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!

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Where has the year gone!!

WOW! Can you believe that it is already almost July!! We sure cant believe it ourselves. As always the time tends to get away from us as we are busy with wedding cakes, graduation cakes and all the other busy day to day things we do here. However one very special thing we recently were able to take part was to create a birthday cake for a girl named Alyssa.

As you know Sweet Cakes Design will do just about anything for kids!  We love working with the wonderful people at the Make-a-Wish foundation along with our new favorite organization "Icing Smiles".  
SC Design had the privilege of creating a one of kind cake for Alyssa who celebrated her 15th birthday in May. She is a huge New York Mets fan and LOVES Derek Jeter. For more about Alyssa check out Icing Smiles Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/icingsmiles

To find out more about Icing Smiles, please view the video and/or check out the website at:www.icingsmiles.org and you will see why we are so happy to be able to put a "smile" on these beautiful children!  We were so glad to be a part of this organization and hope to work with them again in the future!

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Sheetcake Comparison

Cake Comparison

After hearing some different thoughts on the differences between our cakes and a typical grocery store cake, we decided to do a cake comparison. We do sometimes have people call to inquire about our cake prices, only to find that it is more expensive than they have budgeted for. By doing this comparison, we wanted to show exactly why it is that our prices are what they are. Besides using the best, fresh ingredients, we also want you to see the difference in the quality of the decorating. We hope you enjoy what we found and can have a better understanding of what really goes into our cakes; both ingredients and time!

Generic grocery store cake:

This is taken directly from the label off of a grocery store cake.

Sugar, enriched wheat flour, bleached (flour, niacin, redacted iron, thiamemononitrate, riboflavin, folic acid) partially hydrogenated vegetable shortening (soybean and/or cotton seed and /or palm kernel oil) water, whole eggs, high fructose corn syrup, nonfat milk, milk (vitamin D3) cornstarch, invert sugar, leavening (sodium bicarbonate (baking soda) sodium aluminum phosphate, aluminum sulfate, monocalcium phosphate, tetrosodium, pyrophosphate, sodium acid pyrophosphate) mono and triglycerides with bht and citric acid, dextrose, modified food starch, propylene glycerin mono and diesters, whey, corn flower, salt, soy lecithin, polysorbate 60, sodium casein ate (milk- not a source of lactose) carbohydrate gum, caramel color, natural and artificial flavors, wheat gluten, sodium stearoylactylate, calcium sulfate, xanthan gum, soy protein concentrate, cellulose gum, guar gum, cellulose gel, carrageen an, poylyglycerol, fatty acids, potassium sorbate, ascorbic acid, sorban monostearate, iricalcium phosphate, calcium, propanate, sodium propionate, caciumagetate, wheat starch, beta carotene as color, blue 2, yellow5, yellow 6, red 40, titanium dioxide (as color) rice flour confectioners glaze, titanium dioxide, gum Arabic, gum tragaganth, sorbitol, vegetable oil, malic acid, carnauba wax.
This product was manufactured on production lines that also produce items which may contain nut ingredients.

This included the ingredients in the cake, and the frosting; no filling... This cake was the same size as what Sweet Cakes Design sells as a small ½ sheet which is approximately 30-35 2” by 2” servings. This grocery store cake was the same size in length and width as ours, but significantly shorter than our cakes. The store price was $20.48 and according to the label description it weighed in at 6 pounds 10 ounces. Sweet Cakes Design’s cake of the same size weighs roughly 7 pounds 8 ounces! What a difference. Also if you were counting that is a total of 78 ingredients!!! Now lets compare to a Sweet Cakes sheetcake!

Cake Ingredients:
Granulated sugar, cake flour, white chocolate, heavy cream, unsalted butter, eggs, milk (vitamin D3), baking powder, vanilla, salt

Italian Meringue Buttercream Ingredients:
Unsalted Butter, sugar, egg whites, water, vanilla and cream of tartar

American Buttercream Ingredients: (sweeter buttercream)
Powdered sugar, butter, cream, vanilla, salt

As you can see, we do not bake with any preservatives; we do our best to use all natural, local ingredients when in season. In comparison, the Sweet Cakes sheetcake is not only almost a whole pound heavier, but the cake only has 10 ingredients, Italian has 6 ingredients and American has 5 ingredients. 

We also apologize, as wedding season is upon us, we have been extremely busy and have not been able to update as often! We will also be adding some new pictures here as well as facebook!!! Thanks for hanging in there! Remember also if you have any thoughts on any of our post please comment to us on here or on our facebook page!!!!

Monday, March 21, 2011

Tim & Heather's March5, 2011 Wedding

On a cold, snowy Saturday we had the pleasure of creating a tropical wedding cake for Tim & Heather. They had a destination wedding several weeks before and wanted to bring that warm feeling back for their reception! Lori from DaVinci Photography sent these pictures for your review. Nice work The cake was a combination of tropical flavors, including strawberry mousse filling for one tier, citrus delight cake for another tier, as well as the delicious Tropical Pineapple Coconut cake; which consists of our moist White Chocolate cake paired with coconut cream cheese and pineapple Buttercream fillings! Yummy! The perfect beach cake was even topped off with custom made, white fondant Adirondack chairs! Congratulations Tim and Heather, I think this beach cake made everyone feel like they were on a warm sunny beach somewhere!!!  

Friday, March 11, 2011

A Very Special Birthday!!

Happy Birthday Haley!!! This was a surprise birthday cake for Haley, who just turned thirteen! Her mom came in to order the cake for her, as she is a HUGE Cake Boss fan. All of her friends and family surprised her last weekend with a birthday party at Peppino's! We were so excited to hear from Haley and her mom how much she loved the cake!!! Thanks Haley and hope it was the best birthday ever!!!

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Perfect Gift for New Mom's

Gift idea for new moms! SCD does great cookies for $18 a dozen, beautifully boxed with a blue or pink ribbon. Perfect for sharing or keeping all to yourself. Chose from the following cookies:
Chocolate Chip, amaretto chocolate chip, white chocolate cherry macadamia, peanut butter, lemon poppyseed, chocolate malt, orange coconut, oatmeal raisin, lemon coconut, cashew caramel, chocolate orange shortbread, coconut macaroons, oatmeal chocolate walnut, chocolate crinkles, snicker-doodles, and decorated sugar , just to name a few :)

Monday, February 7, 2011

Don't Forget, Only One Week til Valentines Day!

With Valentine's Day just around the corner Sweet Cakes has come up with some delicious, irresistible treats for you to enjoy this year. Not only do they taste good but they look amazing thanks to photographer Mindy Larva, of Grand Rapids. Here is a list of the treats we will be offering as our Valentines Specials this year, along with the cost. Remember, Valentine's Day is NEXT Monday!!!, so get your orders in soon! We will be taking orders for the specials that can be picked up any day this week and weekend, as well as next Monday. This way no matter when you will be celebrating the day, you can enjoy some of our sweet treats! Don't forget too that our Valentine's specials are not just for that special someone in your life, they are great to surprise your friends, co-workers and your kids! Call today to place your order before time runs out, you only have a week!

Each of these items will be boxed and tied with a bow

1 Large Cookie Boxed…………$4.50

1 dz. Heart Cookies, in black & white polka dot box………$15.00

½ dz. Stacked chocolate cookie w/ peanut butter cream cheese filling…$3.75

4 mini cupcakes, boxed w/ribbon…………$4.50
1 of each following flavor:
White Chocolate cake with Pink Champagne Buttercream
Chocolate Fudge cake with Whipped Ganache Icing
Macadamia Nut cake with Tangerine Cream Icing
Tiramisu cake with coffee liqueur syrup and Mascarpone Icing

1 dz. Conversation Heart Cookies, bagged w/ribbon…………..$10.00

2 His & Her Mini Cakes, boxed w/ribbon………….$10.00
His- Chocolate Cake covered in chocolate ganache
Her-White Chocolate Cake with Raspberry filling

4 Assorted Cake Balls, boxed w/ribbon…………..$8.50

Straight From The Heart at The B.O.B

Sweet Cakes Design will be taking part in an event this coming Friday, February 11, 2011 at The B.O.B. The event is going to be themed around chocolates and everything sweet! The event is $10 at the door on the night of the event, with proceeds going to the Heart Association. Everything with be heart themed, perfect in time for Valentines Day! Come check us out this Friday and treat yourself to dessert from us, as well as hair and make up services and cosmo drink specials! We hope to see you there and help raise money for the cause!

Straight From The Heart
7pm - February 11 at The B.O.B.
Presented by Spotlight 616 | Red Attire Highly Suggested
A Night of Indulgence and Pampering Including:
+Sweet Treats 
  from Sweet Cakes Design, Dorothy 
 and Toto's Kettle Corn, Vita Dolce 
Chocolates and more
+ Hair and Makeup Services
courtesy of Design 1 Salon Spa
+ Valentine's Day Fashions
from Lee and Birch, Bohemia Too,
Stella and Dot, JB and Me
+ Cosmo And Red Wine Sampling
+ Floral Arrangements

from Modern Day Floral
+ Soundscape
DJ Todd Ernst and DJ Steve Swift

Alfred Angelo Opening a Success!

We are so excited to say that the Grand Opening of the Alfred Angelo Bridal Boutique was a huge success to say the least. We loved the fact that we were invited to take part in this event. Along with meeting many new brides n need of a cake, we were also able to provide our services to some of the staff as well! As always, we had a few of our delicious min cupcakes for samples and they went fast. We look forward to working with the wonderful staff at Alfred Angelo's in any other upcoming events or weddings. Here is a picture of our beautiful display cake, as well as some of our mini cupcakes. We featured our chocolate raspberry cupcake, lemon zest cake with french vanilla buttercream, apple strudel cupcake and our traditional white chocolate with pineapple buttercream and toasted coconut. Yum! The photographs are courtesy of Jenny Jacobs with HGW photography in Grand Rapids. For more information abou her services or to see some of her amazing photography check out her link on the side of our blog site.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Grand Opening of Alfred Angelo Bridal Boutique

Sweet Cakes Design has been chosen to be a preferred vendor at the Grand Opening of Alfred Angelo Bridal Boutique. Come see us this Saturday from 9:00-5:00, and Sunday from 12:00-5:00 and receive a complimentary sample.

Alfred Angelo
3763 28th Street SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49512

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

InFrame Bride Give Away

Sweet Cakes is taking part in a Give Away with In frame Bride magazine. We have donated a $75 gift certificate to them to give away. Check out the link below to find out details how to win, and also check out the In Frame Bride Website.