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Durham, NC, United States
My name is Veronica and I own Southern Gold Leaf Cakes. I opened my home-based business in 2008. I am a licensed and inspected home bakery specializing in custom cakes. Since all cakes are made to order there are no frozen cakes here, only fresh and only home made. I am a self-taught baker but I have a strong art background with years of baking experience. It is the most rewarding feeling in the world when you can apply your skills to do something you love. To see my cake creations and view our yummy menu visit us at www.southerngoldleafcakes.com!

Thursday, September 23, 2010

New items we're adding! Shaped iced cookies and tarts!

If I had nothing else to say about the bridal show we attended two weeks ago I would now add that it as very educational.  The number of different items that brides, grooms, mothers of the bride/groom, friends all asked for were quite numerous.  A couple of items stood out more than others.  The first was how to construct, or the possible combinations you can use to construct, the wedding cupcake tree.  The second concerned wedding favors, specifically either smaller, boxed cakes or iced wedding cookies.  I brought these ideas home and have been working them over.   You just never really know what people want or what they are looking for until you get the chance to ask and then listen. 

So we wanted to announce here, and will be updating the web page and Facebook soon, that we are now offering shaped iced cookies and tarts as wedding favors or additional desserts.  We have a variety of packaging that can be offered with the cookies or tarts so that they can be added as a lovely favor to any occasion that will compliment and coordinate with your entire theme.

  As with any cake, the cupcake tree can be done in a variety of ways.  The top tier can always be the usual cake tier followed by multiple rows of cupcakes with matching paper and designs, unique topper or tags and are easily self serve.  Having a regular cake tier on top still allows the bride and groom to "cut the cake" and eat it too!   There is also the full cupcake tree option where all is cupcake and can be designed in multiple ways to create a look that is signature for the couple.  And of course there is always the smaller cake for the bridal party surrounded by the artfully arranged cupcakes which again allows for self service. 

These are all easy and fun ideas that add a uniquely decorative touch to any event.  Have any other questions or great ideas, please let me know!

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

PWG Bridal Show - What a day!

What a great time we had at the PWG Bridal Show at the Durham Marriott on Sunday, September 14th.   We were able to catch up with some old friends, like Gary from Flower's by Gary, and made lots of new friends, like, Catherine Katz from Cherished Celebrations. 
     Gail and Jaime put on an awesome event and were so helpful in everything from set up to clean up.  They helped make sure our booth was situated in the best possible way for traffic and that my secondary display table in the Vendor Showcase was exactly what I wanted. 
   My crew of very talented ladies were awesome.  My mom, Nancy Stroud, did an awesome job creating a banner for our booth so that we would have our name "up there."  My best friend from college, Jennifer Nichols, was very quick at creating a flow to make sure that people got cake and inforamtion.  Alison Byrd, my part-time creative help, was awesome in helping me talk to all the brides, grooms, friends and parents as well as working in the capacity of scheduling cooridinator.  Without them I would have been totally lost. 
   Here are a few pictures of our cakes, crew and the event - enjoy!