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Meet my sweet friend, Candice Ward!

Candice is a California girl living in Seattle, a mama to be to her sweet son, and an extremely talented baker. She started baking chocolate chip cookies as a creative outlet after busy work days, and she now has a thriving business baking for weddings and events in the Seattle area. Candice is on the show to give us some of her best baking tips, share some sweet treat recipes, and help us navigate setting up dessert tables in a stress-free and manageable way. I am definitely not a baker, it is very overwhelming to me, but after talking to Candice, I’m excited and feeling confident to try some new things and maybe even enjoy baking!

If you want to hear my thoughts on baking and why I vowed to never bake for another party again, feel free to read this blog post I wrote about Evie’s first birthday party!

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My FREE guide: 5 Tips for Creating a Stunning Dessert Table! This is your go to guide if you have a party coming up! I give you my 5 rules, along with links to purchase my must have items for creating height and serving your treats, and show you how to put the whole dang thing together. Best part? You can apply these tips to any table you set, not just desserts!

Download your guides here!

Candice’s Baking Tips and Shortcuts

Listen, if it doesn’t give you joy, outsource it. It’s okay! Focus on what you like because things that don’t bring you joy for a celebration will just cause you stress and waste your valuable time.

Choose one thing on the table to make so you aren’t getting overwhelmed and can focus your attention on one thing versus many. Candice suggests baking the cake because usually it’s the most special and memorable part of the table.

Go for the boxed cake and jazz it up! You can make a trifle with a boxed cake

Having a clear plan in place is the number one tip. Figure out what you want it to look like and work backward. What do you need to buy? How far in advance do you start?

Start small and it doesn’t have it be perfect! Remember, it’s for a party, which is a special, memorable celebration- there is zero reason to stress about it.

Make Ahead Tips

A great way to alleviate stress!

Pro Tip! You can make almost EVERYTHING ahead! My mind was blown!

Basically the only thing you can’t make ahead: whip cream, pie crust, rice crispy treats

Freezing cake right after baking it (cool first) locks in the moisture, so it’s actually a good thing! Wrap each layer in plastic wrap, then in foil, then in a labeled freezer bag.

Store frosting in an airtight container in the freezer or refrigerator. Once you thaw it from the freezer (about a day to thaw) re-whip it in the mixer to get the air back in.

A month in advance at the most…a couple months starts to lose it’s freshness.

2 days or 1 day prior to the event- frost your cake and store in the fridge

Frosting a cake when it’s frozen/cold is easier to frost because of crumbs. Create a crumb layer- frost the whole outside with a thin layer of frosting to seal in the crumbs. This is a lot easier to do with a colder cake.

 

Baking Trends

Mini dessert tables with a natural feel- fresh flowers or fresh fruit…not a ton of food dye used

Drip Cakes

Naked Cakes

Rice Crispy Treats

In the episode, Candice gives us her tips for creating that consistent drip cake! 

Dessert Table Set up

The cake should be the highest focal point on the table. Use a box or crate upside down to create that height. If you need to cover it, use tissue paper, kraft paper or themed wrapping paper. Add texture with varying cake stands, linens, and symmetry. Mirror trays to serve the cake on are a fun trend right now! Then think about adding natural or themed elements to balance out the desserts (i.e greenery, flowers, fake snow). For even more tips then Candice shared, download my free guide to setting up a dessert table! 

Treats that Double as Party Favors

Gummies: you can find any color and flavor so pick one that matches the party!

Marshmallow Pops: dip a marshmallow in chocolate or colored candy melts and dip in sprinkles. Wrap in a little cello or stick all the sticks in a big bowl of jellybeans to display. How FUN!

Rice Crispy Treats

Candice makes insanely delicious sea salt caramels which make a great favor!

 

Candice’s Famous Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe!

3 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup unsalted butter, softened
1 cup sugar
1 cup brown sugar
2 eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 teaspoons hot water
½ teaspoon salt
2 cups semi sweet chocolate chips
1 (3.4oz) packet of instant vanilla pudding mix
Directions:
1) Preheat oven to 350 degrees F
2) Cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in vanilla extract and eggs
one at a time. Dissolve baking soda in hot water. Add to the batter, with salt.
Stir in flour, instant vanilla pudding mix, and chocolate chips
3) Bake on a cookie sheet for 10 minutes.

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My FREE guide: 5 Tips for Creating a Stunning Dessert Table! This is your go to guide if you have a party coming up! I give you my 5 rules, along with links to purchase my must have items for creating height and serving your treats, and show you how to put the whole dang thing together. Best part? You can apply these tips to any table you set, not just desserts! 

Download your guides here!

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