Swiss Meringue Buttercream

If you are like me you never grew up with Swiss meringue buttercream. That's okay! We had that over the top sugary sweet American style buttercream that you want to make sure to have a nice cold glass of milk close at hand to gulp down with each savory bite. Yes, there will always be a place in our hearts for our nostalgic childhood buttercream.....but Swiss meringue. This buttercream just takes our cakes to an all new level that one simply can't ignore, and that is what we are going to journey and discover here. I will admit up front that this buttercream is a little more high maintenance then our traditional American style buttercream. However, as with most things that require the added at

Sweet Sixteen

I am way behind the game getting this post up for our daughter's "Sweet Sixteen" last November. I took a long break with my family over the holidays. But I also could not let this pass since it is a cake that holds a very special place in my heart. I really wanted this cake to capture her through the years as I have had the wonderful honor of watching her grow into the incredible woman that she has become. She chose an Alice in Wonderland theme with a focus on the Mad Hatter for her party. We spent hours over the months before putting our fun twist on the decoration planning. It is a long standing tradition now that our children help make their cakes. I used to make their birthday cake and s