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Pineapples and Palm Trees Third Birthday Beach Brunch

30 September 2017

We went back to the same beach for the little man’s third birthday as for his first.  I had far less lofty aspirations than his Vintage Surf Shack baby luau a couple years ago, but it’s my kid!  There’s got to be a little fuss.  Having learned from that party that all the cute pinteresty decor ideas are no match for sea breezes or trade winds, I knew his party decor this time around had to be flightless birds.  Which meant real pineapples!  Those beasts weren’t going anywhere off the tables until we directed guests to take them.  I didn’t want to do a full tiered cake, but I definitely knew pineapple-shaped cupcakes were the thing.  A pair of cupcakes, a star tip, and a leafy pick?  Done.

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Pineapple sugar cookies as favors.  I could have done palm trees, as well, but I am just too enamored of pineapples right now.

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Hibiscus Birthday Cake

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Hibiscus 18th Birthday Cake

9 April 2016

Dark Chocolate cake with 60% Cacao Ganache filling

Accompanied by turquoise/orange confetti vanilla cupcakes (not pictured)

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Plumeria Birthday Cake

Plumeria Cake

Plumeria (Frangipani) Birthday Cake

March 2014

Pecan Spice Cake with Maple Buttercream Filling

A rare buttercream cake – I usually prefer the clean lines of fondant, especially in tropical humidity.  But, buttercream was requested – plus, it’s been pretty cool and dry lately, so that eased my mind!

Gumpaste plumeria flowers dusted with Cosmos-pink matte dust.  It’s hard to tell from the photographs, but the base buttercream is a slightly more vibrant green than the paler swirls.  I was really quite pleased with how the flowers turned out – and I can’t believe it has taken me this long to make them for the first time.  They’re my favorites, and I foresee many future uses of plumeria on my cakes. 🙂

Plumeria Cake

Plumeria Cake

Boxed and ready to go. I added an extra blossom after the first round of photos. 🙂