Thursday, August 19, 2010

September is our new favorite month

A photo of one of our new favorite cakes is featured in the Sweet Life Series, "A Baker's Dozen" 2011 Calendar. There is a short bio about Wayne as well. All can be found on the September page in the calendar. Thank you to Norman Davis, Zane Beg, and Dianna Lopez for selecting our work, and congratulations to all the other cake decorators who were featured.

Swank Cake Design•
Wedding Cake Bakery Raleigh North Carolina•

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Swank Cake Design appears on TLC’s “ULTIMATE CAKE OFF”

Wayne Steinkopf and Chuck Hamilton, from Swank Cake Design, will appear on the new TLC competition series ULTIMATE CAKE OFF in an episode airing February 8, 2010 at 10 PM ET/PT.

In the episode, the Blue team, lead by Wayne, faces off against two other teams in a challenge to create an edible masterpiece in hopes of winning $10,000 and to have their cakes featured at a marquee event. For this episode, the cake is in competition to be featured at the 2009 AKC Agility Invitational.

With only nine hours, the competitors must make cakes that are at least five feet tall and are creative enough to win the taste of the client and the ultimate prize. To add to the pressure, the contestants also face two mini-challenges – a skills test and a taste test – that could give one team the ultimate advantage: being able to sit out another team for 30 minutes.

Chef, author, and entertainer George Duran hosts the series, which airs Mondays at 10p on TLC. Joining George are judges Margaret Braun, an acclaimed sugar artist based in New York, and Leigh Grode, owner of Los Angeles’ Cake Divas bakery.

Update - Our episode is titled "Top Dog," and the description is as follows: "Master cake builders compete to build the most impressive cake for the American Kennel Club's prestigious Agility Invitational, and take home $10,000."

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Sweet Ashley's Team - TLC's Ulimate Cake Off

Swank Cake's head decorator, Wayne Steinkopf, helped assist Ashley Vicos in the season finale of TLC's Ultimate Cake Off...

Tune in to TLC on October 19th at 10:00pm (EST) to watch Ashley and her team build an extreme cake for Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus' Zing Zang Zoom (new red tour). Can they create the ultimate cake and win the $10,000 prize?

The above photo features Sweet Ashley's Team: (from left to right) Alexis Sturgeon, Debbie Barronton, Ashley Vicos, and Wayne Steinkopf.

Ashley remarks in her latest article in Modern Baking, "if you like drama and nail-biters, you won't want to miss this episode." I'm going to add an exclamation point to that: !

Swank Cake Design
Wedding Cake Bakery, North Carolina, Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill.