The wedding cake is no longer just for dessert. Sometimes, the cake is the star attraction. Here are just a few spotlight-worthy confections that I have had my eye on.
Last Fall when I was in Paris, I was on the lookout for the next “IT” trend. Based on my trip, I guessed artisan chocolate shops. All around town, I spied adorable boutiques with mouth-watering window displays and lines reaching out the door. Some shops focused exclusively on chocolate, others covered all types of confections.
I love the fabulous design at Patisserie des Reves – a mix between a chic interior boutique and a chemistry lab.
The New York Times perfectly captured what I saw in this article today.
Several months ago I saw this and this on Amy Atlas’s blog. My niece, Addison, was going to be turning 5 soon and I wanted to do something really special for her. Addison and her little sister love The Sound of Music. So, I started thinking about how I could do a dessert display inspired by the story. There were just so many ideas to play with that, I, ultimately, focused on the song “My Favorite Things.” In addition to making some of the things in the song like mittens and snowflakes, I mixed in a few of Addie’s favorite things like books, the color pink and lollipops.
This was very much a team effort. My mother and sister-in-law and I were baking and decorating like crazy leading up to Addie’s birthday. When I was a little girl, my mother would make these amazing princess/doll cakes for my birthday. Each year, the dress would become more and more beautiful. I asked my mother to make a similar cake, but decorated like Maria’s wedding dress since my nieces love to play “wedding” to the music from the movie. My mother also painted the fabulous backdrop inspired by the “Hills Are Alive” scene. My sister-in-law and I mixed, cut and iced cookies and made and decorated cupcakes. Then, we had fun putting it all together.
We wanted this to be the first thing she saw when she came downstairs. It was a lot of work, but so worth the look on Addie’s face when she saw all of the goodies. Only on your birthday can you have candy, cookies and cake for every meal!
Addie celebrates with her new Barbie Maria doll.
A special thanks everyone who helped contribute!