Pink Roses and Paris
It seems like it takes me forever to get back in the swing of writing after I get back home from a wonderful travel adventure. This week I was in Paris for a couple days. On the agenda were three important items: find a fascinator (we’re attending a wedding next February), visit with a dear girlfriend as she traveled through, and be inspired by the city. I scored a hand-made, one of a kind, Parisian fascinator. When I went to snap a quick picture during the contemplation period, I was told “no photographs are permitted due to the exclusive design.” Oh, ok.
Inspiration? It abounds at every corner. I love Paris.
I believe I came home with several ideas that I’ll try to translate into a cake or cupcake. One thing for sure that I noticed: looking out over the city, I noticed the colors tended toward white, cream, ivory, light grey, etc. I remember when I looked out over Barcelona – all the colors were some variation of terra cotta. This is a good start.
In the meantime, a couple days before I left for Paris – I baked a simply delightful Vanilla Cake. I love the sexiness of a good vanilla cake. This one fit the bill and I was happy with the results.
This cake came about because I had a vase filled with lovely pink roses. They were so pretty, I couldn’t help myself.
As I bake for myself, I strive to improve my skills – especially since the basics are critical for success. Recently, I’ve been working on each cake round releasing from the pan without breakage and even layers.
The colors aren’t a perfect match with the roses – I think there’s more purple in the natural flower. But, it was good enough…close without going over. I am happy with the results of the piping – practice helps in this area.
After taking a few pictures with the cut slice, I put it back together and delivered it to our friends at Starbucks. I just hope they were able to eat most of it and didn’t have too much left over to throw out.
I took a lot of snapshots and got lucky with the dome cover on this cake plate. I love the cake and the writing are contrasting.
Fun cake. Fun times. Fun travel.
I have a great life – not perfect, but I’m interested in the journey and not so much the destination. I love my life partner and our life together.