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Feature Friday + Giveaway Winner

Happy Friday folks! I hope you've had a sensational week. After blogging every day last week in celebration of blog week (yay!) + a sensational wedding last Friday, I took the time this week to refuel and also refocus on some exciting projects. But I'm happy to be back today on the blog with some great news!

Image Credit: SC Stockshop

Image Credit: SC Stockshop

I'm happy to announce the winner of our Blog Week Giveaway...Courtney Inghram! Congrats again to Courtney, who won the fabulous prizes of: (1) $50 Target gift card, (1) $50 Sensational Soirees shop e-gift card, (1) $25 Starbucks gift card, and (1) $25 Visa gift card. Awesome, right?! THANK YOU again to everyone for supporting  blog week and Sensational Soirees!

In other exciting news, I'm pleased to share that I had an article featured on the Rising Tide Society (RTS) blog last week! I love being apart of the RTS community, and I'm a huge advocate for the #communityovercompetition movement. To do my part in supporting the mission, I shared some insights on a popular topic among creative entrepreneurs, which RTS shared on their blog. That topic was ways to successfully work your business while you still work a full-time job. This post somewhat served as a follow up to the last post I wrote for them, Running a business while raising a family. So for all you boss ladies who have a 9 to 5 too, check out my 3 tips to help you balance both more successfully.

Another feature that was published last month was an interview I did with Inspire into Action in March. The mission of this company is to inspire others to take action on their dreams. During this interview, I shared how I got started with Sensational Soirees and provided tips for aspiring and current entrepreneurs. Check it out below:

I'm so excited and thankful for these features, and excited for even more features coming down the pipeline. Let me know 1 thing you took from the RTS post or Inspire Into Action interview...jot it down in the comments section.

Sensationally yours,

Shalyce

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Interview with Couture Cakes by Sabrina

Summer is almost here, and it's going to be a "sweet" one! Be sure to check out our "Sweet Summer" posts this month on our blog, as we'll be sharing cake, cupcake and dessert/candy table inspiration, highlights and more. Today, we are happy to share our recent interview with the talented Sabrina Hare, owner of Couture Cakes by Sabrina. When I first discovered this Washington, DC cake boutique, I was absolutely in awe of the jaw-dropping cake designs.  Sabrina is sure to add the wow factor to any cake she bakes and designs, but don't take my word for it, see for yourself below and read on to view our interview: sabrina1

Sensational  Soirees: What inspired you to start baking cakes?

Couture Cakes by Sabrina: As a child in Saginaw, Michigan, I was always around cooks in my family. I developed a passion for baking watching my grandmother make pies and cakes for the family. During the summers, I worked with my Aunt, who owned a catering company, in her commercial kitchen prepping for weddings.

Sensational  Soirees: When did you start Couture Cakes by Sabrina?

Couture Cakes by Sabrina: Couture Cakes by Sabrina was started in January 2013.  I started this after being downsized from my job.  I was thinking now is the time to do this.

Sensational  Soirees: What sets you apart from other cake boutiques in the Washington, D.C. area?

Couture Cakes by Sabrina: Couture Cakes by Sabrina is set apart from other cake boutiques for the following reasons:

  • Unique cake designs that highlight attention to detail and exclusivity
  • Innovative cake flavors and pairings: We pride ourselves on creating custom flavor pairings for our clients, such flavors as Peach Nostalgia, Lemon and Key Lime Pie, and Champagne and Strawberries just to name a few.
  • The Experience: We pride ourselves on creating a distinct experience for our client; such as providing a customized sketch of their cake prior to the wedding or party, and providing an Anniversary Program for a free cake topper for their one year wedding anniversary. Our motto is...it's not just cake! It's an experience! We focus on creating the experience of exclusivity.

Sensational  Soirees: What are some of your popular cake flavors?

Couture Cakes by Sabrina: Some of our top flavors are as follows:

  • Key Lime Pie: Key Lime Cake, Lime Curd, Candied Graham Cracker Crumbs, with a Vanilla Buttercream
  • Lemon Pie: Lemon Cake, Lemon Curd, Candied Graham Cracker Crumbs, with a Vanilla Buttercream
  • Tiramisu: Espresso infused Butter Cake, Mascarpone Mousse, Chocolate Ganache, with Cappuccino Buttercream with a Dark Chocolate Crunch
  • Raspberry: Vanilla Cake infused with fresh Raspberries, Raspberry Mousse, Raspberry Buttercream with a White Chocolate Crunch

Sensational  Soirees: What are some of your specialties and/or favorite creations?

Couture Cakes by Sabrina: Our specialty has been our ruffle cake. We get a lot of requests for this design, because it is different and not typically seen.

Sensational  Soirees: What should a client know before meeting with you?

Couture Cakes by Sabrina: A client should have a vision for their event.  When a client has a vision, it enables me to work with them to create that custom design for their event.

 

Sensational  Soirees:  Do you primarily create wedding cakes or special occasion cakes and cupcakes as

well?

Couture Cakes by Sabrina: We primarily create wedding and special occasion cakes.  However, we will make cupcakes to supplement servings.

 

Sensational  Soirees: In your opinion, what cake trends are “in”?

Couture Cakes by Sabrina: The ‘in’ cake trends are definitely color, vintage/lace, and bling.  The pantone color of the year is ‘Radiant Orchid’.  People are using color to reflect their personality and style. 

The Great Gatsby brought  into the forefront glamour, bling, and all things fabulous.  Wedding Cakes having more allure and are over the top. The cake is the center of attraction at the wedding reception.

Lastly, Brides are returning to the Vintage/Lace Style. They are using the lace patterns from their dresses and incorporating those elements into their cake design.  Vintage reflects romantic, which never goes out of style.

 

Sensational  Soirees:  For you, what is the best part of the baking process?

Couture Cakes by Sabrina: My favorite part is actually decorating, which isn’t part of the baking process.  I get excited when a client trusts me enough to create something fabulous for their event.  That is what being an artist is about.

 

Sensational  Soirees:  What is your personal favorite cake or dessert?

Couture Cakes by Sabrina: Ice Cream

 

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For a one of a kind wedding or special occasion cake, contact Couture Cakes by Sabrina here and visit their website. Also, connect with them on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest. Be sure to mention Sensational Soirees sent you.

Sensationally yours,

Shalyce

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