Silver Anniversary Cake

Teresa contacted me about a cake for her parents’ 25th wedding anniversary. She wanted to use the invitation below for inspiration. I knew I would have to pipe it to get the fine lines on the invite, and I wanted to use some small 3-D flowers. I learned to pipe …

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Fondant Reviews ─ Sylvia Weinstock

Sylvia Weinstock, the Queen of cakes, once said “I don’t do fondant.” Well I guess she’s changed her tune, because I see a lot of her work around and it’s all fondant. Let’s face it: When it comes to achieving a perfectly smooth finish on a cake, nothing beats fondant. …

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What Size Cake Pan Do I Need?

Warning: There is nothing sexy about this post. There is nothing funny or beautiful about it either. (Okay, I did slip one pretty cake photo in at the end.) But it is practical. And it is informative. And, okay, a little boring. And one day, you might need this information. …

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How to: Make a Parchment Piping Bag

If you’re planning to do a lot of holiday cookie decorating and don’t want to spend a lot on plastic piping bags and tips, parchment piping bags are the perfect solution. They’re inexpensive, disposable, and can be sized larger or smaller according to the size of the job. When used …

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Questions to Ask When Buying a New Construction Home

If you are thinking about buying a property, you have two options. You can either buy an existing one or a new construction home. Both of these options have specific sets of pros and cons, so you should investigate them and compare them to your requirements and vision of your …

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On Fondant, Gumpaste, Pastillage, and Mexican Paste

Between fondant, gumpaste, and pastillage, not to mention marzipan, Mexican paste and chocolate clay, it’s easy to get confused about sugar paste terminology. Throw in some British terms–like flower paste and sugarpaste–and it’s anyone’s guess. Below is a (hopefully) comprehensive list of the different sugar pastes used for cake design. …

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Super Easy DIY Textured Backdrop

Back when I started my business, blogs were in their infancy, I’d never heard of facebook, and there were no online cake photography classes. It was just me, my husband, and our camera. I couldn’t take a good picture, but I knew exactly how I wanted my photos to look, so …

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A Modern Indian Wedding Cake

I usually ask clients to bring photos of cakes they like to the consultation. Often, at first glance, they seem to have nothing in common, and it’s my job to help the client gain focus. I love the challenge of finding the common elements that tie all the cakes together. Radhika, …

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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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