Sugar Heaven

June 23, 2009

….because pictures are worth a thousand (in this case, probably TENS of thousands) of calories!


What you can’t appreciate from the picture is just how big these cakes are.  Size wise, each of them are about 12″ tall and about 20″ wide.  HUGE!!!!  I don’t even want to know how many pounds of butter goes into the icing that’s needed to cover one.  Oh, I’m hitting myself for forgetting to take a picture of the one that is shaped like a yorkshire terrier.  It’s alright, another excuse to go back in the future.  Gee, I use that excuse a lot, don’t I? ;)

If you are the fickle type that can’t seem to choose which cake to try, you are sooooo in trouble when you see this lineup of individual cakes.



Room Candy – always yummy!


A month ago, I received an invitation from Ariel, a buyer at Henri Bendel, to participate in their week long event, The Dog Days of Summer. Yes, it’s that Henri Bendel in New York, the famed department store for all things uber chic and fabulous! Since New York is a mecca for high fashion and dog lovers, Henri Bendel will turn its atrium into a “doggie playground” for a week (7/29 – 8/4), and will feature products from a handful of pet manufacturers. I am beyond excited and honored that they chose Room Candy to be one of the vendors!

Here’s a sneak peek at the select Room Candy dog toys that will be featured at the event.

Henri Bendel Kit 1: These are our donut toys and our plush vanilla ice cream toy wrapped in a crisp cello bag and tied off with a pink ribbon.

Notice the hand cut pinking edge on the top of the bag! We’re all about details.

Aerial view of the bags of toys. I feel as though we’re preparing for a big catering event with all these bags lined up together.

Kit 2: Cake set with our Strawberry Shortcake toy, Triple Truffle Torte toy and Raspberry Almond Sandwich toy.

I love doilies, and I think the addition of a doily on the bottom of the cake toys really completes the look of the packaging.

These hexagon shaped containers are the perfect size for these three toys. While I was shopping for packaging options, I considered packaging these in sushi boxes and even ice cream sundae boxes, but the height of the boxes were too short for our puffy toys!

Kit 3: Cupcake toys galore!

Don’t these containers remind you of a bee’s honeycomb?

I just love cupcakes! I actually commissioned a bakery to do real buttercream cupcakes fashioned like our cupcake toys last month for a photo shoot. Check out this picture of the real cupcakes and our toy cupcakes side by side.

I am so craving a cupcake right now!

You can read more about the event on the Henri Bendel website. Do stop by the event with your dog if you’re in NYC! Special thanks also to Ariel, Lindsey and Alexa for all your help in coordinating the logistics for this event. This is definitely the highlight of my year!


Room Candy – always yummy!

Cake Soup

July 15, 2008

I had a major meltdown today. It was tragic, and I don’t know quite how to recover from it.

You see, I went to Porto’s Bakery in Burbank today and bought a few cakes specifically to take pictures for this blog…what? You’ve never heard of Porto’s Bakery? Oh, it’s a typical bakery fairy tale come true – Mama Rosa Porto started selling cakes and pies from her house to help pay the bills, and the woman must really know how to make yummy food because 35 years later, Porto’s Bakery is a well-known local institution with two huge locations in Glendale and Burbank. The place is well known for its Cuban sandwiches and its staggering bakery selection (the bakery counter in Burbank looks like it’s 50 feet long), but being the sugar-loving gal that I am, I’m all about the cakes. Most of the cakes there are mousse-based, but they’re all very good and very affordable ($2.50 each). So back to my story. I got five cakes from the counter and even told the girl helping me that I wanted the “pretty” looking ones because I was taking pictures of the cakes (she gave me a blank look and discreetly rolled her eyes – I can’t blame her!). I chose the following – Pina Colada, Triple Chocolate Mousse, Italian Cheesecake, Mango Mousse, and Chocolate Raspberry Mousse. Got into my car and promptly flipped the small box with the Italian Cheesecake upside down. Aaargh! Oh well, there goes one – at least I still have four cakes left to photograph.

Between the bakery and my house, I decided to run some quick errands and stopped by the bank and the post office. Every time I parked my car, I would look down at the box of cakes and gave the box a little reassuring pat. Patience, my lovelies. And each time I checked, they looked as pristine as they do in the bakery case. The disaster happened between the post office and the ride to the house. Apparently, mousse cakes + summer heat + erratic driving = eventual MAJOR MELTDOWN! By the time I parked my car in my driveway, the cakes have oozed and swayed into four globby pudding like masses. See for yourselves.

Can we say, Cake Soup? The top two (from left to right) are the Pina Colada and the Mango Mousse. The bottom two (from left to right) are the Triple Chocolate Mousse and the Chocolate Raspberry Mousse. The cake that took the full brunt of the summer heat is the Mango Mousse, which in its original form is a perfect dome shaped concoction with a single raspberry and a leaf placed delicately atop the cake. As you can see, it’s “melted” into a pool.

The Triple Espresso Chocolate Mousse was partially saved by the plastic covering, but look closely and you’ll see that it had oozed out from the bottom into the box. The remaining two looked the best on the photo, but in real life, they were also quite smooshed.

Oh well, no point crying over spilled cake. On the bright side, this gives me a really good excuse to go back to the bakery and buy another batch of cakes. And this time, I’ll buy two of each kind. Just to be on the safe side.

As for this current box, I’m just going to stick it in the fridge to set and declaring it as a cake fusion made up of four different flavored cakes. It’s now a giant Pinango Chocberry Mousse Cake!


Room Candy – always yummy!

Spring and summer is prime wedding season – I know because I can never drive by a church on the weekends these days without seeing a wedding taking place. Anyway, that got me thinking about what I love most about weddings – the wedding cake, of course! In fact, if you haven’t guessed by now, the Room Candy Lemon Buttercream Rosette Cake is fashioned very much like a wedding cake:

It didn’t quite start out that way, though. The original idea was to make a fruit cake with white frosting. Here was the first sample made:

Yeah, it’s too yellow. Here’s version 2.0:

Now the cake looked too…pale? Here were my actual notes that I e-mailed back to my factory:

The third version with the pink on the outside still didn’t look right (I lost the picture – darn!), so I decided to go back to the drawing board and rethink the design. The “fruit” toppings were not cutting it, but I still needed something with color on top to balance out the cream fabric. Something pink…like a rose? Then it hit me – a wedding cake! Oh, I was so happy, I actually got up from my computer and did a little jig (the one where you kick one foot in the air sideways followed by the other foot; tapping the heels in midair. Repeat on the other side.). So finally, here’s the fourth version of the cake:

Now you know – just like real life baking, it may take a few tries to make plush cakes look right!

Hope you enjoyed this behind-the-scenes look at our toys!


Room Candy – always yummy!