on a recent shoot for SANTA BARBARA MAGAZINE, i was
privileged to witness the most amazing celebration of sweetness
ever….picture this….a group of 20 stylish girls got together
for the ultimate competition…a bake-off….

there are three relevant categories….”best taste”….”best apron”….& “best story”….

and the best part ever…no rules….seriously, their were
chefs, housewives & sweet tooths of all kinds….

homemade treats & a flown in amazing caramel cake….

it was wonderful to see everyone’s personal apron style too….

and the sweets…were simply scrumptious….

there were flavors for any pallet….

laughter & friendship & cookies….

and beautifully styled sweets….

but my absolute favorite part of the day, was the story-telling…
each participant had to share a story about the origin of the sweet
treat they were sharing….the stories were wonderful & heartfelt,
embellished & funny….my favorite of all was the description
of how to make the tequila cake below….

Tequila Christmas Cake

1 cup of water
1 tsp baking soda
1 cup of sugar
1 tsp salt
1 cup of brown sugar
Lemon juice
4 large eggs
1 bottle tequila
2 cups of dried fruit

Sample the tequila to check quality.
To be sure it is of the highest quality, pour one level cup and drink.

Add one cup of butter in a large fluffy bowl.
Add one teaspoon of sugar. Beat again.
At this point it’s best to make sure the tequila is still OK.
Try another cup… just in case.

Turn off the ..mixerer thingy.
Break 2 leggs and add to the bowl and chuck in the cup of dried fruit.
Pick the frigging fruit up off floor.
Mix on the turner.
If the fried druit gets stuck in the beaterers just pry it loose with a drewscriver.
Sample the tequila to check for tonsisticity.
Next, sift two cups of salt. Or something.

Check the tequila. Now shift the lemon juice and strain your nuts.
No wait..shtrain the lemon juice and shift your nuts.
Add one table.
Add a spoon of sugar, or somefink. Whatever you can find.
Greash the oven. Turn the cake tin 360 degrees and try not to fall over.
Don’t forget to beat off the turner.
Finally, throw the bowl through the window.

Finish the tequila and wipe counter with the cat.

after belly laughs & story telling….

tasting & lets face it a few tummy aches….

then the serious task of tallying the votes began…

it was thrilling for my sweet friend MAILI to be crowned “best taste”
for her peach cake (i’ll be sharing her secret winning recipe soon)….

be sure to pick up an issue of SANTA BARBARA MAGAZINE to see more…

the sweet aftermath….xoxo

a little more sweetness...

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  1. Jan 24-2011 , 08:12PM
    gorgeous! your images are as delicious as those lovely confections probably tasted!
  2. Jan 24-2011 , 08:30PM
    love it! so great, girls getting together among tables of sweet treats...and the tequila cake recipe....so funny!
  3. Jan 24-2011 , 08:35PM
    oh lord...what are you doing to me. these photos are delicious. I'm now officially salivating. Gorgeous.
  4. Jan 24-2011 , 09:16PM
    Stunning! Would love to know the brand of the shoes worn by the Moosica Macaroon gal.
  5. Jan 25-2011 , 01:46AM
    What a great idea! And the result looks delicious!
  6. Jan 25-2011 , 07:34AM
    Oh my...I'm so inspired! I love all the photos specially the ones from the cakes!
    What a lovely event!
  7. Jan 25-2011 , 08:22AM
    the tequila cake recipe. perfection. your images. stunning. xo
  8. Jan 25-2011 , 09:10AM
    Looks like an amazing day- you made it look so perfectly dreamy!
  9. Jan 25-2011 , 09:31AM
    gorgeous images!! amazing how you make a tequila cake look to stunning!! this is such a great idea! :)
  10. Jan 25-2011 , 09:36AM
    Wow, beautiful cakes and imagery.
  11. Jan 25-2011 , 10:05AM
    Oh my gosh. This is making me hungry!
  12. Jan 25-2011 , 11:02AM
    Love it!! Hilarious tequila cake story, and I can't wait to see the recipe for the winning peach cake! Makes me want to have a bake-off with my girls! :)
  13. Jan 25-2011 , 12:07PM
    so lovely every thing looks so beautriful gorgeous colors!
  14. Jan 25-2011 , 12:29PM
    It doesn't matter what kind of wedding it is there has to be lots and lots of tasty desserts!!
  15. Jan 26-2011 , 08:53AM
    A bake off sounds awesome and yummy! Looking at the pictures make me hungry!
  16. Jan 27-2011 , 09:55PM
    yes MUST KNOW WHERE THOSE SHOES ARE FROM! I WANT THEM! and the cakes are great too!
  17. Jan 29-2011 , 11:49AM
    Speechless. Holy cow. I can only imagine how those taste... So beautiful!
  18. Jan 30-2011 , 08:19PM
    I love this! Everything looks so yummy!
  19. Amber Rodland:
    Feb 01-2011 , 10:49PM
    The shoes look are by Roger Vivier. Who owns them and where did she buy them??? ;-) LOVE THEM!!!!!!
  20. Feb 09-2011 , 10:45AM
    OMG!I love the decor, really lovely! The block with the apron is a treat! = D