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 […]

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 […]