Mimi's Mocha Treats https://mimismochatreats.com Welcome to Mimi's Mocha Treats Wed, 30 May 2018 19:48:27 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.7 Shuri – Black Panther Cake Topper https://mimismochatreats.com/shuri-black-panther-cake-topper/ Fri, 16 Mar 2018 02:57:18 +0000 https://mimismochatreats.com/?p=2952 If you haven’t heard, the Marvel Comics hit, Black Panther has reached $1.7 BILLION dollars in sales since its February 16, 2018 release date! LET THAT SINK IN….. ONE POINT SEVEN BILLION DOLLARS in a month! WOWZERS!!!!  We were ssssssoooo excited about the release of this epic film, that we created this piece inspired by […]

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If you haven’t heard, the Marvel Comics hit, Black Panther has reached $1.7 BILLION dollars in sales since its February 16, 2018 release date! LET THAT SINK IN….. ONE POINT SEVEN BILLION DOLLARS in a month! WOWZERS!!!!  We were ssssssoooo excited about the release of this epic film, that we created this piece inspired by one of our favorite characters from the comics, Shuri.  Now, if you haven’t seen the film…. what are you waiting for? As soon as you finish reading this post, walk…no! Wait! RUN to your nearest theater, purchase your ticket(s), grab a large bucket of popcorn and settle in for the BEST and most entertaining two hours and fourteen minutes ever!

This sensational film has taken the world on by storm and it inspired us to create this cake topper to honor it.

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Who is Shuri?

Shuri is T’Challa’s baby sister and Princess of the fictional African Kingdom of Wakanda.  In addition to being a skilled martial artist, she is also a technical genius rivaling that of Tony Stark! And… she is super duper adorable!!! Letitia Wright’s portrayal of the Princess of Wakanda was MAGNIFICENT!  She totally wowed viewers and brought a spunk that read so well on the big screen.  So many young girls will be & have been inspired by her and may even venture into STEM! Other’s say that she should be transformed into a Disney princess (and we totally agree)!

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The Cake Topper

We created this cake topper from rice krispy treats, modeling chocolate, fondant, gumpaste and Simi Cakes isomalt.  She took us approximately 14 hours to complete and would sit comfortably on top of an 8″ round cake.  Our favorite parts of this topper are her hair and her eyes, of course! She looks as though she is looking right thru you, with extreme intensity!  We totally love her and hope you will too!

Are you looking for a custom cake topper for your upcoming party or wedding? If so, contact Mimi’s Mocha Treats today! Appointments book fast!

 

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Karen & Antonio’s Royal Blue & Silver Wedding Cake https://mimismochatreats.com/karen-antonios-wedding/ Wed, 26 Oct 2016 09:00:03 +0000 https://mimismochatreats.com/?p=2715 Getting married is a special occasion that marks a major milestone for many. It is often one of the top two things people look back on as the happiest moment of their lives. The second could quite possibly be eating our cakes…..just kidding (smile).  We recently had the honor of creating this special cake for […]

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Getting married is a special occasion that marks a major milestone for many. It is often one of the top two things people look back on as the happiest moment of their lives. The second could quite possibly be eating our cakes…..just kidding (smile).  We recently had the honor of creating this special cake for Karen & Antonio’s wedding at Iglesia Adventista, in Hyattsville, MD. These two are the epitome of young, true love and we can’t wait to watch them grow as a couple throughout the years. We look forward to celebrating anniversaries and so much more with this adorable couple.

The couple reached out to us via a referral from a fellow cake artist (thank you, Rebekah!!!). Grateful to meet the couple, we set up a time to meet them to go over their options.  Once we met the sweet couple, we knew our design and cake had to be as sweet and strong as the love they have for each other.  While discussing the vision they had for their wedding reception, they informed us that their chosen wedding colors were royal blue, white and silver and their chosen flower was the white rose. Based off that information, we created three draft designs for their review, and after a couple of discussions, the couple decided on a seven-tiered beauty that served 250 guests.

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Finalized Sketch

 

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Final Cake

Their wedding cake stood over three feet tall and weighed…… a lot!! The design included clusters of white sugar roses and pale pink peonies as beautiful accents. Our favorite part of the cake was definitely the “love” cut out on the double barrel 8″ tier.  This simple design detail expressed, in art form, how the two of them felt for each other and encapsulated what is central to any great marriage.  It was a simple, pure and innocent reminder of what the world needs now. Their chosen flavors were our Classic Vanilla and Dirty South combinations. The combination of flavors represented the melding of the two of their worlds together, and meld well together it did. The cake was arguably the second best part of the wedding, according to the review they provided us on Wedding Wire.

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Close Up view of “love” cut-out

 

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Close-Up of Sugar Flowers

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All of the flowers were hand-made using our go-to gum paste from Satin Ice, which is 100% vegan. In addition, we used our favorite colors from The Sugar Art to dust all of our gumpaste flowers in order to bring them to life and make them “pop”, just like the lovely couple did on their special night. When it was all said and done, everyone went home elated for the newlyweds and full of satisfaction from our wedding cake.

Are you looking for a custom wedding cake for your upcoming wedding reception? If so, contact Mimi’s Mocha Treats today! Appointments book fast!

 

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Newest Creative Cakes – The Drip Cake https://mimismochatreats.com/creative-cake-dc-newest-design/ Sun, 15 May 2016 14:02:40 +0000 https://mimismochatreats.com/?p=2668 Newest Creative Cakes – The Drip Cake We are super excited about our newest creative cake design! The Katherine Sabbath inspired drip cake! We came across Miss Sabbath’s drip cake designs a few months ago via Instagram, and spent a good portion of three days scrolling thru her photos (yeah, we became a tad bit […]

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Newest Creative Cakes – The Drip Cake

We are super excited about our newest creative cake design! The Katherine Sabbath inspired drip cake!

We came across Miss Sabbath’s drip cake designs a few months ago via Instagram, and spent a good portion of three days scrolling thru her photos (yeah, we became a tad bit obsessed – ha). We were INSTANTLY hooked! Think about it; the possibilities are endless! From adding toasted meringue & meringue cookies to beautiful sugar flowers and tasty french macarons! In addition, we can add so many color combinations to our delicious swiss meringue buttercream! Lastly – for all of you who say fondant isn’t “your thing”, well….. we have finally met a buttercream cake we like and are willing to bend our “fondant only” rule…. just for these little gems!

When we were approached for a creative cake to be the highlight of a Mother’s Day church retreat in Washington, DC, we knew the drip cake was the way to go! And, this was our opportunity to see how clients would react to them.  The cake was our Strawberry Lemonade option and the rose water flavored french macarons were filled with lemon flavored swiss meringue buttercream.  We got to pull out our torch (yyyeeeaaahhhh) and we toasted the fluffy whipped meringue to add contrast against the buttercream.  Sugar Cosmo flowers were lightly dusted with our favorite colors from The Sugar Art, which definitely added a little “pop” against the toasted meringue.

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Rose water flavored french macarons adorned this drip cake

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These light & airy sugar cosmo flowers added an additional feminine touch to the over all design

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We love the contrast between the toasted meringue and brightly colored buttercream.

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Look closer and you will see tiny gold dragees sprinkled against the gold white chocolate ganache

 

After some thought, we decided to add the drip cake design to our creative cakes portfolio, as part of our “Simple & Sweet” dessert line.  We are working out a few of the glitches, but we will officially launch this style on July 1st! So…… stay tuned for details!!!

 

Are you looking for a creative cake for your upcoming celebration? If so, do not hesitate to contact Mimi’s Mocha Treats today!

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Habesha Bride – National Capital Area Cake Show! https://mimismochatreats.com/habesha-bride/ Fri, 15 Apr 2016 11:32:42 +0000 https://mimismochatreats.com/?p=2640 Habesha Bride – National Capital Area Cake Show! While perusing thru Instagram a year ago, we came across the awesome work of Sara K. Golish from Ontario, Canada.  Her work completely BLEW us away and we knew we HAD to recreate one of her pieces in cake! One piece in particular caught our eye as […]

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Habesha Bride – National Capital Area Cake Show!

While perusing thru Instagram a year ago, we came across the awesome work of Sara K. Golish from Ontario, Canada.  Her work completely BLEW us away and we knew we HAD to recreate one of her pieces in cake!

One piece in particular caught our eye as it was inspired by our home, Ethiopia! It was an image of an Habesha bride (Ethiopian bride) with her hair in our native braids wearing our traditional jewelry called werki.  We INSTANTLY feel in love with this piece and immediately reached out to Ms. Golish to ask for permission to recreate it in cake.

Sarah Gilman’s original work, “Taitu,” was the inspiration for our Habesha Bride Wedding cake.

She pleasantly granted us permission and just asked that we forward her photos once complete.  YEAH!!!

When we presented our sculpt at the National Capital Area Cake Show in Fairfax, VA we were asked over & over again “Is that REALLY all cake?”, at which we replied “Of Course!!!!” (smile).  We were even approached by a young man who asked if he could buy the piece and take home once the show was over.  We were shocked by that request, and pleasantly declined.  The piece took 1st place in the Semi-Professional Novelty Category and until this day, people still comment on how much they liked the piece.

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Our award-winning Habesha Bride Wedding Cake.

Here are the steps we took to create it….. using cake, rice crispy treats and modeling chocolate:

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We kept her in our shop for three months before having to tear her apart.  And trust us, that literally broke our hearts!


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2015 DC Central Kitchen’s Capital Food Fight https://mimismochatreats.com/dc-central-kitchens-capital-food-fight/ Tue, 24 Nov 2015 16:36:02 +0000 https://mimismochatreats.com/?p=2619 2015 DC Central Kitchen’s Capital Food Fight This year we participated, alongside Stacked Cakes and Amazing Cake Creations, in the 2015 DC Central Kitchen’s Capital Food Fight!  This annual fund raiser takes place at the Ronald Reagan Building International Trade Center in Washington, DC.  It was such an honor to compete against some of the Capital’s […]

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2015 DC Central Kitchen’s Capital Food Fight

This year we participated, alongside Stacked Cakes and Amazing Cake Creations, in the 2015 DC Central Kitchen’s Capital Food Fight!  This annual fund raiser takes place at the Ronald Reagan Building International Trade Center in Washington, DC.  It was such an honor to compete against some of the Capital’s best cake artists in a fundraiser that supports the DC Central Kitchen and all the work the organization does to train unemployed adults for culinary careers.  They also focus on serving healthy school meals and rebuilding urban food systems thru social enterprises.

Team “Poisson” (yep, that’s what we called ourselves) decided to create a design based on the theme “Give a man a fish, feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish, feed him for life“.  Our design included a custom cake board, complete with the DC Central Kitchen logo “burned” into the grain, a recipe book paying homage to Jose Andres‘ Snapper recipe and a crate of miniature vegetables.

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Team Poisson

Sculpted figurines of a young man becoming a Chef finished this piece and the platform rotated showing the transformation into Chef!

One of the best parts of participating in these types of events is we get the chance to spend time with some of our favorite cakers and many artists whom we admire!

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Team Poisson before the challenge began. Chef Duff and Mimi cheesing hard for the camera. Chef Sherry Yard joining our group shot. Selfies with Couture Cake Creations and Chef Dia.

It was a stiff competition, but in the end team Poisson won the challenge! A great time was had by all and we look forward to participating again next year!

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Saying “Cheers” to our win and our winning piece!

 

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Gold Lace & Purple Peonies https://mimismochatreats.com/gold-lace-and-purple-peonies/ Tue, 17 Nov 2015 16:31:46 +0000 https://mimismochatreats.com/?p=2598 Gold Lace & Purple Peonies We thoroughly enjoyed creating this gold lace & purple peonies cake for a recent bridal shower in Alexandria, VA.  It was designed, with love, for the bride-to-be by her wonderful bridesmaids and the Mimi’s Mocha Treats team. Every detail was discussed, from the size of the sugar peonies to the shade […]

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Gold Lace & Purple Peonies

We thoroughly enjoyed creating this gold lace & purple peonies cake for a recent bridal shower in Alexandria, VA.  It was designed, with love, for the bride-to-be by her wonderful bridesmaids and the Mimi’s Mocha Treats team.

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Cake with macarons

Every detail was discussed, from the size of the sugar peonies to the shade of gold lace.

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Purple sugar peony with edible gold lace

We are still amazed that the peonies craze is still in full affect as this wedding season winds down! One thing is for sure and that is that making sugar peonies has actually become an extremely relaxing process for us; one that we actually enjoy.

An additional request was made to include a small batch of purple macarons, just for the bride-to-be, being that they are one of her favorite desserts.

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Purple Macarons

So, of course we honored that request and filled each one with passionfruit curd!

 

We would like to congratulate the couple on their upcoming nuptials and wish them many years of marriage bliss!

Are you looking for a custom designed wedding cake or groom’s cake for your upcoming wedding reception? Please do not hesitate to contact us today! Serving DC, Northern Virginia and Maryland.

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Peach & Gold Wedding Cake https://mimismochatreats.com/peach-gold-wedding-cake/ Tue, 18 Aug 2015 14:13:26 +0000 https://mimismochatreats.com/?p=2457 Manassas, VA – Peach & Gold Wedding Cake Ok – this was DEFINITELY a first for us! We were recently contacted by a “bride to be” who resides in Texas to create a cake for her Virginia based wedding. Wow….. Well, how in the world do you conduct a tasting and consultation with a client who […]

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Manassas, VA – Peach & Gold Wedding Cake

Ok – this was DEFINITELY a first for us! We were recently contacted by a “bride to be” who resides in Texas to create a cake for her Virginia based wedding.

Wow…..

Well, how in the world do you conduct a tasting and consultation with a client who lives over 1,548 miles away? You introduce the great world of technology and really put that Skype app to work!!! During our video consultation, her aunt & nephew (who were local) joined us to sample cakes and “represent” the couple.  We discussed three prepared design options and decided on a final sketch that they felt would most fit their venue and theme.

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The chosen cake design, with a few adjustments

Vera & Serge’s wedding was an event fit for royalty! The couple chose shades of peach and gold with plenty of bling & peach colored roses.  Their ceremony and reception took place at Fox Chase Manor, located in Manassas, Virginia and was attended by over 250 guests.

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The final wedding cake at Fox Chase Manor

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Detail shot of the sugar peony and hydrageneas

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Closer look at the gum paste monogram

 

We would like to congratulate them, again, on their nuptials and wish them many years of marriage bliss!

Are you looking for a custom designed wedding cake or groom’s cake for your upcoming wedding reception? Please do not hesitate to contact us today! Serving DC, Northern Virginia and Maryland.

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Ruffles and Pearls Wedding Cake https://mimismochatreats.com/wedding-cake-ruffles-and-pearls/ Mon, 20 Jul 2015 17:35:40 +0000 https://mimismochatreats.com/?p=2436 Ruffles and Pearls Wedding Cake Nothing screams feminine more than ruffles and pearls.  And when you receive a call from a childhood friend requesting ruffles and pearls for their nephew’s upcoming wedding….. you make it happen! And that’s just what we did! We were so honored to provide a cake for Kelly’s and David’s wedding reception at Catoctin […]

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Ruffles and Pearls Wedding Cake

Nothing screams feminine more than ruffles and pearls.  And when you receive a call from a childhood friend requesting ruffles and pearls for their nephew’s upcoming wedding….. you make it happen!

And that’s just what we did! We were so honored to provide a cake for Kelly’s and David’s wedding reception at Catoctin Hall at Musket Ridge.  The venue was absolutely dreamy and the perfect location for a summer wedding!

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Photo Courtesy of Bakerture Photography

Working with Kelly during the design process was quite enjoyable.  In the end, her sketch mimicked her dress and fit the venue perfectly!

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The bride knew EXACTLY what she wanted to see on her wedding day

The bride went with ruffled layers, sugar flower clusters and silver & pearl dragees.  The bottom tier was in our Black Tie Affair flavor combo, the middle was in our Classic Almond combo and the top tier was in our Sitting By The Campfire flavor combo (you can see a complete list of our flavor options here).

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The wedding cake

We wish them many love filled years and look forward to providing a cake for all of their future life celebrations!

 

 

Are you looking for a custom designed wedding cake or groom’s cake for your upcoming wedding reception? Please do not hesitate to contact us today! Serving DC, Northern Virginia and Maryland.

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Custom Sculpted Giraffe Cake for a 2015 Graduate https://mimismochatreats.com/custom-sculpted-giraffe-cake/ Wed, 17 Jun 2015 16:27:36 +0000 https://mimismochatreats.com/?p=2410 We are in love with this custom sculpted giraffe cake! To the 2015 high school graduating class – we would like to take a second and congratulate each of you! Just know that your future is full of endless opportunities and the world is your oyster! We look forward to seeing all that you accomplish in life! […]

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We are in love with this custom sculpted giraffe cake!

To the 2015 high school graduating class – we would like to take a second and congratulate each of you! Just know that your future is full of endless opportunities and the world is your oyster! We look forward to seeing all that you accomplish in life!

To celebrate, we created this custom sculpted giraffe cake for one of our favorite clients.  She loves giraffes and didn’t want the typical “cap and gown” style cake.  When we heard that, excitement took over us!  So, we started our research and after looking at a lot of images of giraffes, we came across this statue found on Museumize’s website.  Once we saw it, we KNEW we wanted to replicate it in cake form.

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Giraffe statue found on Museumize

The graduation cake took us 4 hours to bake and 14 hours to stack, carve and decorate.  It weighed over 50 pounds and was 20″ in width & a little over 2′-0″ in height.  We covered it with fondant by Choco-Pan and added color using our favorite colors by TheSugarArt.

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Giraffe cake stacked and carved.

 

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A close-up of the giraffe cake head

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Giraffe cake completely sculpted and with color added.

Are you looking for a custom sculpted cake for your upcoming celebration? If so, please do not hesitate to contact us today! Serving DC, Northern Virginia and Maryland.

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NASCAR Themed Birthday Cake – VROOM!!!! https://mimismochatreats.com/nascar-birthday-cake/ Wed, 20 May 2015 17:06:17 +0000 https://mimismochatreats.com/?p=2375 NASCAR Birthday cake = VROOM!! This NASCAR birthday cake brought so much joy to one of our favorite clients.  The expression on his face upon seeing his cake? PRICELESS!! And what could possibly be greater than that? ABSOLUTELY NOTHING! We recently had the pleasure of creating a NASCAR themed gift cake for one of our favorite […]

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NASCAR Birthday cake = VROOM!!

This NASCAR birthday cake brought so much joy to one of our favorite clients.  The expression on his face upon seeing his cake? PRICELESS!! And what could possibly be greater than that?

ABSOLUTELY NOTHING!

We recently had the pleasure of creating a NASCAR themed gift cake for one of our favorite clients!  Kayode was celebrating the BIG #6 birthday, and what better way to do so than burning rubber on the race tracks?  The birthday celebration took place at GoKart Track, located in Bladensburg, MD and when we say the parents went all out, we aren’t kidding! When we walked into the party room , we were kind of jealous that we couldn’t stay to participate in all the fun! We are talking FULL OUT PARTY MODE in the space!

 

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Party set up (photos courtesy of parents)

We absolutely LOVED the race track designed AND built by Kayode’s father! Now, THAT is what we call dedication – lol.

When asked to design the cake, the only request was that Jeff Gordon be represented in some way.

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Happy Birthday Kayode!!!

Oh…. please know that his baby sister is also a NASCAR fan! hahahahahaha… representing Kyle Busch!!

Kayode absolutely loved his birthday cake and his happiness absolutely made our day.  Happy Born day, sweetie and here’s to many more! xoxoxoxoxo

 

Are you looking for a custom birthday cake for your upcoming celebration? Please do not hesitate to contact us today! Serving DC, Northern Virginia and Maryland.

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