Is it early morning as you read this? Afternoon? Late in the evening? Because I can’t think of a time it won’t be appetizing.
If it’s late, and your eyes are tired, do read the title Let Them Eat Cake…Violet Cakes, carefully.
I don’t want you fretting about VIOLENT cakes and the implications.
Pay me no mind. I’m famished, running on empty, and have been mindfully eating* clean, healthy, cake-less meals for weeks.
Ask my sister Jo about me and cake.
She’ll say, “…pie brings out the worst in her.”
Violet Cakes by Claire Ptak
You’re gazing at Claire Ptak’s lovely creations and may recall a notable one known as Meghan and Harry’s royal wedding cake. Her cakes also showed up in the glorious A Floral Affair by Rachel Ashwell.
Claire has a way about her when it comes to showcasing blooms on buttercream.
BTW. All four of us in the family read a lot, but I am the only one who rarely reads fiction.
My three men enjoy discussing whatever fictional series they happen to be devouring.
Give Me Nonfiction (and Cake)
I’m a nonfiction girl with a fondness for shelter magazines (Milieu!), design and picture books. spirituality and contemplative Christianity titles, and COOKBOOKS.
Yes, ma’am. Especially books about baking.
They engage the senses, and since I am a serial baker, they influence my baking.
In fact, before I ever read a design blog, my guilty pleasure was cupcake blogs. I think it may still be a thing.
Let Them Eat Cake…Violet Cakes
So when I wanted to learn more about baker/writer/stylist Claire Ptak of Violet Bakery fame, I stumbled upon the cake menus for her East London bakery, Violet.
Heavens to Buttercream. Sweet cozy Moses on a naked cake with espresso.
This is JUST the sort of lick-the-bowl literature in which I adore getting lost:
“Three layers of moist vanilla sponge filled with tart raspberry jam and Madagascan vanilla buttercream. The top is generously adorned with Madagascan vanilla buttercream while the sides are left with a thin, almost sheer ‘naked’ covering of buttercream. “
(Vanilla Jam Naked Cake)
The only thing more blissful than reading the descriptions of layered cakes at Violet?
Seeing images of them with Claire’s signature undone, noncontrived, unusual styling.
Gorgeous Food Styling
What I admire about Claire’s cake styling is the imperfection, romance, and old fashioned embellishment.
They look timeless and as if they were lovingly made at home by a great grandmother who has yet to invest in a clothes dryer and hangs her linens on the line. Her name is Esther. She mixes her batters in vintage bowls purchased from Woolworth’s in the early 60’s, delights in her garden roses, and sets the table with a handmade lace tablecloth for Sunday dinners.
Creations from Violet set my mind at ease and transport it to a simpler time in childhood when in summer we joyfully munched on rhubarb (or clover!) plucked directly from the earth and played kick the can or sardines when the sun went down.
To a season before grocery store bakeries sprayed neon art or photos upon birthday cakes, when strident efforts were still made to spell celebratory messages correctly.
My Cake Style
I love to bake cakes but
am too lazy with no talent for have little interest in: meticulous cake embellishment, gravity defying towers, fondant art, or complex cake decor.
My style is more granny-bundt-happy than cake-boss-couture, and I like to ice my cakes liberally yet simply, allowing the balance of delicious flavors to be the WOW.
In other words.
My buttercream brings all the boys to the yard.
Let’s be inspired and transported to LOVELYLAND with a parade of Claire Ptak’s uncommonly lovely creations from Violet.
Claire Ptak’s Violet Cakes
Beautiful Styling by Claire Ptak
Let Them Eat Cake: Violet Cakes by Claire Ptak
Baking Lovely from a Cake Lover, Not a Boss
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The easiest way I know how to bake someone happy:
I use these for cinnamon rolls, deep dish pizza, and sometimes CAKE…
Mine get used all of the time, and this is what I use for a gooey butter cake and Special K bars:
This saves on cleanup…
I don’t like weeping over broken or chipped mixing bowls…
Here’s the exact cake pedestal I have:
Guys. This simple pedestal can display a range of lovely baked goods or fruit or tea sandwiches or…do people make tea sandwiches? I’m just saying I use mine all the time.
If you’re kind of a Betty Basketcase in the kitchen and want to transform your batter making (and smoothie making!), this will surely rise to the occasion…take it from a girl who hates machines, I find this model super easy to use.
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