Paper-Craft Sugar Posy Cake {Guest Post for Paper*Cakes}

Happy April!

Several months ago I came across the quirkiest and craftiest blog, Paper*Cakes Finds, created and run by creative, and one-of-a-kind, Canadian, Chelsea Ling. I loved everything about the sweet colour-scheme of her blog, the paper-crafts, the unexpected goodies she’s discovers online, and just the overall energy and whimsy that’s going on over there. I’ve had a lot of fun getting to know her over the past few months, and inspired when she asked me to guest post. I’d love for you to pop over here to Paper*Cakes Finds to check out my Paper-Craft Sugar Posy Cake and tutorial.

Speaking of cake, thanks so  much for all of the sweet words and feedback on my last post (Dark Chocolate Raspberry Buttercream Cake with Ganache Drizzle). I love that you loved it! I’m happy to report that I actually managed to resist eating that cake. I’m actually quite proud of myself–resisting cake is not exactly my forte! I split it up, used a few for the photos, gave some to a few of my neighbours, and froze a bit (and by “bit” I mean a large slab) for when this crazy sugar-free adventure of mine is over, and I can finally indulge.

On a sidenote, I want to share a link with those interested in food photography (or photography of any kind). If you remember my mentioning that I worked on a crazy-fun cake project for Wedding Bells magazine in Toronto awhile back (issue will hit stands in July–I’ll keep you posted!), well, the work of the photographer from that shoot, Jim Norton, is simply incredible. I’ve stared at the images in his food photography portfolio so many times, and with my being so new at this whole food photography thing, they are just pure inspiration. I’m particularly affected by his dark, moody shots, but they are all gorgeous. You can find his stunning portfolio at Jim Norton Photography here. Just had to share!

I’ve got something sweet & fun in the works as we speak, so another baked good post will be up shortly. I hope you’re having a fabulous weekend!

Love, Rosie xo

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Icing Designs: “Cupcake Couture” Cupcake Contest

How was your weekend? I’ve got some yumminess baking as we speak, and another one in the works, both of which I can’t wait to share with you! Since I know how passionate most of you are about baking and caking, I thought I would take some time to tell you about the “Cupcake Couture” Cupcake Contest I’m co-judging over at fabulous Icing Designs right now, alongside Jill from Modern Cupcake. If you haven’t had the joy of discovering Icing Designs yet, let me tell you about how gorgeous their hand-illustrated and hand-glittered invitations, cards, cupcake flags and gift tags are!  Behind these creations are the two super-smart and sweet-as-can-be women, Melissa & Kellie. In addition to designing and creating these goodies, they also write an inspirational party and all-things-pretty blog, and are currently celebrating its 1 year anniversary–what better way to celebrate than by hosting this sweet contest?

Here’s a little bit more about the contest, and a link below to read all details over on their lovely blog. Melissa & Kellie explain:

We are celebrating the one year anniversary of our blog this week…so we figured we better do it in “style”, couture style that is! You may have noticed that we have a thing for sweets, cupcakes in particular! Last spring we created a line called “Cupcake Couture”. It has been a collection that has been very near and dear to our hearts! We thought that it would be so much fun to bring that line to life! So, let’s get creative! We want you to send us a picture of your most “couture” (homemade) cupcake.

On March 16th we will announce the “Cupcake Couture” winner! Prizes will include a fabulous gift certificate to Layer Cake Shop, 12 Cupcake Couture petite invites and 12 coordinating note cards. Good luck, now get decorating…we can not wait to see what you come up with!

To learn more about the “Cupcake Couture” Cupcake Contest (including all contest rules), and to visit their beautiful blog, click here. I also cannot wait to see your beautiful creations!

Well, my oven timer just went off, so that’s my cue…see you soon!

Love, Rosie

PS. Melissa & Kellie were sweet enough to interview me a few months back. If you’d like to read that interview, you can view it here.

*Gorgeous image above by the fabulous and unbelievably talented Elizabeth Messina from Kiss the Groom.

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Frosting for the Cause and Winner of the IceMilk Apron Giveaway!

Happy Sunday, everyone! It’s a beautiful (and freezing) sunny morning here on Lake Ontario–a perfect day to share a guest blog post I did over at a wonderful website called Frosting for the Cause. Frosting for the Cause is a 365 day baking project that highlights a different baker/blogger each day of 2011, sharing stories, recipes, and decorating tips, all to raise money and awareness for cancers that affect women. Paula, also known as The Vanilla Bean Baker, is the mastermind and heart behind this cause, and I was so honoured to be part of something so special.

Stop by Frosting for the Cause to read my guest post on Pinkalicious Cherry Cupcakes and learn about a woman in my life who was affected by cancer. If you’re a baking blogger who hasn’t yet signed up for this project and would like to make a difference, I believe there are some dates available. If you’re a reader who would like to take part and make a difference, you can go to the convenient Donate section of the Frosting for the Cause website. Thank you, Paula, for all of your hard work in putting this project together.

It’s also a perfect day to announce the winner of the gorgeous IceMilk Apron! It wasn’t a surprise that you all adore these heirloom aprons as much I do!

The winner of a monogrammed IceMilk Apron of their choice is…

 #129 Anna. Anna said, “these aprons are beautiful! I just sent the link to my mom for her catering company. I am convinced we need these!
my all time favorite pie is my mom’s peanut butter meringue or my Mammie’s hand-picked-full-of-love raspberry.”

Congratulations, Anna! Please contact me at rosie@sweetapolita.com for details and to claim your gorgeous prize!

To check out the complete line of heirloom aprons, pop over to IceMilk Aprons.

I hope you’re enjoying this beautiful Sunday!

Love, Rosie xo

*The winner of this giveaway was randomly selected using random.org. Prize courtesy of Sweetapolita.

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