AlanaJonesMann Terrarium Cake

This post is a Part 2 to the Terrarium Cake Tutorial that can be found in the Summer 2016 issue of Betty Magazine. The following tutorial details how to make the buttercream succulents. If you’ve followed the first part of the tutorial in the magazine and need additional help with the buttercream cacti, check out my Potted Cactus Cake or House Plant Cupcakes tutorials. For the buttercream succulent DIY continue on below. I’ll be updating the post with some additional tips next week, so make sure to come back for those! Terrarium DIYButtercreamSucculent

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Since most of you will probably be heading offline and into your 4-day weekend a little early, I wanted to share some holiday favorites for those looking for last-minute ideas for the 4th. First off, here’s a peek at a patriotic cake I just finished. How pretty is this Ceres Platter from Anthropologie! It is definitely one of my new favorite serving pieces for all types of food – especially cake!

For those of you looking for some ideas for the holiday weekend, below are a few favorites. Many more can be found HERE.

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Patriotic Dog TeeDIY Patriotic Shirts (for dogs AND humans!)

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Pineapple CakeIf you’re looking to add some summer flair to your next cake, it doesn’t get easier than this pineapple cake. Recently, Sugarfina sent me some of their beautiful candies to try and I quickly became obsessed with their “Parisian Pineapple” candies (you can buy them HERE).  These adorable little candies are made with fresh pineapple purée, which gives them the most delicious (and natural!) pineapple flavor. They even smell like freshly cut pineapple!

For the topper I cut off the top of a fresh pineapple, stuck a skewer into the bottom and positioned the skewer into the center of the cake. Easy as pi-neapple!

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Sunday was the first day I had off in a couple of weeks after some big cake orders so I had planned to take the day off and truly relax, but due to a brush fire that was too close to us for comfort and 106 (106!) degrees temperatures, there was no relaxation to be found. Unfortunately we don’t have ac in our new place yet and as evening hit it was still unbearable in our home. The pups seemed fairly uncomfortable so I impulsively decided to pack up the pups and drive down to San Diego to my mom’s air conditioning, which ended up being a great decision. Since I didn’t have to be back to LA until today, I took yesterday off and explored around North Park. I found myself filled with inspiration, something that I’ve been feeling a little starved of lately. First I headed to the North Park Library and checked out my aunt‘s amazing art show that is currently on display at the library. Thought I’d share just a peek on here since I know how you all feel about desert plants. Clearly, I’m not the only Jones’ family member who finds inspiration in succulents. How incredible are these paintings?! They’re all for sale too btw.

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After the library I wandered around a bit and (per usual) ended up stopping into the very Instagram-worthy Pigment shop on 30th.

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I finished the inspiring afternoon off with a delicious dinner at El Comal. If you’re looking for a great mexican dinner in North Park, go to El Comal! While you’re there make sure to order a cucumber margarita…the perfect cocktail for a hot day! Here’s a few more snaps from the afternoon…just simple things that I found to be so darn beautiful.

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Now it’s time to get back to work, but I certainly am feeling refreshed which is a very good thing. I’m also really looking forward to heading back to SD this Sunday for a belated Father’s Day dinner with my Dad and a visit to the Del Mar Fair!

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Since today marks the official start of summer, I wanted to share some of my favorite summer DIY projects to date. Click on the photo or caption below to be taken to the tutorial. Happy Summer 2016 friends!

Fringe Umbrella DIYRetro Fringe Umbrella

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Tiki Tumbler DIYTiki Bar Cocktail Tumblers + Umbrellas

Pineapple Slushies Pineapple Juice Slushies (I couldn’t stop drinking these last summer)

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Philodendron Beach Blanket DIY 2Philodendron Waterproof Beach Blanket

 

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Blueberry Buttercream Cake

For my boyfriend’s birthday a couple of weeks ago we had a barbecue at our place and invited some friends over. And as you might have guessed, I made some cakes for the occasion. I went with a chocolate cake with vanilla buttercream, as well as a chocolate cake covered in my delicious blueberry buttercream. It had been a while since I made the blueberry buttercream and I was instantly reminded why I used to make it so much. It is just SO dang good. And friends, this is a perfect buttercream for the summer – I strongly urge you all to try it for yourself to see! You can find my recipe for the BEST blueberry buttercream HERE. In the photos below you’ll also see a small gluten free chocolate torte – that was actually not made by me, I just piped on some buttercream to the top. I had forgotten just how many of our friends were GF and I didn’t have enough time to whip-up another cake, so I ran to Whole Foods right before the party started to pick one up because EVERYONE at a birthday party should be able to eat birthday cake!

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My friends at Food Network had asked me to contribute a fun patriotic cake for their site recently. I had been wanting to try out some surprise-inside techniques, so I went with this star-inside cake. With July 4th around the corner, I thought I’d share a look at the cake on here as well for those of you looking for some fun patriotic dessert ideas. If you’re interested in making the cake, head on over to Food Network HERE to get the recipe and tutorial!

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Check out more of my patriotic desserts HERE

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I was reminiscing about THIS retro fringe umbrella I made last summer and decided I wanted to make something that was inspired by the iconic beach cabanas for this summer. Since there are so many weddings, parties, and birthdays to be celebrated during the summer months, I thought the timing was just right for them. Not only do they work as place settings, but these little cabanas can also be filled with candy, making them perfect party gifts. Best of all, these were made with Avery labels which means you can customize and personalize them as you wish! Continue on below for the directions and the downloadable (and customizable!) template.

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I’ve been feeling very inspired with summer feelings and ideas lately. Instead of trying to explain my recent inspirations, here’s a group of photos I pulled from my personal archives that I feel best explains my feelings (or at least portrays the colors of my recent thoughts). I am really looking forward to summer and all the memories and beautiful sun-filled moments it will bring.

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TheChalkboardMag

I did a little interview with Chalkboard Mag recently where I talk about my inspiration behind a few of the most popular projects on here, as well as my own personal inspirations at the moment, what books I’m reading, and how it all started (the blog and the baking, that is). Head on over to The Chalkboard Mag HERE to read the post. Huge thanks to Suzanne + the Chalkboard / Pressed Juicery team for the feature!