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A Frightenly Cute Birthday Celebration

By Tami Matthews, Denver, CO resident and mom

My daughter Millie has a birthday right around Halloween. Although she loves Halloween, she’s 10 — so she’s less inclined to love spooky. Sweet bats, cute kitties, and friendly witches are more her speed. I mean, Hocus Pocus was scary for her.

What’s also challenging about my kiddo’s birthday is that she — like so many these days — has a big class. And yet, she still wants to celebrate her birthday at school. (Hey, who can blame her?!)

Halloween cookies for a birthday celebration in Denver, CO

Luckily, I saw someone posting beautiful cookies. I mean lovely. Really gorgeous. Creative. Delicious-looking. Fun. Thinking I couldn’t afford those cookies, I put off asking her if she 1) could make cookies for me and 2) send them to Denver. 

When I did, Lauren of Bella’s Desserts was so gracious and kind. Not only did she gleefully accept, she sent me ideas. I didn’t just have an experienced baker, ready to make birthday goodies; I had a partner in my daughter’s birthday celebration. In fact, I think she was more involved than my husband, Millie’s dad!

The price was reasonable, especially to be shipped, which amazed me. In fact, overall, it was less expensive to use Bella’s Desserts than buy cookies at a bakery near me.    

Halloween cookies for a school in Denver, CO

More than that, the cookies were better looking than any bakery could create in Denver. They were lovely. Smiling chubby ghosts, kitties with witch hats, friendly bats, and more were included. Lauren sent exactly when she said she would, and she included more cookies than I requested to make sure my husband and I had a chance to eat them. Not a single one was broken either!  

Bellas Desserts make birthday celebrations special and even magical

My mother-in-law and I took them to school to hand out at recess. (Teachers have gotten smarter, thinking the kids can get their wiggles out and have a little sugar.) More than Millie’s class lined up. Teachers gushed and looked longingly at them. Millie’s classmates even tried coming back for more!

Bella’s Desserts didn’t just deliver beautiful, delicious cookies; Lauren delivered a special, custom-made birthday celebration.  


2018 Wedding Cake (or not) Trends!

First, and foremost, the 2018 color of the year is:

I know, seems crazy, but look at a couple of these gorgeous cakes!


By Crummb                                                  By May Bakes Cakes

Marble is totally in this year, as well as lots of texture and watercolored cakes are still a rage this year.


This is now the 4th year, but it has grown up!  Gone is burlap and sunflowers, this year, it’s about the textures!  From concrete, to wood grain, and everything in between!


By Jasmine Rae Cakes                               By Cupadee Cakes                         By Jasmine Rae Cakes           

Drip Cakes:


By Suga Blossom Cake       By Paisley Cakes                  By Don’t Tell Charles       

I love this trend!  From simple white on white, to caramel to gold, you dress up rustic, add to naked, it’s just fun!  It’s also trendy to add edible embellishments, such as meringues, macarons, and candy!

Marble Cakes:


Marbled fondant can be gorgeous, and it can encompass your wedding colors as well.  Ad a pop of silver or gold and you’ve got a hit!



By Shannon Bond                 By Ron Ben-Israel          

Think dreams, think color, think anything goes, that’s whimsy, and it’s trending!  This is where you can stand apart from all the weddings, like your personality!


Multiple Cakes, cupcakes and Dessert Tables:


Everybody gets what they want with this trend!  From cupcakes, mini desserts, chocolate covered oreos, pretzels, and everything in between, this trend is strong, and I hope never goes out of style!

Happy planning!

2017 Sweet Flavor Trends Are Here!

Better late than never I always say!

2017 is a fun year for sweet flavor profiles.  There seems to be 3 major categories, so let’s get to it!

Nostalgia (this one’s my fave!):

From root beer, to milk and cookies, I love this trend!  Us Gen X and baby boomers, will remember these flavors from our childhood, and they’re back stronger than ever!  

Root beer floats, remember those? How about a vanilla cake with root beer infused frosting!

Malted milkshakes:  How about a chocolate cake with malted chocolate buttercream with crushed malted milk balls!

Marshmallow:  Homemade marshmallow s’more tarts or pies, marshmallow filled chocolate cupcakes, marshmallow frosting!

Milk & Cookies:  Cookies and cream cake, filling and frosting!  Biscoff cookie butter frosting and filling!


With a delicate hand floral notes can be a welcome, unexpected surprise in sweets!

Lavender, rose, orange blossom, and hibiscus.  All completely different from each other yet so unexpectedly delicious when paired with the correct delicate platforms.  A lovely edition for spring and summer!


Spice has been a popular trend for a few years now.  Warm, unexpected notes to surprise your palate.

Ginger, cardamom (my fave), pink peppercorn and cinnamon are just a few warm, delicious spices perfect for any season!


Bella’s Desserts offers all of these delicious and trends paired deliciously to surprise and titillate your palate!

DIY Weddings magazine, Nature Theme Wedding Cakes article

Nature Theme Wedding Cake & Cupcakes




Look at this beauty from Bella’s Dessert. Lauren tell us that this cake topper is a duplicate of the brides wedding invitation.  An up and coming trend is to use an element or a color from your invites and then incorporate them into the design of your wedding cake and cupcakes.  This is also popular for bridal shower cakes.  See more of Bella’s Desserts here.

Bella’s Desserts named by Expertise in the “Top 19 Wedding Cake Bakers in Philadelphia”

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    Consistently approachable and responsive, so customers never feel ignored.

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“No one should go without a delicious cake on their special day!” Bella’s Desserts is owned and operated by Lauren Cortesi, whose dessert creations have received local and national acclaim. Located about 45 minutes west of Philadelphia, Lauren started Bella’s Desserts in 2002, growing the business by word of mouth. After the launch of Bella’s Desserts website in 2005, Bella’s Desserts has grown nationally, with orders coming in from across the U.S.

Lauren began her culinary arts journey in the 90’s. She created restaurant desserts and shortly thereafter, at the Painted Table in Seattle, she learned the fundamentals of pastry arts. Over the years, Lauren received special instructions at Le Cordon Bleu Paris, and also from world renowned cake designers Colette Peters, Bronwen Webber and Toba Garrett, as well as the sugar paste flower expert Kim Morrison and sugar artist Lori Ann Blethen of Wildflowers.

Looking for cutting edge desserts? Bella’s has that and more: using everything from fondant, gum paste and chocolate work in their creations. Lauren has brought edible art to the area, and has committed to learning the latest trends to keep up with ever changing demand. Here creations are incredible!  See some pictures here.

Lauren enjoys generously donating cakes to charities, positive causes and schools.  She’s donated cakes to Relay For Life, CancerCare Cupcakes for a Cause, local and private school, and many more.


Article from ATC:

Bella’s Desserts

Color is an undeniably important part of crafting a holiday dessert spread that pops. With the help of Bella’s Desserts in Glenmoore, PA, a bakery known for their fantastic custom cakes and flavor-packed mini desserts, you’ll have no trouble creating a baked good display that’s something truly special.

Bella’s Desserts petite mini desserts are a fun way to indulge and try an array of confections without going overboard. Mix and match a dozen of their tantalizing two-bite treats such as mini fruit tarts, cheesecake lollipops, or chocolate-covered Oreos decorated to match your holiday theme.

Get in touch with Bella’s Desserts by calling 484-467-1538 or by emailing

Bella’s Desserts named top 5 of best gluten free bakeries in Chester County!

Town Dish article:

Bella’s Desserts

Offering a full menu of tiered cakes, specialty cakes, cupcakes, mini desserts and confections/cookies, Bella’s Desserts in Glenmoore “is owned and operated by award-winning cake designer Lauren Cortesi, whose dessert creations have received local and national acclaim,” according to the bakery’s website.

Cortesi opened her bakery in 2002 and, through word of mouth and strong marketing savvy, now bakes cakes and desserts for events around the country. Her chocolate, vanilla and carrot cake gluten-free options mean that even a gluten-free bride can enjoy cake on her wedding day. By Appointment Only. Glenmoore, (484) 467-1538

2017/2018 Wedding Cake Trends Are Here!

Every year I am so excited to start digging in and researching the coming years’ wedding cake trends!  I collect information from spring fashion shows and of course Pantones’ color palettes for the upcoming year (everyone from fashion to graphics designers anxiously wait for these every year to base their collections on).

In the past, Pantone has usually released a “color of the year”.  Last year there were two colors, and this year there is a whole palette of colors!


Bella’s Desserts in the process of creating an entire collection using some of the colors above, of wedding cakes for 2017 (more to come!).

Our observations on cake trends for 2017 are:

Drip Cakes

Cake by Crumbs Couture

OK, favorite style alert!  Drip style cakes are a down under invention.  What started for me as a fun celebration cake style, has turned into a trend for 2017 wedding cakes!  From fun, colorful and whimsical, to a single color, texture explosion (you all know how much I love texture!), this trend is taking America by storm!  Usually a ganache drip, with many different accoutrements such as meringues, chocolate whimsys, macarons, candy, sugar flowers and more!


Cake by My Sweet & Saucy

Here is a gorgeous example of metallic and geodes all in one cake!  Metallics are still on trend for 2017, and I love the look of a splash of metallic!  You can make any color shimmery and shiny, and of course the geode trend is HOT in 2017!  From a small sugar geode as seen as the topper on this cake, to a full blown top to bottom geode, nature is in!

Naked/Semi Naked

What is the difference you ask?  The picture above shows a naked cake, where the edges of the cake are completely exposed.  A semi-naked cake has a whisper of frosting on the outside, but you can still see the edges through it.  You can garnish with fresh fruit or greenery!



This popular trend is still HOT in 2017!  Mix and match textures, with color or without this is a beautiful trend!

White on White

This trend which harkens back to the 50’s is still hot in 2017!  Elegant and sophisticated.

Painted Cakes

Cake by Cocoa Lane Sweeterie

Beautiful hand painted cake are still in!  From a detailed painting or just a wash of water color, this is definitely a trend that is here to stay.

Dessert Bars

We love dessert bars, and have dozens of choices!  Add a sweet little cutting cake, and everyone is happy!  From mini desserts, to donut bars, ice cream trucks, and S’mores stations, anything goes!  This is a great idea for weddings that turn into all night dance parties, gotta keep feeding your guests, am I right?


Each year gets more exciting for the cake designer and the bride.  Gone are the days of having one type of wedding cake!  You can have almost any style, or why not 3 cakes?

Happy planning!

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See this cake?  I have had so many orders, inquiries and compliments on it, and I have to say, I love it too!

I learned how to make this cake and so many other techniques from an amazing online sugar art school called The Sugar Geek Show, run by the amazingly talented, much sought after teacher, multi national and international cake award winning, beautiful mom and wife, Lizzo Marek.


I discovered Liz on Facebook a couple of years ago, and was able to start learning live via Periscope 1 1/2 years ago.  At the time she had a school on Patreon, but with the help of her hubby Dan, and the passion of wanting to teach, the two developed their own online school.  Sugar Geek Show is jam packed with tips and tricks of the sugar art trade.  Her work was always so daunting to me (she’s an amazing all around artist, a gift, sadly I was not blessed with naturally), but through her teachings I feel like I can achieve things I never thought I could before!  From sugar, chocolate and sculpting, to how to make buttercream, she has it all!  Check out this tutorial on how to make purple fondant from scratch:

Then watch this sneek peek of how to make a Harry Potter Golden Snitch Cake!

In the last two years I have tried out a few other online sugar schools, but I just felt I couldn’t use what they had to teach in my business, even Sugar Geek Show 1 1/2 years ago, was beyond my reach.  Just over a year ago, The Sugar Geek Show was revamped, and Liz added from the basics to the extreme, and I have been a subscriber ever since.

Whether you are a home baker that loves to play, or an experienced cake artists that always wants to be on trend, I highly recommend you subscribe to the Sugar Geek Show!

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