October 18, 2010


My friend Nina, had introduced me to a great couple who wanted a Hawaiian-themed outdoor wedding this October. Lemuel & Eunice decided on a cupcake tower with teal-colored lei orchids and flip-flops on the beach. After getting a few ideas on the web, I finally came up with the final look for the whole tower. Browse through the whole process of my Hawaiian sunday, as the cupcakes took shape...

I used our best-seller moist chocolate cupcake recipe as the base for both the cupcakes and the main cake. Now, it is my first time EVER to try making my own fondant, as an effort to rise up to my brother's challenge. Trying a white-chocolate fondant recipe, I think this turned out beautifully, despite humidity problems where I am.

Here are the orchids drying out in their molds:

5-petal petunias using silicon veiner mold
and platinum dust and silver dragees

Huge thanks to my sister, Cynthia, for all the wonderful cutters she sent me for  my birthday.. At least you know they've been put to good use!

Here is the main cake to be placed on the very top of the tower, The 6-inch is a dummy cake made with my homemade white chocolate fondant while the real 9-inch cake base I couldn't risk sabotaging so I used Satin Ice White/Vanilla fondant. As you can see, the homemade one looks EXACTLY like the commercial fondant, BUT it was much cheaper, with better tolerance in humid weather (Satin Ice perspires rather quickly )and definitely a yummier flavor! The only plus to the commercial fondant was it was easier to handle and roll out.
Moist chocolate with white rolled fondant
Next up is the garnishing for the cupcakes.. I hand-cut mini flip-flops from scratch (Thank God they didn't want Crocs!!) and attached white straps w/ flowerettes to match the beach umbrellas:
Havaianas, anyone?
Actual size. That's a regular pen right there.
70 cupcakes
x 2 flip-flops per pair
x 2 straps per flip-flop = 280 straps!!!
My aching back!!!

 After placing the teal orchids on buttercream frosting and slippers on a bed of graham cracker crumbs as faux "beach sand", we assembled the final tower with the cupcakes resting on teal ribbons.

flip-flops on the sand
flip-flops in the shade

 Here is the final tower without the main cake. Unfortunately I wasn't able to take a final picture with the main cake on top. We kept the main cake indoors because rain was threatening to fall. So there, happy Hawaii to all!!

Special thanks to: 
Cynthia Corpus (for the cutters), 
Billy del Rosario (for the inspiration), 
Nina Comsti (for the referral), 
Lemuel & Eunice (for trusting me on your special day and Congratulations!), 
Ella, Nick, Glen, Nicelle, Maymay, Jessa (my angels - for all the assistance)
And the RSR, CRP, CRR cake fund. 

See you at my next cake project!


Jen C. said...

Very beautifully crafted cakes. Congratulations!

Anonymous said...

Love it! Love the teal color too (hehehe). I still can't get over the fact that you do make such beautiful masterpieces! So how do I share this to my friends? you should put it sa FB para we can spread the word. By the way, what was the comment of the newly weds and their guests??? should give out your calling card during these events :)

Erik said...

meowie, galing, superb! :)

Anonymous said...

Those are the cutest cupcakes i have ever seen! And, one day I would like to eat one of those mini-mango cheesecakes.

Cat said...


Wency isdatchu? I'm so not techy so I don't really know how to link blogs and websites (yet) hahah... I was a bit awkward and didn't know if it was proper to put out calling cards on the display table since it was supposed to be a solemn wedding. Baka sabihin masyado naman commercialized. You think that's ok?

Cat said...

@Anonymous #2

Twould have been an honor to let you taste the mango cheesecake, if only I knew who you are. Hahaha!

Jamine said...

Ate Ching! I shared the link sa FB ko. Pati wedding ko rin ha? Haha! Don't worry, we'll discuss the concept like 1 year before. Miss you!

gretel said...

love it kat! don't stop..this is your core gift. hope to see you soon. miss u. :)

DENIM Kitchen said...

hi kitty!

you are so talented talaga! :)
i'm sure they taste as good as they look :9
excited for our bazaars :*

Leslie said...

I love the design very unique... super like!!!!!

neena nina said...

thanks cat for adding on to my friend's big day kahit inulan...and super sarap ha!

nicole horton said...

wow!!!superrrrr cute!galing!esp the flops hehe...loves it!

jakie and the beadstalk said...

grabe talaga! super creative and artistic! tsaka back-breaking talaga sa dami ng pcs!