Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Hey Nerds! This blog's for you!

What would life on this planet be without the geeks and their dweebie goodness? Hey it's Steph, taking the wheel of the Latest Licks blog this time around. I can say with sincerity in my heart and "beep-boop-p'cheew-BOOM!'s" going round in my head that life at Sugarlips would be drab if it weren't for our dorky-uh, I mean, "totally normal" techie customers. We're not too hip to the video-game jive around here, but give us a photo and turn us loose and we'll re-create that "little grey thing-a-ma-bobber with words and buttons on it" just for you!

Now you can have your old-skool nintendo controller and eat it too!

And below for your enjoyment we have the XBOX 360. See how it gleams. Notice the detail. Don't try and plug it into the TV. It won't really work. But it'll taste great!

1. Put on and tighten the wrist strap.
2. Hold the wii remote securely and do not let go of it.
3. Allow adequate space around you during game play.
4. Eat your wii remote.

Conagrats, Grad! School's out! Now bust out the Super Mario and Legend of Zelda!

Okay so you're uber cool if you have an Ipad, everyone knows that. Add an Ipad CAKE to your repertoire, and you instantly rank with the likes of Captain Kirk, Han Solo, and my personal favorite, Lt. Commander Worf.
That's all for this installment....stay tuned...we've got a hunka'-hunka' burning blog coming up next!

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Twilight...New Moon!

Okay folks, I'm just going to say it now... if you're not a Twilight fan, you may want to leave the building! (Or at least the vicinity of the computer screen) Those Twilighters are
Both the cakes above and below are along the same lines, mimicking some of the aspects of the Twilight series book covers. Both are buttercream-iced with fondant accents, as well as fondant apple and chess pieces. But judging from the fang marks on the cake below, I'd say someone got a bit hungry before the cake was even sliced! (Must have been red velvet!)

This cake emulates the amulets! The ones ALL loyal bloodsuckers, um, I mean Cullens wear... are you wearing your Cullen crest? Or would you consider yourself:

Now that is some wolf-y goodness right there.

This cake was brought to a movie theatre, which was rented out for a big New Moon themed birthday party! So we made a big movie reel cake, with a fondant clapboard on top, and movie scenes piped all around the perimeter.

But you don't have to wait for the next new moon... or full moon, or crescent for that matter. Get your FORKS out right now...Your next special occasion cake is just a phone call away!

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Everything's coming up roses!

It was a very busy Valentine's Day at Sugarlips, so I thought I'd start off with some roses! But the truth is, I only have time for a tiny blog today. So the following highlights five tiny items!

Roses are red...
...hey these roses sure smell sweet! Of course they do, they're made of sugar! These lovely roses and the following fondant pieces are handmade by our cake artists at Sugarlips!

was the recipient of this pawsitively adorable pink poodle cake? (She'd have to be barking mad not to be howling with delight over it.) Don't roll your eyes, I live fur puns, and you know you're just lappin' it up... Throw me a bone here!

I don't know if this little guy should be monkeying around with his number two, but it looks like that what's about to happen! (I can't watch!)

They're taking the plunge!!
This was a close-up of an engagement cake for a couple that met playing water polo... I suppose you really can find "other fish in the sea"!

Kat's ME-OW!
This cool kitty left her little footprints all the way up Kat's two-tiered 15th birthday cake! What a naughty girl! But I guess she couldn't resist such a tempting ball of yarn...

Can YOU resist one more day without an adorable treat from Sugarlips?? Don't today! 480-292-8891 Or visit our website for more cool pics and info. Me-OW!

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Comin' at ya live, 3-D CAKES! (No silly glasses required)

Hello again, loyal Sugarlips fans! Today I thought we'd show off a few of our more recent 3-D cakes! These cakes take a lot of time to plan out, sculpt and finish, so they are among the most laborious cakes we make. They are also a super-fun addition to any special occasion!

It's in the bag!!
This cute-as-can-be purse cake was ordered for a bridal shower, and the wedding colors were taupe and raspberry, with gerber daisies. Other than that, the design of the purse was left up to us! Notice the metallic hardware, and even the "sewn" seam edging. The strap fell casually along the back. Everything you see is edible! It's a shame you have to cut it!

Welcoming a new little princess
This gorgeous 3-D tiered castle cake was ordered for a huge lavish baby shower, to welcome a much anticipated little sweetheart! This full-view pic fails to show the close-up detail, but the castle has diamond-paned windows with wooden shutters, gothic door, and ivy/vines with well over 100 cupped pink flowers. The castle surface was a variegated silver-painted fondant with piped brick-work and gumpaste turrets. Whew! A lot of work!!

You can't help but wonder what's in the bag???
Get your mind out of the gutter, this bag is full of delicious CAKE! We love to make 3-D shopping bags! They turn out so darn cute. Even the tissue paper is an edible rice paper, airbrushed with edible color and luster dust. We also make an edible receipt, totaling up the goods, and adding your special message, often with a pun or two!

Who doesn't LOVE to get a present?
Presents are welcome at ANY special occasion, especially when they contain something tasty. We can take your party's theme colors and produce an elegant, whimsical, or even masculine present cake design, complete with an edible bow and tag. Partygoers can hardly wait for the guest of honor to unwrap this one!!

Aren't you hungry for Sugarlips now?
Making a cheeseburger cake is a blast, however I always go home hungry for a burger. This cake is all buttercream iced, with fondant "cheese", for Leeah's 12th b-day. Don't like onions? Hold the pickles? Hold the lettuce? Special orders don't upset us!!
Ahhhhh, Sugarlips... I'm lovin' it.

Sunday, January 3, 2010

The Cute, The Weird, and The Creepy

...But YOU DECIDE which is which!!
Now, I think you have to be just a little off your rocker to work at a custom cake shop like Sugarlips. Just mildly wacky. So when a customer says they'd like a cake shaped like a yellow Speedo, you just nod and calmly ask what flavor.
And my sincere apologies for the lapse in blogs; it has been beyond busy here at the cake shop! I resolve to get my rear-in-gear, blog-wise! Without further ado...

Yep, my pal Lesa insisted upon a cougar cake for her BIG 4-0! Although we thought the leopard print might get the point across, if that makes any sense... my favorite part is when she asked for "surprised skulls" on the top tier. Hey, we're Sugarlips, we can handle that. (Rawr!)

I hand some mixed feelings about this request, and I could have really used a hand on hand-modeling these fondant appendages, but I really hand to hand it to myself on the final handiwork. And congrats to Mr. Yee for securing the hand of such a fine young woman. Let's all give him a big hand.
Note: No hands were actually severed during the making of this cake.

...when THIS little number was unveiled at the company birthday party. Yes, this was a corporate cake for "November birthdays". That's all the woman said when ordering a porkchop-shaped cake for 40 people, to be delivered to an office building, for a company that has nothing to do with pork. Hey, "don't ask, don't tell", that's what I always say.

And I'll never forget how cute this little guy turned out. Modeled after a buttercream cake our client found on a cake decorating website, where hobbyists send in their creations. Wish you could see his little 'bum' and tail from this shot; almost cuter than the front view.

I am only poking good-natured fun at this one; I thought this couple's idea was a total riot! Seriously folks, a good sense of humor will get you VERY far in a marriage, and this couple has it in spades. A Halloween Night reception, with a buttercream-iced topsy-turvy cake. Fondant couple has "fallen" from the top where they should be and are now face-down in the icing, little champagne bottles still in-hand.
Notice also, the spooky tree, moon, and bats coming out of the top. I just loved this one. Oh heck, what am I saying, I LOVE THEM ALL!

Monday, October 26, 2009

Halloween is coming!!!

And oh, how I LOVE Spooky-Cake time!!!

Some brave souls started the celebrations early by theming their special occasions in a creepy-like way...

A birthday AND a new job? That IS scary!!
This cake casts an eerie glow on the whole situation! I can almost hear a cackling in the distance... Oh wait! It's only...
Witchy Barbie?!
Of course! Barbie is everywhere! And today, she's in Marina's magically delicious birthday cake! Looking spook-tacular as always, Barbie!

That's five fondant ghosts wishing Hannah a Happy 5th Boo-day! Oooo, I see some icing eyeballs looking on, in the border.
We appreciate those brave enough to raise the Halloween spirits a week early!

This week we expect much more of the same, and love every minute of creating gory, creepy cookie and cake creations! We sure love this spooky-sweet time of year!

Last but not least...
I simply HAD to add one of my favorite wedding cakes so far this month. This wedding cake was delivered to a gorgeous reception at the Seville in Gilbert. The natural light was divine, and you can better see (in my very non-professional photography!) some of the loving detail we pipe on our cakes.

Read on for more recent weddings and other cakes we had a wonderful time creating!!

Tis the season...

Wedding season, that is!
In the Phoenix area, brides and grooms are plentiful in the spring and fall, when the weather is just right! So this makes October a prime candidate for a flood of weddings. Here, we'll throw on just a few highlights from last week's lovely weddings...

A Golden Glow...
The way the sunlight hit this shimmery gold and white fondant cake was sublime! My favorite part of this was actually not pictured... if you stood behind the cake, you might notice that the cake ornament bride is pinching the groom's tush! (and she looks so innocent from the front!)

Purple Passion
If you love purples, you can't help but love this cake! Three offset, stacked, square tiers, iced in buttercream, and adorned with fresh mums and daisies. Perfectly sweet in a backyard wedding setting.

Just Plain Cool
The pics just can't do this one justice! Designed by a tattoo artist groom, this cake really fit the bill. Tiny red spiderwebs are piped on the top corners of the quilted middle tier, and a bandana-inspired print is piped on the bottom. Turing this cake so the point was the front makes it extra dramatic, as does the red cake board. Way cool.

Simply Elegant!
Beautiful Stargazer lilies separate and top these four tiers in a dramatically elegant way! The combination of the scents of lilies, freesia, and vanilla buttercream icing was exquisite in another lovely backyard setting.

Happily Ever After!
This is definitely the most delicious sand castle you will come across!
Mother of the bride sketched out a tiered cake to resemble a sand castle...complete with an edible stairway and compacted sand finish! (Brown sugar replicates sand the best, in my humble opinion!) No small feat, but it sure came out dreamy! A gumpaste castle facade was carefully fabricated by our sugar artists. We added royal icing "coral" and white chocolate starfish to help complete the look of something built right on the beach.
This cake was picked up and transported by the customer, so we didn't get to see it with the seashells and cake topper they planned to add, but it looked so neat, we wanted to show it here on the blog! Such a fun idea for a wedding cake!!