Making a cake as a present I saw a recent post on a forum asking  – what to do about relatives asking you to make a cake for a party you are also invited to.    So what exactly can you do when making a cake as a present? Here are my thoughts…. Your Aunt…

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How to avoid exhaustion as a baker    I spotted in all the flurry of treats being made for Valentines Day, a very sad and exhausted baker. She had spent hours making up bags of cookies and treats, all hand baked. She had put them in bags and presented them very professionally.   So just how…

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How to make Popcorn Cupcakes I found a novel way to change an ordinary cupcake into a bag of popcorn. So here it is today.  A video tutorial on  “How to make Popcorn Cupcakes.”     I thought it would be perfect fun treat for weekend movies. Plus the kids might enjoy making these too.…

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

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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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Recipe – Apple-Cinnamon Upside-Down Cake Autumn is here and that means we are leaping into prime baking season too! Yippee!  Nothing nicer than trying out a new recipe – Apple-Cinnamon upside-down cake. Not much can top the fragrant aroma of fall baking filling your home, the way apples and cinnamon do.  Here is a great…

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What cake customers really want   When asked what cake customers really want – the answers were unsurprising.   They love helpful, personal, professional service.  Your customers need to be able to ‘like’ the designer and find them relatable. Buyers want evidence that they have experience and know what they are doing. The people who…

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Adding sparkle to a Cake Business   Sometimes I hear cake decorators or cupcake makers complaining they are bored. They need to be adding sparkle to a Cake Business. Or perhaps they don’t seem to be attracting as many customers as they once did.   They are wondering what “quick fix” they can use to…

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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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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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