I Love Cake!!!

 

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If you are having a Valentine’s Day themed wedding or simply want to remind everyone of your love, then this cake is just for you. The beautiful fondant details are hard to resist. I love the hugs and kisses layer! Or how about those cute little hearts? It is really a great design and the various shades of pink make this cake spectacular!

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DIY Truffle Topiary

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Here is a holiday inspired dessert option that will leave your guests screaming for more!

 

Ingredients:

 

* 3 packages (12 ounces each) semisweet chocolate chips, divided
* 2-1/4 cups sweetened condensed milk, divided
* 1/2 teaspoon orange extract
* 1/2 to 1 teaspoon peppermint extract
* 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
* 1-1/2 pounds white confectionery coating, divided
* 1/2 cup ground almonds
* 12 inch-high Styrofoam cone
* Miniature silk roses, red, pink and white (tree pictured used approximately 60 roses)

 

Directions:
In a microwave-safe bowl, melt one package of chocolate chips. Add 3/4 cup condensed milk; mix well. Stir in orange extract. Cover and chill for 45 minutes or until firm enough to shape. Repeat two more times with remaining chips and milk, adding peppermint extract to one portions and almond extract to the other.

 

Shaping truffles: Shape chilled mixture into 1-in. balls; place on three separate waxed paper-lined baking sheets. Chill 1-2 hours or until firm.

 

Melt 3/4 pound white coating in a microwave-safe bowl or double boiler. Dip orange-flavored balls in coating and return to waxed paper to harden. Melt remaining white coating and dip balls once more to thoroughly cover. Let harden.

 

Melt chocolate coating in a microwave-safe bowl or double boiler. Dip peppermint-flavored balls in coating and return to waxed paper to harden.

 

If desired, melt any remaining coating and drizzle over orange-and peppermint-flavored truffles, as shown in photo at left.

 

Roll the almond-flavored truffles in ground almonds.

 

Making the tree: Cover the Styrofoam cone with foil if desired. Using toothpicks, stick one end into each truffle and the other end into the cone, covering entire cone with as many truffles as will fit attractively. Fill gaps between truffles with silk roses.(If necessary, you can attach the rose stems to toothpicks with small pieces of floral or masking tape and insert the toothpicks into the cone.)

 

Yield: 44 servings, 3 per serving.

 

Editor’s Note: White and dark chocolate confectionery coating is found in the baking section of most grocery stores. It is sometimes labeled “almond bark” or “candy coating” and is often sold in bulk packages of 1 to 1-1/2 pounds. It is the product used for dipping chocolate. Crafter’s thoughts: —These sweets are perfect for preparing ahead—undipped, they’ll stay fresh in the freezer for several months. (Thaw in refrigerator.) —Use toothpicks to dip the candies, then poke the picks into a foam scrap so the truffles’ chocolate bottoms dry smoothly.
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Tis The Season

As I was going through the store today I found myself humming along to a little tune. As I started paying more attention it was a Christmas song. I also noticed that all of the Halloween items are out of the way and in their place is items for the holidays. So…I decided to join the madness today and to show you a winter themed wedding. I think my favorite part of this inspiration board is the cute little save the date sweater. It is just too cute!

 

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Pictures from brides.com and knot

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Couture Cakes

The wedding cake is one of the main focal points of the reception and truly reflects the feel of your wedding. If you are looking for a modern elegant feel then these cakes are just the thing for you. I love the bold patterns that are currently in style. You can do bold patterns in all white to add dimension but still keep the cake timeless and traditional. The other option is to go all out with a variety of colors that reflect your wedding palette. Either way, these cakes are beautiful and are sure to aww your guests.

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Fall Colors

Having a fall wedding doesn’t have to incorporate a rustic theme complete with pumpkins and haystacks. A simple use of the fall color pallet opens the doors to an elegant and beautiful wedding. The colors of fall are bold and vibrant, which is the perfect match for a luxurious and romantic wedding feel. I know I continually talk about paying attention to the details of your wedding but it is super important! I think this is especially true for this inspiration board. The fall hues are displayed in every aspect of the wedding right down to the soup and the dessert. Everything goes together and everything flows. I think my absolute favorite thing is the chocolate wedding menus! They serve double duty as a menu and the favor. They also cut down on the paper used in the wedding and make a yummy treat. No one is going to throw this menu away!

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{pictures courtesy of Brides.com and The Knot.com}

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