I can’t even begin to tell you how much good karma this sweet & savory cakebite has brought me. Annie likes to call our Triple Chocolate topped w/ Caramelized Bacon cakebite the Holy Grail.
The Fest of Ale in Janesville, WI celebrated it 10th year with a sold out crowd and over 100 beers available for tasting. A lively crowd and great bands set the tone for a wonderful event with proceeds going back to the local Kiwanis group donating the funds to various community endeavors. Our custom beer themed dessert bar included cakebites (Red Velvet, Chocolate Guinness, Triple Chocolate plain as well as some topped caramelized bacon) and super yummy treats (mini pumpkin cupcakes w/ creamcheese frosting, sugar cookies, peanut butter cookies + homestyle fudge brownies) from our friends at The Afton Market. As always, not only were the sweets a hit but our display was unexpected and wowed the audience.
I find it funny how all my weddings trend as far as styles and colors. The end of summer brought 2 weddings colored in navy, green and beige.
These a la carte cakebites from the Genung Wedding were a hit and at their wedding from “cake balls” took on the hilarious moniker of ”cake nuts”!
My little cousin (who isn’t so little anymore!) has grown into such a vibrant and beautiful young woman. She’s gone off to college, met the Russian man of her dreams and likeall fairy tales, tied the knot so they can live their happily ever after. The Allen’s asked me to help with their big day in a few ways, one of which was to build a custom dessert bar for a wedding chock full of sugar lovers. I seriously couldn’t believe how long that dessert line was…it went pretty much the entire length of the ballroom! We filled it with an assortment of cakebites, cupcakes, cookies and bars with plenty of Forde family favorites and Afton Market staples mixed in. I drew inspiration for the table design from the happy bride and grooms favorites starting with COLOR! I like to think of this design as classy and colorful. I also commissioned my cupcake maven’s skills and had her create cupcake toppers to reflect other favorites such as mountain biking, nature, reading, skiing, ice cream, running, etc… I thought the table turned out beautiful and very, very personal.
The cool, crisp air of the fall season is upon us and this Harvest inspired collection created to match my cousin’s confirmation decor just makes me all warm and fuzzy.
Take a peek inside this cute little bag full of sweet gratitude. I took this packaging imported all the way from the Philippines and switched out its natural fiber for a ribbon to dress this up a bit more.
Last year, Monroe Elementary in Janesville, WI donated 1,372 pounds of food to help the hungry in their community through an event called Delivering Bags of Hope.
Below you’ll find a simple collection I created for one of my clients who is a part of this initiative. She wanted something to “thanks” to the kind individuals who generously donated warehouse space this year to process the bags. Follow the link above to see how you can take part.
Topping this week off to switch the focus to something a little sweeter….CAKEBITES! Here’s the table inspired for the Mironchenko Wedding inspired by their rustic and vintage theme. My flair for this table are actually the 2 little birdies. I didn’t realize how expensive love birds are so I went with finches that are mated for life instead. Those two little cuties now keep us nice and cozy at home.
My flair for this table are actually the 2 little birdies. I didn’t realize how expensive love birds are so I went with finches that are mated for life instead. Those two little cuties now keep us nice and cozy at home.
Cute saying, right? I won’t take credit for this one, I stole it off Pinterest.
YES!!!! Our award winning Luxe Triple Chocolate with Caramalized Bacon has become one of our top rated flavors. Sweet & savory goodness!
I loved the use of logs for this table. I got a lot of mileage out of these bad boys through the end of the summer. You’ll see them featured a few more times.
One of the most beautiful weddings I’ve had the pleasure of being a part was the union of our friends Peter & Amber. It was so much fun working alongside my brothers as a team to capture their big day and so refreshing coming up with inspiration to style their custom cakebite display.
All I can say is WOW!
I remember sitting on Eno Vino’s patio at a meeting about Concert on the Green with my friend Gina. It was one of those randomly warm, summery days in early spring. Before we parted, she hesitated to tell me about this wonderful event called Circus of Chefs in Baraboo. I clearly remember her saying that we could easily take the dessert category, but I didnt believe her.
The day of the event was a very, very (VERY!) hot humid day. It started off smooth until we arrived, unpacked and realized we had about 15mins to build our display before judging commenced. WTF! How did we possibly overlook the whole “timing” issue. Anne and I kicked it up into high gear and got the majority of our table up with the exception of a few small touches. Phew!
Once everything started full force, Annie, Drew and I settled into our groove. When it comes to a full-on sensory experience, thats where we shine. We must have done something right because we left Circus World with 2 awards that night, Best Display and Best Desserts!
You can see a full listing of our amazing competitors as well as the other winners here:
In regards to our table design, this was by far the most detailed one Ive designed to date. The circus theme gave me so much to work with. Some of the flair for this display included…
- Centerpiece with a ring of elephants carrying fire
- Bulb string lights snaking the table
- Our pinstripe tablecloth made with ribbon
- Popcorn filled vessels
- Gypsy details like a fringy scarf and a chest of crystal balls
- Gigantic Gerber Daisies with the illusion its being watered by a bottle of Jack
…just to name a few.
We sampled our signature dessert (Cakebites!) in a variety of chocolate (Triple Choc, Triple Choc with caramalized bacon, Triple Choc with Cayenne) and of course our customer favorite, Red Velvet. We also sampled some of The Afton Family Market marbled mini cupcakes frosted with their homestyle fudge frosting. The cakebites and cupcakes were given a bit of flair of their own when we added in Cass’ amazing little circus themed toppers. Crafted out of modeling chocolate, her collection included Admit One tickets, top hats, mustaches and feathers. What can I say? Shes a genius!
I promised our team would be back next year….although Im not sure how to top ourselves for that one?
Last year I had the pleasure of sampling our cakebites with some of Rock County’s finest chefs at Chef’s Cooking for a Cause; a charity event organized by the YWCA and The Janesville Country Club. As a participating Chef, we are asked to donate an auction item and I gladly handed over a certificate for a custom dessert spread for up to 100 people. Here is a fun display for a 50th birthday bash that came out of it.
I was given a decorative napkin to pull my inspiration from. Black and white with lots and lots of bright color inspired me to create a fun loving, rainbow color-filled diplay. We added assorted candy filled containers and even some gold dusted chocolate lollipops for extra flair.
I really appreciated the non-typical approach for the event!
Call me a nerd, but anything to do with zombies is right up my alley. So when Hedberg Library in Janesville contacted me about doing desserts for their Friday the 13th Zombie Prom I was beyond ecstatic. I had expressed interest in being a part of the event so I’m very thankful the staff took me up on my offer.
Zombie head cakebites aren’t the easiest creations to whip up so I changed my initial design plans and went with more of a creepy direction. Forked eyeball cakebites and others that warn of danger all clad in the prom’s colors were a hit! Added industrial decor touches, and my fave sign where I channeled my inner Shining added to the creepy factor. I also made sure to add some prom flair by incorporating dried red roses and a mirrored platter.
It means a lot to my boys for me to be so involved at their school. I’m a busy lady but I always find time to help out however I can with PTA. In turn, I’m very thankful that the staff at Monroe Elementary have been so supportive of my business.
The two featured mini displays in this post were part of the kindergarten team’s latest celebrations. Two differing themes of Classic Romantic and Modern Chic were my inspirations…check it out!
I don’t typically do many character cakepops as it isnt exactly my forte. So I brought Cass onto this project and comissioned her to create mini Angry Birds toppers out of modeling chocolate. These little guys averaged 3/4 of an in and were soooo perfect for the collection! Let’s just say that was one happy birthday boy!
Our team had the pleasure of adding our flair to the local Bridal Fair alongside Couture Celebrations. It’s always wonderful to meet other wedding vendors and ALWAYS a pleasure to meet the “couples to be”.
This mini dessert spread was inspired by the Couture Celebrations logo.
It was a fantastic day debuting with Couture Celebrations (Janesvilles Premiere Party Planners) at the Rock County Bridal Fair. I have the pleasure of sitting alongside Scott and Cheryl Cramer as a design consultant as well as providing services as one of their quality vendors. Here’s a sneak peek of the mini dessert spread compliments of yours truly.
I don’t always gush about venues I’ve worked at, but The Elk Lodge in Janesville WI in my book, is by far the best. It isn’t the fanciest, or most beautiful place but the appeal lies in their delicious food and their staff that always goes above and beyond. I was fortunate to cater the Storms’ wedding dessert table here last December and the appreciation must be reciprocal because I was invited back for their Valentines Day dinner. I didn’t really know what to expect with an older crowd, but I was pleasantly surprised at what a fantastic time I had. Good people, good food, drinks and Elvis made for a memorable night.
I started building this display by imagining a romantic picnic for two. I laid sparkly silver fabric, my rice paper umbrella and two of my favorite crackled angled rim glasses down. I added and took away pieces until eventually the display emitted a romantic feel. This specific table was dressed only with my cake truffles in Red Velvet, Luxe Triple Chocolate and our holiday specialty flavor Champagne. Take a peek!
Special thanks again to the amazing staff over at the Lodge! For more information visit them at http://www.elks.org/lodges/home.cfm?lodge=254 or come see us at the Janesville Bridal Fair on March 4th at Craig HS.
WOW! We were flattered by all the wonderful reception at our Madison debut and were glad to make some new friends. Website updates to come soon, but for now, visit here for more recent news and photos! —————-> www.facebok.com/osteradesign
EASTER COLLECTION | SPRING 2011
Lemon, fudge chocolate
The design concept was the brainchild of Miss Emily, of course. Who could resist the adorable chicks???!
Want your cake and eat it too? Is less really more?
Now you can order bites without the extra candy/chocolate coat. It’s still just as delicious without the extra calories…
Here’s a peek at some details of the center party table. Jungle-themed cakebites and mini Elvis cupcakes (banana+choc cupcake with pb frosting) sat amidst the tissue paper foliage waiting to be eaten!