Lulu Cake Boutique

I passed by Lulu Cake Boutique the other day while riding in a cab and quickly did a double take from how cute the storefront looked….thankfully, their cakes were as equally as head turning!  I like how they’re modern with a little touch of whimsy.

[images from Lulu Cake Boutique]

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Coco Cake

modern wedding cakes and cupcakes

I love a good lookin’ cake, especially one that DOESN’T look like a serious wedding cake, and Coco Cake out in Vancouver doesn’t fail to impress!  There’s a bit of whimsy in everything she makes, and I’m especially loving those mustache cupcakes below…be sure to check out her blog for her exceptionally cute kids cakes as well!

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[images from Coco Cake]

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Studio tour: One Girl Cookie

Seriously, if you live in Brooklyn and have NOT tasted something at One Girl Cookies, there’s something wrong with you!  Amazing red velvet cake!!
Name: Dawn Casale
Location: 68 Dean St Brooklyn
Company: One Girl Cookies
What do you do? Depends on the day! Usually, I focus on the marketing & image of OGC and keeping it all consistent. Any sort of events, promotions, communications would fall under my jurisdiction. I also work with brides to help create the sweet elements of their special day. Of course, things like HR, bill paying and other “housekeeping” tasks take up some of my time as well.
What is your aesthetic? It sounds so cliche, but modern vintage. I think there is a really fine line between charming and cutesy. I am very careful not to veer too far towards the cute aesthetic.
How does your studio style convey your professional aesthetic? The shop definitely oozes my aesthetic through the window display, serving pieces, design elements, etc… I’m not sure the back of house does as much. I have a business partner (my husband, Dave) and sixteen employees, so my style is somewhat hard to maintain in a busy kitchen. That being said, the kitchen is a really exciting place with lots going on, both production wise and creatively. Plus, it smells pretty darn good.
Favorite part of your studio? My desk is my little oasis where I can maintain control!
Where do you go for inspiration? I actually find the peace of my apartment very inspiring. It’s when my son is napping and I am able to clear my head from the daily clutter that all sorts of creative ideas start gushing in. Of course, blogs, magazines, architecture, art, landscapes, nature, fashion, books….and so on…all play a part in the process.
What tool do you use in your business that you can’t live without? I can’t imagine anyone not saying their computer. Also, now that I am a mom and am at work less, my iPhone keeps me connected. I hate that my first answer to this was technology based, but I suppose it’s the reality of the world we live in. On a non technology related note, my paint swatches/pantone book, vintage cake stands and serving pieces beautiful decorative papers and ribbons. I use those when we are designing a cookie bar, wedding cakes and favor boxes.
Is there anything you’d upgrade to? I would love to overhaul our office, paint the walls a happy color, install a huge wall of inspiration, shelving to display all of the serving pieces I’ve collected and create more organization there. One of these days….
Anything else we should know? I have the best job in the world. When people come into our shop, if they aren’t already happy, there’s a very good chance they will leave happy. What’s better than that?

[images from D.A. Wagner]

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New Oscar & Emma site!

I’m so happy to announce Oscar & Emma‘s newly relaunched website!  Definitely take a look, there’s so much to see, and I’ve completely fallen in love with the invitations designed for Meredith & Patrick’s wedding…take a look at some of the pieces from the suite below.  The design worked itself into everything including the cake and decor!  Congrats Karly!

[images from Oscar & Emma]

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Studio tour: Vanilla Bake Shop

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Name: Amy Berman / Co-Owner & Executive Pastry Chef
Location: Santa Monica, California
Company: Vanilla Bake Shop

What is your aesthetic? Our aesthetic usually leans towards a modern, clean look mixed with classic elements.

How does your studio style convey your professional aesthetic? Our studio/office space is the opposite of our bakery space in regards to the over all “look”. Our bake shop is pale pink, white, happy and bright. When we expanded and rented the office next door to our bakery we were in the mood for a more masculine look with dark chocolate walls that were almost black and white crown molding as a contrast.

Favorite part of your studio? My desk. I have baking books, pictures of events, wedding magazines, & design materials all at arms reach for inspiration. I also have a great picture of some elementary school girls I taught a baking class to last year. There’s so much innocence and promise in their cute little faces! I love looking at it.

Where do you go for inspiration? Inspiration comes from everywhere. Window shopping, interior design, art, stationary… When I want to create a new cake design I often look at different fashion designers like Jason Wu, Tory Burch or Diane Von Furstenberg. I check out their lines from each season and get inspired by different patterns, textures and color palettes.

What tool do you use in your business that you can’t live without?
My mac lap top which lets me work from anywhere and my iphone for emails, texting and twitters.

Is there anything you’d upgrade to? A larger kitchen space, shop and parking lot… And, while we’re at it… a new car and a vacation home in Spain.

Anything else we should know? My husband is my business partner and I’m so glad he decided to go into business with me after law school. I also have the most AMAZING staff. They work so hard, and all make us laugh on a daily basis. I’m just really happy I decided to follow this path in life. You know you really love your job when a 12hr day feels like a 2hr day!

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[images from Vanilla Bake Shop]

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