Happy 2nd Birthday to My Beamish Boy!

A big happy 2nd birthday to my beamish boy!

Since he is a one toddler wrecking crew, I made a construction themed birthday party! He destroyed a chocolate smash cake while everyone else enjoyed the following cake flavors: lemon and blueberry cream cheese frosting, chocolate and peanut butter cream cheese frosting, and vanilla bean and strawberry basil mousseline.aidan2birthday 20150614_122614 20150614_122606 20150614_120419 20150614_120233

Congratulations Tom and Debra!

A huge congratulations to a lovely and sweet couple! They dodged the rain and had a wonderful outdoor ceremony at Varian Orchards!

I created a spread of cupcakes, French macarons, and a 3 tiered cake for the occasion. The cupcakes were: key lime and toasted coconut mousseline, lemon and raspberry mousseline, vanilla bean strawberry and champagne mousseline, chocolate and mocha buttercream, and chocolate red wine and vanilla bean Swiss buttercream. The French macarons were: strawberry, mango, pistachio, jasmine, lavender, and chocolate. And the 3 tiered cake was vanilla bean white cake with strawberry jam and champagne mousseline. All the decorations were done in marshmallow fondant.

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Happy birthday, JB!

A big happy birthday to my cousin JB! He celebrated with a superhero party! The cake was layers of chocolate cake with chocolate mousseline and vanilla bean Swiss buttercream and confetti cake with vanilla bean mousseline and vanilla bean Swiss buttercream. The decorations are marshmallow fondant!

Na na na na nanananana, Happy birthday!

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May treats!

This month was a lot of fun! Aside from the normal slew of French Macarons, I helped make a little sweet a lot of happy event!

First a first birthday party for a sweet little girl. They enjoyed a French vanilla cake with vanilla mousseline filling, chocolate fudge cake with Valrhona chocolate mousse, and vanilla bean Swiss buttercream cake with fondant deocrations. While the birthday girl smashed into a chocolate fudge cake with Valrhona chocolate mousse and vanilla bean Swiss buttercream cake with fondant decorations.

Next, my sister celebrated her birthday with a yummy dinner and a vanilla bean brown sugar pavlova, with dairy-free lemon curd, and fresh berries.

Finally, a big thank you to all the doctors and nurse who took care of my Grandma when she was in the hospital with an arrhythmia. They got chocolate and orange vanilla bean cookies!

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Bridal shower fun!

This month I also had the honor to help host my sister-in-law’s bridal shower. The theme was stock the cellar! I adorned her dessert table with a 2 tier rustic citrus cake with berry mousseline, a New York cheesecake with blueberry chambord compote, lemon verbena scented lemon meringue pie, and assorted French macarons!

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Birthdays and Babies!

April has been a very busy and happy month! I’ve had the pleasure to help congratulate friends on the upcoming arrival of their first baby and have enjoyed making other’s happy occasions delicious!

Here are a few of the cakes I’ve had the pleasure to make!

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Fun and funky cakes!

This week I have dubbed “fun and funky Friday”! I did a couple of super fun and colorful cakes that I would like to share with you!

First is a pop art style cat-eyed glasses cake. It’s dark chocolate cake with vanilla mousseline filling and vanilla Swiss buttercream. All the decorations are fondant and hand-applied.

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Next is a birthday cake for an awesome boy in an awesome family! Happy 7th birthday, Blaine! He loves Lego Batman and I love classic Batman. So I combined the new Lego style with classic Batman action balloons! KaPOW! The cake is french vanilla with vanilla mousseline filling and vanilla Swiss meringue buttercream. All the top decorations are fondant. BAM!

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Happy Birthday, Ian!

This weekend we celebrated the 33rd birthday of my husband, Ian. As he is an avid video game player and video game maker I wanted to make him a cake fashioned after one of his favorite games, Dark Souls.

What better way to celebrate a birthday than with a save point! The cake is dark chocolate with chocolate mousseline and a cream cheese peanut butter mousse, frosted with a chocolate peanut butter buttercream. The sword is made from homemade chocolate fondant. The fire is edible, food coloring painted rice paper. And the fire ashes are crushed chocolate covered pretzels, stick cookies, and shaved dark chocolate.

Happy Birthday, Ian!

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The Most Wonderful Time of the Year!

It is no secret that I am a huge fan of the holidays. There are so many delicious seasonal treats to enjoy! Yule logs, stollen, pannetone,   holiday cookies; it’s a great time for baking!

It’s also a stupendously busy time for pastries! Here are some of the treats I made over the holidays!

First was a fun winter cake for a Christmas party! My client let me try a new technique for the snowflakes and we were both quite happy with the results!

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Next was a Frozen themed birthday cake for my little cousin who turned 4! Happy 4th Birthday, Tobie!

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Congratulations to a lovely family on their upcoming bundle! Baby it’s cold outside, but these snowy treats are sweet and comforting.

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Finally a few more treats. French macarons in the morning light, a hand-painted china pattern un-birthday cake, a new cookie technique allowing me to make lovely swirled rose tea cup and tea pots cookies, and a colorful Plants Vs. Zombies cake.

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