Hello Kitty…. she just never gets old… no matter what age or what background… Hello Kitty is still a wonderful little thing.
For a 25 year old and a 4 year old… “Hello Kitty” Cakes make their birthdays sweeter than ever.
Right in the heart of downtown NYC in the old Trinity Church at 3pm Alex & Dr. Bola tied their knot. It was a gorgeous day and surprisingly warm for October. When the ceremony was completed the guest arrived by stretch Hummer limousines to the beautiful North Cove Marina to have a NYC Harbor cruise wedding reception. North Cove Marina in the stately Battery Park City (also home to the bride) is where Alex & Dr. Bola had their first conversation on July 5th 2010!! God used me to introduce them and a few months later they were married…. Gorgeous wedding, would never believe they met a little over three months ago. God’s plans boggle the minds of man!!
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Fast forward a few months… it’s August 20th and Alex proposes in front of about 40 of their closest friends at Dr. Bola’s classy Battery Park City home. New York Cake Co. sweetened the night with a Rich Velvety Chocolate Cake filled with Cherries and covered with fondant with a precious little stone!!
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A few more days fly by and it’s a beautiful day… October 23rd, 2010.
9:00AM – My day begins and Abraham (my Mini Clubman) is packed with 70 cupcakes for a Bridal Shower, a 4 tier cake for this wedding, and a change of clothes for the wedding reception as I have the privilege of being the MC (Master of Ceremony)! The cupcake delivery goes well and now it’s noon. The next delivery would be the wedding cake on the Atlantis at the North Cove Marina around 3:30PM. I’ve never delivered or set up anything on a moving vessel… so this is a scary first. “Will is slide off the table and fall over?” “as the boat rocks with the cake rock to the floor?” were constant thoughts that I just couldn’t get out of my head.
Being that I had so much time from the first cupcake delivery, I arrived around 2pm to ensure I didn’t have to rush. As expected the yacht wasn’t there yet and a kind security guard allowed me to park where parking wasn’t allowed and wait. The yacht was to arrive at 3:30 so I relaxed. I waited… and I waited… and 3:30 came and past… Finally I saw this massive ship heading toward the marina with the word “ATLANTIS”. That’s it!! It was now 4:00PM and guests were to arrive at 4:30. Oh no!!! This is a tight schedule. By the time they got the boat docked it was about 4:15. I take the long, long walk from the Marina to where my car is parked and my eyes see a nerve wrecking sight… a long Hummer limo filled with wedding guests!!! eeeks!! yikes!! Oh no!! The cakes are still in my car I’m dressed as casual and comfortable as possible and the guests are arriving with me. In my world as a cake creator, the cake is always delivered and set up about an hour before the first guest arrives… well my world was in for a change!
Well some of the guests I knew, and they were kind enough to help carry cakes, my decorators kit and my change of clothes… Somehow we got on the boat (made sure the guests waited outside in the beautiful sun) and in about 15 minutes the cake was set up and I breathed a heavy sigh of relief… Did it really get done in time? Yes it did! Thank God!
Quickly I find a place to change clothes and change role. The next assignment begins… Theresa, the MC!!
What an amazing night…. see below… what more is to be said?!
Those three words… what do they have in common? They are all girly favorites and the theme for Nina’s Bridal Shower!!
Nina’s wonderful friends threw her a surprise Bridal Shower at the classy Cuban Havana Central restaurant in NYC. When I heard the theme; it was Nina in 3 words. Nina is such a vibrant person and truly her Bridal Shower showed her vibrancy. New York Cake Co. did the cupcakes and the stand was beautifully decorated by one the of Shower coordinators. Didn’t she do a great job!! Cupcakes: Vanilla with Pineapple Buttercream and the all famous Red Velvet with Cream Cheese Frosting… Yeah I know, you’re trying not to… but go ahead…. you can drool!! LOL 🙂
When my friend Kristhessa asked me to do her wedding cupcakes and be a bridesmaid for her Scottish wedding I couldn’t resist. I didn’t know how it was going to get done, but I just said “Yes”. I had so many questions “Do I ship the ingredients there?” “How can I work outside of my kitchen, where everything is just where it should be.” “Will they taste the same using Scottish ingredients” – were just a few. Well after talking with Kristhessa and thinking it all over. The best decision was to buy the ingredients there when I arrived and then bake. I have confidence all will be fine.
Connecting and planning
The Groom’s sister, Debbie, contacted me while I was still in NY and she asked for me an ingredients list with quantities – that was a good beginning. I arrived on Saturday and the wedding was Tuesday… How it this going to get done with all the other 1 million things to do? On Sunday after the rehearsal I went the grocery store with the groom’s other sister, Gail, and there we purchased quite a £’s worth of ingredients.
Now I have 1 day to get it all done. After having a grand time meeting friends on Sunday I came back to the house where I was staying and began preparing batters. I was up with the groom’s mother and another friend from New York to 5:30AM. I felt great as I saw things were moving along.
Getting the Job done.
It’s Monday morning, the wedding is tomorrow and I have all the baking, decorating and one more flavor of frosting to make. Well I began baking and all went well. Then took a little break and then decorated. That also went well but the hardest part was keeping folk away using the very original excuse of “that one doesn’t look good, I’ll eat it”… yeah yeah I’ve heard that a million times. Probably baked about 170 cupcakes total. Some Red Velvet and some Chocolate. Then the challenge of transporting them was an interesting task. Thank goodness I had great gents that helped figure it all out and finally how we could transport them in large crates. I was fortunate that one of the friends coming over worked in the food industry and had all these crates I could use. They are all packaged up in the car ready to be taken to the venue.
The top cake… CRASH!
Last step… I was finishing the 8″ cake that would be a fruit cake covered and filled with Cream Cheese frosting which would be the topper for the cupcake stand. This topper would be the crowning beauty with fresh orchids coming down the side. Two friends and I were driving with a local bringing the top cake and some other things to the venue where the ceremony would be help. The main bulk of the 160 cupcakes were in another vehicle. Well on our way there we got into a car accident (we are all fine) and that pretty topper cake was destroyed. 😦 So someone quickly bought a cake and we went with that instead.
Finally DONE!! 🙂
All that being said the 154 cupcakes that were in the other car, weren’t destroyed and were a complete hit at the wedding. Some Scots haven’t even heard of Red Velvet. If asked again, I would do it all over again (everything but the car crash) What gave me the most joy was that the Bride and Groom were completely pleased and they are the ones who must be pleased. 🙂
It’s 3:25AM on Friday morning in Glasgow, Scotland. Though I’ve been running like crazy but I’m not tired, don’t know why not…. and here I am blogging!
When I get back to the States I will definitely share more about the impact New York Cake Co. had on Scotland. But just to keep you in the loop. For a wedding in Scotland I was asked to be the bridesmaid and the wedding cake creator. Well it was quite a task but it got done… details to follow. Here are pics creating the cupcakes and then the finished deal at the wedding.
To Kristhessa, the bride and Stevie Boy, the Groom…. I love you…. you have yet changed New York Cake Co. forever!
a kind message from Andre who ordered the cake….
Thanks again for doing such a great job on the cake. The surprise was a success. Neither of them expected it. It was a great addition to our weekend. I’m sure you receive continued business from us as we are all so pleased with the quality and technique.”
A Birthday celebration for Delano and Natalee in the gambler’s town – Atlantic City, NJ. Is there a better way to celebrate than with this cake full of “win big” wishes.