Month: August 2014
Jay Murphy, our cake maker extraordinaire recently sat with us and described the latest trends in customer wedding cake designs and flavors. Take a bite out of his thoughts here!
What are the current trends you are seeing in wedding cakes?
Multiple cakes, several smaller cakes along with a variety of mini desserts, macarons, mini pies, cookies, pastries. Traditional tiered cakes with textures in buttercream, metallic and hand painted cakes.
Are fresh flowers still “in” or are you seeing alternatives? What are they?
I’m not seeing as many fresh flowers. Instead sugar flowers are popular, along with bows or bling.
What is your most requested wedding cake type? Please describe in detail.
Round tiered cakes are still the most requested, whites or pale color, with lace and ruffles. Simple details like small pearls or narrow ribbon bands at the base are also very popular.
Fondant or no fondant? What is more preferred? Buttecream? Fondant? Does it matter? Can you do unique design with butter cream?
I prefer working with fondant, it gives me more options to design and decorate with, though it seems to be evenly split buttercream vs fondant as far as popularity. Buttercream is a classic and can be used creatively. Many unique designs/decorations can be created using buttercream. Ruffles, textures, classic “homestyle” designs using a simple knife and adding one simple flower is an elegant way to shape buttercream frosting.
What is your most requested wedding cake flavor? Red velvet with raspberry and cream cheese buttercream.
If you could pick any cake you want for a bride what would it be and why?
I like fun unique combinations, one of my current favorites: “mimosa” (champagne and orange) flavored cake tinted coral, with alternating layers of champagne and orange buttercream and a meringue disc for the center layer.
Is the cupcake fad over? Why or why not?
Yes. Macarons, mini pies and other mini desserts are now trending. Giving your guests a variety of flavors, textures, sweetness in a beautiful display at various levels is popular, with the cake at center stage.
Kick Ass Kakes has had a wild ride promoting our incredible, edible and stunning custom creations in the news of late.
Several local television stations– showing off our elegant and handmade cake designs– have featured KAK.
Chef Jay has been hard at work featuring everything from back to school snack ideas like his famous “Fruit and Cake” bars, to unique cake design and decorating tips for even the most novice cake bakers.
His first appearance was with local Channel 3 “Arizona’s Family” and Jay showed off his skills at frosting and layering cake with an emphasis on teaching a home baker hot to master beautiful cake design.
Next, he was featured on ABC’s Sonoran Living where he showcased three recipes. First, he make his “Fruit and Cake” bars that are vegan, gluten free and full of flavor, making them an excellent back to school snack. He also was able to create his whipped peanut butter frosting dip recipe and then he turned the dip into a decadent filling for a layer cake or filled chocolate cup.
Finally, Fox 10 came out to the bakery and was “wow-ed” beyond words by Jay’s extremely talented cake décor and design. Kristen Anderson was seriously impressed by the level of skill and talent when it comes to custom designed wedding, birthday or special occasion cakes that the KAK Shop can produce.
So don’t take our word for it—Kick Ass Kakes has shown the Valley of the Sun all they are capable of when it comes to stunning, unique and custom cake design as well as a myriad of other specialty dessert options. Contact us today for a quote and we’ll make your sweet dreams come true.