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Meet the team: Danielle Leahy, Cake Artist and Baker

This week, meet Danielle Leahy, the Elysia Root Cakes team’s Cake Artist and Baker!  Danielle joined the Elysia Root Cakes team in the past year.  Danielle moved to Chicago from Washington D.C., but is originally from Pennsylvania.  She received her degree in Baking and Pastry Management from The Culinary Institute of America in New York.  

Headshot by Laura Witherow Photography. Hair and Make-up by Joanna B Artistry.

Danielle interned at Pink Cake Box in New Jersey and also has a strong pastry background, having been on the pastry team at the Rosewood hotel in Washington, D.C.  We recently sent Danielle to 3 days of  Cake Carnival in Kitchener, Ontario, Canada to learn from six amazing cake artists and to further develop her own skills.  She spent 3 days creating this beautiful wedding cake that showcased a variety of different techniques.

Wedding cake created by Danielle. Photo courtesy of Danielle Leahy.

Read on below to get to know a little more about Danielle!

Before work at Elysia Root Cakes what was the most unusual or interesting job you’ve ever had?  In high school I took phone orders for a company that sold plants and seeds.

What do you like most about working at Elysia Root Cakes?  I like that we are always doing new and different techniques and learning every day.

Danielle pictured with the Elysia Root Cakes team and the cake we created for the TV show Empire for the Prince tribute episode.

What book did you last read? 32 Yolks by Eric Ripert

Where is your hometown? Hatboro, Pennsylvania

What has been your favorite project at Elysia Root Cakes?  My favorite project so far has been the monkey baby shower cake.

Hand painted baby shower cake with hand made fondant monkeys that Danielle helped to create.

What is the first thing you would buy if you won the lottery?  A French bulldog puppy

What is one food you wish had zero calories? Pizza

Danielle and our intern Maddie, delivering a wedding cake. Photo by Jason Kaczorowski Photography.

Where is the best place you’ve travelled to and why?  Italy because of the amazing art, delicious food and wine

What is one thing you can’t resist?  Peanut butter

Thanks for taking the time to learn a little about Danielle, Elysia Root Cakes team’s Cake Artist and Baker!  

Danielle pictured with Courtney Clark, Sarah Myers, Joshua John Russell, Avalon Yarnes, James Roselle, Susan Trianos and Chrissie Boon. Photo courtesy of Danielle Leahy.

Real Wedding: Rebecca & Adam

Looking back on Rebecca and Adam’s love-filled Chicago wedding day brings a smile to all our faces at Elysia Root Cakes HQ! Our bride Rebecca also happens to be a seasoned wedding planner with Honey Bee Weddings and we felt honored that she chose us to execute her wedding cake vision!

While we love coming up with creative designs to fit your unique vision, sometimes a simple white buttercream wedding cake is the perfect choice for a sophisticated, white-inspired reception.  The wedding took place at the Modern Wing of the Art Institute of Chicago and the contemporary yet classic square wedding cake was a perfect choice.

Each tier was a different delectable flavor: Red Velvet cake with Cream Cheese filling, Vanilla Bean cake with Dark Chocolate Ganache filling and Double Chocolate cake with White Chocolate Buttercream filling. The three-tiered cake was adorned with lush white florals from Kehoe Designs and delicate piped buttercream beading for a touch of texture.

All white wedding cakes are always timeless, and definitely some of our all-time favorites to create. We’d love to take a bite from this decadent design right about now! Wishing these two a lifetime of happiness together!

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Venue: Art Institute Chicago | Photography: Dennis Lee Phootgraphy | Floral/Decor: Kehoe Designs | Planner: Honey Bee Weddings

Lavish Art Deco Styled Shoot

Our team participated in a fantastic shoot published in Chicago Style Weddings Magazine that centered around infamous china patterns, such as this lavish art deco pattern! This simple grey and white geometric china laid the perfect foundation for a timeless cake design. We began constructing this three-tiered cake with an industrial aesthetic in mind, which perfectly personified this classic china pattern. White fondant detailing and minute silver accents ultimately brought this design to life! We could not be happier to have worked with such a talented vendor team on this one-of-a-kind styled shoot!

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Vendors //

Chicago Style Weddings | Photography & Videography: Rush Photography and Video Productions | Styling: Frank Event Design | Venue & Flowers: Anna Held Floral Studio | Invites: EIGHT21 Studios designs by Carol Woldhuis | Rental: Hall’s Rental | Linens: BBJ Linen | China: Char Crews, Inc.

Whimsical Notions

Styled shoots are such a fantastic opportunity to explore new creative avenues—like this china-inspired shoot for Chicago Style Weddings! We were honored to work with Frank Andonoplas from Frank Event Design on this. From the floral design by Anna Held Floral Studio to the table setting supplied by Char Crews, this great shoot is chock full of playful, charismatic colors and décor. This quadruple tiered cake is adorned with hand-painted butterflies and flowers, playing off of the fanciful china. While this cake’s ornate detailing mirrors the place setting, we also constructed fondant butterflies to really bring the cake fantasy—and whimsical fantasy—to life. It’s always a pleasure participating in styled shoots, and this vibrant shoot is no exception!

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Vendors //

Chicago Style Weddings | Photography & Videography: Rush Photography and Video Productions | Styling: Frank Event Design | Venue & Flowers: Anna Held Floral Studio | Invites: EIGHT21 Studios designs by Carol Woldhuis | Rental: Hall’s Rental | Linens: BBJ Linen | China: Char Crews, Inc.

Geode and Gemstones Styled Shoot

With Labor Day just behind us, it’s safe to say the summer season has come to a close and we’re looking ahead to fall. This styled shoot is the perfect way to kick off the season, with its rich color palette and decadent design. Geodes acted as a focal point for inspiration for this shoot, which we drew upon when designing this one of a kind four-tiered grey marble cake. Hand-painted detailing mirrored the geodes, ultimately creating a fresh, fall-inspired look!

Check out more of this Geode and Gemstones shoot was as featured on the Chicago Style Weddings blog.

Call or email for a custom cake consultation today, we’d love to bring your dream look to life!

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The vendor team included the following:
Planning + Design: You Name It Events | Venue: The Haight | Photography: Photography by Lauryn | Models: Josh Smith and Taylor Anians | Menswear: Menguin Tuxedos | Gowns + Bridal Accessories: Veiled in Elegance | Paper Goods: Sylvia Stremming Designs | Hair + Makeup: Style by Bravura | Floral Design: Town and Country Gardens | Lighting: Atmosphere Events Group | Boutonnieres: Megboys Studio | Linens: Elegant Presentations | Cupcakes: Dainty Delights Bakery | Male Jewelry: Azar Jewelers 

Real Wedding: Jessica & Brody

Your wedding cake should always be a representation of you as a couple; whether you’re inclined towards a sophisticated all-white design or a floral-adorned masterpiece, your cake presents a great opportunity to be creative! For Jessica and Brody’s Chicago wedding day, their wedding cake was nothing short of spectacular. Full of exquisite gold detailing and fresh florals, this one of a kind cake truly acted as a focal point for their love-filled reception. We had so much fun detailing this four-tiered design, and love how the gold and white fondant ribbon ties together the whole cake.

For more photos from this gorgeous wedding, check Christy Tyler Photography’s blog post here.

Call or email for a consultation today, and let’s discuss your perfect wedding cake!

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Vendors //

Photography: Christy Tyler Photography | Floral & Décor: Kehoe Designs | Venue: The Murphy | Caterer: Paramount Events Chicago | Paper Goods: KM Printing Co. | Makeup Artist: Cheryl Harvey Gorey | Hair Stylist: Ginger Damato | Band: David Rothstein Music