This month I’m featuring a very talented baker that I have had the pleasure of working with on many weddings and whose cakes have received rave reviews. Icing on the Cake is owned by Stephanie Trotnic Shay. You could say she lived the life of Dorthy from the Wizard of Oz, when the last tornado that went through their town in Kansas, displaced her family and brought them to the Lehigh Valley in PA. She has been aired on PBS for cake baking and has been teaching cake decorating for 6 years. I asked Stephanie a series of questions to share with my readers.
How long have you been baking cakes?
I’ve been making and decorating wedding cakes for over 23 years.
What got you into baking?
I got into baking because I love to do it. Decorating cakes takes lots of creativity. I love how I can be creative and create such delicious works of art. When I was little my aunt decorated cakes and it has always interested me. It is something I love to do.
What is your favorite cake combination and why?
My favorite cake combination is chocolate with peanut butter cup. Who doesn’t love that combination? I love the moist cake with the homemade peanut butter butter cream It’s then drizzled with fudge and topped with peanut butter cups. It is amazing.
What has been the most interesting cake you’ve been hired to make and why?
The most interesting cake I was hired to make was a wedding cake where the bride and groom were blowing it up with dynamite. Not only did I have to create the cake but it had to be designed in such a manner that dynamite could be incorporated.
What advice would you give brides about buying their wedding cake?
If I could give any advice to a bride it would be to make sure the baker you choose to create your dream cake is willing to work within your budget. There are many ways to create your dream cake without breaking the bank. Discuss those options with your baker. I like to let couples know if they are on a tight budget to go with a smaller cake and supplement with sheet cakes. You can also make some or all if the cake faux. This saves on money as well and your baker should be willing to discuss all options with you.
From now until April 1st, 2013 the Ballroom is offering a cake of up to $300 Value from Icing on the Cake for FREE when you book a 5 hour wedding package! To book an appointment with your planner please call 484-629-5070 or contact us.
When I began my wedding and event planning business Jim Thorpe Weddings & Events, and ultimately became the managing entity of the Mauch Chunk Ballroom, I knew I wanted to really commit to and pay respect to local vendors. I’ve had the opportunity to work with some amazing photographers, videographers, DJ’s, cake makers and more! I decided that I would use my blogging powers and contact with Brides for good and share those vendors amazing talents by highlighting them here on the Mauch Chunk Ballroom Blog.
My first highlighted vendor is definitely unique. As soon as it came to my attention, I knew that I wanted to write about them and show off their products. I just think that it’s brilliant! Two ladies that I had the pleasure of working with a few years back and have stayed connected to via Facebook, have created Pickled Petals!
So, what exactly is Pickle Petals? Well, it’s hand crafted flowers that are fashioned as boutonniere, bouquets, hair accessories, you name it out of just about any material. One of the things that really stood out to me was that they can create custom pieces utilizing something sentimental incorporated within the designs. I mean, just think of having a piece of a family heirloom or special piece of jewelry incorporated into your bridal bouquet And, the BEST part is that these pieces will last forever and can be used for decor around your home.
I think it’s genius!
I asked Victoria how she and Jill came up with the idea and the name Pickled Petals:
Jill and I made Halloween costumes for our kids, had some left over fabric and thought just because we had a sewing machine we were seamstresses. We started out with just fold over roses and turned them into hair clips, watched a lot of YouTube tutorials, and read a lot of how-tos. Then we stumbled upon an Etsy site where they were selling wedding bouquets and thought “hey, we can do that better” and we did.
We came up with the name by accident. We were trying to think of a good name that represented us well. Pickled petals came about with the thought that if you pickle something, it will last forever, just like our flowers.
Jill and Victoria have been creating pieces ever since, and attended their first bridal show at the Meadows, which was quite a success for them! They have been busy at work creating different pieces to showcase all the design possibilities and have already been filling order requests for bridal bouquets and roses for a mother-son Valentine’s Day dance.
I think that their endeavor is going to be quite successful, as I have yet to come across anything else like it in the Lehigh Valley or anywhere for that matter. It’s an elegant, classy and homemade touch to any event and especially a wedding. I have already started sending my Brides to their website!
They can create:
- Wedding/prom bouquets
- Hair clips and barrettes
For more information about Pickled Petals please visit their website and like them on Facebook. They can customize any order for any occasion or event!
Call our wedding planner today to schedule an appointment to view the beautiful Mauch Chunk Ballroom at 484-629-5070!