Leprechaun Cake

  HOW TO CATCH A LEPRECHAUN   I had never seen one or heard of it before, but Mrs. Anderson introduced the leprechaun trap to our family. Mrs. Anderson is one of the finest special education teachers I’ve had the pleasure of meeting—and I’ve been lucky enough to meet three!   So when my son […]

Stars and Stripes Chocolate Cake

Broad layers of moist, deep chocolate cake are generously frosted in vanilla bean buttercream icing, and cloaked in red, white and blue fondant stars and stripes. Ideal for Fourth of July celebrations, this American dessert stands tall and proud!   Would it surprise you to know visions of cake dance in my head? It’s true. […]

Cake Decorating: How To Make Hydrangea Flowers

A cluster of fondant hydrangea blossoms adorning a round cake is beautiful to behold, and it makes a stunning centerpiece too!   It’s been a while since Mrs. W had a special cake. I know―it’s a bit like the cobbler’s children who have no shoes. Truth be told, I’ve had this cake in mind for […]

Easy Peeps Easter Cake

Beautiful fondant flowers are easy to make by hand, and require no special tools. Pair them with store-bought marshmallow peeps and you’ll have an enchanting cake to present for Easter! Every year marshmallow chicks start appearing on store shelves as soon as displays can be devoid of red and pink heart-shaped goods. They bring hope […]

Max and Ruby Cake

  The Making of Max No matter the creative endeavor…you invariably end up sharing a slice of your soul through the work.   A lot of how I do what I do is a mystery to many. In this short film, I share a glimpse of what goes on in the making of a 3D […]

Chocolate Fix Cheesecake

Then I saw it; a glorious, thick disc of creamy chocolate. Chocolate. CHOCOLATE. Slowly, an eyebrow drew upward like the Grinch’s did when he conjured up his plan to silence Whoville…   Guest Post for Platter Talk The food blogosphere is a virtual dining room where enthusiasts create, publish, share, inspire, and nosh on food […]

Autumn Petits Fours

For longer than a decade it has been a tradition in my house to bake a trilogy of pies for the feast of thanks. Apple pie, pumpkin pie and pecan pie—individually delicious by virtue of merit, but a sliver of each together on a dessert plate is three times heavenly! It caters to the diner […]

Applying Petit Four Icing

  Poured fondant icing is the traditional confection used to coat baked goods such as petits fours. It is essentially a mixture of sugar and water cooked to the soft-ball stage, cooled somewhat and then stirred or beaten to an opaque, creamy consistency. In this state, the icing texture takes on color beautifully and the […]

Making Fondant Figurines

    Making fondant figurines doesn’t have to be complicated and it doesn’t require a lot of skill. But when a fondant piece is added to a cake as decoration, it really brings the finished creation to life. Here’s what you’ll need: Patience A vision or reference point Time Here’s what you’ll need to consider: […]

Valentine Petits Fours

  Cherry. Cranberry. Amaretto. Jam.   Those four words brought my tweets to a screeching halt one day this past November. A Twitter conversation with my dear friend Jeanne at Inside Nanabread’s Head began a discussion which evolved into a delightful jelly swap over the holidays. The flavor profiles of the jam she mentioned were […]