Thursday, February 13, 2014

Royal Box of Chocolate Cookies

Make your sweetheart feel absolutely Royal this Valentine's Day with these royal icing box of chocolate cookies.
Although my piping skills may need some improvement, I love the look of this quilted iced cookie. 
To get that "tufted" look, I drew a grid pattern onto the cookie using a yellow food writer.  Then filled in the squares with pink royal icing.  For a top-notch tutorial visit The Sweet Adventures of Sugarbelle.
Once the icing was semi-set, I placed an edible pearl at the corners of the squares.  I think it helps complete the pattern.
This was a fun collection to make for Valentine's Day.  But the next time I make these I will use real chocolates to place on top of the iced cookie.  Because really . . . what beats chocolate on Valentine's Day?  Have a happy one!

Friday, December 6, 2013

Cowboy Birthday Party

Can a cowboy live in the Big Apple?  Well hoof-beats-and-hay rides, I say . . . he sure can!
And when that cowboy throws a city-slickin' birthday party, it can be a mighty fine affair.  So get yerself to a comfy spot and check out these pictures full of fun cowboy party ideas.
I was fortunate enough to be asked to make these adorable cowboy themed cookies . . . western boots, cowboy hats and a sheriff's star.


 
Can you believe this little ranch is right in the middle of the Bronx?





 


These favors were horse-themed calendars.  What a great idea!


 


I hope you enjoyed the pics and got inspired to create your own Cowboy themed party . . . no matter where you live!  Happy trails y'all . . .
 

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Thanksgiving Turkey Cake

 
I found this Thanksgiving Turkey Cake in the bakery at our local supermarket and thought . . . now THAT puts a playful spirit into Thanksgiving!  And I am definitely thankful for the little things in life that make me smile.  So I couldn't resist buying it.  But every good turkey (dinner or dessert variety) needs a good stuffing!
 And it doesn't get more delicious than this . . .
Start by cubing up a freshly baked cake.  I used a yellow mix - as that is what was on hand - but a spice cake would work nicely here . . . giving it a whole grain stuffing look.
 Spoon a bit of cherry preserves into the cubed cake mixture.
 Then drizzle on some buttery caramel sauce.
 Add fresh raspberries . . . and crumbled walnuts.
Look how the caramel binds the cake, jam, berries and pecans together in a sweet and buttery delight.
Assemble the turkey cake onto a platter surrounded by the cake "stuffing" and decorate with a bit of fresh raspberries.  And set out a gravy boat filled with caramel sauce.
I got a bit playful slicing this bird-cake . . . quartering it as with a real turkey.
 Then onto a plate with the Caramel Raspberry and Cherry Pecan Cake "Stuffing".  How fun would this be on a dessert table?  And crazy delicious!
Here's to a full belly and even fuller spirit this Thanksgiving!
May you stay warm and well, find time to be playful and be surrounded by those who love you. 

Bless this food and the hands that bring it to us . . . Happy Thanksgiving!

Friday, November 22, 2013

Barbie Spa Party

This adorable Barbie Spa Party was a fun and glam, girly-girls dream party!
 
 
  
It was held at Beehives and Buzzcuts in Manhattan. 
 
I had the opportunity to make these vintage Barbie silhouette sugar cookies. . .

. . . and monogram cake pops.

The girls entered through the front shop which has a cute play area.


Then headed in to get their mani-pedi's in this crazy cool butterfly lounger!

 




Then on to the party room where the girls partied like little fashionista's!