One of my best clients, Julia Bozzolo, runs a cake decorating company — Julia Bozzolo’s Distinct Cakes (JBDC) (more contact info at end of post). It’s been fun watching over the years as both of us have learned more of our craft. (I obviously have a very long way to go in food photography, as you’ll see, but still…).
We contacted Julia about making the cake for our daughter’s birthday when we expected to be joining birthday parties with a larger party (my daughter, turning 2, wasn’t going to have many people over). First those plans fell through, and then in the end we ended up having to cancel even our small party due to older brother’s high fever. BUT, this cake is the definition of “exceeding expectations”, and I so badly want everyone to see what amazing cakes she designs and decorates!
I asked Julia to create a cake with a fairy theme, with either purple or pink as the dominant color. Oh yeah, and chocolate cake inside. In my wildest dreams, I didn’t see this coming!
The little fairy at the top is specially designed to look like my daughter (this amused my children to no end!). Imagine that level of planning — she never even mentioned she was doing that! And note the little extras, like the cobblestone walkway.
And the level of detail in the decorations is so realistic (look at the wood on the door!) that not one guest (aka extended family member) who saw it realized it was a cake. They thought it was her birthday present!
It should also be mentioned that Julia’s cake tasted great, too — once we finally talked ourselves into cutting into it! There was some discussion of simply keeping it as a decoration, and just how long it would last, lol.
If you’re ever in the Silver Spring, MD (Bethesda, Chevy Chase, Cabin John, Rockville, you get the idea) looking for a custom designed cake for a child’s birthday party (like ours); an office engagement party, a wedding…. be sure to contact Julia Bozzolo’s Distinct Cakes. As I mentioned earlier, this was an exercise is exceeding expectations, and Julia exceeded ours in absolutely every way!
To see other cakes Julia has designed and created for birthday parties and other events, check our her Flickr Photostream: http://www.flickr.com/photos/63912655@N07/. You can email her through the flickr page, or at email@example.com. Or by phone at 202-546-4497.
Thank you so much, Julia!
- Danie Smallwood, Bethesda, MD food photographer?