100 Years of Michigan Aerospace Engineering

As a part of the University of Michigan’s Aero100 celebration, we recreated this historic, record-breaking Lesher Teal aircraft in cake.  After a very long week of planning, I have to say that constructing the cake was an engineering feat in itself, though maybe not rocket science.

You’ll notice that the plane is resting atop the sine wave field.  For anyone who hasn’t experienced this outdoor sculpture on North Campus, we highly recommend a visit.  Whether you’re in the mood to sit on a lump, or frolic like a child among the waves, you’ll find that the sculpture’s allure is derived from how you interact with it.  Heather counts sculpting the field among her favorite projects ever.

Climbing from the plane is a sugar figurine of the late Edgar J. Lesher, creator of the Lesher Teal and long-time U of M aeronautical engineering faculty member.

Thanks to Abby Rose Photo for these lovely studio shots.

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Golden Circus Elephant Cake

Have you ever thought, “Our wedding is becoming a three ring circus?!”  When Ilse’s fiance, Ken, said just that, the comment inspired this surprise cake for their rehearsal dinner.  We’re glad he did too, because she’s quite the stunner.

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Photos: Chrissy F. // Event design: Twofoot Creative

Maybe after you look at these cake photos, you should check out this YouTube video of an elephant playing with a ribbon.  WARNING:  Your heart might melt.

Cake + Flowers Workshop by Abby Rose

We are so lucky to be next door to Abby Rosenbaum.  She popped over and took these photos of the Cake + Flowers Workshop with Bloom Florist Collective.

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Check out Abby’s full gallery here.

Register here for our Piping Workshop, Oct. 5.

Central Provisions + Sweet Heather Anne

You’ve met Abby.  (Remember, she’s wildly talented?)  She does it all – answers phones, bakes tasty cakes, makes magical pop-up dinners.  All of us here at Sweet Heather Anne are big fans.  We are also big fans of her food, which goes by the name Central Provisions.  The company was born in San Francisco a few years ago and is co-owned with her partner and cheese monger extraordinaire, Steve.  She’s relentlessly dedicated to seasonal, local ingredients and fresh flavors, and her attention to detail is extraordinary.  She and Steve are currently looking for investors for their brick-and-mortar larder, but in the mean time they continue to delight with special pop-up dinners, tasting classes, and now this — the summer picnic basket.

Abby says the picnic baskets have been her most special project to date.  They are full of beautiful food created almost entirely from Ann Arbor Farmer’s Market veggies, and include special Sweet Heather Anne macarons.  The most wonderful thing is that they become a magical pop-up dinner for two wherever they land.   Where will you be when you taste Central Provisions food next?  Don’t wait too long.  It’s so good.

Enjoy this picnic basket photo story by our beautiful friend, Cat.  Cat and her husband operate Sunset Cove Bed & Breakfast, a charming wedding venue in Livingston County.

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Follow Central Provisions on Facebook or Instagram for upcoming menus. To order your basket for September 13th, email centralprovisions@gmail.com.

 

A Fresh Look at Buttercream and Barns

Delivering these buttercream cakes to Cottonwood Barn was so wonderful that we wanted to stay!  We’ve brought cakes to a lot of barn weddings, and this one is exceptional.  It has all of the idyllic charm of rural Dexter, but with the amenities you want for your grandparents.   It was one of the first sunny days after the longest winter EVER.  Outside, friends and family were milling about, laughing and having a good time.  It smelled of fresh beer.  While we were placing fresh flowers, there were familiar faces all around:  Eat Catering pouring champagne, Luna Soiree putting finishing touches on the tables, and Nicole Haley taking photos.

For more photos of Amanda and Dorran, check out Nicole Haley’s blog.

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A Casual Affair: Karissa & Cliff

It was so fun to receive these beautiful photos by Julie Pepin of Karissa and Cliff’s outdoor Michigan wedding (especially of the cake cutting)!  We were able to do what we do best, and I think you’ll agree that the overall effect is stunning.  Everything is edible– gum paste flowers, fondant bark & royal icing moss.

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Maize & Blue Treats

Coming off a big win last week felt good. Actually it felt great. But we still have a lot more season ahead. And that means a lot more tailgates, parties and eating some delicious Sweet Heather Anne maize and blue treats. At our dessert counter during a Michigan home game, we will offer some of our favorite treats to celebrate maize and blue. But you can also pre-order a variety of sweets: decorated cookies, cupcakes, football helmet cakes, maize and blue macarons. Contact us for more information at:  info@sweetheatheranne.com.

And don’t forget: you can learn how to make Michigan M cookies at our November 7th cookie class!

And take a quick look at this week’s offerings photographed by Melanie Reyes Photography:

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Michigan Graduation

Hopefully you’ve all met Claudia & Heather by now.  If you have you know that they both are University of Michigan graduates and so there is a lot of excitement around here this week for Spring Commencement.  We are going to be so busy making some pretty incredible maize and blue cakes for some of you out there.  Those of you who haven’t ordered your cake yet, don’t worry.

The Sweet Heather Anne Dessert Counter will be full of University of Michigan-themed sweets for your special grad.  We’ll be selling lots of tasty treats including: French macarons in maize and blue, block M cookies, maize and blue signature cookies, mixed cookie dozens, and mini cupcakes with maize and blue confetti.  Here’s a sneak peak at some of the sweets that will be making an appearance…Don’t forget to stop by, Friday 10-6 and Saturday 9-2!

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Thank you Penny Stamps

It was a big weekend for the University of Michigan.  In case you haven’t heard, the basketball team played in the NCAA  Division 1 Final Four and National Championship for the first time in twenty years.   Perhaps with less national pomp and circumstance, but no less worthy, is the celebration of  the re-naming of the School of Art & Design to Penny W. Stamps School of Art & Design.

Penny Stamps and her husband E. Roe Stamps have been instrumental in positioning the school to become a national leader in art and design education.  Their generosity is particularly poignant to our own Heather Leavitt, Sweet Heather Anne‘s owner and head decorator. Heather not only is a graduate of the Penny W. Stamps School of Art & Design, she also was a Stamps Scholar.  Much thanks to the leadership and generosity of Penny Stamps, Heather’s time at the University of Michigan sculpted who she is as an artist today, laying the foundation for Sweet Heather Anne‘s signature artistry.

In celebration of the re-naming  Heather created a cake (and accompanying cookies and macarons) to commemorate Penny Stamp’s enormous impact on the Penny W. Stamps School of Art & Design.

Sweet Heather Anne. Corporate Cakes“Creating this cake was such an honor.  When I was in art school, my thesis involved creating cakes as edible monuments to local farmers and food producers.  Now that I am a local food producer, it was amazing to have the opportunity to create an edible monument to Penny Stamps and the art school.  I feel like I’ve really come full circle.  It was awesome to see all of my Professors, and celebrate Penny, and everything she has done for the school and the arts. ” -Heather

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Many thank to Abby Rose Photo for the gorgeous images above.

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Edible Monument to Tantre Farm, part of Heather’s thesis project at the Stamps School of Art and Design in 2007.

Chrysler Building + Jenny Packham=Wedding Cake Inspiration

I am so excited to share the photos from Lindsay and James’ wedding at the Colony Club Detroit.  There are so many things about this wedding that I am excited share, it makes it hard to know know where to start.

Lindsay and James live in New York City and love the Chrysler building, its art deco architecture inspired much of the aesthetics of the day.  Wanting the cake to fit with the day, we took literal inspiration from the Chrysler Building, making the top of the building the top of the cake.  The middle two tiers incorporated elements of the bride’s gorgeous gown, Astrid by  Jenny Packham. We tied it all together with architectural elements of the Chrysler building on the bottom tier. Sweet Heather Anne wedding cake at the Colony ClubI love this shot of Lindsay next to the cake, she and James look so happy, and the inspiration her dress served is so apparent.Sweet Heather Anne wedding cake at the Colony ClubSweet Heather Anne wedding cake at the Colony Club

Lindsay wasn’t the only one to have the day’s apparel memorialized in cake.  James loves shell toe Adidas, and for the wedding wore the very special Adidas “Diamond” Original Superstar–60 Year Anniversary Shell Toes.  Lindsay wanted to commemorate his love by creating the shoe out of cake.  We captured all the details including the diamond trefoil on the laces.

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And to put both cakes in the broader context of the Colony Club is breathtaking.  Many thanks to Blaine Siesser and The Shooting Gallery for the gorgeous images.

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