Miniature Cuteness

Miniature things are cute! It rarely matters what it is, but it just seems that anything made in a teeny-tiny version is super cute and fun. I love cute things! Which is why I created a miniature birthday cake for my boyfriend's mom - HAPPY BIRTHDAY MARGARET!

I started out with some petit four sponge cake that was sandwiched with blueberry jam and topped with marzipan. This was cut with circle cutters, masked with vanilla buttercream (recipe below), then decorated with vanilla buttercream and fondant flowers, all topped off with a fondant rose and a touch of gold.

Mini rose on top of the mini cake

Mini cake at a birthday party (aka photo shoot)

Mini cake put in perspective with fork and knife

Vanilla Swiss Meringue Buttercream

- 1/2 C. pasteurized egg whites
- 1 C. Sugar
- 1 lb unsalted butter, cubed at room temperature
- 1-3 tsp good quality vanilla

In the bowl of a stand mixer (kitchen-aid, Cuisinart, etc...), with a whisk attachment, combine the sugar and egg whites. Set on top of a double boiler while whisking by hand until warm/hot (you don't want this too hot or you will start to cook the egg whites). Remove from heat and return to the mixer; whip until it is room temperature. Whip in your desired amount of vanilla. With the mixer running on medium speed, add the butter one cube at a time. It may start to look curdled but just keep whipping until all the butter is added. Scrape down the bowl well and whip 1 minute more. Use immediately or store in the fridge for 1 week (it also freezes well). ENJOY!

Ella's Birthday Cake Design

This year for her birthday Ella designed her own cake. She asked me to decorate the side in an under the sea theme with a treasure chest and starfish and the top of the cake to be a picture of Gemma (her best friend) and herself (they share the same birthday and celebrate it together) in yellow dresses. Her flavour request was chocolate and vanilla marble cake. It was early nevember that she dictated out these requests to me so I could sketch them, get her approval, and then post the picture and information on my fridge so I wouldn't forget. What a clever kid! haha.

We celebrated her birthday last weekend and here are a few pictures of the final product:

These are cupcakes that I made for Ella's birthday party with her friends:

Paris Pastry

As many people know, my dear little sister is currently living in London England, attending fashion school. She was home for Christmas and one of the gifts I gave her was a coupon for coconut macarons to take back to London with her. We had some coconut Macs in Paris in the fall and she fell in love with them!
While the bags were being packed for her departure I made the macarons, using the extra batter to make a large macaron. Inspired by a great blog of 'Paris Patisseries' (which has me drooling every time I check it out) and the creative genius of the French, I decided to make my own large macaron pastry. Feeling tropical with the coconut and knowing there was pineapple in the fridge I went to work on my own little masterpiece. It consists of a Large coconut macaron shell, coconut buttercream, clementine sections, pineapple ginger compote, and lime zest topped with a golden 'R' for 'Rigo' patisserie. Enjoy!

Recent Adventures

Lately I have been busy creating a new blog and too lazy to make any posts on this one. So here are a few pictures of some of my recent creations. Enjoy!

Orange macarons with coffee buttercream

Mocha sandwich cookies

Carrot pecan muffins