Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Bows and Arrows Styling Sessions

This Fall, Bows and Arrows hosted some Styling Sessions at their shop for interested creatives to come and learn more about styling with flowers. We put together a few sweets for the group to style within several different design stories, and are excited to share some of the beautiful images here. Don't miss the fun behind-the-scenes video of the team at work by the talented Amanda Marie Lackey!

Inspired by painter's palettes, we applied buttercream in colorful abstract. Styled with flowers by Bows and Arrows.

We painted these macarons with crystal/geode vibes in mind. They're a little rough, but would love to see these incorporated into a modern tablescape!

All photos above by Perez Weddings.

All photos above styled by Bows and Arrows, with their amazing flowers, and shot by Heather Hawkins Photography.

This video by Amanda Marie will make you want to make something, or put a flower on it at the very least!

Some Temporary FAQs

We are in a bit of a transition phase right now until we can get fully operational in our new studio kitchen, so, for now we have a few changes:

- NO SMALL ORDERS. We absolutely LOVE to create birthday cakes and treats for small events - these are often times the most whimsical and fun! But it is just not cost effective for us at this time to process smaller orders. We are not a bakery and have a small staff, so everything is made to order. Even small cakes and one dozen treats often times take several hours of work. So, sadly, we are having to close that part of our business until we are established in our new space, with more space, more time, more staff. As soon as we are able to take on smaller orders, we will let you know! We so appreciate your interest and please check back.

- ORDER MINIMUM. Presently, our order minimum is $500.

- TASTINGS. Because we are a small, busy business, we are usually setting up weddings and events on Fridays and Saturdays, so all hands are on deck and we are not able to offer weekend tastings. To compensate, we do offer afternoon and evening tastings on most Tuesdays and Wednesdays. All tastings must be made by appointment. We offer tastings in Dallas and in Fort Worth, so please let us know which location is most convenient for you upon scheduling. Our tasting calendar books up quickly, but we try to squeeze all of our interested clients in within two to three weeks of inquiry.

- GROOM'S CAKES. We totally appreciate the talent that goes into making fondant themed-groom's cakes, you know, the ones that look like golf clubs and ice chests, mascots and hobbies. However, our aesthetic and approach is more simple, so this is not something we make. If you love our cakes and your fiancé has his heart set on a themed cake (totally get it!), you are welcome to order from us and his cake elsewhere, but please remember that all orders must meet our minimum.

- DELIVERY + PICKUP. Delivery and setup are priced out based upon mileage. We almost always deliver and setup for our wedding clients, as large cakes require careful transport. For some orders, clients prefer to pickup and that is an option. However, everything must be picked up in Fort Worth where we bake.

Friday, November 21, 2014

Coming Soon: Cakewalk's very own space!!!

So, we have a pretty huge amazing happy scary wild wonderful announcement: We just signed the lease on our very own space!!! This has been something we have been dreaming of for YEARS. It's something we wanted from the very beginning: a beautiful little spot full of sweet smells and happy music, somewhere to host community events and friendly gatherings, a place to be as creative as we want to separate from our home. These past two years we have grown so much and really learned that we have a passion for what we are doing. We've driven all over the metroplex and gotten pretty amazing at packing our car full of supplies. From working out of our home kitchen to driving across town to our commissary kitchen to driving to Dallas for tastings, shoots, and events, and back...it has been a wild ride and we are finally (mostly) ready to make that big next step! We are still hashing out all the details of what exactly the space will be and what kind of work we will do there. It will obviously involve lots of baking...but that's as much as we want to share as we take time to work out all the details. We will be officially opening our doors in early 2015 in our most lovely community of Fort Worth. We will continue to share details over the coming weeks, but first, we celebrate with champagne and cake!

A Season in Review: Fall 2014

We are finally slowing down a bit to recharge before our December holiday season starts, so I thought I'd take a little time to reflect on this busy fall season. It was a literal whirlwind of flour and sugar: nonstop baking, collaborating, meeting, delivering, brainstorming, tasting since August hit. Sixteen hour days were the norm, six to seven days a week, and we were hustling like we'd never hustled before. There were so many days/nights where I thought, "um, I don't think I can do this anymore." (full disclosure) but we had no choice but to keep on keeping on and now that I have finally reached that Friday before our Week of Rest, I am filled with so much pride and gratitude (and a little bit of shock) at all we have accomplished: from weddings and big events, to baby showers and birthday celebrations, new client meetings, incredible shoots, work trips, and even teaching classes.  We also dived into design work this year and are so excited to have a shoot we designed featured in print in the latest issue of Southern Weddings magazine! Additionally, our home was featured on Design Sponge and the Southern Weddings Southern Newlywed column. It has been pretty amazing, but I have to admit a little awkward sharing so much of our private world with the Internet. Something I need to get over already in this biz!

We've met so many lovely new people and had the amazing opportunity to help so many people celebrate something beautiful. I truly love hearing so many love stories and seeing people grow giddy at the chance to celebrate their deep love for each other. It's such a treat to talk with different people and hear about life outside of the kitchen. Running a small business is incredibly challenging at times - there's this pressure as a business to operate at a level of perfection that sometimes goes beyond human possibility. There are days where you get run down and fall sick, days where no matter how hard you try, you just make some mistakes. We are all human and human imperfection happens whether we intend it to or not. But something that I have been so fortunate to experience as a business owner is human grace and kindness. Some days it just blows my mind how kind people are - how real and appreciative they are. There have been so many times that I've been brought to tears by people being good. So, if you're one of our past clients or collaborators or colleagues or friends please know that we are so thankful for your myriad ways of support, encouragement and kindness. Now, #wipingtearsaway, onto some photos of some of our favorite experiences from the Fall:

Photo by Heather Hawkins

Our Naked Cake DIY Tutorial featured on 100 Layer Cake // Photo by Apryl Ann

For Kelly's wedding in Golden, TX we made a 4 foot long cake and built custom stands for her donuts.

We traveled to Marfa for a creative girls' trip/photo shoot. Here's a work scene of our hand painted marble motif cake.

For Amanda's 25th birthday, she kinda had to have a crazy cute cake to match her own crazy cuteness.

We hosted a cacti-themed shower for our beloved Apryl Ann. This simple ombre cake was made pretty darn adorable with Lauren's crafty cake toppers.

We helped the Nasher Sculpture Center celebrate their annual Garden Party with a collection of naked cakes, pumpkin macarons, mini pies and toasted meringue cakes.

I loved creating this floral "tetris" (as Alicia calls them) with her blooms for Pia's first birthday!

Sometimes the littlest are just the best. Pia's smash cake topped with one of Little Cat Design Co's toppers.

We partnered with our neighborhood ice cream shop Melt for a special macaron ice cream sammy! Mmm-mmm.

We made some custom gift bag goodies for Bows and Arrows Marfa Floral Workshop, inspired by those awesome Marfa sunsets.

For Saylor's birthday, Lottie ordered some colorful mini donuts that were too fun to make!

While naked cakes were definitely our hot item this season (er, year!) we had a lot of fun painting cakes too.

The Dallas Morning News featured our caramel apples in their Style section.

We taught another cake decorating class with Fullosophie and the student work turned out absolutely beautiful!

PBJ Macs seem like the right way to end this post...

Sunday, September 21, 2014

A Green Wedding Shoes Favorite!

So, we are well into 2014 by now, but we just realized one of our cakes made the Green Wedding Shoes 2013 Favorite List! So, we are going to celebrate now, in September of 2014. YEAH!

Photo by Apryl Ann

Monday, June 9, 2014

Crushing on Cake Toppers: Little Cat Design Co.

I've been waiting for somebody to make some adorable and affordable cake toppers just like these for awhile (searching through Etsy calls for certain kind of patience that I left back in 2008 :)  BOOM! This year, cake prayers answered by Little Cat Design Co. for Sweet and Saucy Shop. Yep, they are the things of my dreams, and I am gobbling them up. (pun-ny!) Clean, modern, sweet designs laser cut into a variety of colorful acrylics and woods. I think they are just perfect and love to top my cakes with them!

Kinda obvious...baby shower cake!

These bows are so cute, I want to stick them in everything! My hair! Plants! Mini Cakes! 

HOORAY for everything! This one is perfect for a Monday, a gender reveal cake (like this one), congratulating your friend on that promotion, finding a litter of kittens in your backyard...really, the reasons for HOORAY are plenty and hopefully you have one every day.

Friday, June 6, 2014

Donut Jubilee

It is NATIONAL DONUT DAY, hooray! This is a special day in American history that has been celebrated by generation upon generation. It all started with the famous Liberty Donut that our Founding Fathers each took a bite of upon signing the Declaration. I believe it was Coca-Cola flavored, and covered in red, white and blue sprinkles. But enough history, you are undoubtedly well versed in it from your annual pilgrimage to the Donut Museum on the National Mall. Amiright? Um, anyway, it's a very exciting time of year and the only real way to celebrate is to throw a bunch of unsolicited donut images from the Cakewalk Catalog at you!!!! And hope that you are chomping down on a bright and scrumptious, besprinkled national treasure at this very moment.

Photo by Apryl Ann

Photo by Amanda Marie

Photo by Apryl Ann for 100 Layer Cake - learn how to make these apple cider donuts with our DIY on the 100LC blog here

Photo by Apryl Ann

mixed berry donuts

chocolate with sea salt and pretzel crumb

matcha green tea and pistachio

donut jambalaya!