Friday, September 30, 2011

spanish party at the umlauf with bakesale

bakesale austin is a custom dessert bar company owned by the extremely talented andrea duty. andrea trained as a chef at the french culinary institute in new york, and cut her chops as a pastry chef at some of the best restaurants in town. she now offers custom dessert bars for events that are out of this world delicious--meaning instead of having just a cake (or cupcakes) you can actually personalize the desserts at your wedding or event to be just what you might order at your favorite restaurant. you can also order deliveries from andrea if you'd like to send someone a nice surprise instead.

in addition, andrea has a great eye and a strong creative vision. i felt lucky to work with her on this spanish-themed dessert bar for an open house at the umlauf sculpture garden last week. she made amazing churros, chocolate salami, arroz con leche, and a gateau basque (a traditional basque cake).

she wanted to follow a rustic spanish vision (instead of falling into the cliche matador red and black) which was refreshing. i used lovely cafe au lait and dinnerplate dahlias along with oak leaves to bring in an autumn color palette of burgundy, cream. grey, and olive greens.

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