Sunday, April 26, 2009

Please, please, please eat the daisies

Finally, after months and months of Hot Wheels and Superman parties, a little girl party – with a flower theme! I love my son, Graham and all of his rambunctious friends, but I’m not as crazy about their stuff (though to be fair, Graham does enjoy wearing a tutu and being a “super princess”). I decided to make her an apron, found the daisy fabric and fell in love. It was so sweet and springy - perfect for Naomi's 4th birthday!

Friday, April 17, 2009

Tony & Monina's wedding

Tony & Monina got married last summer at Cornerstone Gardens in Sonoma. The place, the weather, the couple - all gorgeous!! The design of the cake was inspired by their invite (which I regrettably don't have a picture of - ugg the lovely bride just sent to me!). The cake was lemony filled with homemade boysenberry jam.

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Ode to peep

Bunny peeps are pretty perfect as is, but with a little adornment they're irresistible!

Monday, April 6, 2009

Max's birthday monkey

This is a shameless rip-off of a Martha Stewart cake for Max's first birthday. Max, already a good host, sent all of his friends & family home with a palm tree cookie favor. I just got this cute photo of Max with his cake, so I had to add it!

Sunday, April 5, 2009

Healthy cake?

I'm not sure if I would go that far, but maybe healthier than most? I was asked to make a cake without refined sugar (gasp!) and I was up for the challenge. I have
heard Splenda does not yield great results, so I tried agave nectar instead. Agave is not low calorie, but it is low on the glycemic index. It is a bit sweeter than sugar, but does not have any unappealing chemically aftertaste. So...I took my favorite chocolate cake recipe and replaced the sugar with about 2/3 the amount agave nectar and reduced the liquid by a 1/4 cup. Tah-dah! I was truly surprised at how well it turned out. For filling & frosting, I made a simple ganache with a 72% chocolate, so it was fairly low on the sugar side as well. A very successful experiment!
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