There is nothing not to love about this cake. The green is so fresh and modern and the little buildings are so elegant and perfectly handmade. I've never even been to Amsterdam and I'm smitten.
Swans are so graceful and elegant and pretty (from a distance, let's not talk about the up-close and personal). Pastry cream is possibly one of the most delicious inventions on the planet; you could top a pizza with it and I'd dive right in. I'd like to see these floating on a little stream of champagne and it would be a perfect tableau.
Brownies are pretty exciting on their own, then you put them on a stick and everybody gets all jazzed, then you dip them in colored candy and it gets kind of swoony in here and THEN you come out with all sorts of sprinkles and I'm pretty certain we've lost several to a case of the vapors.
Why oh why does marzipan have to taste like marzipan? It's so lovely to look at and you can make such adorable little things with it. I just wish it tasted like, well, anything other than it does. Every Christmas my great aunt Mary used to bring over a plate of amazing handmade marzipan fruits and ever year I would try one thinking maybe, just maybe, this time it wouldn't taste like THAT. But it did. And it does.
I see these little mice come through my submissions all the time, but for some reason it only seems appropriate. I don't think I've ever had one or seen them in real life, but something about them just screams Christmas for me. Maraschino cherries just aren't on my radar in the warmer months. I bet I could fit about a half dozen of these guys in my mouth at once, who's up for a challenge?
When I was a kid my dad always used to try to get me to eat squash by saying "it's just like candy!" which of course is a lie and irrelevant since I've never had a huge sweet tooth. Also, squash is still nasty, sorry dad!
Now if I had been a pain about fruit, this could have done the trick for sure. I love apples but still, even as an adult I have a hard time eating all the fruit I should. Maybe my husband will carve hearts in them for me.