A Golden Girl

7 Jun

As some fans of ‘The Golden Girls’ may know, Rue McClanahan – Blanche Devereaux (the overly sexed golden girl) passed this week. As my husband found out in recent weeks (apparently on WE TV there are mini marathons of The Golden Girls almost every night) I’m a huge fan of the show. I don’t know what it was about that show — whether it was that entrance song, or those women that liked to talk about menopause and sex — it still left you wanting more. (By you, I mean me….my husband prays that The Ghost Whisperer will come on next, just for something different.)

Pictures courtesy of Cafe Fernando

The crazy antics, the one liners, the men, and of course – the cheesecake — which brings me to my inspiration this week. The women would frequent the kitchen, and take to some late night noshing on cheesecake while recalling past ‘memories’, solve their sinful indiscretions or funny predicaments, over cheesecake! As midnight snacks go, cheesecake ain’t half bad!

As a high schooler and a girl not going through ‘the change’ and getting ‘the curse’, I was in love with watching these four women. The 80’s version of ‘Sex and The City’! My admiration of Rue McClanahan’s character, Blanche, came from her own knowledge of being sure of herself. She was a sharp-tongued Southern belle who knew she was ‘devastatingly gorgeous’. Being one to always want the limelight, this character self-proclaim her sex appeal and beauty.  Blanche Devereaux showed how vulnerable and ballsy she was. However, there was more to Blanche than that. She had charm, whit, manners, and was ‘Big Daddies’ little girl – at any age. She was ‘breathtakingly gorgeous’!

Pictures courtesy of Buddy TV

I’m sad to see this actress leave this earth, but, I thank her for the life lessons, the menopause remedies….and the laughs! My cheesecake is for you…

Miss. Sweetcakes

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Moroccan Love

1 Jun

This weekend I watched my guilty pleasure, Sex and the City 2. SPOILER ALERT!! While watching the movie for the second time, I was able to fully appreciate the breath taking scenes in Morocco. The colors, the desert, and the clothes of course.

With all the beautiful colors I was inspired to make a Moroccan themed wedding cake. Integrating the colors and some of the architecture typically seen, I set out designing and making the wedding cake….

The wedding cake:

Chocolat

24 May

While watching the movie, Chocolat, this weekend, I was inspired to imagine a wedding centered around chocolate.

Invitation and table at the wedding:

A rustic setting with warm chocolate touches. The invitation is reminiscent of a chocolate foil wrapper…..

Pictures courtesy of Wedding Bee

Bridesmaids would wear a chocolate satin sleeveless dress. The groomsmen wear a little whimsy on their lapels with a candy inspired boutonnière.

Pictures courtesy of Wedding Bee, Vogue, Flickr

A non-traditional wedding dress in creamy pink and vibrant plum……

Pictures courtesy of Vogue

An intimate and romantic ceremony……

Picture courtesy of Wedding Bee

Delicate and simple, the cake is white chocolate inside and out. Chocolate cigarette curls decorate the outside while white chocolate cake with raspberry buttercream fill the inside.  A simple yet sophisticated cake.

Homemade chocolates for the wedding guests to take home as favors……

Courtesy of Miss. Sweetcakes

Secret Garden

17 May

Pinks and peonies. Peonies and pinks – soft, delicate, and so romantic. This week I was inspired by my green thumb. My husband and I started our own little secret garden (well, not so secret…it is right outside our front door). However, Spring seems to have nipped me in the ‘sweetcakes’ this weekend. I found myself falling in love with some beautiful peonies, so, I felt the need to make a secret garden inspired wedding cake….

Pictures courtesy of Flickr

Pictures courtesy of Flickr

Pictures courtesy of Flickr

My contribution to the garden inspiration…enjoy!

Strawberry cake with fresh strawberry buttercream – real strawberries layered in between. (left)

Chocolate decadence cake with blood orange butter cream. (right)

Lace in your face….

17 May

Wedding invitations created by the bride courtesy of Paper Source

It’s all about lace this week. I recently did a traditional, Spanish inspired wedding – where lace played a big part. The brides dress was covered in lace and she wore a traditional Spanish Mantilla. The intricate lace design in both the dress and the veil were exquisite.

Photos courtesy of Tracy Norred from Serendipity Images

Ramos-Lemert final draft of their wedding cake.

Photos courtesy of Tracy Norred from Serendipity Images