Dessert table at Illuminate

The “Illuminate” dessert table

When Meghan Ely of OFD Consulting asked me if I wanted to be their “Sweets” sponsor for Illuminate – the workshop, I said: “Heck, ya!” For one thing, I love Meghan – she is approachable, fun, and if there’s someone who knows the ins and out of the wedding business -it’s her. Plus she shares my love for science fiction {star wars, lost etc.}, so if we get tired of talking about weddings and other dessert displays we can always talk about whether the series finale of “Lost” was worth all the six years of tv-time we had invested in the show.

I’m gearing up for the Farmer’s Market at St. Stephen’s – I really need a place to push all those yummy experiments I’ve been concocting in my kitchen, so hopefully I’ll have a recipe up here soon.

I just got Dorie Greenspan’s new book in, “Around my French Table” and I spied so many recipes I wanted to try and want to share with you all.

Anyway, here is the rest of the dessert display.

How cute are these cookies?
and cake pops?
Plum-Pistachio Frangipane

I’m slowly working through your lists of suggestions in a previous post on what to add to the dessert table. So now we have tarts and …

Key lime pies
the “macaron” centerpiece

I’ll have you know that I used “valencia” almonds {what Pierre Herme uses} for the chocolate macarons and I do detect a subtle difference in the texture.

Carrot cupcakes with cream cheese frosting

And as always, I do have fun pushing sugar…

Veronica – the “sugar-pusher”


My thanks to Julie Renee Photography for the pictures!











9 thoughts on “Dessert table at Illuminate

  1. Very elegant, indeed! I could linger a long time at that table. So, was the six years of Lost worth it?

  2. I have not visited your page in a very long time. Truth be know about it, I have not been on the internet in some time. You have some of the most beautiful creations that I have seen. I remember when you first started your site. You did great but, now it is much better.

  3. love the yellow/black theme! so elegant and lovely :D also, the tarts are a great addition! i was wondering where you managed to find bulk valencia almonds? i’m having a tough time finding those

  4. This is exactly what I want for my wedding. I hope that I can find someone as good as you. I know that it will be a long shot but, I am going to have to try. Yours are Beautiful!

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