So very exited to share this months Food Styling Challenge participant!

12 Talented Bloggers Show off Their Styling Skills! February: Mike from Verses From My Kitchen


The month of February is all about Mike from Verses From My Kitchen.

I cant say enough amazing things about the talent that Mike possess.  His blog is not only photographically visually stunning, but beautifully written.  It reads like a novel, an enticing and captivating escapade of love, food, and everything in between.

Having him participate in this little food challenge is such an honor, I am still wrapping my head around it!  Thank you Mike, for sharing your passion, your love, and your talent with the world!

And please, whatever you do, make a moment of your day to stop by and see what amazing talent this man has.  And dont forget to check out this Chocolate Fudge & Coconut Cake. Can we just all agree that gorgeous doesnt do it justice?


Food Styling Challenge: Verses From My Kitchen

The beautiful creation that Mike has made for us is a Blackberry Chocolate Cake.  Mike has the full recipe on his blog, and you are going to want to make it as soon as possible!

I asked Mike a few questions about his experience:


I would say it was more difficult than it was easy. I think a large part of that was my lack of cake styling. I don’t bake a lot on my site so trying to ice and style a cake pushed me to try a few new things.

Food Styling Challenge: Verses From My Kitchen


Actually, it was more than I normally spend on props.I normally look everywhere for props, including wood thrown out behind commercial stores. So this challenge worked out well. We’re lucky where we are to have a wide variety of antique shops and second-hand stores nearby. I found the chair and wood at one shop for $6, the cake pans at an antique shop for $3, the plates in the ASIS department at Ikea for $2, the vintage milk bottle for $1, a $4 glass cake stand, the sifter for $2 and a $3 vintage cake spatula at a second-hand shop. All these stores are within minutes of one another. And most of these are props I’ll use again and again.

Food Styling Challenge: Verses From My Kitchen


I love different colours and shapes of fabrics and napkins and props. They can add colour and texture and dimension to an image. I also love weathered wood and antique silverware and to try to find the right items for the food I’m highlighting.



Baking and icing a cake! I can’t say I’ll turn into a baking blog, but it was fun trying for this post. I also loved trying to style a cake, which brings a different dimension than I’m used to. I think I’ll stick to smaller cakes in the future, but don’t be surprised to see a cake show up from time to time.

Food Styling Challenge: Verses From My Kitchen


Just look at that.  How on earth he manages to make an empty plate look appetizing and beautiful is beyond my realm of comprehension!

A huge, HUGE thank you to Mike for his beautiful contribution to the this project!  You can see more of Mike’s awesomeness on facebook and twitter!

Be sure to check out January’s Food Styling Challenge participant, Kristen from Dine & Dish. She made a heavenly White Chocolate Confetti Cake!

Also stop by and see what I thought 2013’s Food Styling Trends were.  (Mike and Kristen are definitely trend setters!!)

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Meet Amanda Rettke

Amanda Rettke is the creator of I Am Baker, and the bestselling author of Surprise Inside Cakes: Amazing Cakes for Every Occasion – With a Little Something Extra Inside.Over the course of her 15+ year blogging adventure, she has been featured in and collaborated with the Food Network, New York Times, LA Times, Country Living Magazine, People Magazine, Epicurious, Brides, Romantic Homes, life:beautiful, Publishers Weekly, The Daily Mail, Star Tribune, The Globe and Mail, DailyCandy, YumSugar, The Knot, The Kitchn, and Parade, to name a few.

Reader Comments

  1. I’m completely baffled by those finds. How freaking lucky. I need to move some place that has better options 😉 Gorgeous shots!

  2. Wow, I love this idea for guest posts!! I am a photographer, and I’ll admit, food styling is HARD!!! So much more than people in my opinion! I’ve bought books and studying up, but I am exciting to watch for this!!

  3. Interesting challenge. I’ll have to see some of your other entries as the concept intrigues me. I see food styling as fashion sometimes. I love to admire other peoples “sense” of it. GREG

  4. Gorgeous!!! Mike does a beautiful job. Looking forward to more in this series, yay! 🙂

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