One of the things I’ve always wanted to feature on my blog but never got around to was Jamie’s baptismal cake and cupcake toppers, made by my very good “golden” (meaning we’ve known each other since time immemorial) friend Julia and her two super creative partners. The trio makes up New York’s latest fondant specialty cake business called Cake Queens.
Julia, Cheena and Jamie (don’t we just love her name too!) began the business as sort of a hobby; Julia always says her fondant training comes from her love for molding and clay-making. She’s always been creative and imaginative even as we were growing up. They decided to gift family, friends and their kids with unique cakes that suited the themes of their special occasions, and eventually their name and credibility in the business grew. Occasionally, Julia even goes out of her way to transport the cake from New York to its final destination; be it somewhere in New York or in a different state altogether.
We invited Julia and her husband along with some other friends and family to attend Jamie’s baptism and Julia so generously offered to make, decorate and transport her cake all the way here to Chapel Hill as a gift. We even talked about the color scheme and theme, although it was a simple baptism so I admitted I had nothing particular in mind. At the time I was also fixing up the playroom, so I sent her the decorative quilt as my inspiration and she took it from there. Apart from the cake, she made several cupcake toppers as well (also so that Sam could have something with her name on it).
The cake and the cupcake toppers on the cupcake give-aways we ordered were the centerpiece of the baptismal reception venue. Not to mention, the actual cake was SUPERB! It was so moist and yummy; my husband says it’s the best chocolate cake he’s had in a long time (and believe me, he’s HAD chocolate cake!)
Julia also transported a custom-made R2D2 cake for my best friend’s surprise baby shower in San Diego last November. He was so cute and perfect, the celebrant and her husband refused to cut him up so that he could be eaten. It took a lot of coaxing on Julia’s part to get them to slice through him. I’m glad that they did because R2D2 was beyond yummy!
Check out the Cake Queens Tumblr Blog to see more of their creative cake designs. I tell you there is nothing that Cake Queens can’t do!
For me though, it’s definitely more than the creativity and imagination and deliciousness that comes with the cake. It’s really the characteristics of the people behind it. You can tell with each cake design that they make, they put their whole heart and soul into it, as if it was a cake that they were making for their own loved ones. And also the way they go out of their way to get the cake to you… can you imagine Julia hand-carrying the handiwork to different states to make our occasions extra special? What other supplier would do that? It also says a lot about the kind of friendship we have, and I’m so glad that it is that way after all these years and through all our different timezones! (I love you Jules! Mwwa!)
If you get the chance, I definitely recommend you get them to make a cake for you. Cake Queens has all the right ingredients to becoming New York’s next best-selling specialty cake supplier! 🙂