Wedding Cake: Sweet Spots.

{WOW} how fun is this polka dot filled wedding cake for one of our Charlotte, N.C. brides?


Each dot was made with thinly rolled fondant in hues to match the wedding colors and hand placed all over the cake.


We curled some thin wire and attached sugar dragees to the ends to add a little whimsy.


Thank you, thank you to the fab KVP of Kristin Vining Photography for capturing these great cake detail shots at the couple’s Renaissance South Park Hotel reception and sharing them with us.

A golf-themed grooms cake.

In honor of the British Open this weekend at the Old Course at St. Andrews in Scotland, I thought I’d share one of our golf-themed grooms cakes. This was created last month for a Charlotte groom who’s rehearsal dinner was held at the Charlotte Country Club. Set just like the pyramid of golfballs waiting by the tees at the driving range and personalized with grooms initial — the entire thing is edible, it’s all cake!

golfball for web

Photo by: Christopher Record Photography

Vroom! Vroom! A Volvo Groom’s Cake

I can’t tell you how much I like creating unique and special groom’s cakes — the more creative and special the better. Working with the groom’s mother, the groom or the bride is always fun and I really like to collaborate with them on cake projects, especially for one of the most important events in their life.

One of the latest {Wow Factor Cakes} was a replica of the groom’s blue Volvo.


Photo by: Cunningham Photo Artists

The cake took about a week total with baking, filling, icing and sculpting as well as adding all of the details — like a New Jersey license plate identical to his at the back of the car cake.

A friend of the family picked up the cake the Thursday before the wedding weekend to drive it to Asheville for the rehearsal dinner. But about a week after the event, and after sending two emails to check to see what the clients thought of the cake, I still hadn’t heard back from the bride’s mother. Honestly, I was starting to freak out a little – what if something happened to the cake delivery? I was really concerned.

But, thank goodness that this week I received this email in my inbox:


The cake delivery went perfect. The cake was fabulous and Eamonn was so surprised. Many people did not even know it was a cake until we started cutting into the Volvo.

I am so pleased and so glad to have worked with you. You were great to work with and did a magnificent job.

Thank you for a positively wonderful experience.

T. Higgins

You can only imagine my relief as now I know the cake made it safely and I was so thrilled to hear that another client was “wowed” by a {WOW Factor Cake}.

What kind of unique groomscake ideas and creations have you seen before that you liked?

Meet my family

A few weeks ago studio neighbor (and amazing photographer duo) Casey + Drea Cunningham of {Cunningham Photo Artists} took some new photos of my beautiful kids, Carleigh and Ethan.


Carleigh is 14, and miss socialite. She’s always text messaging someone (including me!), loves fashion, wants to model and her favorite movie (unfortunately) is “The Notebook”.

carleigh flowers back

carleigh flowers

Ethan, who’s 11, loves to skateboard. He’s a true skateboard fanatic and spends his summer days away from the classroom at skate camp. (I always worry that he’s wearing his sunscreen after an entire day outside in this sun!) He’s also got quite the sweet tooth and loves to come in and help me out in the cake studio.


ethan with leaf

I just love looking at these photos of them and hoping they don’t grow up any faster.

carleigh  ethan standing

I’m off to email a few to our friends and family in Florida, so before you go check out this slideshow that Cunningham put together with the kid’s photos.

Do you have any family photos you want to share? Maybe some with your favorite cake? If so, please leave them in our comments below. I’d love to meet your family!

WOW! We have a new iPhone!

well, an iPhone made of icing, anyways!


With all of the buzz, talk and hype around Apple’s latest product — the iPhone 4G — we thought it a good time to share some photos of a recent grooms cake we created (pictured above) that was designed by working closely with the groom’s mother.

Since he loved his iPhone (hopefully not more than his bride-to-be) his mother decided a cake modeled after this prized possession customized with “apps” specific to the groom would be a memorable and meaningful addition to his wedding celebration.

Each “app” on the cake’s front is representative of a hobby, interest or school of the groom. The “” app — how the couple met. The “Saab” — what the groom drives. The “tooth” because he’s a dentist.

I was running a little late with delivery as I got lost en route to the location so when I walked in with the cake it was such a WOW! moment as everyone was oohing and aahing over the cake. And memorable too — I’m pretty sure I saw a few tears in the groom-to-be when he laid eyes on the iPhone cake.

What custom apps would you have on your iPhone cake?

WOW! That’s a pretty cake


A few months ago we were asked to participate in a Style Me Pretty: Inspiration to Reality shoot with some of Charlotte’s most fabulous wedding vendors and WOW weren’t we were thrilled!


Essentially the principle behind these shoots is a challenge to bring each inspiration board to life and create a real (but faux) wedding. And the inspiration board we were given (pictured above) was filled with girly, feminine pink, soft blues and lots of ruffles and sparkle! We wanted to create a cake that conveyed that look but also made readers say, WOW!

And, well, we just think … WOW! It’s so pretty in pink!




Don’t you love our version of the inspiration board created after the photo shoot?


We’re still thrilled to have had the opportunity to work with neighbors + friends, Cunningham Photo Artists {photography + video}, Ivy Robinson of Ivy Robinson Weddings & Events {set, event design}, Holly Bretschneider of Salutations Fine Stationery {exclusive Ceci New York invitations}, Heather Batt & Laura Harper of Hayden Olivia Bridal {bridal gown + bridesmaids dresses}, and Melissa Lamkin {groom styling} on such a fabulous shoot in Charlotte, N.C.

You can see more of the shoot on Style Me Pretty here, here, and here. Oh, and watch the video here.

WOW! Do we know how to throw a party?!

We started the Wine & Dine @ 909 events with Drea + Casey Cunningham of Cunningham Photo Artists (also dear friends and studio neighbors) to create an event that allowed wedding and event professionals, as well as their clients, to gather in a smaller, intimate event setting to meet and mingle. Add delicious food, cool cocktails and a WOW Factor Cake and we had quite the party!


Our theme for the first event (we plan to hold one each quarter) was {PASSION} and held in early February before Valentine’s Day. The event was an incredible collaboration with Ivy Robinson of Ivy Robinson Weddings & Events, Jay Lugihbl from In Bloom, Ltd., and Luca and Jessica Annunziata from Passion8 Bistro.


At WOW Factor Cakes, we’re passionate about cake — delicious and incredible cakes. We wanted to WOW guests with an invitation that they could not say no to, allow them a taste of a WOW Factor Cake (really, who doesn’t like cake?) and also encourage people to talk about the party! And … WOW, look at these conversation heart cakes…


We attached flirty, fun photos by Cunningham Photo Artists to each (there were about 50 total) along with an invitation with event details and hand-delivered each one to invitees.




Find out more about upcoming Wine and Dine @ 909 events here. We hope you’ll join us for one soon!

Sugar Flowers

sugar flowersI love sugar flowers. When done right, sugar flowers are gorgeous artwork that were meant to adorn a beautiful wedding cake. Sugar Flowers are made from a sugar dough know as gumpaste and are an edible confection. Each one is hand sculpted and painted like miniature fine art pieces. These sugar flowers can be a gorgeous keepsake after the wedding.

I could simply purchase these sugar flowers, but these flowers often don’t capture the true look of real flowers, their leaves, stems and the texture. I have worked long and hard on this skill to bring this simple sugar dough to life. Making these flowers is very tedious and requires tremendous patience but it brings me joy and in some ways…therapy. My favorite ones to make are Calilillys. They are a littly tricky but well worth it. Callillys make a cake Gorgeous!