How sweet it is! Russell Morin Catering & Events is known for their innovative menus, but their desserts really take the cake! Emily Bridges, Bakery Manager and Exclusive Cake Designer at Morin’s graduated from Johnson & Wales University with a B.S in Food Service Management and a concentration in Pastry Arts. To kick start her career while still in college, she accepted a waitstaff position at Morin’s until her senior year when she was offered an internship in their bakery. Emily has now been part of the team full-time for five years!
1. What is trending in wedding cake design and flavors?
Buttercream texture is always the most popular wedding cake design we do. They are simple, but when dressed up with fresh flowers it really brings the whole cake together. This year, more modern looking cakes are popping up everywhere such as fondant marbling and geometric shapes.
We added a few new wedding cake flavors to our tasting menu this season. Some of the new flavors include:
Crème Brulee- vanilla bean cake with a Bavarian cream filling and caramel sauce
Almond Biscotti- Almond cake with a coffee buttercream filling
Champagne Strawberry- champagne cake with a fresh strawberry buttercream filling
Although we do give a list to start the process of picking a cake flavor, we are always encouraging for our clients to come up with custom flavors that represent them as a couple!
2. Does Russell Morin Catering & Events have any signature desserts, cakes, etc?
For wedding cakes, our most popular cake flavor would have to be our lemon raspberry! It is a light lemon cake with a raspberry jam filling that is perfect for the summer months. Other very popular flavors are our cookies and cream cake and our sweet and simple which is a classic vanilla cake.
Our mini French pastry assortment is huge for weddings and cocktail parties! Some of the pastries included are mini eclairs, cream puffs, fruit tartlets, pecan diamonds, and a rich flourless chocolate cake to name a few.
3. Let’s talk dessert tables. What are some common and trending desserts included?
Along with our mini French pastry assortment, we have started offering an Italian mini pastry assortment. Some of the pastries included are mini zeppoles, mini cannolis, amaretto cream puffs, and coconut pine nut macaroons.
I would have to say the dessert that is huge right now is donuts! At Morin’s we offer a “donut wall” where you can hang a variety of donuts on for your guests. Also, French macarons will always be huge, but we offer custom colors and flavors to coordinate with any wedding.
4. Fondant vs buttercream?
Buttercream! You can never go wrong with a buttercream cake, especially in the summer. Most of the wedding cakes we design at Morin’s are 100% buttercream, although there are some cake designs that need to be executed in fondant. If your cake design needs to be in fondant I always add a healthy layer of buttercream underneath, so it will still be just as tasty!
5. Do any of the desserts have custom drink pairings?
At the end of the night at weddings, we do offer a coffee milk frappe that is paired with a house-made mini powdered donut. We also offer passed dessert cocktails such as an adult root beer float and a mini Boston cream martini!
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How sweet it is! Russell Morin Catering & Events is known for their innovative menus, but their desserts really take the cake! Emily Bridges, Bakery Manager and Exclusive Cake Designer at Morin’s graduated from Johnson & Wales University with a B.S in Food Service Management and a concentration in Pastry Arts. To kick start her […]
The raw elements of the Waterfire Arts Center juxtaposed with fresh green foliage & modern décor created an ethereal vibe for this industrial glam styled shoot.
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Lemon lilac petit four topped with a mini macaron crafted by Emily Bridges, Pastry Chef at Russell Morin Catering & Events made the perfect bite-sized treat.
The raw elements of the Waterfire Arts Center juxtaposed with fresh green foliage & modern décor created an ethereal vibe for this industrial glam styled shoot. Bright natural light flooded the preserved industrial framework of the former rubber manufacturing facility, bouncing off the exposed steel beams and weathered bricks. The raw authenticity and muted colors […]
A styled shoot unbounded by tradition and inspiring brides to create a wedding that is uniquely theirs.
When Beth Chapman of The White Dress by the Shore first set eyes on the black and white gingham silk taffeta gown designed by Carolina Herrera as it graced the runway during bridal market she couldn’t wait create an entire wedding look centered on that one bold print. “When we began discussing the editorial shoot at the Copper Beach Inn, the premise was personalization and making your wedding your own – what better way to show this than with a bold black and white gown?!” Beth exclaimed. The classic checker print, which was carried out through the stationery too, was artfully juxtaposed with other geometric prints and bright floral arrangements, infusing color into the black and white palette. The attire provided the perfect backdrop for the textural bouquets of deep pink, magenta, and marigold blooms. Each daringly bold design element, including three adorably fluffy kittens, pieced together flawlessly and cohesively to create a look that was sophisticated and embodied a touch southern glamour.
“I wanted to play up the whimsy of pattern, so I dressed the flower girl in a striped dress and incorporated a pin dot into the pocket square of the groom’s attire” – Beth Chapman
A styled shoot unbounded by tradition and inspiring brides to create a wedding that is uniquely theirs. When Beth Chapman of The White Dress by the Shore first set eyes on the black and white gingham silk taffeta gown designed by Carolina Herrera as it graced the runway during bridal market she couldn’t wait create […]
1. How did JCakes come to be?
Current JCakes owner, Hope Looney, graduated from Chapman University and began a career in healthcare finance. After some international travel, Hope decided to take her dream of a culinary career and make it a reality. She specialized her training on French style pastry and techniques with Chef Jeff Trombetta, Chef Ken Ayvazian, and Jessica Kimball (formerly Trombetta), the original owner of JCakes. The business began as Jessica’s Cakes out of a home in North Haven, CT in 1992. Since then, JCakes has grown into a full-scale bakery through its reputation of producing delicious, unforgettable cakes for weddings, birthdays, and all special occasions. The name changed to JCakes when the first storefront opened in East Haven, CT, and Hope purchased the business in 2007. Through the years, JCakes has grown and moved locations to better serve the local community, ultimately landing in its current North Branford, CT location in 2016.
2. What is on trend this year for wedding cake design?
There are different trends for every style and theme, and JCakes caters to all venues from rustic barns to lavish ballrooms. Some rustic trends have been textured buttercream frosting, naked cakes, and fresh flowers. Trends among more elegant, black tie events include marbled fondant, Art Deco designs, and geometric accents. Metallics have been universally trendy — a more rustic wedding cake might have flecks of gold leaf to enhance the design; whereas, a ballroom wedding may have entire gold fondant tiers. JCakes also makes a lot of groom’s cakes for weddings. It’s a nice way to add a personalized touch specifically for the groom.
3. Do you offer a menu of cakes or cupcakes that can be customized to comply with dietary restrictions such as vegan or gluten-free?
JCakes is not an allergen-free bakery, but we do offer a chocolate gluten-free cake and most of our fillings and frostings are gluten-free as well.
4. Do you service clients outside of Connecticut?
JCakes currently delivers only within Connecticut, but people have transported our cakes all over. JCakes even made a specialty birthday cake for actress and Telemundo host Adamari Lopez, which traveled by plane to the Dominican Republic!
The sweet spotlight is on JCakes this week! Located in North Branford Connecticut, JCakes is a custom-order bake shop specializing in cakes and cupcakes. 1. How did JCakes come to be? Current JCakes owner, Hope Looney, graduated from Chapman University and began a career in healthcare finance. After some international travel, Hope decided to take […]