Now Kevin and I are nicely settled in our new home with the kittens we love any excuse to have people over – after all, if you bought a house you should spend as much time there as possible, right?
And what better excuse than a birthday! My 25th birthday is just around the corner (only two sleeps to go!) so we decided to have a few friends over to celebrate with dessert and drinks. I’m sure you know what that means – I got busy in the kitchen and did a lot of baking!
I decided to go with a pink and gold theme for the dessert table, with splashes of white to balance things out, so came up with a menu to suit – think cupcakes, doughnuts, cookies and (of course) cake!
First up: cupcakes. I baked a big batch of my favourite vanilla cupcakes (click here for the recipe) in gorgeously gold cupcake liners. Once cooled I topped each one with a generous swirl of vanilla bean buttercream (here’s the recipe) and a few pink jimmies. Easy!
After that I started work on the doughnuts – lightly flavoured doughnuts topped with pink and white glaze and finished with a little edible gold glitter. This was the first time I’d made baked doughnuts for a crowd so was a little nervous about how they would go – how many would I need, how would they taste and would people even eat them? Judging by how many there were left at the end of the night I’d say they went down a treat – I’ll share the recipe with you soon.
But the prettiest treat on the table were the sugar cookies – soft gold-edged cookies topped with a swirl of pink buttercream and finished with edible gold glitter. I used edible glue and a touch of gold lustre dust to paint the edges of each biscuit, adding a little sparkle and make the cookies pop out from the table. I can’t stress how pretty they looked all piled up on the dessert table – keep your eyes peeled on Wednesday for the recipe and instructions.
It wouldn’t be a birthday without cake, so an ombre rose swirl cake sat at the centre of the dessert table. Featuring beautiful gold glitter toppers from Wink, the cake anchored the table beautifully – oh, and it tasted pretty good! The cake itself was a four layer chocolate cake with vanilla bean filling (click here for the recipe – you’ll need to double it).
With the baking all done and dusted I made a pink and gold tassel garland to complete the dessert table – they’re so incredibly easy! So much faster than I thought and you can make them from scratch easily without needing to buy a kit. All you need is a pack or two of tissue paper! I used this tutorial to make mine and was thrilled with how it turned out.
We had a great time catching up with friends we hadn’t seen in a while and the kittens enjoyed being the centre of attention – despite being tucked away in our bedroom away from the noise they had plenty of visitors throughout the night!
What a great way to kick off the quarter-century.