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A Quick Note About Copyrighted Characters

Thanks to some wonderful customers, I’ve been receiving lots of requests for some of the coolest characters around! It’s not a surprise since children love to see their favorite character in cake! I thought this would be a good time to go over why a copyrighted character can not be replicated or sold for profit.  While the laws may restrict some of the options for cake decorating, Confectionery Cake Shop is still able to create a wonderful, original, creative cake for you, just check out some of the photos on Facebook.

Copyright Law regarding Cakes

Copyright law not only applies to software, books, pictures, and video; it also applies to a bakery selling decorated cakes and other cake items. At one time or another, most people have ordered a cake for a special occasion. Especially for birthdays, many people request that their cake be decorated with popular cartoon, television, movie, or comic book characters. Most people don’t realize is that it is a violation of federal copyright law for a Cake Decorator to decorate any product they make with an identical copy or close likeness of copyrighted movie, TV, cartoon, or comic book character without permission of the copyright owners. To do so can cost the Decorator and the customer a great deal of money for damages under the law. When only a specific character will do, there are plenty of officially licensed figures and images that a bakery can use.

So why do you see so many creative cakes with images of famous characters on google images? Well, many of those cakes were made by someone in the household who made it for a family member and did NOT profit from it. That is the key.

So why do you see character cakes at the grocery store? Those templates and toys added to the cake are purchased by the bakery and are not left up to the interpretation of the decorator. The templates are purchased from a specific source that covers the usage rights. Those same options are available through my shop. You do not see cutout cakes of characters at a grocery store, only the toys or edible images.

The use of officially licensed items ensures that neither the Cake Decorator nor the customer is in violation of copyright laws. I have had customers ask me to create 3D cakes or cutout cakes of popular characters such as Hello Kitty and I explain to them the law, and suggest they choose from a licensed cake top novelty (which I then email them options). A copyright protects an original work or creation and gives exclusive rights to that work or creation to its author.

Once again, the licensor cannot control the quality and is not earning a royalty on the product created around their character. Licensed pans cannot be rented to consumers by stores since the licensor is not earning a royalty from the transaction. Generally, creating any type of image that looks like a licensed character that is sold for commercial purposes is prohibited unless there is a specific licensing agreement with the licensor for that product and royalties are paid each time the product is sold.

I know this is a ton of information, but I do get this question more than once per week, so I would like to have a place to refer customers who are interested in knowing a little more information on this topic. The penalty for violating the law could be $150,000+ fine, so it’s better to be safe than sorry. Thanks everyone!

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The 5th Annual Ultimate Cake Competition

The Ultimate Cake Competition

It’s time for the 5th Annual Ultimate Cake Competition at the Mall of America and you’ll never guess who one of the main competitors will be… okay, you probably guessed it correctly since you’re reading this post! That’s right, Confectionery Cake Shop’s very own Laura O’Connor has been selected to compete on Sunday, November 13th at the Patio of Nickelodeon Universe in the Mall of America from 11am-12:30pm.

Decorators will compete in a timed competition before a live audience at the Mall of America. In the birthday cake competition (where Confectionery Cake Shop will surely shine), decorators will decorate a cake and 24 matching cupcakes. They will have the option of doing a sheet cake or a sculpted cake using their choice of icing. This Winter Wonderland themed contest is going to be a hoot and you do not want to miss it! With only 90 minutes to build and decorate a creative 3D cake, who knows what could happen! Come cheer on Confectionery Cake Shop and watch other cake artists complete some pretty amazing cakes in a short amount of time! Craving more details, click here. Craving cake, well, place an order already!

Don’t forget that Buddy from Cake Boss will be at the Mall of America and Minneapolis that following Tuesday, on tour! It’ll be such a great week to celebrate cake!

HAPPY Birthday to YOU!

Every day of of every year, people all around the world have one thing that happens to them, whether they like it or not… their birthday. It’s the one day of the year that just feels different. It’s the day that you wake up and say to yourself ‘it’s my birthday’, even if no one else knows or remembers.  Birthdays are a pretty big deal in the United States and are surrounded with tradition, friends and family. What can we usually expect? Well, a gift or two, a song sung out of tune, a candle and of course, a cake to put it on!

For Tammy Donahue, this year’s birthday was going to have all of those traditional things… with one extra, a surprise. Now the guests were expected, the food was all ready, but the design of the cake was a surprise that only her husband knew about. These two were the lucky recipients of the live auction Confectionery Cake Shop gift certificate from BABS Nights (Bethlehem Academy’s Annual Fundraiser in Faribault), earlier this year and were saving it for a special day. Tammy’s love for flamingos and bright colors were a must for this cake, as well as chocolate cake, red velvet and white vanilla with a variety of fabulous fillings. The cake topper is a hand made fondant flamingo and the edible flowers cascading down the side are fondant as well.

So… Happy Birthday to YOU! Happy Birthday, Dear Tammy… Happy Birthday to YOU! (you’re imaging this being sung out of tune, right?)

A Good Ole Country Wedding Celebration!

Cupcakes for all!

Weddings in the summertime in Minnesota are so beautiful. The grass is green, people are in the best mood and of course, ready for a party. The Stokke wedding was nothing short of a good time. The ceremony and reception site was at the beautiful Historic Breuntrup farm, located in Maplewood, just outside of St. Paul, MN. The tables were covered in mason jars, daisies and a variety of vanilla cupcakes with white chocolate monograms and fondant daisies. There was also a two tiered wedding cake for the couple to share with the head table! It was white vanilla cake with amaretto mousse, chocolate bavarian cream and vanilla bavarian cream fillings. All in all, it was a beautiful day, surrounded by family, friends and a beautiful couple!

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The Great Big Cupcake CAKE!

The Cupcake CAKE!

What could be more fun than a cupcake that feeds you and a ton of your friends?! I have a feeling the giant Cupcake cake is going to make some grand appearances at lots of unique celebrations and smash cake baby photos! It can be iced in buttercream or iced in rolled fondant for a more cartoon look. It comes fully equip with jumbo sprinkles and a cherry on top! The one pictured here was dark chocolate cake in the cup, white vanilla cake for the top and filled with red raspberry fruit filling! At $48.00, it’s one of coolest cakes to hit the menu and is sure to be a hit at your next party. Have it boxed up and delivered for free in Faribault! ‘Oooohhh’ and ‘ahhhhhh’s are surely expected.

Crazy Days in Faribault This Friday and Saturday!

Little Caesar!

Call me crazy, but for Crazy Days this year, I wanted to borrow the Little Caesars Mascot’s costume and wear in front of the Sweet Spot. BUT then I came to my senses and decided that it would be too hot for that. So what will Confectionery Cake Shop DO for Crazy Days? Well, Crazy Days is a two day celebration for retailers all over the city of Faribault. There are side walk sales and awesome deals galore! It would only be right to pull out all the stops, right? Since Confectionery Cake Shop does not have a retail space of its own, I’ll be celebrating in style with our great friends at the Sweet Spot on Central! This Friday and Saturday only, you can swing in and grab a mini cupcake for $.75 each! It’s the same great cake and the same great buttercream, only in a bite sized portion that keep you happy for several seconds, minutes, maybe even hours! You tell me… see you this weekend!

A 70th Birthday Celebration… in 3D!

The Toro TImeCutter Cake!

You only turn 70 once, so why not celebrate in style?! Well, Harley Mankey from Owatonna turned 70 and his wife, friends and family threw him a surprise birthday he would not soon forget! If you know Harley, you’d know that you can find him right down the street at Mankey’s Outdoor Equipment and Appliances and if you’re lucky he still has one of those nifty Toro TimeCutter riding lawn mowers on hand. Although the party may have been a surprise, I’m sure it was no surprise for him to see a  cake version of a Toro Riding Lawn Mower in the room! This chocolate cake was hand carved and covered in fondant. It sat on a lush green tuxedo cake, filled with raspberry mousse! The guest were all treated to a slice of sheet cake too, one filled with cream cheese buttercream icing and topped off with a little yellow flower on a patch of buttercream grass. Happy Birthday to a very special guy! 

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