Posts Categorized: Miscellaneous

Pretty Pink Fairy Princess Cake

You can’t get more girly than this cake. Photos courtesy of GNR Photography¬† I created this Fairy cake for my three year old cousin’s birthday party. Pink marshmallow fondant covers the cake, edible pearls create a quilted look and gumpaste flowers decorate the top of the cake. The fairy is a finger puppet that I… Read more »

Fall Wedding Favor

Here is an image of a chocolate wedding favor I created. It is a dark chocolate sphere filled with handmade chocolates and brushed with an edible gold. It sits on a nest of golden spun sugar. The wedding was held at Semiahmoo resort in Blaine, Washington and the event was designed by Steven Moore Designs…. Read more »

Feeding sweets to the people

I recently participated in an event entitled Grape & Gourmet. Local restaurants and food vendors provided 1 – 2 oz. portions of their food to over 600 attendees with all the proceeds going to a local Rotary which helps many local charities. I served a Hazelnut shortbread cookie dipped in chocolate along with a very… Read more »

I’m in a magazine

My business was mentioned in the November issue of Northwest Business Monthly. If you read the brief blurb let me correct two things… my business name is Ashley E. Rodriguez ; Artisan Sweets (not Artesian Sweets) and my email is It was a phone interview so I understand how things could have gotten mixed… Read more »

Classic Blueberry Muffins

On a quest for a little adventure my sister-in-law and I decided to drive to the orginal Cascadian Farms. We went out in search of the last blueberries of the season. So with her two kids and my one we piled into her car and set out with very vague directions. Turns out it was… Read more »

Surprise, Surprise…What’s Inside?

Looks like an ordinary orange… (except for the slice in the middle) Surprise!! There’s a Orange Cranberry Muffin baked inside! A muffin baked in an orange. An unusual presentation of a wonderfully orange flavored muffin studded with tart dried cranberries. My Sugar High Friday #23 submission!¬† Orange Cranberry Muffin 1 tsp. orange zest 3/4 cup… Read more »

Not a follower

I have a habit, whether it be good or bad I have not decided. I simply can not follow a recipe. How as a baker can this be? Well, a couple reasons… 1. I have a foundational knowledge of the science of baking and can slightly tweak recipes with an understanding that most likely the… Read more »

Good? Bad? Happy or Sad?

¬†Branded Fruit The link above is an article about the latest trend in large companies such as Disney and Warner Brothers, to put their kid friendly cartoon images on fruit with the intent to attract more children to eat fruit. Winnie the Pooh adorns organic apples. Daisy Duck dresses up peaches and Mickey and Minnie… Read more »

Fabulous Figs

The other day at the Co-op I spotted this season’s first figs. Reflection on figs brings back many joyous memories. My first taste of a fresh fig was when I was living in Italy. We were on a small pilgrimage from our tiny hill town to another neighboring town. Along the trail someone pointed out… Read more »