?
At The Frosted Affair, we have two lead cake artists in addition to a team of bakers, cake pop artists, and cookie artists! Laura Grizzel, lead cake artist, is a graduate of Southeast Culinary & Hospitality College, Bristol, Tennessee, and is originally from Gate City, Virginia. Amanda LeSaicherre, lead cake artist, is a graduate of Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts, Boston, Massachusetts, and originally from Ponchatoula, Louisiana. These two phenomenal artists have over 15 years’ experience.
Jay Qualls, celebrity cake artist, joined our team as a wedding cake consultant in the fall of 2014. He has helped inspire our team creatively as well as transform our beautiful shop where brides can have a one of a kind cake consultation. Jay is a graduate of Middle Tennessee State University and opened Maples Wedding Cakes. While he no longer owns Maples, he continues to be one of the leaders in the cake industry with his unique sense of style in cake design, teaching, product development, and business consulting. He has starred in two national television shows, season one of "The Next Great Baker" and season two of ABC's hit reality show, "The Taste."
What is your price range?
Pricing is extremely simplified. For the most part, brides can have any cake design they want between $6.50-$7/serving with a 100 serving minimum. This way, you can get exactly what you want without having to ask each time, how much does this one cost? Our groom’s cakes are custom priced based on difficulty and size, and start at ~$100.
How can brides see/taste this new collection?
At The Frosted Affair, couples enjoy a complimentary tasting and consultation in our private wedding consult space. Consultation appointments need to be scheduled at least three days in advance, ideally on a Monday or Tuesday when possible. Our room has beautiful furniture, a large wall of cake inspiration, and classical music playing softly in the background. Traditionally, we taste our five most popular flavors (Strawberry, Almond, Vanilla, Chocolate, and Red Velvet) accompanied by your choice of champagne, wine, or water – just the way you will eat it at your wedding!
Brides meet with one of our lead cake artists, who sketch your custom dream cake on site. Once booked, the sketch is yours to frame and put out at the wedding and then eventually put in your wedding scrapbook.
You can also see our collection online at http://www.thefrostedaffair.com or on our social media sites! Or, just pop in! We're located at 2209 Bandywood Drive, Nashville, TN 37215, 615-856-1903
Tuesday, April 21, 2015
We absolutely love when A) Brides have the courage to do something completely outside of tradition and trends, and B) Nashville wedding vendors excel well beyond their comfort zone. That's exactly what happened when an engaged couple, who chose Nashville as their destination wedding location, also hired The Frosted Affair, whose cakes are tasty as well as beautiful. This couple's originality grabbed our attention which, after seven years covering Nashville weddings, isn't easy to do.
We hope their story below inspires you to design your wedding from a blank slate. See what you might do outside of the norm.
Below is an excerpt from The Frosted Affair's blog which you can find via this link.
"Frosted Affair was approached by a bride regarding her wedding cake. While not from Nashville, she loved the city and wanted to have her wedding in Music City! After looking at numerous wedding cake designs, she actually decided she wanted each guest to have their very own wedding cake! We decided on a beautiful 4 inch wide by 2 inch high cake for each guest in almond cake with almond buttercream. Each cake was also adorned with a three letter monogram and pearl bead border. Gluten free and peanut free guests were also able to have their own cakes! The bride and groom also chose a complementing two-tier cake adorned with fresh flowers to serve as the centerpiece on their table. Initially, the guest list was about 70 people, but, by the end, 100 attended! So, yes, Frosted Affair made 100- no, make that 101 cakes for a wedding!!!!!!!!"
Wednesday, April 8, 2015
The Frosted Affair invites Nashville brides, grooms, parents, and planners to their open house. Taking place on April 13, the design team will introduce their never-before-seen collection, which was created in collaboration with celebrity cake designer Jay Qualls. They will also introduce Sarah, of Sweet Darling Pâtisserie, and her custom macaroons.
If you are a wedding planner or you are planning your own wedding, please join The Frosted Affair at their special event. RSVPs preferred, but not required - email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Here's a sneak peek of their 2015 collection!
Custom, delicious macaroons for any party, wedding, or special occasion!
Monday, April 6, 2015
Earlier this year, Ashley's Bride Guide attended the Perfect Wedding Guide Bridal Show at the Omni Hotel in downtown Nashville. Dozens of vendors lined the halls, offering brides an array of beautiful ideas for their big day. There were a number of different and delicious bakeries, but there was one vendor that I was VERY excited to see there. . . The Cupcake Collection!
Located in the Historic Germantown neighborhood, The Cupcake Collection is a family-owned bakery that specializes in rich, homemade desserts and unbelievably friendly service!
Their cupcakes are so popular among the locals that the owners, Mignon Francois & family, recently opened a second location in Donelson. Even if you're not into the cupcake thing, the Francois family has an entire team waiting to help design and execute your perfect cake at The Wedding Cake Collection cake studio.
The Cupcake Collection does all sorts of cakes: custom wedding cakes, super fun (and funny) groom's cakes, and even delicious wedding favors for your guests! The Cupcake Collection was a wonderful addition to the Perfect Wedding Guide Bridal Show, and stopping by their booth was a real treat. The owner and her employees are so friendly, you feel like you're visiting with old friends. Brides can expect the same treatment in her shop too, as hugs are usually given away for free with every delicious purchase.
Monday, March 16, 2015
Brooke knew one thing when she began her wedding cake design with Vicki of Signature Cakes by Vicki: she wanted her wedding cake to incorporate real flowers. Brooke and Vicki worked together using inspiration from Pinterest, the relaxed and rustic vibe at Mint Springs Farm, and from Brooke’s wedding dress. They worked together to create not only a treat for the taste buds, but a treat for the eye. The end result was a majestic, five tiered wedding cake with soft, white roses and greenery that reflected Brooke’s wedding dress.
Brooke & Jason
Wedding Date: July 12, 2014
Wedding Venue: Mint Springs Farm
What was the vision for your wedding?
For our wedding, we didn't really have a theme, but I loved the relax rustic vibe that the venue already provided so we just built on top of that!
How did you find Signature Cakes?
My venue was wonderful because they provided food and cake/dessert for us, and they solely work with Signature Cakes for a traditional wedding cake, and we were not disappointed!
What inspired your cake?
I really wasn't sure what I wanted for my cake, but I knew something simple and clean that incorporated real flowers.
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?
I took in some pictures I found on Pinterest of cakes I thought were pretty, but really didn't have a clear design or idea in my head. Vicki asked to see a couple pictures of my dress and began sketching a cake from there. Based of the pictures I showed her and conversations about my likes and dislikes, she was able to draw up something we loved!
What did you want most from your cake - great design, taste, specific details?
Well, who doesn't love wedding cake? So I wanted it to be delicious, first and foremost. And then after that, I just wanted it to be beautiful.
What surprised you about the experience of designing your cake?
I thought I was going to want something with a little bit more texture and a little more modern, but ended up loving our simple and traditional cake.
What were your cake flavors? Did you have them custom designed or were they standard?
We had a spectrum of cake flavors! We did not want it to be "boring" (none of her flavors are boring!). We had a 5 tier cake and the top tier (which we are saving for our 1st anniversary) is split strawberry and red velvet, Jason and I's favorite. Then we had banana nut, hazelnut milk chocolate, red velvet and white chocolate truffle. And then Jason's groom's cake was two tiers with strawberry and lemon. These were all flavors she offered, and it was really hard to choose, so that's why we went with a spectrum of flavors. Banana nut ended up being most everyone's favorite flavor, we had wished we had chosen it for a bigger tier!
What did you like most about your cake?
I loved how beautiful my cake was, I really think it had an awe factor. It turned out so much more beautiful than I could have imagined. And we had plenty of leftovers to enjoy afterwards!
Photos: Nathan Westerfield