Friday, September 25, 2009

Aloha HELLO!

After a loooong wedding season, it was time for the hubs and I to take a little vacay!

I have been to Hawaii before, but this time I was even more ready for some SERIOUS relaxation and some SWEETS! :) I was in for a treat and I didn't even know to what amazing extent. We had some awesome baked goods and sweets. I can't wait to try some of these out on the mainland!

Here are just a few of the Island delights we enjoyed!

This is tempura vanilla ice cream with chocolate and caramel sauce with macadamia nuts! soooo tasty!
I am so in love with macadamia nuts in everything! We went to a macadamia nut farm and grabbed some fab breakfast for the next day!

Next stop! Honolulu Coffee co! I had to try some of the macaroons after my personal shot at it!

Look at all these ADORABLE delights! I only wish I had room in my tummy by now to try all of them!

That Tiramisu cup couldn't be more perfect!

I choose the strawberry and the haupia, which is coconut...

The haupia was amazing, but the strawberry could have used some chocolate in there someplace! I am such a chocoholic!
We stayed with my BFF, Chappy, for a few days before checking into our hotel. She introduced us to the most delicious bagel creations!
A whole wheat...or even better, an everything bagel starts it off. We mixed up sun dried tomatoes with the whipped cream cheese, then spread it onto the hot toasty bagel. Then added some capers, then sprouts ,and then sliced tomato. The perfect way to start a tipsy day at the beach. YUMM! I could eat this everyday!

On the road to the beach....YUMMMMY HOTTT purple sweet potato Manapua! This one is definitely dessert! We also tried a Kung Pao Chicken and Chicken Yaki which is more of a meal and super delicious. I have never tasted anything like it. The yummy steam bun is so fluffy and then the savory or sweet center is more than I can ask for! You can find them at the 7/11! Wish we had them in Cali! sooooo satisfying!

Our final dessert at The Bali aka, The Mahalo! Yummy chocolate truffles in a Diamond Head Crater over steaming dry ice. It was a perfect way to end a meal...too bad we were so full of seafood that we could barely eat them! They were soooo decadent!!!!

Cheers to sweet Hawaii sunsets and treats!
Tipsy...and dreaming of the islands!!!!!

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Love, Sweet Love

My cousin Ashley eloped about a month ago and asked me to make some sweets for the family bash! I was so excited when I found out she was going with a Vineyard theme! She wanted some deep purples, greens, and white.

I made white cake filled with strawberry cream and chocolate cake filled with white chocolate cream cheese-all in cupcake form except for her and Justin's cake topper, of course!

Word to the wise-making purple frosting, just the right shade, takes longer then baking! wow! I didn't see that one coming!

The 75 bare beauties-

I carefully filled each one! I love filled cupcakes....

Frosting each one (in the 3 colors)...

Then I rolled out some fondant and cut out flowers with little fondant cutters..

I curved the flowers out and let them dry over night so I could paint them with the food coloring and vodka concoction that works so well.

I mixed up different hues of red wine tones.

The finally dried and painted flowers with added yellow buttercream centers on the mini cake:

The finished cupcakes with fondant flowers.

The final combo:

Time to cut the cake:

Cheers to newlyweds!