April 8, 2014 | by Cyd Converse
As a kid I had zero interest in savory breakfast foods. Now I’m an egg lover through and through, but as a kid I always opted for big fat Belgian waffles covered in a heap of fresh fruit whenever we ate out. All to say, despite my current obsession with poached eggs and eggs in general reigning supreme as my go-to breakfast food, I’m still a huge fan of Belgian waffles. Our waffle iron gets busted out at least every couple of months around here and we get busy making huge stacks of waffles. Recently I decided to give chocolate cake waffles a try. Have you heard of them? I’m pretty sure they’re breakfast sent right from heaven! Also, they’re ridiculously easy to make.
- Chocolate cake batter (the box kind is totally fine)
- 1/2 pint heavy cream
- 3 tablespoons sugar
- Cooking spray or oil
Begin by whipping up your favorite chocolate cake batter. Guess what? I’m a total cake snob and usually make everything completely from scratch, but in this instance I absolutely encourage you to just grab a box of cake mix and get busy with it. While you’re making the mix, give your waffle iron a light coating of oil or cooking spray and get it warming up.
When your mix is ready and the waffle iron is hot, spoon about a half cup of batter into the iron and cook a few minutes until nice and hot and crispy. I did find that the cake batter tends to stick to the iron a bit more than typical waffle batter so I suggest turning the heat down a touch if you see your waffles sticking. While you’re working on cooking the waffles, add your heavy cream and sugar into the bowl of a stand mixer and beat on high speed until you achieve the perfect whipped cream texture.
These waffles end up being less sweet than I’d imagined considering they’re actually cake, but I find that to be totally ok. Topped with semi-sweet homemade whipped cream and a sprinkle of chocolate shavings they’re far more sophisticated than you’d think making them totally appropriate for serving up to all of your grown up friends at brunch. But let’s be real here. You can trash these all up with a dousing of chocolate syrup and a fistful of rainbow sprinkles and that would be really damn cool, too.
Chocolate cake waffles. They’re a very real and very awesome thing. Give them a try! From this waffle-loving lady, trust me. You’ll be seriously so glad that you did. Yum!
[Photos by Cyd Converse for The Sweetest Occasion.]
April 7, 2014 | by Cyd Converse
‘Tis the season for bridal showers aplenty, which probably in part explains why I was so excited to hear from Melissa at Cacao Sweets and Treats in Chicago, sharing this gorgeous glam black floral inspired wedding shoot. Designed around the ever popular dessert and cake buffet, Melissa played off of a few of my favorite design elements when creating this beautiful spread – gold, black, floral, stripes and loads of glamorous little details. So lovely, don’t you think? Add in heaps of bite-sized sweet treats, a bit of bubbly, perfectly coordinated stationery and stunning flowers and you’ve got a hit with me. So whether you’re planning a bridal shower for your best lady or daydreaming about your upcoming wedding, this one is for you!
[Photography by Melissa Becker.]
Cake, sweets + venue: Cacao Sweets and Treats | Styling + photography by Melissa Becker | Paper goods, backdrop + stationery by Paper Route Collective | Florals by Twigs
April 7, 2014 | by Cyd Converse
Hooray! Today is a Monday worth celebrating because for the first time since winter set in back in November, today the sun is out and it’s finally starting to feel like spring! In fact most of the entire week is supposed to be feeling rather spring-like and for that I’m ready to celebrate. This color palette? It’s sunshine and flowers at it’s finest pairing rich rose reds and pinks with emerald green. I love this color palette for a spring wedding or a gorgeous girly bedroom. So so pretty. Here’s wishing you a beautiful week wherever you are!
[Photos, from top: Corbin Gurkin from Style Me Pretty | Rifle Paper Co. | Liz & Jewels for decor8.]
April 4, 2014 | by Cyd Converse
Hey guys! I’m cutting out a bit early today as I have a lunch meeting and then we’re prepping for a weekend full of kiddos. B’s niece and nephews are staying with us this weekend and I’m helping host a bridal shower tomorrow for one of my best ladies so it’s going to be a whirlwind for sure. A fun whirlwind, but definitely a whirlwind. Before I make a break for it though, I wanted to share three gorgeous copper DIY projects that I’ve spied recently. Have you noticed copper details popping up everywhere? I love the look of copper and it’s obvious I’m not alone. Here are three fun DIY ideas so you can add a splash of copper to your home without a huge budget! (Oh and don’t forget to scroll down for this week’s dose of Friday Link Love!)
[Hanging copper planters | Copper paper towel holder | Copper pipe hooks.]
April 2, 2014 | by Cyd Converse
Have you guys seen this gorgeous giant bouquet? I’ve found myself staring at it off and one now for a couple of weeks because it’s just that lovely. And besides, it has me feeling all kinds of excited about spring! (Because, you know, it’s finally creeping into the 40s this week so I have hopes that spring may actually show up sometime between now and summer.) Drawing inspiration from Brittni’s fabulous floral creation and the outfit Kelly (her model for this shoot) is wearing, let’s talk a little flower power. The cutest cut-off denim shorts, a pretty mint tee, adorable little flats and a whole bunch of spray roses and anemones. Come on, spring. You can do it! Get here already. Please. (Oh and many thanks to Brittni and Kelly for the inspiration today!)
Photo by Mary Costa Photography
[Shop | 1: Mint tee shirt | 2: Nail polish | 3: Travel mug | 4: Market tote | 5: Spray roses | 6: Flats | 7: Belt | 8: Denim shorts.]