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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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