For my sister’s birthday we went to dinner at El Pastaio a few miles over in Beverly Hills. We had a lovely afternoon dinner in each other’s great company. The weather was absolutely wonderful, and the company even better. It was an incredibly long day but at the end of it, it was completely worth it to be able to watch her smile.
She absolutely adores my baking, so she asked for a cheesecake for her birthday. She says mine is to die for and not to stroke myself here but I’ve never had a better cheesecake than my own. I asked her what kind of cake she wanted and she decided on a black forest cheesecake. Therefore, I created a very decadent cake with chocolate graham crackers. The two different layers of cake, one regular vanilla cheesecake and the other being chocolate were swirled together to create a marble effect with cherry gelee mixed in. Covered in cherry gelee, with blocks of imported chocolate to create a pattern effect with chocolate shavings. To finish it off, I decorated it with candied cherries, white and dark chocolate shavings and pirouline for height.
Since we went to dinner, I didn’t have to cook! However, I always try to make a tablescape on a holiday or celebration even if it’s just set to sit down for a tea and conversation. Since we celebrated with cake at home, I created a very simple yet elegant tablescape that would be perfect for Valentine’s Day, Christmas, or just someone’s favorite colors. Flowers are crimson red roses with white hydrangea! I used small elements of opalescent colors such as pearls throughout the table to tie it all in.