Sneak Peek for St. Patrick’s Day Cake Decorations

Happy March!  I’ve been busy making decorations out of fondant that will adorn a St. Patrick’s Day cake I’m envisioning. I say “envisioning” because I have ideas of certain decorating elements and then I have to figure out how I’m going to make them. This is why I love the creative challenge of decorating cakes, cupcakes and cookies and seeing if I can make those ideas come to fruition. I always ask myself, “Can I figure out a way to add more dimension or an element of surprise with a technique that I haven’t used before?” 

One thing I knew I wanted was rainbow flags or pennants for added color and whimsy. It’s one of my favorite decorating shapes. You might have noticed I’ve included it a lot in my blog re-design for category title bars and for my “featured” pennant on my image slider.

I’ll be posting a DIY tutorial on how to make the rainbow pennants this week or as I have been affectionately calling them, “rainbow bacon”. I think they’re sizzlin’ being all colorful and wavy! There’s a Wilton Cake Decorating tool that helps cut the straight lines. I couldn’t imagine making these without it.

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I’ve also been playing around with making shamrocks with heart cookie cutters. I wanted the shamrocks “puffy” and dimensional and not flat so I figured out a way to do this that was very easy working on the backside of the petal with a fondant ball tool. I then went on to experiment with other looks – embossing, painting, dusting – all to see what strikes my fancy or floats my boat, as my husband likes to say. The jury is still out. I’ll mix and match and try different combos of elements until my boat floats. :)

There will be a more detailed DIY tutorial post on the designs too. Here’s some pennants “under construction.”

Fondant Shamrocks

This is my work station as it really is, no styling as you might be able to tell.  It’s kind of messy in what I like to call “creative chaos” to justify the mess. What do you think of embossing fondant? I love the look as it can be very old world-lacy looking or more elegant highlighted with gold, either painted or dry brushed.

St. Patrick's Day Fondant Cake Decorations

Is there anything that strikes your fancy or floats your boat? I’d love to know! 

Wishing you a wonderful new month as we spring ahead surrounded by fresh green colors. 

Aren’t we all just a bit Irish this month?

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Baking at The Ronald McDonald House

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This past weekend I had the opportunity to spend an afternoon baking for the families at The Ronald McDonald House in Orange, CA.  The organization supports families in residence whose children who are in treatment at affiliated Children’s Hospitals. The day was coordinated through my sorority’s alumnae group, Tri-Delta.  It was “Delta Love” day and a day to give to others. I’m very proud of my sorority’s commitment to giving.  To date, Tri-Delta has raised more than $30 million dollars… [Read More]

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National Margarita Day

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There’s nothing like waking up on a lazy Sunday morning to find out that it’s National Margarita Day! How this glorious event almost slipped by me is unimaginable since margaritas are my go-to cocktail when I’m not certain how an establishment makes a perfectly pink pomtini. Thank you to my ever diligent husband for bringing this to my attention whether there be ulterior motives involved or he’s just looking forward to cocktail time tonight while I tune into the Oscars. … [Read More]

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Chinese New Year/Lunar New Year Decorated Almond Cookies

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Growing up, I was always aware of the Chinese New Year or Lunar New Year, as it’s becoming more commonly called it seems.  Both my brother and I were born in the heart of Chinatown in downtown Los Angeles and my mother would recollect that when my brother was born fireworks were going off.  Since his birthday is on Valentine’s Day there’s a good chance that this coincided with the Chinese New Year.  No fireworks for me when I arrived… [Read More]

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Happy Valentine’s Day!

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Wishing everyone a fun Valentine’s Day today.  What will I do when my pink week is over? I’ve loved it all – the color combinations, the sprinkles, the hearts and flowers… …sending little Valentine gifts out to baking buddies and thinking of them while I tied the ribbon on the packages. Today isn’t just Valentine’s Day but my big brother’s birthday as well.  I always enjoyed the spill-over effect of this growing up as it made Valentine’s Day a little… [Read More]

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Meringue Cookie Heart Pops Over At Hungry Happenings

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Hello!  Before I share some exciting news, I want to say “thank you” to so many who wrote letting me know they tried to leave comments on Monday and couldn’t.  The new site began a migration unexpectedly and I was even off line for awhile.  Not how I wanted to start off.  You can leave comments now but I’ve lost all the comments from the 4 most recent posts and I’m locked out of Feedburner for the time being so… [Read More]

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Make-Ahead Frozen Buttercream Cake Decorations

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As a Wilton brand Ambassador, I’m most fortunate to be able to try new products and create projects with existing ones.  For Valentine’s Day, I was sent Wilton’s Decorator’s Icings in pouches accompanied with sprinkles.  Remembering when my guys were little and to my room-mom days, I would have gladly welcomed the ease of ready made tinted icings since decorating cupcakes for the class party was usually done late the night before. One thing you can do to save time… [Read More]

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Pink Martinis and Pearls “Pinker, Better, Faster, Stronger”

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Welcome to Pink Martinis and Pearls re-design! Today I’m celebrating because I’m very excited to share with you what I’ve been working on for months!  As you can tell we’ve had a tech facelift and it feels so good! A little microtechno-brasion here and a nip and tuck there and Voila!  Let me give you a quick tour. You’ll see a menu bar full of organization. Take a spin and look around. There’s categories for Decorated Cookies and drop down… [Read More]

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Popcorn Snowmen

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There’s lots of special treats you can make to have fun with National Popcorn Day. As I was looking through my collection of cookbooks during the holidays, I came across the first book that began my confectionery journey.  It was Wilton’s Complete Book of Candy, 1981.  In it I found a recipe for popcorn balls. I have a wonderful memory of my grandmother’s popcorn balls that she’d wrap in colored wax paper.  They were crunchy and chewy, sweet and slightly… [Read More]

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Throw Back Thursday, Instagram Videos and Happy New Year!

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