It can often be challenging to come up with an idea for a twin’s cake especially when it’s for a boy and a girl. You obviously don’t want the cake to be too feminine or too masculine and have to create a design the balances out both.
This particular baptism cake used Alessia’s baptism cake as the jumping point for the design. We made some adjustments to the colour scheme and the detailing. One of my suggestion was the addition of bows in place of the flowers that accented Alessia’s cake. We kept the quilt pattern but just added some soft blue flowers to the mix with the soft pink.
I love non-traditional baptism cakes and this one is definitely a favorite of mine!
For this cake I wanted to do something light hearted and funny. I LOVE the Keep Calm saying (I actually have a keep calm and have a cupcake notebook) and I thought how cute would it be to turn it into a cake?
I incorporated a ‘keep calm’ that I found and started adding personal touches to make it more catered to the birthday girl. Did any of us think she was freaking out about turning 30? not at all, but the concept seemed funny to me. I had her best friend give me some guidance on the little things we could add to personalize it. First being the colour, Alex’s favorite colour is teal so that was a given for the base. Next her bestie had come up with the idea of a champagne bottle and also suggested a shoe, two other things that she loves. I had a lot of creative freedom on this cake and started out with a rough idea of what I wanted to do. As much as I had a plan, I really had to feel out how the smaller personal details were going to work without making the cake look to busy. I made my chocolate champagne bottle, worked out how I wanted the writting to look, made some last minute changes and was on my way. It wasn’t until the final stages of decoration the I relalized that the shoe just wanted going to work and I came up with the idea of ‘champagne bubbles’ to prop the bottle and ‘float’ all over the cake.
At the end of the day the cake looked better without the shoe and the birthday girl loved it!
It’s no secret to anyone that knows me that I have an obsession with Sangria. A hot sunny day, lounging by the pool with your favorite peoples enjoying pitcher after pitcher of deliciousness…what’s not to love? I’m constantly on the hunt for the next great recipe, I search, I taste, I brainstorm. Once you have an idea of how to build balanced flavour combo it’s as easy and pour, chop and serve.
This summer I stumbled upon a gem of a recipe. I started thinking about the sangria’s I’ve had while out, at peoples house and recipes I’ve read about. From there the wheels started turning and I was dead set on creating the best possible lemonade sangria. I’m a huge fan of lemonade to begin with (pink being my favorite) and love turning it into punch like goodness. Few summer ago me and my sister came up with/stole the recipe from my friend and took credit for ”crunk punch”: a mixture of lemonade and vodka but that’s another story.
I started breaking down the pieces of what would become my perfect sangria. I took my favorite flavour combo, lemons and raspberry, picked a wine variety that would hold up, a nice chardonnay, and started mixing from there. Baking is a very particular and meticulous matter and that generally carries over to other applications of my life but when you see how quickly a pitcher of sangria goes in the company I keep you’ll understand why measurements sometimes get thrown out the window to cut back on time. Measurements may be loose but I never cheat on presentation.
I hope you enjoy this delicious and refreshing sangria as much as me and my friends have!
Pink Lemonade Sangria
750 ml bottle of Chardonnay (any one that you enjoy drinking)
Frozen lemonade concentrate (I like minute maid)
250 ml Sprite or 7up
3 ounces Chambord (black raspberry liquor)
1/2 pint raspberries (fresh or frozen)
Empty the lemonade concentrate into a pitcher. The instruction call for you to fill up the container 4 times with water and mix with the concentrate but I use 3 cans of water and fill up the final can with sprite. Add the entire bottle of wine and stir.
Slice the lemons by hand or on a mandolin, the goal is to have nice circular slices of lemon, and add to the pitcher. Then add the raspberries. By using frozen raspberries you help avoid diluting the sangria with melted ice, but a few ice cubes won’t hurt to keep it cool.
Finally add your chambord. The first time I made this recipe I used a 1 ounce shot glass to measure my chambord but more often than not I eyeball it.
Chill and enjoy.
Note: Keep in mind sangria can be made a day ahead just avoid adding the fruit until the day of. The lemons will hold up but the rasppberries will begin to fall apart. Also you can substitute pink lemonade for regular lemonade. And the lemons can easily be sliced a couple days in advance. When replenishing the pitcher with more freshly made sangria you can always reuse the fruits left behind from the previous batch.
As I was doing my usual web search for inspiration I stumbled across this gem here. I heard of cheese rounds in place of cake for a wedding cake a while back and thought it was so genius and inventive! Who doesn’t like cheese? Think about all the varieties of cheese and how different all of their rinds are? This particular wedding cake up top is in fact a cake created to look like rounds of cheese, but look how beautiful an actual stack of cheese rounds is?
Rustic and vibrant with the selection of fresh fruits; such a stunning focal point and so unique.
It’s images and idea’s like this that really bring a new light to the endless posibilties of wedding cakes.
Don’t be scared to dream big ;)