Thursday, July 25, 2013

Custom Wedding Cake, Lake Waramaug Country Club, CT

Designing a custom wedding cake allows every bride to work with Ana to create a one-of-a-kind masterpiece that is representative of her wedding theme, personal style, and aesthetic choices. 

Ana created this final sketch with input from bride, Sarah Gilmore, to design a wedding cake that was truly her own. 

For each bride, the sketch is edited and refined to encompass all the elements the bride would like included in her wedding cake. Placement of sugar flowers, a monogram, piping, or brushed embroidery details are decided upon before the wedding cake can come to life. 

Ana's custom designed sketch for Sarah's wedding cake

Sarah's cake consisted of four tiers covered in white fondant. Each tier was accented with a silver pressed fondant border and delicately decorated with freehand piping. Ana's trademark handcrafted sugar flowers highlighted the design in soft peaches and whites. 

By marrying her love of fine art and baking, Ana is able to create one-of-a-kind art on your wedding cake! The technique of freehand piping is just one way Ana ensures each of her cakes is a captivating masterpiece. 

A lush helping of handcrafted sugar flowers accents the base of the cake. This custom design used light peach peonies, roses, and white hydrangea flowers. 

Monograms are a great way to add your personal signature to your wedding cake. For Sarah's cake, Ana created an oval monogram with silver piped lettering framed by a pearl border.

Often, monograms are inspired by a couples' wedding invitation, but inspiration can come from anywhere!

Monogram with pearl border detail 

The wedding cake was delivered to Lake Waramaug Country Club in Connecticut for the beautiful tented wedding reception. Congratulations to the newlyweds! 

For more information on creating a custom wedding for your wedding or special event visit:

Flowers by Cecily F. Grand 
Photographs taken by Ana Parzych 

Monday, July 22, 2013

From the Weekend: Custom Wedding Cakes from CT to NY

Take a look at three examples of our unique custom wedding cake creations from this past weekend. 

Two were wedding cake designs for couples tying the knot in Connecticut and one was a custom anniversary cake for a party in the Hamptons! 

Stay tuned on Facebook to see how these cakes transformed from Ana's sketch to reality.

Ingrid Gallo's Custom Anniversary Cake Design

Mallory Kenny's Custom Wedding Cake Design 

Jamie Mondschein's Custom Wedding Cake Design

 To learn more about the custom cake design process visit:

Sketches by Ana Parzych 

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Destination Wedding Cake, from New York City, to Arizona

In May we blogged about our inspiration for beautiful bride, Anja Winikka's wedding cake. Having worked with Anja, the online site editor of The Knot, for many years, we know that few can surpass Anja in her wealth of wedding experience and insight. We were thrilled to design Anja's wedding cake and are excited to share a behind-the-scenes view of her wedding design with you.

Anja and Ben Bullington were married on May 25th at Tanque Verde Ranch in Tucson, AZ. We traveled from New York City to Tucson to deliver Anja and Ben's wedding cake.

You may want to take a look at our inspiration post to refresh your memory, here, before taking a special look at Anja's wedding cake creation!

Our view when we arrived at Tanque Verde Ranch, a dude ranch with a rich and colorful history.

After a long flight from New York City to Phoenix and a drive to Tucson, with our cake and sugar flowers in tow, we were welcomed by Cindy, Tanque Verde Ranch's Catering Manager, and Head Chef Ben Drury.  Chef Ben gave us a quick tour of the kitchen reserved for our use, and the eventual destination of the cake once we finished it.

We had been in touch with Chef Ben prior to our arrival to explain our plan for assembling this multi-tier cake. Our main requirements were work space and refrigeration.

Garry Parzych working hard in the kitchen to assemble the bottom tier
Chef Ben was very hospitable and had made arrangements to provide us with everything we needed, and more! He supplied us with a separate kitchen with ample counter space, working tables, mixers, and vast refrigeration space to keep our masterpiece fresh for the reception. 

The pastry chef at the ranch was also very attentive and was quick to provide us with any tools we needed. She came in once an hour to check in with us and make sure we were comfortable in our work space. We can't thank Chef Ben and his team enough for all their assistance, in everything from our own kitchen, to all the utensils we could use, to moving the cake!


The wedding reception was being held in the Cottonwood Grove on the property, where the staff at Tanque Verde Ranch set up an on-site kitchen with convenient access to the reception.

Left to right: Garry Parzych, Ana Parzych, and Chef Ben Drury

Ana Parzych putting her finishing touches on Anja and Ben's wedding cake

The wedding cake was covered in a light sandy colored fondant to blend in with the desert surroundings and give the cake an earthy, natural look. The neutral color was a great backdrop to showcase the bright sugar flowers that adorned the cake. 

At Ana Parzych Cakes, we pride ourselves on designing wedding cakes that are unique, timeless, and elegant. It was very important to us that we create a beautiful wedding cake that drew inspiration from the outdoor desert theme, but still be distinctive of the Ana Parzych brand and unmistakably elegant. 

Small touches of gold brushed onto the band of fondant appliqu├ęs resembling the details of Anja's engagement ring (click here for details) adds a subtle, timeless quality to the design. 

Your imagination is limitless when creating your custom wedding cake design. If you have unique inspiration, different flowers, and details in mind for your day, Ana Parzych Custom Cakes can create an amazing and delicious wedding cake that is special to you and the influences of your theme, setting, and event design.

The topper of the wedding cake consisted of a sugar urn in a turquoise blue to match some of the wedding details, such as the napkins and Anja's beautiful shoes. 

The cake was placed as one of the focal points of the reception on a beautiful pale pink linen, which Ara from Rock Paper Scissors Events chose for the table. 

LaFleur Plantscapes + Fresh Flora decorated the place-card table with fresh-cut flowers, pillar candles, and mercury glass accessories.

We loved how Laura Wright of Rock Paper Scissor Events tied the desert landscape of the cottonwood grove together with comfortable furniture and soft pillows in poppy, soft pink, and blush hues. 

The low bistro-style string lights which illuminated the reception after dusk cast a warm romantic glow on the details. 

Colleen of LaFleur Plantscapes + Fresh Flora arranged a multitude of lovely centerpieces, which naturally incorporated beautiful vibrant flowers into the table design.

Besides selecting great flowers for the wedding, we loved meeting Colleen and her team. They were great company and looked lovely in their coordinating black dresses. You can't tell from the picture, but  they were all wearing cowboy boots with their dresses. We loved the dress and cowboy boot combo!

We knew we had done a great job executing our sugar flowers when we saw how similar the hues and details of our sugar flowers were to the fresh flowers at the tables.

The beautiful desert setting provided a gorgeous background for Anja, Ben and their guests to enjoy the reception. The ceremony took place at sunset and the reception was located in this cottonwood grove surrounded by trees, a truly magical oasis in the middle of the desert. 

Once the sun had set it was time to relax and enjoy the reception; the strings of lights and pillar candles lit up the outdoor space beautifully!

To learn more about Ana's custom wedding cake design process click here.

Stay tuned for more details of Anja Winikka and Ben Bullington's wedding!

Venue:  Tanque Verde Ranch, Tucson, AZ
Wedding Planning by Laura Wright Events
Photography by Ana Parzych 
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