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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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Hand Painted Petal Cake

Posted by on Mar 10, 2014 in Cakes, Cakes, Creations, Tutorials, Videos | 4 comments

Hand Painted Petal Cake

I adore how intricate, unique and artistic celebration cakes have become! It seams the skies the limit, more often we are seeing cakes with vision and uniqueness. Hand painted cakes have become a trend over the past couple of years and it seems the trend is here to stay (yeah!). You can choose from several cake covering mediums, fondant, modeling chocolate, or royal icing (painting on cakes is extremely versatile). Once your cake is covered in your favored medium it is then time to hand paint.   The skies the limit when it comes to choosing a theme, pattern for your cake. Hand painted cakes...

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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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Saint Patrick’s Day Cupcakes, Pot of Gold and Leprechaun Hat

Posted by on Feb 23, 2014 in Cakes, Candy, Cupcakes, Home, Tutorials | 0 comments

Saint Patrick’s Day Cupcakes, Pot of Gold and Leprechaun Hat

It is time for us to have fun and good fortune with a special St. Patty’s Day pot of gold and  leprechaun hat created with modeling chocolate tutorial. Dating back to  Medieval times, in Europe , the legend of the pot of gold is enthusiastically told by the Irish. The folklore claims fairies put the gold at the end of a rainbow and commandeered  the leprechauns to guard it. This folklore has become  an intricate  symbolism of St. Patrick’s Day, a holiday that celebrates everything Irish including the hope and luck it takes to find that elusive pot of gold.  The famous...

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You Hold the Key to My Heart Cupcake Tutorial

Posted by on Feb 14, 2014 in Cakes, Cupcakes, Home, Tutorials, Videos | 0 comments

You Hold the Key to My Heart Cupcake Tutorial

I wanted to share a fun Valentine’s Day tutorial with you (my way of saying Happy Valentine’s Day)!  I  began by baking up a batch of cupcakes and a batch of royal icing, while the cupcakes were doing their own thing, baking, I used the time to sketch some ideas rattling around in my brain. I wanted the cupcakes to be stunning yet simple. I remembered I purchased a ClearView key and lock mold before Christmas, that is when I experienced a Eureka moment! While the cupcakes were cooling I prepared the heart lock and key. If you don’t own a lock and key mold, no need to...

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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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Pretty Pink Fabric Tufted Billow Weave Tutorial

Posted by on Jan 29, 2014 in Cake Decorating, Cakes, Cakes, Home, Tutorials | 0 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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Good Fortune Cherry Blossom Cupcake Tutorial

Posted by on Jan 5, 2014 in Cakes, Creations, Cupcakes, Home, Tutorials, Videos | 9 comments

Good Fortune Cherry Blossom Cupcake Tutorial

I was asked to review New York Baking company’s silicone baking buddies. New york’s Baking Company was kind enough to send their very bright silicone cups in exchange for my honest opinion of the baking buddies. I have baked 3 batches of cupcakes using the silicone cups, I found the cups released with ease and handled the heat of my oven, however if you are planning to give/and or sell your cupcakes you need to use cupcake liners. The baking buddies are guaranteed for life;  unless you want give away the silicone cups. The cups would be  great for chocolate caramel cups, jello...

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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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White Chocolate Cranberry Cake

Posted by on Dec 11, 2013 in Cakes, Tutorials | 5 comments

White Chocolate Cranberry Cake

The weather has been frigid here for the past week (6 degrees F/-15 degrees C), baking has become the best solution to keep warm, besides it is holiday baking time!  Monday I decided to bake  6  of our traditional white chocolate cranberry cakes. These loaf cakes are easy to make and great for  giving, either full size or mini. In fact King Arthur has  a set of 12 cute paper baking mini loaf pans, with a holiday bow and cellophane wrapping, you have a great edible gift. Fresh cranberries are generally available in the produce section of your local grocery store, however if you are unable...

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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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Spicy Chocolate-Vanilla Pound Cake

Posted by on Oct 5, 2013 in Cakes, Cakes, Tutorials | 5 comments

Spicy Chocolate-Vanilla Pound Cake

A little package arrived the other day from Smiley360 Pompeian olive oil, a flexible chopping board and sliding measuring spoon. I racked my brain to create a unique recipe for this product; when I finally had a light bulb go off..Spicy Chocolate-Vanilla Pound Cake.  A pound cake to heat your taste buds while the seasons change. I must admit I had never tried Pompeian olive oil prior to this recipe; I was a little nervous. To my surprise the pound cake was moist and delicious, the olive oil accented the flavors of the pound cake. Marbled Pound Cake: 187 grams, 1½ cups plus 3 Tablespoons...

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Learn the Beauty of Hand Painted Cakes

Posted by on Oct 2, 2013 in Cakes, Cakes, Home, Tutorials, Videos | 0 comments

Learn the Beauty of Hand Painted Cakes

I am so pleased to be able to teach you how to  paint “Limoges” style roses on a cake, as well as cookies or anything else you might cover in fondant. I am completely infatuated with hand painted fondant; brushstrokes on a smooth fondant surface allows for more detailing than most cake decorating mediums. Hand painted cakes are a delicate work of art, image how special a friend or client will feel being the recipient of this type of cake. Whatever your eyes and taste buds want hand painted cakes has it all, if your flavor is subtle, exquisite and inconspicuous or bold,...

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White Chocolate Chunk Blood Orange Pound Cake

Posted by on Sep 25, 2013 in Cakes, Cakes, Tutorials | 6 comments

White Chocolate Chunk Blood Orange Pound Cake

While grabbing a few ingredients the other day at the food market I noticed out of the corner of my eye …Blood oranges. I was elated I couldn’t believe my luck, organic blood oranges in September imported from Italy. Generally blood oranges are not available until January . I know it must seem odd to be this excited about an orange, however a dark-fleshed Moro blood orange is a palatable experience. They are awesome in bellinis, squeezed for a glass of juice, in reduction sauces, salad dressing etc. and my families personal favorite pound cake.  So I bought about 2 pounds (the...

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Fashion Inspired Fondant: Great Gatsby Hat

Posted by on Sep 11, 2013 in Cakes, Cookies, Tutorials, Videos | 0 comments

Fashion Inspired Fondant: Great Gatsby Hat

I had a client contact me after seeing the 1920 Antique Lace Royal Icing Brush Embroidery Clock; inquiring if I could design wedding favor cookies from the Great Gatsby era. Her daughter’s May wedding is fashioned inspired from the movie. I thought hats and hat boxes would be “ritzy.” I sketched out a few ideas and then proceed to bake and decorate a few prototypes for her to taste and see. Sydney will also be a recipient of the yummy sugar cookies. Bobbie’s Special Sugar Cookie Recipe: 200 grams/7/8 cup unsalted BUTTER, softened 150grams/  1 cup confectioner’s...

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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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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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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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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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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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Lemon Poppy Seed Bundt Cakes, Great for Breakfast

Posted by on May 30, 2013 in Cakes, Cakes, Pastries and Viennoiseries, Tutorials | 4 comments

Lemon Poppy Seed Bundt Cakes, Great for Breakfast

My niece, Grace, graduated this past May and we hosted a graduation brunch in her honor for our family. She was going to be  celebrating with friends that evening; brunch was perfect for the family party. Sydney and I wanted to serve pastries, however a cake or cupcakes would be too sweet for the time of day. Lemon poppy seed cake with a dusting of icing sugar fit the “program”.  Sydney thought the rose shape would be dainty without looking childish.   We baked one large pan and two 6-piece pan, I completely forgot to grab a photo of how we designed the plater. I will try...

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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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Purple Perfection Peony Spray

Posted by on May 12, 2013 in Cakes, Cakes, Home, Spray, Tutorials | 6 comments

Purple Perfection Peony Spray

Peonies are one of my favorite flowers, we have had them adorn our landscaping for almost 22 years; I remember planting our first peony plant with Sydney (she was almost two) and it just happened to be Mother’s Day. As I was covering the the second cake Sydney came through the door ready for 10 days of fun (she is spending the summer in DC). I had originally created the Peony cake topper as another cake, in a long line, of 21 birthday cakes for her to choose from. The Peony symbolizes friendship, good luck, feminine beauty, elegance and poise, all the qualities Sydney has acquired. For...

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Fabric Fondant Billow Weave Cake

Posted by on May 1, 2013 in Cake Decorating, Cakes, Cakes, Home, Products, Tutorials | 8 comments

Fabric Fondant Billow Weave Cake

I posted  a few days ago Sydney will be turning 21, and I am creating a few different cakes for her to choose from for her party. This is the first cake for her to view. This cake is a billow weave, Susan Trianos has a wonderful video explaining how she creates a wonderful tufted billow weave cake. The first time I saw the billow weave I thought of Sydney, between her love of fashion and fondant cakes, I knew she would adore the fabric fondant cake. Generally, Sydney and I will construct a cake together via FaceTime, it is fun to create the same cake in two time zones; however I...

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Sugar Paste Rose

Posted by on Apr 27, 2013 in Cake Decorating, Cakes, Products, Spray, Tutorials | 2 comments

Sugar Paste Rose

I love a full open rose sitting on top of a cake. It is a simple touch of elegance. I had planned on designing a few cakes for Sydney to choose from for 21st birthday party. The first element I need is for her to choose from is the type of topper; she is leaning towards  a flower. She wanted to see a few different types, last year we designed Butterfly Orchids for her birthday cake. This year she hasn’t a clue, so I thought I would start with the rose, but I wanted to have a fabric quality to match the cake design, (I plan to explain the cake design in another post). I found a perfect...

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Royal Icing Daisies

Posted by on Apr 24, 2013 in Cake Decorating, Cakes, Cupcakes, Products, Tutorials | 4 comments

Royal Icing Daisies

It would seem Colorado wants to hold onto winter, we have had 3 major snow storms every Tuesday for the last 3 weeks; today we finally seem to be warming up. I thought if I decorated some daisy cupcakes I might give colorado a punch in the arm, so to speak. If know anything about Sydney and I we love warm weather, once Christmas has past we start dreaming of the balmy spring days. Sydney and I find use out of the t-shape parchment paper under a piece cellophane and visualizing the nail head is a clock to insure realistic daisies every time. Sydney had the idea of the “T” shape...

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Purple Passion Fondant High Heel Shoe

Posted by on Apr 2, 2013 in Cake Decorating, Cakes, Cakes, featured, Gluten Free, Tutorials | 15 comments

Purple Passion Fondant High Heel Shoe

Shoes are the number one accessory; women brag about how many pairs of shoes they have in their closet. Mariah Carey had Mario Buatta design an elegant space with gold-leaf and bleached-wood floors for her stilettos. Although my husband has to share his closet with my left over shoes I do not have a special built room just for my shoes, I would not object to one! I admit I adore shoes, wearing them, looking at them, and shopping for them, so it only seems obvious that a shoe would be a popular cake topper. For the past few years fashion cakes have become popular. When I decided to write a...

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The Luck of the Irish, Crème de Menthe Cupcakes

Posted by on Mar 6, 2013 in Cake Decorating, Cakes, Cupcakes, Home, Tutorials | 4 comments

The Luck of the Irish, Crème de Menthe Cupcakes

DF asked me to bake cupcakes for the women in human resources (to thank them). With St. Patrick’s Day around the corner I thought they should be decorated for the occasion. I was inspired by, of all things, a 21 century insurance commercial. I realize how odd that may sound, but in the little commercial they show this fantasy land with grass, a pound, and flowers; the person who has the 21 century insurance receives a visit from a leprechaun dancing around a pot of gold. I knew I wanted the cupcakes to resemble the scenery. When Sydney saw the leprechaun hats, prior to petal dusting...

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“In your Easter Bonnet with all The Frills Upon it”

Posted by on Feb 22, 2013 in Cake Decorating, Cakes, Cakes, Home, Products, Tutorials | 0 comments

“In your Easter Bonnet with all The Frills Upon it”

I have had a love for Judy Garland since I was a little girl; my father introduced me to The Wizard of Oz when I was two. From that moment on, I watched every Judy Garland movie I could find. I still can recall the first time I saw Judy Garland and Fred Astaire dancing and singing to classics like “We’re a Couple Swells”, “Drum Crazy”, and of course “Easter Parade”. I introduced Sydney to Judy Garland and now we both share an admiration for her movies. Sydney thought it might be fun to dedicate a blog to the Easter Parade. She happened to be home...

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Cherry Blossom Fortune Cupcakes

Posted by on Jan 23, 2013 in Cake Decorating, Cakes, Candies, Cupcakes, photography, Tutorials | 8 comments

Cherry Blossom Fortune Cupcakes

Sydney started noticing personalized fortune cookies and thought it might be fun if we created fondant fortune cookies with a gumpaste personalized message. I thought it would be perfect to add cherry blossoms gumpaste flowers  with  cherry blossom flavored cupcakes. As I have written prior, cherry blossoms are a major part of D.C. history. Sydney and I FaceTime and Skyped this post together, I must admit it was hilarious to watch us trying to figure the structure of the  fortune cookie over the internet (D.F. was in tears from laughing). There were a few times Sydney became dizzy from my...

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Sweet Strawberry Angel Food Cake

Posted by on Jan 16, 2013 in Cakes, Family Hour, Home, Inspirational, Tutorials | 4 comments

Sweet Strawberry Angel Food Cake

This past week Sydney and I did not have an opportunity to bake together; it was time to move her to George Washington University, her new home while she finishes her undergrad years. It seems strange to start a baking project alone in my kitchen, I find myself missing her idiosyncrasies that once made me crazy. As most of my readers know Sydney is more than my daughter, she is my best friend, business partner, and my inspiration! She continually surprises me with her hidden inner strength and resolve. I realize most mommy bloggers write  about younger children, but we parents don’t...

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A Gift Box Cake Tutorial

Posted by on Jan 9, 2013 in Cake Decorating, Cakes, Cakes, Home, Tutorials | 0 comments

A Gift Box Cake Tutorial

As I write this special post I am in Washington D.C. dropping Sydney off to start her junior year at George Washington University. It seem apropos to be in our nation’s capital while I write a gift box cake post dedicated to a New Year filled with peace and hope. Sydney and I started the plans for the peace gift box cake the day after Christmas 2012. I was reminiscing with Sydney when it occurred to me how much violence has happened in her short life compared to my entire life; I wish I could erase all the awful events from our world, since that is impossible I thought I could pray that...

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A Baking Year in Review

Posted by on Jan 2, 2013 in Cake Decorating, Cakes, Family Hour, French Macarons, Inspirational, x | 6 comments

A Baking Year in Review

Sydney and I are presently working on a very special post, but in the meantime we thought it might be fun to revisit 2012. We were blessed with an amazing friend who travels home, to Japan, twice a year, and generously brought us back a plethora of cherry blossom flavors. We spent an entire month using cherry blossom extract, sugars, and compounds in array of treats, by far the favorite was the Cherry Blossom Macarons. And Strawberry-Blossom Macarons. This summer Sydney turned 20 and wanted us to design  Butterfly Orchids out of gumpaste for a tiered birthday cake. We spent a good 5 days...

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Poinsettia Cake, A Peek into our Holiday Traditions

Posted by on Dec 26, 2012 in Cake Decorating, Cakes, Family Hour, Gluten Free, Inspirational, Tutorials | 17 comments

Poinsettia Cake, A Peek into our Holiday Traditions

Poinsettias have become a staple during the holiday season, the plant is sold every year, and most homes have a few. It has become a family tradition to design a special cake that represents the season, last year we created a Buche de Nöel (Yule Log), I suggested we design another this year, but Sydney wanted something spectacular! Thinking of a spatular cake isn’t as easy as you think. As I was thumping the front of my head saying “think, think, think,” yes just like Winnie the Pooh, I glanced over to fireplace and saw…a poinsettia plant. Eureka! I had a dazzling...

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Mr. Freeze, The Holiday Cake that Came to Life

Posted by on Dec 18, 2012 in Cake Decorating, Cakes, Family Hour, featured, Tutorials | 6 comments

Mr. Freeze, The Holiday Cake that Came to Life

Sydney was looking through Alan Dunn’s, Christmas Cakes (A perfect gift for any cake enthusiast) when she came across a cake of the most adorable snowman. She insisted we create a snowman cake of are own. Alan Dunn’s cake inspired Sydney and I to design our own version. I knew the cake would be a fun project for us, but I must admit I was caught off guard at the amount of excitement that came over us as we began bringing the cake to life. We found ourselves giggling like first graders as we added the parts of the snowman’s body and apparel. As we added the last snowflake a...

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Stollen, A Christmas Family Tradition

Posted by on Dec 12, 2012 in Cakes, Family Hour, Home, Pastries and Viennoiseries, Tutorials | 2 comments

Stollen, A Christmas Family Tradition

Every year at this time, for the past eighteen years, Sydney and I bake a Christmas Stollen. When Sydney was small, her job was to roll the almond paste (her favorite flavor) and pour all the ingredients, as she grew up so did her baking capabilities! This year as we were baking our Christmas Stollen I realized it would be the last time we would bake a Stollen together for at least six years; Sydney has been accepted to The George Washington University for the spring semester, she leaves the first week of January. Next year I will be baking most of the Christmas indulgences for her...

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Christmas Cranberry Pound Cake

Posted by on Dec 5, 2012 in Cakes, Family Hour, Pastries and Viennoiseries, Tutorials | 18 comments

Christmas Cranberry Pound Cake

  I am going through a fresh cranberry phase, Sydney and I have been finding ways to develop recipes that incorporate cranberries; putting them in stollens, brioche pockets, cookies, and a cranberry white chocolate cake. I believe we have started a new family holiday dessert tradition. This past Sunday we had friends over for dinner, the dinner consisted of bolognese, warm pancetta spinach salad, garlic bread, steamed green beans, and to finish the meal we had cranberry white chocolate pound cake. I must admit I was on “pins an needles” waiting to hear their opinion of the...

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Apple Cider Cupcakes with Acorns and Oak Leaves

Posted by on Nov 21, 2012 in Cake Decorating, Cakes, Candies, Family Hour, Tutorials | 4 comments

Apple Cider Cupcakes with Acorns and Oak Leaves

This year for our Thanksgiving  Sydney and I thought Apple Cider cupcakes with gumpaste acorns and oaks leaves would be fun and festive place tags that will adorn our table! Apple cider starts the holiday, once you begin to see gallons of it in the food stores you can’t help but start thinking of the festivities. Thanksgiving is the first  of the holiday meals, family and friends gather together, while cooking, baking, and of course eating! Sydney and I wait all year to host Thanksgiving at our home, and we try to show our appreciation for our guests with special edible place...

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Boston Cream Pie: A Special Thanksgiving Dessert

Posted by on Nov 14, 2012 in Cake Decorating, Cakes, Home, Tutorials | 16 comments

Boston Cream Pie: A Special Thanksgiving Dessert

Boston Cream Pie happens to be DF’s favorite dessert; Sydney and I normally bake him a special Boston Cream Pie for his birthday every year! This year Sydney thought, since DF’s birthday is two weeks prior to Thanks giving, Boston Cream Pie would be the ultimate Thanksgiving dessert, and DF had his second favorite dessert, Belgium Chocolate Cake . You might be wondering about the traditional pumpkin and apple pie, no worries those wonderful Thanksgiving desserts will adorn our table too. When Sydney first approached me with the idea of changing the “main”...

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Happy Halloween Cupcakes

Posted by on Oct 30, 2012 in Cake Decorating, Cakes, Family Hour, x | 4 comments

Happy Halloween Cupcakes

Halloween is as entertaining for adult as it is for children; Sydney and I are no exception. We become completely engaged in decorating, dressing-up, and baking treats to give to family and friends. These amusing cat, bat, pumpkin and ghost cupcakes are just one of many mouthwatering goodies we are packaging to hand out. With just a few materials and imagination an ordinary cupcake becomes a boolicously, unique Halloween pastry, that is irresistible to all. Sydney and I baked an extra batch for the preschoolers she is observing for her development class. The kids frosted, with help, and...

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Just in Time for Autumn Mini Pumpkin Bundt Cakes

Posted by on Oct 24, 2012 in Cakes, Candies, Family Hour, French Macarons, Fruit Desserts, Tutorials | 2 comments

Just in Time for Autumn Mini Pumpkin Bundt Cakes

This time of year pumpkins and gourds are everywhere; we plan trips to arboretums to find that perfect pumpkin worthy of carving and placing on or near the front porch. I vividly remember carpooling a car of excited three and four year olds for their first arboretum. Sydney and her friend’s energetic excitement  became contagious and exhilarating; we began going each year as a family.  Sydney and I were reminiscing our Autumn arboretum ritual and thought creating mini pumpkin shaped bundt cakes, orange flavored, would be a great way to honor a sweet memory and have a delicious...

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Bewitching Dulce de Leche, Brush Embroidered Cupcakes

Posted by on Oct 10, 2012 in Cakes, Family Hour, Tutorials | 4 comments

Bewitching Dulce de Leche, Brush Embroidered Cupcakes

The holiday season has officially begun with the month of October and Halloween; from now until Jan 1st celebrations will be happening each month. This month we have the opportunity to dress in costume, eat amazing goodies, help with school Halloween parties, and decorate our homes with scary witches, skeletons, webs, and spiders. When sydney was young I couldn’t wait for this time of year to start, Sydney and I baked up a plethora of treats for her parties. Now we have the opportunity to bake for other little one’s parties. This year we thought it might be fun to create brush...

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Daffodil Cupcakes, for a Sweet Wedding

Posted by on Sep 29, 2012 in Cakes, Candies, Gluten Free, Tutorials | 2 comments

Daffodil Cupcakes, for a Sweet Wedding

Sydney and I were asked to create Daffodil cupcakes for a wedding, the daffodil happens to be the bride’s favorite flower.The bride, Tara wanted cupcakes in lieu of a traditional wedding cake, I must admit this was the first wedding Sydney and I prepared cupcakes for as an alternative to a cake. I suggested we in conjunction with the cupcakes create a small cake for the bride and groom to cut and feed each other the traditional bite. Tara loved the idea! A few little guide lines to help your daffodils be a success: Always prepare extra due to how fragile the dry gumpaste becomes...

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Blood Orange and White Chocolate Chunk Pound Cake

Posted by on Sep 19, 2012 in Cakes, Family Hour, Tutorials | 37 comments

Blood Orange and White Chocolate Chunk Pound Cake

Pound cakes are so popular I decided to welcome the changing season (early September 22, 2012 the Fall season begins) with a blood orange white chocolate pound cake. As many of you already know DF enjoys pound cake; Sydney and I were lucky to be able to photograph this cake before he cut himself a piece. He reminded me of a young boy waiting for the release of a new version of a video game. Sydney was having a hard time styling the pound cake, she was so distracted by DF’s behavior, she began to tease him. Finally I had to explain to my husband the longer he pouted around the photo...

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Sydney’s 20th Birthday, We Need a Special Cake

Posted by on Sep 12, 2012 in Cakes, Inspirational, Pastries and Viennoiseries, x | 4 comments

Sydney’s 20th Birthday, We Need a Special Cake

I will warn you ahead of time, this will be a heartfelt article, if you want to jump to the cake recipe/instructions please feel free. Sydney, my miracle child after ten miscarriages, turned twenty. I know every parent claims time passes quickly, but her twenty years snuck up upon me. I remember deciding I would treasure ever moment with her; I not only cried when she went to kindergarten, but I neurotically remained at St Mary’s the entire day. I was becoming a fixture on the stairs to the point Sister Susan offered me a volunteer job at the school. Everyone, all the other parents, my...

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Ruffle Blossom Cupcake

Posted by on Aug 15, 2012 in Cake Decorating, Cakes, Family Hour, featured, Tutorials | 7 comments

Ruffle Blossom Cupcake

Sydney and I are always on the look for new tips/tubes for our kitchen; I happened to purchase a set with a #070 ruffle tip/tube. We had worked with quite a few of the ruffle tips/tubes, however we hadn’t had the opportunity to work with tip/tube #070, coincidentally I came across an Ombre Cake that caught my eye.  The cake was monochromatically decorated in pink tones of rosettes, but I was enthralled with the idea of violet ruffles on a cupcake. I wanted the ruffles to have a fabric sense to the eye almost as if the cupcake’s frosting was in constant motion. It would seem I...

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