About Us

We are a bakery located in West Michigan that prides ourselves by using only handmade products from scratch using the freshest ingredients possible. Our goal is to provide brides with beautiful wedding cakes that fulfill their dreams, and our clients with stunning cakes that can't be beat!

Sunday, December 28, 2008

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from the crew at Sweet Cakes Design!

We are all trying to enjoy a bit of time off and relaxing with our families and loved ones... so don't worry, new cakes are coming soon

Enjoy this wonderful time with those you love! - Sara :)

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Holy Moly!

Hey Everyone! We have really been cleaning house (or, computer) over here trying to get all of our pictures together from this past year... and whew... what a year it has been! We found a ton of pictures of cakes that never got published (I don't think), so hopefully I'll be getting those up in the next few days.

As for now, here are a few from this past weekend...

Stay tuned for more!
Enjoy the snow outside too...brrr... - Sara :)

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

a few random notes

Good, bright and sunny, Morning to everyone!

I love crisp, sunny mornings with some snow on the ground. Beautiful!

We have just a few small topics that we'd like to make known to everyone!

The first is to announce that we are already CLOSING dates for the 2009 season! May 16th and June 20th weekends are booked solid! Woo hoo!

July, August, September and October brides, do not be afraid to contact us as soon as possible! We do not close dates when we reach a certain number of cakes in a given weekend like other bakeries might. We look over all of our returned contracts for given dates, and depending on the attention each cake needs (and the hours plus some for the designer to accomplish the beauty of that cake) will determine when we book a given weekend. We do not want to short cut anyone, and that's why we close weekends. We also take into factor where the reception site is. We deliver only about a hour and a half before the reception is supposed to start... we can't be in 8 different places at once, and there are only so many of us :)

Just a note to remember to return your contract as soon as possible: we only hold your wedding date for two weeks after your first client meeting with us. After that, it goes back into the open pool. This is only fair as we work on a first come first serve basis. We hate to dissappoint, so remember to return those ASAP!

One last note. We like to be able to customize cakes to our brides. We do that through colors, tier sizes, design, monograms, and more. And we LOVE to sketch out a few cakes using those details for you to see, so that we know what you like, don't like, and really narrow down the perfect design for your wedding cake. This way you really know what to expect too! However, we cannot offer this anymore until you book with us. This is just so that our designs for you stay just that. Yours. We'd be upset to spend the time customizing a cake for you, only to see it pop up somewhere else. As designers, we always take inspiration from others, but we don't want to supply others with a design we worked so hard on. I know you all understand :)

So, if you have any questions, call us!

Thanks for your listening ears!
Sara :)

if you want an 8 track player...

we can do one!

This was Amanda's baby for a whole week (or, the second half of the week)...

detail, detail, detail! Remember I said "give her something electronic and she can copy it?" I wasn't kidding. This turned out AWESOME. And no, this wasn't a grooms cake, it was their actual wedding cake! People have great ideas and we love to do them!

look at this woodgrain! LOVE.

brings you back a few years, no? (although I don't think I have ever really seen one...)

Burgandy's and golds are just so beautiful together. On this cake we placed a thin burgandy fondant ribbon at the bases, and piped a royal icing design similar to the couples invitation on the cake. After the royal icing dried, we painted it with gold luster dust. This picture doesn't do it justice for how the gold really stood out.

We have fantastic neighbors at our shop, and they always order fun stuff for birthdays. Last time we put crickets on top of their cupcakes, and this time it was pizza! We actually made a small miniature pizza and then cut it into slices. The remaining cupcakes got pizza boxes!

This elegant cake looked beautiful this weekend! The cake had a simple swirl on it, and a bronze colored fondant ribbon wrapped around it with a bow.

This cake for a 1-year-olds birthday was so much fun! Each tier was airbrushed seperately and then stacked together. All the animals were made by hand and then added to the cake. The top has a John Deere tractor on it, although its hard to see. What a fun farmed themed first birthday :)

We wanted this cake to look like a piece of lace was laid over the top of it, so tight swirls were added heavily to the top, and became more spread out as they climbed down the cake.

Happy (belated) birthday to one of our favorite photographers Jen Kroll! She and her associate photographers always capture such beautiful images, and we can't get enough of looking at them. Not to mention she usually comes in with her boys who are always a joy and a bundle of fun, and bring smiles to our faces on a hustle bustle day :)

What a fun 50th birthday party cake! We did a "bar theme" with wood paneled walls, and large beer mug, and some shelled peanuts. The theme of the birthday party was somewhat hawaiian, and what man doesn't want a luau party umbrella in their beer mug?! This cake, was fun, especially the "happy birthday" banner hanging across the front. Nice!

That's all for the beginning of this week. I wanted to say a big "thank you" to Aletha for stopping by the other day! It was great seeing you again. And ladies/brides/readers if you need an event planner for your wedding, Aletha is awesome! Checkout her website and blog, because she's always giving great tips, which are great not only for brides, but for decorating your house too :) And her attention to detail is amazing.

So, everybody enjoy their weeks and the lovely snow that is falling! - Sara :)

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

lots of love for different cakes

Wow, these past weeks have been completely fun with SO MANY different cakes. We are still working on gathering all the pictures... but we had animals, 8 track players, crazy huge cakes, and many, many, beautiful cakes. These are why we love what we do! Enjoy :)

Love this incorporation of the monogram. Barb made this monogram out of gumpaste, and it looks stunning on this simple cake.

Rachel (we find Rachel when we need life-like and realistic interpretations of things...) did this one, a britany spaniel, horse, and trailer... she did a great job!

This whimsical yet elegant cake turned out wonderful. We dusted the balls on the cake with gold and silver luster. Funky and fun.

This cake was HUGE and let me tell you, when Barb and I were carrying it in... lets just be glad we didn't have to hold it too long and had a cart to help us with all the heavy work :) This picture doesn't do it justice to the detail Barb put into it, so just check out Jen's blog because her picture is just so much more beautiful!

The MOLE cake (groom's/bride's cake for the above cakes wedding)! We loved how it turned out. I love the details on it... my favorite part of the whole cake is the heart and letters carved into the trunk of the tree. Romantic. Oh, and I love the step mushrooms going up the side of the stump (do you see the grubs in the dirt in front of the mole? Love those too). This was my "project" for the weekend, and I was so excited to detail it up. What you don't see on here is the diamond ring we gave her, and a prettier, fuller, glittery bow. We hear bride and groom liked it a lot too :)

A simple, square cake with a long red ribbon and bow around the bases.

A true Alice in Wonderland cake. Thats right. We thought this cake was right side up topsy turvy, but when we finally found a picture of it... UP.SIDE.DOWN. Thankfully, this was only a 5 and a 6 inch, with a 4 inch styrofoam for extra support on the bottom. If this was any larger, gravity probably wouldn't have stayed our friend. And don't you all just love the warm glow of light that fall evenings bring??

Look at these cute booties Amanda made!

that when on this super cool baby shower cake. I love the buttons!

And, a triangle wedding cake. This turned out awesome, and the bride and groom loved it. It became the centerpiece of the entire wedding, and recieved so many great comments. We love our brides and their awesome ideas!

So, that's all for now. We'll have some more later this week! -Sara :)

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

some more for your pleasure

As we continue to download pictures from our different cameras, you'll continously get to see more and more cakes. I know, exciting, right?!

So, here we go with some more...

loooooove this one! They made the cake stand out of a stump... awesome! and the colors, just beautiful :)

mmm... lots of shaved white chocolate. Delicious!

more to come!

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

septembers and more

Hi Readers! It sure has been a long time since our last updates!

First, we are sorry to say, that we have to close the weekend of October 31st/November 1st. We have a few large weddings that weekend that also have awesome grooms cakes, and we need to make sure make those cakes get the quality they all deserve!

Second, we are selling PIES for the holidays! Start calling to order your pies, they will be available until early or through January. What's Thanksgiving without a pumpkin pie? We've got some great new yummy flavors, so check them out!

and now onto the cakes :)

More soon!

Monday, September 15, 2008

just a few...

Hello readers!

We are going to start out with a post earlier this week, and hopefully have another one once picture collection is done!

Below was a very traditional style cake we did to resemble the wedding cake of a lovely couple 50 years ago! How awesome is it to make it to your 50th anniversary?! Many congrats to these two and their very loving family.

This cake was posted a while back, but we never had a picture of it with its finishing touches - the flowers. The grass really gives the cake a different texture and added fun. It turned out beautiful!
A simple and clean wedding cake, just as beautiful.

For a bride that had no flowers at her wedding, crystals and feathers were the way to go. We believe she purchased her cake jewelry fron here http://www.cake-jewelry.com/ but we are still checking our sources :) This cake was wrapped with fondant, topped with a crystal initial, and more crystals were added at the corners. It turned out stunning!

The ultimate 21st birthday cake! A real life sized beer mug -- But I PERSONALLY think cake tastes much better than beer. Would anyone ever want a beer-flavored cake? Is that even possible?!

A stucco-like icing surrounded this cake and was topped with fresh fruits...yum!

And that's all for now. We had some fun cakes last weekend and are sure to have many more this coming weekend. So check back! Enjoy your weeks - Sara :)

Monday, September 1, 2008

is there another word?

Is there another word for how sorry we are that we didn't update the WHOLE ENTIRE MONTH of August?! Holy moly that flew by fast! I cannot believe that it's September first... And you know what we love about fall? The change of wedding color themes, fall cakes, and new savory fall cake flavors are on the horizon. We have two cakes this week consisting of Spice Cake filled Carmalized Apples and Caramel Buttercream. DELICIOUS. Its always nice to change seasons and make different cake flavors. But at the same time, I will definitely miss the Citrus Delight cake as it usually its a hibernation period this time of year. But, enough of fall, we need to get those August cakes out here!

This stunning, simple, and modern cake was covered with fondant and hand drawn ferns to go along with the brides simple and elegant tastes at her wedding reception. The greens, purples and oranges were awesome colors to work with. Amy Carroll photographed this wedding and had a sneak preview up featuring, I know, a much better picture of this beauty (Check back to her August 29th entry)

Another of my favorite, very modern cakes! I mean, WHO doesn't love plaid?! I was told by Barb to sketch some modern, J Crew style cakes using blues, greens, and a bit of orange. I came up with a few different ideas, but the plaid cake was the one I was hoping they would choose. I was delighted that they LOVED it. Jen Kroll was the photographer for this wedding, and I'm sure took a stunning picture of this cake.
A fun birthday cake featuring handmade gerbers and other flowers and grasses.
A birthday cake I was so excited to do for a past bride, Becky (her cake is the beauty in front of the stained glass window), for her husband, Matt's, birthday. It's Brian Fellows, from SNL, and it's a bit of an inside joke between them. Luckily we knew of the skit, and were happy to do it for her. Hope you liked the cake Becky!

We are loving this lime green at the shop! This cake has more of a traditional classy look covered in cornelli lace and simple swags.

A classy cake iced smooth and decorated with a swirl pattern and sparsely placed flowers.

These next two pictures go together. The first are cupcakes that are decorated to look like frogs for the kids at Lydia's birthday party. And the second is the cake that accompany's them for the adults. Lydia loves frogs!

Lady bug and Richard Scarry's Gold Bug (some of my fav books when I was a kid!) for Caroline's birthday party at school!

An elegant swirl detailed cake with a plum ribbon border.

We were given a piece of the brides lace dress to copy onto the cake. The lace was beautiful, a bit flowery with branches. We piped on the design with icing, and then pulled it with a brush to make it look like it was sewn on. We loved the result.

What a fun baby shower cake! We made this baby shower cake to look like a book. They wanted it very girly, and to semi-resemble a fairy tale book. So we made it look very elegant, feminine, and whimsical.

An awesome grooms car cake Rachel and Amanda worked very deligently on...

This cake was decorated to resemble the couples wedding invitations. A pic of the invitation is below. I love how the details turned out!

A fun and funky cake for sure for this bride and groom. We dropped this one off, from what I hear, is the newly remolded Centenniel Country Club. The club was beautiful and the staff was incredibly friendly!

Barb decorated this cool cake for a gigantic hockey fan. he was turning 10, and she even made the hockey stick and puck on the front look like the number 10!

A simple baby shower cake for a mom expecting TWIN girls!

Sex and the City themed bachelorette party cupcakes.

A beautiful cake covered in dark ivory vines.

Jackson had a barnyard themed birthday party, they were even bringing in a petting zoo! So this mom wanted a busy barnyard cake... horse, cow, chickens, a pig and a hungry lamb.

I hope that is enough cakes to keep you all busy for now! Hopefully we'll get another post up in the next few days with more of August cakes, then onto Septembers! Crazy. Hope you all enjoyed your holiday weekends, it was just beautiful! - Sara :)