Oh cake, how I love thee, let me count the ways….
But seriously, almost everyone loves cake, from cake to cupcakes to cake pops, they all taste delicious! And on your big day, whether you have a wedding cake, sweets table or your own special goodies, they should taste delicious right? But how do you get something that looks amazing AND tastes amazing? Well, that’s were Isabel from Sprinkles Etc comes in! We chatted to Isabel, one of amazing vendors for the Vintage and Handmade Bridal Showcase on the 12th of August 2012!
Hi Isabel, can you tell us a bit about Sprinkles Etc?
I’ve always loved baking and frequently take baked goods into work with me. One day, a colleague approached me about making her daughter’s 21st cake and since that cake, the orders haven’t stopped!
I’d originally intended to scale back the cakes and instead, concentrate on importing fabulous cake decorating equipment from overseas for distribution in Australia. Back in the day, my partner asked me what I would be stocking and I responded, “Oh, you know…sprinkles etcetera!” And thus, Sprinkles etc. was born! I’ve been so busy with orders that I’ve not been able to devote enough time to the import business, but I’ll get there one day!
What kinds of flavours do you offer?
I can do any flavour cake, cupcake, cake pop or macaron that you like, but my most popular request is red velvet cake with my divine cream cheese frosting.
Do you have a favourite flavour?
To be honest, I don’t eat cake that often but I have no doubt that I could devour my mum’s deliciously light black forest gateau in one sitting (light in texture, not in calorie content lol)! I would love to add this cake to my repertoire however it is so light and fluffy that it would not be able to support the weight of fondant that is such a popular decorating trend at the moment.
What advice do you have for couples who are thinking about wedding cakes?
A wedding cake can be so much more than a tiered white fruit cake creation topped with flowers! Cake decorating techniques have exploded in the last few years and your options are virtually limitless. Go with the decorations and flavours that YOU like, not what tradition and society dictates!
If you can do plenty of research prior to consulting your cake maker, that journey to creating your perfect cake will be THAT much smoother. If you’re overwhelmed by your options, that’s ok too….that’s what dessert tables are for 😉
How early should couples book?
I prefer at least 3-months notice if possible. It will give us plenty of time to liaise and throw ideas around so everything is perfect for your special day.
Where are you based and what area do you service?
I am based in Brisbane Metro South and generally service Brisbane, Logan, Ipswich and the Gold Coast. Delivery fees will vary according to the distance. If you do not live in these areas but would still like a Sprinkles etc. creation, let me know and I can try to accommodate you. I hate turning brides away.
What’s your favourite wedding story?
My favourite wedding story is more of a proposal story: Two of my friends in New York, Stan and Cindy, had been together for years and their impending engagement was moved forward when Cindy found out she was expecting their first bub (gorgeous Jordan is now two years old). Stan took advantage of living in the Big Apple and formulated one of the most AMAZING proposals I’ve ever come across. A talented artist, Stan compiled a few posterboards which told their love story. He then arranged a night out in Times Square with Cindy and a bunch of friends, where he used the ’15 Seconds of Fame’ promotion to get these posterboards shown as a slideshow on one of the massive screens in Times Square. At the end of the slideshow, Cindy turned to Stan who was down on one knee, holding up a final posterboard which said ‘Will you marry me?’ Lots of tears and laughter ensued and one of our photographer friends was there to immortalize it all on Facebook for the rest of us to see!
What do you think are the upcoming trends for 2012/2013 weddings?
I don’t think the popularity of macarons, cake pop or cupcakes is going to die down anytime soon, which means we will be seeing more and more themed dessert tables and candy buffets. Why limit yourself when you don’t need to? Fondant is definitely here to stay and we will see increasingly ornate cake creations, but if you don’t like fondant, we can also do incredible things with buttercream. YUM!
A popular trend in America is the groom’s cake. Does your man like UFC, AFL, NRL or something else equally ‘manly’? Have a bit of fun and surprise him by ordering a comical cake in his favourite theme to serve at the wedding with the main cake. The fabulous Buddy Valastro of Cake Boss fame once did a ‘Das Boot’ cake (from the movie Beerfest) which turned out brilliantly!