We were invited to stop by Simply Cakes by Alison on Saturday for a tasting and a photo shoot. Growing up, Ali was always fond of her mother's birthday cake traditions and the love and care that it took to create a beautiful artful piece. Driven to carry on that same tradition with her children and expressing her creative self in her sweets, she decided to take classes in the art of decorating cakes. Since then, she has been baking and selling cakes out of her home for friends, family and clients in Loudoun County. Her goal is "to create the most beautiful cake for that fabulous celebration," from birthdays to baby showers to weddings, she will work with each of her clients to achieve the perfect cake and help shape your idea into reality.
We had the opportunity to taste some of her famous cupcakes in addition to taking some beautiful pictures of her cakes. Being chocolate lovers, our favorite was the Red Velvet cupcakes with a cream cheese buttercream topping. One of her most popular cupcakes is the Snickerdoodle, beautifully presented with a vanilla buttercream and cinnamon sugar dusting. A pleasant surprise was her banana cupcakes with chocolate chips and bacon sprinkled on a peanut butter buttercream. It was very unique and tasty, bringing together the savory and sweet palates wonderfully. Her bacon banana cupcakes recipe was inspired by one of her family's all time favorite Panini sandwiches: thick Italian bread with peanut butter, banana slices, bacon and honey. Her cupcakes were moist to perfection but not too sweet balancing the heavenly sweet buttercream icing. Check out her Facebook page for cupcake specials posted weekly!
She had also set out three of her cake designs for us to photograph. Their decor was beautiful! You can really tell that lots of love, care and time were spent decorating these cakes. Bring your ideas to her, and she'll work with you to create that perfect cake for that special day! Our favorite was the Octoberfest Cake because it showed how with Ali's creativity applied to details that add that extra touch, a cake can be for any occasion and not just the typical birthday, wedding or baby shower. The Cinderalla Carriage Cake would be the perfect birthday cake for everybody's little princess. For an office or Christmas party event, the Christmas Ornament cake would fit in perfectly! For a complete set, you can also order matching cupcakes. If interested in placing an order for her cakes, please visit her website for more details. She is currently not accepting cake orders until July 7th, as she is booked.
Come support this bakery located near Brambleton and vote for Simply Cakes by Alison for Best Bakery in the I AM Modern 2013 Best of DC Suburbs Survey. Take a few minutes out of your busy day to show local businesses you care and appreciate all their hard work, dedication and excellent customer service. Voting ends June 1st, 2013.