Winter Weddings

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It might seem odd to be talking about winter weddings in February, but winter is still with us for another six weeks (give or take until March 20th), and it’s inspiration is abounding in the bakery. As well as the fact that it is very common now-a-days for couples to be engaged 9 months or more, so this might help inspire those planning a winter wedding.

What makes a wedding cake ‘winter’? First and foremost, ‘cool’   colors (not as in ‘that’s cool’, but as in a ‘cool color pallette’, usually   blue based as opposed to red (warm) based).

Winter cakes can be a combination of white on white or white on ivory with no other colors. This makes an elegant, refined statement.   To clarify all pattern, flowers, ribbon (etc) are all ‘white’.

A variation on this is to use silver, icy blues and/or bling; very particular metalic’s can work as the metalic evokes the sense of something being covered in ice.

Like making a color picture into black and white to completely change the feel and look, most cake designs can be ‘winterized’.

Winter Recipe – Snowball Cookies

These tasty treats are not too sweet, easy, great to do with kids, and are just plain yummy! Enjoy!

Tasty and Delicious!

Tasty and Delicious!

Ingredients:

1 cup butter, room temperature

½ cup powdered sugar (optional)

½ cup coconut shreds (sweet)

1 teaspoon vanilla

2 ½ cups flour, sifted

¼ teaspoon salt

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

2. In a large bowl (preferably a stand mixer or with a hand mixer), beat the butter until soft.

3. Add sugar, and beat again until light in color.

4. Stir in the vanilla.

5. Add in flour and salt – in about 3 portions, mixing until incorporated, so that hte flour goes into the dough and not onto you!

6. Shape into balls – you can use a small spoon or ice cream scoop to help you get the all the same size.

7. Place on un-greased cookie sheet and bake in preheated oven for 15 minutes.

8. Allow to cool until they’re comfortable to touch. (You don’t want them too cool as the coconut will not stick onto the cookies, but too warm and they will melt).

9. Roll them in the coconut peals. For extra sweetness – first roll them in powdered sugar, and then in the coconut.

10. Eat!

A ‘Sweet Heart’ Treat

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DSC_0974 For a home-made sweet treat – our tip for Valentines Day is:

Pick up a large size heart shaped cutter from your local craft store and make rice krispie treat hearts. To do this make up the krispie treats and spread the warm mixture into a 9 x 13 pan lined with greased parchment paper- and leave an overhang (enough to grab it out). *Tip: You really want the parchment paper to make cleanup an absolute breeze and to get the treats out of the pan. Otherwise, you will be kicking yourself that you didn’t use as much as recommended.*

Set aside for at least 4 hours or overnight to cool.

For packaging, I suggest getting a little box or plastic plate and setting a doilie ontop – this is your presentation’s starting point. Using your heart shaped cutter, cut out the pieces and lift one by one onto the plated doile. *Tip: It might be helpful to have a spatula / knife to excavate the excess krispy  treats – to get enough ‘elbow’ room for lifting the first heart out with ease.* Sprinkle lightly with powdered sugar and artfully arrange a few raspberries or strawberry slices.  Voila! A sweet for your sweet! Enjoy! And Happy February!