In honor of my sister coming home from Paris today after studying pastries for the past year, today’s post is all about cake! As yummy as simple chocolate and vanilla can be, it’s fun to imagine unique flavor combinations for your wedding cake, and as I was going through my files and Pinterest “Sweets” board, I realized that many of my favorite layer cakes came from the same place: Sweetapolita. So I decided to highlight some of the yummiest recipes from her collection… (click the images for the original recipe link).

Malted Chocolate + Toasted Marshmallow “Campfire” Cake
Salted Caramel + Chocolate Fudge Cake
Chocolate Stout Cake + Whipped Vanilla Bean Frosting
Vanilla Bean Cake + Vanilla Espresso Buttercream
Sweet Potato Ginger Cake + Brown Sugar Buttercream
Hawaiian Carrot Cake + Coconut Cream Cheese Icing
Orange Ginger Carrot Cake + White Chocolate Buttercream
Triple Lemon Blueberry Layer Cake
Dark Chocolate + Raspberry Buttercream Cake
Inside-Out Neapolitan Layer Cake
Six-Layer Dark Chocolate Cake + Strawberry Buttercream
Dark Chocolate Fudge Cake + Whipped Peppermint Icing

 

How yummy do these cakes look?! If you haven’t visited Sweetapolita yet, prepare to spend some time there.

Have you decided on something for your wedding cake yet? What are your favorite cake flavors? My wedding cake was alternating tiers of  Lemon Sponge Cake with Lemon Curd and Chocolate “Mahogany” Cake with Chocolate Hazelnut Truffle Cream – I’m drooling just thinking about it…

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You know what I love? Awesome gifts that are reasonably priced and (bonus!) come in awesome packaging. If you’ve been looking for gifts that your groomsmen will love, you have got to check out Izola. It’s like a perfectly curated general store for men. Specifically, stylish men with a sense of adventure and humor…

Martini shakers

Flasks

 

Don’t you love these? And seriously, the packaging? Love. It. How about a different flask or shaker for each groomsman? Or if you want to go a totally different route, consider a soap set or printed handkerchiefs, or maybe a ruled letter opener. Izola even carries yummy scented candles, so there really is something for everyone.

And today there’s something for you! Izola has created two gift packages for two lucky Snippet & Ink readers! The first winner gets 1 “Put Some Hair on Your Chest” Flask, 1 Ruled Letter Opener, and 1 “Stars” Handkerchief Set. The second winner gets 1 “Guests” Toothbrush Set, 1 “Apothecary” Individual Soap Bar, and 1 “Sport” Soap Dish.

Giveaway: Just leave a comment on this post letting us know what you like most on the Izola site. You have until this Thursday, April 19, 2012, at 6:00PM PDT to leave a comment, and I’ll announce the two randomly selected winners in Friday’s weekend round-up post. (Winners will also be notified by email.) Official rules.

Update. This contest is now closed. 

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How about a pretty, preppy bridal shower for your Monday! Michelle Warren sent over these lovely photos…

Lisa Witt, one of the shower hostesses, kindly shared some of the details from the day: The bride was using pale pink and pale green in her wedding, so the idea was to punch it up a bit for the shower with chartreuse green and rose petal pink. 

All of the papers were preppy and sweet, “Just like the bride,” says Lisa. Coordinating pink and chartreuse wrapping paper and ribbons from Paper Source were used throughout.

Guests enjoyed a yummy display from Enjoy Cupcakes. Flavors included: Mojito with green sugared lime zest, Strawberries and Cream, and Chocolate with Fudge Filling.

Flowers were a mix of tulips and orchids from the local farmer’s market, as well as kale, bells of Ireland and various stock flowers from Ocean View Flowers in Lompoc.

Lunch included artichoke bruschetta, orzo arugula salad with feta and grape tomatoes, chicken salad with pecans and cranberries, and butter lettuce salad with green goddess dressing. Guests could sip on pink lemonade, sangria, white wine, and citrus water. And of course there were sweets! Cupcakes (see above), miniature meringues, miniature pink and green macarons, and assorted candies.

Vendors

Photography: Michelle Warren / Venue: private home in Santa Ynez, California / Flowers: Maggie LePley / Stationery: WH Hostess / Paper, table runners, linens: Paper Source / Cupcakes: Enjoy Cupcakes / Catering: Solvang Bakery / Paper lanterns: Luna Bazaar

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I have to confess something silly: sometimes I feel self-conscious about writing these weekend posts, because my weekend plans sound pretty boring. They usually involve hanging out with my hubby, reading, cooking, housework, going for a walk – nothing fancy. Not that there’s anything wrong with that, but I feel like if I’m going to share it with you, I should have something exciting lined up, you know?! So, since I don’t have anything particularly note-worthy going on this weekend… what are you up to? How do you make the most of your days off?

This quick film about a cardboard arcade will put a smile on your face.

Gorgeous gilded cakes.

Pop-up book proposal – so sweet.

Wouldn’t this be a nice surprise for your newlywed friends?

The world needs more tulle and lace.

Want to taste this color!

How cute are these sweet little spring chicks.

Check out my interview and registry picks on Newlywish!

A girl can never have too many notebooks, especially when they’re this pretty, via Paper Crave.

Have a happy weekend, lovelies!

 

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