Happy 4th Birthday to Pizzazzerie!

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GUESS WHAT!? Pizzazzerie turns 4 this weekend (March 16th to be exact)! I am OH SO THRILLED to celebrate 4 years. It certainly doesn’t feel like it has been 4 years. I launched the site March 16th, 2010 and quit my full-time job July 2010 to go full-time with the site! It has come a LONG way since those early days, but my passion for bringing you entertaining + party food ideas has stayed strong.

Here are a few of the Pizzazzerie accomplishments from the past 4 years…I’m like a proud mama!

So turning 4 meant I had to have a little party – only fitting right? Come along and check it out…

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I love the pink, orange, and white! And of course, a touch of glitter + gold! Jumbo sprinkles and matching confetti make for a fabulous cake!

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Operation add a few more sprinkles and cut a slice: COMMENCE!

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HOORAY! Thank you to every single reader for allowing me to live out my passion as a career! I cannot thank you enough for giving me the chance to create for you on a daily basis. I’m truly honored to have readers and followers who enjoy my projects + recipes! Here’s to starting year 5 off with a bang (or at least a huge piece of vanilla cake)!

Here are a few shots of projects + shoots from the last 4 years that I’m oh so proud of!

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4th Birthday Party Details

To recreate the look above, simply make (or order from your favorite bakery) a white on white cake! Add on jumbo sprinkles in your color scheme (mine are Wilton seen here in orange + pink). I used matching orange and pink paper confetti from The Flair Exchange for more touches of color! The fabric was bought from a local store here in Nashville, TN (visit your fabric store for inspiration). The gold glittered “4″ cake topper is from michiemay! Cake was served up on mini Kate Spade polka dot plates with white forks from Party City (loves these forks)!

Pretty excited to have a little baby girl to help me celebrate Pizzazzerie’s 5th birthday next year!

Go out & have a FANTASTIC WEEKEND! Check back next week for some super cute ideas + round of new posts!

Featured on Better, Homes, & Gardens!

Pizzazzerie.com featured on Better, Homes, & Gardens

Guess what?! I was invited to write a blog post for Better, Homes, & Gardens! After I squealed from excitement, I got down to work. The BHG team and I decided to do a how-to for making an ombre cake (similar to the one seen in my Frostings book) AND give away 5 copies of the book! What a way to start the weekend! BHG is one of my FAVORITE publications so it's quite an honor and dream come true … { Continue Reading }

{Giveaway} Brys + Edgewood Cake-Making Kits!

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Ok, y'all - you know at this point that I like making cakes and cupcakes, right? Right. So when my sweet friends at Daily Grommet asked if I wanted to try out some of the Brys + Edgewood cake making kits, I thought "sure of course!". I knew I'd like them. Did I? No... I flipping LOVE THEM. As in, everyone is getting a kit for their birthday, everyone is getting a kit for Christmas, and anyone … { Continue Reading }

Do you like to decorate cakes?! {Giveaway}

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Back in Fall 2008, I was browsing a Barnes & Noble in Dallas, Texas and picked up The Confetti Cakes Cookbook by Elisa Strauss. Cute, I thought! I remember flipping through the pages on my plane back to Nashville and getting so excited to experiment with this sweet art. Little did I know that a few years later Elisa would be providing me a sweet endorsement for my Frostings book (summer 2013)! … { Continue Reading }

Sweet! Magazine + How to Achieve a Perfectly Smooth Cake!

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You know I love all things new in the cake world! I just finished shooting my next book - Frostings - it will release Spring 2013! I can't wait. Speaking of frosting and cake, I was tickled to receive an email about the new Sweet! Cakes, Bakes, & Pretty Makes magazine! It hit newsstands 3 days ago (September 20, 2012) and is available in the US, UK, and online for the iPad! You can also buy it … { Continue Reading }

Recipe: Ruffle Birthday Cake!

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Love the look of RUFFLED cakes? They are a sweet way to decorate a cake for almost ANY occasion (weddings, 1st birthdays, baby showers, anniversaries, etc). Thanks to one of my favorite baking companies, you can now hop over to DuncanHines.com + view the full recipe + tutorial for creating this beautiful cake! There is even a video tip section, so be sure to check it out too!  … { Continue Reading }

{Interview} Rosie of Sweetapolita

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Sweetapolita Interview We are SO EXCITED to share our interview with Rosie of Sweetapolita today! She has definitely taken the party world by storm with her fancy cakes and sweet confections. Rosie is as sweet as can be, and we are thrilled to share more about this fabulous sweets designer in the interview below! Sit back and enjoy! Q. Where did you first develop your super sweet love of … { Continue Reading }

Cake + Mason Jars = Delicious! {Giveaway}

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Congratulations Tracy. You are the winner of the Cake Jars Giveaway (chosen via random.org). Check your email! Cake Jars When this arrives at your door, you know it's going to be a good day. Yes, ladies and gentlemen, that IS cake in a mason jar and LET me tell you, it is not just "cake" but it's decadent, delicious, layer by layer amazingness. That's how good it is! This genius little … { Continue Reading }

Wedding Showcase: Edgy and Elegant

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Edgy and Elegant I am so excited to be able to share this truly AWESOME wedding with you all! Starting with the couple themselves,  Marisa and Lawrence ("Loe")  grew up in neighboring towns but weren't formally introduced until after college at a bar (where the bartender would also become Loe's best man!) Then, choosing to get married on Friday the 13th, was a clue as to what a unique … { Continue Reading }

Cakelet Pans

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I {ADORE} the new cakelet pan trend! They are popping up everywhere.  For those of you who want darling little cakes but do not have the time to bake sheet cakes, cut, stack, etc -- these are your solution! You can find anything from dinosaurs and backyard bugs for children's parties to tiered cakes and little gifts for weddings or birthday parties! Choose your favorite cake recipe and adorn … { Continue Reading }