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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 […]

My Favorite Things

My Favorite Things

I always wonder what favorite things people use in their caking life – what products, tools, etc.  There are just so many out there to choose from, and how do you know what is best? The answer is not simple, unfortunately, it’s about what works […]

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 […]

Dragonfly Cupcakes

Dragonfly Cupcakes

When a customer wants dragonfly cupcakes, it provides a special opportunity to really be creative, especially when they say they want REALISTIC dragonflies. There is a certain balance to be struck between pretty and accurate – and after all, if people are going to be […]

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 […]

Browned Butter Bliss

Browned Butter Bliss

Do you know browned butter yet? If not, might I introduce you? Browned butter takes butter to a whole new level…think nutty, toasty and buttery – those are all very good qualities in a food, don’t you think? One of my favorite things is to […]

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 […]


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