Tuesday, November 15, 2011

A Butterfly First Birthday

I'm back from my long pregnancy hiatus with some dessert photos for a pink and purple butterfly party. I managed to snap a few photos before everything was snapped up by the kiddos! 

Brown butter and sea salt krispie treats dipped in pink chocolate.
Chocolate mousse layered with raspberries in chocolate cups.

Tiramisu topped with chocolate espresso beans. Yum!

My first attempt at a cupcake pull-apart cake. It was pretty fun to make, though it requires lots of buttercream. 

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

A Bug Birthday

I made my first sculpted cake this weekend for a bug-themed birthday party! It was a fun challenge and I learned so much about the process. Overall, I'm very pleased with how it turned out. The birthday boy loves insects, but the client asked for a more natural and scientific look...nothing too cartoonish. I decided to do a fondant-covered beetle cake -- chocolate with vanilla Swiss merengue buttercream -- and hand-painted it with edible green and copper metallic luster dust. The legs are made from black fondant that I hand-molded, and the cake board is scattered with a few fondant leaves.

For the cookie favors I scanned insect drawings onto edible frosting sheets. I think they came out great!

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

My Tiny Dancer

My daughter just turned three and started ballet class. I can't believe how fast the time goes. Just two years ago she was my tiny dancer and we were celebrating her first birthday...now she's a little girl who is sweet, sassy, funny, generous and incredibly wise beyond her years. She tells me I'm her best friend every day. I'm the luckiest mom in the world. I love you baby girl!

And now...

Monday, March 14, 2011

Backyard Tea Party

My baby girl turned three last week and requested a tea party. Here are a few of the photos from the event, which we had in my brother's backyard.

My first teapot cake. I made it using the Wilton ball pan.

The girls decorated their own tea hats with birds, flowers, bumble bees and jewels.
I made sugar cubes using candy molds. It was so quick and easy and they came out really cute.
For the menu, we served PBJs, ham and cheese, curry chicken salad on croissants, deviled eggs, crudite platter, scones with jam, fresh berries, Caprese salad and pink lemonade. Everyone chose their own tea pot and (decaf) tea flavor.
I made a teapot pinata using this handy online tutorial.
Chasing butterflies.