TREND ALERT: Waffle Pops, a fun festival food! Perfect for Weddings #wafflepops #funfood

We are love with a new food trend we’ve been seeing popping up ALL over Instagram and Pinterest, the WAFFLE POP! This confection is a delightful combo of freshly made waffles topped, drizzled and sprinkled with all kinds of sweet shenanigans perched atop a popsicle stick or skewer. It’s portable, festive, fully customizable and perfect for a wedding reception treat. And, best of all, no sticky fingers!

Sweet Combforts (aka Home of the Waffle Pop) in Irvine, CA is credited with inventing this fabulous festival food! We just adore the fact that the co-owners both used to work at Waffle House. They SERIOUSLY upped their waffle game for sure with their riff on crispy, soft Belgian Waffles topped with sooooooo much goodness. With a debut at Coachella, Sweet Combforts has made legions of obsessed fans with these indulgent street food treats. Each and every one is dipped in cookie butter, dusted with powdered sugar and/or cocoa powder, and adorned with awesome toppings. #numnumnum

Move politely to the side Cake Pops, cuz the Waffle Pop is takin’ over! With more flat square footage of topping access, the waffle pop also affords nice indented valleys to fill with decadence. And, I’ve never seen a Cake Pop in a Crazy-Amazing Shake. #BuhByeCakePop

We like that you can fashion your waffle pops out of different shapes as well. Bitty triangles, classic circles, or even sweet, small heart-shaped waffles would work so very well at your dessert station. #Options

Heck, a quick Google search even revealed a Texas Shaped Waffle Iron.

 

And you can top them with literally ANYTHING from nuts, dried fruit, crushed candies, cereal, marshmallows, sprinkles to coconut shreds. While the waffles are super delish as is (mainly due to the fact that they are made with pearl sugar, which, according to Geoff Manila, the co-founder of Sweet Combforts, is like “regular sugar on steroids”), it is what SURROUNDS them that has everyone obsessed!

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Watch two adorable Vloggers, Kelsey and Annie, taste test their first Waffle Pops:

Here’s a look at Sweet Combforts Menu Board. What sounds good to you? A Strawberry Babe featuring Cream Cheese Frosting, Graham Crackers, Strawberries and Cream Cheese Drizzle? Perhaps you prefer to dream of cookies, specifically Oreo Cookie Butter, Oreos, and White Choco Drizzle? We will be having the Churro Crunch, consisting of Cinnamon Sugar, Cinnamon Toast Crunch plus Cream Cheese Drizzle. #OneofEachPlease

Show your family and friends a good time with a party on a stick in the form of Waffle Pops. Sweet, portable, memorable and fun…What a wonderful option for your guests on your wedding day. I can just imagine good ole’ Uncle Bob reminiscing to Aunt Laura about the reception now, “Honey, weren’t those waffle thingies on a stick good?” #Memories

BONUS CLIP: Business Insider has a great video detailing how Sweet Combforts makes their invention:

http://www.businessinsider.com/these-waffle-pops-and-coated-in-cereal-2017-6

 

 

TREND ALERT: Translucent Wedding Cake #NotQuiteNaked #TranslucentWeddingCakes

There is a new cake in town, and this one isn’t quite naked! This year’s updated version of the uber-popular naked cake is called the “Translucent Cake.” Translucent cakes have just a sheer hint of frosting which lets the cake layers peak through. These humble confections feature a dressed down, textured look which are usually adorned with natural elements such as flowers and/or fruit. Easily dressed up with flavorful drizzles (think Caramel or Raspberry), Translucent Cakes provide the perfect amount of sweetness: sweet but not TOO sweet. Naked, but not TOO naked.

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We love the four-tiered fabulousness that is this towering translucent masterpiece. Clean and elegant, the sheer frosting and carefully placed greenery add up to a stunning display. This unfussy look would play well at any rustic/industrial, barn or even beach event. And who doesn’t love a barrel for a cake display table? Houzz has a great take on a barrel here. Resembling a wine barrel, this rustic metal accent table has a removable lid adding ample storage space so you could use at your wedding for a cake table and then bring it home for a great reminder of your special day, too.

 

Check out this beauty! Layers, upon six layers of delicious cake with the barest flick of frosting and an artful arrangement of fruit and flowers. This cake would be very at home at a country or backyard wedding. Heck, we think this would even be easy to make yourselves.

Translucent takes a turn for the romantic and beautiful with this four-tiered stunner. Embellished with delicate roses and the barest hint of buttercream, this confection would be a memorable treat at any wedding celebration.

For an intimate wedding, we suggest the tiniest of translucent cakes. This one is utterly gorgeous: featuring a small white cake surrounded by lavish floral elements and greenery. 
Sherri Meyers, owner of The Pastry Studio in Daytona, FL is an executive pastry chef with serious cred. Her work has been featured in countless magazines and on TV networks like HGTV, The Food Network and MTV.

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She offers this glorious take on a Translucent Cake at The Pastry Studio. We totally covet this Blush confection– a luxurious masterpiece of cake layers, breath-taking floral elements and greenery. Be sure to visit her site to see all of her team’s amazing cake work.

In the spirit of transparency, have you heard of the “Water Cake”? This perfectly translucent cake, aka Sakura Mizu shingen mochi is popular in Japan and is made of water, sugar and magic. This delightful morsel is so delicate that it will disappear in 30 minutes if not consumed. Probably not practical for a wedding, but super cool. Visit LittleMissBento.com to see more.

Make Your Own Japanese Water Cake at Home

 

Translucent cakes will likely disappear very quickly, too, because your guests will gobble them up. And, we are clear (get it? haha) on one thing: No matter your wedding budget or style, a translucent cake will transform your cake table into a very happy place!

photo by TOP LEFT: BEST PHOTOGRAPHY; BOTTOM LEFT: JUSTIN & MARY PHOTOGRAPHY; RIGHT: WILLOW NOAVI PHOTOGRAPHY

TREND ALERT: DONUT WALL Make a #DonutWall for your Wedding Reception

So we were checking out some of the latest wedding trends for 2017 (we have to stay on top of things like that) and stumbled across the term “donut wall”… ‘Wait, what?’ we thought. Immediate research was required. Did it mean wall art featuring donuts?

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Cute, but NO.

Did it mean wall art with realistic looking 3-D donuts?

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Even cuter, and we totally agree with the sentiment. but still not the whole story.

A quick google revealed all the awesomeness of actual donut walls, and we fell in truly and madly in love. TA DA, we present you with the best idea ever in history in our opinion:

OMG this idea is SO BRILLIANT! A wall.COVERED. In. DONUTS!!!!! That you can reach out and grab. And devour!!!!

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Display donuts vertically and they will serve double-duty as both dessert and adorable decor. Offer your guests a wall full of donuts at your wedding reception and let the fun begin! Can’t you picture their happy faces? Our faces are happy just looking at all the donut wall pics. Num Num!!!

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Your friends and family will be all like:

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Donut walls can be finessed to compliment any color scheme or theme. You can easily add floral elements, signage and display other deserts in front of your wall. Such a whimsical, affordable and amazing concept!

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Planning a Rustic Burlap/Mason Jar type wedding? Featuring Flamingos in a fun filled tropical setting? No problem. There IS a donut wall design concept just perfect for you:

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Envisioning a shindig that’s kinda fancy in a slightly hipster way? Voila. Might we suggest an Acrylic wall over lacquered plywood with gold lettering.

We love the basic pegboard donut wall variations. Especially since you can easily make one of these for yourself. Plus, this is a decor item that will be useful long past your wedding. You can use it over and over again. When you host a backyard barbeque as a newlywed couple, prop up you donut wall in your yard: fill it with some krispy kremes and be the social darlings of all your friends. We can imagine so many happy occasions where a donut wall would be appropriate: birthday parties, baby showers or EVEN as a fun weekend morning surprise for your family. (You wake up early and fill the donut wall with each person’s faves. They wake up to a very exciting surpise. Talk about a good start to the morning!)

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Donut walls also make great photo backdrops. Everyone looks good with donuts over their shoulders. And you can’t NOT smile in proximity to 20 dozen yeasty sugar bombs.

You can even spell out fun words. Or your monogram. Yum.

 

 

Check out OhHappyDay.com for a fantastic tutorial on how you can DIY your own nifty pegboard donut wall.

DIY Donut Pegboard | Oh Happy Day!

 

We recommend upgrading your regular run of the mill dowels with these swanky sticks from HCMemories on etsy, 50 for $27:

50 dessert and fruit skewers in crystal, pale pink, blush, silver, and pearl - dessert table, donut bar, appetizers