Tuesday, November 8, 2011

New fun celebration cakes!

We are so thankful with the cooler weather! Fall is always a busy time of the year for birthday celebrations, baby showers, and weddings. First is our latest version of Super Mario Birthday Cake that we made for Jacob. Last year we made him a Cowboy theme birthday cake. This two tier cake serves 30 adults (6" and 8" round). Both cakes were red velvet. All the characters on this cake were made from fondant -  including Mario, Yoshi, and Bowser figurines. We added Lakitu on the first tier, piranha plants, and goombas on the bottom tier.

 We love all the bright color palette on this cake, so bright and fun.
Next cake is a "diva" 21st birthday cake for Faith. She loves anything sparkly and leopard pattern. The shoe on top is a replica of  Christian Louboutin made from gum paste. It was a 6" and an 8" round red velvet cake, too.

This cake is very chic. It's very clean and modern - just a simple pink buttercream decorated with gold balls accent.
Last but not least, we give a new look for our giant cupcake cake. It's all made from buttercream and serves 12 adults.
Thank you for stopping by our blog.  We can wait to do more fun celebration cakes for all of you!

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Happy Halloween!

So everyone knows that the best thing about October isn't Halloween, it's the amazingly creative and delicious treats that come with it! Luckily, at Polkadots, creative delicacies are our strong suit. We have a variety of flavors and toppings to choose from. Between your boundless ideas and our spectacular talents, the possibilities are endless.

 Nothing can spook us, from the creepiest of crawlies to the goofiest of ghouls. For us, Halloween is a piece of cake :)

 Place your order early, Halloween is only 2 weeks away!

Thursday, September 1, 2011

First Fall Wedding Season 2011!

I am so excited that fall is almost here! The weather has been too hot for baking and decorating at our kitchen. Our first fall wedding season started two weeks ago. Lauren and Justin got married at grand ballroom InterContinental Stephen F. Austin. I love the simplicity of the smooth buttercream accent with royal purple ribbon and of course, all beautiful flowers from West Bank Flower Market. This five tier cake was all red velvet flavor, and the grooms cake was blackbottom (chocolate cake baked in with chocolate chip cream cheese and layered with cream cheese buttercream). Congrats to Mr. and Mrs. Powell!

Next is Sarah and Scott's wedding cupcakes tower at Angel's Ice House, Spicewood, TX. They had a BBQ theme backyard weddings at the draft house. This cupcake tower hold 150 cupcakes. The flavors are red velvet, chocolate mint, black bottom, and lemon and cream cupcakes.

Our heart pillow cookie is the most requested item for wedding gift favors and bridal showers. Here are few examples that we made in the made in the past:

Thank you for reading! We can't wait until the weather is nice and cool perfect for outdoor wedding in Texas.

Friday, July 22, 2011

Onesies Cookies

Don't be surprised!  Onesie shape cookie is the most requested item for baby showers favors.  We made these baby boy onesies these week. In the past I always made them with just ruffles around the side of the cookie. This time I want it to make it more a boyish looking !

This one next is from last week. I made this one to coordinate with the baby shower theme "girly safari."

We also did little baby dress cookies to match with the party decor and baby shower invitation.

 This last one might be my favorite just plain old simple onesies with the baby's name.
Please let me know which one you like the best!

Thursday, June 30, 2011

Adorable Custom Cakes

I love making any themed birthday cakes, but my favorite is working on animal theme cake. This past week we made a small cake topper for a duckie baby shower theme. I love the different pastel color stripes with the accent stitches. The 3D duck on top was designed after the party napkin and adding the little pink bonnet and dangling banner "Welcome Kennedy" around the top side of the cake. This was a 6" round honey and chai cake - serves 12 adults.

Next is Alexis's butterflies birthday party from last year! You can see her fabulous party details on her blog The Cul-de-Sac. This was an 8" round blackbottom cake - serves 20 adults.

She always does joint birthday party for her daughters. This year she came up with a silhouette birthday theme  and used light pink silhouette fabric for the background display. It's so darling!

Children's birthday cakes are so much fun especially when I can incorporate design from other artists. The next cake was for Layla this past week, and it was a 10" round strawberry and cream cake decorated simply with pink and purple banner around the top and bottom of the cake with detailed stitches. The cute felt bunny was provided by our client from artist Myko Bocek.

Last, Robert did an excellent job on the figurines for Aaron's Cake. The little amp box, details on the guitar, and of course the cute monkey on top. Congratulations Aaron!

Thank you for reading! Hope everyone is having a great summer :)

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Hot, hot, hot with no electricity for a bit?

Hot hot hot that is all I can say today! When you run a shop there is always something broken or missing. Today was 95F outside, and guess what? We had no electricity for about 1 hr around 3PM. Fondant started sweating buttercream were soft and melting, no phone, no credit card machine, cash register was locked and the worst no AC. We survived today and finished the iPhone birthday cake for tomorrow's pick up:

The cake serves 30 adults. It is a vanilla cake with chocolate swiss buttercream. It took us a good 5 hrs to complete this cake from start to finish. Olga scaled the size of the iPhone. Carly baked the cake and filled with buttercream. Julia covered the cake with fondant. Kristen and Robert worked on the apps decoration. Word... that's a lot of people for one cake!

As our kitchen getting hotter, we grabbed a bag of ice and put it on our necks. Don't laugh, it worked :)

Oh not to forget these cute duckies and little mermaid sugar cookies.

We are glad that we got our power back. Thanks Austin Energy!

Monday, May 9, 2011

Spring weddings and Texas theme cookies!

With graduation fast approaching, our shop is buzzing with all sorts of activity! We are preparing to fill orders for soon-to-be graduates from U.T. and various other institutions.

Love is also in the air at Polkadots...we made two creative engagement and wedding cakes last week. There was a  topsy-turvy cake decorated with metallic stripes and squares, and a simple yet colorful peacock pattern cake. It is amusing to see how peoples' styles and personalities come out through their choice of design. It is also fun and refreshing to make such unique cakes for various types of special events.

We recently made an assortment of cute Texiana/western themed cookies as well. There were cute little cowboys and cowgirls, cacti, cowboy hats, cowboy boots, and Texas-shaped cookies decorated like the state flag. Some of these were baked with lollipop sticks in them, which makes for great party favors!

 Stay tuned for more Longhorn themed cake this week! Congratulations, Graduates of 2011!

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Pretty pattern, flowers, and Anthropologie inspired!

We are so excited that we have more gum paste flowers cake this year. Here are a few that we've done recently for our clients:

Moth Orchids flowers on top of three tier cake. This cake was a surprise for one lady that turned 60 recently. Instead of number "60" on top, the husband especially requested for "The New 40." How sweet is that?
During our meeting he mentioned that he wanted the look to be classy, modern, and elegant.  We threw in some giraffe gold print, antique brooches, and sugar pearls accent for the border. This cake was all gluten free - flavors are blackbottom and strawberries and cream.


The next cake was a 6" pink, grey, and silver combination. We meant to make an anemone flower on top of the cake, but due to Austin's humidity the petals weren't dry fast enough. They ended up all breaking :( Instead of making new petals flowers ,we were able to use some rose petals from another project. We are going to call this one fantasy flower cake! It was a strawberry shortcake, vanilla cake with strawberry buttercream and fresh strawberries inside. YUM!

I recently took a sewing class at stitch lab . Not only do they offer sewing classes, but they also sell various fun fabrics.  This cake was inspired by one of the fabric patterns that I saw there. The original fabric was green, white, and turquoise. This fabric image was "Free Spirit Anna Maria Horner Little Folks Voile Little Honey Meadow" taken from Stitch Lab flickr page.

We tweaked the color combination and here's what we came up with:
Happy 27th Birthday again Erin!

We designed a small cake cutting for Sabrina and Geoffrey at the Allan House a few weeks back. Our inspiration was a tan cardigan from my favorite store, Anthropologie!  We made a 6" lemon and cream cake covered with white fondant and topped it with grey and tan ruffled flowers.  Congratulations Sabrina and Geoffrey!

As always, thank you for stopping by!

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Easter Egg, Chicks and Bunnies Cookies

This week, we have cute little Easter eggs, chicks and bunny cookies! We are still taking custom cookie orders for Saturday pick up 04/23. The last day to place custom Easter cookie order is 12PM, Thursday 04/21. 
Happy early Easter!