DIY: Cake Stand Dome

DIY Cake Stand Dome { Be What We Love blog }

I just got back from Arizona where I loved seeing all the beautiful cacti and succulents everywhere and especially the gorgeous and creative succulent terrariums my sister-in-law made in various containers. I was in a mission to drive to one of our favorite places, ReStore (a Habitat for Humanity home supply recycling store and donation site) to grab a light pendant to transform in a beautiful terrarium (I’ll write another post and tutorial about that next week). In the lighting area, I found a pile of these light fixture covers and I couldn’t resist grabbing a few to transform them in beautiful domes for my cake stand collection. Don’t these give the most wonderful vintage flair to cake stands?

You’ll need:
  • Light fixture covers – only $2 a piece at my local ReStore
  • Knobs from Anthropologie, World Market or Hardware store – cost between $3 to $6  each.
  • Fender Washer 1/4″ x 1-1/4″ – costs $0.12 at my local home improvement store.

Total cost : +/- $6 each dome

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DIY Cake Stand Dome { Be What We Love blog }

DIY Cake Stand Dome { Be What We Love blog }
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Naked Cake

Naked Cake | Be What We LoveI’ve been obsessed with naked cakes since last year, you might remember my berry layer sponge cake, which had a naked look.  A couple days ago, I decided to bake another cake with the naked look and fresh flowers. I used the Fluffy Yellow Layer Cake recipe from Cook’s Illustrated book and a lemon and lavender filling.

Lemon-Lavender Cream Cheese Frosting

8 oz. cream cheese, softened

8 T butter, softened (1 stick)

1 tsp grated lemon zest

2T lemon juice

1 ½ tsp dried lavender buds. Ground

½ tsp vanilla

2 1/3 cup confectioners sugar

Mix cream cheese, butter and sugar in a food processor or mixer.  Add other ingredients until smooth.Naked Cake | Be What We LoveNaked Cake | Be What We LoveNaked Cake | Be What We Love

And because I couldn’t resist baking another one, here is how I decorated one more using my new faux bois cake stand,  peach and coral roses.

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Heirloom Tomato Tartine

Heirloom Tomato Tartine

Heirloom tomatoes are one more reason I love summer.  When I saw this beautiful basket of heirloom tomatoes at the farmer’s market I was so excited to bring it home and make something fresh and delicious. With a few tomatoes still left after salads, I had enough to make this quick and easy spread with some basil from our herb garden and a few other ingredients we had on hand. This one is a great fresh go-to for home parties or just a fresh and light treat for yourself.


  • Cream cheese
  • Crumbled Feta cheese
  • Heirloom tomatoes
  • Toasts
  • Fresh basil, chiffonade
  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil


  1. Put the feta and cream cheese in a microwavable bowl
  2. Microwave the bowl for 20 seconds and mix.
  3. Spread the mixture in the toasts.
  4. Slice the tomatoes and place them on the toasts and top with the basil.
  5. Drizzle olive oil on the toasts and bon appetit.

Heirloom Tomato Tartine

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DIY: Enchanted Forest Cake Stand

Enchanted Forest Cake Stand

Last week we had my parents visiting us and I couldn’t pass up on the chance to ask my super creative dad to colaborate with me in a DIY project for the blog.  I found a great set of wood plates, and I always use them for picnics, but had an extra one ready to be used for something fun, so we came out with this idea while walking around our local craft store.

I love how whimsical this cake stand looks, and would look great at a kid’s woodland theme party or baby shower.

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Enchanted Forest Cake Stand

My dad’s chalk lettering skills came in handy for this photoshoot.

Enchanted Forest Cake Stand

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Pirate Birthday Party

A few weeks ago was my nephew’s third birthday.  The party was Pirate themed and a total success.  I absolutely loved the custom cake, cupcakes, cake pops, cookies, and other treats, and all the fun decorations.  We used a plain blue tablecloth and a $3 fish net from the party store for the main table to tie it all together with a nautical theme.  The gold chocolate coins overflowing from an old wooden box we already had is another one of my favorite elements!  I’ve never seen a happier group of little pirates in my life.


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