Thursday, April 26, 2012
I’m in love with little 6″ cakes at the moment. I think they are the perfect size for an intimate get-together. They hold the perfect amount of servings, usually between 8 to 10 depending on the size of the slice.
I made this chocolate buttercream cake last week for a boy’s 18th birthday. I think it turned out adorable. I wanted to keep it classy, which is why I choose to keep the colors blues and greens for the numbers 1 and 8 that are made out of fondant.
To achieve the look of stripes I colored small amounts of fondant different colors and then cut little strips. Next, I put the strips together side by side in the order that I wanted and used a rolling pin to have the colors form together. It made a flattened piece of multi-colored fondant that I cut the numbers out from.
This little beauty was chocolate cake with chocolate buttercream and a layer of strawberry preserves.
I made a little banner and hand painted on the “Happy Birthday Julian” with black food coloring and a little bit of clear vanilla mixed together.
For this rustic look, you hold the tip of the frosting spatula against a smooth buttercream surface and continue to turn the decorating stand. Just make sure to lightly move your hand up to the next level once you’ve completed a full turn around the cake. It’s simple, chic, and perfect for a manly type of cake.
Wednesday, April 11, 2012
In my opinion, there isn’t a chocolate more sinfully pleasing for a cookie than dark chocolate. It’s the perfect combination of sweetness with the sugar, both white and brown, and decadent dark chocolate.
Photography Credit: Britt Rene Photo
These last three photos were taken by the fabulous photographers that were at the Not Wedding. I love how differently each photographer was able to capture the dark chocolate chunk cookies. Make sure to click on their links to check out all of their beautiful work.
Photography Credit: Natalie Bray Photography
These cookies are a couple of The Sunday Sweet’s loyal customers favorite cookie. Now that’s sayin’ something!
Photography Credit: Hybrid Photography
They were a huge hit at the Not Wedding last month.
I love tying them with baker’s twine. I think it’s adorable!
Photography Credit: Mala Hyder Photography
I’m so excited to share this recipe with you!
Dark Chocolate Chunk Cookies
Yield: About 40 cookies
Prep Time: 30 min
Cook Time: 11-12 min
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
1/2 cup granulated sugar
3/4 cup packed light brown sugar
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
2 large eggs
1 (8 ounce) block dark chocolate, coarsely chopped
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
Line 2 cookie sheets with parchment paper. Shift together the flour, baking soda, and salt into a medium bowl and set aside.
Place the butter, sugar, and brown sugar in the bowl of an electric mixer. Cream together on medium speed until light and fluffy. Scrape down the sides of the bowl with a spatula. Beat in the vanilla and the eggs. Gradually add the dry ingredients to the creamed mixture and continue to mix until a smooth batter forms. Turn off the mixer and fold in the chocolate chunks using the spatula.
I like to use a small cookie scoop to scoop out the dough and then roll it into a ball with my hands. Place them about 2 inches apart onto the prepared cookie sheets. Bake for about 11 minutes and if you like the crispy anywhere from 12-13 minutes.
Allow the cookies to cool on the baking sheets for 5 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool. Repeat with the remaining cookie dough.
Tuesday, April 10, 2012
I was in the mood for s’mores today. S’mores Tarts to be exact and I realized I haven’t shared these adorable little sweets on the blog yet!
S’mores Tarts have a graham cracker crust and are filled with ganache, then topped with meringue that is toasted. They are heaven in a bite-size form. It doesn’t get any better than that!
We can even play around with the ganache to give them a slightly different taste. They can have bittersweet, semisweet, or milk chocolate ganache. (Ganache is chocolate melted together with heavy cream.)
Or for even more of a chocolate kick with can sub in an Oreo crust! Hmm, I like the sound of that one!
S’mores tarts are on The Sunday Sweet menu at $1.50 each.
Photography Credit: Britt Rene Photo
Sunday, April 8, 2012
The Sunday Sweet offers a wide variety of sweets and I have to say that sugar cookies are one of my favorites. They aren’t your typical sugar cookie first off, they have a hint of fresh lemon. The best part about sugar cookies is that they can be customized to match any event, theme, or holiday! We can make them in all shapes and sizes and design options are endless.
I think they can add a huge amount of personality to a dessert table display!
Here are a couple of different styles that we have made.
Sugar cookies start at $1.50 and range in price depending on design. Contact us for more info!
Photography Credit: Britt Rene Photo
Friday, April 6, 2012
I had the honor of making a gender reveal cake for my best friend, Michelle and her hubby Timmy. The absolute best part of it was going with Michelle to her ultrasound appointment that morning. I was the only one who knew what the little bundle of joy was going to be the entire day until the party!! It was such a blessing to be there with her and seeing the little baby on the screen. It was a moment I will never forget.
I was genuinely shocked by the lack of texts from Michelle during the day. I thought for sure that she was going to try and figure it out before the party. Her mom kept her busy all day with helping put together the last minute details, which I think did the trick!
The cake was a pumpkin spice cake with cinnamon cream cheese. Since there wasn’t much time from the ultrasound appointment to when the party was I decorated the cake with swirls of dyed cream cheese frosting.
I’m so excited for Timmy and Michelle and can’t wait to meet their little one that is due to come into the world in August!
It’s a BOY!!!
Michelle thought it was a boy all along and she was right!
I love you both and can’t wait to help with spoiling this baby boy!
Thursday, April 5, 2012
I know I am a little late and that I completely forgot about March’s deal. I swear I don’t know where March went!! But that’s that and this is now. Here’s the deal for April!
So are you ready? Send in your orders! Here’s a link to the menu. And if there’s absolutely nothing on the menu that would satisfy your sweet tooth you can send in a special request. dana(at)thesundaysweet(dot)com
April has been out-of-this-world amazing so far! I’ve been working FULL TIME on The Sunday Sweet. Mostly with catching up with the business side of it and recovering from The Not Wedding and a wedding I had last Friday. It’s been a ton of hard work and I could not be more pleased with it all. I’ve got a number of fun posts planned for the next upcoming days and I’m crossing my fingers to really try and blog everyday! *fingers crossed*
Oh! One more treat for you! If you refer someone to me make sure they say so and I will give you a free dozen mini cupcakes, oreo cheesecake truffles, or mini cheesecakes. Your choice!
And remember to share this! There more business I get, the better deals I can give to you
Wednesday, March 21, 2012
When I got the phone call from my second mom, Eileen, about making a couple of cakes for Elizabeth, I immediately jumped on board! It was not only my first opportunity to bake for their family, but for an engagement party! Elizabeth’s boyfriend was planning on proposing on St. Patrick’s Day, which is adorable because they are an Irish family. You know, tons of freckles, red hair, and all of them are simply gorgeous.
Dropping off the cakes and just being in the house were we had so many slumber parties, lazy summer days, spent hours watching mtv music video, and endless girl talk made me smile. I will always love that house, it’s another home for me. I walked inside the house and it was magic seeing everyone in the kitchen getting ready for the special day! Seeing Eileen cooking and preparing the food for the surprise engagement party was a memory I will never forget.
Eileen said that Elizabeth’s favorite color was yellow and her favorite flower is a sunflower. I made the red velvet cake be the main cake decorating it with simple fondant sunflowers. For the bright yellow more rustic looking cake I made fondant decorations with their initials and the date of the engagement. That cake was a chocolate buttermilk cake with peanut butter cream cheese frosting with a touch of salted caramel. Pure heaven if you ask me!
Here’s some photos of the ring, the cakes, and the sweethearts.
Saturday, March 17, 2012
I’ve been talking and posting up a storm about The Not Wedding on my facebook page and not so much here on my blog. Oops! That is about to change, because yesterday Natalie Bray Photography posted the photos from the engagement photo session and they are gorgeous! Seeing these photos make me even more excited for The Not Wedding that is just around the corner on March 27th. (Soon-to-be brides, you can get your tickets here!)
There are so many talented vendors that are pulling together to turn this into a magical night.
Couture Events for for wedding cordination, Dear Lola Letterpress for invitations, Ashley Elizabeth for floral design and styling, Exquiste Weddings for media sponsor to just name a few. Check out the tunnel of love for the entire list of vendors that have been chosen to participate.
Here’s a little tease from the photo shoot. Natalie Bray Photography has the entire session on her blog.
Friday, March 16, 2012
February was an extremely exciting month! The orders ranged from chocolate covered strawberries to a retro microphone cake and I shipped my sweets out of state for the first time! There were stressful moments, but it always ends up being worth all the hard work in the end. Delivering the sweets and seeing how happy the customers are NEVER gets old. I love what I do!
Rustic Vanilla Buttercream Cake
Retro Microphone Cake
Basketball Chocolate Covered Strawberries
The first time my sweets were shipped out of state!
These red velvet mason jars made their way to Oregon for a baby shower!
Mini Chocolate and Vanilla Buttermilk Cupcakes
Pink Fondant "S" decorations for an girl's 6th birthday.
Tuesday, March 13, 2012
Here’s a peek at some of the photos from my styled shoot. These are some of my favorites! You’ll be able to see more of the gorgeous photos when my new website is live *fingers crossed* by the end of the week.
I want to say a HUGE thank you to all of the talented ladies that helped me put this shoot together!
Sabrena from Dear Lola Letterpress, helped me with making the adorable “The Sunday Sweet” sign out of burlap. The cute kraft paper name tags were her doing as well.
Shelby from Green Leaf Designs put together the beautiful flower arrangements. They were whimsical and gorgeous right down to the curly cue flowers I have never seen before and fell in love with!
Stephanie from Ribbons & Rust for all your amazing vintage furniture! I couldn’t have done it without you.
My dear friend, Rosie, for saving me with helping to transport my sweets and helping with the mad dash of fighting against the fading sunlight!
Brittany from BrittRene Photo for all your talent! You are a dream to work with!