Lana Vrz

Tricks of the Trade: Reviving Old Fondant

When fondant is good, it’s good. Good fondant gives your cake a perfectly smooth and flawless finish. If kept air tight, fondant lasts forever, but it starts to dry immediately when exposed to air and can be tricky to work with. Once your fondant is past its prime, there’s really …

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Anatomy of a Cake Tasting

I love doing tastings. I love meeting new couples, hearing their stories, and watching their faces as they taste our cakes. I love looking at their Pinterest boards (they always have a Pinterest board) and conceptualizing new designs. I love the whole processes. Prior to the tasting, we direct clients …

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Easiest Ever Edible Glue

This recipe for edible glue could not be any easier, and you probably already have all the components on hand. Yield: About 1/2 cup of edible glue. You’ll want to increase the ratio (2 parts fondant to 1 part water) to make more glue and decrease for less. It requires …

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Yes! You Can (and Sometimes Should) Refrigerate Your Fondant-Covered Cakes!

More than any other question, people ask me about refrigerating their fondant-covered cakes. I, like many people, was taught that you can’t refrigerate fondant. And so, for many years, I didn’t refrigerate my cakes, until the unfortunate Malibu incident of 2009 (read about it in #2, here). I’ve refrigerated all my …

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10 Things You Should Know About Fondant

Whether you’re a bride, a cake-curious baker, or a cake design professional, there is a lot to know about fondant. There are many things I wish someone had told me when I first started so that I didn’t have to learn the hard way, and apparently I’m not the only …

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How to Cover a Dummy Cake

You know how you sometimes pass your local bakery and think, “That cake’s been in the window for 15 years! How’d they do that?” Well, they’re using dummy cakes, also called faux or fake cakes. Dummy cakes are styrofoam forms cut into the shape of cake tiers and covered with …

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Edible vs. Non-Toxic: The Great Glitter Debate

A lot of research went into this post, but in the end, I decided to keep things simple and straightforward rather than technical. My research was limited to the laws and guidelines in the U.S., so some of the information might not apply if you’re located outside the States. Also, …

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Wedding Cake Serving Chart

It’s always challenging to determine what size pans to use for a cake. Search the web and you’ll find that cake serving guides vary significantly. Earlene’s Cake Serving Chart shows that a 9″ cake serves only 22 guests, while Aztec Rental shows that it serves 32. I’ve always relied on …

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Wedding Cake Slices: Serving Size Chart

Below is the reference chart I use to determine the tier sizes for all of my wedding cakes. I have always used this guide and have never had an insufficient number of servings. I shared a rather poor copy of the cake slice chart here in September of 2010. I …

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