Tie onesie cookies and coconut cake

full set with onesie feature

Celebrating the arrival of little boys with soft blues is a party theme favorite for me. This set was for a “sip and see” shower to welcome the arrival of baby John. I made favor cookies, tied up in cellophane bags with silver-gray ribbon and a coconut rose design cake, incorporating that soft blue into the buttercream roses.  The cake was finished with a dash of toasted coconut. I tucked that same coconut into the layers for some extra crunch. For the bottle cookies, I wanted to use that deep yellow of early fall and the signature baby boy blue.
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Looking forward sun cake

I thought this post would work for today, a day we fall back an hour for daylight savings.  The gesture reminds me of a cake I did for a gal’s 40th birthday party a few months ago.  It was a surprise couple’s party at a bar, hosted by the birthday girl’s best friend.  After finding a boat load of golden streamers, plates and other party stuff at the dollar store, the host landed on the theme “40 is Golden.” When she first presented the theme to me (to translate into a cake on a budget), I couldn’t get past images
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Chocolate adorned raspberry cheesecake

I’ve been waiting to post this cake since last spring.  And today – maybe because the pictures evoke an autumnal tone, or because I just celebrated a birthday myself – I’m feeling happy and energized and ready to type up a recipe for you. This is a cake I made for my friend Elise, whom I am coming to believe is my “dessert twin.”  Everything sweet that she likes, I like.  Accordingly, the cheesecake with a handful of fresh raspberries and a hint of chocolate garnish that she chose for her last birthday is the cake that my mind wanders
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Flowers on fondant

  This might be what happens when a cookier who’s always dabbling in royal icing makes a chocolate cake covered in that smooth canvas called fondant. This was a grown-up chocolate cake for a gal who likes blue flowers. To change things up a bit, I made the cake, applied a crumb coat and covered the separate layers with blue tinted fondant. Then, I assembled the cake and began the fun part:  painting! For the paint, I made royal icing and tinted it three shades of blue. Then I painted blue on blue flowers over the cake and added a
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Almond Poppy Seed Awesomeness Cake

If you know me, you know that I’ll beg you to make your birthday cake. Or your neighbor’s birthday cake. Maybe even your little pet hamster’s cake, if I have the ingredients on hand (what is that exactly, wood shavings?). But this cake – this particular people cake – is one of my all time faves, made every mid-January for my cousin’s birthday. It’s a recipe from a dear friend – Pat – a coworker from his YMCA camp directorship days. This moist, yummy bundt cake provides the lingering subltey of almond extract balanced with the snap of a generous portion
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