This past week we made a birthday cake for KTLA 5 News’ own Allie Mac Kay! Below you can see Anna personally delivering it! Isn’t that a fun design?
You can find the original post on KTLA 5′s Facebook page HERE.
PS. Happy Father’s Day tomorrow to all the dads out there!
Our recently released California Collection is featured in print (and digital) in the summer issue of Pretty Pear Bride Magazine! Check out their website and find out how you can get yours hands on their latest issue (featuring our new collection) HERE!
Preview some of the photos from Pretty Pear’s amazing shoot with us below!
As you may have read a couple of months back, CCCW is now offering private lessons with our decorators! (Find out more info about private lessons HERE).
Check out some of the amazing work created by students below! I’m partial to the one with penguins myself.
For all you American Idol fans out there, you may know that season three contestant Diana DeGarmo and season five contestant Ace Young are tying the knot! Well, Diana enlisted the team here at CCCW to create a surprise groom’s cake for her hubby-to-be! Check out her super secret meeting with Chef Duff at E!Online HERE
Below is the finished product – a beautiful life-sized guitar, complete with “stickers” of some of Ace’s favorite things!
Congrats to Diana and Ace from CCCW!
This was a great piece by Katherine.
As a typography nerd, I must say that the fondant lettering was exceptional. Particularly such an intricate typeface.
The funnel cake on top was so good I thought it was real!
Unless you’ve been living in TV exile for the past 8 years, you’ve probably seen The Office on NBC. Adapted from the brilliant original UK series created by Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant, we saw the day to day adventures of the gang of misfits working for The Dunder Mifflin Paper Company.
We made this cake as a fond farewell to a show that has moved us to tears of laughter and has equally made us cringe with embarrassment on a regular basis.
We’re missing you already you crazy kids.
This week I wanted to showcase an amazing cake that Katherine and Neil created. It just so happens to be one of my favorite guitars, a Fender Telecaster! The body of the guitar is a delicious Vanilla with Chocolate Buttercream. So this design is winning for me on many levels.
The fantastic thing about the construction of this cake is the strings are real, the neck is wooden and the scale is correct. Any true guitarist or music fan would be thrilled to have this come out at their birthday. (I know I would.) The team painstakingly recreated this guitar in epic fashion. The patterned fondant, the bridge and even the screws in the covered Humbucker pick-ups shows the meticulousness of the design.
Kudos to Katherine and Neil on building such a memorable cake for this special birthday!
I wonder if they’ll build me a Gretsch drum kit for my birthday? (I wouldn’t put it past them.)
The lovely Stephanie over at Fab You Bliss took the time to feature Anna and Katherine’s wonderful cakes from our recent California Collection. The selection of works from both designers shows the spectrum of work that our team can produce. Stephanie makes a great point about the detail in both Anna and Katherine’s cakes.
Simple elegant cakes can also contain the subtlest of details to make them extra special. Something I like to mention to our customers when considering their cake design is textures! White on white can work beautifully as a textural effect. So step outside of the box when thinking about your design. Our team will always give you some direction if you need it!
Check it out fabyoubliss.com HERE
So, like, there’s this incredible show on TV called, um, Glee.
Do you know it?
Well, who like doesn’t?
So anyway, we like made this A-MAZING giant slushie cake for them because all those William McKinley High School kids to enjoy a Charm City Cakes version of their favorite beverage.
You can, like, read about it HERE!
Katherine and I are super excited to debut our new collection of cakes shown at www.cccwcollection.com! We have been working really hard over the last few weeks and would love for everyone to take a look.
Last night, to celebrate our new cakes, we invited our fellow industry friends and 2013 brides for a sneak preview. Stay tuned to our instagram @charmcitycakeswest for more pics of our fun party!
I love posting these photos. Mainly because our team is always busy creating these wonderful creations for you to feast your eyes on…
as well as please your belly. Take a look at some my recent favorites
from our team here at Charm City Cakes West. They will no doubt inspire all you cake creators out there to push your cake building ideas to the next level. Remember, take a look at my recent post about private lessons with Anna or Katherine. Enjoy!
On June 11, the Vetri Foundation for Children will be hosting
their 8th Annual Great Chefs Event at the Urban Outfitters Headquarters, Navy Yard in Philadelphia. The event was designed
to benefit Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation and Chef Duff
will be joining the amazing assembly of talented Chef’s from
around the country and beyond.
Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation was started by Alexandra Scott
back in 2000, with the help of her brother. Alex was diagnosed with neuroblastoma, a type of childhood cancer, two days before her first birthday. At 4, after receiving a stem cell transplant and informed her mother, “when I get out of the hospital I want to have a lemonade stand.” Alex raised an amazing $2000 for “her hospital” and to “help other kids, like they helped me.” Up until her passing in 2004, Alex had raised over $1 million dollars. An incredible story and a truly inspirational individual.
Chef Duff is proudly participating in The Vetri Foundation’s Great Chefs Event to honor Alex’s legacy. Along with all the amazing chef’s on the roster, Chef Duff will deliver the guests with a truly delicious cake experience that only Charm City Cakes can deliver.
Attention budding Cake Designers!
The team at Charm City Cakes West are now offering private lessons. Yes, you can sign up to have personalised lessons with Anna or Katherine and learn those fundamental techniques to improve your future cake creations.
Their years of experience will help you take your cakes to the next level. The work below was produced as a result of our private lessons. So if you are looking to master the use of fondant or want to pick up tips and techniques for composition and construction, get in contact with us and book in for some classes.
Click HERE to download Private Lessons Info
The lovely Zoom Theory were kind enough to share their latest round of photos from the recent Love Tour event in Los Angeles. Charm City Cakes West was on hand at the event sharing our love for all things cake related and spreading the love by giving out samples of our delicious Vegan Chocolate and Beurre Noisette cupcakes! We’re always ready to represent our famous baked creations at these awesome events. Come see us and ask our friendly staff any questions you may have about your wedding cake ideas. We will make anything you can think of. Yes, anything!
Hey cake fans,
The Charm City Cakes Baltimore team released its summer collection last week. Take a look at one of their beautiful cakes:
Go check out the rest of their collection here: http://cccsummercollection.com/2013/
We just loved this summer collection so much we couldn’t wait to start our own. The team is working hard behind the scenes creating some eye-popping, jaw-dropping and mouth-watering cakes. We want this showcase to inspire and tempt all you cake lovers to get involved with Charm City Cakes West. So, stay tuned to the blog, Twitter and Instagram! We look forward to presenting these pieces to you and hope you love them as much as our designers loved making them.
Here’s a fusion of two of my most favorite things.
Now I’m hungry. I’m thinking it’s time for brunch.
Have a great weekend!
Wedding bells were in the air the past few months. In fact they seem to be around us all the time! We love making and baking bespoke cakes for all those lovers out there ready to tie the knot. The team have been super busy with events all around Los Angeles. Bridal shows like The Cream, Soolip, Unveiled and Mountain Gate Country Club invited us to be involved with their events. We love to get out and see everyone and give you the chance to talk with our cake designers first-hand! It’s these interactions that allow you to ask us those burning questions, like: “Can my wedding cake be in shaped like cupid firing an arrow through a cloud?” I’m kidding. (But we could totally do that! haha) So if you find yourself at an event and you see the team, please stop by. Have a chat and sample some of our delicious treats. Happy planning love birds!
I just had to post this Mega cake we made for a birthday.
Man this team is amazing!
We have finally made it to Instagram!
Follow us @charmcitycakeswest
Go on, get your insta-cake fix!
Hi Cake Lovers,
Just a short word to let everyone know you can visit our shop on Saturday between 10:30-6. We are located 8302 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles 90069. Near the corner of Sweetzer Avenue.
I’ll be on hand to field your questions, grab your details and get the ball rolling on that delicious one-of-a-kind cake to wow all your friends and family.
So come in, get inspired and say hello!
“the Australian guy”
Our staff went above and beyond to create an edible city for the video game, Sim City, which allows players to make to make their own world from the ground up. Just like building a real city, we needed all the help we could get on this cake city, which consists of seven buildings, green parks, advertisements on billboards and cars on the road. Don’t forget to look up or you will miss other details of this sugary city like the flying blimp, a light up penthouse and the towering construction. We appreciate that Sim City opens a world of creativity for its players and are grateful to provide a sweet city for them.
We had an absolute blast meeting everyone at the first stop of the 2013 Love Tour and wanted to share some of the amazing photos Zoom Theory posted here!
Click here for more information about the next date on February 17th at the La Venta Inn!
Charm City Cakes West is thrilled to announce will be participating in Southern California’s 2013 Wedding Love Tour.
The Wedding Love Tour is a boutique bridal bash for the modern couple! This is a place where you can come to have a glass of wine, noch on some delicious food and mingle with great vendors while being inspired. Unlike your typical sensory overloaded bridal show The Love Tour is a intimate showcase with quality professionals who love their job and can’t wait to meet some amazing couples.
Video featuring the 2012 Love Tour
Click here for more information about the tour, and here for the tour’s Facebook page!
You can also follow the tour on Twitter @WeddingLoveTour & with the Instagram Hashtag #weddinglovetour
We’ll (of course) be serving up some delicious cake, so hope to see you all there!
Our own Anna Ellison – Executive Chef of Charm City Cakes West – teamed up with Caljava to create this fantastic instructional video demonstrating how to make a perfectly pleated cake. Anna’s skill and Caljava’s gorgeous flowers make one beautiful team – check it out! Anna has more videos on the way – so subscribe to the Caljava channel to make sure you don’t miss them.
Check it out:
Pleated Cake Tutorial
Anna, our Executive Chef and star of Ace of Cakes, will be teaching a Master Class over at Duff’s Cake Mix on January 16,17,23, and 24th. If you have some decorating experience and are looking to expand your skills, and create some jaw-dropping cakes, this is just the class for you! Please see the flyer below and feel free to email Cake Mix at firstname.lastname@example.org to find out more!