Tales of the Travelling Cakes – Part Two

To quickly catch you up, last time on the Tales of the Travelling CakesRaelene Schulmeister and I wanted to do a photoshoot someplace warm. We ended up flying to Palm Springs. I designed two wedding cakes. I put them in boxes and flew them down with us. We arrived, and the cakes were perfect.

Now you’re caught up.

Neither of us had ever been to Palm Springs, or knew much about where we were going to spend the next 4 days. But as soon as we walked out of the airport, it was like we were thrown back 30 years. Palm Springs is this amazingly retro city! The colors, the style, the architecture, the cacti…I loved it all. Her and I stayed at the Triada Palm Springs, which was a fantastic hotel! They gave us the best customer service we could have asked for.

The day after we had arrived, we arranged to meet up with some of Raelene’s photographer friends, Randy and Ashley Durham. And let me tell you…they are amazeballs! Holy talented, and hilarious on top of that. I loved meeting them!

Raelene and I needed to rent a car, to drive up to Joshua Tree. We didn’t just rent a car. We drove around in a candy apple red convertible! It was amazing. And slightly cold. Ok by the end of the day, it was REALLY cold, but when in California…you need a convertible! I threw one of my cakes in the backseat strapped in with a seatbelt, because…safety first! And we were off.

Seriously, I need to go back already. California is amazing. Check out that light! It was absolutely gorgeous! Our hair after driving with the top down on the highway, a little less so.

After talking with Randy and Ashley over lunch for a few hours, they toured us around Joshua Tree. The first stop was the Noah Purifoy Outdoor Museum.  It was one of the strangest and amazing places I’ve been! Noah Purifoy was this incredible artist that created large scale sculptures out of debris and junked materials. Walking among his pieces was an experience.

This cake was inspired by the Pantone 2017 Color of the Year ‘Greenery’.  The tight ombre ruffles, textured tier, and ombre double barrel made the perfect backdrop to those sugar succulents. I made each of the succulents by hand out of fondant. Each one was dusted and painted, packaged and flew down in my carry on luggage! I added them to the cake in the hotel room.

The next stop on our cake adventure, was Joshua Tree National Park. You guys, if you haven’t been, you need to go. Add it to your bucket list! Ashley, Raelene and I climbed massive rocks to photograph my cake. Watching not only one, but two INCREDIBLE photographers shooting my work, was unreal!

Look at these photos! I will travel the world, anytime she asks, for Raelene to photograph my cakes. She is a goddess.

The next day was the big one! It was the entire reason we flew down. It was photoshoot day!

Raelene had arranged everything with Michelle Garibay Events. Her and her team were so much fun to work with, and they designed a beautiful setup for us! We shot at The Avalon, which is one of the most beautiful venues that I have ever been to. The food was incredible, and I loved the historic vibe! I’ll be going back with my husband. I need to stay there!

There was rain on the forecast that day, so Michelle’s team just put up this gorgeous clear tent. When we arrived, there were a dozen people running around setting everything up. The florist, Artisan Event Floral Decor, installed the most incredible floral chandelier. I can’t show many photos from that day yet, as they are being submitted for publication! But here’s just a few sneak peeks!


This cake. This is one of my absolute favourite cakes that I have ever designed. I wanted to make something soft, pretty, and romantic. So many of my cake designs are more harsh and dramatic, so this was a fun change. I did add in a lot of ‘Tracy’ still, with that bas relief tier. I mean, come on! Do you see that texture!?! Gorgeous! The loose flowing ruffle tier took hours to complete, but was worth every second in my opinion.

Sadly, both of those cakes were left in Palm Springs. Looking back at photos, I’m a little sad I didn’t bring them home with me, but let’s be real…one trip through the airport carrying 2 huge boxes of cake was enough!

Our trip to Palm Springs was a riot. I spent more time laughing than I did working. I’m so thankful to have a friendship with such a talented and kind human being. Raelene is the most helpful and knowledgeable person I’ve met since being in the wedding industry, and I am so lucky to call her a friend. Go check out her work – Raelene Schulmeister Photography.

And if you are interested in having a Sugar by Tracy cake flown in for your next event, I can do that! Let’s chat!

  1. Ashley Durham

    March 3rd, 2017 at 11:46 pm

    So much fun hanging out with you two!! Can’t wait to do it again!

  2. Randy

    March 4th, 2017 at 1:38 am

    I loved getting to hang out with you ladies for a while. Your cake was beautiful and Raelene amazing job on the photos!!!

  3. Kaycee

    March 4th, 2017 at 2:09 am

    Amazing work as usual Tracy!!!

  4. Sugar by Tracy

    March 9th, 2017 at 5:49 pm

    Thanks Kaycee!

  5. Travis

    March 8th, 2017 at 4:47 pm

    Awesome! Sounds like a pretty incredible experience. Next trip you should bring your florist (just sayin’!!)

  6. Sugar by Tracy

    March 9th, 2017 at 5:49 pm

    I want to travel with you so bad! Please come next time 🙂

  7. Chelsie

    March 8th, 2017 at 5:19 pm

    Your cakes even go on destination adventures! Ha! This is awesome! Great captures!

  8. Sugar by Tracy

    March 9th, 2017 at 5:48 pm

    It was an adventure for sure!

  9. Joy

    March 8th, 2017 at 9:29 pm

    Wow! Such an adventure and such GORGEOUS CAKES!

  10. Sugar by Tracy

    March 9th, 2017 at 5:48 pm

    Thanks Joy!

  11. Kayla

    March 9th, 2017 at 1:58 am

    Great post Tracy! Both those cakes are so stunning. I can’t wait till it’s published so I can see all of it. I may not have anything to offer in a styled shoot but I want to come because you guys have so much fun ❤️

  12. Sugar by Tracy

    March 9th, 2017 at 5:48 pm

    Anytime you want to join us, you are totally welcome! It would be so fun!!!

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