A little blue wedding cake

We’ve been back from France for little under two weeks and I’m still adjusting to not beginning my day with a freshly baked croissant. Men and women walk around with baguettes tucked in their back pockets in Paris, so you can imagine I felt like I belonged.

When I say that Ryan and I needed this trip, I mean desperately. To leave everything behind (good and bad) and walk through streets where people clung, smoked, ate, and laughed together was a much needed balm for two very sore hearts.

And how am I doing back in Austin? Surprisingly well. A well-timed visit from my little sister, a wedding cake for a friend, a delightful brunch with three of my favorite people, and Austin’s first West Austin Studio Tour made for an easier transition back into the daily grind.

This wedding cake is composed of classic vanilla layers with a chocolate ganache and almond pastry cream filling. My little sister, Noelle, and Ryan were kind enough to assist me in the 40 minute drive to the reception site. There is nothing like delivering a wedding cake, I’ve decided. Not only do we have to contend with bumps and angry drivers, but the Texas heat can do a number on anything composed of whipped butter. So were all thankful that the cake arrived safely, and even more happy to see so many lovely people celebrating the joyful day of two wonderful people.

 And while I don’t have a recipe to share with you, I do have pictures and words to bless my first post on this new site. Ryan was kind enough to design it for me, and I’m happy to also share a link to my blooming after-work endeavor–Cake Stand. If you have a moment, take a visit and join me in anticipating growth and open doors.

This week is full of exciting things for Ryan and me. Namely, good food with friends and family. I’m working on several French pastry recipes (of course) as well as a simple polenta cookie sweetened with honey. More blog posts will be coming (right here) very soon. I hope everyone is doing well and enjoying what can only be brighter days for us all.


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61 thoughts on “A little blue wedding cake

  1. Lauren (PB&G)

    Oh Monet, I love the look of the new site! So glad to hear you and Ryan had a blast in Paris – I love that view of Notre Dame in the background. I sure do miss those baguettes.. =)

    I’ll go take a peek at Cake Stand right now!

  2. Tina@flourtrader

    I love the new website! I am so glad you decided to showcase your cake talent. Also, your trip to Paris was no doubt something that you will remember years to come, fabulous.
    I sent you an email regarding an antique place in Waco that has a lot of cake stands-I know you will be needing them. XOXO!

  3. Wendy (The Weekend Gourmet)

    Congrats on the new site…love it! That pic of you and Ryan in Paris is so lovely…glad the trip was as wonderful as you were anticipating. Hope we can tag up for lunch soon so you can tell me ALL about it!!!

  4. Ilke

    Beautiful place just like you Monet! I hope this cake business takes off and takes you to the new adventures :)
    It looks great! Would love to be one of the first ones to order your book :)

  5. Mary

    Love the new site and I love the colors in that cake! Beautiful work, Monet. I’m so happy to hear that your trip was perfect. Have a blessed week!

  6. Brian @ A Thought For Food

    I’m so glad you two had such a fabulous time in Paris! It really is a magical city.

    Love the new blog! I think this does a better job of representing who you are. 😉

    Lots of love from Boston!


  7. Lindsey @ Gingerbread Bagels

    Oh Monet, your site is so beautiful! Ryan did an amazing job! And I’m so happy to hear you had a wonderful time in Paris and that you’re doing well back at home.
    Your cake is so beautiful and congrats on your new business. You’re so talented, I just know it’s going to be successful! :)

  8. Lana

    I love the new look, very bright and cheerful:) And the cake is gorgeous! I hope your business takes off as quickly as you want:)

  9. Kimberly(Unrivaledkitch)

    Gorgeous Cake! I’m so glad you got to have a beautiful trip to France. So amazing. Your cake business I’m sure will keep you busy you have such an amazing gift for cakes. Thank you for sharing them with us! Have a wonderful weekend :)

  10. The Rowdy Chowgirl

    Love the new website, and so glad you had an enjoyable trip to Paris (really, how could you not? It’s Paris!) Welcome back, looking forward to more great posts…

  11. mangiabella

    it is all so exciting – every bit of it. Just updated my RSS feed for your new site…and on tip toe to see the next part of your journey unfold…

  12. Lynne @ CookandBeMerry

    Hi Monet! So glad you’re back and that you had a great time in Paris. You and Ryan look so dang cute together. Your new website is gorgeous, so bright and happy looking! I am looking forward to reading about all your new adventures. xo

  13. Jeanne

    I love your new site! And that cake is so elegant. If only you lived closer, I could have you bake my wedding cake! I don’t suppose you could ship one to California for me? 😉

  14. Jeannie

    Hi Monet, glad to see you enjoyed your holiday in Paris, and you are back with such a wonderful new site! Love that blue wedding cake too, so romantic! Lovely photos!:)

  15. Marsha @ The Harried Cook

    Hi Monet! Congrats on the new site! It is really beautiful :) I love the colors :) And I am so glad you and Ryan had a wonderful trip… and that cake is just gorgeous, Monet! You have done a fabulous job with it… :)

  16. Angie

    We went to Paris before I had my son. It’s so romantic, I love it, and your new site and that cake! So pretty!

  17. Annie Oakley's Kitchen

    I absolutely love the new site, it is so cute and that cake is gorgeous!

    Congratulations on the new endeavor! I wish we lived closer so I could order a cake from you and refer you to friends. I wish you good luck and look forward to reading about your journey!

  18. Susanne Hoffman

    Dear sister- This cake made me giggle. It is so charming and gorgeous- can I have one just like it for my shower??!! It also made my mouth water!! Not that I need a slice of cake in my diet- but life is short and celebrating with a treat every now and then is not only permissible- I think it’s imperative! You make life sweeter in so many ways.

    As for the site- you have inspired me to attempt one as well to replace CB. It’s just so pretty and very much conveys your personality. Tell Ryan we say job well done. Big hugs to you both.

    Love you-

  19. Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking

    Monet, I love the new look of your website – it’s tremendously gorgeous! What a beautiful cake to mark your first post over here, too. Great job on it! Looking forward to seeing plenty more from you in your new space. xo

  20. Vegan Thyme (Kelly)

    Hi Monet! What a lovely cake. . . those white roses on the base are incredible! Such a beautiful photo of the two of you in Paris–and it sounds like bread heaven for the dough lovers in us all! So glad you are back and I truly love the new design on your site!

  21. Patty

    Hi Monet!
    How exciting to have a new lovely home for your words and baked goods, especially those fabulous cakes;-) I’m so glad you enjoyed your trip to Paris and love your photos;-)
    I look forward to following your posts in the future and wish you all the best;-)

  22. Noelle

    Lovely site Monet! I love the colors. So fresh and inviting. Did you do your own design? Have a lovely start to your week!

  23. Becky

    I love your new site and everything about it, the colors the name, the author;) You and Ryan did a wonderful job with it.

    Sounds like your Paris Trip was just what you needed to unleash even more of your creative talents. I’m sure all of your ventures will be successful, because they are made with love.

  24. Joanne

    I’m so so so glad to hear you had such a lovely time in france! Though I can’t imagine adapting back to life in the US after such an amazing trip. Your cake is gorgeous!

  25. Sprigs of Rosemary

    Beautiful design, Monet! A great way to celebrate your return. So jealous of your trip. I’m sure you and Ryan made the most of it. And the cake is a work of art . . as are you.

  26. Jacqueline @How to be a Gourmand

    Monet, I can completely understand your love for Paris. I worked there after University and it’s where I met my husband. The food is second to none and the air is filled with romance.
    I used to love starting my mornings with a café crème and un croissant aux amandes from the cafe just around the corner from our flat. Blissful memories :-)

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    What a pretty cake. I can imagine how nerve wrenching it would be to make something so beautiful and then try and deliver it safely to it’s destination. Great job Monet!

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