Sweet Sensations Best of 2017 Desserts and Tablescapes almost didn’t make it. Initially, I wanted to just jump right in with spanking brand new content. I did manage to post a Gender-Neutral Valentine’s Day Tablescape before my old recurring injury showed up, and the timing couldn’t be worse. Nonetheless, it’s here and I have to deal with it. The sun will come up tomorrow, it’s darkest before the dawn, when life hands you lemons make lemonade, and on and on. I’m hopeful for brighter days and that soon I’ll be leaping tall cakes in a single bound.
When compiling this list, I noticed that I’ve baked more chocolate cakes than any others. Nothing wrong with that, but I intend to stretch my sweet profile a little further this year. I’d also like to style more special occasion tablescapes. Wedding season will be here before you know it and baby showers aren’t locked into any season. So that’s my plan and here’s what I chose as Sweet Sensations Best of 2017 Desserts and Tablescapes.
If you’re a bonafide chocoholic this is your cake. The cake is super moist with a deep chocolate flavor. The frosting is rich, creamy and irresistible. Then there are those decadent chocolate shards on top.
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We shouldn’t eat sweets all the time so I added this savory dish.I am in love with mini cast iron skillets whether for sweets or savories. This dish was even better after it had sat at room temperature for a couple of hours. In the past, I’ve used a different pasta sauce and was pleasantly surprised to find that Barilla pasta sauce has more of an Italian flavor without the tangy aftertaste. I’d make this again in a heartbeat.
These Quick and Easy Strawberry Shortcakes were ready to be eaten in less than an hour. Had all my photo props been ready before I started baking I could have shaved 15 minutes off that hour. My shortcakes scream spring and summer, but I’d enjoy these any time of the year.
As I was eating the cake slice from the photo shoot I was also looking for someone to give it to. Thank goodness my niece Alissa came to my rescue. I must say that this Super Dark Chocolate Cake with Milk Chocolate Lavender Mousse was one of the most unique cakes that I’ve made or tasted.
This French Vanilla Cake with Banana Cream Cheese Frosting is moist, fluffy and received a boost in flavor from banana liqueur. The scalloped edge pans were fun to work with and I’m looking forward to using them again soon. Fingers crossed!
In 2017 I discovered that I do like goat cheese despite my previous misgivings. This Sweet Potato Layer Cake with Creamy Goat Cheese Frosting is incredibly moist and the tang of the Honey Goat Cheese is a perfect counterbalance to the sweetness of the cake.
This tablescape was born of my frustration with our ever-changing weather last winter. This time of year the weather and the calendar are often in steep competition. Warm sunny days put us in the mood for spring activity and décor, but the calendar tends to keep us grounded in our regional bitter cold realities. Some things never change.
This pastel spring tablescape gives a nod to Easter along with a feeling of sunshine and a sprinkling of delicate spring blooms. It’s hard not to feel the hope of warm weather sitting at this lush table.
It was love at first sight when I saw these watercolor salad plates at Burlington’s. Then by chance (wink-wink), I happened upon the napkins at Penney’s and went full steam ahead bringing the other pieces together. Add to that, I already had the box of flowers. This table was meant to be!
Look no further than your linen closet, the bedding or drapery department of your favorite retail outlet or thrift store. This gingham flat sheet only set me back a few bucks at my favorite thrift store. Just think how many beautiful table covers you can find by straying a bit from the norm.
My Moroccan Inspired Tablescape had been in the making for a long time. It’s filled with lots of color, shimmer, texture and great bargains. The only things missing were the camel and hookah. I’m sure our HOA wouldn’t approve of a camel, but if I find a large faux one I’d do this all over again.
I was so excited when all of the ghastly creatures I invited to this dinner party decided to come. A few of them partied till the crack of dawn and as you can see Mr. Skeleton decided to rest in the center of the table. I’ll have to monitor his swamp juice at the next event.
From the start, I knew that this elegant Christmas tablescape had to be filled with lots of sparkle and shine. Once again, it was my great fortune to have everything needed for this table on hand. By shopping my home I saved some cash for the after holiday clearance sales.
2017 was an awesome year for baking and styling tables. Having friends like you stop by to see them was the icing on the cake. Take Care!
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