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cinco [margaritas] de mayo…

Being that it is ‘el cinco de mayo’ what better way to celebrate than with a fantastic blood orange margarita made with all fresh ingredients! For me, I am not a huge fan of a salted rim, but instead one lined in sugar…
To make this great drink come together… freshly squeezed lime juice, Cointreau, sugar and of course superior tequila. My tequila of choice… Avion! After a quick shake, this luxurious libation gets poured lovingly over ice and topped off with a lime wedge…
Ahhhh sweet, tart and just plain perfect. Guess I better start squeezing more limes…

at a low simmer…


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Wow this feels like it has been a marathon of birthday cake making! First special birthday cake was the little guys, and tonight’s special delivery is for my mother. Vibrant purple fondant, homemade buttercream frosting, cannoli creme filling [sorry secret recipe], as well as a light and fluffy vanilla cake brushed with Cointreau to make this cake extra special!
Once the cakes were baked, I brushed a light amount of the cointreau to add some exotic flavor and let it cool completely. After the cakes were cooled, a healthy dollop of the cannoli creme was evened out on the bottom cake layer and then the other layer gently placed on top. For the buttercream frosting… butter, confectioners sugar, milk and vanilla were whipped until it was thick and velvety! Next step was to ice the filled cake to prep for the fondant that was going to be molded over. After icing, into the refrigerator to quickly chill and then time to roll out the fondant. Working quickly, the fondant was placed on top of the cake and smoothed out. Once the fondant was smoothed, a light brush of pearl dust was added to create a modern shimmer, while a strip of fabric and beading was added to wrap the base and add interest and depth. For a dimensional element, the cake was adorned with sugar flowers dusted with the pearl dust on the top and side! Another exciting [and tasty] creation!

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