Monday, February 22, 2010

It's going to be an exciting week!!

Mission accomplished... I slept in on Sunday! That was awwwwwsome. Then off to work out and had some calamari salad at North restaurant. Yum!!

Not sure what I was thinking...., I signed up and planned to have 2 big events during the week, custom cakes, cookies, and of course "That takes the cake" event.This last one will be so much fun! Can't wait till Saturday morning.

First event on Wednesday, February 24 7:30PM-10:30PM at The Allan House "The Mad Hatter Tea Party." We will be sponsoring the first Catalyst 8 event of 2010. 

We will be have a dessert table, full of our signature cupcakes - red velvet, honey and chai, pumpkin, and blackbottom. We'll also bring our "Mad Hatter" cake, some bars, and cake lollipop. All proceeds from the event go toward the Catalyst 8 Boost Rental Subsidy program, which awards rental subsidies to Austin-area emerging and underserved arts groups.Check out their website for more information.

I can't wait to complete these project on Wednesday, and take a  picture of the dessert table. Fun fun fun!

Second, we will be sponsoring the Supply Chain Management Student Organization for Spring Kick off.  So...  if you are Engineering or Business  major student, don't forget to attend their Social Meeting on Thrusday afternoon. For more information, please contact Elizabeth - 
Ben and I are UT graduates! We love to give it back to our school, so HOOK EM!

Some sneak peak of this week decoration:

I am ready to leave the shop now, off for hot bowl of ramen with extra egg. Good night!

Friday, February 19, 2010

Valentines Day aftermath

Fourteen days straight of working, no break yet!! I am looking forward for a half day work tomorrow afternoon. Hopefully, I will be done after 4PM birthday tasting.

How do I handle the aftermath?
I think I also develop "cake anxiety," I know this probably don't make sense to most of you. My neck and shoulder will just get so stiff. I become so anxious if one haven't picked up the cake. So worry that I will baby sit the cakes all night long ! Well.. so far it only happened once! 
Spending an hr at Pure Austin at least three times a week definitely helps. One day of an hour weight lifting on Monday. Thirty minutes of cardio on Thrusday afternoon. An hour combination of weight lifting and cardio on Sunday afternoon. Working out is an instant stress relief for me! My neck, shoulders, and my calf, you name it! On top of the cake anxiety problem that I develop lately,..... last Summer I started to have carpal tunnel syndrome. Every night I use these arm braces. It really helps a lot. Yup, there's give and take! No more pretty fingers and long nails. Alright enough nagging...

Back to our cake business, here are few cakes that we made this past week:
Coraline cake for "Carolee" Birthday, I think Chris is our husband of the week at Polkadots!
He was so creative!! I still can't get over it. He placed his order for Carolee last week, choosing a lemon blueberry cake with lemon pastry cream (Carolee's fav cake).  Instead of saying Coraline on top of the cake, he suggest it to say "Carolee" o as a button and L as cat's tail. Here is the cake that we came out with:

An Einstein Birthday cake for someone that loves anything sciece, gadget, physics, engineering! Happy Birthday Royce. This was a german chocolate cake with coconut and pecan and chocolate buttercream

A winter olympic theme birthday cake for Chandler, get the idea from Wii Mario VS Sonic Olympic Winter Games:
Wedding shower cupcakes and Tiffany box engagement cake, I love Tiffany blue color. Who doesn't? This remind me of our wedding two years ago! Time sure flies ... so fast.

Custom order hand ice cookies for Lori. She's throwing baby shower for one of her girlfriend. She picked all pastel colors, purple, pink, yellow, green and baby blue. I just love it when one trusted my opinion, here is what I come up with:
I think they are pretty darn cute!

Kenner is turning five the past week. Stephanie, his mom,  and he came in last Monday to place his birthday cake. I am telling you he was too cute, a typical five year old! I had so much fun working on the details on the cake. He brought in his "Rock Star" party stickers and party plates for the ideas. He requested that  he wanted a little figurine of himself on top of the cake, blonde, blue eyes, grey guitar, and wore cowboy boots! His cake was a 10" chocolate cake with strawberry buttercream and a 6" vanilla cake with chocolate buttercream- 40 servings. Here is the final cake:

Another fun request was the Zombie Hello Kitty cupcakes, yes I said Zombified Hello Kitty. What do you think?

First birthday cake for Natalie Care Bear Birthday theme.

Alright as I promised I am going to take off now, yeah I said now I am taking a break just for a day! Have a fab weekend and of course eat more cupcakes! I am planning to sleep in that is until 12 PM. I am jumping upside down, right, and left!!! Sleep = beauty.

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Valentine's Day is here finally!

Get ready this is a!

I want to thank you to all of you for the support to Polkadots. I can't believe this is our 2nd Valentines Day. All I can say, we survived the rush, cakes, cupcakes, and cookies for Valentines! Last year, we had 3 employees that was definitely a crazy working week. This year we have a total of 10 employees! I am very thankful for their talent and help! I can't say enough thank you for them, especially my husband.

Yeah, he drive me nuts, made me cry, and ehhh... a little laugh! J/K Want to know him? Lets see..  here is the beginning of our love story. I graduated from UT in  Dec 2002.  I decided that I am going to move to LA with my cousin to get MBA. One night I watched Food TV, and there you go Le Gordon Blue California School of Culinary Arts on TV. I am set!! I am going to cooking school,.... yeah... late night TV change my life. I am going to the big city no more going back.

So.. before I moved out to to LA, my girl friend Angie, invited me to boat party in Lake Travis Summer 2003. We were late to the dock, the boat already took off. We kept waiving and yelled "Come back!!! come back!!!"  Don't leave us!! Of course they feel bad enough (hahaha) they came back and get us! We met lots of new friends and Ben was one of them. The rest is history!

I can't believe it's almost 7 years ago. Ben and I are totally opposite. I was born 9/17, Ben's 7/19, his mom's name is June, my mom's is June, too. My dad's name is Ben, and my husband Ben!

So Ben, I know I drive you nuts or you drive me nuts!! I just want too say, I love you! I wouldn't be here with out you. I think that's enough rambling... about us! Happy Valentines too all of you!

Photo courtesy of Life Mosaic. I am telling you if you are getting marry this year, Brian and Mimi Tsai are the best!

Here are a few custom order that we made for this week:

Monday, February 8, 2010

Valentines Week

It's six days left before Valentine’s Day what wouldn’t be better to give that special someone with our delicious cakes, cupcakes, cookie with a love message…

On Sunday 2/14/10,  our special cupcakes menu are the following:
Red Velvet
Strawberry Shortcake
Blackbottom cake
Honey and Chai
Triple Chocolate
Vanilla Chocolate Chip 
Vanilla Vanilla
Chocolate Peanut Butter
Chocolate Vanilla
Chocolate Caramel
Chocolate Strawberry
Chocolate Mint
Each cupcake is $2.75 except for red velvet $2.50 each, every 11th you get the 12th one free.

Here are some of my favorites!

Additional fondant topper is $.50 extra per cupcake, all cupcakes will have lots of hearts sprinkles!


Each cookie is $3.50, it will be wrapped individually in cellophane bag like the following:
We also have vintage valentine sugar cookie, each is $4. Here is a few example:

Please give us a call 512-476-3687, we have limited space for delivery slots. We'll deliver these sweets to your loved ones.

Sunday, February 7, 2010

Happy Superbowl

All I can say is what a thrilling week. It's a week a way from Valentine's weekend. Let's see how we survive, with custom cakes, cookies, cupcakes, and Yes!!!! weddings... I am already excited. 

Before the feast begin this afternoon, check out our latest cake from this past weekend. The newest 3D cake from our kitchen, clutch birthday cake. Let me tell you, it's a 6 layers devils food chocolate cake with peanut butter, yummmm!

The most requested (available with 24 hr notification) - SMASH Cupcakes:

Spider Man birthday cake (6" a four layers Italian Cream cake):
Train theme birthday cake for Lola:

Sock Monkey baby shower:

Polkadots signature baby shower cake with the custom figurine pregnant lady:
 Vintage 60th birthday Party:

Fun cookies for a 4 years old birthday party, some pink dresses for the girls and blue antique cars for the boys.

Cupcake theme party, a giant cupcake cake and matching "cherry" cupcakes:

I can't believe Sunday went by so fast, the end of the week approaching less then 6 days! It's going to be very challenging. I will survive.. I will survive. Hope everyone have a great week! 

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Goodbye January !

What a busy day! Our phone has been ringing all day. It's a good sign, right? This weekend is Superbowl. We made a few Superbowl sugar cookies. Here is a snap shot before I left the shop tonight:

We are getting ready for Valentines next week. We made a few Valentines sugar cookies today.This year we are doing "sweetheart" cookies, vintage theme hearts, and of course cupcakes sugar cookies.

I could not resist to make this "vintage" stamp valentine cookies, these vintage pictures are just too cute to pass on. Call us soon and pre-order your cupcakes and cookies, we'll customize it just the way you like it !

Here is a sneak peak for Sam's 60th Birthday party this weekend! 

Not to forget some fun cakes from the past weekend:
My favorite was the "Double Dave" combination pizza! Look at those peperoni, you can see the marble-ing effects!
We also made a "Skate" birthday party:

A small 6" cake for ladies luncheon's:

A firefighter birthday cake included "SNOOPY" the birthday boy Dalmatian:
I am pretty exhausted! I can't believe Valentine's day is almost here. Don't forget to pre-order cookies, cupcakes, and cakes for the special day! Here is the link to our Valentines Day menu. Good night!