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Get Gorgeous Cupcakes for Your Wedding

Picture this great wedding idea: At a recent event in Petaluma, guests converged around a table brimming with cupcakes, topped in pink and white frosting and artfully capped with a candy salute to the non-profit group’s logo, a little heart.

The cakes were delicious, the donation was generous, and it was all in a day’s work for cake artist Sally Ann McGrath of Petaluma’s Forget-Me-Not Cakes.

The boutique bakery specializes in luxury, custom-designed cakes baked from scratch with all natural ingredients, but for a good cause or a more casual gathering, cupcakes come in just as handy, noted McGrath.

Such a playful approach can help modern wedding couples think outside the box when considering what kind of cake best fits their celebration. First and foremost to consider is, are the cakes truly custom?

Working with a small production baker like Forget-Me-Not Cakes can guarantee individual flair. McGrath says she bakes every cake and makes every cream, conserve and frosting from scratch, in small batches, for a “like Grandma used to make” taste. Eggs, dairy and produce are organic and local, while sugars, flours and chocolates are pure.

As with the fundraiser heart candy, a cake can be made personal with decorations. One of McGrath’s specialties is handcrafted sugar flowers, which look entirely realistic, yet don’t wilt and can be kept as a memento (or simply eaten).

She also creates statements with fondant and chocolate, molding or sculpting unique motifs to represent her clients' pastimes and passions.

Whatever cake a wedding couple dreams of, it’s critical for them to be involved, from initial design to tastings. A professional baker will offer this as part of the package, such as the hour-long consultation and tasting provided at Forget-Me-Not. There are even gluten- and dairy-free options.

McGrath then follows up by sending a detailed estimate and sketch, so couples can make more decisions at home.

After all the arrangements have been made, there’s still more to consider. Couples should be sure to ask when their cake will be made. Some busy bakeries will finish the cake ahead of time, and freeze it. But boutique shops make each order fresh — McGrath bakes all her creations a day or two before the wedding, she says, even if it means finishing cakes late into the night.

As for those cupcakes, they’re plenty popular, usually as a tiered arrangement, with a small “cutting cake” for the top. Flavors are endless, such as vanilla cake with creamy custard filling, French buttercream, and brittle caramel shards, or dark chocolate cake with hazelnut ganache filling, hazelnut buttercream and hazelnut praline crunch.

For the ultimate detail, even the paper cupcake wraps can be personalized.

Details: 707-364-3497, forgetmenotcakes.com.

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