The Next Chapter

Nine years ago, I set out to create a brand that stood for quality, creativity and dedication. I built Melissa’s Fine Pastries to bring a fine art cake studio to New Orleans, and it has become more than I had ever dreamed. 

I have much to be grateful for: a successful business, a loving and supportive husband and two wonderful children. I feel fortunate that I have been able to pursue my professional dreams, but it’s time for Melissa’s Fine Pastries to take a new direction. 

I’m passionate about teaching and sharing with others all I have learned in my years as an entrepreneur, and I am excited for the road ahead and all the opportunities it presents.

Consequently, Melissa’s Fine Pastries will no longer take any commissions and will wrap up 2017 crafting cakes and pastries for our clients already on the books. I am truly humbled and grateful for the years of support, and I hope you’ll stay tuned for the exciting announcements ahead!

Behind the Bakery with Melissa's Fine Pastries

After much anticipation, we are so excited to share one of our most popular cake recipes - the lemon poppyseed! When we asked our followers which recipe they'd love to see shared, lemon poppyseed won with a staggering amount of votes! And, we think we know why. 

This light and flavorful cake is perfect for your end of Summer gatherings. Worry about what to bring to your neighborhood Labor Day party no more, this cake is it! Check out the full recipe below, and be sure to tag @melissasfinepastries when baking. We'd love to see your work of art. 

We suggest pairing this tasty treat with lightly sweetened whipped cream and summer berries. This recipe will make two 8" - 9" pans or one half sheet pan.

Happy Baking! 

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Cake Ingredients

Butter 170 g

Sugar 332 g

Cake Flour 375 g

Salt 1/4 teaspoon

Baking Powder 1 tablespoon

Water 1 3/4 cups 

Egg Whites 180 g (6 ea)

Sugar 166 g 

Lemon, 1 zested

Poppy seeds, 1/8 cup

Method

1. Cream room temperature butter and 1st measurement of sugar 

2. Add lemon zest and poppy seeds

3. Sift flour, salt and baking powder onto parchment paper 

4. Alternate flour mixture with water until blended

5. In separate bowl, whip egg whites together and add second measurement of sugar to medium - stiff peaks

6. Fold meringue into cake batter, 1/3 at a time

7. Bake in convection oven at 325 degrees

 

 

Images by Arte de Vie

Icing Smiles: Regular Show

We are so excited to be working with Icing Smiles again! Icing Smiles is a non-profit organization that provides custom cakes to children dealing with critical illnesses and their siblings. We were contacted to create a custom cake for a 10 year old boy. His request was a Regular Show themed cake… So a Regular Show themed cake was made!

   We had never even heard of Regular Show, so we began to research and discovered the cutest cartoon characters. We decided to keep the characters looking cartoon-like and made them out of gum paste. Each character was handmade and placed meticulously on this fondant wrapped Chocolate Chiffon Cake with Caramel Hazelnut Jam and Dark Chocolate Mousse.

In the words of Regular Show, “You go give him some sugar!” -Benson

We are delighted to be able to serve our community in such a unique way! If you would like more information about Icing Smiles, click here.

Ornate Peacock Bridal Cake

A New York bride, originally from New Orleans, was referred to us seeking an extraordinary cake for her wedding. The bride wanted a vibrant and intricately designed cake, her father wanted the wedding cake to be more traditional and white. We drew this sketch to give both the bride and her father the design they were seeking. Her classic Indian wedding was a medley of events over multiple days filled with a rich color palette, amazing patterns and much attention to detail.  A life size floral elephant greeted guests at the entrance to the reception and sugar jewels adorned the cake.  It was an event that will live on in history as extravagant and breathtaking.

For her wedding cake, the bride wanted to incorporate peacock feathers and vibrant jewel tones. We took the approach of blending a traditional monochromatic style with the vibrant jewel tones that the bride requested to create a one of a kind cake. We used a variety of molds and different sugar mediums to create edible jewels, drapery and beading. The wedding was held at the Hyatt Regency, New Orleans with 550 guests.

Wedding Photography provided by Davina and Daniel. Floral design and arrangements by anamazing New York Floral Designer, David Beahm. Five days of wedding festivities planned and coordinated by New York wedding planner, Christine Paul.

This unique, Indian wedding cake was also featured by Inside Weddings Magazine

We created this intricate and ornate wedding cake with a series of different molds and techniques. The jewels were created by using silicone molds with gum paste and then being hand painted. Other sculpting techniques were used to create the beading and borders.