Friday, November 12, 2010

These are a few of my favourite things

I can't believe it's literally been WEEKS since I last updated, especially when there's been so much to update! I wonder if it's possible to get writers block even though you know what you want to say.... Maybe it's just called procrastination :)

The end of October was a bit of a mad house for us - my mum had a birthday, and I left the next day (Halloween) for a week in Melbourne. I'm gutted I wasn't in a position to have a Halloween party! but there's so much around on the internet even now with details of fantastic Halloween events, I figured I couldn't do something half hearted. I still have the gorgeous Monkey Moo Moo printables I won from Following Phubie and think I may still use them to do a practice table spread so they get some love, and have a late Halloween :)

In the meantime, we had a dessert buffet for Mums birthday that we themed "These are a few of my favourite things" from The Sound of Music. I threw it together on the day for a night of sugary goodness with some of mums closest friends.


The frangipani canvas at the back was what I gave mum for her birthday, and the food was a combination of all her favourite desserts - as well as some for our neighbour Tony who shares her birthday (the duck cake back right was for him)


We had chocolate and cream fairy cakes (with chocolate icing, too yum)


Vanilla and cream butterfly cakes - mums special favourite AND her


And these vanilla slices/custard squares which were DELICIOUS. I've never tried to make them before, and found this recipe for Denheath Custard Squares over at Mrs Cake . We changed them a little bit and left out the coconut, but they are still ridiculously good


Look at all the custardy goodness. EEK.

Mint slice truffles for a twist on my usual truffles using mums favourite biscuits, and the green candy melts I won from Mrs Cake


Probably shouldn't have used so many green melts this close to Christmas... But you can't have mint and not use green...!


These were plain chocolate cupcakes with chocolate icing, and the little circles of fondant were crazy easy to make using some new impression mats I got from Kiwi Cakes


There were a few dessert favourites (including chocolate self saucing puddings) which we left out because we wanted to keep everything to finger food and/or one serve and easy to eat on your lap, so we ended up using shot glasses for the chocolate mousse from some of Mums favourite places to visit


Ridiculously easy to prepare and set up, and actually a really good size serving!


The cake was plain chocolate with a layer of cream and a really rich chocolate ganache


Because it was only done on the day, and because of the layer of cream it was too complicated to cover the cake in rolled fondant like I usually would, but it actually ended up looking really cute with just fondant details - raindrops on roses, whiskers on kittens, warm woolen mittens, brown paper packages tied up with strings, white dresses with blue satin sashes


And little Maria (who was much easier as a nun!) is still sitting in our kitchen keeping an eye on things


Was a good night had by all - and the leftovers were even better!

Happy Birthday mum!

- B xx

P.S - Since the party I came across this ADORABLE Sound of Music party at Sew Weekly - it warrants a visit! The little kiddies in their curtain-outfits are far too cute.


  1. Wow that looks like quite the setup!
    The desserts look fab!!

  2. Dear god, those truffels are making my mouth water. o___o And that cake is adorable. Your mum is lucky to have you. :) (And I'm jealous!)

  3. This is so cool - I looove the cake with the favourite things on it, so awesome! I'm also super impressed at your obviously highly refined custard-square-cutting skills - it's so hard to get them all even and not squish them!

  4. I loveee looking at pictures of the dessert bars at peoples parties!! I know if I ever get married a dessert bar WILL BE MANDATORY!! I might even by my dress a lil too big soo I can binge eat at my wedding. I heart desserts that much!! This party looks great and well crafted!! Good job!!

  5. Wow... These look soooo delicious!

    Congratulations for this great "collection" that you exposed!


  6. That has got to be the cutest and most creative cake ever! Maybe it's because I love The Sound of Music. But really, it's super adorable.

  7. Court - Thank you!

    Claire - Hehe, the truffles WERE good, they're pretty easy to make! you should make some!

    Mrs Cake - I assure you the cutting took a bit of skill! we actually cheated and pre-cut the pastry :D but GEES they were good! Thanks so much for sharing the recipe!!

    Stephanie - hehe, I totally agree. A wedding dress with an elastic waistband would be IDEAL :D

    Christine - Thank you!

    K-Money - Hehe, I love Sound of Music too. We all had the song stuck in our head for DAYS!

    - B xx