If you are searching to fulfill your sweet tooth at your wedding, then look no further! These two awesome ladies at Sweet Frostings Blissful Bakeshop have concocted some of the most delectable treats around. They have answered some of the key questions that couples need to know when deciding which delicious treats to provide for their guests. Read on!
Where does your background and love for cakes come from?
Judy Rozier-Beebe: Happily retired in 2007, Judy’s life was missing just one little thing: A cupcake that was worth the money and the calories. Curiosity turned into obsession, and a love of baking was born. Turning passion into a business, a little over a year after baking her first cupcake, Sweet Frostings opened its doors.
Judy was raised in the small farming town of Wilbur, Washington. She graduated from Eastern Washington University in 1987 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Organizational and Mass Communication. After working in insurance for several years, she began a career in the mortgage lending industry where she worked for 18 years as a senior loan officer. She opened her own mortgage company in 1997 and retired in 2008. Judy is married and has one son and three stepchildren.
Note: For this week’s “Ask the Experts” we interviewed Judy Rozier-Beebe.
Sally Winfrey: From an early start as a cake decorator, Sally worked her way up to regional salesperson for food giant ADM Milling Co. So when her good friend Judy asked her to give it all up to start a bakery, naturally she said “NO WAY”. Eventually the idea of spending less time on the road won over, and Sally brought her extensive baking experience to Sweet Frostings.
Sally was raised in the small Washington town of Gig Harbor and later attended Tacoma Community College for Business Management. After decorating cakes at Safeway for 11 years, she was promoted to bakery merchandiser and relocated to the Inland Northwest. Five years later she became a merchandiser for URM Stores. In 2000, she took a sales position with ADM Milling Co., which gave her the opportunity to attend the American Institute of Baking. Sally and her husband David have three children.
How can I preserve the top layer of my cake best?
- Put it in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours or until the butter is fully cooled
- Wrap it in 2 layers of plastic wrap making sure to get out as much air as possible
- Put it in an airtight container and freeze until the day of your anniversary
- Remove from the freezer 4 hours prior to serving
- Enjoy and spend some time re-living your amazing day with the one you love!
What kind of decorations can you do on cakes?
When it comes to the decorations on your cake, the limit is only your budget. Make sure to decide the upper limit of your budget before arriving for your wedding consultation and stick to it. The greatest expense of a cake is intricate designs and flowers.
What are the current cake/dessert trends?
The current dessert bar trends include pink sugar cookies, french macarons and comfort type desserts. Think twinkles, mini cupcakes, whoopie pies and brownies…all stepped up from the original, of course.
How far in advance should I place my cake order?
Most bakeries work with a limited numbers of weddings they can do each week. So, you should find and book your bakery as soon as possible. We work with a first come, first served basis and regularly have to break the bad news to a bride that we cannot do her wedding. It’s always heartbreaking for us.
If you were planning your own wedding or event, what is something you would make sure to include?
Unique flavors. I find that people respond to something out of the ordinary. Something they don’t expect. Salted Caramel…always a crowd favorite
And lastly, any additional tips you believe would be helpful!
Come to your wedding consultation prepared. It will save you, and us, a lot of time. How many people do you need to serve? What style of cakes do you like? (have pictures on your phone for easy discussion), What is your budget ? No, we don’t want to make you spend it. It just really helps us in helping you find the balance between your “wants” and “needs”.
Plus, Most of all, no matter what is happening…HAVE FUN. You only get to go down this road once, so relish the process and the outcome!