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Wednesday
Dec092015

Piebox 

A couple of months ago, I was in the Beautiful Briny Sea workspace and noticed that Suzi was sharing a portion of her space with Piebox. I love Piebox and was thrilled to hear that the owners, Adrienne Blumthal, Carol Blumthal and Steven Karl Metzer just relocated their company from Chicago to my backyard in the Grant Park section of Atlanta. Welcome to the South y'all...the epicenter of good pie. 

The simple, modern design of each Piebox is what makes them so great- plus, they're needed. I can't tell you how stressful it is to transport a freshly baked pie from one part of town to another when you have nothing to use but a dinner plate. It's just so wrong... so I applaud them for these stylish, reusable wooden carriers we can have all to ourselves or to gift to our baking loving friends. 

With the success of the Piebox came the Cakebox. This design is clever as it can be used for most 10" cake plates but also, the removable cupcake racks allow the transport of up to 18 cupcakes. And if you want to up your style quotient, purchase this vegetable tanned leather strap for an easy carry...  

As if Piebox and Cakebox weren't enough, there's also Cookiebox which works for all your small pastries and treats. I want one, filled with an assortment of cookies, preferably any containing chocolate, for Christmas. Family, take note...

And as Adrienne shared, the TSA has just allowed pies and cakes to be transported on planes so it's a no brainer to travel with one of these when you head home for the holidays. The sinful southern dessert you make that morning can be tasted and shared that night, hundreds or thousands of miles away. I want one of every box. If you're feeling that urge too, click here. 

 

Images: Steven Karl Metzer    Content: Sweet Peach 

 

Friday
Oct312014

Halloween with Libbie Summers

If you ever get a chance to spend some time with Libbie Summers, you'll be in a really good mood. Based in Savannah, Georgia, Libbie cooks and bakes the prettiest and tastiest food. With every dish, she exudes joy and fun and I really do just adore her. When I was thinking of what to post for Halloween, I had to send her an email to see what she was up to. Turns out it's a very spooky (and adorable) Skull Cake...

I love making anything that involves construction paper and scissors. This easy recipe can translate into whatever spooky image or saying you'd like to share...

Libbie has a knack for taking everyday items and incorporating them into her baked goods- like bubble tape and gumballs to create a Bubble Tape Mummy Cake. It's another easy recipe that's fun and playful, just like her. She likes to present her mummy cake in a nun's costume but this is an optional component. See, just like that, I'm in another really good mood. Happy Halloween everyone...

 

Photos: Chia Chong/ libbiesummers.com     Content: Sweet Peach

 

Wednesday
Jun042014

Sweet Peach Layer Cake

With peach season upon us, I wanted to make something sweet, scrumptious and pretty. After a bit of research, my friend Monica and I created the Sweet Peach Layer Cake with peach ombre icing. 

This is a three layer cake. You can pick your favorite sponge or white cake recipe. We liked this one and this one but ultimately gave it a go with this version. It's a butter cake recipe, tripled. 

I let the cakes cool overnight, then Monica came over to make our vanilla buttercream frosting, via Martha Stewart. Monica trimmed the top of each cake to even out each layer. (I'm a fan of this amazing video by Libbie Summers, How to frost a layer cake, both informative and adorable) 

Between the layers, Monica applied a coat of icing, then topped it with a mix of one chopped sweet peach and a couple tablespoons of peach jam (we used Emily G's Peach Marmalade). Experiment with your favorite sweet peach concoction. 

Next, she applied a crumb coat of icing around the entire cake. 

I wanted a peach ombre icing for this sweet treat. Monica found this tutorial and it worked perfectly, no matter which ombre colors you desire. 

All you need is a bit of patience and this type of icing is easy and fun to do. For the final touch, we added a sweet peach on top. But of course...

Instagram your own Sweet Peach dessert with the hashtag #sweetpeachsweetspots

 

Photos and Content: Sweet Peach    First and last pic: Whitney Ott Photography