I had a really tough time finding those pine cones, but it turns out, if I had just waited until we got to Tahoe, I would not have had to think about it at all.
I also had some pretty phenomenal assistants in the kitchen with me, threatening to eat all of my ingredients.
I am so happy with how this cake turned out. I wish I could have stuck around to eat some of it.
Oh, also, the lovely and talented Emily, over at gem photo, has offered to send me some of her absolutely stunning photos of this cake. I am super excited about this. It was sort of the catalyst for redesigning my blog since I wanted a blog that was pretty enough to put professional quality photos on.