Dressy x3

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In anticipation of the upcoming holiday here in the U.S., Thanksgiving, I thought I’d do two posts – one with dressy stylings, and the other with more casual stylings. After all, some of you probably have fancy parties to attend while others could wear sweats for all your family cares, but you refuse (thank goodness!). Or, perhaps you have more than one function to attend? Well, whatever the case – maybe you don’t even celebrate Thanksgiving! – I hope you’ll enjoy these posts!

On today’s agenda is the dressy stylings. Make that dressy stylings x3! Enjoy!

Image 4 of ASOS Midi Dress in Mesh SpotImage 2 of ASOS Midi Dress in Mesh Spot

Elisabetta peep-toe heelsImage 1 of French Connection Patch Clutch
Isn’t this dress absolutely fabulous? The polka dots…the feminine silhouette…the ladylike and edginess it manages to balance…the general aire of fun it just evokes?! You don’t need to add much to make this a show stopping outfit – some fabulous pink heels and a clutch which adds copious amounts of texture and a touch of edge do the trick!
 
 Image 1 of ASOS Textured Pencil Dress with Scalloped Edge
Banana Republic Milan platform peep-toe (leopard print) – $140
This sweet scalloped dress is pumped up a bit with these leopard booties. Needing not much more, a ring finishes off the look. A look like this is perfect for a day filled with stopping at different houses/parties/dinners…it’s modest enough for meet-the-parents but fun enough for your best friends’ gathering too.
 
Image 1 of French Connection Lace Mini Dress
You’ll look incredibly fresh and elegant in this nearly head-to-toe black ensemble. The punch of color the clutch adds to the look really does as its name suggests – adds a wow, “fireworks” effect! The effect is unexpected, youthful, and plain fun!
 
So tell me…which look is your favorite? If you had/have to dress up for this Thanksgiving, which look would you wear? And even if you don’t celebrate Thanksgiving…what look would you wear to a party! I’d love to hear!

 

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Dreamy Cookie Dough Cream Pie

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On a lighter note, I’d love to share with you a recipe today for what I like to call Dreamy Cookie Dough Cream Pie. Did your eyes just light up? I wouldn’t doubt it. After all, whenever I make this dream of a dessert, just the name of it draws oooohs and ahhhhhs and endless mouthwatering. And then, people actually see the pie, and their heart skips yet another beat.

You guys, this pie is good. For real.

If the picture doesn’t do it for you, let me try describing it…on the botom, there’s a chocolate cookie crust followed by real pure cookie dough (eggless!), and then a topping of creamy vanilla custardy goodness. Top all of that with homemade whipped cream and some perfectly tiny cookies to garnish, and how could this not by a dreamy pie?!

I recommend you make this soon…really soon. Once you make it, it’s sure to become a regular in your household!

Dreamy Cookie Dough Cream Pie

from Love & Olive Oil

For pie crust:
7 ounces chocolate wafer cookies (not the wafer cookies with the frosting)
6 tablespoons butter, melted

For cookie dough:
1/2 cup butter, room temperature
3/8 cup granulated sugar
3/8 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
2 1/2 tablespoons whole milk

1 1/4 cups all purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 cup mini semi-sweet chocolate chips

For cream filling:
3/4 cups light brown sugar
1/3 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 cups whole milk
3 egg yolks
1 tablespoon unsalted butter
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

For whipped cream topping:
1 cup heavy cream
3 tablespoons sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla

Preheat oven to 350 degrees fahreneheit. In a food processor, make the cookies into fine crumbs. Add the melted butter and combine (still in the food processor). Firmly press the mixture into a 9″ pie pan (cover the sides and bottom of pan). Bake for 8 minutes and remove from heat. Set aside and allow to cool completely. Don’t turn the oven off.

For the cookie dough: beat butter and sugars in large bowl with electric mixer on medium speed until light and fluffy. Add milk and vanilla. Add flour, baking soda and salt and mix on low speed until just incorporated. Mix in chocolate chips (try not to overmix, but make sure everything is efficiently combined). Using some of the dough, make 8-10 small, 1/2″ in diameter, balls (make however many cookies as you want servings of pie). Place on a non-stick baking sheet or a baking sheet lined with parchment. Bake for 7-9 minutes or until edges are lightly golden. Allow to cool for a few minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely. These will be used to top the pie. Reserve remaining dough.

In a large saucepan, mix sugar, flour and salt. Stir in 1 cup of the milk, mixing until smooth, and then bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring constantly. Continue to stir until smooth and thickened, about 2 minutes. Remove from heat.

Beat the egg yolks with the remaining cup of milk. Add a teeny-tiny amount of this mixture to the mixture you heated previously. Mix to combine. Again, add a teeny-tiny amount of the egg mixture to the thickened mixture. Mix to combine. Repeat this a few more times, and then add the remaining egg mixture, mixing well to combine. The purpose of doing all of this is to make sure the cold egg mixture doesn’t “cook” upon touching the hot, thickened mixture. Be patient with this!

Return the saucepan to the heat and bring to a boil again, stirring constantly. Lower heat and simmer until mixture is the consistency of thick pudding (if it doesn’t seem to be reaching this consistency, but you’ve had it on the heat for awhile, you may still remove it from the heat…it should firm up more in the fridge later). Remove from the heat and quickly stir in butter and vanilla. Set aside.

While filling is cooling, break off pieces of cookie dough and press them into the cooled pie crust. You want an even layer of dough approximately 1/2″ thick (if you want the cookie dough to really be tasted in the finished pie, go for this full 1/2”, or maybe even thicker). You may have left over dough…eat it! It’s eggless, after all!

Pour in the cooled filling on top of the dough layer, leveling the top with a rubber spatula. Filling should come up about 1/2″ from the top of the crust. Refrigerate until completely cooled.

Whip cream until it begins to form soft peaks. Add sugar and vanilla, and beat until cream holds stiff peaks. Gently spread over the cooled pie, smoothing top into a slight dome. Garnish with the mini cookies, made earlier, setting them evenly around the circumference. One cookie per piece of pie is a great way to go!

Enjoy this heavenly, divine, dreamy pie!

You Never Know How Long You Have

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You never know how long you have.

We take for granted that we’ll wake up tomorrow. For Thanksgiving. For Christmas. For our 60th birthday, 40 years down the line.

But living is not a guarantee.

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Today, two girls whom I know died in a car crash. I’m sure they believed they would be waking up this Thanksgiving, let alone tomorrow.

But they won’t.

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Life is so incredibly precious, and it’s all too easy to lose sight of this fact.

Please, please, please…although it can be difficult, try not to take your life – or anyone else’s – for granted. I’m not imploring you to live a life of fear – no, in fact, do not do that either – but please remember to live your life daily joyfully and gratefully. After all, you never know how long you have.

And while you’re at it, make sure you tell your loved ones how much they mean to you. Try not to wait, either.

 

In a Pursuit for Wedding Favors: Anthro Sighting!

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Do any of you watch My Fair Wedding with David Tutera? Yes? No? In a nutshell, David comes to the rescue to brides and gives them a dream wedding through the generosity of sponsors. Expensive weddings? What could be more exciting for the senses?!

Anyway, I believe a new season premiered this past Sunday, as I was pleasantly surprised to see an episode being recorded on by DVR! During the episode, when David takes the bride to look at three possible wedding favors, the shop owner is wearing Anthro’s Sunny Soiree Dress!

 

 

Sunny Soiree Dress

as the bride and David enter the shop, you get your first glimpse of the dress, which the woman has styled with a navy cardigan

see?! it really is the Sunny Soiree Dress!

a closer peak at the dress

Intrigued? You can watch the full episode online on We’s website – that’s how I took the screenshots shown above. Here’s the exact link to watch the episode (it was an unusual episode in that the bride’s son, only 17, is in remission from cancer and for his wish through the Make-a-Wish Foundation, he wished for David Tutera to give his mom her dream wedding….amazing!!!).

So…anyone else watch My Fair Wedding? Do tell!

P.S. (!) Amanda was kind enough to let me know of an Anthro spotting she had…apparently, Chelsea Handler wore the Two Harbors Pullover on her show Monday. Yay for spottings! Thanks again, Amanda!

Trans-seasonal Contradictions

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As many of you may have already seen, Mr. Scott Schuman ran a great post today on The Sartorialist featuring some “transitional dressing,” as he called it. Before I even saw Scott’s title of the post, let alone his description of the photos, I was intrigued by this first photo:

photo property of The Sartorialist

There’s something just so unconventional and captivating about wearing an oversized sweater the “wrong” way. Immediately, I couldn’t help but think if I own anything in my closet that would work for recreating this aspect of the look. The more I thought about it though, the real question became, “What would people think?!” I’m all for taking risks with what you wear and wearing what you love with confidence, but when you live in a pretty non fashion-forward place, you can’t help but ask yourselves these types of questions. Anyone have thoughts? I just thought this was an interesting question in this case, and I’d love to hear your answers!

But back to the post from The Sartorialist…

Scott pointed out perfectly the seeming contradictions in the two photos he posted, saying, “I love the idea of mixing the lightness of your favorite summer dress with a chunky cardigan sweater…or with your boyfriend’s tweedy jacket.” I have to admit – there really is something so compelling about this juxtaposition of an outfit. When I read this line, I also promptly thought of a chunky sweater used in the styling request I recently did, and how wonderfully that sweater would work for this outfit idea proposed by Scott.

See?

Campana Sweater – $98

Naturally, I compiled a styling, using this sweater as the starting point…

 Image 1 of Dahlia Chiffon Tiered Dress in Spot Print

Campana Sweater

ASOS Dahlia Chiffon Tiered Dress in Spot Print – $93.44

Tassle-Tied Ankle Boots (brown) – $168

Cuzco Clutch – $228

I love the proportions of a look like this…the flowy dress just barely exceeding the chunky, oversized sweater in length…it all feels just a touch naughty, but it’s totally chic, not to mention gorgeous. To add to the unlikely pairing of the sweater and dress, I pushed the envelope a bit further by adding a sparkly clutch. And yes, I completely and fully envision this outfit being a wearable day look – the no-sparkles-allowed-in-the-day rule is a rule meant to be broken!

What do you think of outfits such as this styling and the ones featured on The Sartorialist today? A fan? Not a fan! Spill! 🙂

Styling Request – Veiled Beauty

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Remember the lovely Alli who requested I style the Tupelo Dress? Well, I’m happy to report she has another great request, this time in regards to the beautiful beige/”dark gray” version of the Veiled Alder Dress ($298).

Isn’t it exquisite?! The detailing is beautiful and the silhouette is classic; surely this will be a dress which can be worn year after year after year.

Although Alli bought the dress for the purpose of wearing it to a rehearsal dinner, naturally, she’d love to get more mileage out of it. She fears it may be a one trick pony, so it is my mission with this request to prove it can be “casualized” (yay for made up words! :)! Therefore, I will be focused on the more dressed-down ways to wear this dress, as opposed to the dressed-up ways. If by chance there is anyone out there who would like some ideas for dressing it up, let me know, and I’ll do a post!

Anyway, in regards to the general “casualizing” of this dress or any garment in general, let me say one thing first: Wear your looks with confidence (obviously this advice transcends the said pretense, but hear me out…). What I mean to say is, oftentimes when people have an item that appears more dressy, they disregard it as having the potential to be worn casually. Many fear they will look overdressed and out of place. Let me tell you something…in my opinion, being “overdressed”, if that’s what you want to call it, is perfectly fine! As Oscar Wilde once said, “You can never be overdressed or overeducated.” Audrey Hepburn once even also said, “I believe in overdressing.” Moral of the story? Be confident! Don’t worry about overdressing! (Bonus points: I know I’ve heard other great quotes before like the two aforementioned…can anyone think of any?!)

And onto the styling…

Right off the bat, I immediately thought of pairing a pullover with the dress. This technique allows the dress to function as a skirt, and let’s also be honest…it makes for a super comfy yet totally stylish ensemble! Following are a few examples using this technique:

*please note: throughout any of these stylings, adding tights would be great…dress for the weather!

Two Harbors Pullover (black motif) – $98

Veiled Alder Dress

Contrast Cuff Booties (navy) – $168

I like how this pullover has an unexpected pattern on the back…it makes the piece interesting and unique! The booties add a bit more edge and balance out the femininity of the lace of the “skirt” with the floral pattern on the back of the pullover. Of course, you could also add a belt to cinch in the waist if you wanted.

Notice, too, how pairing this cream colored pullover brings out more of the ivory tones of the dress.

Bonica Cashmere Sweater – $148

Veiled Alder Dress

Paean Flats (blue) – $228

This time, notice how pairing the dress with this pink pullover brings out the blush tones of the dress. Interesting, how color works, right?!

I love pairing this look with the vibrant blue shoes, as I think the blue and pink make for a very interesting pairing – not one you see repeatedly daily. The complete look has a nice ladylike yet young and slightly funky feel to it.

Double-Clasped Belt – $58

Bonica Cashmere Sweater – $148

Veiled Alder Dress

Contrast Cuff Booties (navy) – $168

Yes, this look is a combination of the previous two looks! Just thought I’d give you an idea of how some of these items could be remixed! 🙂 In this case, I like how the girly pink top and “skirt” are juxtaposed with the rougher belt and booties.

*sorry for wonky picture sizes!

Gradated Stripes Pullover – $88

Veiled Alder Dress

Urban Outfitters BDG Basic Suede Skimmer (black) – $34

Urban Outfitters Deena & Ozzy Snap Clutch (black) – $39

This is a great effortless look that is very high on style. The pairing of the stripes of the sweater with the detailing of the skirt is probably unexpected for most, which is exactly what makes the look so interesting and intriguing.

My next tip for styling the dress is to pair it with a great cardigan/sweater/jacket. While this might seem predictable, it’s a tried-and-true method because it almost always looks great. To evoke a more casual feeling, look for cardigans/sweaters/jackets that have a large knit or an unexpected print. Going oversized is always a great option too!

Miller motorcycle boots
 

Veiled Alder Dress

Herringbone Tights – $22

J. Crew Miller Motorcycle Boots (chocolate) – $325

This chunky sweater automatically adds a cozy feeling. Add the patterned tights and the boots, and this is the perfect outfit for a cold day. The textures of the pattern of the dress, the knit of the sweater, the pattern of the tights, and the leather material of the boots make for a dynamic outfit.

As always, you could add a belt over the sweater if you so choose!

Wide calf hair belt

 
 
Cashmere Swing Cardigan (purple) – $178
Veiled Alder Dress
J. Crew MacAlister Wedge Boots (warm redwood) – $198
 
The pairing of this leopard print belt over the sharp purple cardigan adds a fun feel, while the wedge boots help keep the look more casual. You could easily transition out the wedges for pumps if you needed to make this more dressy for work in a flash.
 
Here is another great jacket – the color would look fabulous with the dress and I think it would do a great job to “casualize” the look!
 
Finally, don’t discount blouses either. They are similar to the technique of wearing a pullover over the dress. The one thing to be cautious of is that the top is not too clingy, because if it is, it won’t lend for a very attractive appearance overall.
 
Image 1 of Levi's Classic Denim JacketTalitha blouse

Cece suede ballet flats
 
Veiled Alder Dress
J. Crew Talitha Blouse (wreath) – $110
J. Crew Cece Suede Ballet Flats (aged driftwood) – $128
 
Belt this blouse to give it a little shape, and then layer on the jean jacket. The simple flats complete the look! Please note that the jacket certainly is not necessary, although it certainly brings a more casual vibe to the look. You could also leave the top unbelted if you so choose.
 
Clearly, I strongly believe the Veiled Alder Dress to be far from a one trick pony! Remember…be creative and have confidence
 
Hopefully Alli has gotten some great ideas! Does anyone else own this dress? If so, have you worn it more casually before?! Do tell!
 
I’m curious…which look is your favorite?
 
 
And don’t forget – if you have a styling request, don’t hesitate to email me at thestyleconnoisseur@gmail.com! 🙂
 

Discoveries

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I’ve made it pretty clear that I have a huge sweet tooth and adore baking. Seriously, if I could, I would live off of sweets. True fact.

Lately though, I’ve been feeling the need to cut back a bit on my consumption of sweets. It’s not that I’m in a dash to lose weight, but rather, I just think my body would appreciate a tad less sugar. And when I say that, I do and also don’t mean it…you see, my stomach/heart/mind all want more sweets, but the logical part of my brain knows my body could appreciate a tad less fat and sweets. Make sense?

Now trust me…I am all for living a balanced life without depriving yourself…and this usually, to me, would mean eating sweets everyday.

I challenged myself yesterday to go two days without any sweets. Why? 1) It’s a challenge! 2) I don’t know the last time I went this long without sweets.

(Yes, I know…for some of you this probably seems pretty (beyond!) pathetic!)

The goal? Train myself to realize I don’t need to indulge quite as much as I’ve grown accustomed to lately. This means, sure, I can have dessert everyday, but rather than three cookies at a time, why not stick with one (okay…maybe one and a half! :). I think my body will thank me in the long haul.

Anyways, all of that was purely an introduction to what I really want to discuss today! You see, I decided to peruse Tastespotting, a site which is terribly addicting in the best way possible (I would tell myself to look at just one more page, then ten pages later I’d say just one more page, then ten pages later I’d say just one more page…get the picture?!). This visit, however, I told myself to do my best to ignore the decadent desserts I usually swoon over. Instead, I would focus on the main dishes…the main courses as opposed to the sweets.

And my goodness! I made tons of yummy looking discoveries! Seriously!

(*For the record, I did look at a few desserts, but only because they looked insanely unique. I had to!)

Want to see some of what I found? Yes? Yay! Now just to be clear, I have not (yet!) made any of these recipes, so I cannot tell you for sure that they taste just as good as they seem. In other words, if you make one and hate it, I’m sorry! But hopefully it would instead be a reaction of pure bliss! 🙂

On to the discoveries…

Pumpkin Gnocchi with Hazelnut Browned Butter – pumpkin? gnocchi? hazelnuts? browned butter? <- all of that, combined? *faints*

Butternut Squash and Lentil Pot Pie – I love me a good pot pie…and butternut squash with lentils? I’m intrigued! I’m guessing the butternut squash would add a creaminess similar to a more traditional chicken pot pie.

Chickpea & Cardamom Rice with Carrots and Za’atar Oil – Chickpeas….cardamom…carrots…rice…topped with Greek yogurt? Sounds like a not too heavy, scrumptious dish!

Pasta with Sage-Walnut Pesto, Winter Squash and Brussels Sprouts – Pasta, sage pesto, squash, and brussels sprouts (yes, I like them!)? Seems like a delicious fall/winter combination!

Chicken Sandwich with Mango Curry – Let’s be honest…chicken sandwiches can either be pretty mediocre…it’s rare you find an extremely outstanding one. But a chicken sandwich with mango curry?! Now that sounds promising!

Butternut Squash Mac n’ Cheese – I find this one quite intriguing…I mean, you doesn’t like macaroni and cheese?! Add in the butternut squash, which I’m a fan of?! Could be to-die-for!

Cannellini Bean Vegetarian “Meatballs” with Tomato Sauce – I, myself, don’t eat a ton of meat, but my sister is a complete vegetarian. When I saw this recipe, I thought, “I must show this to my sister!” We have a fabulous spaghetti family recipe that’s been passed down, and while I can still enjoy the meatballs, being a meat-eater and all, my sister cannot. Perhaps she could try these “meatballs” with our sauce recipe?!

Pumpkin Lasagna with Roasted Butternut Squash – Pumpkin lasagna?! With butternut squash, ricotta, and mozzarella? Yum! I’m not a huge lover of a traditional lasagna, but I love variations like this one!

Guacamole Tostadas – Avocados are my favorite food. Naturally, I adore guacamole. And naturally, I love the fact that this recipe gives me the excuse to pretty much make guacamole a main dish, as opposed to as side dish! Hooray!

Spicy Pumpkin Hummus – Hummus is a fabulous snack…so pumpkin hummus? I’m sure even more fabulous!

Butternut Squash, Balsamic Onions, & Ricotta Galette – Butternut squash, onions, and ricotta…as a galette! Yum, yum!

Sweet Potato Kale Pizza with Rosemary and Red Onion – I love kale. I love rosemary. Sweet potatoes are pretty darn sweet. And red onion is quite yummy too. So all of this, on a pizza? Yes, please!

And now, a couple of desserts that sneaked their way into the mix (trust me…had I not restrained myself, this list would be miles long!)…

Ginger Coconut Macadamia Nut Dark Chocolate Bark – When I saw this recipe out of the corner of my eye, I knew it screamed my mom’s name. She adores dark chocolate, and she adores ginger. Why not make this as is, but instead of the macadamia nuts, substitute in hazelnuts (a nut she prefers)?! Sounds like a plan for the future!

Matcha Green Tea Castella Cake – This cake has such a striking, unique, pretty appearance, with its soft green color. Truth be told, I’ve never had something like this before, but I’d absolutely love to try it!

Tell me…which of these dishes stand out to you the most?! I’d love to hear!(And by the way, I know there was quite a lot of butternut squash and pumpkin…I think the two most definitely are popular ingredients right now given the season!)  And of course, if you decide to make any of the recipes, tell me how they turn out!

Life’s Good

Today was a somewhat atypical Saturday for me. On Saturdays, usually I run errands and have a relatively busy day. Don’t get me wrong – I love my typical Saturdays, but doing something a tad different today was an interesting proposition. Today, I just baked. Multiple recipes. And I plan on baking another recipe tomorrow. Being the avid baker I am, yes, I most definitely have baked on Saturdays before (especially practicing for the wedding cake!), but there was something so low-key about this baking. So therapeutic.

And tonight I went to see a movie with a friend I haven’t seen in a while. It’s been a good Saturday.

It may be hard to exactly pinpoint as to the reason why, but I’m just happy today – more so than I’ve felt in a little while. I feel alive. I feel like conquering the world and making my dreams a reality. And it’s a good feeling! 🙂

Red Velvet (A Plea for Recommendations!!)

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I have a request for you…

You see, I’m having a friendly little competition with a friend to see who can come up with the best red velvet cake (there are even judges involved!). As far as I know at this point, appearance/decorating does not matter; it’s purely based on taste.

Now normally, I wouldn’t hesitate one bit if someone asked me to make them a red velvet cake…I do have an old standby that is quite good. But, this is a competition! I need the best of the best, the creme de la creme of red velvet cakes!

Here’s where you come in…would you mind sharing with me your absolute favorite red velvet cake recipes? I will be doing trials…so chances are, if you suggest it, I’ll try it.

I know, I know…I’m quite intense with my so-called “friendly competition!” But can you blame me? I want to win! Is that so wrong? 😉

Thanks a bunch!

Sweet Tooth (Wedding Cake)

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When I mentioned to you guys that I recently made a wedding cake, I was met with the hunger to hear more about it from some of you. So naturally, I’d love to tell you a bit more about it!

Besides fashion, baking is another passion of mine (although fashion most definitely comes first). I’m always craving sweets and thus baking…trust me, at my house, you almost always have baked goods! Baking also proves to be quite therapeutic for me – honestly, the best kind of therapy (although not so much for the waistline….!).

Anyway, a bit over a month ago, my aunt and uncle were telling me how my cousin had yet to select a wedding cake for her then in-just-a-month-wedding. She wasn’t finding what she wanted at a reasonable price. A joke was thrown out that I should make the cake, and actually, that sounded like an amazingly fun type of challenge for me. Fast forward to a week later, and I was officially making the cake!

Suffice to say, my mind was on the cake nearly 24-7. I tested recipes every weekend (sometimes weekdays too) and did much research.

I ended up doing two different flavors, both as collaborations with what my cousin, the bride, wanted. The cake was three tiers, with the top and bottom tiers being vanilla cake with a chocolate mousse filling, and the middle tier being a chocolate cake with a chocolate hazelnut mousse filling. The entire cake was iced in an off-white buttercream (no fondant!!!). Around the bottom of each tier was a ribbon matching the color scheme of the wedding. On the top of the cake was a monogram with the bride and groom’s initials that the bride picked out.

Oh, and have I neglected to mention that I wasn’t even baking this cake in my own kitchen? Ya, it’s true. I baked it in my cousin’s (the bride’s) kitchen, and it was actually the first time I had ever even seen her kitchen, let alone baked in it (we live in different states). Regardless of this and the fact that I am in reality a novice to the wedding cake industry, I am proud – and relieved(!!!) – to say that the cake turned out! Not only did it taste great (if I may toot my own horn!), but it also did not collapse, something which always worried me a bit!

A few fun, random facts:

  • 10 pounds of butter used in the entire cake
  • approximately 16 or so hours to make the cake (not including the hour transportation to the venue and the set-up time)
  • 84 ounces chocolate used (bittersweet and semisweet)
  • 4 dozen eggs used
  • bottom tier alone weighed 35 pounds

And yes, the question you’re all asking, “Would I do it all again?”

Yes, I’d do it all again. In. A. Heartbeat.

*I know you may all be disappointed about this, but I, unfortunately, am not going to share pictures. This is simply to protect the privacy of the bride and groom.