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A good friend of mine was the chef at The Lincklaen House in Cazenovia, Ny.  When he called me to say he was holding a fundraising dinner for autism awareness I said I would love to participate!  Here are the centerpiece desserts we made.

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For each table we made a chocolate branch with spring gum paste flowers, bulbs, butterflies and birds' nests.

 

 

 

Each flower pot was formed with pastillage then hand-painted to look old, cracked and moss covered.

 

Hand-made sugar butterflies are attached to the chocolate branches.

 

Each centerpiece was unique. 
Here we made a pot of magnolias.  Some tables had tulips, orchids or daffodils. 

 

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We made bulbs using rice paper (commonly used in oriental cuisine for spring rolls) and filled them with a cup cake and chocolate. 

The roots of the bulbs were Chinese rice noodles

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