Next Great Baker: Now Casting!

TLC's Next Great Baker, Season 2

Listen up aspiring bakers!!  Think you have what it takes to out-bake the competition?  Then it's time to grab your apron, gather your photos and submit your casting application... TLC and Buddy Valastro (Cake Boss and Kitchen Boss) are back, looking to launch the career of another promising ... Continue Reading

Fab Find: Pastry Pedestals

Pastry Pedestals

Today's Fab Find is an ingenious idea from one very clever lady who is no stranger to Half Baked.  In the past, we've featured lovely parties created by Jessica Kirkland of Pen N’ Paperflowers.... and even a tutorial guest post.  Today we just had to share her latest creation...  The Pastry ... Continue Reading

Special {Cake} Delivery

Shipping Cake for Photo Shoot

Dear Mr. FedEx Man, I know you take pride in getting packages from one place to another, safely and quickly.  But please pay extra attention to this one... there is something beautiful inside that is very fragile.  It's been in the works for months and took weeks to create.  And it's headed to ... Continue Reading

Happy Mother’s Day

Mother's Day Picnic

So it turns out that my husband does actually read Half Baked (and is pretty good at taking a hint).  We celebrated Mother's Day with a picnic lunch in the park.  Fresh fruit, cheese, water crackers... even a crusty baguette and chocolate chip cookies from my favorite local bakery.  Sadie enjoyed ... Continue Reading

Skinny Margarita

Skinny Guilt Free Margarita by Partida Tequilla

It's Cinco de Mayo and you know what that means!   Today you have a great excuse to celebrate and enjoy some delicious Mexican food and a frosty margarita.  But it’s no secret that the amount of calories in a margarita can be ridiculously high... sometimes higher than an entire meal.  That leaves ... Continue Reading

Mother’s Day Picnic

Mother's Day Picnic Ideas

I keep coming back to the same idea.  For the last three years, I've written a post about picnics, specifically for Mother's Day.  I absolutely love picnics and think going on one with your family would be the perfect way to spend Mother's Day.  Winter is finely ending and spring is emerging.  It’s ... Continue Reading


Real Party: Neapolitan Birthday

Neapolitan Birthday Party

Today's Real Party is an intimate birthday party with vintage charm.  Created by Lisa of Moore Minutes for her mother's birthday, this sweet little event includes feminine details and soft colors.  A small group of close friends gathered at a Victorian coffee house for girl talk, coffee and sweets.  ... Continue Reading

Cinco de Mayo Party Inspiration

Mexican Fiesta for Cinco De Mayo

This Thursday is Cinco de Mayo and that calls for a celebration!  What a great excuse to eat delicious Mexican food… and splurge on a frosty margarita!  Now that is my kind of celebration!  If you're planning a little get together, you will love this festive Cinco de Mayo party inspiration.  It's ... Continue Reading

Fabulous Royal Inspired Cake

Royal Wedding Inspired Cake

If you've been following along this week, you've probably noticed the Royal Wedding theme that has permeated most of our posts.  Well, I certainly couldn't change the theme today of all days!  And what is a wedding without cake?  Inspired by Kate Middleton's personal style and love of elaborate ... Continue Reading

Learn Beautiful Cake Photography

Real Party: Mad Hatter’s Tea Party

Mad Hatter's Tea Party

With the world's eyes fixed on London and all of the Royal Wedding talk, I thought this party would be fitting for today.  This adorable tea party was created by Daria Bishop, a talented Vermont photographer, for her daughter's 12th birthday.  This party has it all... cheerful colors, whimsical ... Continue Reading