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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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Mother’s Day Lemon Meringue Pie

Posted by on May 1, 2014 in Fruit Desserts, Pastries and Viennoiseries, Tutorials | 2 comments

Mother’s Day Lemon Meringue Pie

I can’t think of anything more enticing than Lemon Meringue Pie. Not only does it scream Spring/Summer is here, but it is the perfect pie for mom! The tart lemon curd combined with the fluffy meringue on a flakey homemade crust is heavenly. I wanted to share with you a tutorial showing how to create the best lemon meringue pie. Once you have a bite of 5th Avenue Cake Designs lemon meringue pie you will never use another recipe. I have broken down each step from crust to meringue. The technique might seem a little daunting, however you can prepare the crust dough a day or two ahead of...

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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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Gumpaste Cherry Blossom Tutorial

Posted by on Mar 21, 2014 in Creations, Home, Spray, Tutorials, Videos | 4 comments

Gumpaste Cherry Blossom Tutorial

Cherry Blossoms have been a favorite of mine as long as I can remember. Their dreamy presence along with the soft beautiful pink colour are an attention grabber and make them the perfect cake topper for any special occasion, especially weddings. I decided to research the cherry blossom flower and the gorgeous tree they grow on. I was surprise to learn the calyx of the cherry blossom is primarily deep pink with a small amount 1/8 to 1/4 of calyx accented with a moss green colour. They bloom for about 14 days, which only adds to the allure of the flower. It occurred to me a gum paste cherry...

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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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Easter Basket with Royal Icing Needle Point

Posted by on Mar 17, 2014 in Cookies, Cookies and brownies, Home, Tutorials | 0 comments

Easter Basket with Royal Icing Needle Point

Needlepoint royal icing piping is a unique technique to take your sugar cookies or cakes (even cupcakes) to the next level. I adore the intricate piping skills that can be achieved with a cornet and nozzle. Although piping a needlepoint pattern onto a sugar cookie or cake is pretty straight forward it is time consuming. A detailed needlepoint royal icing cookie can take several hours to finish. The end result is a sensational work of art. Anikó Vargáné Orbán has amazing needlepoint royal icing work, visit here site ,I promise you will not be disappointed! With Easter just a about a month...

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Fondant and Royal Icing Frill Sugar Cookies for Easter

Posted by on Mar 12, 2014 in Cookies, Cookies and brownies, Home, Tutorials | 4 comments

Fondant and Royal Icing Frill Sugar Cookies for Easter

Easter is just around the corner and every year I create special Easter baskets filled with custom cookies,candies, and other treats. I found this large egg cookie cutter and visioned an exquisite frilled sugar cookie with a light ombre effect. After applying the design I realized it resembled a Halcyon Day’s egg DF had given me yeas ago. (I collect them). My china cabinet has become a place of inspiration for cake decorating lately. Easter Sunday is April 20th, and will be here before you know it. I thought I would be fun to give an Easter tutorial to help inspire your creative...

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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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Celebrate Cherry Blossom Season with French Blossom Macarons

Posted by on Mar 9, 2014 in Creations, French Macarons, Home, Macarons, Tutorials | 10 comments

Celebrate Cherry Blossom Season with French Blossom Macarons

Cherry blossom season 2014 will occur March 20 through April 13. The Washington D.C. festival entices people from all over to join in the celebration. The National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade® presented by Events DC on Saturday, April 12, is one of DC’s largest spectator events. D.C. pulls out all the stops with top American and international artists, world-renowned dignitaries, and city officials will combine to make for an unforgettable kick-off to this long-awaited yearly celebration. This year’s performers include Grammy Award-winning singer Regina Bell and Aaron Carter,...

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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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The Explosion of Cake Decorating Methods

Posted by on Feb 24, 2014 in Cakes, Home, Tutorials | 9 comments

The Explosion of Cake Decorating Methods

The world of cake decorating has exploded with new techniques and methods. Over the past 25 years or so cake decorating has evolved, from simple cakes that were made mainly for flavor, to complex, multi-layered, multi-tiered delicacies that are shaped like realistic objects and entered into competitions. Along with the changing methods, tools have advanced as well. Today, elaborately decorated cakes are common, not just for a wedding, but for birthdays, graduations, baby showers and even seasonal holidays.  I wanted to share a few methods and tutorials to help advance your decorating...

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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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Brush Embroidery Tutorial

Posted by on Feb 19, 2014 in Cookies, Cookies and brownies, Creations, Home, Tutorials, Videos | 4 comments

Brush Embroidery Tutorial

I thought it might be fun to learn a new method of brush embroidery..Victorian brush embroidery. Although the name sounds fancy the technique to create victorian brush embroidery is quite simple. Victorian brush embroidery generally is applied with two colours of royal icing to each petal. The embroidery is raised and lightly petal dusted or painted with petal dust for an elegant finish. This technique is prefect for special occasions such as bridal showers, wedding favors, and wedding cakes! I finished the cookies off with a few ivory tone vines for a delicate effect. Victorian Brush...

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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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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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Super Bowl XLVIII Game Time Treats

Posted by on Feb 1, 2014 in Cookies, Cookies and brownies, Creations, Home, Tutorials, Videos | 0 comments

Super Bowl XLVIII Game Time Treats

Tomorrow at 4:30 kick off will begin for Super Bowl XLVIII. Payton Manning and Russell Wilson will be face to face in New Jersey at the MetLife stadium (freezing there tush off). Unlike Super Bowl I, where The Green Bay Packer’s quarterback Bart Starr and The Kanas City  Chiefs quarter back Len Dawnson were face to face at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum with the temperature in Los Angles a balmy 79 degrees. For the past two weeks the news casters (on most channels) have talked about the freezing temperatures for tomorrow’s game and how the cold will affect each team. The wait is...

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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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Primrose Garden Tufted Heart on a Sugar Cookie

Posted by on Jan 22, 2014 in Cookies, Home, Tutorials, Videos | 6 comments

Primrose Garden Tufted Heart on a Sugar Cookie

I own, as many of us do, a plethora of square cutters. I use them for mini cakes, sugar cookies, and biscuits. I try and use them as much as possible, however I sometimes find myself in a rut. It was literally kismet that I was playing around with scratch piping primroses when this idea for scratch piping primroses on a tufted open heart popped into my head. Primroses have heart shaped petals that matched my tufted heart. I seem to become engrossed when piping small designs and never know if I like my work until I take a few steps back. I was surprised to see I had designed a primrose garden...

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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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Snowflake Cupcakes

Posted by on Jan 7, 2014 in Creations, Cupcakes, Home, Tutorials, Videos | 4 comments

Snowflake Cupcakes

January is an odd month, the holidays are over, friends and family have gone home, the weather (most places in the U.S) is cold, snowy, and we have the shortest days of sunshine. I find myself feeling melancholy. I am not one for giving into sad emotions for long; this year I decided to use the month for a cupcake inspiration and bake champagne cupcakes. I used a wrap method to fondant cover the cupcakes in cool blue and decorated them with snowflakes, a shell border and delicate string work. For the recipe to the champagne cupcake , substitute  with champagne. I used the left over...

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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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New Year’s Haute Couture Cookies

Posted by on Dec 30, 2013 in Cookies, Cookies and brownies, Creations, Home, Tutorials, Videos | 2 comments

New Year’s Haute Couture Cookies

Nicolas Jebran’s designs are cutting edge yet classic; his dresses flow with movement. Sydney and I were looking at his Winter 2014 collection when we both were drawn to the same dress, although neither Sydney nor I can purchase the dress for New Year’s Eve we can create an inspired fashion fondant and royal icing cookie. Fashion inspired cakes and cookies have become popular for weddings and other special occasions. In honor of both Nicolas Jebran and New Year’s eve I have prepared a video showing you how we recreated an inspired  Nicolas Jebran Haute Couture dress on a...

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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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Glacé Fruit Tutorial

Posted by on Dec 15, 2013 in Candies, Candy, Tutorials | 0 comments

Glacé Fruit Tutorial

Glacé fruit is no ordinary gift, it takes at least 3 days to properly candied the citrus fruit, however the succulent taste is well worth the effort. Purchasing glacé fruit can cost at least $60.00 for 2 pounds, therefore when the recipient of the glacé fruit receives your homemade candied fruit they feel honored. It has become a holiday tradition to prepare glacé citrus (mostly lemons and oranges) in our home. We beautifully package the treasured candied fruit, and give them to the specialist of friends. I have found a crock pot with setting for temperature is the easiest and most...

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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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Winter Wedding Cookies

Posted by on Dec 8, 2013 in Cookies, Cookies and brownies, Creations, Home, Tutorials, Videos | 0 comments

Winter Wedding Cookies

I was looking at cookie cutters when I am across Blossom’sWedding Cake – Roses Cookie Cutter & Stamp Set. I placed an order and waited for my cutters (plus a few other fun cake decorating materials). I baked a batch of the wedding cake cookies the night they arrived in the post! The stamp is pretty cool tool and I will show a tutorial on how to use it soon. Bobbie’s Almond Royal Icing: 907 grams / 2-pounds icing sugar 247 grams/ 2/3-cup egg white 1-teaspoon lemon juice 1/2-teaspoon almond extract or flavoring of choice 1-teaspooon lemon juice Prepare your mise en...

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Candied Spice Nuts

Posted by on Dec 5, 2013 in Candies, Candy, Creations, Home, Tutorials | 2 comments

Candied Spice Nuts

Every year I am asked if I have an easy and economical recipe for holiday gift giving. Most people want to give a small gift to their milkman, post person, tutors et cetera to show appreciation. Candied spice nuts are perfect. You can package them up  in a personalized bag, little clear glass bottles with cork closures, or a hexagon with a custom label from your home printer with a pretty ribbon. A wonderful site to find fun jars is SKS. To add a little unique touch to your packaging of choice add the homemade recipe on a seasonal card printed from your printer. Holiday Candied Spiced...

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Whimsical Christmas Tree Cupcakes

Posted by on Dec 3, 2013 in Candy, Cupcakes, Home, Tutorials, Videos | 2 comments

Whimsical Christmas Tree Cupcakes

I can remember watching  Dr.Seuss’ “How The Grinch Stole Christmas” every December since I was little. The 1957 book was adapted into a short film during the 1960′s. It alway mesmerized me, these cupcake where inspired by The Grinch. You won’t believe how entertaining and easy to create these adorable cupcakes. The embellishments have endless possibilities, start by sketching your cupcake on paper. I promise your creative side will take over. We had more embellishments than whimsical Christmas tree cupcakes. No worries I carefully stored the extras for another...

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