Monday, March 31, 2014

Showering the bride with love

Bridal shower cookies are one of my favorite things to make. They are so simple and elegant, and can easily be customized to match the wedding colors.

This weekend, I traveled to Philadelphia, PA, to celebrate my cousin's fiance's bridal shower and bachelorette party. I will also be making their wedding cake this summer, which is a HUGE honor (and I'm in the wedding, which will make for an interesting challenge!), so I wanted to prove my chops with cookies for the shower.
Navy and white to match the bride's colors
The secret here is to make your fondant/gum paste flowers ahead of time with a small extruder/punch - then the piping can be really simple for a clean and elegant look. I had a little bit of navy-on-white bleed from the airline travel (cookies travel pretty well, but it was hot and dark colors on light colors is always a risk), but all in all, I think they turned out beautifully!


Sunday, March 2, 2014

A sleek and sophisticated wedding cake

This weekend, I had the honor of making a three-tiered wedding cake for a colleague's wedding celebration. They chose to elope in Jamaica, but had a party at a local restaurant when they got back to celebrate with their friends and families.

The bride chose a chocolate cake (I went with Smitten Kitchen's infallible chocolate butter cake!) with a simple white fondant covering, a metallic satin ribbon, and a monogrammed cake topper.

All dressed up and ready to go
Cakes always look better in their staged environment
A really lovely and elegant cake table
I think there's something really stunning about the simplicity of this cake, and it was a fun and challenging one to do - with this clean of a design, there's really no room for mistakes!