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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...

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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...

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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...

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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)....

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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...

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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...

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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...

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Orchids for Sydney

Posted by on Sep 5, 2012 in Cake Decorating, Candies, Family Hour, featured, Gluten Free, Tutorials | 2 comments

Orchids for Sydney

If you’re familiar with my blog you know each member of are little family unit has a birthday week; 2 weeks ago it was Sydney’s 20th birthday. She requested a very special cake decorated with gumpaste Butterfly Orchids; I was so excited to be creating this special “Sydney cake” with her. Butterfly Orchids have a very special place in her heart, and she wanted sugar paste butterfly orchids to adorn her cake (the cake will be continued on another post). I had ordered butterfly orchid cutters and veiners when the summer...

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Oh My More Guimauves, Cherry Blossom- Strawberry Marshmallows

Posted by on Aug 29, 2012 in Candies, Candy, Gluten Free, Tutorials | 7 comments

Oh My More Guimauves, Cherry Blossom- Strawberry Marshmallows

Sydney introduced me to cherry blossom flavor in late March; since that moment we have been experimenting using the extract and sugars in a plethora of recipes. Over this past weekend Sydney suggested we try cherry blossom marshmallows, however the flower blooms during the spring months. I am blessed to have the extract from a dear friend, who goes to Japan often, but I needed a little dehydrated powder. Strawberries are not only in season now, but gloriously huge, a fusion was in order. The flavor combination was powerfully delicious. Both...

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Daisies for a Baby Shower

Posted by on Aug 9, 2012 in Cake Decorating, Cakes, Candies, featured, Home, Inspirational, Tutorials | 0 comments

Daisies for a Baby Shower

Piping daisies for years has been my nemesis, this past weekend I was asked to create royal icing daisies decorations for cupcakes, for a baby shower. I must admit I thought of trying to talk the expectant mother into another royal icing flower or fondant daisies. I was explaining the situation to Sydney, as I was justifying changing the flower Sydney called me out. She not only was disappointed with my attitude, but convinced me I had the ability to pipe daisies. The cupcakes and royal icing were sitting on the counter ready to be decorated....

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Pansy Garden

Posted by on Aug 1, 2012 in Candies, Cookies and brownies, Tutorials | 6 comments

Pansy Garden

I had been waiting to experiment with a technique I had read about, but had not had the opportunity  to work with, when Sydney and I were approached to create an edible party favor for a six year old’s birthday. The birthday theme was pansies. Lighting bolt: what could be more perfect than a pansy garden, a sugar cookie pansy garden? With bright beautiful colors and the elegant simplicity of pansies, the cookie blooms into an eye catching delight! The technique requires working with two or more colored icings in one pastry bag, placing...

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Butterfly Lavender Cupcakes, Two Kind of Techniques

Posted by on Jul 11, 2012 in Candies, Cookies and brownies, Tutorials | 7 comments

Butterfly Lavender Cupcakes, Two Kind of Techniques

I seem to find myself in a more relaxed state during the long warm summer months. Sydney and I find time to lay in the sun and catch up on our lives. Although we are blessed to work together with an “occasional” lunch, Sydney’s life is busy with friends and preparing herself to transfer across the country to another university, and I am busy preparing pastry classes and scheduling our clients. The alluring sunshine with summer sounds of a light breeze blowing through the grass and butterflies fluttering on aromatic flowers...

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Tiger Lily Gumpaste Flowers

Posted by on Jun 13, 2012 in Candies, General Information, Gluten Free, Home, Tutorials | 11 comments

Tiger Lily Gumpaste Flowers

Tiger Lilies are romantic, amorous, and mysterious; perfect for wedding cakes. Weddings give off a feeling of enchantment, the bride feels as if she is a princesses for one beautiful day. The air of mystery seems to enthrall the couple the next day; unsure what the next twenty years will bring. Tiger Lilies are beautiful and full of pride. So it is apropos that many brides choose them for their wedding cake decor. Creating them out of gum paste gives an illusion of realness and elegance. Mastering the technique takes time, patience, and an...

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Royal Icing and Piping Flowers

Posted by on May 29, 2012 in Candies, Gluten Free, Tutorials | 5 comments

Royal Icing and Piping Flowers

Royal icing can change an ordinary cake into an extraordinary cake with a little patience and a good royal icing recipe. Sydney and I thought piped cherry blossoms would be beautiful on our cherry blossom cake (recipe for cake to come). We colored about half of the icing with rose pink and stripe frilled the other half with the same color; the difference between the two methods is one will color the entire icing while the other allows only the edges of flower to be colored as shown above.  Sydney thought since the cherry blossoms color ranges...

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Oh My Guimaves, Key lime Pie Marshmallows

Posted by on Apr 29, 2012 in Candies, Gluten Free, Home | 3 comments

Oh My Guimaves, Key lime Pie Marshmallows

It is 3:00 a.m and the sandman skipped dusting me, I am unable to fall asleep. After tossing and turning telling myself I need to sleep; I give up and head toward the kitchen. Unsure what culinary delight I will start with, I open the pantry for inspiration. To my delight the first ingredient my eye spies is dehydrated key lime powder! Sydney and I had just baked a batch of Key Lime Pies Macarons, and to honest I am not in the mood to wait the 60 minutes before I can place them in the oven. My brain screams, “Bob” marshmallows (...

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Spicy Chocolate Caramel-Apple Cups

Posted by on Mar 28, 2012 in Candies, Gluten Free, Home, x | 1 comment

Spicy Chocolate Caramel-Apple Cups

Tastes like chocolate covered carmel apples This is the fifth year Sydney and I have created Easter Baskets for clients; our chocolate carmel cups are one of top 5 requests for the baskets. This is year we thought we would add a spring to the cups. With the addition of  apple flavoring to the carmel, cinnamon and cayenne pepper to the chocolate, a knew amazing cup was born. One of my favorite techniques for developing recipes is to begin with a popular, successful recipe, brainstorm how we may change some of the ingredients with Sydney,...

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Behind the Mother and Daughter Team

Posted by on Jan 11, 2012 in Candies, Family Hour, Home | 1 comment

Behind the Mother and Daughter Team

Normally Bobbie writes the posts that are published on Bobbie’s Baking Blog, however, today I am going to be writing a post. As long as I can remember I have been in the kitchen with my mom, we have had so much fun learning to create new treats for the special people in our lives. As my life transitioned from teenager to adulthood I have had the opportunity to share my feelings with my mom, and even when I thought I couldn’t overcome an issue that was happening in my life my mom was there to help me and encourage me. I am very...

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Cassis-Cherry Marshmallows, a New Flavor for a New Year

Posted by on Jan 4, 2012 in Candies, Home, x | 5 comments

Cassis-Cherry Marshmallows, a New Flavor for a New Year

This past December Sydney and I created a heavenly Very Cherry Berry Coffee drink. As I sipped on my warm delicious spirited coffee I asked Sydney if she thought we might be able to turn the flavor into a Dreammallow (the marshmallows are so light they taste like a dream). We played around with cherry, red, and black current flavors; the Cassis-Cherry Marshmallows were born. Sydney and I felt like “mad” scientists in the kitchen testing combinations of flavors. Whenever Sydney and I are testing new recipes we have a brilliant time...

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Growth, Change, and The “Sweetness” of Life

Posted by on Jan 1, 2012 in Candies, Gluten Free, Home, Inspirational, x | 1 comment

Growth, Change, and The “Sweetness” of Life

As the New Year’s Eve Night approaches I find myself reflecting on the past 12 months and realizing even through the toughest times there was joy. I’ve written only one line and my phone started ringing..It was my 98 year old grandma wishing me and my family a Happy New Year. What a wonderful blessing to have my grandma still with us and willing to share her rich history; she watched the stock market on the 3rd of September reach a record high only to come crashing down on Thursday the 24th of October with a decline of 21%. She...

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White Truffles with Cassis-Framboise Ganache, Baby Let It Snow

Posted by on Dec 21, 2011 in Candies, Home, x | 3 comments

White Truffles with Cassis-Framboise Ganache, Baby Let It Snow

Truffles are one of my favorite guilty pleasures; in fact Sydney was barely walking when she had her first truffle. She adored the truffles so much she shared a truffle with my closest nephew. She proclaimed they were to die for and he must try one. My nephew, who was three at the time, announced wide eyed he loved them and now was going to die soon. It took Sydney and I a few moments to finally realize he believed that the delectable truffle was going to cause him to pass on. It took hours of explaining it was a metaphorical description, and...

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