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Meet the team: Monica Anderson, Senior Cake and Confectionary Artist

This week, meet Monica Anderson, the Elysia Root Cakes team’s Senior Cake and Confectionary Artist!  Monica has been an integral part of the Elysia Root Cakes team for the past four years.  We previously profiled Monica back in 2015.  Monica is from Naperville, Illinois and now lives in the River North area.  Monica has a degree in Baking and Pastry from Kendall College.  

Photo credit: Rebecca Marie Photography. Hair by Livia Caporale. Make-up by Andie Cumber.

Monica worked at various bakeries in the Chicagoland area before joining our team in 2014.  We’ve loved seeing her develop her skills and become an even more amazing cake artist during her time with us.  We are happy to have encouraged Monica in developing her skills by sending her to learn from some amazing cake artists such as Mark Seaman, Nicholas Lodge, Mike Elder, Mary Jo Dowling, and Colette Peters

Monica in class with Colette Peters during Florida ICES mini-classes.

Monica recently competed in her first cake competition and took 2nd place in the Professional Wedding Cake Division at the National Capital Area Cake Show in Virginia.  We’re super proud of her accomplishment.  Read on to learn a little more about Monica!

What has been your favorite project at Elysia Root Cakes? My favorite project thus far at Elysia Root Cakes has been the Rainbow Trout Groom’s cake that we created in 2016.

Photography: PenCarlson Planner: Sweetchic Events

What is your proudest moment at work?  My proudest moment at Elysia Root Cakes is when I came in 2nd in the Professional Wedding Cake Division at the National Capital Area Cake Show.

Monica with her cake at the National Capital Area Cake Show

Monica’s Wedding Cake design that took 2nd place Professional Wedding Cake Division at NCAS 2017. Photo credit: Laura Witherow

What is your favorite thing to do in Chicago?  My favorite thing to do in Chicago is to go to all of the amazing museums.

What phobias do you have?  I have a phobia of bugs crawling all over me! 

What did you want to be when growing up?   When I was a kid I wanted to be an architect.

Monica and Elysia on an 2016 Icing Smiles delivery for Dulce’s 1st birthday to Almost Home Kids.

What is an ability you wish you had? An ability that I wish I had is teleportation.

What is the one thing you cannot resist?  Chocolate and Peanut Butter!

What is the favorite part about working at Elysia Root Cakes?  The ability to be creative and to create beautiful cakes for people to enjoy on a special day.

Monica and Elysia on a wedding cake delivery in 2014.

Best vacation place you’ve been? The best place I have traveled to was Italy.

What celebrity do people think you look like?  When my hair is straight, people think I look like Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge.

Thanks for taking the time to learn a little about the Elysia Root Cakes team’s Senior Cake and Confectionary Artist!  Check out more from Monica on her instagram. 

Monica and her boyfriend Zack at the 2016 Wish Upon A Wedding Gala.  Photo credit: Studio This Is

Real Wedding: Jessica and Jacob

Jessica and Jacob’s wedding at The Langham Chicago was such a beautiful and glamorous affair! Every time we look back on the details of this amazing day, captured beautifully by Rick Aguilar Studios, we feel so honored that we could be a part of it! The show-stopping five-tiered cake was adorned with black fondant ribbon and fresh white florals from Kehoe Designs, creating a modern yet elegant design. The cake table was draped in a textured white linen which beautifully contrasted the smooth, slick surface of the cake.

We love a sophisticated and minimal design, and this cake was no exception. We wish Jessica and Jacob many more days that are as special and happy as their wedding day!

Vendors //

Photography: Rick Aguilar Studios | Event Planner: Barbara Moss Events | Florist: Kehoe Designs | Venue and Catering: The Langham Chicago

XO, Elysia

Hand Painted Details to Elevate Your Cake Design

At Elysia Root Cakes, it is our job to keep up with wedding trends, and the hand-painted wedding cake craze is one we can get behind. Hand-painting is a beautiful and creative way to bring in elements of your day that have meaning. Whether it’s incorporating your favorite flowers, your monogram or your new china pattern, be sure to make it your own! 

Take a look at some of our favorite hand-painted cakes below!

Photography: Amanda Megan Miller | Fresh Floral: Fleur | Venue: Radisson Blu Aqua

Planner: Jayne Weddings | Photography: Julia Franzosa Photography | Venue: Ravenswood Event Center

Inspired by invitations by Rifle Paper Co. | Photography: Elysia Root Cakes

Planner: Frank Event Design | Photography: Rush Photography And Video | Venue: Anna Held Studios

Inspired by Invitations by Chicks N Hens | Fresh Floral: Kehoe Designs | Photography: Tim Tab Studios | Venue: Café Brauer

XO, Elysia

Christy Tyler Styled Shoot

We love being a part of styled shoots – especially this gorgeous Christy Tyler photography workshop shoot.  Creating a cake that perfectly complements the design, decor, florals, and bride is a challenge; one that we will always accept!

From the pretty pink ring box and flourishing tablescape to the beautiful china, pulling inspiration from all aspects of a shoot is crucial to creating a stunning cake design. For this shoot a three tiered classic all-white cake adorned with luscious pink sugar florals, greenery and blush flower buds, set the stage for an elegant and romantic affair.

Take a look below at all of the details from this fabulous shoot!

Vendors //

Venue: Chez Event Space | Photography: Christy Tyler Photography | Florals: The Petal chicago | Model: Aimee Mazzenga | Dress: Alice in Ivory bridal | Hair and Makeup: Debra Petrielli Hair and Makeup |Paper goods & ring box: Jenn Heller Design co | Linens: BBJ Linen | Rentals: Kate Vintage Wed | Video: Robert Cawthorne

XO, Elysia

Spring has Sprung in Cake Form

With Spring just around the corner – we here at Elysia Root Cakes are overflowing with inspiration! This Spring season is full of enchanting blooming flowers and trees putting forth new leaves, the earth looks dazzling! With all this new beauty around us we cannot help but think, how do we incorporate this grace into our cakes?

From actual bright blooms to sugar flowers to colorfully hand painted designs, our inspiration beams from Spring time and transcends through our cakes. Take a peek below at some of our favorite seasonal cakes, and get a little spring in your step!

Photography: Carasco Photography | Floral & Decor: HMR Designs/ Rishi Patel  | Planner: Birch Design Studios

Photographer: David Wittig Photography | Floral & Decor: HMR Designs/ Rishi Patel | Planner: Birch Design Studios

Photography: Leathem Photography | Planner: Clementine Chicago | Floral: A Stem Above Chicago

Photography: Rush Productions | Planner: Frank Event Designs

Photography: Amanda Megan Miller | Planner: Jayne Weddings (katijayne) | Shoot Concept: Indie Wed

Photography: Tim Tab Studios | Floral & Décor: Kehoe Designs |Coordination: CJ Janda

Photography: Becky Brown Photography | Florals and Coordination: CJ Janda

XO, Elysia

Real Wedding: Casey & Agustin

Casey and Agustin’s wedding day was such a blast to be a part of—it always brings a smile to our faces when looking back and reflecting on all the amazing details that made this day special! The elegant three-tiered Banana cake was filled with Blueberry Preserves and Passion Fruit Buttercream. The all-white square wedding cake was the perfect compliment to this stunning Chicago venue. We’re always fans of adorning cakes with sugar florals, and beautiful deep red and white flowers added a burst of color on this classic cake design. Incorporating light blue seeded twigs also added an additional element of depth, which we always love! Colorful embellishments and decorative depth really transform any cake from simple to chic, and this timeless white wedding cake is a perfect example.

Adding a more personal touch to this love-filled day, Casey and Agustin incorporated a creative groom’s cake as well to really add to the fun! Representing the two of them as individuals and their unique passions was a great way to ultimately represent their great dynamic as a couple—the two really compliment one another, even seen through this one-of-a-kind cake design! From flowerpots to mini airplanes, this groom’s cake personifies the breathtaking love these two share.

Take a look below at Casey and Agustin’s special day below!

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XO, Elysia

Venue: The Langham Chicago | Floral Design: Cornelia McNamara | Planner: LOLA Event Productions | Photographer: Studio This Is

Real Wedding: Deema & Ermin

We love looking back on Deema and Ermin’s gorgeous Chicago wedding day, and reminiscing on their creative and timeless Super Mario wedding cake. This customized triple-tiered wedding cake was straight out of a Mario-inspired dream and we love every last detail. Tailoring each and every wedding cake to fit our many couple’s unique styles is always fun, and this cake truly was one for the record books!

Taking a deeper dive in to this custom creation, the first tier of this cake houses a detailed Mario adventure backdrop, adorned with full sized Mario and Luigi characters. Incorporating a pop of color is always a great addition to any cake design—we loved incorporating the Piranha Plant for a little extra pizazz on the second tier. From the fondant Yoshi to the flaming window on the third tier castle to Bowser and Peach as decorative cake toppers, this cake is full of festive detailing and flair. It wouldn’t be a party without the whole Mario crew, which is why we also had to include the one and only Goomba.

This cake was a wedding day hit, especially with the children. We’re always fans of letting your personality as a couple shine through your wedding day; themed wedding cakes are a great way to do so, and are some of our favorites to create. Take a look below at their beautiful day and very original Super Mario cake!

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xo, Elysia

Venue: Café Brauer | Planner: Clementine Custom Events | Floral and Décor: Stems Chicago | Photographer: Steve Koo | Caterer, Rentals and Linen: Calihan Catering | Videographer: Shutter and Sound | DJ: Okyne Medialab | Hair: Holli Beauty | Make-Up: Sonia Roselli

Arete’s Red Velvet Cake Private Baking Lesson

After Elysia received a touching email from Ms. Halle Quezada, a Chicago Public School teacher at Suder Montessori Magnet, the two made arrangements for one of her students to come in for a private baking lesson last week.

Arete, a bright young student, had lost her mother unexpectedly the previous year. She wrote an essay about her mom’s sudden passing, and one passage in particular stuck out to Ms. Quezada: Arete wrote about how her mom used to always bake red velvet cake, and that she never got a chance to learn from her. After her mother passed away, the family found the last red velvet cake she ever made (perfectly preserved in the car, thanks to Chicago winter temperatures) and they all cherished it.

Ms. Quezada, very understandably touched by this story, reached out to Elysia and asked if she could arrange for a private baking lesson so that Arete could learn how to make red velvet cake. Elysia and the team happily agreed! We hosted Arete, her sister, her aunt, and Ms. Quezada for a fun afternoon of baking. Take a look at these photos of their lesson below led by Joyce Marie:

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The team loved teaching Arete and her family how to bake red velvet cake, as a way to remember and honor her mother. We hope that she’ll be able to share this recipe with her own children in the future so that her mother’s legacy lives on!

If you are interested in having a private baking lesson in our studio, feel free to reach out to us today.

Custom Cake Spotlight: White Fondant Wedding Cake with Monogram

Last August, Carrie and Ed said their “I Do”s at one of our favorite venues, The Langham Chicago. Their wedding was both classic and sophisticated, and they had a beautiful (and delicious) cake to match. Take a look at their lovely photos by Artisan Events below.

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Carrie and Ed’s three tier wedding cake was composed of clean, white fondant with a pearlized fondant ribbon at the base of each tier. The middle tier had a subtle circle imprint with their first initials, C/E, in the center. The overall design of their wedding cake was neat and relatively simple, while maintaining an elegant look. 

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HMR Designs provided fresh orchid blooms to adorn their cake.

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The couple took their top tier home, to freeze and enjoy on their one year anniversary. (Note: we offer our non-Langham hotel affiliated clients a fresh complimentary tier if they would prefer to serve their whole cake at their wedding!)

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Carrie and Ed’s delicious wedding cake was composed of vanilla bean cake accompanied with raspberry buttercream and lemon curd filling. Is your mouth watering yet?!

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We love making unique and delicious wedding cakes that encapsulate the entire vision and decor of the day. Call or email us today to book your initial consultation and cake tasting! We look forward to hearing from you.

Custom Cake Spotlight: Five Tier Wedding Cake with Vertical Texture

Sarah and Jared had a lovely fall wedding last year at The Langham Chicago. Their five tier wedding cake was relatively simple, but also had some beautiful details that made it stand out. Thanks to Linda Alpert of Affairs with Linda for planning such a beautiful wedding, as well as to Phil Goldman Photographic Design for sharing photos from their special day. The couple decided to hire both photographers and a videographer to capture their wedding which is a lovely way to ensure you have captured enough of your day. If you would like a videographer on your big day then take a look at The Perfect Wedding Video’s website. For now though, take a peek at photos of Sarah, Jared and their wedding cake below!

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Sarah and Jared’s five tier square wedding cake was covered in buttercream that had a vertical scallop texture. It created an interesting look that still maintained a relatively simple design. Kehoe Designs provided the fresh orchids that accented the cake.

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The bottom four tiers were chocolate cake with salted caramel buttercream and dark chocolate ganache, vanilla bean cake with vanilla bean buttercream, and chocolate cake with cookies-n-cream buttercream. The couple actually saved the top tier (which was red velvet cake with cream cheese filling) to freeze and eat on their first year anniversary! (Note: our non-Langham hotel clients can choose whether they’d like to freeze and save their original top tier, or to receive a complimentary fresh tier from us on their one year anniversary!)

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Other vendors involved in Sarah and Jared’s wedding day were Gold Coast Events (live musicians) and David Swirn Productions (videographer).

Call (312-344-1046) or email us today to set up your initial consultation and wedding cake tasting! We’d love to make your wedding cake dreams a reality.