April 22, 2013

Today we are meeting Alison from Wild Rose Sweets & Styling who is based in Newcastle, NSW

Here is what Alison had to say when I asked her about her passion and love for being in the Cake business:-

I can’t remember a time when I didn’t bake!  My Grandmother and Mum are both amazing in the kitchen so it was just a natural part of life for me. Over the years I have seen so many gorgeous cakes but they were always fondant and, call me crazy, but I don’t actually like eating fondant.  It wasn’t until I took a Buttercream class with the lovely Vanessa at Sugar Rush/Cake Style TV that I realised how many amazing finishes you could achieve with buttercream that are both beautiful and delicious!  From there I widened my repertoire to include macarons, cake pops, cookies and various other petite sweets.  I love the variety in what I do – no two weeks are the same!

I started this amazing journey only 22 months ago, originally trading under the name ‘Cupcake Couture’ as cupcakes were my focus.  As I became busier and word-of-mouth spread  I realised that if this was going to be a successful business I needed to treat it like one.  I changed the name of the business to ‘Wild Rose Sweets & Styling’ to differentiate myself and to better reflect the variety of sweets and the styling services that I now offered.  It’s been an amazing adventure and I have made some wonderful friends in both the Cake and Table Styling community.

As far as the most popular flavour of cake goes, Alison says it is probably a toss up between Milk Chocolate and White Chocolate & Raspberry.  For cupcakes though it’s a different story – while I offer a large variety of gourmet flavours the most popular one is Vanilla.  I think it’s because it is just a universal favourite.  For macarons it’s either the Salted Caramel or Strawberries & Cream.  I can’t decide which I love the most – they are all delicious!

To see more of Allison’s work please vist her facebook page here

April 19, 2013

A little bit of pink and blue for your Friday!

 I am off this weekend to style a first birthday celebration for a sweet little girl with the prettiest name.

I must say I can’t wait to show you how it all comes together after a few months of planning and creating.
As you may have guessed the colour theme for this weekends party is pink and blue (with a touch of gold) so here is some inspiration for you from my Pinterest collection plus my own collection of images (you can see more here)

And now on to the winner of last weeks Yorkshire Drinks Dispenser Giveaway!  Thank you to everyone that entered this competition and left lovely comments

Congratulations to Sue Bou whose favourite dispenser was the Nolan Drinks Dispenser.

Please email me to claim your prize.

Have a fantastic weekend everyone.

Image sources

1. Blue Cakes :: 2. Balloons :: 3. Cookies :: 4. Cake :: 5. Flamingo Party :: 6. Butterfly

April 16, 2013

Did you see the fabulous rainbow party that Kim from the Tomkat Studio created for her daughter Kate a few weeks ago.

I love the bright colours against all that white!  So sweet – here is how you can achieve the look with items from the Sweet Style online store – of course everything is also available in the US via Kim’s online store as well.


April 15, 2013

Today we are meeting Catherine Russo from Sweet Empire in Melbourne.  Catherine specialises in beautiful desserts but also loves to make buttercream decorated cakes.  The photo of the cake below was made for her first official Sweet Empire event so it is really special to her.

As you can see from the dessert pictures her cake pops and desserts in a jar are just gorgeous!  Catherine’s passion for creating desserts started as a curious 6 year old, which was rekindled in her mid 20’s.  Instead of taking clients our to dinner, she would invite them over as she loved any excuse to bake and entertain.

Catherine is an interior designer having worked in the design and architectural field for 20 years but after creating a family decided to blend her two passions of baking and design together to create Sweet Empire just one year ago.

Sweet Empire specialises in cupcakes, macarons, and she is almost famous for cake pops, sweet tartlets and little desserts in pots.

Catherines most popular desserts are dark chocolate mint cake pops and little panna cotta’s in pots – they sound delicious!

You can visit Catherine’s facebook page here to see more of her beautiful work.

April 12, 2013

Lots to celebrate this week with the 4 year blogoversary for me and we reached 13,000 fans on facebook yesterday!

This is the perfect excuse for a fab Friday Giveaway!

I know everyone loves all the drinks dispensers I have in the store – we now have 15 different styles to chose from!

Here is a quick glimpse as just a few!

 One of the most popular styles is the Yorkshire Dispenser.  This arrived back in stock yesterday having been out of stock for some time.

Today I am giving one reader a chance to win one of these fabulous Yorkshire dispensers.

All you need to do is leave a comment here on the blog letting me know which of all those gorgeous drinks dispensers is your favourite!  Click here to take a quick peak.

You have until next Friday morning to get your entries in and I will announce the winner here sometime Friday.
Entries are only open to Australian Residents!

Goodluck x

PS.  today is the last day of our 30% off all partyware in the store – enter the code PARTYWARE to receive the discount on anything in the partyware section