Chocolate Chip Cookie Cake, Inktober, and other shiny things

Chocolate Chip Cookie Cake, Inktober, and other shiny things

Where have I been and a new recipe for chocolate chip cookie cake!

A Tale of Two Cakes

A Tale of Two Cakes

Two cakes and many ideas Have you ever spent time just looking at the shapes of cakes? I mean, not thinking ahead of time what the cake is going to be, but allowing the cake’s shape to determine its future? I recently had extra cake…

Baumkuchen (Tree Cake)

Baumkuchen (Tree Cake)

Here’s a little known fact – I lived in Germany as a child.  In Munich to be precise.  This was a long time ago, but there are things that stay with you – memories of tastes, sounds and sights, right?  This Baumkuchen brings back vivid…

Steampunk Cake Gears without Molds

Steampunk Cake Gears without Molds

Do I really need to buy another tool? If you decorate cakes, you know that for every teeny weeny task, there is probably a tool, a cutter, a mold or something out there that you could buy.  If you’re like me, either you don’t have…

Lino-Cut Cake

Lino-Cut Cake

What is Lino-Cut? Do you remember, perhaps in elementary school, when the art teacher would give you a bit of linoleum and some sharp tools and let you whittle away at it, and then you’d coat it in paint with a roller and smack it…

Elf on a shelf…sort of

Elf on a shelf…sort of

If a cake stand is a shelf, then, ta-da!  Poof – a Christmas elf on a shelf! (Always watching) There is a current unicorn cake craze (don’t get me started) that uses single tiered cakes, implied closed eyes and simple decorations to create the essence…

Caramel and Curry?

Caramel and Curry?

Why would I put Caramel and Curry in the same sentence?  Well, when my friend Scott over at 7 Ravens Bakehouse told me he had made a smoked cheesecake, I was completely intrigued.  I have eaten (and enjoyed) smoked cheeses in my time – smoked…

Pans….release!

Pans….release!

Sort of sounds like a Harry Potter charm, doesn’t it? Where’s my wand? Anyhow, sometimes it feels like getting cakes to release from their pans is a magical trick in itself. So, I thought I would share some tricks that I use to release my…

Take cover (for your boards, that is!) – Marbleizing and Economizing

Take cover (for your boards, that is!) – Marbleizing and Economizing

Why cover your board?  We eat with our eyes first Cliche, I know and in the food world, you have probably heard this a thousand times.  But, it’s true, right?  If something looks appetizing, you’re far more likely to be interested in eating it than…

It’s a Bird, It’s a Pie – nope, it’s a cake!

It’s a Bird, It’s a Pie – nope, it’s a cake!

Pie or Cake So Mother’s Day was about to arrive and I was in charge of dessert (natch).  As those of us who “cake” know, we are usually expected to bring dessert and usually expected to bring a cake.  I didn’t want to bring a…