This year, Ms. Aiyla wanted an Inside Out theme for her 4th birthday so colorful was the goal. The dessert table included: petal cake, blueberry panna cotta shooters, marshmallows, pinwheel cookies, pretzel rods, mint brownies and cakes pops.
The French macaron, by far, has been the most difficult baked good I've ever attempted. It's such a finicky cookie and any slight variance affects its success or failure. At first, I ran into the common macaron issues - bumpy tops, cracked tops, lopsided cookie, no feet, spreading/bursting "feet", blotchy color, etc. After a few batches and some slight adjustment, they started looking perfect with their classic smooth tops and slightly lifted "feet" but it was always hit or miss with the texture. One batch would come out with ideal cake-like centers, another batch would be completely hollow. It drove me absolutely crazy.
After testing numerous recipes, reading countless blogs, watching tons of videos (my husband and I even attended a macaron class in Paris when we went to Europe this past February), I think I can finally say this cookie has been figured out.
Baby showers are probably my favorite type of event to bake for. Dessert tables are super popular right now and with so many adorable themes to pick from, the possibilities for sweets are endless. With planning our baby shower, it wasn't even a question that there would be a full dessert table and I would bake everything myself. Whether I'd be up to it physically, was another question.
Now I've been pretty lucky with my pregnancy - I didn't experience any morning sickness; a lot of the time, I even forgot I was pregnant BUT the start of my third trimester was a different story. I guess baby boy thought I was a little too spoiled because fatigue hit me hard and I finally started feeling ALL the "growing pains" associated to growing a little human in my belly. I guess I was due. So the challenge was to find that balance - bake crowd pleasing desserts I love that would be fairly easy to execute.
I definitely wanted to make tiramisu shooters. Well, because I love tiramisu! I'm not able to eat it right now but it's one of my faves when not on a preggo diet. I also liked the idea of making my own lady fingers - I love making everything from scratch when possible. Lots of chocolate was a must because I eat chocolate literally everyday. I also wanted to include a couple recipes I recently learned that I haven't made for other showers before. The final dessert table consisted of the following: mini Kentucky bundt cakes, chocolate mousse shooters, cake pops, tiramisu shooters, s'mores brownies, snickerdoodle blondies, chocolate covered strawberries, caramels topped with fleur de sel and French macarons (which were given out as game prizes). I had plans to make Oreo popcorn but needed to scratch that last minute - because I was just honestly too tired. LOL.
I bought these cute craft take out boxes thinking that my guests could take the desserts home as favors (because I made a ton of extras) but by the end of the night the table was devoured. Not a single treat left - so I guess it was mission accomplished!
3 years ago, my close friend (Chantha), asked me if I knew of any bakeries that sold yummy cookies. This was at a time when dessert tables were becoming really popular. Her daughter's 1st birthday was coming up and she wanted to have a cookie bar at her party. This was also around the time I started to get into baking so I recommended the first obvious and logical choice - me! LOL. Although I was a beginner, the cookies went over really well so for her daughter's following 2 birthdays, I've been put in charge of the dessert table. I love orders for this particular friend because she gives me creative reign on the desserts - I just need to stick to the theme. Below are close ups of the treats I made for her party this past weekend as well as pictures of the completed dessert table. Aiyla's dessert table included: Tinkerbell doll cake, hummingbird cupcakes, eton mess shooters, cream pufs, cake pops, meringue cookies, French macarons (almond and pistachio) and fruit kabobs. I hope she liked them!
May has been the busiest month for me by far - and I love it! Below are highlights of a handful of recent orders: Minnie Mouse cake for Maddison's 3rd birthday, 6' chiffon fruit cake for Tita Isidra's birthday, cake pops for Chris' college graduation party, Winnie the Pooh cake for Anna and Alex's baby shower, etc.