Kelly and I created these beauties for our American Express commercial shoot. I’ve always been fond their bright colors and garnishes- with a perfect macaronette on top! Although our cupcakes are a little complicated (to say the least!!), what great pastry isn’t? Ours are made with the lightest chiffon cake, each with a surprise filling and a rich buttercream with a sugar finish. They remind me of sparkling jewels in their shimmering hues! Our flavors are Violet Cassis, Mandarin Passion, Lemon, Sicilian Pistachio and Cherry, Raspberry Rose, Tahitian Vanilla Bean and the ever seductive Dark Chocolate Salted Caramel.
Meringues are light and crunchy confections that are as beautiful as they are easy to create. The beauty in the detail of a fine meringue is shown in the technique- beautiful sweeping lines, spiky points and craggy surfaces can all be achieved by using different piping tips.
Alen and I make ours with an Italian Meringue of equal parts egg whites and sugar and after piping onto a silicon mat, drying them in a warm oven overnight. The result is an airy, light, sweet and crunchy confection that practically melts in your mouth!
Alen created an amazing and beautiful Christmas Fruit Tart for our little family celebration. Inside is a delicate and silky citrus custard garnished with beautiful Farmer’s Market raspberries and fresh fruit. Alen’s tart shells are always perfect- thin and crisp with hints of vanilla and citrus. The perfect Christmas pastry!