Saturday, August 31, 2013

Birkin Cake

The Birkin bag is a handbag by Hermès, handmade in leather and named after actress and singer Jane Birkin.   In 1981, Hermès chief executive Jean-Louis Dumas was seated next to Jane Birkin on a flight from Paris to London. She had just placed her straw bag in the overhead compartment of her seat, but the contents fell to the deck, leaving her to scramble to replace the contents. Birkin explained to Dumas that it had been difficult to find a leather weekend bag she liked. In 1984, he created a black supple leather bag for her, based on an 1892 design. She used the bag for herself then later changed her mind because she was carrying too many things in it: “What’s the use of having a second one?” she laughs. “You only need one and that busts your arm; they’re bloody heavy. I’m going to have to have an operation for tendonitis in the shoulder.” Nevertheless, the bag has since become an icon.
Although the Birkin bag is free of logos, it is one of the most recognized bags in the fashion industry and by the public. It is highly coveted and, for several years, was reputed for having a waiting list of up to 6 years – the longest wait for any bag in history. As a result of the strong demand, the Birkin bag has a high reselling value in many countries.  In April 2010, Hermès announced that the waiting list would no longer exist, implying that it is potentially available to all.

The bag is a symbol of wealth due to its high price exclusivity and usage by celebrities. Price ranges from $7,400 to $150,000.  Maybe I could save up and purchase one of the cheaper varieties, but I would rather donate the $$ to someone in need of a roof over their head.  I prefer this, more delicious version with delightful almond chiffon cake and almond cardomom mousse filling, Très dèlicieux.

Sunday, August 18, 2013

Tiffany Gift box cake

The practice of giving and receiving gifts is so universal it is part of what it means to be human. In virtually every culture, gifts and the events at which they are exchanged are a crucial part of the essential process of creating and maintaining social relationships …”. Anthropologist Terry Y. LeVine.

The purpose of giving gifts is to bring joy to both the giver and receiver, promote goodwill, and make for a closer relationship.  However, if gift-giving goes amiss, there is a likelihood of attics and basements full of objects never used or appreciated. I always ask for "perishable" gifts... I think one can not go wrong with flowers or food, so if the receiver does not like the gift, it will soon wilt or get eaten... thus saving a lot of attic and basement space. 

This red hot little blue gift box was a cake for an engagement party where the bride and groom professed to be a gift for each other. What a lovely gift! hope it is the “non-perishable” kind!  Open this gift box and find a passion fruit cake with passion cream cheese filling. As per request of the bride I made it quite tart....  she loved it.