Macarons are a true French delicacy and our taking us by storm. Not to be confused with macaroons (coconut), these are meringue based with almond meal folded in sandwich between flavored buttercream. They are dainty, playful and make for inspired canvases of interesting flavors and shades not yet categorized by Pantone. They are also very challenging and take a skilled hand and patience to create the perfect texture and “pied” (the foot that elevates the shells.) Thanks to the likes of Laudree and Piere Herme, we have plenty of inspiration.
At Sweet Heather Anne, we keep experimenting with these cuties. One of my favorite flavors is chai ( with cinnamon, cloves, cardamom, ginger and black pepper.) And then there’s pistachio and citrus praline and oh the list goes on. We are hoping to make a lavender macaron with lavender that Claudia grew. But we also love playing with their presentation. Whether boxed up and tied with ribbon, our infamous ombre macaron tower, apothecary jars and vintage cake stands, macarons deserve special treatment. We always have in rotation two flavors of macarons at the dessert counter, so passer-byes can come in and sample these delectable confections. We love making them, maybe just as much as we love eating them!
REMINDER: we still have a few spots left for our July 2nd Cookies Decorating Class ( Independence Day themed.) Please contact us to reserve a spot. We would love to decorate with you.
Both Renoir and brides consider this flower, the ephemeral illustrious bud, their muse. Tight spherical blossoms open up in layers of big pedals with flashes of yellow coated pollen in their center. These flowers undoubtedly have a presence and some say quite the feminine mystique. They seem like the perfect flower for marriage. In Feng Shui tradition, peonies are supposed to be good luck for a couple. During the spring time, these flowers are in full bloom, but the season is short lived. But with meticulous hands, sugar paste flowers can take their place and be a lovely interpretation of the real thing. Throughout this post, our some of our favorite romantic peonies that we got to use or make.
This wedding used real peonies with piped buttercream details. Oh so very English garden.
Passionflower showed us how lovely peonies are paired with green blueberries.
Hand painted peonies look like a cool graphic wall paper. Simply the outline of these flowers remain, yet, a lasting impression.
Who said you can have too many peonies? These gorgeous flowers (hand sculpted sugar paste) will cascade down this cake in true magnificence.
This one had me at the words art deco and Rockette. But come to find out Marzy is one of those rare majestic human beings that lives a very beautiful life, she dances. Dancers use body movement and form to translate ideas, while we do it with cake and a large dose of fine art techniques (which we used our whole arsenal on this one.)
Marzy was on the Ed Sullivan show, was a former Rockette and still dances today at the young age of 80. Her daughter commissioned this cake for her mother to represent parts of her life. What’s better yet was that her birthday party was all about art deco and the 1920’s. As you will see in this cake, Claudia and Heather seamlessly combined art deco (with its’ stark geometric patterns) with the softness and fluidity of dancers, whether in the hand painted line of Rockettes or the hand sculpted dancing figurines.
Father’s Day is next weekend! Our dessert counter will be stocked with assorted cookie boxes (including Mexican shortbread, chewy chocolate molasses cookies, white chocolate cranberry cookies, and Dad themed decorative cookies), Mexican spiced chocolate cake truffles, and a limited supply of chocolate praline 6″ inch cakes. Call us at 734 913 2025 by Wednesday to reserve your Dad some treats.
Dessert Counter hours are Friday June 14th 10:00am-6:00pm and Saturday June 15th 9:00am – 2:00pm.