October 16, 2018

crumbs


Yesterday I made these rainbow and vanilla crumbs for layer cakes, inspired by Milk Bar layer cakes.
This past summer I attended the Milk Bar classes at their new location in Washington, DC and learned the technique for their popular layer cakes.
Even though in Uganda some of the ingredients are hard to find, I've adapted the recipes to make layer cakes the Rose Vanilla way.






{ rainbow cookie crumbs }


{ vanilla cookie crumbs }

September 25, 2018

fresh flower cakes

There's something so special and feminine about fresh flower cakes.
They are perfect for bridal showers, baby showers, birthday parties, you name it!!!
It is a labor of love to prepare the blooms to be food safe, to choose the right flowers that go well with the frosting and to create a design that is unique to each cake.

These are some of the cakes I've baked in the last ten days since I returned to Kampala from my summer holiday.

{Deep chocolate cake layered with "dulce de leche" and frosted with strawberry buttercream. Adorned with a cascade of roses and hydrangeas}



{Classic vanilla cake layered with passion fruit curd and frosted with strawberry buttercream. Adorned with roses, chrysanthemums and strawberries from my garden}



{Vanilla cake layered with lemon curd and frosted with lemon buttercream. Topped with a bouquet of garden roses and hydrangeas, also from my garden}



{Madagascan vanilla cake layered with passion fruit curd and frosted with passion fruit buttercream. Topped with blush roses and buttercream leaves}



{Vanilla cake layered with passion fruit curd and frosted with coconut buttercream. A delicious combo! Topped with ivory/blush roses, buttercream leaves and berries}



September 24, 2018

bridal shower cupcakes


So thrilled to be making these buttercream flower cupcakes for bridal showers in Kampala.
Each cupcake is different, decorated with small flowers and leaves in different colors, just like in real life.






September 17, 2018

Floral cupcakes


This summer I spent two months traveling from the East to West coast of the United States and South to Costa Rica and Bolivia. In between I was able to fit some flower piping to perfect a technique so unique as creating more realistic buttercream flowers.
At the beginning I was not too comfortable with the bright colors, but now I'm loving the effect.


Deep chocolate cupcakes topped with mini chrysanthemums, hydrangeas, delphinium, amaryllis and berries. All of them made with buttercream in the brightest colors.






July 7, 2018

essentials


Not just for drying the dishes.
My pure linen tea towels are highly absorbent, lint-free and naturally stronger than cotton, making them both a practical and timeless choice for many uses around the house.
I firmly believe that something so frequently used should be as beautiful as it is functional so I've picked out quality striped linen for Fournier's tea towels.


Linen is super-absorbent, anti-microbial, and quick-drying. It absorbs and releases moisture faster than any other textile and is, therefore, useful for tea towels.


Perfect to perk up a kitchen rack, line a bread basket, or nestle the arm of your favorite beverage pitcher.



July 6, 2018

shiny pastels


On a recent trip to New York city, I fell in love with metallic linen.
I had seen it before and had some samples from my suppliers, but was not so sure about using it on my collections for Fournier.
Once I had the rolls of fabric in front on me, I could not resist and had these three colors cut, packed and shipped to Uganda!
First off, make linings for the small handmade baskets on the Fournier Home collection.




July 5, 2018

fournier baskets { home collection }


Last year I introduced these baskets to the Fournier home collection.
I have them made by local artisans in a village near Kampala.
They are fully lined with organic cotton and Irish linen, and tied with cotton string.


There's a hundred was you can use these baskets. My favorite is to use them in the bathroom for towels and also to carry my yarns around the house.




July 4, 2018

linen napkins


My love affair with crisp Irish linen goes way back. Ever since I started making children's clothing for Fournier, it was my fabric of choice for the Spring-Summer collections.

From children's clothing and toys to table linens.
This linen is so versatile that can be made into multiple items.

These ecru raw edge napkins feature a golden stitch all around. Luxury on the table.





July 3, 2018

garden roses { for cakes }


For the Rose Vanilla cakes I try to use only 
roses from my own garden. This way I can cut them
when they are half open and refrigerate them
to then use on the cake I'm working on.
Roses add a touch of elegance to any cake design.




It’s the fragrance, high petal count and rosette bloom shape
that is what commonly characterizes garden roses
and differentiates them from standard roses as well
as what makes them a popular choice for weddings and events.



With elegance, romance and nostalgia woven into every bloom,
roses can elevate your garden to new levels of beauty and enjoyment.


We have pink and red too, but my favorite color
is this ivory with a touch of yellow.



July 2, 2018

{ miette }

Miette is the French word for "crumb,"
and one of San Francisco's most revered pastry shops.
It is a feast for the eyes and taste buds,
with one of the best macarons I have tried.
In just under ten years, the bakery has grown to
now include three very successful retail locations in 
the city also known as the "Paris of the West". 


Sweets on milk glass stands and celery green tables.

Glass jars filled with the most amazing macarons. Made from coarsely-ground almonds and filled with buttercream or ganache. {They have a macaron happy hour, where you can buy them up at $1 a piece}

A Rose Vanilla favorite, the marshmallows in the most darling packaging.

Polka dotted bags filled with cookies.


 
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