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Phoenix Magazine March 2010 Cover Simply Sweets featured in the March 2010 issue of Phoenix Magazine


Orange, Green and Brown Jungle Themed Cupcake Tower for a Baby Shower

Jungle themed baby shower cupcake tower

I love the orange, green and brown color combination we did for this jungle themed baby shower - it gives it a more modern look. The topper cake has an elephant, giraffe, zebra and is topped with a monkey. Our customer had their own cupcake tower stand which accomodated an 8 inch topper cake (the stands that we rent work best with a 6 inch topper cake). Cupcakes are decorated in our sassy circle design iced with a mixture of American buttercream and chocolate buttercream.

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Black and Silver Cake Topped with a MP3 Player for an Apple themed Bar Mitzvah

Black and silver bar mitzvah cake with mp3 player

We created this cake for a Mac themed Bar Mitzvah celebration. All decorations were done in silver, white and black. The cake is airbrushed with black and little silver for a high tech look. The mp3 player is made from white chocolate. Minicupcakes were iced gray and topped with silver sugar crystals.

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Last chance for Halloween treats and party supplies

Halloween Sweets and Party Supplies

Last chance to order your Halloween treats. And don't forget to pick up some Halloween baking supplies and party decorations. With Halloween on a Sunday this gives us an entire weekend to celebrate with your family and friends.

  • Cupcakes - mummies, blood shot eye balls, candy corn, bats, skulls and so much more
  • Halloween Chocolate dipped treats - pretzels, rice cereal treats, chocolate sandwich cookies
  • Candy Corn bark
  • Pink and Black Polka dot balloons
  • Skeleton, spider and and bat balloons - these are extra large (16 inches)!
  • orange or green plastic straws or gray paper straws
  • orange or black goodie bags
  • Halloween sprinkles - pumpkins & bats, black cats, bats & ghosts, and orange and black sanding sugars
  • Orange candy writers
  • Cupcake baking cups - solid, polka dot, striped and gingham

What are your plans for the weekend? Saturday we're going to carve our pumpkins and then Sunday afternoon we're going to bake and decorate some Halloween sugar cookies. Then Sunday evening its trick-or-treating!

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Cake Hole Project Launch Party at La Bocca, Tempe

Cake Hole Project Launch Party

[photos provided by Danielle Stephens, The Darkley Agency]

Last week we were invited to the Cake Hole Projects Launch Party. The event was held at La Bocca Urban Pizzeria and Wine Bar and was attended by people in the party planning industry (thats us!) and local bloggers. Because we specialize in cupcake towers I was really excited to check out Cake Hole Project's modern approach to cupcake displays. The food was delicious and I enjoyed chatting with industry folks including God's Garden Treasures (we worked together in the past at the Impeccable Eye Grand Opening) and bloggers including Beth and Brandi, the bloggers behind Local Lily a great blog which features locally owned businesses.

We are excited to work with Cake Hole Project to show you some modern displays with Simply Sweets cupcakes...stay tuned

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Zebra and Cheetah print cake and cupakes for a Tutu party

Purple Zebra and Pink Cheetah Cake and Cupcakes for a 6 Birthday

Purple zebra cake with purple zebra print and pink cheetah print cupcakes for a 6th birthday celebration (the purple in the photo is a little off because as a nonprofessional photographer, purple icing is difficult to photograph). We created this cake for the daughter of the owner of Daniela Jay Boutique, a children's and woman's clothing store in Glendale, AZ (this is another catch up post as her birthday party was held in the spring). Daniella Jay Boutique hosts tutu parties at the boutique and each party guest creates their own tutu to take home with them.

Daniela Jay Boutique (Glendale, AZ) Tutu Birthday Parties

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Pink treats for a boutique event

pink chocolate dipped pretzels - favors for a boutique event

These were ordered by Basically Bows and More for a boutique event as give aways. Chocolate dipped pretzels with pink sprinkles and pink bows - so sweet.

Have you visited the Basically Bows and More website? or checked out their shop in Scottsdale?

I found this adorable bow for Halloween:

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Red and Black Cupcakes - Surprise Birthday Delivery

red and black cupcakes surprise delivery for a 25th party

These cupcakes were ordered by a friend out of state for a 25th birthday - We did everything in red and black, the recipient's favorite colors. 4 cupcakes were used to spell his name, 1 for his age and the remaining cupcakes were topped with Happy Birthday circles. We delivered these gift cupcakes to a residence in Chandler. Wouldn't you love to be surprised with a cupcake delivery?

red and black cupcakes surprise delivery for a 25th birthday

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2 Tier Cake with a Pony Print and Stars - Lots of Toy Story Themed Birthday Parties

5th Birthday Cow print and stars 2 tiered cake for a Toy Story themed celebration

This cake was ordered for a girl's 5th Birthday Toy Story themed birthday party. Her favorite character is Jessie. Our customer purchased Toy Story figures which were placed on the cake. First tier is covered with stars and a fun font for the cake message. The top tier is done in a pony print to coordinate with Jessie's pants.

5th Birthday Cow print and stars 2 tiered cake with Toy Story figurines

We also created two more of the Boy's Bedroom Scene that we did for for a 2nd birthday for more Toy Story Birthday Parties.

5th Birthday (customer sent to us by our customer) - this party was held at Dave and Buster's:

Tarek's 5th Birthday cake (customer's photo)

customer feedback:
Your cake was a huge HIT... thank you!

Another Boy's Bedroom Scene - this one for a 4th Birthday:

Boys bedroom scene cake for a Toy Story themed 4th birthday celebraiton

photo sent to us by our customer after they added some Toy Story toys:

Tavin's 4th Birthday Cake (customer's photo)

customer feedback:
Cake was amazing, every parent (and kid) the place was asking where I got it! Needless to say I ran out of cards, but gave your email address. Thanks so much! -Jeannine

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Reading Rocks! - a book cake for a 12th birthday party

turquoise and purple 3D book cake for a 12th birthday

We created this 3D book cake for a girl's 12th birthday - she loves reading so her mom ordered her a cake shaped like a book and we added some girly touches including Curlz font, fun colors of turquoise and purple, flowers and a bow. This cake is all fondant a change from many of our cakes that are iced in buttercream with fondant accents. The birthday party was held at the Ice Den in Scottsdale and they also purchased our turquoise rock candy suckers as party favors.

Rock Candy Sticks

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Red and Blue First Birthday Cake for a Dr. Seuss themed party

blue and red first birthday cake for a Dr Seuss themed celebration

We created this fun blue and red cake for a Dr. Seuss themed first birthday celebration. The birthday boy's name is Sam so the theme of the party was Sam I Am! from Green Eggs and Ham. The one on top of the cake is done in red and white stripes similar to Cat in the Hat's hat.

customer feedback: Hi Dana, I just wanted to thank you for making Sam's 1st birthday cake. Everyone thought it looked great and tasted great too! Thanks again! Kim

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Halloween Bunco Dessert Table

Halloween Bunco Dessert Buffet Collage

I hosted bunco last night and decided to do a Halloween Bunco themed dessert table which included:
  • Pink glitter dice double chocolate sourcream cupcakes
  • Milk and dark chocolate marshmallow pops
  • Dark chocolate dipped pretzels
  • Candy Corn bark
  • Pumpkin chocolate chip cookies
  • Halloween snack mixture - recipe from Matthew Mead's Halloween book

Halloween Bunco Sweets Table

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Yellow and Emerald Green 11th Wedding Anniversary Cupcake Tower

Yellow and Emerald Green 11th Wedding Anniversary Cupcake Tower topper cake

Not liking even numbers and wanting to do something a little different, this couple hosted a large celebration for the 11th wedding anniversary. Their wedding colors were yellow and emeral green so we incorporated those into the design. The topper cake is iced yellow with white and yellow stripes, emeral green 11, and white and yellow ribbon roses. The cupcakes are topped with J and D monograms for the couple. Minicupcakes were done with a simple swirl.

Yellow and Emerald Green 11th Wedding Anniversary Cupcake Tower

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3D airplane cake for a boy's birthday

3D airplane birthday cake

We created this cake for a boy's airplane themed birthday celebration - his favorite color is green so that was used for the airplane. The fondant covered cake is sitting on a single layer 12 inch round cake iced in blue buttercream and covered in clouds.

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Butterflies, butterflies and more butterflies

purple turquoise and green glitter cupcakes with butterflies and flowers for a tinkerbell birthday celebration

We've been making a lot of butterflies lately, from 1st birthdays to adult birthdays. These purple, green and blue butterfly glitter cupcakes were done for a Tinkerbell and Silver Mist party. We also did an order in purple, green and pink for a 1st birthday Tinkerbell themed party. We made a purple jumbo cupcake for the birthday girl that they topped with a Tinkerbell candle.

Green and Purple Cupcakes for a Tinkerbell party

Green and Purple Cupcakes for a Tinkerbell party - topped with butterflies and flowers

Green and Purple Cupcakes for a Tinkerbell party - topped with a star

1st birthday smash jumbo cupcakes for birthday girl

A pink and green butterfly and flower cupcake tower for a 1st birthday

pink and green 1st birthday cupcake tower with butterflies and flowers

A box of glitter pink and green butterfly and flower cupcakes for a preschool celebration

bright pink and green glitter cupcakes with butterflies

Pink and green for a sister's birthday

pink and green Happy Birthday cupcakes with butterflies

A finally a yellow and orange butterfly design - orange and white polka dot cupcakes, iced in yellow fondant topped with butterflies. We made these for a magazine photoshoot - more details on this later....

yellow and orange butterfly cupcakes

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Chocolate Shoe Party Favors

chocolate high heel shoe bridal shower party favors

Our high heel chocolate shoe party favors are one of most popular favors - these were ordered for a shoe themed bridal shower (pink themed). We created another order of these for a shoe themed birthday party (cream and brown colors).

chocolate high heel shoe party favors for a birthday celebration

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Welcome Back Cupcakes - Say It With Cupcakes!

Welcome Back cupcakes pink and green

These were ordered by one of our Ranch Center neighbors for one of their employees who had been out for surgery - what a great way to be welcomed back to work! Pink and green white almond cupcakes spelled out "Welcome Back" and one cupcake topped with a pink flower.

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PINK Week at the Simply Sweets Cake Studio

Pink Week at the Simply Sweets Cake Studio

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and we're having a PINK Week at the cake studio this week.

The week of October 11th is PINK WEEK at the cake studio. We will have a variety of the pink ribbon treats available for sale ready for you when you walk in the shop (while supplies last). 30% of sales for any of our retail items that are PINK during our PINK WEEK in addition to 30% of sales of our pink ribbon sweets through October 31st will be donated to the Phoenix affiliate of Komen for the Cure.

Special hours during our Think Pink Week:
Tuesday, 10/12: 12 noon - 4 pm
Wednesday, 10/13: 12 noon - 4 pm
Thursday, 10/14: 9 am - 4 pm
Friday, 10/15: 9 am - 7 pm
Saturday, 10/16: 9 am -12 pm

Treat your friends, family, coworkers or yourself and support a great cause! Contact us today to place your order - orders should be placed at least 2 days in advance. Pink Ribbon treats are available for order through October 31st. And make sure to stop by the cake studio next week for PINK WEEK!

Pink Ribbon Cupcakes - cupcakes iced with American buttercream and topped with pink ribbons. Choice of white sourcream or double chocolate sourcream. $42/Gift box with 1 dozen cupcakes, $21/gift box with 6 cupcakes, $14/Gift box with 4 cupcakes.

Pink Ribbon Chocolate Dipped Oreos - Oreo dipped in chocolate and topped with a white chocolate (tinted pink) pink ribbon. Choice of dark, milk or white chocolate. Wrapped in a bag and tied with a ribbon. $3.00/each

Pink Ribbon Chocolate Dipped Crispy Treats - Rice cereal treats dipped in chocolate and sprinkled with pink ribbon confetti. Choice of milk or white chocolate. Wrapped in a bag and tied with a ribbon. $3.00/each.

Pink Ribbon Marshmallow Pops - 5 chocolate dipped marshmallows sprinkled with pink ribbon confetti, wrapped in a bag, tied with a ribbon, $4/each

Pink Ribbon Chocolate Dipped Fortune Cookies - Fortune cookie dipped in chocolate and topped with pink ribbon sprinkles. Choice of dark, milk or white chocolate. Wrapped in a bag and tied with a ribbon. $1.50/each. $12/take-out box filled with 8 fortune cookies.

Pink Ribbon Chocolate Sucker - White chocolate (tinted pink) or strawberry flavored ribbon shaped sucker. $3.00/each

Pink Ribbon Chocolate Dipped Pretzels - Pretzel dipped in chocolate and topped with pink ribbon sprinkles. Choice of dark, milk or white chocolate. Wrapped in a bag and tied with a ribbon. $1.50/each or $12/bag of 12.

Pink Ribbon Chocolate Bark - White chocolate bark with pieces of oreos and pretzels, sprinkled with pink ribbon sprinkles. 1 pound, $10.

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Chocolate Airplane Party Favors for a Travel Themed Bar Mitzvah

chocolate airplane party favors for a travel themed bar mitvah

We made 90 chocolate airplane party favors for a travel themed bar mitzvah. We did the tags with blue writing and green ribbon to coordinate with the party decor. We've done this airplane before as a wedding favor for a pilot marrying a teach (we did 1 airplane and 1 apple). This party favor would also work great for a transportation themed party (very popular theme for toddler boys)

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Monster themed First Birthday Cake

monster themed 1st birthday cake

We created this 2 tier cake for a monster themed first birthday celebration - what a great theme and I love all the colors - blue, green, orange, brown and red. This cake was designed to coordinate with a monster themed invitation. We also made a 1 shaped smash cake for the birthday boy to dig into.

custom feedback: Thank you so much for the awesome monster themed cake you made for Ethan's first birthday party...! Everyone absolutely loved it!!

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Pink Diamond Cake with a Silver Tiara for a 1st Birthday

1st birthday silver tiara cake with pink diamond pattern and monogram

Tiaras and castles - we create a few of these almost every week - girls love to be princesses! We created this one for a first birthday celebration. The tiara on top was done in silver to match the tiara the birthday girl will be wearing. We also made a 1 shaped smash cake in coordinating colors.

pink 1 shaped smash cake

inspiration cake:

Pink tiara birthday cake with diamond pattern

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Pink and Green Polka Dot Monkey Cake and Cupcakes

pink and green polka dot monkey cake and cupcakes

I always love and pink and green polka cake - adding a monkey on top just makes it super cute! 8 inch cake with coordinating cupcakes topped with flowers, monograms and more monkeys for a 7th birthday celebration. This cake was designed to coordinate with the pink mod monkey partyware line.

Our customer booked Glamour on Wheelz (you may remember them from our Grand Opening Celebration swag bags) and from the pictures I saw, looks like the kids were having a blast.

customer feedback: Thank you for making the wonderful cake and cupcakes for Mia's Birthday!!! Everything was perfect!

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3D barn cake for a 4th birthday farm themed celebration

3D barn cake for a 4th birthday farm animal celebration

This is a repeat design, this time for a 4th birthday celebration. This is a huge cake with an 8 inch barn on top of a 12 inch round. They wanted additional servings so we also made red and white cupcakes that spelled out a Happy Birthday Message. Animals are hand modeled figurines from fondant - ducks, rooster, cow and a pig - I think the pig is my favorite.

red and white cupcakes for barn cake

Inspiration cake:

farm animal themed 2nd birthday cake with red barn ducks pig cow and a rooster

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Purple, Black and Silver 16th Birthday Cake

purple black and silver diamond patterned 16th birthday cake

Love this color combination for a sweet 16 - purple, black and silver! done in our popular diamond pattern and accented with ribbon roses and pearls.

customer feedback: Hi Dana,The birthday cake you made for my granddaughter Emily’s 16th birthday was a huge success. She absolutely loved it and everyone else thought it was fabulous and asked where I got it. The cake was delicious and everyone really enjoyed it. Thanks for making such a great cake for us.

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Polka Dot Birthday Cakes Accented with Pearls and Ribbon Roses

pink and purple polka dots woman's birthday cake with roses and pearls

pink and green polka dot 50th birthday cake with monogram

These two cakes were ordered for women celebrating their birthdays - the first was ordered for a family celebration and the second for a group of friends celebrating. The polka dots keep the design fun while the pearls and ribbon roses add some elegance to the design. Both cakes were inspired by the pink and green polka birthday cake we did earlier in the year:

pink and green polka dot birthday cake with ribbon roses and pearls

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Carnival Themed 6th Birthday Cupcake Tower

carnival tent topper cake for carnival themed cupcake tower

I've been wanting to do a carnival themed cake for awhile so I was very excited when one of our customers contacted us who was planning a carnival themed celebration that included carnival games, magaician, popcorn machine and so much more. The topper cake is a 3D carnival tent. The cupcakes are topped with tickets, popcorn, carnival suckers and magician hats.

carnival themed 6th birthday cupcake tower - popcorn, suckers, tickets and magician cupcakes

We also created Aubrie's 5th birthday cupcake tower - a pink and green cupcake tower - glitter cupcakes with butterflies and flowers (a design which has since become so popular with our customers)

5th birthday pink and green butterfly cupcake tower

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