A beautiful couple, and a beautiful cake!

Last weekend our amazing friends got married.  Because they are such a beautiful couple we thought they needed an equally gorgeous cake. They requested this lovely floral naked cake for the reception. We think you might like it as much as we did. Take a peek!

 

Ewok Engagement Cake

This one’s for all of our readers who are Star Wars fans.  A friend of ours recently asked us to make her an Ewok cake for her engagement. He said yes! So we got to make their wedding cupcakes also.

Pumpkin Everything!

As the fall quickly approaches, so does pumpkin flavored everything. Everything that is, from coffee and scones to ice cream and scented candles. So in that glorious tradition, I thought I would give you a friendly reminder to check out our cake flavors tab and just maybe you will see our favorite fall flavor. Wink wink. 😉

Congratulations on your baby girl!

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Billy at west valley glass is having a little girl!

Yes aside from being on the PTSO board of my daughter’s school Oakwood Elementary, working for my Papas Vintage Yamaha Motorcycle company KDI Reproductions and being the Baker of all Bakers…I am an insurance agent for OHL Insurance agency.
Billy and I go back at least 6 years and while taking care of a broken window, he told me they were having a little girl! I was so excited for them, they are the nicest couple.
Billy did me the hugest solid and repaired my window for well below what he should have so I jumped at the chance to make this little gem of a cake for their last minute baby shower thrown by their sister.
Is it possible for birds to be any cuter?! The cake is adorned with a hand crafted peony and hand painted bird.
I just love being able to hand paint. Fondant is the best canvas!  (Take that art majors!)
Tell us what you think is your favorite canvas?

When life gives you lemons. . .make lemon curd!

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From our lemon tree (or in this case my dear friends lemon tree as we ate all of ours..) to our lemon curd. We at Vista Cakes figure why buy it when you can make it?! As mother always says “Fresh is best”!

Please experiment with your fruit. Start with Lemons! They are friendly 🙂 here is our Lemon Curd Recipe:

4 eggs, beaten in a separate heat proof bowl

1 3/4 cups sugar

1 1/2 cups butter, cut into small cubes

4 large lemons

Zest and juice the lemons into a heat-proof bowl or double boiler. Add the sugar and butter. Place bowl over a pan containing a couple inches of simmering water. Be sure the water doesn’t touch the bottom of the bowl. Stir over the simmering water until the butter is melted and the sugar is dissolved.

Pour a ladle of the warm lemon mix into the eggs, stirring rapidly to avoid curdling. Pour the tempered eggs back into the bowl with the lemon mixture and cook, stirring constantly, until thick and creamy (about 10 to 15 minutes). Strain to remove zest and any coagulated egg and pour into clean, warm jars. Seal while still hot.

Cool to room temperature and store in the refrigerator for up to a month. Makes approximately 2 pints.

Enjoy!

Love and Marriage and Cake!

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Meet Lori and Artie

Second-timers Lori and Artie knew exactly what they wanted for their Christmas Eve wedding.  More importantly they knew what they didn’t want.  No drama, fuss or to-do.  Just close friends in the comfort and style of their own home and a celebration cake with a nod to the season.

Lori and Artie were a joy to work with…easy going and kind-hearted.  Just the sort of people we want to have as part of our Vista family!  The three tiered cake boasted silver poinsettias and white roses with just the tips of the petals brushed with silver, while pearls and crystals finished the holiday look.

The three layer oval bottom tier was Red Velvet with Raspberry Mousse filling, the middle oval was a three layer Tiramisu inspired cake with decadent White Chocolate mousse filling.  The top tier, not to be out-done by its bigger brothers, was a three layer Margarita Lime cake with fresh Lime Curd filling.  Yum!  The cake was frosted with creamy and delicious buttercream frosting tinted a delicate antique cream.  Posed on our silver cake pedestal, it was nearly as sparkly as the Christmas tree!

As is the case with all of our wedding cakes, we expect the top tier to be served to the guests.  It’s our policy to provide the happy couples we work with a fresh “top tier” for their anniversary celebration.  (Face it folks…frozen cake doesn’t taste good!)  The Margarita Lime cake proved to be so popular Lori confided that she should have ordered it for one of the larger layers!  No worries, Lori!  You can have your anniversary cake in any flavor you like!

Lori reports that the wedding was just as low-key and comfortable as they’d hoped it would be.  Our warmest congratulations to the two of them, with wishes for many years of joy to come.  And cake.  We wish them lots and lots of cake!

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