There’s something about Cake Stands that make me swoon..and it’s not just the sweets displayed on top of it, it’s the colors, the shape, the different heights and how they complement the cake- It’s a *throne* for our queen cake we spent hours {and hours} decorating! Wouldn’t it be great if you could have matching and unique cake stand with every cake you designed&decorated without breaking the bank? Yes! YES! So I found you these 2 links, with tutorials how to make your own stands: one with ceramic, and one with wood. I can already hear you casually say on your next party “oh those? the pastelcolored cake stands? oh..that’s just something I made myself” {say “designed” for more impact!} Both methods are super easy. I will give them a go myself. thinking it will also be cute to glue those pom pom trimmings you find in fabric/home furnishing stores around the edge of a cute individual wooden cup cake stand.

Wooden Cake Stand: http://beeinourbonnet.blogspot.com/2010/09/project-wedding-cake-stands.htmlCeramic:http://eatdrinkpretty.blogspot.com/2010/09/diy-cakestand-tutorial.html

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Feb

26

2011

Spring Cake

This week I wanted to work with fresh colors. Usually I work a lot with pastels, as they look so fragile, romantic & wedgwood chic.. but after a few weeks of grey london skies I was ready to bring some sunshine & spring into my kitchen!

I didn’t want to spend a lot of time working on the flowers so I came up with a flower that is really {no really!} easy to make, and more importantly… quick! It’s a cross between a ranunculus, peony and a buttercup. My favorites! You don’t need a lot of equipment or technique, not even a floralwire. Use only a few petals and fan them out/ let them bloom after the first round if you are pressed for time. For some I used 20+ petals but others just 12 and made them slightly larger and more in bloom with the same effect and less time. Here’s a tutorial: {click on the image to enlarge it} And Oh..! Dont’t fuss too much, these flowers look their best when they’re not picture purrrrfect!

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Lovely Cake Scan (2)

After the illustration for the weekend bakers our friend Awatif asked us to illustrate a dessert table. She will host a Valentine’s Party for her friends this Sunday. We just love Sunday brunches! Even more so when there’s pastry and sweets !!! What a wonderful idea to invite her friends for Valentine’s Day! Awatif just recently started her own cake decorating biz; www.lovelycake.nl ~ Awatif is just lovely herself! Best of luck Awatif with your new biz and a very sweet valentine’s to you. x Saskya & Monica

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Feb

03

2011

Cup Cake Liners

Somehow while shopping at The Container Store in New York, those clever visual merchandising pros with their neat piles of clear containers in every size really sold me their concept… I loved it! I almost went as far as putting a single pair of shoes in a dedicated container for the night ~or a hairpin! imagine! in it’s own little cute container! Or that’s what I thought at the time.. I ended up with a sea of containers for my cake decorating tools.. and there’s one that really stands out; The Cup Cake Liners Container! You can see all the pretty colors & patterns thru the clear lid. I have the whole color spectrum in liners ~and then patterns, polka dots and candystripes — oh and the themed! valentines, halloween.. I could go on an on. I have no idea why I keep ordering. A girl can never have too many cup cake liners now can she?? But I have so many ~ I could build a house out of cup cake liners! No. A Castle!…and still have enough left to bake cupcakes for the whole street at the housewarming! So you see, I was really happy with Anna & Blue Paperie alternative creative ideas for using them beyond baking …
 via Martha Stewart
http://tatertotsandjello.blogspot.com/2010/01/whimsical-valentine-wreath.html
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Following my last post, Marieke asked me to illustrate a Valentine’s Card for them reading “Lots of Loaf”{ “Lots of Love”}.

Marieke and Ed are artisan bakers in Amsterdam. I adore them, they own over 150 cook books,they knead, proof, feed starters, make marmalade, experiment, bake, whisk and just putter around in their kitchen every weekend from their secret location.  Yes– secret, they’re underground bakers. Sounds cool and trendy no? It is! They are! Only those in the know are lucky enough to taste these rockstars homebaked goodness… But they share all their recipes online: www.weekendbakery.com

I added a pink umbrella for Marieke, not only as she lives in rainy holland, but also as she loved the pink ruffled cake we posted earlier, so had to include one! And for Ed? Poor Ed, I just realized that this might be all a tad girly, but added a pile of coffee cups for him as they are also passionate about coffee. {Ed, if you look closely you will see on the left.. one cup ~in the middle ~has just navy blue stripes.. that one is just for you! } 

You can download the Valentine’s Card here and print any size for your friends & family you want to wish a Happy Valentines with Lots of Loaf : Lots of Loaf Download

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