Monday, July 18, 2011

Fiesta, Fiesta!

Happy Monday! This has been quite a relaxing weekend and I was able to enjoy some delicious meals, pool time, nights out with friends, the world cup game and finally got in some blogging. Last weekend we had a surprise party for my boyfriend's 30th birthday and it was such a blast! Shockingly we actually pulled off the surprise - including his fam flying in from out of town - which was the best part (although quite stressful since I am the world's worst liar)! Since he looooves Taco Bell Mexican food we had a Mexican-themed bash aka Fiesta de Blannin, complete with a margarita bar, taco station, a nacho cake, and costumes - party shirts, sombreros and fake mustaches. A huge thank you to all of the family and friends who helped make this party such a blast! 


The Birthday Boy!







Making the fiesta desserts was quite an adventure! I found a pretty great tutorial for Chili Pepper Cake pops here and used a recipe for Mexican Hot Chocolate frosting and cayanne pepper chocolate to add an extra kick.  Continuing my foray into cake decorating, I made a cake that looked like a plate of Taco Bell nachos! Since nachos are supposed to be a big cheesy mess, this was great since it was pretty difficult to mess up. 

For the cake and the frosting I used one of my favorite recipes from Rachel Ray, Lime Margarita Cake which tastes like a delicious and refreshing margarita. (I cheat this recipe just a bit and use white cake mix out of the box as a base, which is MUCH faster and tastes just as delicious!)
Nacho toppings
Tomatoes: Swedish fish
Lettuce: Shredded coconut tinted green
Tortilla chips: Yellow fondant mixed with crushed oreos
Cheese: White chocolate colored yellow, melted into a block and shredded
Sour cream & guac: Frosting

The awesome dude at Taco Bell gave me some extra burrito wrappers to make this look extra authentic!

12 comments:

  1. oh my god!!! you are so talented and so creative! what an awesome themed party!

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  2. Ok, you win! This is amazing. That cake is insane!

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  3. Wowzers - one lucky man! This is incredible (and gives me great ideas for my husband's 30th in December!)

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  4. Would you be kind enough to break down the cake batter components that you adapted from R Ray's lime margarita cupcake recipe. What to leave in... and what to leave out? I bet I am not the only reader who would like to follow the recipe you adapted. Thanks!

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  5. For the cake I followed the directions on the box of cake mix, and then added lime juice (2 table spoons) and grated peel of 2 limes per RR's recipe. I followed her frosting recipe as is. Hope this helps!

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  6. Looks fantastic! I love the decorations in the yard, so cute! And the cake looks delicious.

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  7. Too cute! So fun and colorful and everything looks delicious!

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  8. this cake is unbelievable! kuddos BIG time.

    and the party looks like it was a blast...gotta love any reason to wear fake mustaches. i think we should bring them back...tom selleck style?

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  9. that cake is so awesome, i LOVE IT! thanks for sharing, looks like you had a great time! =)

    xx sharon/lemonontherocks

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  10. Loving this festive decor!!! You are genius for making that nacho cake!! So clever!! I bet it was just deeelish!!

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  11. I love cakes that look like other food and this is might be one of the best I have ever seen! So creative!!

    -Emmy

    www.sprinklesoneverything.wordpress.com

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xxkristin

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