Happy Thanksgiving!

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Regardless of how much turkey, casserole, and yams I eat, there's always room for dessert.  I'm sure you can agree!  My vote always go to pumpkin pie on Thanksgiving, but if you are not into pie, celebrate with a seasonal pumpkin cake/cupcakes with cream cheese frosting!

Cut out maple leaves...

Lay them on a silicon leaf impression and press.  (Stores sell ones specifically for maple impressions, but I used a general one that is good for a wide variety of leaves.  Plus, these are pretty pricey so unless you are making a lot of them or really want to be botanically correct, this will do.)

Time for some dusting to liven up these leaves.  Here is the color lineup:






Enjoy!  Have a delicious and merry Thanksgiving with family/friends!

Blog Feature + Interview

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Kelly from Glamour This! posted a short interview about us this week.  Check out her beautiful blog or read on to learn a little bit more about myself and how EatCakeBeMerry started!

How did you come up with your company name?
When I was trying to name my business, the phrase “Eat, drink, and be merry” came to mind because it encompassed such a great action (eat) and emotion (merry).  So I wanted to adopt the vibe for my business because I think its pretty natural for everyone to be merry after eating some delicious and beautiful cake!  Hence EatCakeBeMerry.

What made you start this business – the major turning point?
After I finished culinary school in San Francisco, I came to New York and had the opportunity to work with some renown cake designers.  Then I got married and stepped away for a couple months, which is the period when I truly realized there is no other job I’d rather do.  So I started making cakes again for family/friends and from there it organically blossomed into my own venture.

What inspires you?
I’m a very visual person so most of what I see in my day to day life inspires me.  Stationary, department store displays, greeting cards, magazines, scrapbook/craft supplies, clothing, jewelry/accessories, buildings, product packaging,…you name it.  I’ve made cakes adapted from designs on a 3-ring binder and even bed sheets from Anthropology.

What is the best part about your job?
The best part of of making cakes all day is getting to eat the scraps :)   Really, it’s being able to translate a couple’s personality and interests into a meaningful and unique cake for their special day.

Whats the process?
The process starts off months before the event with a consultation, which is when I get to know the bride and groom.  There we collaborate to create a great design and chose flavor combinations.  Few days before the cake is due, we start making the decorations, baking/building the tiers, and the day before the event we assemble the final product, which is then ready to head over to the venue.

Tell us a little about yourself, to get to know you more
I’m a midwest girl at heart.  I spent half my childhood in Ilinois and the other half in Michigan.  I went to Univ. of Michigan and was studying to be either a dentist (always wanting to work with my hands) or a math teacher until I discovered cake design the summer of my sophomore year.  As soon as I graduated, I headed to SanFran to learn more about baking/pastry then went to New York City because that’s were my finacee at the time was.  After a year there, I got married and moved across the river to Jersey, which was a great decision because now I get to awe over the NYC skyline every day :)

Blog Features

Monday, November 23, 2009

 Jennifer of Destination I Do Magazine wrote up great feature about us and perfectly assigned some of our cakes to each of the four seasons!   The pictures in their mag really makes me want to create a beach themed cake and makes me wish I had a destination wedding on some island rather than on the Hudson River :)

One White Dress is correct when they say our cakes don't take themselves too seriously.  They are meant to be playful, fun, and colorful, yet graceful enough to be at your wedding.  If you are planning your big day and looking for inspiration boards, go visit their site.  They have a whole section dedicated to them in every color combination imaginable!

I stumbled upon...Mints Design blog.  East meets West in floral design.  They design stationary too.  How cool is that?  Check out our feature in the "inspiration" section.

Blog Features

Thursday, November 19, 2009

One Lovely Day is the blog for Project Wedding, which is a a national online resource/community for everything wedding related with a focus on vendor recommendations.  Jeannie was so sweet enough to post two entries about eatcakebemerry so check both of them out :) A Merry Morning and Sweet Score.

What Junebug Loves is the blog for the amazing Junebug Weddings.  If you are planning to have your wedding in Seattle, LA, or the OC you have to visit their site.  They even have a Groombug section for men!  As for us, we have been featured on their blog this week.

Three of our cakes have been added to the One Wed cake gallery, which is an extensive online resource/community for brides and grooms.  They have checklists, forums, vendors, advice, and even a honeymoon planning section.

Amy Jean of Relentless Bride (who also wrote about us in a Weddzilla post last week) shares some photos of our sweets.  I'm glad that in a moment of stress, she was able to relax by looking at our cakes!

Inc. Weddings calls our cakes "yummy gorgeousness" in their post of us this week.  These passionate wedding producers create such personal, beautiful, and detailed events.  Visit their site to see more.

I heard of Wedding Soiree when I was down in Georgia visiting my parents and today they blogged about us!  If you are looking for wedding coordinators down there,  check out their modern, stylish, and chic packages. 

Beautiful Things to Share shared about us last friday.   From its name it's pretty self explanatory, but it's a blog about all things beautiful :)  Glad to see that bloggers beyond the wedding industry are taking interest in our cakes also!

Hope you enjoy checking out these posts and I'll have a sneak peak at some cookies we've been working on at eatcakebemerry very soon!

Stitched Flower Cake and Blog Features

Friday, November 13, 2009

Here are some great blog features for this week:

An InStyle Magazine blogger included us in a roundup of what's now in weddings on the web.

Weddzilla entry by Amy Jean (of Relentless Bride) highlights a few of our cakes and asks what your cake style is.

Merry Poet  How about celebrating a birthday with one of our cakes?

Here are just a few snippets of the process when I made the stitched flower cake.  I call it stitched because I took a stitching tool to draw lines in the petals/leaves so it would have the effect of felt flower appliques. Happy Friday!
Started with a sketch

Gathered some edible dusts to paint the petal cutouts with: watermelon, carnation pink, and white.


Blog Features

Thursday, November 5, 2009

EatCakeBeMerry has popped up on various blogs this week and I wanted to share the links so you can not only read what the bloggers have to say about us, but also visit THEIR awesome sites.  Most are vendors so hopefully you can find these to be good resources as your plan your own wedding! 

SwoonOverIt (TheBlissfulBride)  A modern caligraphy studio in Florida.  Shirts, signs, addressing, maps...she does it all!

Behind the Knot   Passionate wedding blogger also from Florida.  Erinn is so sweet and has a great collection of inspration boards you might want to see.

Amy Atlas Events   NYC event planner who is well known for her signature dessert tables.  You have to take a look at her gorgeous and extensive portfolio!

Maida Vale Invitations   Modern Invitation Designs.  Such clean, simple, and colorful designs!  Check out her etsy shop also.

Wedding Bells  Canadian Bridal magazine.  Posted by Rosie's Ideas.  I think I've seen this magazine in the States also.

Wedding Fresh  Dani is a pro at tailored wedding planning.  She offers a variety of packages to help ease the process of creating a couple's dream day.

Gwyneth Paige  Couture letterpress and very eco-friendly too :)  Can't wait for their main site to be launched!

The Cinderlla Project A great blog dedicated to wonderful wedding inspiration!