30 responses

  1. Elaine
    January 30, 2013

    Oh my gosh, Gatherings sounds like such a stellar idea. I can’t wait!

  2. Laurie from Burnaby
    January 30, 2013

    what a wonderful way to celebrate birthdays!

  3. Jan @ Family Bites
    January 30, 2013

    I’m so excited for our project, and completely in awe of how perfect this cake is. Amazing, as always.

  4. Emily
    January 30, 2013

    We move every couple of years for my husband’s work, and so I always feel pressured to put on my best game face in order to invite new friends over. So gatherings are few and far between in the beginning, and just when I feel I get it down in one location it’s time to move on. I would LOVE new ideas and tips on how to make it easier and less intimidating!

  5. Stephanie
    January 30, 2013

    Wow, Julie! What a gorgeous cake. Would it be wrong to just make it now? Just… you know, for myself? Yum.

  6. the other Al
    January 30, 2013

    that’s a Cake-asm (cake + orgasm) I’m all flustered just looking at it. WOW! A climax of carnage(pun intended). Totally my kinda mess!!!

  7. Barb
    January 30, 2013

    You have to be the BEST Aunt ever!

    I love the idea of Gatherings. Good luck with it.

  8. Anita
    January 30, 2013

    I made one of these a few years back for my daughter’s “I love Paris” birthday party. It was 4 feet tall – I made a paper cone, stuck the (pre-made/frozen) cream puffs on it with caramel syrup, covered the whole thing in strings of glistening sugar, voila! The girls loved it.

  9. Kathy – Panini Happy
    January 30, 2013

    The cakes came out SO beautiful! Congrats on the new blog (and book!) – Gatherings is such a nice premise to build from.

    • Julie
      January 30, 2013

      Thanks Kathy!!

  10. Andrea
    January 30, 2013

    I love your Gathering concept and look forward to reading! The cakes are stunning!

  11. Gemma
    January 31, 2013

    Happy birthday to W! I LOVE that he wanted fish at his birthday party! I wonder how many 7 year olds can say that?

  12. Gemma
    January 31, 2013

    Sorry, B’s birthday! Happy birthday to B!

  13. Avery
    January 31, 2013

    Wow. Beautiful!

  14. Sujata
    January 31, 2013

    Awesone cakes! Looking forward to the new blog; you’re right we talk ourselves out of having friends & family over more often because we make it daunting.

  15. Carolyn
    January 31, 2013

    Beautiful cakes. I have to get my courage up to try the spun sugar. I’ve heard that cutting the tines of a whisk is a great way to get long wispy threads. I hope you still maintain this blog. Not everyone has a large or small group of friends or family that they would bring together for a get-together. The wonderful everydayness of DwJ is fantastic for those of us who usually only feed those living under our roof.

  16. Erica B.
    January 31, 2013

    Happy Birthday to those celebrating this month! Gatherings sounds like an excellent idea-you’re so right, getting together around the table doesn’t have to be a production- can’t wait for the first installment. :)

  17. Aimee @ Simple Bites
    January 31, 2013

    Congrats, Julie and Jan! You can bet I’ll be reading and sharing. Can’t wait for the launch!

  18. Jenny
    February 1, 2013

    Yum! I love the idea of Gatherings. Can’t wait!
    Thanks for the info on the Croquembouche – I will be making it for sure.

  19. Averie @ Averie Cooks
    February 1, 2013

    That spun sugar is amazing and my daughter’s bday is…tomorrow! Thankfully she has just requested a strawberry cake, no spun sugar required. Happy bday to everyone in your world!

  20. Laurel
    February 1, 2013

    I love croquembouche! And I agree about the chipping and ripping away…I hate what it does to the cream puffs, delicious nonetheless.
    And I find it funny because I just had the same conversation with my mom about entertaining. We both love doing it, me cooking and my mom Martha Stewart-ing up some table decorations, but we end up not having any party because we put so much pressure on ourselves. Thanks for the pep talk!

  21. Lindsay
    February 2, 2013

    I am so excited about the Gatherings blog! What a great idea. I would love to throw dinner parties, but am too intimidated at this point. Can’t wait to see the kind of inspiration the two of you cook up!

  22. Laura
    February 3, 2013

    This looks SO FUN! Pinning now!

  23. Jessie Harrold
    February 4, 2013

    Wow! Beautiful Croquembouche!

    I worked in a little French patisserie years ago and saw many of these go out the door on their way to weddings and birthday parties. Making a Croquembouche has made it to my food bucket list for 2013…and I think you’ve given me the motivation I need to do it! Thanks!

  24. Maureen
    February 5, 2013

    I am sooooo behind. But wanted to say the Gatherings idea is brilliant. A couple of decades ago I “entertained” a lot. Schmancy dinners. And now I can’t bear the thought of all that but also hate that I no longer gather friends around my table. So I can’t wait to use your ideas. Bring them on!

    • Julie
      February 6, 2013

      I totally agree.. let’s lose the beef Wellington and good china but keep on gathering around the table!

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