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Cake Vintage’s Paper Placemats

place setting placemat backdrop for a rich chocolate cake

place setting placemat backdrop for a rich chocolate cake

When I first laid my eyes on the 6-layer rich chocolate cake by Sweetapolita, I immediately recognized the style of the kitchen paper placemats by Cake Vintage. I received the Italian Scroll Placemat Pad at Christmas. The styled photos of Sweetapolita show this product in all its splendor.

What is cool with paper placemats is that you can enhance the design to fit the occasion by writing on the paper. You could write down the menu or use them to assign the place of your guests at your dinner table.

Italian scroll placemat pad by cake vintage

If you are having a bug party is an affordable solution to dress your buffet or dining table. Each 50-sheet placemat pad costs about $20. They are made with soy based inks and 30% recycled content. They make coordinating menu notepad. You can buy the Perfect Setting Placemat pad used for the cake shoots on Cake Vintage or at Anthropologie (they are called Fine Dining placemats on Anthropologie’s Web site).

fine dining paper placemats

Oh, and do not miss to check the recipe of the rich chocolate cake on Sweetapolita.

SOURCING:
+ Kitchen  Papers Collection by Cake Vintage – $20 USD for a placemat pad, $10 for a menu notepad
+ Fine Dining Placemats $24 USD at Anthropologie
+ Campfire Delight: 6-Layer Rich Chocolate Malted & Toasted Marshmallow Cake from Sweetapolita

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Real Simple Unexpected Ways to Serve Cupcakes and Ice Cream

real simple food serving ideas for cupcakes and ice cream

real simple food serving ideas for cupcakes and ice cream

A simple trick to make the ordinary looks out of the ordinary is with an original food presentation. For an office birthday party, nothing can be easier than serving bite-size cupcakes inside a glass. Light some candles on top and you get a twist on the birthday cake. I like this idea since you do not have to flatware or to cut the cake.  You could also put mini-cupcakes inside short Mason jars. Then, either tie a cute tag or apply a custom made sticker to each jar.

The second suggestion lets you prepare in advance ice cream scoops when you are having many guests. Place individual scoops in a cupcake tin lined with paper baking cups. The tray can be kept in the freezer for several hours. After the cake or the pie is cut, remove the scoops from the paper baking cups and serve. For a kid party, you could leave the scoops on a baking cup and serve it on a plate. Add a cute label on a toothpick to achieve a true festive look.

SOURCING:
+ Scooping the Ice Cream – photo by Mark Lund for Real Simple
+ Bite-size cupcakes make for an unexpected birthday cake – photo by Ngoc Minh Ngo for Real Simple

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Three Packaging Ideas for Your Valentine’s Treats

valentine treats packaging ideas :: as seen on Martha Stewart

valentine treats packaging ideas :: as seen on Martha Stewart

If you are baking your own goods for Valentine’s Day to distribute to your loved ones, here are three ways to spruce up the packaging. They all come from the team of Martha Stewart.

First, I selected to showcase the glassine treat envelops sealed with a heart sticker. The  cookies on that picture looks amazing. Her modern twist on the heart-shaped box of chocolates involves candies that you store inside heart-shaped cookie cutters. GlerupRevere Packaging sells round clear candy boxes in pack of 10 or more . Simply remember to order a model without a divider or to make sure the divider is removable. Otherwise, you could use a tin box that you have at home.

cherry-heart printable gift tags

Finally, you can go wrong with the cherry-heart printable gift tags featured on the February 2011 issue of Martha Stewart Living magazine. If you are looking for recipe, have a look at her Chewy Chocolate Chunk-Cherry Cookies Recipe.

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Chocolate Soup for Valentine’s Day

chocolate soup recipe

chocolate soup recipe

Soup for dessert may seem like a stretch, though with rich chocolate and cream as key ingredients, you’ll be hard-pressed to find anything more inventive or more indulgent to finish a Valentine’s Day meal.

This recipe, created by Heather at Sprinkle Bakes, uses skim milk and half-and-half cream to slightly reduce the calorie count without sacrificing the soup’s velvety texture. You could also use flavoured chocolate and a splash of your favourite liqueur for an added indulgence. Skip the sandwich and serve it with pound cake croutons, biscotti or garnished with berries.

What better way to warm hearts!

SOURCING:
+ Chocolate Soup Recipe from Sprinkle Bakes

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Modern Twist on the Traditional Fruit Cake

modern twist on the traditional holiday fruit cake

modern twist on the traditional holiday fruit cake

Like many people, I do not enjoy the taste of the traditional Holiday fruit cake. I ate too many fruit cakes that contained too many dried fruits or too much liquor in it. I think that people put more liquor or fruits in hope to add moistness to an otherwise dried cake. But it does not work.

So, we gave up on this traditional fruit cake. But after reading pastry chef Steve Song suggestions on how to improve the taste of the fruit cake, I might give it a try. First, look at his presentation. He addressed one complaint of many people by making a two-bite sized fruit cake. You simply bake them in mini muffin pans. He topped the light coat of icing with sparkles to bring a festive touch.

The second trick that you must know from pastry chef Steve Song is to slightly under bake your cake to keep it moist. Read the rest of tips on Food Network Canada.

SOURC ING:
+ Is There Such a Thing as Good Fruit Cake? at Food Network Canada
+ Dark Fruitcake $48 USD at Dean & Deluca

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Sweet Lucie’s Organic Ice Cream Cart

sweet lucie's vintage ice cream cart

sweet lucie's vintage ice cream cart

Sweet Lucie’s is another cute story born from the desire of parents-to-be to eat organic food. The idea emerged from the ice cream craving of Geri. This explained why owners Geri and Mike Czako named business after their little girl.

I was sold when I first laid my eyes on their charming 1950’s ice cream truck and their vintage ice cream cart. From the reviews I read online, their organic ice cream is supposed to be divine. I say “Bravo!” for developing such a superb concept.

Serving Southern California

sweet lucie's organic ice cream vintage cart and truck

If I was hosting a wedding, a birthday party, a bar/bat mitzvah or a special private party in the Southern California area, I would give them a call. Sweet Lucie’s can cater up to 600 guests per event but you do not have to host a huge party like that go with this party rental service. I know that they were hired for a 40th birthday party, kids birthdays, weddings and a golf tournament. Sweet Lucie’s will work with you to tailor the ice cream flavors to your taste and party theme. They can also serve a sunday bar.

sweet lucie's mint lemonade sorbet recipe

As far as I know they did not start yet, but they should bring their ice cream to the streets of Southern California in a near future. For the rest of us who live too far to enjoy their tasty ice cream, we can prepare their Simple At-Home Organic Mint Lemonade Sorbet Recipe.

SOURCING:
+ Sweet Lucie’s
+ Sweet Lucie’s at The Knot event – photo by Duke Photography Inc.
+ Simple At-Home Organic Mint Lemonade Sorbet Recipe on Tastespotting’s blog

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Halloween Lovely Animals Cake Toppers and More by Kikuike | Etsy Finds

halloween love kitty and cat cake toppers by kikuike

halloween love kitty and cat cake toppers by kikuike

The Kikuike’s team produces adorable cake toppers. I applaud their originality and the fun element that they bring to wedding cake toppers. They produced a limited edition of their Love Angels especially for Halloween. As a cat lover, I am partial to the Love cats cake topper. The bride cat wear make-up and you can choose the make-up colour to match your wedding color.

halloween love penguins cake topper

The Love Penguins sit on a cloud base and come with their Halloween accessories: a broomstick, pumpkin and bat.

lovely monkeys wedding cake toppers

Who can resist the lovely monkeys cake topper? Not me. Kikuike sculpts all kinds of animals. They also make the typical human bride and groom cake toppers. The animals won my heart.

Not Just for Weddings

cupcake tower birthday top ornaments

You will find on Flickr the extent of their cake topper creations. Kikuike also makes Japanese style dollhouses. The cake counter could be a sublime inspiration for the top of a kids birthday cupcake tower.

SOURCING:
Halloween edition of the Love Kitty, Love Cats cake topper by Kikuike  $120 USD on etsy
+ Halloween edition of the Love Penguins cake topper $120 USD
+ Lovely monkeys cake topper $120 USD – photo on Flickr
+ Birthday cake ornaments by Kikuike on Flickr

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Cupcake Table at WordCamp Montreal 2010

cupcake table at wordcamp montreal 2010

cupcake table at wordcamp montreal 2010

WordCamp Montreal 2010 probably had the nicer cupcake table of any WordCamp events. It felt very Amy Atlas. This was the work of two talented girls who lived in Montreal. I like how they made the long three tier stand with simple boxes covered with nylon fabric. The brown, blue and white is a chic color palette.

Cupcakes and Sweets by Clever Cupcakes

cake lollipops by clever cupcakes

The cupcakes, cake pops and whoppie pies were from Michelle of Clever Cupcakes. Michelle is the one who baked the cupcakes for my husband’s Classic Video Game cupcake tower and that made these cute corn on the cob cupcakes two years ago. They tasted amazing! Cake lollipops are handy to eat. Plus, you feel less guilty to bite into a cake pop than to eat a second cupcake.

cupcake stand

The Design by Paper Candy

The dessert table, the labels and the banner were created by Samantha Star of Paper Candy. As you can see, the attendees enjoyed the dessert table. I was able to take a few photos before they ran out.

mostly emptied cupcake table at wordcamp montreal 2010

And I forgot to mention that we had blue cotton candy. It always fun to eat cotton candy.

SOURCING:
Clever Cupcakes
Paper Candy
+ first photo and left photo of 2nd montage: Montreal Tech Watch
+ other photos: Kim Vallée

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Sweet Sweets Cake Art

artistic wedding cakes by sweet sweets cake art in toronto

artistic wedding cakes by sweet sweets cake art in toronto

Ida Thibeh Wiese sent me an email where she presented her cake design studio. I’m glad the she did because the woman behind Sweet Sweets Cake Art is a talented cake artist. She creates superb cakes for her Toronto clients. Her wedding cakes are impressive, unique and elegant. I like her style.

wedding cakes by sweet sweets cake art in toronto

Sweet Sweets designed each wedding cake to uniquely suit the couple’s taste and style. Her commitment does not stop with look. Her menu features a nice variety of cake flavors, icings and fillings. No additives, preservatives or artificial flavorings are present in the cakes. If it is not on the menu, Ida will accommodate your request. Sweet Sweets also makes specialty cakes for birthdays and anniversaries.

+ Sweet Sweets Cake Art

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Explosive Birthday Candles

explosive birthday candles on a cake

explosive birthday candles on a cake

Here are two sets of birthday candles that would be perfect for a pirate party. They add a special touch to your cake. You can mix them (my favorite) or use them separately. The 1″ Kaboom candles are sold in a pack of 6. You get 10 dynamite birthday candles in a box.

kaboom and dynamite birthday candles

+ Da Bomb Candles at What on Earth $7.99 each pack
+ Dynamite Novelty Birthday Candles with Sparkling Wicks at Amazon.com $7.88 [affiliate link]
+ Kaboom Novelty Birthday Candles with Sparkling Wicks at Amazon.com $7.99 [affiliate link]

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Delightful Mondays: Pretty Cakes and a Baby Shower

cake by magpie's cake

cake by magpie's cake

The airy cakes from Magpie’s Cake are sublime. It is easy to imagine layers of tulle, lace and other luxurious fabrics when we look at them.

cake designed  by magpie's cake

Magpie used to be a ballet dancer before she started her cake making training with world-renowned chefs and pastry champions. Via Pretty Little Things.

provincial baby shower buffet table

That same charm, executed in a very simple way, can be found on this sweet table designed for a baby shower. This Provincial style party was lovely. I love how they use long wood board as servers. Get more details on Twig & Thistle.