Kitchen Aid Luncheon at our Studio & Swiss Meringue Frosting Recipe

For the last 16 years that we’ve been together, there are a few items that still have made it through the entire decade and half relationship. Our photo albums documenting our mischievous younger days still exist in the back corner of our bookshelf. Two fruit trees in pots that started off on our apartment patio balcony have survived 2 major moves are and are currently flourishing in their final garden spot. And then of course, our KitchenAid stand mixer has stood the test of time over all these years through a bazillion dozen batches of cookies, cupcakes, bread and other culinary concoctions.

Our KitchenAid stand mixer is like a part of the family. It’s one of the few kitchen tools that have and will always be, a permanent part of our life. When we were able to save our pennies together, the first thing we did was to outfit our kitchen with the fundamental tools. Yes, we did this before even ever buying a bed. We slept on the floor for the first 3 years together. But that’s another post.

Anyways, back to the kitchen talk…

When we finally grew out of our first black 5 qt. KitchenAid stand mixer because we had more people to feed, we graduated our kitchen to the Professional 6 qt. KitchenAid stand mixer. Back then, it took us 6 months of saving up our tips (from work) to buy the Cadillac of stand mixers. It was like having a trophy sitting on our kitchen counter top and to this day, it still has a permanent spot in the kitchen scene.

Now fast forward many years later, we are now thrilled to be partnering with KitchenAid small appliances in our studio. It’s like a dream to be working with not only with small appliances that we love, but also the people behind KitchenAid are wonderful. 

To be partnering with a brand we love and to know that the people who stand behind the product are amazing is certainly dream come true. Rachel Barbarotta is the KitchenAid Community Manager out of Digitas New York, responsible for managing the brands social media channels as well as working closely with bloggers. Miss Rachel Barbarotta is the rock star behind making all this happen. She’s amazing.

So, we partnered with KitchenAid at our studio to host a lunch to celebrate food and friends. We wanted to not only bring new and familiar bloggers together for an afternoon of community and friendship, but also to share the wonderful new KitchenAid 7-qt. Stand Mixer and 13-Cup Food Processor.

Group shot L-R : Todd, Joy, Cristina, camera shy Diane, Rachel, Alex

To make this afternoon even more fun, we invited dear friends Cristina Ferrare, Alex Thomopoulos and Joy Wilson to share a recipe demo. From Cristina’s book, Big Bowl of Love, Cristina shared her potato plates recipe and her daughter Alex shared a fabulous cucumber and zucchini carpaccio.

Joy Wilson’s  new cookbook was just released the day before (congrats Joy!) and she shared her cupcake recipes, along with her wonderful butter cream frosting and swiss meringue frosting. You must make her frostings and cupcakes. The recipes are wonderful.

We shared a little ourselves with a presentation on our journey through photography, video, storytelling and why there is no such thing as an perfect photograph.

And a celebration of food friends, KitchenAid giveaways, music, and great food wouldn’t be complete without cupcakes which everyone had fun decorating in their own personal style. Lots of sprinkles were included!

Thanks for listening to our KitchenAid stand mixer story. Do you have one to share? would love to hear.

Thank you KitchenAid, Rachel, Cristina, Alex, Joy and the rest of our guests for making this one of the most amazing days of our lives. You all left us energized, inspired and more in love with this wonderful community of online bloggers like never before.

Forever grateful for you all,

diane and todd

It was a crazy fun afternoon that all happened so quickly, we couldn’t absorb it all. Thankfully, some attendees shared their experience on their blogs, so please stop by and give them a visit to find out more about what the day was like! 

Fun album of pictures! ( lots of them, might be very very slow loading.)  *Joy’s Swiss meringue recipe is at bottom  *Photo credit: Anson Cu

day before Cristina and Nancy baked a gazillion cupcakes 

set up, calm before the storm 

Miss Alex kick starts the morning, before she’s had her coffee 

checking in guests & gift bags

morning mingle 

juicing fresh oranges & oro blanco from KitchenAid Citrus Juicer attachment 

pretty people

Todd & Diane present their photo talk on storytelling

 more gorgeous ladies

 glowing beauties 

Cristina gives the first demo to food paparazzi 

Cristina slicing up potatoes for her AMAZING potato plates from her cookbook 

Alex is up next…

…making her stunning cucumber & zucchini carpaccio

Cristina and Alex: mother daughter having fun in the kitchen 

Lunch: exceptionally delicious dishes made by Cristina and Alex 

Joy’s turn! 

Joy shares her stories as she makes swiss meringue frosting 

… and sharing her buttercream frosting recipe too 

… ta da! the money shot… swiss meringue frosting for the camera ready crowd 

naked cupcakes in need of frosting and sprinkle love 

sweet moment: Joy & Cristina signing books for one another. Awww…. 

rock stars 

Let the cupcake party begin

& the crowd goes wild for cupcakes 

nicest people. ever. 

Rachel, Todd & Diane teasing during the KitchenAid giveaways 

The End. Thank you KitchenAid for making this luncheon for making all this fun happen. xoxo 

5 from 1 vote
Joy the Baker's Swiss Meringue Frosting
Total Time
15 mins

Recipe from

  • 4 large egg whites
  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup light corn syrup
  • large pinch of salt
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  1.  In a large pot, bring about 2 inches of water to a simmer.
  2. In a large, heat-proof bowl, whisk together egg whites, sugar, corn syrup and salt.  The mixture will be grainy, because of the sugar.
  3. Place bowl over simmering water and whisk as it heats.  The sugar will dissolve after about 5 minutes.  Keep and eye on the mixture, it shouldn’t get warm enough to cook the eggs.  Yucky.
  4. Transfer the egg white and sugar mixture to the bowl of an electric stand mixer.  With a whisk attachment, beat the egg whites, on high, until stiff peaks form (about 5 minutes)  The mixture will be fluffy and glossy and look like melted marshmallows.  It’ll be sticky too.  Beat in the vanilla extract last.   Cover, and set aside until ready to frost cupcakes.
{ 36 comments… read them below or add one }
  1. Gloria

    Looks like a fabulous event!

    When I visit my grandma in Palm Desert I love to bake with her. She has a KitchenAid that is over 40 years old, in vintage pale mustard yellow color. It has a dial on top to control the speed and the bowl is sans handle. The greatest thing is that little beauty runs like a champ after all these years. It definitely feels special to bake alongside her using this tool that has been an intergral part of her kitchen for longer than I’ve been alive! I treasure my own simple white 5 quart KitchenAid. She’s my favorite kitchen applicance by far.

  2. jenjenk

    so, so, SO much fun!! thanks for allowing me to be a part of it!!!

  3. Nan

    I still have and use my KitchenAide – bought approx 1974. I was so excited and proud to have scraped together enough money to purchase it.

  4. Kiran @

    Amazing event! So glad we got to meet you both, Rachel and Jenny last weekend 🙂

  5. Gerry @ Foodness Gracious

    It looks like an awesome event, many smiling faces which may have been connected to Joy’s amazing cupcakes 😉
    Take care…

  6. Veronica of Muy Bueno Cookbook

    Ahhh, great pictures and story. Y’all sure know how to through a party. Love your Kitchen-Aid story. I still have the very first Kitchen-Aid I bought about 19 years ago and it’s still going strong. I dragged it all the way to Germany with me and I just propped it up on my counter this morning, but it has a transformer attached to it because the voltage here is 220…It’s all good. She’s still hums ever so sweetly. I luvvvv the red one in your pictures…it may be time for me to upgrade. Thanks for your joyous sense of community…you truly inspire me to be my best self! Besitos..

  7. Lana

    Once again, thanks for the wonderful time! You were the most gracious hosts and your celebrity guests, Cristina and Joy, were truly kind an genuine people. Looking forward to seeing you again:)

  8. Cheryl | Black Girl Chef's Whites

    What a fun time that was! I am saving my pennies to get a new KitchenAid, as my old classic needs a big sister!

    Both my mother and daughter devoured the cupcakes I brought home to them with this frosting. I may have devoured one myself. . .

  9. Helene

    That must had been such a wonderful day. I’ve been buying Kitchen Aid for years. I also have Cristina cookbook and it’s a must have in the kitchen 🙂

  10. Lori @ Lemons and Lavender

    My mom is still using my grandmother’s white KitchenAid stand mixer! My conservative estimate of it’s age is approximately 40 years old. And it’s going strong! Love that the quality hasn’t diminished.

    Thank you again for another wonderful event at your studio. I was so honored to be included, and it was such a pleasure to meet Cristina, Joy and Rachel. I also got to meet some other SoCal bloggers that I’ve been interacting with on Instagram. All because of you! XX

  11. Eileen

    Looks like fun was had by all!

  12. Susan in the Boonies

    Love seeing the FUN you all had!

  13. terri

    when we got married almost 18 years ago, people mostly gave us money instead of gifts because they knew we were moving and wouldn’t be able to take much with us. the kitchenaid mixer (5 quart) was the first thing we bought–even before things like silverware. (yes, it is possible to eat even ice cream with chopsticks 🙂 ) i’ve been tempted by the 6 quart one, but the old one is still going strong (and a new one is not in the budget until i graduate and get a job)

  14. Anna @ the shady pine

    What a wonderful gathering of talented people….I really enjoyed reading your post!

  15. Tori {Thoughtfully Simple}

    It was such a lovely afternoon. Thank you for hosting and connecting such a vibrant and talented group. Now, I must get to testing these recipes out for myself! 🙂

  16. Grishma @ZaikaZabardast

    Ok…now it’s decided that I am going to ask my hubby to find his next job in LA!! That’ it… can’t afford to miss all this :)) Looking forward to spend and learn from you guys this weekend!

  17. Thyme (Sarah)

    What a wonderful idea of KitchenAid to create a gathering/cooking demo. I love the concept and I see MANY other people did too. Looks like a fabulous day in your kitchen studio.

  18. Deeba Rajpal (@vindee)

    So.MUCH.FUN. What a great get together! Beautifully covered.I lapped it all up from far away India! Thank you!!

  19. LiztheChef

    Thank you again for such a lovely, special day in your beautiful space.

  20. Gabby @ Gabby's Gluten-Free

    Looks like such a great time! And that frosting looks heavenly.

  21. Kathleen @ksugarandspice

    What a lovely recap for such a special day. Thanks Todd and Diane.

  22. Rachel Matthews via Facebook

    YUM! and fun times!!!

  23. Rachel - A Southern Fairytale

    SO fun! Thanks for sharing all those lovely pics and what a great time!
    Happy Wednesday! 🙂

  24. Marian (Sweetopia)

    What a wonderful event! You’ve captured it so nicely, Todd and Diane!
    Congrats to Joy and Cristina as well, both books are now on my “to purchase” list!
    Rachel is indeed amazing – I’m so thankful she and KitchenAid worked with me to host a giveaway on Sweetopia for the new 7-quart mixer!
    I, like so many others, am a loyal fan of KitchenAid products… my first 5 quart Artisan was a Christmas gift I’ll never forget, and my second, a shiny, apple-red 7-quart, sits gleaming in all its glory, on my countertop. Not only is it pretty to look at, it helps me whip up double and triple batches of everything I make.
    Thanks for a wonderful post – I look forward to your next adventures!

  25. Kim

    Thank you for such a heart-warming day. It was a pleasure spending time with everyone. Special kudos to Anson for all the photos, too. 🙂

    Hope to see you again soon!


  26. Connie / Marinating Online

    The new food processor is sexy. That event looks like so much fun. Thanks for sharing it with me. And who said blogging is out of style….??? Really?

  27. Candace

    I have both appliances and LOVE them!! What a great day, I love working with KitchenAid as well! Nice company for sure 🙂

  28. averagebetty

    So much fun! I have been poring over the beautiful cookbooks from Cristina and Joy 🙂 Thank you so much for an inspirational day Todd & Diane (and KitchenAid).

  29. Heather

    Oh how I love my KitchenAid mixer, even if I am still a newbie. I had been wanting one for years, but could never fit it in the budget until my husband finally said “Just do it.” I’ll never forget the first time I used one – it was at one of my first jobs at a B&B, and it was love at first use. As corny as it sounds, some of my fondest memories are of making cookies in that kitchen for guests on that marvelous machine.

  30. Sanjeeta kk

    Such a fun filled lovely much of wonderful bakes and food. Love that cheerful picture of cup cakes.

  31. Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar

    Gah! What an awesome time!! So many of my favorite bloggers were there!

  32. Zytka Maurion

    I am very sad that Poland doesn’t border the United States! That evening’s photos are so vigorous and dynamic, people are happy and everything is in the right place and the right time. 😉

  33. Victoria

    P.S. Have you ever seen a copy of Franceso Scavullo’s portrait of Cristina Ferrare?


  34. Victoria

    I love living in NYC but am ALWAYS jealous when I see one of your events in Southern California, not to mention how envious I am of your beautiful home-grown citrus!

    Both my KitchenAid Mixers (one was my mother’s) are only 4-1/2 quarts, but they are each over thirty years old, and the quality can’t be beat. I’m often tempted to upgrade to the 6-quart Professional model, but so far I have not been able to replace a workhorse product that has never let me down.


    You are tempting me.

  35. Blog is the New Black

    So fun!!! 🙂

  36. Averie @ Averie Cooks

    Thank you for hosting such a fabulous event. I was honored to be there and mingle with all the wonderful SoCal bloggers, the two of you, meet Joy and Cristina, and Rachel is so sweet…truly, it was just an amazing day and one I will always remember. Thank you! 🙂

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