I heard about Midori from Friend Colleen. Friend Colleen discovered Midori's tasty treats from the Woodinville Wedding show at Novelty Hill/Januik Winery, and the promptly passed the word. I don't waste time; I made a trip to the bakery the next day. All I needed were words like: Bacon Cheddar Cheese Scone with Caramelized Onions, Madrange White Ham and Swiss Croissant with Dijon Mustard, Pain au Chocolat (that's a Chocolate Croissant, y'all), along with some beautifully decorated specialty cakes - just check out their facebook page!
You might guess that I'm not easily impressed with cake decorations. I was impressed. So impressed I booked Midori for the Babe's 3rd Birthday party without tasting a thing. Pictures matter, right, Mamas?
In the meantime, the Babe and I visited Midori each and every Wednesday before soccer. Lemon Ginger Scones, Twice Baked Blueberry Croissants, Mushroom Broiche with Comté cheese, and the espresso chocolate pecan cookie, among other things. I found myself making playdates after soccer just so I could bring someone else a treat from Midori - and I couldn't let them eat alone. I'm a true Southerner, you know.
The Babe's Birthday rolls around, and Baker Morgan sends me a draft of birthday cake designs. Again, to say that I was impressed is an understatement. Her ideas, and the way that she captured the exact theme, was impeccable. Baker Morgan has a talent that I haven't found since falling in love with the pastry excellence of Certified Master Baker, Arturo Diaz, who made my wedding cake ten magical years ago. Truly, she, too, creates magic.
Not only can she put a design on paper, but let me just tell you, Baker Morgan has one steady hand. The intricate details made the cake a work of art. I almost didn't want to cut it, but I handed Dear Ben the cake knife anyway. I'm glad I did, and I think the rest of the guests were glad too.
Top layer, vanilla and vanilla. No color. No sprinkles. Nothing to turn off a 3 year old. Yet full of vanilla goodness. She even makes her own vanilla syrup. Woah. The bottom layer, chocolate cake with salted caramel mousse with a whiskey ganache. That sounds like a mouth full, you say? Tell me about it, I've been eating it during naptime all week. (No judging, please).