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It may look like a legit pumpkin, but instead of the messy, stringy insides you'll only find sugar and buttercream. That's right: we put a sweet spin on our favorite fall gourd, sculpting a pumpkin-shaped cake that's sure to impress a crowd. Your turn!
Wendy McGowan
This skull cake will make you scream because it's aaahhh-dorable. It's a pretty pop-punk take on Halloween, and so easy you can make it in an afternoon. The best part? You can create the whole thing without any molds!
Erin Gardner
Take your treats up a notch and top 'em with roses — strawberry roses. It's a fun (not to mention gorgeous) addition for anything that traditionally calls for strawberries — on a fruit plate, as a cupcake or cake topper, even as a garnish for pancakes, waffles or oatmeal. This tutorial features an ombré cake, but feel free to use your imagination!
Erin Gardner
Thanksgiving is fast approaching, and it's time to talk turkey — cake pops, that is. Whether you prefer your birds with feathers and wattles, or want to recreate that famous main dish, we've got the perfect pop for you. Our reco: try the classic round version first, then the sculpted sweet for a truly terrific Turkey Day.
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The air is crisp, the leaves are falling and it's the perfect day to stay inside and bake. Cupcake toppers designed to look like beautiful mums and fallen leaves are the perfect way to add some seasonality to your sweets.
Erin Gardner
Erin Gardner
Got leftover dough from making a Halloween cake? Instead of throwing it out, mash it up and turn it into scarily good cake pops. These bites are easy and fun to make, so start mashing up those sheet cakes and break out the buttercream — it's time to get poppin'.
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Here's a spooky fact: these cake pops have been known to mysteriously vanish into thin air — or into your guests' mouths! Play it safe and make a big batch for this year's Halloween festivities.
Kris Galicia Brown
Devour at your own risk! These werewolf cake pops are as delicious as they are scary, and will have your guests howling for more. Best part: they're crazy easy to make!
Kris Galicia Brown
No Thanksgiving feast is complete without pumpkin pie. But that doesn't mean you have to go the traditional route. Instead, put a new twist on the classic dessert with pumpkin pie slice cookies.
Callye Alvarado
This cupcake's a dream for chocolate fiends. (Or should we say nightmare because, hello, Halloween? !) Make custom headstones and arrange them into your own deliciously spooky cemetery.
Felicity and Krystle
These vibrant cupcakes are just right for the little monsters at your Halloween party. You can use whatever color buttercream you like or, if you're feeling extra festive, go with rainbow!
Felicity and Krystle
Gimme some brains! For those who love the gorier side of Halloween (or are just really into The Return of the Living Dead), you can make cupcakes that any zombie would love to munch on. And it's all done with simple piping!
Felicity and Krystle
This spooky season, celebrate with a classic Halloween staple: ghosts! The best ones are obviously made of cake (hello, you can actually eat them), and they're incredibly easy to make — even if you've never tried forming different shapes. Get ready to have a scary good time!
Wendy McGowan
This Halloween treat is sure to make your mummy proud! These fun little guys are easy to whip up and a guaranteed hit for this year's party.
Wendy McGowan
Maker, beware: there's a sugar rush ahead. These spook-ified Halloween cakes and cupcakes are just as delicious as they are scary, so pick your poison and get piping.
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Whether they're made from fondant, buttercream or royal icing, edible sugar flowers are the perfect accents for cakes and pastries. And one of the simplest flowers anyone can make is a quick piped rosette. While you could pipe them directly onto your cake with buttercream, using royal icing gives you so much more freedom. After all, they can be perfected and dried before you arrange them!
Tessa Huff
Adding hand-painted names, greetings and even monograms onto fondant can be nerve-wracking no matter what your experience level. But with these smart tips and our fun tutorial, your freshly baked treats are sure to send a sweet message.
Felicity and Krystle
Sometime your cake calls for a little extra oomph, and that's where sparkly fondant shines. Whether you buy your fondant or make it from scratch, it's easy to add some shimmer with these genius methods.
Felicity and Krystle
If you're only using your fondant tools for fondant, — surprise! — you're not getting the best bang for your buck. From adding special details to texturing buttercream, it's so much fun to find nontraditional ways to use your molds, cutters and other decorating tools. Here are four genius ways to make those tools pull double-duty — let it serve as inspiration to find other creative hacks for stuff you already own!
Felicity and Krystle
With just one simple trick, you can add glitz and glam to any buttercream-topped treat. The secret: luster dust. You may have already used it with fondant, but it's just as fast and fun to play with when you have buttercream on hand — so long as you do it right. Here are some things to keep in mind when bedazzling your buttercream.
Felicity and Krystle
Dust! Spray! Pipe! Who knew that there were so many different ways to make a watercolor cake? This artistic trend has made a big splash in the cake world, and it's definitely an awesome way to add gorgeous color to your desserts. Best part: you don't need to be a painting pro to master these techniques!
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Honestly, there's nothing more satisfying than flooding a sugar cookie with royal icing. But as fun as decorating can be, it's also super easy to make mistakes. But don't fret: for all the common errors cookie decorators can make, there are simple ways to fix 'em. Soon you'll even learn how to avoid them altogether!
Felicity and Krystle
We know, we know: you make the SAME cookies every year, and every single person loves them. But if you're itching to try out a new recipe (or five), consider these tasty — not to mention adorably cute — options.
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Our Insta feeds are constantly blowing up with gorgeous cookies decorated like everything you could possibly imagine. But how do those bakers get them looking so darn perfect? It all starts by nailing these basic techniques.
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When it comes to decorating a cake, your mind probably goes right to buttercream piping. But not so fast! There are tons of really cool ways to deck out your dessert, without ever needing to go near a piping bag. So whether you're still working on those piping skills or just want to try something new, here are eight ideas you can totally nail.
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We'll let you in on a little secret: If you can mold fondant into basic shapes, you can easily combine those shapes into some pretty fun cake toppers. Whether you need one for a baby shower, birthday party or wedding, we have an idea — and a how-to! — for every cake-worthy event.
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Buttercream flowers are one of the most beautiful (and delicious!) ways to decorate your sweet treats. Here’s how to make a whole bouquet’s worth!
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Congrats, you’ve taken the dive into cake decorating and maybe even brushed up on some basic skills. Now it’s time to actually make something! These gorgeous cakes look impressive, but are surprisingly simple to make.
Wendy McGowan
There’s a baby on the way, and that means it's time to break out your extra-adorable cake decorating skills. We’ll show you how to make 7 delicious, over-the-top desserts … and also give you lots of ideas for what to write on them!
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We’re here for cake no matter how you serve it, but if you want to really wow a crowd you’ve gotta make it bite-size and put it on a stick. Enter these 10 cake pop ideas: they’re portable, they’re adorable, and they’re a blast to make.
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If you're not already a fan of Joshua John Russell (aka the Man About Cake), you're about to become one. These dessert masterpieces have been viewed a collective 11 million-plus times on the Man About Cake Youtube channel. Find out what all the fuss is about!
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A simple round sugar cookie is the best possible place to start for all kinds of awesome icing designs. Whether you’re planning a birthday party for your kid or a bridal shower for your bestie, these cookie decorating ideas are sure to be a hit with the crowd.
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They're not cupcakes. They're mini cakes. Which means they're soooooo fancy. And thanks to the magic of Russian piping tips, they're easy enough for beginners to whip up.
Felicity and Krystle
Did you know a basic Swiss meringue buttercream recipe is actually a bowl filled with endless (creamy) possibilities? It's true! Here's all you need to know to transform your favorite frosting into... eight favorite frostings!
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Game of Thrones fans, rejoice! The show's much-anticipated eighth (and final!) season is upon us. Need a distraction to fill the seemingly endless hours until the premiere? Here's an idea: make a cake. If you're not sure where to start, this collection of incredible Game of Thrones treats will get you going.
Jessie Oleson Moore
If you've decorated a cake before, chances are you know at least one of the big three buttercreams: American, Swiss meringue and Italian meringue. But you might not know the differences between these types, or that there are SO many more you can try.
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Most of us aren't too comfortable talking dollars and cents in general, and that goes double for bakers who are just getting into the catering biz. But if you're going to set a fair price for your cupcakes — one that takes into account your baking costs as well your customers — consider these tips by Juniper Cakery's Felicity and Krystal.
Felicity and Krystle
Your cakes go viral on social media, you've saved up plenty of cash, and you're ready to live out your fondant-covered dreams and go pro. Your #goals: turning your love of baking into a business.
Lyndsay Sung
So you've decided to launch your own cake business. (Woo-hoo!!!) Time to think about budgets, a website, real estate, marketing, product photography and .... a name. You gotta have a great name! The guidelines here will help you figure out an excellent one.
Jessie Oleson Moore
You don't have to be Cardi B to love a little bling. Think of all the glittering things in this world and how even a little sparkle can make anything seem more special — including cake. Especially cake.
Jessie Oleson Moore
If you are a cake decorator who works a lot with fondant, gum paste and royal icing, you need to know about another incredible option: pastillage. Any questions? I see a hand up in the back of the room.
Jessie Oleson Moore
Butterflies and leaves, borders and waves, pearls and alphabet letters: if you can dream it, there's a mold or mat for it!
Lesley
When you're decorating a cake with the works — we're talking gum paste, edible sequins, sugar flowers, appliqués — you need something to make all those ornaments come together. You need something with magical powers. You need ... edible glue.
Erin Gardner
You've gawked at all those insanely gorgeous cakes on Pinterest with their wild wafer-paper flowers and collages. And you're wondering, what exactly is wafer paper — and how do I get it into my life, stat?
Jessie Oleson Moore
If you've got serious #cakegoals, it's time to make friends with piping gel. What is piping gel? Most people know it as thickened corn syrup. In fact, it's exactly the same thing. And it's one of the best things to ever happen to a cake.
Erin Gardner
Oh wedding cake, we will never stop loving you! But whether we’re talking about the fillings and frostings or gorgeous decorations, this spring’s trends are going to make it mighty hard to say “I Do” to just one.
Felicity and Krystle
Don't know your ganache from your fudge buttercream? Hazy on the difference between glaze and royal icing?
Jessie Oleson Moore
When you're creating an intricate fondant or gum-paste cake topper, there's a world of difference between "That's a-MAZE-ing!" and "Um ... nice try?"
Felicity and Krystle
The only thing better than a delicious cake is a delicious cake with a secret rainbow heart (wow!). Or how about this: a cupcake with a mini pie hiding inside (whoa!).
Jessie Oleson Moore
If you've ever written HAPPY BRTHDAY on a cake that was absolutely perfect until the moment you grabbed the piping bag, then you know why writing on cakes freaks people out. The fear is real.
Wendy McGowan
Whether your wedding is all about those traditions or totally unique to you, it’s hard not to swoon over these gorgeous white cakes!
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It’s time to shine! These wedding cakes are (almost) as radiant as the happy couple thanks to extra special, shimmery, and metallic accents.
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