Saturday, January 30, 2010

Sparkle Plenty...

Our new "bling"...a crystal-encrusted sparkler sure to set off your beautiful wedding ring when you cut the cake. Now available...see it in person tomorrow at The Universal Hilton Expo Bridal event (plus fresh cake tastings too!)
We'll also be at the Radisson Culver City for Here Come the Brides' event...again, with fresh cakes for your pleasure!

Friday, January 29, 2010

Twilight Fever...

The Twilight frenzy continues. You can imagine just how satisfying it would be to open up this particular book. "Eating your words" has taken on a whole new meaning here!

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Close-up: The Victorian!

We had a lovely time presenting our cake to our friends at The Victorian, Santa Monica. Photos from our friend at Sae Lee Portrait Gallery...They rock!

We recommend...

With all of the events we attend (including the Bridal Boot camp we hosted on Monday) you can imagine we come across many many vendors, each with their own unique style and flair.
The stand-out in the photo-entertainment arena is L.A. Photo Party...with their hip backgrounds and cool personalities, they are surely the most unique and fun experience out there today! Of course, having our friend Amy Tangerine in their mix just makes it all even better!
Check 'em out!

From the web (more!)

Los Angeles Wedding Bootcamp – Get down and gimme… Shoes?

26 01 2010

When I first heard about the LA Wedding Bootcamp hosted by Wedding Salon and Hansen Cakes, of course I had visions of blushing brides sweating out drill-seargent style to various aerobic moves. I scored tickets through Twitter (Thanks, Wedding Salon!) and thankfully learned that the event would be sweat-free! The intimate bridal fair was largely based on a Q&A type panel, with a moderator asking industry questions of seasoned pros like photographers, invite designers and wedding planners.

Though all of the speakers were interesting, my favorite was Jen of Jen and Kim Shoes. My size-11 Fred Flinstone feet have always deprived me of the opportunity to have beautiful shoes, but that doesn’t mean I don’t drool over Louboutins or Choos like any normal city gal. Jen makes custom shoes, and she told us about some great tricks for anytime you pop on a pair! Read below for some of Jen’s savvy tips!

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1) Always go shoe shopping in the evening. Your feet swell during the day, so shopping at night ensures there won’t be any snug surprises when you wear new shoes for the first time all day!

2) If you’re going to be wearing a second pair of shoes at an event, ie after a wedding ceremony, pop the spare pair in the freezer. The shoes will be nice and cool, and revitalize your tired tootsies!

3) If you ever spill anything on Satin, do not use water to try to remove the stain as it can leave a water ring. Baby powder works great – use a little bit of powder to gently blot at the stain.

4) Before wearing new shoes, make sure that you’ll be slip-free by scuffing the bottoms. Rub the soles of the shoes on concrete, especially if you plan on cuttin’ a rug on the dance floor. New shoes can sometimes be slippery!

Pretty cool, right?! Another thing I loved about the LA Wedding Bootcamp was the cake sample I had from Hansen Cakes. The buttercream was so thick and delicious, I know I’ll be dreaming about it tonight. I wanted a second piece so bad, but I don’t think my weight watchers plan includes gorging on several slices of wedding cake!

Have you been to any bridal fairs or events lately that turned out to be particularly useful?

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Bridal Boot Camp & Round-table Event!

Smooth, elegant, entertaining...these are some of the adjectives that come to mind when we remember last night's event at our Fairfax location. Oh, we love Wedding Salon! How fabulous that Tatiana and her team thought to have us host this most-enjoyable evening!
Our most-talented Event Designer, Michael Willms, not only spoke with such flair, but put the entire look of the evening together, along with one of his most precious event resources, Classic Party Rentals (thanks Maureen!). Wedding specialists took the microphone (provided by Tasty Sounds!) and spoke eloquently and intelligently about myriad subjects, fielding questions from professionals and brides without missing a beat.
Photog Jen O'Sullivan snapped the story all night long (here's a link to her facebook photo album...just click here to share!)
Of course there was cake for's just not a party without a Hansen's Cake!

Friday, January 22, 2010

Not bothered by the rain...

We're so happy the drought is being relieved (if just a bit) by all this rain here in Los Angeles! It's inspired us to come up with yet another round of fabulous cake designs for your viewing pleasure!
This special client has a penchant for ballet and Hannah Montana, so we just went to town on the design.

The most delicious ketchup you can imagine, and then some more delights...

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Sooner than we can blink...

The ambiance that Event designer Michael Willms is creating for this Monday evening's Bridal Boot camp is of course going to knock your socks off. He's selected exquisite pieces from his purveyor of choice, our own favorite, Classic Party Rentals (ALWAYS the best!)
You're gonna love it!!!

Saturday, January 16, 2010

Backstage Bridal

Don't miss this...

You're getting married! And now, you're invited to the most fun & unique event! Look at some of what's in store for you!

- Get up close and personal with LA's top wedding vendors and learn exactly where your financial investment is going
- Meet our engaging vendors in an environment that is Not a bridal show...its an Experience...

Let's talk FREE!
Amazing gifts, an incredible lunch, raffle prizes and more! Reserve your spot at this incredible opportunity to be a part of this innovative event!

We have two tickets to give away to the Backstage Bridal: an exclusive luxury wedding experience in Culver City! (each ticket admits two)

Please comment below to enter!

We also have a discount code - if you use code "myweddingBB10" online, tickets are $50 (instead of $70 online. We will not have tickets on sale at the door)

To learn more about this incredible event visit :


A very special Hansen's Cakes Happy Birthday to TapouT -meister Marc Kreiner, who is celebrating his big day at Mr. Chow's Beverly Hills (yum!) later today.
Here's a peek at the special cake we created just for him (note the photo of Marc posing with owner Patrick Hansen below!)

We Are There...

Golden Globe Gift Suites...from the Los Angeles Times.
(We just happen to be participating in both of the suites mentioned here!)

January 15, 2010 | 10:29 pm

Stars get free stuff in the days leading up to major awards shows. You get free gossip, and all from the same place: the swag suite scene in and around Hollywood. The big gossip out of the suites this year? That hoovering up thousands of bucks worth of free stuff isn’t just for the ladies anymore.

Suites like these traditionally give away stuff like shapewear and cosmetics. (At least that’s what we’re, um, maybe seeing here in our own swag bag.) And they certainly did this year, along with your occasional electronic toy or tiny live animal. But the main contingent picking it all up this particular season? Guy actors, ranging from Ernie “Ghostbusters” Hudson to that dude from “Heroes” to the adorable BooBoo Stewart from the "Twilight” franchise.

“We’re getting more men than we’ve ever seen,” one spy from the Madison & Mulholland suite told me Friday. Indeed, Joe “Criminal Minds” Mantegna blew through there, filling up a gift bag to donate to a charity auction. (Every celebrity at the M&M suite did that, including Hudson, who is so passionate about local homelessness that he can rattle off homeless statistics instantly. His chosen charity: the Union Rescue Mission in Los Angeles.)

Over at the GBK Suite at the Mondrian Hotel, male actors, including Iqbal Theba from "Glee" and Edi Gathegi, a.k.a. Laurent the “Twilight” vampire, were seen everywhere, some of them downing glasses of Silver Oak Cabernet or snatching up feather necklaces from a company called Silent Gypsy. (“We’re on our fourth belt buckle” giveaway, remarked another jewelry designer from a company called Paragon of Design, having, she said, just handed one to “Baywatch” actor Jeremy Jackson.)

And oh: Actors apparently aren’t too proud to take home a pretty candle that smells like rum.

Michael Rady from ‘Melrose Place’ loved our Havana candle,” a spokesman for Tocca said to me.

There were also not-quite actors, including, reportedly, the Situation.

Still to be seen: Whether any Globe nominees or presenters take up GBK on its offer of a small, free piglet.

-- Leslie Gornstein

Thursday, January 14, 2010

They're talking about us...

From the Los Angeles Examiner:
The holidays may be over but there's no need to succumb to the January doldrums, especially when we can drool over pictures of fanciful cakes. If you're planning a wedding, birthday, or Groundhog day celebration, this slide show proves there's no limit to what a clever cake decorator can do with fondant, food coloring and expert molding. Although these photos are of European origin, one can find similar artistry locally at Hansen's Cakes, with showrooms in Los Angeles, Beverly Hills, and Tarzana. By the way, we love the term "showroom" for a bakery - are we driving the cake off the lot? If you're ordering a German Chocolate Mercedes Benz, why not?
Click here to see the slide show!

Tuesday, January 12, 2010


Starting out the new year right...
We just L-O-V-E our topsy-turvy whimsical
designs. Made of fresh butter creme icing, we
did use fondant for the giant bow that adorns
the top of this adorable design.
The black & white accents just set it all off in
a wonderful way...yum!

Bling-y crystals and brooches make this new creation luxe-to-the-max.
And then we made all of these: