Springtime is just around the corner, which also means that so is wedding season. I attended my first wedding of the year a couple of weekends ago–a wedding that I had the pleasure of making the cupcakes for. I made two different types: earl grey vanilla and mango coconut. It was so exciting to attend the wedding and see the cupcakes in action as everyone celebrated the new marriage. I love how, as humans, we often choose to celebrate together over food. That is exactly why baking is so special to me! I made 160 cupcakes in total for the big day–my biggest cupcake order to date!
On a different wedding note, I have also been daydreaming about the desserts for my own upcoming wedding. Call me crazy, but we will be having a dessert reception and I plan on making all of the desserts myself. I can’t stop thinking about all of the different dessert combinations to serve. I have been making mental notes, scribbled lists, and tons of little cake doodles (what do you know–my degree in visual arts put to use). It’s so fun to dream about all of these things. So fun.
I have a few other wedding orders coming up within the next couple of months. May, June, and July are my busiest months of the year. ‘Tis the season for wedding bells to start ringing and I am more than ready with my piping bag in one hand and a spatula in the other!
Do you remember when Gwen Stefani first came out with her Love. Angel. Music. Baby. album? It was quirky and odd, but I will be the first to admit that I was so hooked. I remember the sixth grade version of myself being glued to the television as the Alice-In-Wonderland-esque music videos played on the weekly countdown. My best friend even got the album for her birthday and I remember her lending it to me to listen to on my CD walkman. Those were the days.
I think the reason I was so obsessed with that album was because it was so different from anything else that was popular in the music business at the time. Gwen Stefani was bold, fun, and fresh. She has evolved since the release of that album, but she has never stopped being bold and exciting. She established a clothing line called L.A.M.B that has done incredibly well on the fashion scene. It is characterized by vivid, rocker-meets-classic patterns and stark, yet vibrant, colours.
In other words: the line would make a playful and incredibly fun inspiration for a set of 30th birthday cookies.
I was asked to make thirty 30th birthday cookies inspired by Gwen Stefani’s L.A.M.B clothing line, as the recipient was a huge fan of Gwen Stefani. I greeted the challenge with so much excitement because of how fun the patterns were. I decided to base the cookie designs off three iconic prints of the line–bold stripes, a repetitive black and white pattern, and a grey and orange flowy leopard print.
I finished the cookies by donning a few with gold “30”s. These cookies were such a fun and inspiring challenge. It’s always such a treat to receive full creative freedom when it comes to cookie baking. Cookie decorating is just as much a creative outlet as clothing design, so to be able to celebrate the two was such an exciting thing to do.
May you all have a bold, bright, and Love. Angel. Music. Baby. kind of week!