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Meet the team: Andrea Alvarez Reno, Cake Artist & Baker

Last but not least in our Meet the Team series, meet Andrea Alvarez Reno, who is a cake artist and baker on the Elysia Root Cakes team!  Andrea is an extremely talented artist and not only does she excel in the pastry arts, she taught herself calligraphy as well and in her off hours, owns and runs Andrea Reno Calligraphy.  Andrea is originally from Honduras but cake artistry and love brought her to Chicago!  Andrea received her L’Art du Gâteau certificate from The French Pastry School here in Chicago.  

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

Andrea owned a custom cupcake and cake studio in her native Honduras and worked as a lead decorator for a couple of other bakeries in Chicago before joining the Elysia Root Cakes team!  She is also the best dog mom to her dog Manolo.  We are grateful to have such a talented person on our team! Read on to find out a little bit more about Andrea!

What do you like most about working at Elysia Root Cakes?  As a perfectionist myself I love the fact the all the cakes are done as perfect as possible.  The first time I learned that we could use a ruler to make the cake the perfect levelness and circumference it was like fireworks in my brain.

What has been your favorite project at Elysia Root Cakes?  Definitely the pleated architectural inspired cake. It was such a challenge and such a unique cake! The fact that it was all white made it better and all the math that involved was thrilling to me.

Delivered to Acadia restaurant this past September.  An architectural wedding cake designed by an architect groom and executed precisely by Andrea!

What is your role at Elysia Root Cakes?  Construction of cakes and elaboration of artistic elements AKA Cake Artist.

Motto or personal mantra?  You give your best. There is no other option.

Three words to best describe you?  Perfectionist, motivated and hard working.

Fondant dragon for a wedding cake, hand sculpted by Andrea

Back of the hand sculpted fondant dragon

What did you want to be when growing up?  Three things: baker, veterinary or forensic doctor!

Describe the greatest challenge you have had to overcome in your life thus far?  Grabbing my bags and my dog and coming to a country where I would have no family (except my husband) and no friends, leaving behind everything I ever knew.

What is the most important thing you have learned in the last five years?  Family and health are the most important thing.

Calligraphy and edible wedding invitation created by Andrea.

Edible gala invitation created by Andrea.

Outside of work, what kinds of hobbies and interests do you have? I’m obsessed with Crossfit and nutrition.

Where is your hometown?  I am from San Pedro Sula, Honduras.

What is your hidden talent?  I like to think I’m very strong. I can currently squat 200 lbs and I’m going for more weight!

Gorgeous sparkly art deco fondant wedding cake with a ruffled bottom tier to match the wedding dress!


Thanks for taking the time to read about the Elysia Root Cakes team.  Check out more from Andrea on her Instagram and make sure to also check out her calligraphy Instagram as well!

Members of the Elysia Root Cakes team: Andrea, Maddie, Monica and Sammie at the 2017 Wish Upon A Wedding Gala.

A Groom’s Cake with a Bark

Liz and Joey’s wedding day was a joyous celebration, filled with friends and family! The most memorable part of the day had to be the unveiling of the groom’s cake – Joey was pleasantly surprised to find his best friend turned cake form. Liz wanted his Jack Russell Terrier, Pebbles, to be a part of their special day, and this was the most creative way possible!  Liz arranged for Joey’s favorite Boston Crème pie from Joe’s Seafood to be delivered to us so that we could depict Pebbles getting into trouble by eating his pie!

This cake was so much fun to create, and even more exciting to see Joey’s expression when first laying eyes on him! Take a peek below at this one of a kind grooms cake, and Joey’s once in a lifetime surprise!

XO, Elysia

Vendors //

Photography: Carasco Photography | Venue: The Drake Chicago | Planner: Kesh Events

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: Lora & Stephen

For Lora and Stephen’s Chicago wedding, our cake design centered on the color aesthetic of their stunning day. Their four-tiered cake was both Lemon cake with Raspberry buttercream filling as well as alternating Chocolate and Vanilla Bean cake layers with Vanilla Bean buttercream filling and was adorned in pink cascading florals from Christine Janda Design & Events. We love the addition of bright blooms on a classic white cake, and the emerald green ribbon to top off this one of a kind design. From the invitation suite to the floral bouquets to the cake, these summertime nuptials were colorful and cheery!

Call (312)-344-1046 or email for a custom consultation today, we’d love to bring your cake dreams to life!

XO, Elysia

Vendors //

Venue: The Langham Chicago | Photography: Becky Brown Photography | Event Design, Planning & Floral: Christine Janda Design & Events | Invitations: LBrown Design & Paperie | Cake: Elysia Root Cakes | Band: Cagen Music | Hair & Makeup: Tamara Makeup + Hair Artistry | Bridal Gown: Weddings 826

Custom Cake Spotlight: Rustic Buttercream Wedding Cake

Alyssa and Franz tied the knot last August at the Chicago Illuminating Company. They had a gorgeous rustic buttercream wedding cake topped with fresh floral to celebrate. Thanks to Clementine Custom Events for coordinating the event, as well as to Colin Pierson Photography for taking these lovely photos!

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They had a simple, three tier rustic buttercream wedding cake. StemLine Creative provided the fresh floral in white and pops of purple. The adorning flowers gave the cake a very organic feel.

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Alyssa and Franz’s delicious wedding cake consisted of vanilla bean cake with a combination of vanilla bean buttercream and raspberry buttercream. Perfect for a summer wedding!

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These Images are from the Wedding Celebration of Alyssa Case and Franz Russler on August 22, 2015 at The Chicago Illuminating Company in Chicago, IL. All Images (C) 2015 Collin Pierson, Collin Pierson Photography. www.CollinPierson.com Bride & Groom Preparation location: The Blackstone Hotel, 636 South Michigan Avenue Chicago, IL 60605 Ceremony Location: Chicago Illuminating Company, 2110 S Wabash Ave, Chicago, IL 60616 Reception Location: Chicago Illuminating Company, 2110 S Wabash Ave, Chicago, IL 60616

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All of the vendors that participated in Alyssa and Franz’s wedding were a pleasure to work with, including Food for Thought who catered their wedding.

Our year is booking up quickly! If you are getting married this year and still need a wedding cake, call (312-344-1046) or email us today to set up an initial consultation/cake tasting!

Custom Cake Spotlight: Multi-Shape, Four Tier Wedding Cake

Christine and Rob got married last year at the Langham Hotel, Chicago during a beautiful fall wedding. The couple decided to go with an all white wedding cake, consisting of different shaped tiers for a unique look. Take a peek at some of their photos from their big day below by Dennis Lee Photography.

Elysia Root Cakes Best Wedding Cakes Chicago_0747Their white fondant wedding cake had three different shapes of cake. The bottom and top tier were round, the second was a hexagon, and the third was square. Pearlized fondant ribbon adorned three of the tiers, while one of the tiers had an interesting quilted texture with a small piped bead border.

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Sitting on top of the cake were two super cute bride and groom rubber duckies! Elysia Root Cakes Best Wedding Cakes Chicago_0752

The couple’s wedding cake consisted of three different flavors: lemon cake with passion fruit buttercream and raspberry buttercream, pumpkin cake with cream cheese filling, as well as vanilla bean cake with peanut butter buttercream and Nutella buttercream. Yum!

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Elysia Root Cakes also made and assembled their wedding favors – small boxes of macaron, topped with a customized bow and beautiful pen from the Langham Hotel. These delicious favors sat at each place setting on top of guests’ napkins and menus. Elysia Root Cakes Best Wedding Cakes Chicago_0749

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Congratulations to the happy couple!

If you are getting married and are looking for a unique and delicious wedding cake, we are just the place for you! Call or email us today to set up an initial cake consultation and tasting.

Custom Cake Spotlight: Elegant Wedding Cake with Gold Accents

Victoria and Dan’s lovely wedding could be best described as a timeless and classic affair. The couple tied the knot at the Skokie Country Club, with the help of Lori Stephenson (Owner of LOLA Event Productions) as their wedding planner. We designed Victoria and Dan’s elegant wedding cake in a way that fit perfectly into the decor: it had a relatively simple design and was adorned with lovely gold accents. Take a peek at the photos from their big day below by Husar Photography.

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Their beautiful, elegant wedding cake consisted of four tiers, which alternated between horizontal textured buttercream and piped buttercream with single swiss dots. The second tier, sprayed in gold, was the most eye-catching component; it also complemented the gold “love” cake topper. Finally, each tier was lined with a small and dainty piped bead border.

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LOLA Event Productions provided the beautiful fresh flowers that adorned the cake.

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Each delicious piece of cake held a variety of different flavors that complimented each other: pumpkin and chocolate cake with cream cheese, salted caramel buttercream, and vanilla bean buttercream filling – how great does that sound?

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Victoria and Dan’s elegant wedding was just gorgeous, and we were honored to provide them with their dream wedding cake. If you have a special design in mind for your wedding cake, make sure to reach out to us today (by email or phone 312-344-1046)! We would love to set up an initial consultation/cake tasting for you and your fiance.

Custom Cake Spotlight: Four Tier Wedding Cake with Gorgeous Sugar Floral

Nadiya and Vlad tied the knot at The Murphy last summer, and their wedding cake was both elegant and lovely. The couple wanted their decor to exemplify sophisticated, timeless beauty, and they sure achieved it! Kara Superfine Events did an amazing job putting together their beautiful wedding. Have a look at the gorgeous photos below by Studio This Is.



Nadiya and Vlad’s four tier fondant wedding cake was adorned with an array of sugar floral: white hydrangeas, white spray roses, white phalaenopsis orchids, and white cherry blossoms with hints of lavender. The small separator in the middle (separating the upper two tiers from the lower two tiers) was completely covered in this variety of sugar floral.


The final elegant detail on their wedding cake was a custom silver monogram, representing the initial of both of their first names.


The wedding cake had completely different flavor combinations for each tier: vanilla bean cake with raspberry mousse and white chocolate mousse fillings, chocolate cake with salted caramel buttercream and dark chocolate ganache fillings, almond cake with coffee buttercream filling, and last but not least – vegan peanut butter cake with vegan chocolate buttercream filling. No matter what their guests’ taste preferences were, we’re sure they were able to find a flavor combination that they loved!



Kehoe Designs provided Nadiya and Vlad’s beautiful fresh floral, and Blue Plate Catering was their caterer. We hope Nadiya and Vlad enjoyed their gorgeous wedding cake as much as we loved making it!

2016 dates are booking up quickly, so make sure to call (312-344-1046) or email us today about setting up your initial wedding cake consultation!

Custom Cake Spotlight: Art Deco Wedding Cake

Sarah and Eric got married last September at A New Leaf, surrounded by their loving friends and family. Our team really enjoyed making their eye-catching, art-deco wedding cake. Naturally Yours Events did a wonderful job planning their big day, and Tuan B & Co captured it beautifully! Take a look at photos of their art deco wedding cake below.


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Although the cake looks like it has three tiers, it technically has four. The middle, white section of the cake is actually two same-size tiers stacked to look like one extra tall tier. The gold part of the cake is gold painted fondant, creating an eye-catching metallic effect!

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Sarah and Eric’s delicious art deco wedding cake had two different varieties of flavors: almond cake with dark chocolate ganache, as well as green tea cake with passionfruit buttercream and strawberry buttercream! Although green tea cake was not previously offered on our menu, our team put together a recipe specially for Sarah and Eric’s big day.  We love special requests and personalizing the cake not just on the outside, but the inside as well!

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Other vendors that took part in their wedding were Fumee Gypsy Project, FIG Catering, Gold Noise DJs, Red Door Spa, and Nika Vaughan Bridal Artists.

If you have a special design and/or cake flavor request, we’d love to make it happen! We specialize in creating wedding cakes that are truly and uniquely you, so we are not afraid to make your dream cake a reality. Contact us via email or phone (312-344-1046) today to set up your initial wedding cake consultation!