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 […]

Valentine Blackout Cake with Chocolate Crunch

Fudgy chocolate frosting under a coat of crunchy chocolate crumbs hugs layers of chocolate cake. Decorated with ombré sugar rosebuds, this cake recipe will make your Valentine swoon! Mrs. W gave me some heart-shaped cake pans as a gift some 20 years ago. She does wonderful gestures like this, some out of the blue, as […]

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 […]

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 […]

Red Headphone Cupcakes

  AUTISM ACCEPTANCE MONTH April is Autism Acceptance Month. Orchestrated by Paula Durbin-Westby in 2011, the first celebration of this special month was devised to shift the focus from autism awareness to acceptance. Typical autism awareness campaigns of late are often times insensitive and maligning to the autism community. It was natural progression then, to […]

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: […]