Tag Archives: Wedding dessert

Behind “The Big Day” Series: Criveller Cakes

25 Jul

With the 9th Annual Niagara Autumn Wedding Show fast approaching, TopWeddingShows.com has set out to give you a closer look into the local wedding world, with behind the scenes access to the talented industry leaders who turn your dreams into wedding reality. Recently, we had the opportunity to sit down with Giovanni from Criveller Cakes. Visit their website at www.crivellercakes.ca

In your opinion, what are the biggest trends for the upcoming wedding season?
This year, bright colours or crystals are in vogue, a lot of “bling bling”, like we always say!

What is the number one piece of advice you’d give to couples planning a wedding in 2012 / 2013?
Don’t leave a lot for last minute, it will avoid stress for you and make planning a lot more enjoyable.

What is one of the strangest / oddest / funniest things you have experienced since working in the wedding industry?
Well in 15 years I have done a wedding cake four times for the same lady (Fifth one is free! LOL!) Another is when a bride walked in desperate because someone dropped the cake on the wedding day! We made her another one in two hours!

What is your favorite wedding themed movie or TV / reality show of all time?
Rich Bride, Poor Bride (maybe because we did a couple episodes?)

What is your favorite part of the wedding process?
Definitely building and decorating the wedding cake itself.. and then receiving the bride and groom’s Thank You cards!

What will you be showcasing at the Niagara Autumn Wedding Show?
Our unique white chocolate signature finish wedding cake, our truffles for favors and our many different cake flavors for your special day! At Criveller, the cake is a pleasure for your eyes and your palate!! 

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Be sure to visit Criveller Cakes at the 9th Annual Niagara Autumn Wedding Show taking place September 23rd at the Holiday Inn Parkway Hotel and Convention Centre in St. Catharines.
Visit www.topweddingshows.com for more information.

Behind “The Big Day” Series: Interview with Beyond the Batter Cupcakes

21 Jun

With the 15th Annual Hamilton Halton Fall Wedding Show fast approaching, TopWeddingShows.com has set out to give you a closer look into the local wedding world, with behind the scenes access to the talented industry leaders who turn your dreams into wedding reality. Recently, we had the opportunity to sit down with Daniela Varrasso from Beyond the Batter. Visit their website at www.beyondthebatter.com

In your opinion, what are the biggest trends for the upcoming wedding season?
Simple accent pieces such as bows and feathers.

What is the strangest / oddest / funniest thing you’ve experienced since working in the wedding industry?
A request for an Alice in Wonderland themed cupcake tower complete with cake topper shaped as a mushroom!

What is your favorite wedding themed movie or TV / reality show of all time?
The Wedding Planner

What is your favorite part of the wedding process? 
Admiring the finished product. It brings us satisfaction!

What will you be showcasing at the Hamilton Halton Fall Wedding Show?
Gourmet Cupcakes!

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Be sure to visit Beyond the Batter at the 15th Annual Hamilton Halton Fall Wedding Show taking place September 29th and 30th at the Careport Centre, Hamilton.
Visit www.topweddingshows.com for more information.

To Cupcake or Not to Cupcake at Your Wedding

9 Jun

These days, the ultimate wedding dessert sugar showdown is the decision of having a traditional wedding cake or to opt for the new fad of having a cute tower of cupcakes.  Depending on the type of wedding you are dreaming of, there are certainly pros and cons to both desserts.  The below chat will focus on the cupcake craze, pros, cons and how to make these delicious pint sized desserts work for your wedding.

If your vibe of your wedding and reception is fun: Cupcakes all the way! Cupcakes are best suited for a reception that is more laid back, themed or youthfu.  If you wedding is a more formal, perhaps consider the cake option because it has a more sophisticated feel overall.

Here are a few other reasons to say “I Do” to Cupcakes

Another Way to Personalize: Who doesn’t love the idea of unwrapping their very own little piece of baked good heaven?  Serving cupcakes gives your guests the feeling that you have created a dessert just for them.  Some couples also order different flavours to compliment all taste buds.

Please Don’t Stop the Music: Dessert is usually served later in the night when the drinks are flowing and people are ready to dance.  Cupcakes certainly cut back on the formality and stress of trying to organize all your partying guests in order to cut the cake and serve it in an orderly fashion on plates with silverware. Cupcakes allow your guests to come up at their leisure, grab their personalized cake and keep groovin’

Keep the Tradition Alive: Many couples want to keep the 100 year old tradition of the wedding cake, complete with its personalized cake toppers. They want the experience of cutting the first piece of wedding cake together and smearing cake, I mean feeding cake, to one another.  It’s a messy but very yummy tradition (which also makes for a great photo op!) If you opt for cupcakes you can keep this tradition by asking your bakery of choice to provide you with a small (6 to 8 inch) cake to place at the top of your tower of cupcakes.  This is where your cake topper can be displayed, what you can cut in the photos and freeze to have on your one year anniversary.  It’s the best of both dessert worlds!

The Price: There is the perception that cupcakes are the less expensive option compared to wedding cakes.  If you are simply comparing iced plain cupcakes to a multi-tiered wedding cake, you would be correct. On average in Southern Ontario, generic iced cupcakes range in price from $2-$3 each, while a wedding cake is approximately $3-$6 per slice.  Where couples need to air on the side of cupcake caution is where all the “extras” come into play to decorate and creatively display your mountain of sugar.  For example, to match the icing to your wedding colours, to have unique and ornate cupcake liners, for icing decorations such as flowers or your initials are all extra costs; which range anywhere from $.50 -$6 a cupcake.  On top of that, the tiered cupcake display tray is usually not included with the cost of your cupcakes (where as it usually is for cakes).  This display tray can range from $10 to rent from the company to $30-$60 to buy.  Just be sure you know all the costs up front, or if you are the DIY type, order plain cupcakes and add your toppers once you have received them.

Hope some of this info helps make you make your dessert decisions! Here are some Local Wedding Cake and Cupcake Creators to help you make your reception DELICIOUS!

Weils of Westdale

Cupcakes

Sweet Celebrations Patisserie

Cakes by Cheryl

Sweet N’ Unique Cakes

Visit www.TopWeddingShows.com for more info

Cheers,

Shannon

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