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The Lambeth Method

Posted by on Jul 9, 2014 in Cake Decorating, Cakes, Videos | 0 comments

The Lambeth Method

The Lambeth Method is an old school form of cake decorating that has a reputation of being secretive and almost impossible to pipe without being educated in the technique. It definitely takes dedication and years of practice, however with persistence and a love of intricate piping you will able to confer the Lambeth Method. I realized most novice cake decorators are terrified to try the over-piping technique, due to the lack of instructions available. Although Joseph Lambeth wrote a book on his beautiful method of piping, however it is almost impossible to find a copy. 5th Avenue Cake Designs...

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Elegant Scroll Royal Icing Scrolls on a Sugar Cookie

Posted by on Jun 21, 2014 in Cake Decorating, Cookies, Cookies and brownies, Home, Tutorials, Videos | 2 comments

Elegant Scroll Royal Icing Scrolls on a Sugar Cookie

Royal icing decorative scrolls always grab your attention. Decorating dainty scrolls can transform any ordinary cookie or cake into a show stopping piece. This simple circle shape cookie has a new presence once the scrolls have been piped. Royal icing is the one medium that seems to intimidate a beginning (sometimes seasoned) cake/cookie decorator. However, with practice, time, and the willingness to fail and than learn from the mistakes you can be a wonderful royal icing artist. The Chandelier piped onto the cookie above is a series of “C” scrolls, with a little decorative...

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Lemon Meringue Tart Transformed into a Cookie

Posted by on Jun 15, 2014 in Cake Decorating, Cookies, Cookies and brownies, Tutorials, Videos | 0 comments

Lemon Meringue Tart Transformed into a Cookie

Bobbie Bakes at 5th Avenue Cake Designs shared this enchanting lemon pie/tart tutorial. Just looking at the photos enticed my tastebuds, with those adorable royal icing blueberries, charming lemon slices decoratively placed on the meringue and encompassed with an icing crust. Tart cookies would be a wonderful desert to serve at a 4th of July picnic, easy to transport and one sugar cookie recipe would enable you to display a plethora of the lemon tart cookies! Surprise your friends and family by flavoring the cookies and icing with lemon. Now your cookies will not only look like mini lemon...

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Royal Icing Tips and Techniques

Posted by on Apr 24, 2014 in Cake Decorating, Cookies, Home, Videos | 2 comments

Royal Icing Tips and Techniques

Royal icing is a hard white icing, made from softly beaten egg whites, icing sugar(powdered sugar), and optional extract flavor.  Royal icing traditionally is used for decorative designs, covering cookies and cakes (covering cake is an European tradition). It can be piped into an infinite types of decorations such as: borders, flowers,butterflies, shapes, jewelry, and so much more. It also is used for brush embroidery, creating fabric inspired lace, and cross stitching.  Royal icing can also seem a bit intimidating, if you are not familiar with using the icing. This tutorial is decimated to...

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No Cutter Gumpaste Rose Class

Posted by on Apr 14, 2014 in Cake Decorating, Cookies, Cupcakes, Home, Spray, Tutorials, Videos | 0 comments

No Cutter Gumpaste Rose Class

I was asked to teach six 6th grade girls how create gum paste roses, for a slumber party activity. After careful deliberation I decided it would be best to have a class on making roses without venires or cutters. Roses are extremely technical and with six eleven old girls I thought their attention span might be taxed. It was the correct choice, they had loads of fun and I held their attention to the end. Each created  their own rose for a cupcake. I wanted to share the class with all of you! Flower paste rose class and video: Equipment: 1- recipe Vanilla Bean Cake/cupcakes Fondant, Flower...

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Sugar Pansies for My Grandma

Posted by on Apr 12, 2014 in Cake Decorating, Cupcakes, Home, Tutorials, Videos | 2 comments

Sugar Pansies for My Grandma

I dedicate this flower paste tutorial to grandmother, who past away Thursday. My grandma  was small in stature, but giant in heart! Through her love of life and patience I learned so many valuable life lessons. Her 101 years years were filled with rich and wonderful experience, and I thank her for sharing them with me! Words cannot express the joy Grandma brought to everyone she came in contact with;  in her honor I share this gumpaste pansy tutorial. My technique for pansies is individual wired petals, although you can build a pansy in a Celformer, I find wiring each petal creates a...

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Learn the Secrets to Painting Flowers on Icing

Posted by on Apr 4, 2014 in Cake Decorating, Cakes, Cookies, Cookies and brownies, Creations, Home, Tutorials, Videos | 2 comments

Learn the Secrets to Painting Flowers on Icing

Edible painting is a wonderful cake decorating technique, that can be a relaxing artistic expression for clients and friends. However several of my readers have contacted me to let me know they are frustrated and although they think hand painted cookies (cakes are beautiful) they hate painting. I want everyone to be successful edible painters; therefore I have created a video tutorial breaking down the strokes and expelling how to achieve elegant painting without frustration. I will show you how to properly load your brush, the paint consistency, and how to use your brush to create several...

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Fondant Frills and Sculpted Modeling Chocolate Easter Cake

Posted by on Apr 2, 2014 in Cake Decorating, Cakes, Creations, Tutorials, Videos | 0 comments

Fondant Frills and Sculpted Modeling Chocolate Easter Cake

As I was designing these Easter cakes, I keep thinking of Easter bonnets, however I did not want to just place a bonnet on top of cake. I finally decided to mould a little face, out of modeling chocolate, to wear the bonnet. Modeling chocolate consists of two, in my case three, ingredients (chocolate , corn syrup, and icing sugar).   Seems fairly easy, but not necessarily in all cases. If you over mix the corn syrup to the chocolate, it will become a greasy mess. Also, if you do not have complete contact with melting chocolates, you end with chocolate pieces in your mixture. Once you achieve...

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Edible Hand Painting, a Cake Decorating Technique

Posted by on Mar 28, 2014 in Cake Decorating, Tutorials, Videos | 0 comments

Edible Hand Painting, a Cake Decorating Technique

It’s official!  I have become addicted to painting cookies and cakes! Hand painting has become increasingly more popular in the last few years. It’s a great decorating technique, limited to only your own imagination. You can customize an Easter theme, like the cookie above, or design an entire wedding. What would be more spatular than a tiered cake with mirroring cookie favors and floral centre pieces. You could add gumpaste flowers as a cake topper that match the paint flowers on the cake. Invitations and thank you cards could be created with the same painted flowers. As I said...

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Invitation to a Grand Opening: 5th Avenue Cake Designs

Posted by on Mar 27, 2014 in Cake Decorating, Cakes, Cookies, Creations, Home, Tutorials | 0 comments

Invitation to a Grand Opening: 5th Avenue Cake Designs

Bobbie’s Baking Blog has open a new shop and educational centre! This is your official invitation to learn wonderful recipes, beautiful sugar flowers and  cake decorating techniques. We will be moving websites as well to 5th Avenue Cake Designs! I will still post tips and techniques on Bobbie’s Baking Blog, however 5th Avenue Cake Designs will be offering more videos and step by step tutorials. In addition, 5th Avenue Cake Designs has a full shop where can buy decorating tools, decorating products, and order custom cakes, cookies, and cupcakes. All the posts and tutorials over...

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Sugar and Hand Painted Cherry Blossom Cake Tutorial

Posted by on Mar 19, 2014 in Cake Decorating, Cakes, Cakes, Creations, Home, Spray, Tutorials, Videos | 2 comments

Sugar and Hand Painted Cherry Blossom Cake Tutorial

Cherry blossoms have a delicate and mysterious presence. They bloom in early spring and the aroma the blossoms give is enticing. They are perfect blossoms for wedding cakes, you can add them to almost any sugar spray for an extra special touch, they also are perfect as the central focus, or awesome as an accent to hand painted cakes. I chose to combine two of favorite cake decorating techniques flower paste cherry blossoms and hand painting cakes. When I began this cake I researched the cherry blossom in order to create a lifelike flower (both sugar and panted). I was surprise to learn the...

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Spring Fondant Frill Mini Cake with Sugar Pansy Spray

Posted by on Mar 5, 2014 in Cake Decorating, Cakes, Cakes, Cupcakes, Home, Spray, Tutorials, Videos | 16 comments

Spring Fondant Frill Mini Cake with Sugar Pansy Spray

I realize the world’s most famous weather forecaster, Punxsutawney Phil, saw his shadow and declared six more weeks of Winter. I  however refuse to except that forecast! This winter has been insane, with my daughter’s university shutting down four times this year and the airports in D.C. closing for most of President’s day weekend. It is time to take action and think Spring!! I am going to start the Spring campaign with a Spring fondant frill mini cake tutorial. The frills are ombre with blue colour and adorned with match blue pansies. Pansies generally bloom in early...

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The Sugar Cookie Dress to the Academy Awards

Posted by on Mar 2, 2014 in Cake Decorating, Cookies, Home, Tutorials | 4 comments

The Sugar Cookie Dress to the Academy Awards

EVERYBODY’S GOT AN OPINION. When it comes to the Academy Awards’ red carpet, that’s about 40 million or more will be handing down judgments about this actress’s ill-fitting dress or that one’s overly done. It’s enough to give both nominees and their stylists a serious case of the nerves. “No matter how long they have been doing this, the Academy Awards are still exciting, and the nominees are still nervous,” said stylist Leslie Fremar, whose clients include Julianne Moore and Charlize Theron. “People lean on the conservative side because...

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Pink Penelope Learn How To Create Characters In Modeling Chocolate

Posted by on Feb 28, 2014 in Cake Decorating, Cakes, Creations, Home, Tutorials, Videos | 0 comments

Pink Penelope Learn How To Create Characters In Modeling Chocolate

Creating edible figures for cake toppers is a popular cake decorating technique. Lately pregnant mommies for baby showers have been showing up all over the internet. Brides and grooms are also a favorite. There are many mediums that can be used for sculpting these fun figures; gumpaste, fondant and modeling chocolate. I prefer moldering chocolate due to its clay like quality. It reminds me of polymer clay, but of course modeling chocolate is edible. Many years ago when Sydney was a figure skater I used to make figures of her skating, with polymer clay, and give them to her grandparents. Now...

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Vintage English Garden Cupcake Video

Posted by on Feb 11, 2014 in Cake Decorating, Cakes, Cupcakes, Home, Tutorials, Videos | 4 comments

Vintage English Garden Cupcake Video

I was recently commissioned  to create vintage cupcakes for a wedding. The wedding, itself, will have a turn of the century theme and cupcakes will flow with the theme. The bride graciously invited me to her bridal gown fitting,in order to have the cupcake be inspired by her dress. I was excited by the moment I saw her blush pink wedding dress, and later that night  began to design the cupcakes. I knew beautiful blossom flowers and elegant roses were apropos for the occasion to match her dress. The cupcakes for the wedding will be individually wrapped in blush coloured paisley cupcake...

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Oscar Inspired Fashion Sugar Cookies

Posted by on Feb 9, 2014 in Cake Decorating, Cookies, Home, Tutorials | 4 comments

Oscar Inspired Fashion Sugar Cookies

The 86th Oscars will be held on March 2, 2014 with Ellen DeGeneres hosting. The anticipation for those few minutes the actors/directors et cetra will walk the Red Carpet starts with finding the perfect designer and commission them to create a one of a kind dress. The competition to procure a place of the topped dressed Red Carpet runway list is merciless, and sometimes can be humiliating (especially if actors’ name appears on top worst list or not mentioned at all).  In honor of the 86 Oscar I recreated Amy Adams’ dress from the 85th Oscars 2013. She wore a magnificent Oscar de...

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How to Create a Fashion Inspired Cake

Posted by on Feb 4, 2014 in Cake Decorating, Cakes, Tutorials, Videos | 10 comments

How to Create a Fashion Inspired Cake

The key to an original inspired fashion cake is having a keen sense of the world around us.  Nothing is insufficient from vintage craved fireplace, to the card you received on your birthday. I once found inspiration from an antique vanity. The colors that grab your attention  can easily be transposed to a cake. I find myself taking photos of unusual objects throughout the day. Fashion encompasses us, it is forever evolving, yet also being reinvented.  The fashion from the 1920′s have become the trends of today with a modern twist. We have the ability to create inspired edible...

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Pretty Pink Fabric Tufted Billow Weave Tutorial

Posted by on Jan 29, 2014 in Cake Decorating, Cakes, Cakes, Home, Tutorials | 3 comments

Pretty Pink Fabric Tufted Billow Weave Tutorial

I just adore tufted billow weave on a cake, and have decorated quite a few cakes with the tufted billow weave method. Susan Trianos started the puffing trend and it would behove you to visit her website. She has an exquisite cake gallery! Back to the cake above: after adding the tufted billows and medallions I then proceeded to created a fashion sugar inspire rose for the top layer,(it was important to keep the fashion inspired design). I thought this would be a creative and exciting tutorial to share with you.  If you would like to see a video on the tufted billow weave please let...

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How to Make Modeling Chocolate Long Stem Roses in a Vase

Posted by on Jan 27, 2014 in Cake Decorating, Creations, Home, Tutorials, Videos | 2 comments

How to Make Modeling Chocolate Long Stem Roses in a Vase

I know I have gone cake decorating “crazy” when I see an ice cream cone and instead of thinking what flavor ice cream I want; I picture a vase holding long stem modeling chocolate roses. My husband wanted to grab ice cream on Saturday due to our unusual warm weather (today Denver is only 22 degrees), as we were waiting in line I visualized using an ice cream cone for a vase. Literally the moment we arrived home I began creating modeling chocolate roses. I had made some modeling chocolate on Friday, for another project, and we always have ice cream cones in the pantry, I was...

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Learn Broderie Anglaise Eyelet Lace Royal Icing on Sugar Cookie Video

Posted by on Jan 24, 2014 in Cake Decorating, Cookies, Home, Videos, x | 6 comments

Learn Broderie Anglaise Eyelet Lace Royal Icing on Sugar Cookie Video

I love working with both sugar paste and royal icing together; especially when designing with the broderie anglaise technique. You could use either medium alone, however I think it adds a special touch when combined. Broderie Anglaise is a French/English needlework technique mimic for cake decorating. The method consists of round or oval holes which are cut out of the paste, called eyelets, which are bound with over piped. The patterns, often depicting flowers, leaves, hearts vines, or stems, are further delineated by brush embroidery or scratch piping. Broderie Anglaise is a rewarding...

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Decorated Tufted Heart Sugar Cookie

Posted by on Jan 20, 2014 in Cake Decorating, Cookies, Creations, Home, Tutorials, Videos | 8 comments

Decorated Tufted Heart Sugar Cookie

You know you have achieved cake/cookie decorating mania when you see a comforter online and it inspires you to recreate the effect on a cookie (this technique could be constructed on a cake as well). I was extremely pleased  how eloquent the final result looked. My first thought was how nice they would be for Valentine’s Day, however they are detailed, fragile and time consuming. The tufted heart cookie would be better suited for a wedding favor or a bridal shower. I literally have had over 10 wedding inquiries. If you plan to sell a similar design remember to price accordingly. You...

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Piping Buttercream Roses and Swirls Using Open Star Tip

Posted by on Jan 18, 2014 in Cake Decorating, Creations, Cupcakes, Home, Tutorials | 0 comments

Piping Buttercream Roses and Swirls Using Open Star Tip

With the playoff games tomorrow, being from Denver, and a Payton Manning fan we are having a small get together. Everyone loves my rose buttercream cupcakes piped on my rose flavored cupcakes. It might be the rose liqueur. I thought I would share a short tutorial on using the Wilton 1M piping tip/nozzle. I prefer the roses, but the guys tend to eat the swirls first (there is more frosting)! Go Broncos..unless your a Patriot’s fan. Rose Vanilla Bean Cupcakes: 300 gram / 27/8-cup cake flour, sifted 300 grams/ 1 1/2 cups sugar 9 grams/2-teaspoon baking powder 1-teaspoon salt 300 grams/6...

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French Strawberry-Cherry Blossom Macaron Tutorial

Posted by on Jan 17, 2014 in Cake Decorating, Gluten Free, Home, Macarons, Tutorials | 4 comments

French Strawberry-Cherry Blossom Macaron Tutorial

French macarons have become a favorite pastry among most of my friends and family. I flavor my shells as well as the filling, therefore when you bite into the aromatic macaron the flavor sensation is amazing! I thought since Sydney will be home during President’s Day weekend (also Valentine’s Day) I would bake a few batches of her favorite flavor..Strawberry Cherry Blossom. Not only will it be a nice treat for Sydney, but French macarons are a perfect edible gift for the special people in your life for Valentine”s Day. The holiday has become about showing love to friends and...

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Fantasy Rose Cookie Tutorial

Posted by on Jan 15, 2014 in Cake Decorating, Cookies, Home, Videos, x | 2 comments

Fantasy Rose Cookie Tutorial

With lace once again being a romantic and popular choice for brides and weddings, I thought a sugar cookie decorated with a laced fantasy rose laying on a lace background and piped with a lace border would be perfect for a bridal shower or  wedding favors. Not only does lace have an aristocratic touch, but a sense of fantasy. Like my 100 year old grandma says..”All fashion trends recycle you just have wait a century or so!”  All kidding aside it is nice to see lace come back. This same design would work just as nice on a cake or a cupcake. You would need to adjust sizes and you...

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Fashion Inspired Ombre Buttercream Cupcake

Posted by on Jan 13, 2014 in Cake Decorating, Cupcakes, Home, Tutorials | 0 comments

Fashion Inspired Ombre Buttercream Cupcake

I wanted to design a ruffle cupcake that reflected the soft beauty of frilled designer dresses incorporating the delicate flow that mimics the fabric frills, flowers, and ruffles that are in the runway’s lovely dresses. Using fashion as inspiration in my decorating of cookies, cupcake and cakes is one of my favorite designing techniques.  For this tutorial I wanted to show you how easily you can incorporate your favorite ruffles with a monochromatic ombre touch. I choose buttercream as a medium to exhibit the possibilities of piping as a fashion inspired cake decorating tool. Royal...

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Romantic Long Stem Sugar Rose Video

Posted by on Jan 11, 2014 in Cake Decorating, Cakes, Home, Spray, Tutorials, Videos | 8 comments

Romantic Long Stem Sugar Rose Video

Rose are a traditional gift (for that special person in your life), 196 million roses are bought on Valentine’s day. Everyone  loves to receive that inciting long rectangle box with aromatic rose laying on a pillow of tissue paper. However within a few days your delicate rose begins to wither away; you have three choices at this point to press them, dry them out, or though them away. Why not give flower paste (gumpaste) roses instead?  Fully opened roses that you can place in a beautiful vase and save for ever. Learn how to create fully opened long stem flower paste rose bouquet or...

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Victorian Days Cupcake Tutorial

Posted by on Jan 9, 2014 in Cake Decorating, Cupcakes, Home, Tutorials, Videos | 1 comment

Victorian Days Cupcake Tutorial

If you are familiar with my posts and videos you know I enjoy showing a week of cupcakes, next a week of cookies, and a week of cakes; I want to show that any of my designs will work for decorating all of these pastries. This week I have been showing different decorating mediums and construction of cupcakes. The Victorian Days cupcakes were inspired by a candle topper I have, looking at normal everyday objects can inspire incredible ideas for cake decorating. I used a flat fondant top for the Victorian Days cupcakes, then laid a thin laced fondant handkerchief (for a delicate touch). I...

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Nutcracker Snow Globe Sugar Cookies

Posted by on Dec 24, 2013 in Cake Decorating, Cookies, Tutorials, Videos | 2 comments

Nutcracker Snow Globe Sugar Cookies

I adore snow globes, they are all over our house. This year I wanted to capture Sydney’s first experience at the Nutcracker. She was barely two and although we had wonderful seats, she couldn’t see more than the shadows on the stage. I used a royal icing silhouette technique. Creating a silhouette from royal icing is fairly easy (it is a run out image), that being said the image of Clara is quite small and you need  to work quickly. I would like to thank Sydney for her beautiful artwork and creating the Clara template for the snow globe; it is available here! Nutcracker Snow...

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Sugar Christmas Tree

Posted by on Dec 19, 2013 in Cake Decorating, Candies, Candy, Tutorials, Videos | 0 comments

Sugar Christmas Tree

I just had to share this fun and life-like Christmas tree piped with royal icing (including the ornaments)! Literally the entire tree including the drying time in between the leaves and the ornaments took 30 minutes, yet these christmas trees have a wow factor. After spending hours creating the royal icing filigree trees for the Colorado Wonderland cake, Sydney and I wanted to construct Christmas trees that anyone could recreate without too much practice. These Christmas trees would be perfect for a cake or a large cupcake. Even by themselves on your Christmas table with an edible...

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Colorado Wonderland Cake Video

Posted by on Dec 16, 2013 in Cake Decorating, Cakes, Cakes, Creations, Home, Tutorials, Videos | 0 comments

Colorado Wonderland Cake Video

Creating a Colorado Christmas cake has been a pet project of mine for a while now, since last Christmas. Sydney and I designed the cake together, she constructed the filigree templates and the trees. It was an incredible experience working with Sydney for our first  project, since she arrived home. I will admit didn’t sleep much, however it was worth it. Watching the cake come to life as I added each tree, as Sydney directed where each should be placed, her eyes began to glisten. She was able to stand a few feet and see the entire cake. If you have someone who can stand back it is...

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DIY Snowman Cake Tutorial

Posted by on Nov 9, 2013 in Cake Decorating, Cakes, Cakes, Tutorials | 2 comments

DIY Snowman Cake Tutorial

With the holiday season approaching (quite fast) I thought it might be fun to share a tutorial on a sugar snowman cake. I was inspired by Alan Dunn’s  Christmas Cakes (a perfect gift for any cake enthusiast). I knew the cake would be a fun project, but I must admit I was caught off guard at the amount of excitement that came over me as I began bringing the cake to life. I found myself giggling like a first grader as he become more real. I wish there was snow outside so I could build a replica as well. DIY Snowman Cake:  Materials: 1-round 22 cm/ 9-inch 4 layer chiffon cake White...

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Take Your Sugar Rose to Ultimate Level, the Calyx and Rose Hip

Posted by on Oct 31, 2013 in Cake Decorating, Cakes, Spray, Tutorials, Videos | 0 comments

Take Your Sugar Rose to Ultimate Level, the Calyx and Rose Hip

I promise on  yesterday’s post “Take Your Sugar Rose to Ultimate Level with wired Petals” to add a bonus video: adding calyx and rose hips. Generally in a finished spray the calyx and rose hips are only sightly visible on an open rose or a fully open rose. However on a bud, an opening bud, or a partially open rose the calyx and rose hip is quite visible. The calyx and the rose hip are an essential part of the sugar rose it will add the extra touch of realism. I enjoy creating the calyx and rose hip, it is exciting to see your sugar rose come life. I find it is helpful to...

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Take Your Sugar Roses to the Ultimate Level with Wired Petals

Posted by on Oct 30, 2013 in Cake Decorating, Spray, Tutorials, Videos | 0 comments

Take Your Sugar Roses to the Ultimate Level with Wired Petals

Well, we finally are ready to take our gumpaste roses to fully open from open rose (the fourth stage). In the spray above I have  one bud, 2 partially open roses, 4 open roses, and 3 fully open roses. To achieve a realistic fully open rose I will show you how to wire the last 7 to 9  petals on your open rose. I have found by wiring the petals the rose is not only a realistic, but is stronger and easier to handle. Generally, I would have petal dusted the rose after the wired petals were added before the calyx, however due to the deep intense colour of the the Black Magic Rose I petal dusted...

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Beautiful Autumn Leaves with Acorn Oak Tree Tutorial

Posted by on Oct 21, 2013 in Cake Decorating, Cupcakes, Home, Tutorials | 0 comments

Beautiful Autumn Leaves with Acorn Oak Tree Tutorial

It is a family tradition once the season changes from summer to crisp colour autumn for our family to go hiking and as we take photographs of the majestic changing colours of the leaves, especially the oak trees. This year I thought it would be fun replicate the colours  on a gumpaste oak tree with acorns. Prior to designing the leaves I allowed a peice of gumpaste lightly colored green to dry overnight; the day I grabbed my petal dust and tested the colors I wanted to use. Autumn leaves can vary from golden yellow to oranges, reds, burgundy, and golden brown. After I tested the colors I...

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Wicked Red Fondant High Heel Shoe

Posted by on Sep 18, 2013 in Cake Decorating, Cakes, featured, Home, Tutorials | 5 comments

Wicked Red Fondant High Heel Shoe

I have been blessed with so many of my readers enjoying my Purple Passion Fondant High Heel Shoe tutorial and requesting if I would create a video. I have put this video tutorial together, with the help of both Sydney and D.F. With Halloween upon us I thought it would be fun to to create a Halloween platform stiletto, the toe piece is a bat and the heel has a bat on the back too. The fondant heel can be created with any of my  toe templates  and of course all the templates are available here. The tutorial video will show separate methods to creating the high heel, one I mould the heel...

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Antique Lace Royal Icing Brush Embroidery Clock Video

Posted by on Sep 4, 2013 in Cake Decorating, Cakes, Cookies, Tutorials, Videos | 2 comments

Antique Lace Royal Icing Brush Embroidery Clock Video

Sydney’s favorite book is the Great Gatsby ( by F.Scott Fitzgerald);  I had promised her when Baz Luhrmann rendition of the movie was available I would purchase two copies. One copy of the movie for Sydney and one copy for D.F. and I, therefore we could all watch it together. I was blown away with Luhrmann’s directional view, “an epic melodrama that fuses old-movie theatrics and subjective filmmaking, period music and modern pop, real sets and unreal landscapes, psychological drama and speeded-up slapstick.” While watching the movie I had an inspiration to create a...

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Gumpaste Alstroemeria Lily with Full Blown Roses

Posted by on Aug 28, 2013 in Cake Decorating, Spray, Tutorials | 2 comments

Gumpaste Alstroemeria Lily with Full Blown Roses

As you know my daughter and best friend, Sydney turned twenty-one last week. It was a fun week filled with twenty-one lavender macarons, sushi from our favorite restaurant, and she had finally decided on a cake and topper. It was wonderful creating together again, and when we finally finished all the flowers for her cake she decided she would rather keep the sugar paste Alstroemeria Lily full blown rose spray in a vase. It is strange to think of my baby as 21 years old, in some ways it feels like yesterday I was bringing home my 5 1/2 week early little girl, and in other ways it has been a...

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White Chocolate-Limoncello Cupcakes with a Kiss Surprise

Posted by on Aug 14, 2013 in Cake Decorating, Cakes, Cupcakes, Home, Tutorials | 0 comments

White Chocolate-Limoncello Cupcakes with a Kiss Surprise

DF has been going through pound cake withdrawal, as you know from reading past posts DF, my husband, LOVES my pound cake flavor combinations. He was used to having  a different flavored pound cake every other week (he would have a piece for breakfast each morning), until Sydney left for GW. Sydney and I would bake her brioche cinnamon rolls and DF’s pound cake on the weekends, however when Sydney started GW I could not bring myself to bake either alone. Yesterday at lunch, I had an epiphany of a flavor combination, white chocolate limoncello with candy lemon rinds and a Hershey’s...

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Learn Designer Fondant Ruching on a Sugar Cookie

Posted by on Aug 7, 2013 in Cake Decorating, Cookies, Cookies and brownies, Tutorials | 2 comments

Learn Designer Fondant Ruching on a Sugar Cookie

Fondant fabric techniques have become brilliantly  popular in the past few years and ruching is no exception. Ruching is a French term which means to gather, ruffle, or pleat; the term is a sewing technique in which fabric or ribbon is gathered in a repeating pattern to form ruffles, scallops, or petals. Ruching also happens to be an extremely fun technique to recreate with fondant. I have designed  two separate ruching techniques that resembles Haute-Couture dresses, and both approaches can be created on cakes and cupcakes as well. This past weekend Sydney was surfing on Pinterest and...

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Fondant Bamboo Sugar Cookie and Flowerpaste Asian Orchid Spray Tutorial

Posted by on Jul 31, 2013 in Cake Decorating, Cookies, Cookies and brownies, Spray, Tutorials | 6 comments

Fondant Bamboo Sugar Cookie and Flowerpaste Asian Orchid Spray Tutorial

For quite sometime I have been waiting to create a bamboo framed sugar cookie with Spathoglottis orchids, better known as Asian Ground Orchids.  I had promised Sydney I would wait for her to come home in order for us to design the sugar cookie frames together. She has a love affair with orchids and had seen Asian ground orchids in a photo with a friend in Sri Lanka. I had originally placed  five orchids in a Mariposa lily spray, however we have received several requests asking to show a Asian Orchid tutorial. All orchids are similar in design, each orchid consists of an anther, throat, two...

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Mariposa Lily Cake Spray

Posted by on Jul 24, 2013 in Cake Decorating, Cakes, Cakes, Gluten Free, Home, Spray, Tutorials | 1 comment

Mariposa Lily Cake Spray

  I mentioned in the last post Sydney saw Alan Dunn’s Mariposa Lily cake and liked the look; so I created my version of this peaceful spray to adorn the top of a fabric billow weave cake. Mariposa (or “butterfly”) in Spanish are  peaceful beautifully colored flowers that can thrive in harsh environments despite their delicate appearance. Although there are 67 species of mariposa lilies most are found in California. I decided to add Bougainvillea, Asian orchids, and an array of foliage  along with strategically placed sugar paste Rhodochrosite rocks. The board is a Unity...

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Elegant Sugar Paste Summer Spray

Posted by on Jul 17, 2013 in Cake Decorating, Spray, Tutorials | 6 comments

Elegant Sugar Paste Summer Spray

With Sydney’s 21 birthday a little more than one month away, I am still trying to create the perfect spray for her cake. Sydney saw a similar spray in Alan Dunn’s Creative Cakes when she was home for spring break. Sydney loves orchids; there are five Spathoglottis orchids  (better known as ground Asian orchids in the Elegant Summer Spray). The rest of the sugar paste flowers and foliage consist of four Mariposa Lilies, seven Peperomia leaves, four vines of Tradescantia Zebrina’s leaves, three Medinilla cumingii berry sprigs (or as we refer to them as Sydney berries), and...

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Roses From Piping to Full Blown Sugar Paste Tutorial

Posted by on Jul 10, 2013 in Cake Decorating, Cakes, Cookies, Cookies and brownies, Tutorials | 0 comments

Roses From Piping to Full Blown Sugar Paste Tutorial

While preparing fondant covered sugar cookies to send to Sydney I realized there are several mediums, in cake decorating, for creating decorative roses. From easy and fast rosettes, piped royal icing roses, gumpaste fabric roses, to full blown sugar paste roses. All of these techniques are beautiful on cookies, cupcakes, cakes, and sugar paste sprays to keep forever. The plaque sugar cookies above become an extra special favor with the addition of piped royal icing roses and leaves. The piped royal icing roses would be also be stunning on a cake or cupcakes as a border. Rose flavored cupcakes...

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Fondant Linen Sugar Cookie Dress Tutorial

Posted by on Jul 3, 2013 in Cake Decorating, Cookies, Cookies and brownies, Tutorials | 2 comments

Fondant Linen Sugar Cookie Dress Tutorial

A fashionable 3-D fabric fondant sugar cookie dress!

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Sugar Paste Designer Stiletto Platform Shoe Fun

Posted by on Jun 26, 2013 in Cake Decorating, Cakes, Cakes, Gluten Free, Home, Tutorials | 0 comments

Sugar Paste Designer Stiletto Platform Shoe Fun

Sydney flew home this paste weekend to help teach a platform shoe class on Friday and demo how to create a sugar paste/ fondant shoe. We hadn’t had the opportunity to work  together since spring break; it was wonderful to create the shoes with her. I had already prepared the pink designer sugar paste heel prior to her arrival the other two we created as we taught the class. The best way to learn how to work with sugar paste and/or fondant is to roll up your sleeves, pin up your hair, and use your hands! We both had a brilliant time with our students; unfortunately we had a family...

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Haute-Couture Spring/Summer 2013 Cake Inspiration

Posted by on Jun 19, 2013 in Cake Decorating, Cakes, Cakes, Home, Tutorials | 2 comments

Haute-Couture Spring/Summer 2013 Cake Inspiration

Exciting and eloquent fashions from Stephane Rolland’s Spring/Summer Haute Couture Collection during Paris Fashion Spring Week, 2013-14. The collection is immediately recognizable as Stephane Rolland designs. The angular shapes, strong emphasis on curves, and floral designs. His use of “new techniques, mineral effects; specifically a silicone  gel like material to make the models look like a living walking statues.”  His designs are bold yet feminine.  Just watching his video inspired me to design a Haute-Couture cake. I emailed Sydney the website and we watched it...

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Sugar Paste Full Blown Rose Spray

Posted by on Jun 13, 2013 in Cake Decorating, Cakes, Cakes, Spray, Tutorials | 0 comments

Sugar Paste Full Blown Rose Spray

Sydney has been asking me if we could create a sugarpaste full blown rose spray for a cake for sometime now. I figured with Roses being June’s flower now would be perfect. I based the roses for this cake after the Glowing Peace Rose, named after its grandparent Peace, the world’s most renowned rose. The Glowing Peace combines timeless beauty with a modern touch. Large, round buds open to reveal full, 3 inch blooms featuring 26 to 42 golden yellow and cantaloupe orange blended petals. Deep, glossy green foliage serves as a backdrop for the luminous blooms and gives way to stunning,...

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How to Create Sugar Paste Tuberoses

Posted by on Jun 5, 2013 in Cake Decorating, Cakes, Cakes, Spray, Tutorials | 2 comments

How to Create Sugar Paste Tuberoses

About two weeks past, I posted a tutorial on how to create an open sugar paste Peony, since then I have had serval requests asking how to create the Tuberose in the peony spray. I chose Tuberoses for their dainty appearance, and the Tuberose is a flower that is both mythical and magical, its nectar  is said to have special powers and its scent is magical to those who experience it. Tuberoses are a popular flower in floral arrangements and their scent is used to produce perfumes throughout the world. The Tuberoses also are one of the filler flowers that can stand on their own in any...

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How to Create Sugar Paste Pansy

Posted by on May 30, 2013 in Cake Decorating, Cakes, Cupcakes, Home, Spray, Tutorials | 5 comments

How to Create Sugar Paste Pansy

Pansies are vibrant, breathe taking, fragrant, an edible bloom and the flower most people take for granite. The pansy is linked forever to the viola, its ancestor, violas includes both pansies and violets, violets most loved for their perkiness and the their pretty perfume aroma. Pansy flowers are single with five petals that are rounded in shape, and have one of three basic color patterns. Blooms can be single, clear color, such as yellow or purple with a second pattern that is a single color having dark lines radiating from its center. Most people don’t realize pansies have a...

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Flamboyant Mayflower Petal Cake

Posted by on May 22, 2013 in Cake Decorating, Cakes, Cakes, Home, Products, Spray, Tutorials | 4 comments

Flamboyant Mayflower Petal Cake

While Sydney was home  this past weekend, for a VERY short time, we visited the Botanical gardens. As we walked around the flowers and greenery I saw a Flamboyant Mayflower and  became mesmerized by it’s beauty! The Flamboyant Mayflower is known for its flamboyant display of flowers. In many tropical parts of the world it is grown as an ornamental tree and in English it is given the name Royal Poinciana or Flamboyant. It seemed kismet to spot this wonderful flower during the month of May, Graduation month. I photographed as many pictures from all angles of the Flamboyant Mayflower...

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