Carnevale Masks & Sugar Paste

While writing the recipe for the castagnole, I was looking for some pictures and I found those Carnevale masks I had almost forgotten about. I made them for a Carnevale party I hosted five or six years ago. I made the big one with the intention of decorating a cake with it, but then decided to use the small ones instead. As usual, my friend C. helped me putting the cake together.

Maschera di carnevale in sugar paste

Torta di Carnevale

Particolare torta 2Mascherine di Carnevale in sugar paste

Carnevale Masks & Sugar Paste

Buon Natale, Merry Christmas, Feliz Navidad!

In Italy, for Christmas, it is customary to display nativities around houses, stores, offices, pretty much everywhere. Thanks to Francesca, who sent me a picture of a Panettone Nativity, this is my last minute project with some leftover cold porcelain.

How I made my Panettone Nativity:


I modeled the figurines—nothing more than cones and spheres put together—and let them dry for a day. I used the same dough I originally made for the wedding cakes bouquets. It was very  hard to work with, and I  was worried it was going to crack while drying, but the figurines turned out fine.


I painted the figurines with acrylic colors—it took forever to paint the eyes because I  didn’t like how they came out the first ten times—and let them dry for one hour. Meanwhile, I cut a small chamber inside the panettone. I positioned the figurines inside the grotto and finally sprinkled powdered sugar on top.


Buon Natale, Merry Christmas, Feliz Navidad!

Zero Calories Sweets

Would you eat those chocolates?

Zero Calories Chocolates

I don’t remember how, but a few years back I discovered the incredible world of Japanese craft. The wondrous discovery  sent me on a buying frenzy on eBay. Not knowing the language didn’t discourage me in the least. I bought several books about felt craft and then I proceeded to study the pictures and interpret the instructions by looking at the images. One of the funniest project was decorating the Christmas Tree with felt goodies. I found working with felt relaxing, because it’s easy, fast, and the rewards are immediate.

Zero Calories Sweets

Painted Pumpkins

When I first moved to the United States, twelve years ago—can’t believe it has been so long already—I was exposed to the American art of pumpkin carving and decorating. Once I painted my first pumpkin, I realized I didn’t want for it to go to waste and be forgotten. So I started buying foam pumpkins to paint them with acrylics. Since then, every fall I paint at least one pumpkin—usually around three or four. Now, I have quiet a collection lying around the house all year long. Here are a few pictures of some of my special pumpkins.






























































































































































Painted Pumpkins