How-To

How to make chocolate ganache in the microwave

There have been requests from our cake decorating community to add the tips that I find from utube and share via facebook – onto my website blog as well – so here they are, not getting lost in the FB newsfeed!   Here is a really quick way of making chocolate ganache for your cakes and why you should not…

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Fun Friday – Apple-Cinnamon Upside-Down Cake

Autumn is here and that means we are leaping into prime baking season too! Yippee! Not much can top the fragrant aroma of fall baking filling your home, the way apples and cinnamon do.  Here is a great recipe to kick start the changing of seasons and fill the air and your tummy with yummy…

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Fun Friday – Candy Clay Baskets

Baskets are used for so many things in day to day life, why not bring them into your cake designs too!  Basket of cupcakes, a garden party with fondant flowers inside, a newborn shaped cake nestled inside for a baby shower?  The ideas are endless!  This woven basket technique is achievable by all levels of baking enthusiasts (perhaps a…

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Fun Friday – Butterscotch-Pecan Cake

Hidden deep beneath the pecan sheath of this delicious, statuesque cake lies a sweet secret which makes familiar flavors seem sophisticated.  This Butterscotch-Pecan Cake would be perfect for a night of entertaining.  Your guests will love the secretive brown-butter frosting and butterscotch-soaked layers spiked with rum.  They will think you spent all day in the…

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Fun Friday – Icing Filled Center Cupcakes

Have lots of fun with flavor and hidden surprises when you add a tasty icing or jelly filling to your baked cupcakes for a filled center. Everyone will be surprised when they sink their teeth into this cupcake filled with their favorite flavor.  An easy, quick and great idea for parties too! Filling the center…

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Fun Friday – Lattice Cake Decorating Technique

Having a garden party, tea party or just a casual gathering of friends?  If you haven’t planned one, you’ll certainly want to so you can show off this dazzling design. Use this very simple decorating technique of only 3 steps to create an elegant lattice on a cake.  This technique would also be great used…

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Fun Friday – Oreo Cupcakes

Oreo Cupcakes Oreo cupcakes are certainly a cookie lover’s dream!   Definitely delicious, with an Oreo cookie tucked in the bottom and chunks of Oreos throughout the batter.  This idea is perfect for last minute parties or entertaining when a decorative dessert is needed but there’s not enough time. The cupcakes are sure to be a…

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Fun Friday – Decadent Black Tie Low Calorie Diabetic Affair

Treat your family or guests to a divine Black Tie Cake, a decadently delicious choice to dress up any meal.  Top it off with enticing chocolate covered strawberries for a black tie affair.  Diabetics can also enjoy this appetizing dessert by substituting the sugar for Splenda Sugar Blend for Baking.  Serve a ‘night on the…

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Fun Friday – Poke A Dot

Coming up with ideas for decorated cakes are sometimes harder than the actual decorating, especially for Tweens and Teens.  Modernize a cake simply by adding polka dots in various sizes!  Not only is it cute and colorful, but it’s much easier than it looks. Polka dot decorating is perfect for buttercream frosting.  To neatly pipe…

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