Friday, December 21, 2012

Christmas Cookies - Manger Cookies

I have been saving the best cookie for last.  These manger cookies are my absolute favorite!  These cookies will take some time, but they are worth it.  Good news is that you start the little manger silhouettes ahead of time. 

Monday, December 17, 2012

Christmas Cookies - Snow Covered Trees

I made another set of Christmas cookies to celebrate the true meaning of this special day.  As the song goes, "It is the night of our dear Savior's birth."
This evening, as I walked through the woods, there was a light snow falling.  Everything looked so peaceful.  I think that perhaps a light dusting of snow is the best tree decoration ever.  What do you think?  Let's make some snow covered trees.

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Christmas Cookies - Snowman Trees

It's time for Christmas cookie number two.  I call these snowman trees.  If you have a better name, I'm open to suggestions.  They are a fun twist on the tree shape.

Sunday, December 9, 2012

Christmas Cookies - Classic Mitten

How many of you have started making Christmas cookies? They make such great gifts.  I plan on giving some away, all neatly packaged, to some friends.
I thought it would be fun to share them with all of you too.

I'll start with the classic mitten cookie.

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Rustic Frosting Technique - Video

Hey there everyone!  I hope you are all enjoying this lovely Christmas season.  Just this morning it started snowing here.  With the stockings hung on the mantle, tree lights twinkling, and the smell of cake coming from the oven, it really feels like Christmas.  But you didn't come here to read about my weather report.  You came here for cake.  I have a surprise for you today.  I made a little video for you.  Nothing fancy, but hopefully helpful.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Chocoholics Anonymous

Hmm, let's see...chocolate cake with rich chocolate icing and white chocolate flowers.  This cake is heaven for any chocoholic.

Shall we just ponder that for a moment....yum.


Monday, November 19, 2012

Pumpkin Roll

I love any dessert that is made with pumpkin.  It's even better when you pair it with some cream cheese.  So let's make a pumpkin roll.  And while we're at it, let's make it more fun with some fall leaf designs.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Simple Fall Cookies


Thanksgiving is just around the corner, but it's not to late to squeeze in some festive fall cookies.  You could have these done in a jiffy and still have time to baste that turkey.

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Fall Baking Tip - Works for me Wednesday

I love baking in the fall.  It always makes the house smell so good.  Recently I've fallen in love with Apple Pie Bread from My Baking Addiction.  It is so delicious!  It has so many of my favorite things...nuts, cranberries,...streusel!  You just can't go wrong with a recipe when it has streusel.
I do have one problem with streusel though.  That's where the baking tip comes in.  When I bake something with streusel, I hate flipping the pan over to get it out.  The streusel either gets smashed or too much of it crumbles off. 

Monday, October 1, 2012

Sunday School Bible Cake

I can't remember if I've shared this with y'all before, but I'm a Sunday school teacher.  That's right, somewhere between the home remodeling, cake making, blogging, and house cleaning, I also teach Sunday school at my church.  It's one of the most rewarding jobs I get to do.  We recently celebrated out fall kick off and I couldn't resist making a cake for the occasion. 

Thursday, September 13, 2012

English Thistle Cake

There are times that I sit down to write a post and .......crickets!  I stare at the pictures of cake that I have to share with you and feel that all I have to offer is my cake itself.  I don't have a witty anecdote or story to go along with it, just cake.  As you might have guessed, this is one of those times.  To be honest, I'm not much of a writer and never have been(I'm sure you have noticed).  This site has always been about cake and not me or my sad lack of writing ability.  So I hope you won't mind if today I just show you cake with a little instruction to go with it, no frills, nothing fancy, ...just cake.  That's what you're here for anyway, right?

Monday, August 13, 2012

Lego Minifigure Cake

Do your kids love Legos as much as my kids do?  My son probably has more Legos than are good for him, and he loves them.  His favorite is a mini-figure he created himself.  For some unknown reason he named it Tin Man.  So when my son's birthday rolled around I decided to make his favorite toy into cake.  Tin Man goes through regular re-vamps.  Right now he has spiky blue hair, but this is how he looked on cake making day.
To make the cake I stacked two six inch round cake layers and cut a recess for the face.

Saturday, July 21, 2012

Fondant Popcorn

I know I have been somewhat lax in posting.  Summer projects have taken over my life.  I have spent a week working on the same project from sun up to sun down.  I think I need a break!  That is why I have gotten up early this morning to talk about cake.

Give me a holler if you're a big movie fanatic!  No really, give me a holler.  I'd love to hear from you.  (I'm stuck in a summer project hole and need to know that there are other people out there somewhere!)  I made a cake recently for someone who was big into movies and movie stars.  A big bucket of popcorn seamed like a natural thing to include on the cake.  Popcorn would be great on a circus cake too. 

Monday, July 16, 2012

Cake Central Magazine

This is a post that I never saw coming.  About a month ago I received an email from the editors of Cake Central Magazine asking for pictures of Sweet 16 cakes.  I thought, "I don't know why they contacted me, but what the heck?"  So I made a cake and had a young photographer friend of a friend, Aaron Whitman, take some shots and sent them in.  I really did not expect to ever hear anything about it again.  I'm happy to say that I was wrong!
Cake Central Magazine published my cake in Volume 3 Issue 4!  Would you like to see the cake?  These are images that they did not publish.  For that picture you'll have to get the magazine!

Friday, July 13, 2012


Do you ever wonder just how to decorate a man's cake?  The standard flowers just won't do.  Here's a quick idea for decorating the side of the cake.

Just cut some squares of fondant and place them on the side of the cake on point.  Then pipe the stitching with a  contrasting color.

That's it!  I told you this would be quick.


Monday, July 9, 2012

Soccer Cupcakes for the Blazers

I admit it.  I'm a hard core soccer mom.  With two boys in soccer, I'm always looking for new ways to make soccer treats for the teams.  I've made many variations of cookies.  Just search the blog for soccer cookies and you'll find quite a few.  This season, however, I decided to make some cupcakes. 

These cupcakes were not difficult to make, but were oozing with team spirit.  The soccer balls were fondant cutouts that were hand painted, set in buttercream grass.  The red letter B, for Blazers, is also a fondant cutout.  See what I mean...EASY!  I made the soccer balls and "B"s ahead of time to dry. 

Congratulations to the Blazers for a great season!


Monday, July 2, 2012

Ask Alice

"Ask Alice, when she's ten feet tall.  Ask Alice.  Ask Alice"   Can you hear it?  The entire time I was making this cake I had Jefferson Airplane stuck in my head. (If you don't know what I'm talking about, click here)  It's kind of crazy what we store in our mental hard drive.  Anyway...on with the post.

Have you ever needed an icing image, but didn't want the cake to look so sterile?  Sure I could have had an icing image printed for Alice and the other characters on this cake, but I wanted it to look more hand made.  The trick was to give it that hand drawn quality and still capture the essence of the character.  Some cake artists could just eyeball the characters, I'm sure.  I, however, need a little assistance.  I might not be able to draw these characters free hand, but I am good at tracing.  Let's get started.  Here's what you'll need.

  1. Some images of the characters, sized properly for your cake.  I used the computer to enlarge or shrink the images to the desired size.
  2. A piece of clear glass or acrylic that is the size of your image or larger.
  3. White fondant, rolled out very thin.  (Use plenty of corn starch when rolling out the fondant and make sure that the fondant is not stuck to the parchment before you start painting.  If it is stuck to the parchment, you'll be very sad when the image you carefully painted gets stretched out of shape when you try to remove it.  Trust me on this one.)
  4. A flat, bar shaped light.  (mine was an under-cabinet light)
  5. Food color paint and brushes.  (More info on food color paint can be found here)

Monday, June 25, 2012

Mini Chocolate Tea Cup

One of the first things I think about when someone mentions "Alice in Wonderland" is tea parties.  When I was a little girl I loved little, mini tea sets.  I still have a few of them.  If you love tea sets too, then hold on to your hat!  This takes the cake for edible, mini tea cup and saucer!  The little girl in me wants to let out a squeal!

Here's the cake it was made for.  When a little girl graduates from preschool, it's time to celebrate!  Tess wanted an Alice in Wonderland cake, of course.

Ready to make the tea cup and saucer? 

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Golf Cake

I think that any time you are given a choice of making a cake around someone's job or their hobby, you should always choose the hobby.  That's just my humble opinion.  That being said, I made a 50th birthday cake for a golfer.  That's right...hobby.
 First, stack two layers of cake.

Friday, June 8, 2012

Princess Castle Cake

Princesses, castles, knights in shinning's what little girl's dreams are made of.  This cake was made for a sweet little girl.  Her favorite princesses were looking out of the windows.

The cake itself is just a simple, off set, two tiered cake.  I used icing images for the princesses in the windows.  The challenge with this cake came in making the turrets.

The cone shaped roof pieces are made of black modeling chocolate.  To make the cone, I rolled the modeling chocolate out on parchment paper and cut out a 1/3 circle shape.

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Tier Support

Two years ago I posted about stacking tiered cakes.  At that time I was using dowel rods for support.  No doubt they worked great, but I've found something better.  It's far from an earth shattering discovery.  Cake decorators all over have been doing the same thing.  I'm posting this because I finally tried it and I love it, and thought you might like to try it too.
I've started using straws to support my tiers.  I don't mean bubble tea straws or anything special.  I use regular drinking straws.  They have proven to be just as strong as the dowels and so much easier to use.  As a matter of fact, I used straws in the two cakes that traveled in the car for 6 hours with no problems.

As I see it, these are the benefits of straws for support:
1.  They are just as strong as dowel rods.
2.  They are easy to cut with scissors.
3.  They are guaranteed food safe.
4.  They come in bright colors so the server has no difficulty locating them for removal.
5.  They are inexpensive.
6.  They are readily available for purchase.

Do any of you use straws for support already?  Can you think of any more advantages that I should add to my list?

If you don't use straws for support, I hope you'll give it a try.  I think you'll really like it!


Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Stress Free Cake Transport

Raise your hand if you've ever had to transport a cake and thought that your heart just couldn't take the strain. (raising hand)
Raise your hand if you've ever transported a cake and mourned the crack that showed up in the frosting. (raising hand)
This post is for you. 

I recently made these two baby shower cakes for a friend.  She had to take them on a 6 hour drive!  That's right, 6 hours!  Obviously, she couldn't balance them on her lap the whole drive, not to mention that she would be the driver.  Time for some engineering.

Before I show you the transport contraption, let me just address a few quick items to consider.  Since I knew that these cakes were in for a long drive, I planned their decoration appropriately.  I didn't put any heavy decorations hanging off the side of the cake, for example.  I also dammed the filling and supported the tiers as usual to give it every support for all the vibration that comes with a 6 hour car drive.

Now that we have that out of the way, here's the part you have been waiting for.  Start with a sturdy cardboard box that is relatively close to the dimensions of the cake.  My boxes came from Staples and were 12" x 12" x 12".  This worked out great since my base cake board was a 12" circle.  Tape the open bottom of the box together with strong packing tape.  Turn the box so that the open "top" is now the side.  We're going to side load the cake later.  On what is now the top(used to be the side) of the box, draw a big X connecting corner to corner.  This locates the center on the box.

Using a compass or round lid, draw a circle that's center is the center of the X.  Using a sharp knife or box cutter, carefully cut out the circle.  My circle was approximately 3 1/2 inches in diameter.  Remove the circle and brush the cut edges with your hand to remove any loose pieces of cardboard.  Put the cardboard circle back into the box and tape it into place on the outside of the box with packing tape.  The tape is a little hard to see in the photo so I made the photo extra large to help. 

See that hole in the center of the circle?  That's from the dowel, and we need to talk about that.  Remember the dowel that I put in my cakes for stabilization?  If you don't know what I'm talking about, read the post on stacking cakes.  This time the dowel will be part of the transportation device.  Get a dowel that is taller than the transportation box by about 3".  That made my dowel about 15" since my box was 12" high.  Sharpen one end of the dowel.  Pierce the box in the center of your cut circle and push the dowel into the box.  Wiggle the dowel around to make the whole large enough to allow the dowel to push through smoothly.  Remove the dowel from the box and you're ready to load the cake.

Carefully slide the cake into the open side of the box.  Mine was a perfect fit so I slid it until the cake board was touching the opposite side.  If your box is a little larger than your cake board, I would suggest putting some anti-slip shelf liner under the cake.  You don't want the cake to slide around inside the box.

Push the dowel, sharpened end down, into the hole that you made previously.  Keeping the dowel straight up and down, drive it gently down through the cake until it touches the bottom cake board.

Now the cake is firmly anchored inside the box and cannot shift side to side.  Tape the open end closed and your ready for a long drive.

The process to extract the cake from the box goes like this:  Carefully peal the packing tape off of the circle that you cut out of the top of the box.  Grab the dowel and gently twist it as you pull up.  The cardboard circle should ride the dowel up.  The large opening allows you to remove the dowel with out scraping any crumbs that cling to the dowel back onto the cake.  Now that the dowel is removed, open the side of the box and take the cake out the same way it went in.  The dowel will leave a small hole  in the top of the cake.  Cover the hole with a flower or topper, or anything that goes with your design.

These particular cakes traveled in the trunk of a car.  Other items were packed around the boxes to prevent them from sliding all over the trunk.  I think it goes without saying that you would want to place the boxes on a fairly level surface and keep them out of the heat.  But I said it anyway.

This method worked so well, I might make a box like this for shorter drives like across town.  I hope this method will ease your stress the next time you have to transport a cake.


Friday, May 18, 2012

Fondant Lemon Slices

I've mentioned here on the blog before that, in addition to my cake hobby, I also work with polymer clay.  Today's tutorial is straight from polymer techniques.  I had to give it a try in fondant and, what do ya know?  It worked!  (Are you out there Kristyn?  This post has yellow!)

Start by making a thick log of yellow fondant.  Wrap it up in parchment or plastic wrap and freeze for about 30 minutes or seal it up in an airtight container and let it sit for a few days.  The freezer option can be sticky in the next step, but if you don't have a few days to wait, it can work.  True to my nature, I went with the freezer option.

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Flower Formers for Free (Almost)

Many of you have probably already learned that when it comes to cake decorating tools, I improvise.  Call me cheap, or frugal, or thrifty.  You pick.  If I can improvise a tool and not pay for the one at the store, that makes me a happy camper.  This gadget tip falls into the category of "Why didn't I think of this sooner?"

A store bought flower former looks something like this.
or this.  The purpose of this tool is to provide a curved surface on which to dry fondant or gumpaste flowers. (Is it just me or do the formers on the right look like molars?)

Friday, May 11, 2012

A Mother's Work is Never Done

Sunday is Mother's Day and I don't have a Mother's Day cake to show you.  What I do have is closely related.  After all, you can't be a mother without children.  Here's a baby shower cake that just about any mother can relate to.  A mother's love can turn even the most mundane task like laundry into a thing of beauty.  Who knew that laundry could be beautiful?

Monday, May 7, 2012

Cupcake Roundup & A Little Giveaway

Can you believe that since I started this blog I have posted 19 different cupcake designs?  When I counted them the other day I was so surprised.  I thought it would be fun to put them all together, and have a fun surprise for all of you.  So without further ado, here is the cupcake roundup.


In honor of posting over 1 1/2 dozen cupcakes on That Really Frosts Me I'm having a fun little giveaway to say thank you to all of my followers. 

Here's how it works:
  • I'm giving away these two cupcake necklaces made by yours truly.  The little cupcakes are made of polymer clay and stand approximately 1/2 inch tall.  They are hung on an 18" chain.
  • Anyone who follows this blog on Facebook or Google Friend Connect may enter the giveaway.  If you don't follow yet, now is a good time to start.(The buttons are found on the right side of the screen.)  Leave me a comment below to tell me that you follow and that you would like to win. 
  • A second entry can be earned by sharing this post on Facebook.  Leave a comment telling me you did so.
  • Entries will be accepted until May 13th, 2012 @ midnight.
  • Winners will be announced on this post on May 14th.
  • Two winners will be chosen at random.  The first winner to contact me gets to choose which cupcake necklace they would like.  The second winner will receive the other necklace.
Entries are now closed and winners have been notified!  
Thank you all for your participation and wonderful comments.  I wish I had 
a necklace to give each and every one of you.  
Congratulations Whitney and Barbara(comments 5 & 8), I hope you enjoy your prize.
Good luck everyone, and happy cupcake making!