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A Buttercream Weekend – In Need Of Fruit!

Honey And Lavender Opera

Update 1: for a first account of the weekend, read John’s post here.

Update 2: Sorry for the confusion but this was not the wedding cake, I was just dipping into the archives to illustrate the buttercream.

As you can see I am using a little trip in the archives to sum up the last 5 days spent at Lisa’s for her wedding. There was a lot of buttercream indeed, a little over 6 pounds of it actually for her wedding cake. I am still at her house and won’t be back until later tonight but I will run some funny-interesting numbers for you later in the week. The food was beyond good, the people and friends I met were absolutely fantastic and even though there were quite a few nights that led to a 5am bed time, when we finally sat down this afternoon there was a huge smile on everybody’s face a couple of miles long. I have so many stories and memories that it is all a big happy blur in my head right now and as soon as I download and go through all the pictures tomorrow, I will make sure to give you an idea of what an incredible trip it was.

I thought that a little trip into Opera land with a previous Daring Bakers challenge that I loved will give you a tasty tease of more creamy pictures to come…not to mention that the legs in the picture above look nothing like mine after prepping and dancing all night long (was it the vodka or the shoes…who knows?!!). I missed B. and the pupps and now that the festivities are over, my body tired and my heart filled, I am seriously craving a little detox. I know exactly what to make on Tuesday morning to fix this: Apricot And Lavender Panna Cottas! I froze a bunch of apricots over the summer but I guess good quality preserved ones can do in a pinch.

Lavender and Apricot Panna Cotta

Why I am still awake you might ask? Overdrive…pure and simple and so happy about it at the same time!! The topper? Meeting John and R. who came from Pittsburg to be at Lisa’s party and spending 5 awesome days with Kelly who flew back to San Diego Sunday afternoon. More on all of this later…

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Cymbaline November 10, 2008 um 8:07 am

oh my gosh how awesome is that wedding cake??? i love the top piece~ and it really looks delicius!

Rosa's Yummy Yums November 10, 2008 um 8:24 am

Such great treats! That Opera Cake looks perfect and the Panna Cotta must be delightfully good!



Astrid November 10, 2008 um 9:12 am

Oh I can’t wait for your upcoming posts, it sounds like the wedding and its preparation were really special!
Ugh, while you were whipping off 6 pounds of buttercream, I was ruining yet another batch. I can’t seem to make buttercream, despite all the tips I’ve read on the subject.

wennycara November 10, 2008 um 9:18 am

Really nice. Good work ๐Ÿ˜‰

Anonymous November 10, 2008 um 9:26 am

Can’t wait to read and see it all ๐Ÿ™‚

MyKitchenInHalfCups November 10, 2008 um 10:11 am

I don’t think there’s any way to show that smile in text but this makes me smile pretty close to that right now too.
Thanks so much for the tease, can’t wait for your write up!

Philo aux fourneaux – Blog culinaire November 10, 2008 um 11:01 am

La premiรจre photo est sublime, j’adore …

Fee ist mein Name November 10, 2008 um 11:52 am

The only thing I can say is : WOW! How did you create this legs?!?

Manggy November 10, 2008 um 12:30 pm

I am giddy with anticipation– you know how much I love pics from life/travel! Can’t wait to see the cake, too ๐Ÿ™‚

Cannelle Et Vanille November 10, 2008 um 12:39 pm

It sounds like such a fun weekend helen. Overdrive, you said it. Now I hope you rest some and I can’t wait to hear all about it!

Helene November 10, 2008 um 1:07 pm

Cymbaline: the first cake is actually a previous cake from the archives. The wedding cake pictures have not benn downloaded yet. Soon though if the weather permits I fly home!

Anonymous November 10, 2008 um 1:25 pm

Can’t wait to hear all about the trip! I tried to call last Friday but no one was picking up and maybe I had the wrong number. Sounds like so much fun!

LizNoVeggieGirl November 10, 2008 um 1:52 pm

SO much excitement for you!!! Can’t wait to read more ๐Ÿ™‚

Anonymous November 10, 2008 um 1:59 pm

But yes, the buttercream was divine!! The chance to meet some very wonderful folks was even better!! But for the fact that it was Lis' wedding and that stole the show…Helen, your legs or more specifically the tights that covered them brought you in as runner-up!!!


Helene November 10, 2008 um 2:08 pm

John: Now I am blushing!!

Veronica: sorry about that…there was a lot of coming and going!

The Blonde Duck November 10, 2008 um 2:52 pm

That’s amazing! It looks like you had a great time!

Snooky doodle November 10, 2008 um 3:14 pm

eager to read more ๐Ÿ™‚ the opera cake looks so nice and funny at the same time ๐Ÿ™‚

Sunshinemom November 10, 2008 um 4:54 pm

How do you do this???!!! I am amazed and am gaping – yes open mouthed!!

Emily Rose November 10, 2008 um 4:55 pm

I’m glad you had such a good time! Like everyone else, I can’t wait to hear about baking the wedding cake!!

Maria November 10, 2008 um 5:11 pm

Gorgeous cake! That is a lot of buttercream!! I hope you had fun at the wedding!

Ellemay November 10, 2008 um 8:25 pm

I love the legs!!!

Do you know how they were created??

Anonymous November 10, 2008 um 9:30 pm

Sexy cake with that pair of legs !
J’attends de voir avec impatience les photos et le rรฉcit qui va avec !

Anonymous November 10, 2008 um 9:45 pm

love the first photo! The cake is very very eye-catching!

Cakebrain November 10, 2008 um 10:03 pm

That’s an amazing pair of legs! I love the picture!

Simone November 10, 2008 um 10:14 pm

Helen, I tagged you on my blog – hope you will participate!

Kannada Cuisine November 11, 2008 um 12:11 am

A cake too beautiful to eat ๐Ÿ˜‰

Anonymous November 11, 2008 um 1:33 am

oh my! i’m a garden blogger who found my way over through the Garden Grit blog… and am I glad! Honey andlavender mousse– my two most favorite scents combined, i can only dream of how that must taste! and did you make those adorable legs?

chililime November 11, 2008 um 1:52 am

Oh, buttercream… yum. I’m on a cranberry kick lately, do you think it would pair well? Looks lovely, and so delicious.

Anonymous November 11, 2008 um 2:15 am

Love the dancing girl cookie garnish!

Mrs.French November 11, 2008 um 3:34 am

I want to see everything…I remember these photos…perfect, even the second time around…

Mama Mia November 11, 2008 um 3:56 am

that cake looks gorgeous!

glamah16 November 11, 2008 um 4:30 am

Cant wait to hear all about it and see the cake.

Cookie baker Lynn November 11, 2008 um 4:32 am

So glad it was such a happy, successful, wonderful wedding. Can’t wait to see pictures!

Aislyn November 11, 2008 um 5:11 am

How beautiful! Like everyone, I am curious how you did the legs. I have been admiring your blog for awhile – it has been very inspiring and my kitchen has never smelled better…have a wonderful time.

Anonymous November 11, 2008 um 6:54 am

wonderfully done!

Leacayoungart November 11, 2008 um 9:29 am

Wow, tasty. You never stop amazing me.

Jenny November 11, 2008 um 12:53 pm

Looking forward to the pictures!

giz November 11, 2008 um 1:48 pm

I’ll bet that was quite the wedding and knowing some of the people who attended, I’ll bet it was just a hoot. Big congrats to Lis. I’m just confused – did you make the Opera cake for the wedding? I can’t even imagine 6 lbs of buttercream.

We’ve reserved your spot in detox. Isn’t Montreal just the best city!!!

Deeba PAB November 11, 2008 um 4:50 pm

Love that Opera Helen…I remember seeing it on the DB challenge & my jaw fell off!! I bookmarked the panna cotta but never got there, borrowed the silver leaf idea & used it elsewhere!! Refreshing indeed!! That much buttercream? Have fun!!

The Short (dis)Order Cook November 11, 2008 um 5:09 pm

I love those legs!

I’ll bet the wedding cake you made was the most spectacular and yummy one ever.

sefa firdaus November 11, 2008 um 5:47 pm

I really want to see the full version of the wedding cake.
Love the legs, though!

My Sweet & Saucy November 11, 2008 um 6:02 pm

What a good friend you are! I bet she LOVED them!

Anonymous November 11, 2008 um 6:49 pm

Ma petite cherie, ce gateau de mariage devait etre superbe! J’ai hate de voir les photos!

Cakespy November 11, 2008 um 10:58 pm

Can’t wait to hear more–you’ve left us all with quite a delectable teaser!

Lori November 12, 2008 um 2:16 am

I got one thing to say, "Nice tights"!

Anonymous November 12, 2008 um 4:05 am

I'm exhausted! And I heard the snow came in today, so I hope you got home okay…mmmm…memories of that luscious cake and buttahcream. A total work of art & lots of laughs to go with it. So happy to have been a part of it all.

Jerri at Simply Sweet Home November 12, 2008 um 4:22 am

Great looking cake. So creative!

Anonymous November 12, 2008 um 3:01 pm

I know it’s not the actual wedding cake but I am never tired of seeing your beautiful photographs.

Anonymous November 12, 2008 um 3:01 pm

I know it’s not the actual wedding cake but I am never tired of seeing your beautiful photographs.

Anonymous November 12, 2008 um 6:04 pm

That’s a whole lotta buttercream, and I’d imagine a whole lot of fun, too.

Looking forward to seeing all the pictures!

cindy* November 12, 2008 um 6:08 pm

i can’t wait to see your photos from your trip…how wonderful it must have been! a little part of me is swept away with each wedding i attend, it must be the display of love that gets me.

Lady Plate November 12, 2008 um 10:36 pm

I. Am. Speechless. This is too much goodness for one post!

Anonymous November 13, 2008 um 1:11 am

Have been thinking about you all weekend imaging how much fun you all must be having. Can’t wait to see the pictures of everyone and the cake! Welcome home and I still have never had a panna cotta, and must do something about this as soon as I am off the diet.

Fifi Flowers November 13, 2008 um 2:49 am

BUTTERCREAM… yummmmmmmyyyyy!
What a FUN cake! Love the legs!
Hope all is well with you!

Alana November 13, 2008 um 12:39 pm

Your photos and food look amazing, I will have to try some out!!

Anonymous November 13, 2008 um 4:04 pm

I made the panna cotta with peaches yesterday and it turned out wonderful! We could not stop eating them!!
Thank you for sharing your recipes with us.

Mike of Mike's Table November 13, 2008 um 9:20 pm

I think that opera cake photo of yours is one of my favorites and for some reason, those legs really made it stick in my head, lol!

Inne November 15, 2008 um 2:29 pm

Sounds like you had an absolute blast! Great tights btw.

Unknown November 15, 2008 um 8:31 pm

Your work captures so much more than merely "food on a plate". You have such eye for presentation, and an exquisite attention to detail, it’s a pleasure to see you crafting your art. That being said, luxurious treats aside, I must know where you found those exquisite little wide mouthed jars. I scoured a few shops I’m familiar with,, and eBay, but couldn’t find anything even close. Where did you find them??

Ulya November 3, 2009 um 7:52 pm

The Opera Cake looks fantastic!! I really like the photos in your blog, well done!

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