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Wedding Cake Pops: Say Hello to my Little Friend

If you haven’t been fortunate enough to have had a cake pop, brace yourself, I am about to enlighten you on a scrumptious, golf ball size, chunk of heaven, on a stick!

Wedding Cake Pops

(photo credit:  all photos from cjmartin on flickr of Sweet Lauren Cakes cake pops!)

Granted I love cake, pretty much in any form, but these little pops are in a class all their own. It is cake mixed with frosting and then, get this, dipped in chocolate, all three of my favorite things rolled into one little “power ball.”  So what can you do with these delicious, little, magnificent creations, well for you brides too be, the options are endless. It just so happens that there is a Cake Pop expert who can help with recipes, inspiration and so much more and she calls herself Bakarella. Maybe you have heard of her before and if you haven’t I’m sure you will in the future.  Check out her book called Cake Pops: Tips, Tricks, and Recipes for More Than 40 Irresistible Mini Treats

And if you are searching for a DIY project perhaps for wedding favors or for the bridal shower I think the cake pop is a terrific candidate for such an undertaking. There is a great blog post from Roxy of Roxy Cakes which provides full instructions on how to make cake pops. And even if you are not looking for a DIY project go ahead and visit Roxy’s site her creations are absolutely beautiful, another great place for inspiration and expert advice.

5 Midnight Snacks to Close Out The Wedding Party

Well the party is coming to a close. That big event, that you’ve been stressing about and worrying about every minor detail for over a year, is over already! Well, how about you make a final impression on your guests to make sure they walk away thinking, “could that have gotten any better?!?” Here are some ideas to seal the deal with your guests at the end of the night!

1. The chocolate chip cookie favor: Who wouldn’t like to see these on the way out? What a great idea for the ride home! Found these at It’s a Jaime Thing.

Chocolate Chip Cookie Wedding Favors

2. Cupcake Wedding Favors: On a similar note, check out these! You can have individually boxed cupcakes for your guests as a little going away surprise!

Cupcake Wedding Favors

3. Of course if you want to be more extravagant, the wedding donut is always an option that will amaze your guests. Check out my recent post for details about the Donut Divas!

Wedding Donuts

4. Now to wash it down. It seems like Milk Shake Shots are becoming the new rage! Here are some amazing milkshake shots I found over at Style Notes.

Wedding Milkshake Shots

5. And finally the Coffee Bar: Yes, it’s going to be a long drive home for some folks. How about you help get them focused. We all know coffee is popular and who wouldn’t love a nice cappuccino to close out the night. Here’s a beautiful coffee bar I found over at my old friend Melissa’s blog (hi Melissa, I know it’s been a long time, sorry I haven’t been in touch for a long while!)

Wedding Coffee Bar

This one looks like a self serve coffee bar but there are full service coffee bar vendors out there too.

Vanilla Bake Shop!

Wedding Cupcakes
Hi everybody! I’m back from LA. This morning I got to go to Vanilla Bake Shop in Santa Monica to sample their great cupcakes. I loved the cute little shop they have! Nicely decorated with a few tables if you can’t wait to dig in. I got a box of six of their “Cupcake Babies” so I wouldn’t feel too guilty. Lucky for me they were out of their “jar of Dirt Cake” but they did have a small “shot glass” size I got to try, it was delicious. I was also glad to see they had Mint Chocolate cupcakes babies, my favorite!

Up top there’s a picture of one of their beautiful Cupcake Towers! The owners, Amy and Jeremy, decided to take a break from their catering business while they got their new shop going but they said they will start catering again sometime in August! So if you want one of those great wedding cupcake towers or want them to make a wedding cake for you check with them to see if they are available.

Anyway, their cupcakes are great. I especially loved the Mint Chocolate, Mocha Chocolate (picture below, notice the espresso bean), and Bittersweet Dark Chocolate! Compared to Sprinkles Cupcakes over in Beverly Hills, I find these a little lighter, and their icing is more whipped and creamy (and I didn’t have to stand in line for 20 minutes to get in the door!). I also like the option of getting a smaller version to reduce my guilt factor. But, I will definitely have to go check out Sprinkles again to confirm :-) , I definitely don’t want to give you any bad information!


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Vanilla Bake Shop

There’s a new cupcake shop in town! If you are in the LA area and you are a cupcake nut like me then today is your lucky day! Vanilla Bake Shop is having its grand opening! You can find Vanilla Bake Shop at 512 Wilshire Blvd over in the 3rd Street Promenade area of Santa Monica.

Wedding Cupcakes
I had the pleasure of meeting the owners of Vanilla Bake Shop, Amy and Jeremy Berman, at “A Soolip Wedding” bridal show in West Hollywood back in March. They had the most amazing wedding cupcake tower I’ve seen and were handing out a lot of great samples of their specialty “cupcake babies” or bite-size cupcakes. They were outstanding! Amy and Jeremy have been running their own dessert catering service for a while and offer much more than just cupcakes! In addition to cupcakes (they rotate their flavors daily) they offer stuffed cupcakes, cakes, and assorted confections made from scratch each morning including seasonal French macaroons and stylishly striped, torte-like brownies called “cosmopolitans.” Checkout their website for details.

Wedding Cupcakes
The best part of all is the fact that they have a cute shop that actually has seats and tables so you can sit, relax and enjoy then when you are done stuffing yourself you can walk up the road to the beach and walk it off! So, if you are looking for a great source for Wedding Cupcakes or a Wedding Cake checkout Vanilla Bake Shop!

Wedding Cupcakes

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Wedding Cupcakes!

Wedding Cupcake TowerIf you have been reading my blog you know I’m a cupcake freak! Well over at yumsugar they ran a post about wedding cupcakes that I wanted to share with you, check out “Wedding Cake Trends – The Cupcake.”You may have seen my post a couple of months back “Cupcakes – They’re Not Just for Kids Anymore” where I talked about Sprinkles Cupcakes in located in Beverly Hills, and how you can integrate Cupcakes into your wedding. Well this amazing wedding cupcake tower is from The Vanilla Bake Shop, soon to be opening in Santa Monica, California. When Vanilla Bake Shop opens I will make sure I let you know!

If you are looking for resources to make your own wedding cupcakes check out this post (scroll to the bottom): Cupcakes: They’re not Just For Kids Anymore!

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Urgent Call to Action – Chocolate’s Days May be Numbered

Chocolate CakeSome disturbing news today…if you’ve been reading through my blog posts you know that I’m an absolute chocolate fanatic! I’m sure many of you can sympathize. Well, life as we know it may change forever…if some people in the chocolate industry get their way.

Oh, the great rich taste of chocolate, the smooth taste of the cocoa butter, the creaminess of milk chocolate………………………
……………………….wow, I think I lost consciousness for a second!

Unfortunately, in the future when you go to buy that wonderful chocolate to soothe your craving, you might be disappointed.

The U.S. Chocolate Industry, through its Chocolate Manufacturers of America (CMA), and in collaboration with the Grocery Manufacturers Association, have petitioned the Food and Drug Association (FDA) to change the current requirements for chocolate.
They are trying to get the FDA to allow the use of vegetable fat substitute in place of cocoa butter and milk substitutes in place of real milk.

Why would any American with chocolate running through his/her veins want this? Da’nged if I know, probably because it’s cheaper, so they can make more money.

What am I going to do?!?!?! I’m breaking out in a cold sweat! Is this a panic attack?!?!

Luckly, there is something we can do…if you want to make sure your voice is heard go to DontMessWithOurChocolate.com to find out how to contact the FDA. Please, for the sake of this chocolate addicted blogger, let the government know that you don’t want to be buying a Hershey’s Milk Substitute Vegetable Fat Bar in the future!

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Rhonda
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Thanks to Skolastika Lianna for the picture of the chocolate cake!

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Having a Green Wedding can be Luxurious and Elegant

At this point you may be thinking, is the staff (me) at Our Wedding Plus Blog crazy? One day she’s talking about cupcakes, then next she’s talking about natural disasters! Well, I’m not done yet! Stay tuned, you’ll never know what you’ll find here! So is everyone ready for more green wedding ideas? Here we go…

Do you want to have the perfect wedding? One that everyone will remember as their favorite wedding for years to come? You can do this and still make a big contribution to saving our environment. To find out how, read on. This is part two (to see part one, click here) in my series on how you can have a “green” wedding or eco-friendly wedding while also keeping it an elegant affair everyone will remember! No one is saying you must go 100% green. But, with a little effort you can incorporate some of these ideas in your planning and no one will be the wiser.

Today, I’m going to give you some specific examples of how to find wedding vendors that will help you add classy eco-friendly aspects to your wedding. I found most of these ideas and examples while at A Soolip Wedding, an exclusive bridal show held at Social Hollywood.

Choosing a photographer: You can choose a photographer that utilizes only digital photography. This not only saves paper by allowing you to view wedding images via an online photo lab as opposed to a traditional proof book or proof prints, but also eliminates the use of excess chemicals used during the development process. If you are getting married in the LA area check out Jasmine Star Photography. She is an eco-friendly photographer, digital only, but of course you will get your final photos on paper or in a beautiful album. If you’re not in the LA area, at least check out her website. Her photos are amazing and her website is beautiful!

Choosing a gift registry: Try to choose items that are eco-friendly such as high efficiency appliances, items made of organic fabrics, etc. Checkout ZahZoom Wedding & Parties’ for an article on how to “Create a Sustainable Gift Registry”

Now the really fun part…the last week before your wedding is going to be stressful so take time some time to unwind with your friends at a spa. Yes, even this can be done eco-friendly. There are spas out there that use only organically grown or certified products. I had the pleasure of getting a hand massage from GreenBliss Eco Spa at A Soolip Wedding. GreenBliss Eco Spa is a mobile service traveling all over LA County, and is dedicated to providing eco-friendly complete spa services. GreenBliss Eco Spa has provided spa services for 2006 Emmy Week and 2007 Oscar Week. Checkout their site for information on their spa parties and wedding packages and enjoy the ultimate in luxury! Here is a sample of one of their pampering packages that was created just for the bride, or a weary blog author…The Monsoon Wedding Preparation Ritual…This is a two-hour treatment for $250, based upon the phases of rising and diminishing energy of Yin and Yang. It begins with an exfoliating scrub of the Bamboo and Lemongrass Hawaiian Body Polish, and is followed by a luxurious Green Tea Milk Bath soak for the hands and feet, and an Anti-oxidant hydrating face mask of Seaweed and Honey. The journey is concluded with a full body massage with Hot Herbal Poultices (steam heated cotton pouches of traditional Thai herbs and flowers). The 6 phases of Yin and Yang incorporate acupressure, moist heat, and the healing properties of the plants, which nurture balance and harmony in the individual. This is an excellent way for the bride to obtain peace and calm before her big day, especially because GB Eco Spa comes directly to your doorstep, completely eliminating stressful driving and parking issues.

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Finally, for overall great green wedding planning information checkout Green Weddings & Events. Another good resource is Portovert, an online magazine for eco-friendly brides and gooms.

See! Having an eco-friendly wedding can be elegant and fun! Please try to include some of these ideas in your wedding. If everyone does just a little, it will add up to a whole lot and hopefully save our environment for future generations.

See you tomorrow with some Wedding Do’s and Don’ts that I picked up from the Editor of Los Angeles Weddings Magazine, Kathy Nenneker. I took five pages of notes during her 20-minute talk! It was some really great, practical tips that can save you some stress on your big day!

See you tomorrow!

Rhonda
http://www.ourweddingplus.com/

I’d like to thank Grant Matthews for the beautiful photo of the waterfall.
Portovert and ZahZoom Wedding and Parties were not at A Soolip Wedding they are just a couple of my favorite sites.

I’m Back! Cupcake Wrap-up and A Great Week Ahead!

I’m back from LA!! What a great “business trip.” Getting involved in the wedding industry is exciting. It’s great being involved with people at such a joyous time in their lives! It’s very uplifting just being surrounded by it. I definitely felt that uplifting feeling when we attended A Soolip Wedding, (our weekends main mission) which by the way was spectacular, more about that later. But, like I said the other day in my posting “Cupcakes – They’re not just for kids anymore!”, I was going to sacrifice myself and try the famous Sprinkles Cupcakes and report back to all of you. Well, I went above and beyond the call of duty and tried five flavors! I’ll have you know this sacrifice is going to cause me to skip my Weight Watchers meeting this week to avoid embarrassment!

As you can see in the picture (it’s the brown building), I wasn’t the only one who wanted to have some Sprinkles Cupcakes! We waited about 25 minutes to get in the door but the wait was worth it. My husband and I tried several flavors. Here they are…

Black and White
Dark Chocolate
Peanut Butter Chocolate
Milk Chocolate
St Patrick’s Day Special – Baileys Irish Cream frosting on chocolate cake.

First let me say, they were all magnificent. The icing is beyond description and not for the faint of heart! But the results are in…my favorite was the black and white and my husbands favorite was the peanut butter chocolate (he loved the chocolate chips in the peanut butter flavored cake). Oprah really does know what she’s talking about! Try them if you get the chance.

As for A Soolip Wedding, I have a lot to write about this week! This show was packed with a lot of good, unique information that I’m going to try to pass on to you. Topics will include, eco-friendly wedding ideas, unique gift registry ideas, some wedding do’s and don’ts from LA Wedding Magazine’s editor, I’ll give you a peak into A Soolip Wedding’s very exclusive bridal fashion show, plus a lot more!

Stay tuned!

Everything is Good Covered in Chocolate including your Wedding!

Okay, after reading the chocolate wedding advice I’ve been giving over the past few days covering cupcakes and wedding cakes, you may be thinking…is this girl trying to kill me? Put me in a sugar coma? Make me move up a couple of dress sizes? And, if you weren’t convinced that dark chocolate cupcakes are health food due to the high amount of anti-oxidants, hang in there one more day, today I’m going to try to give you a good excuse to eat more chocolate!

I have found some of the healthiest (we’ll maybe not) chocolate treats that you can offer on a chocolate “bar” (a table with a wide assortment of chocolate goodies) or present to your guests as party favors…

At a company called Chocolate Covered Company located in California’s San Fernando Valley you can find pretty much anything dipped in chocolate…they have various “healthy” 😉 fruits and berries, including blackberries, gooseberries, and grapes. If you want a more traditional chocolate covered treat they have these very cute and unique “Wedding Berries,” chocolate covered strawberries that look like a bride and groom.

Need more? A company called Stuffed Chocolate also has chocolate covered pretzels, nuts, coffee beans, and more! But there was one thing they had that I thought was a unique gift idea for the groomsmen…these Belgian Chocolate Golf balls!

Alright, you got me! Fruit stuffed in chocolate may not be health food, but why not splurge, it’s your wedding, enjoy yourself!

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P.S. I’ll be off this weekend to LA to try those great Sprinkles Cupcakes and attend A Soolip Wedding. Tune in next week for great information about what I learn this weekend!

The Traditional Wedding Cake and not so Traditional

Not ready to break away from the traditional Wedding Cake? Well, we have some other chocolate options for you! Today I chose to feature some mouth-watering wedding cakes from a Morristown, New Jersey bakery called Pink Cake Box (http://www.pinkcakebox.com/). Their wedding cakes have been featured in New Jersey Bride magazine several times and they also make cookies and cupcakes, check out there works on their website! Here’s a few examples…

This wedding cake, fashioned after a wedding dress, is made of a rich chocolate cake filled with oreos and buttercream in the first tier, moist white cake with raspberry chambord filling in the next two tiers, and chocolate with peanut butter filling in the top tier.

Here’s a unique offshoot of the cupcake! These delectable little gift boxes are actually chocolate cakes filled with vanilla buttercream! They’d make a good “parting favor” like I talked about yesterday.

And we can’t forget the groom. One of the latest trends is to have a groom’s cake. Pink Cake Box has many chocolaty options that would fit the bill. This groom’s poker cake is a chocolate cake with cannoli filling!What was the best wedding cake you’ve seen? Share it with us!

See you tomorrow with our final posting of irresistible ways to include chocolate in your wedding!

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Rhonda

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