Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Custom Rocks!

Over the past year, I have had several clients comment that "there is nothing like a spectacular cake to make a party really special".  I firmly believe that a cake that either matches the theme of the party, or that is specifically customized to honor the cake's recipient really makes the party sing and makes that person feel especially honored.

The project that I completed this past week is a perfect example of "custom".  It was for a Sweet 16 PJ party and all the details were created to incorporate the birthday girl's interests and favorite things.  The idea was to have cupcakes for the party and coordinating cakepops to add to the candy bar that Mom was planning and also send home as favors.  Teal and lime green were requested as well as a nod to the facts that her daughter plays field hockey at Monacan HS and LOVES Taylor Swift.  She also wanted 1/2 to be Red Velvet and 1/2 White Almond cake.  I had lots of fun details with which to work.

This photo represents a sample of what I produced.  This was actually an order of 3 dozen cupcakes and 3 dozen cakepops - so this gaggle of girls had LOTS of sweets to enjoy!  The Mom commented after the party that the 9 girls in attendance had finished off all 36 cakepops by the time morning came!  I would say that spells success!


The day after this delivery ended up being a rainy Saturday with absolutely nothing on the to-do list.  So what did I do?  I baked.  I must be addicted!  But, I had some other things that I wanted to play with that were not business-related.  The first was for my cooking club.  The theme this month was "make your favorite restaurant" dish.  My first thought was an amazing shrimp and grits that I had at Tupelo Honey Cafe in Asheviile, NC, but I had already done that dish in a previous month.  So, I opted for my favorite chips and salsa.  I know, it sounds boring.  But it is anything but!  Pescado's (an amazing local place featuring fresh seafood, local greens and a sassy Latin twist on all the dishes) serves chips that I will simply say are covered in crack.  I mean, these things are so addictive.  The secret is that they are sprinkled with the most subtle taste of sugar and served with a spicy, but fruity salsa.  SO delish!  So, I made those with a Strawberry Salsa and while they weren't as good as Pescado's, I still had trouble saying no.  Then on to the baking.  One of my favorite treats is Starbuck's Pumpkin Scone.  They are dangerous and I try to only have a couple per year.  They are seasonal offering, which for my waistline, is a really good thing.  But, dang!  I am in trouble now...because I found a recipe for them that is even better than the original!  I can't afford to have these in my grasp whenever I want them!  I mean, they turned out great!  So, I packed them in a little brown bag and took them as take-out treats for the girls to enjoy the next morning.  


After that, I had to make something for the boys.  As you can imagine, when I am in the kitchen, they are periodically peeking in to see what might be falling on the floor (kidding).  I had seen a cute Ninjago cupcake on Pinterest and decided to whip up a couple for the boys.  They, like most 7 year old boys, are addicted to all things LEGO, so these were a big hit!  


Call me if you need a little something "custom" for your next party!
Confectionately yours!

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