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I love these!   And, I can’t wait to taste one!  Mmm.  So pretty and so delicious-looking. 

I really wanted to incorporate lady bugs into our wedding day. ( I call my guy Bug –  Short for Love Bug.)  And, I also know that if I don’t do it right, I’ll be crossing a fine line into the land of the tacky.  So, it needs to be subtle…  When I came across John and Kira’s artisean choclates last December, I knew that I had to have these!  

So, I put my order in earlier this week and I should get them the week of the wedding.  Lakes Cakes is going to hide these little bugs underneath the flowers on my cake.   So, you’ll have to have a keen eye to spot them.   I’ll just be happy knowing they’re there!

John and Kira’s Boutique Love Bugs
John and Kiras Love Bug chocolates

The cake – it’ll be stark white with red, purple and fuchsia-colored flowers
Martha Stewart Cake Old Time Favorite


Love this cake.  I love its simplicity and the flowers.   So, pretty isn’t it?  I came across is on Elizabeth Anne Designs


I thought I’d follow-up my last post with this one.   Lakes Cakes is where I came undone.  (One of the best buttercream frostings I’ve ever tasted.  Not too sweet, not too grainy, just the right amount of creamy sweetness.)

A little background: When I started pricing out cakes I found that most bakeries charge $2.75 and up per slice.  One of my favorite bakery’s the Townsend Bakery in Birmingham, Mich. start at more than $5 per slice. (Ouch.)  Whereas Sweet Dreams bakery offers cakes that are $1.99 per slice, but they only make cake with rolled fondant icing.  I’m personally not a big fan of it.  

I was 99 percent sure we were going to book Mannino’s, the bakery near my childhood home in Sterling Heights, Mich.  They are absolutely amazing.  While they have great prices, what we wanted was more than what we wanted to spend on a cake. (And, they start at out $2.75 per slice, which isn’t bad.) 

Low and behold another who’s tying the knot in May highly recommended Lakes Cakes in Commerce, Mich.  When it comes to food, this May Bride has impeccable taste, so I called Heide and made an appointment.  A couple things that I liked right away about this particular vendor was they have really competitive pricing for the product they provide and, like many of our other vendors, their store front is also their homefront.  

Lakes Cakes start at $2.60 per slice – and this is a torte style cake with buttercream frosting.  For $3 a slice, you can opt for the torte style cake with a filling of your choice.  

When we met with Heidi she talked with us about several different options that would help drive the price down but still give us the cake we wanted.  From fake cakes to partially fake cakes or a smaller cake with sheet cake in the back, there are options for everyone.  

To sample, she gave us generous servings of nine different cakes to taste: white, yellow, lemon, cherry, marble, banana, spice, chocolate and red velvet.   The white cake is the most amazing white cake I’ve ever tasted.  We both were so incredibly impressed.  And, we sampled seven fillings: cassada, bavarian cream, white chocolate mousse, chocolate mousse, rasberry mousse, rasberry coulis and lemon tart.  Of all the fillings we tried, I still loved the buttercream. 

Needless to say, we were incredibly impressed with Lakes Cakes.  We’re able to get the cake we want for a spectacular price.  And, it exceeds my cake tasting standard! 

Lakes Cakes

For the last 15 months I’ve been on a roll.   (Rolls, I love those too.)  During this time, I have not said no to any cake, cookie or cupcake that was offered to me.  Some were worth the calories and other were not.

But, I think my cake-eating rampage is over.  At approximately 7:15 p.m. on Thursday, March 26, I OD’ed on cake and buttercream frosting.  On Friday I suffered from all kinds of burning senstations in my belly for most of the day.  I’ve never experienced side effects for that long before. 

Story is, Bug and I had our first cake tasting appointment.   We tasted 9 different cakes and 7 different fillings.  And, I have to say, the buttercream frosting may be the best I’ve ever had.  (It may be better than the Townsend Bakery. Maybe.)  The frosting itself  was my gateway drug.  Mmm.  So good.  

All the cake was perfectly moist and had just the right consistency.  At one point, I put my fork down and ate with my hands.  (I’m sure it wasn’t the most lady like scene.) I was a monster.  It was delicious, but exhausting.  

And I wonder why it’s hard to tone up my back side these days. 

Me Know.  Me Have Problem.


Ever since I saw this on We Met at a Bar, I can’t stop going back and taking a peek.  I love that it’s simple, classy and delicate looking.  I especially love how the roses look so beautifully placed.  <sigh>

To see more breathtaking pictures of this real wedding, click here.


I love this cake.  Mmm.  It’s simple.  It’s pretty.  It’s easy.  And, I want to eat some of its frosting right now.  I’m serious.

Adorn this pretty cake with some of your flowers and it’s perfect.   I’ve been eyeing it since September.  Though, I’m thinking stark white. 

A Martha Stewart Old Time Fav
Old-Time Favorites: Red Velvet Wedding Cake

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I love my guy. I love my town. I could have a torrid affair with every cake, cookie and cupcake I come across. I love sharing a good bottle wine with good people! And, I truly enjoy blogging about wedding finds. Which is why...

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