An unwavering love for all things sweet, in both life-size and in miniature, has grown my collection of miniature treats to over 200 pieces. Pies, pastries, cupcakes, donuts, candy, tarts, cookies, and cakes, like the ones shown above, look remarkably real in detail... almost good enough to eat!
Banana Upside-down Cake with Kiwi - I purchased this delightful little cake online in 2011, when I was searching for the perfect confectionary treats for the 'Gimme Some Sugar' bakery. In spite a missing orange slice on the top, I fell so in love with the realism of the bananas and the kiwis that I couldn't part with it. I quickly put it aside for my collection, and it remains one of my absolute favorite cakes.
Mini French Patisserie with mint meringue on a Sterling Silver Tray - I purchased this miniature at the phenomenal Good Sam Miniature Show in San Jose, in 2009. It was the featured dessert item for a restaurant scene I created for a friend (who shares my passion for dessert) in celebration of her 3-year work anniversary.
Macaron Assortment to Die For - This unbelievably life-like assortment of my favorite macaron flavors (Pistachio, Blueberry Lavender, Strawberries & Cream, and Tangerine White Chocolate) was the result of an unforgettable day exploring the 7th, 8th & 9th Arrondissement neighborhoods of Paris in 2012. My wonderful husband made sure we visited La Boite a Joujoux, described by visitors and Parisians alike as the best miniature shop in Paris. I think I spent close to 2 hours in the shop as Patrick patiently explored other shops in Passage Jouffroy.
I made it a point to try as many macarons as I could during our Paris trip. Raymond, on the Champs-Élysées in the 8th Arrondissement, an irresistible little shop with confectionary wonders, sauces, wines and spirits, won the day, with the most decadent, marvelously delicious macarons I have ever tasted. To this day, I have never had a better macaron.