Shelby and I met in dance class. To no one’s surprise I was having a hard time remembering what Miss Cathy meant by complicated instructions like “look up” and “turn right” and “Nelson, stop mouthing the words to ‘Whoop! There It Is’! “. I’d say this was all just a product of my being six, but let’s face it. I still love lip syncing and have to make an L with my fingers to figure out which way I’m going. But there was Shelby, high-kicking, back-flipping, and wearing our obligatory Purple People Eater costume with a one-eyed, one-horned swagger far beyond her years. I knew I wanted to be her friend. Any girl who could pull off that purple-spandex-cape get-up surely had a lot to offer. We had slumber parties and swimming days, trips to theme parks and tricky arts & crafts projects. My paper bag puppet always suffered from crooked eyes and a droopy mouth- Robert Goulet, one scotch away from sleeping. But Shelby’s? Oh, she could transform that flimsy brown paper into something brilliant: long golden locks of yarn, perfectly symmetrical, beaded eyes, marker-red lips so glittery they put Dorothy’s shoes to shame. Some might say she was the cool one in our duo to which I’d say “Yup”. I didn’t mind. She let me be vicariously awesome, just close enough to her mad skills to feel like I had a few of my own.
Now we are all grown up, both engaged and anxiously awaiting the hitching parties, and- thank God- Shelby’s as talented as she ever was. I hear that relationships are mostly about giving a little to get a little, and today is no exception. I offer Shelby a little blog post about her custom cake business.
She offers me a delicious spectacle of culinary genius in the form of one delectable wedding cake. So maybe I got the sweeter part of that deal. Hey, no one ever said anything about a fair trade.
Shelby Thomas traded in the paper bag puppets for a rolling-pin, and the world is a whole lot sweeter for it. She started her own company, Too Tall Designs, and now spends her days baking up treats almost too pretty to eat in Nashville and surrounding areas. True to her awesome ways, Shelby and Too Tall specialize in everything. With a long list of yummies to choose from, it’s easy to please every party guest. Cake Pops, Cheesecake Balls, Cupcakes, Cookie Bouquets, and- yup!- even Wedding Cakes, Too Tall can bring the sweet to any type of function.
As where most brides consider things like “THE dress” or “THE decor” THE most important factor come wedding day, my take on those staples sounds like this: Yada yada, lace, yada yada, preacher, yada yada, tulle. I make no apologies for being the bride who pretty much only cares about “THE cake”. Naturally, I was pretty thrilled when I checked out Too Tall’s website and learned that Shelby’s cakes are out-of-the-box, too. I drooled over Lego-themed birthday cake. I was one second away from licking the pink frosting off a picture of a cake she modeled after Mexican food and margaritas. And by the time I came across a stunning wedding cake covered in ornate sugar flowers, well, all bets were off. I ate my pinky. I was excited (and hungry… but mostly excited) to see such creativity in Shelby’s work. While the Almost Mister won’t let me go ahead with a gangster rap-inspired cake, I felt confident that with Too Tall‘s help, the Very Bloggy Wedding would be treated to a unique masterpiece.
Clearly, Too Tall Designs has the crafting part down pat. But what would a Bloggy Wedding Cake be without a little Bloggy Wedding Vote (or two)! So stop chewing on your keyboards and get to baking!
For all the ways Shelby can mold a cake into a piece of art, she has even more tricks up her sleeve for making sure that pretty cake tastes great. Sister’s got flavor. No really. She has a bajillion flavors to choose from. Strawberry Lemonade, Bailey’s Irish Cream, Peanut Butter Fudge, and Cookies & Cream are just scratching the first layer of frosting, so narrowing down choices was tough. I may or may not have had to conduct scientific research by consuming gallons of frosting, but I’ll leave the final say to you. Choose your favorite flavor combination below!
FLAVOR #1 CHOCOHOLIC:
And I’m not even interested in rehab. Chocolate cake. Chocolate Buttercream. It’s a chocolate lover’s dream.
FLAVOR #2 I BET HER SOCKS MATCH:
Red Velvet cake. Cream Cheese frosting. A yummy play on the Bloggy Wedding color scheme.
FLAVOR #3 TASTIER THAN CIN:
Cinnamon Bun cake. Buttercream frosting. Like your grandmamma’s sticky rolls…but way better.
They say it’s what on the inside that counts. I don’t know who ”they” are, but I’m still convinced a little outer pretty never hurt anybody. Now that you’ve picked this wedding cake’s inner yummy,let’s get superficial and sass this broad up a bit! We are planning on keeping the cake relatively small and surrounding it with an assortment of other desserts. I’d say this is to offer guests more options, but the truth is I’m hoping to distract them all with cookies and candies while I polish off the cake…alone…in the corner. Do you know how hard it is to run away in heels while carrying a twelve tier monstrosity? Well, I do. And I’m only a little ashamed to admit that. Since we are keeping the cake
toteable smaller, this gives us lots of room to get creative with the look and stay within budget! Take a look at three general styles below and cast your vote!
LOOK #1: SWEET & SIMPLE
For this look Too Tall Designs would use a traditional round cake with clean and classic details.
LOOK #2- RUFFLE YOUR
This new trend in cake design is a little bit country and a lotta bit cute. The layered ruffles add a cool texture and whimsical, Southern style.
LOOK #3- IT’S HIP TO BE SQUARE
A cake with corners! This modern take on wedding cakes is funky and playful. Squares can be stacked symmetrically or alternating to change from a sleek style to a youthful look.
So my paper bag puppets still look like tipsy, little Goulets, and Shelby is still good at being awesome. It’s nice to have friends with sweet skills. Cast your vote for FLAVOR & LOOK below, and see what Shelby & Too Tall Designs create. A big thanks to Shelby for joining the Bloggy Wedding fun….err madness…err fadness?
Be sure to click on over to Too Tall’s page to check out more Nom-Nom-worthy cakes!