Spring Dessert Table

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This collection of cakes, cupcakes, macarons, and fresh fruit would be ideal for any Spring celebration!

The Vanilla Bean with Pistachio filling and Pistachio Macarons was a Test Kitchen cake from start to finish; I blogged about it here.  For the cake batter, I used vanilla beans steeped in whole milk and added all those tiny seeds as well.  The Macarons were also a first-time effort following my baking class at LaCuisine Paris, blogged here.  However, the flavor and texture were really great – especially for a first effort.

The Strawberry Cake with Vanilla Buttercream and Strawberry Curd filling is garnished with Strawberry Macarons and Fresh Strawberries, for the step-by-step, go here.  I love the color and the taste of the homemade curd was oh so yummy!

Putting everything together was a terrific exercise in editing.  Since I use a small space by my kitchen window for my baking photography, I’ve “had the opportunity” to be creative – code for make it work!

There was two cakes plus desserts would fit inside this everyday space, so I opted to our largest windows in the living room for their natural light and shadows.  Hot tip:  When hosting parties, don’t be afraid to arrange an additional space for desserts – this adds to the party atmosphere and frees up counter space in the kitchen; I do this every time we host an event.

This is what finding the right set-up looks like (cue some hip/edgy music for a montage sequence)…


two cakes 309 tssI kept futzing around with levels and colors and my Fiesta.  The macarons were sitting on a tall stand, then moved to a shorter stand…


And sometimes I zoomed in…

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And sometimes I removed items…

No matter which set-up I tried, I liked the results.  This is one of the first times I’ve put together a dessert table as fancy and coordinated as this and I had so much fun.

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It’s a great time of year and I’m filled with gratitude for my life partner, our life together, and sobriety; it’s a great combination.

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