Baby Alex Gets Baptized

Little baby Alex was baptized this past sunday and to celebrate the wonderful occasion I was asked to make a cake. His mom requested that it be three tiers in white and blue fondant with a dove. This is the design that I came up with: base tier with blue polka dots, second tier with blue writing (peace, hope, love, kindness, joy, etc...), top tier with a dove and then a 'God bless Alex' banner to finish it off. The cake was vanilla with mixed berry jam filling and vanilla buttercream.

p.s. the banner is hard to see due to a light glare.

ENJOY!

Fishing lure cake

My boyfriend celebrated his birthday last week and to celebrate the special day I wanted to make a special cake. A few moths ago I was looking in a cake book and saw a fishing basket cake which I thought I was going to do, but as it was the day before I needed the cake I didn't have time to make all of the pieces and decorations. I came up with something simpler but still was quite fun: a fishing lure. I covered the cake (chocolate) with buttercream and then fondant. I then added details with a large popsicle stick, shimmer powder, edible dusts, and tinfoil. ENJOY!

Macarons

I am finally home after a month of traveling in Europe. Paris was one on the stops and the pastry there was awesome! The croissants were rich, buttery, and melted in your mouth. I tried 10 flavours of french macaron and the best by far was a milk chocolate passion fruit macaron from Pierre Herme. The shell was crisp on the exterior and smooth with just a hint of chewiness inside. The filling was a velvety smooth ganache, full of chocolate flavour that perfectly complemented the tang of the passion fruit. I think I could have enjoyed 50 of these little delights if my pocket had been able to afford it.

After all the sampling and pastry discovery I decided that when I got home I was going to make macarons of my own (I couldn't wait to be in the kitchen again baking). Thanksgiving was just around the corner so I decided to make them for our family festivities. Inspired by harvest flavours I came up with pumpkin spice macarons. By the end of thanksgiving evening the 30 or so I had made were all gone and people were looking for more. Success! ENJOY!