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.

Planterra Perfection

We love this pale pink honeycomb beauty for Carly and David’s Planterra wedding.  See if you can spot the little gold bee with poured sugar wings.  For more of Carly and David’s wedding, check out Viva La Diva’s blog.

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Event Design, Planning & Coordination: Viva La Diva Events // Photography: Jess + Nate  // Florals: Planterra // Print Material: Alisa Bobzien // Cake: Sweet Heather Anne // Entertainment: The Brian Alexander Experience // Rentals: Special Events (Mary) and VLD

Perfect Vintage Romance

Introducing the lovely Becky and Ben, and their gorgeous vintage-inspired Viva La Diva Events wedding.   We especially love the bride’s Marchesa gown!  Isn’t she stunning?!  Huge thanks to Jess + Nate for these beautiful photos.  Floral by Passionflower in Ann Arbor, stationary and signage by Rock Paper Scissors and Paper & Honey, hair by Erin Ahern of Salon Buzz in Chicago, makeup by Renata Stojcevski of Troy, bride’s attendants gowns by Adreana Pappel, ML Monique Lhuillier and Jenny Yoo.

For more about Lovett Hall at Henry Ford, and for more photos of Becky and Ben’s wedding, check out the First Blush spread in the Summer/Fall 2014 Metro Detroit Bride.

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Detroit Love

We are so happy to share with you Brooke and Sammy’s red carpet wedding at the historic Fox Theater.  Every detail, including the towering cake, mirror the opulence of the lobby.  The dessert tables were a collaborative effort with the Bride’s Detroit bakery, Love and Buttercream.  We hope you’ll agree that the macaron towers are a wonderfully decadent flourish.

The groom’s cake is an edible homage to Detroit today.   Look closely to see all of Brooke and Sammy’s favorite haunts!  Does it include any of your favorites (or are you more of an American Coney fan)?

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The event was staged by Emearld City Designs and shot by the fabulous Jess + Nate.

Thank You A. Alfred Taubman!

At Sweet Heather Anne, we are truly blessed to have an ongoing relationship with the University of Michigan.  We were  commissioned to make this cake, with it’s sharp corners and cantilevers, for the reception of donor A. Alfred Taubman.  We hope you enjoy these beautiful photos by Abby Rose.
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WINTER CLASSES 2014

We are excited to announce our new class line up for Winter 2014. Why not learn a new skill this year! Come join us as we teach you to get your cakes looking professional.  No more sitting at home watching cake boss, come do  it!

CAKE 101 SERIES: $250

Wednesdays Jan 22-Feb 5th (starts at 5:30pm)
Cakes 101 will be composed of Buttercream Basics, Mastering Piping Techniques, and Fondant Fundamentals: Creative Toppers for Cupcakes. By the end you will leave with a great understanding of cake construction and decorating. Special tools required.

 

BUTTERCREAM BASICS:JLB cake table

Wednesday January 22th: 5:30-8:30pm $100
Come join us as we show you the ins and outs of buttercream and cake construction. We will teach an array of Sweet Heather Anne’s buttercream techniques, and then you get to practice your favorite on your very own six-inch cake. You will leave with a beautifully decorated cake to share as well as the recipes and know-how to do at home.

 (photo courtesy of JLB photography.) 

MASTERING PIPING TECHNIQUES:

Wednesday January 29th: 5:30-8:30 $100
Become piping proficient and take your skills to new heights. Learn to roll and cover a cake in fondant and execute a variety of our favorite piping techniques. You will practice the techniques in class and leave with a beautifully decorated dummy cake with gorgeous piped details of your choosing. Some tools required.

 

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Creative Toppers for Cupcakes

Wednesday February 5th 5:30-8:30 $100

Looking to add some pizzazz to your cake creations? Learn how to work with fondant to make custom fondant toppers perfect for cakes and cupcakes. We’ll share some of our favorite fondant tricks of the trade and you will take home one dozen cupcakes topped with your creations as well as recipes to make them on your own. Some tools required.

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Haunting Masquerade-143 (1)ADVANCED FONDANT CLASS (4 student limit)

Tuesday February 18th 5:30-9pm
Wednesday, February 19th: 5:30-9pm $250

Enjoy this highly personalized class during which Heather will teach you how to cover and stack cakes and practice a variety of decorating techniques including gilded painting, pieced fondant details, piping and sugar paste flowers. You will decorate a dummy cake inspired by the cake shown, and leave with the knowledge to continue your sugar work confection on your own. This two part class is perfect follow up to the Cake101 Series.
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 (photo courtesy of Bradley James Photography) 

To sign up, email info@sweetheatheranne.com or call.

Bring a friend and get 15% off the second class.

 

Buttercream vs Fondant

I don’t know if anyone else has noticed, or even thinks about it much, but fondant has gotten a pretty bad rap for itself.  It’s not that I don’t understand why, I do.  At its worst it can be a thick gummy paste with a strangely chemical after taste, at its best it is what I call marshmallow-flavored  Play-Doh.  And this is how the buttercream versus fondant debate usually starts.

There are a few points that I always like to make.

The first is that you’re not losing buttercream but gaining fondant.  Every fondant cake has a layer of buttercream underneath the fondant.  We try to make the layer of fondant as thin as possible (typically about an eighth of an inch) that way guests who don’t prefer fondant are easily able to remove their fondant and push it to the side. .

Secondly, because event cakes are typically large, and are serving lots of guests, they are cut differently from your typical home cake.  Instead of the typical pie wedge the cake is cut in concentric circles and then thin slices.  What this means is that most guests will be served interior slices of cakes, which will have only a thin layer on the top.  And in case my description made no sense, perhaps this diagram will help.

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What the decision really comes down to is a decorating decision.  Buttercream is delicious.  Here at Sweet Heather Anne all busttercream is Swiss buttercream, made with brown sugar and vanilla bean paste.  It makes for a lovely ivory tone with flecks of bean.  Not ideal for a white on white ultra modern affair, but definitely wonderful.  Fondant also receives color better than buttercream, and allows us to make that perfect color match more so than buttercream.   Fondant in all its sugary glory is a tool that allows us to achieve a desired aesthetic.

Buttercream cakes are delicious and stunning in their simplicity.  Check out some of our most recent…

Buttercream Cake by Sweet Heather Anne

photo by Abby Rose Photo

Buttercream Wedding Cake by Sweet Heather Anne

photo by Adrienne Fletcher Photography

Wedding Cake by Sweet Heather Anne

photo by Abby Rose Photo

Buttercream Wedding Cake

photo by Jess + Nate Studios