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Next time you're making cupcakes, we've got three words for you: Russian piping tips. These new all-in-one tips make it insanely easy to pipe gorgeous buttercream flowers onto cakes, cupcakes or anything you're baking. Oh hi, birthday-party rock star.
Let's call them the Big Three: fondant, gum paste and modeling chocolate. You probably know they're super important for decorating cakes, but you may be a little fuzzy on what they are, exactly. Here's a quick rundown.
Here’s the truth: The rainbow trend is 100% here to stay. And we’re not mad about it, especially if it means we’ll have a chance to make every last one of these beauties.
Your guests are here for the most romantic day of your life, plus a little slice of the dreamy wedding cake. Us? We're here for the cake stand.
We know what you're thinking: Meringue cookies are so fancy, they must be difficult to make. Surprise — whipping together a batch is actually pretty simple. Plus, with this Joshua John Russell recipe, you only need three ingredients.
Maybe you love how easy it is to make American buttercream, but aren't crushing on its taste and texture. Or maybe you're wild about the taste and texture of Swiss meringue buttercream but think, why does it have to be such a hassle to prepare?!
Maybe you never imagined that anyone could possibly sculpt a cake that could look like a realistic Grumpy Cat, the international feline superstar. But master cake decorator Kara Andretta has done it!
Hello, shimmery bliss! Adding drama to your cakes and cookies is easy if you know how to add metallic tones to royal icing. The magic trick: luster dust.
If piping buttercream or royal icing gives you the jitters, you're not alone. There's something about the challenge of holding a bag of icing and squeezing it in just the right way that gives even savvy cake decorators pause.
A fallen cake has an extra-special way of ruining your day. After you've whipped up a seemingly perfect batch of cake batter, poured it carefully in your pan and slid it into the oven, you have every right to expect a beautiful cake to come out. But sometimes that just doesn't happen. Sometimes you've got a sunken cake on your hands.
If you're vegan or lactose intolerance, there probably isn't a whole lot of buttercream in your life. But the recipe here proves you can make buttercream without the butter (!) by substituting coconut oil. The result is so creamy and delicious that even people who can eat butter for days are gonna clamor for it.
If you want to send a cake decorator into panic mode, mention you're planning a beach wedding. In August.
Making edible sugar flowers is incredibly time-consuming, even if you're the savviest cake pro on the planet. That's why it's so important to know how to store fondant and gum-paste flowers so you can prepare them way ahead of time but keep them looking gorgeous.
Cupcakes are a perfect little dessert — totally adorable, crazy-delicious, sooooo easy to make ... actually, scratch that last part.
Buttercream is a dream — all that rich, silky deliciousness. Except sometimes it's a total nightmare. Instead of a perfectly creamy, buttery cupcake topping, you get those dreaded air bubbles, or a dried-out frosting, or a soggy mess.
Confession time: We LIVE for Pokémon Go. Next time you go hunting for shiny Pokémon, make sure you stash PokéBalls in your bag. These delicious cake pops will make you be the very best (wink wink) in no time.
There are a zillion ways to prettify a cake, but one of the simplest is to decorate it with a piped-frosting border. Bonus: Piping is super-easy to do. All you need is a great buttercream frosting recipe, a pastry bag and the 10 different styles of borders we describe below (with advice for making each), and you're good to go!
For an extra special occasion (your baby's first birthday! your BFF's bridal shower!) you definitely want an extra special cake.
Marbled fondant is a huge cake-decorating trend (Watch how it's done in Man About Cake!) — and now, it's coming to your cake pops. The techniques in these pops are super fun to try and an easy way to make colorful cake pops that are marbled inside and out.
Picture this: It's time for the last course at your dinner party, and you bring out your stunning dessert centerpiece ... a shoe! Not a regular shoe (gross!), but a sleek, chic, perfectly sculpted pump made out of gum paste. Everyone gawks.
You don't have to live in the Pacific Northwest to love blackberries — or this blackberry buttercream from Man About Cake's Joshua John Russell. And oh that color!
Candy melts: Oh, how we love and fear you. Yes, you can help us create spectacularly colorful desserts. But you can also leave us feeling totally frustrated and angry at the world.
Buttercream is a "We Are the World" kind of frosting. There's American-style buttercream, Swiss meringue buttercream, Italian buttercream, French buttercream and, of course, German buttercream.
Joshua John Russell isn't called the Man About Cake for nothing — he's a flavor master. And here's the thing about his buttercream studded with crystallized ginger: The flavor intensifies over time.
If you want to surprise your Valentine with something sweet, we're pretty certain anyone would fall for this fondant love letter.
So you wanna build a snowman?! Awesome, so do we. Except instead of snow, we're gonna use fondant. Let's get rolling ....
Bakers, put down your piping bags! In my never-ending pursuit for quicker, easier and more painless ways to create beautiful and delicious things, I decided to tackle one of my (previously) least favorite things to make — sugar cookies decorated with royal icing (Check out this class to learn if you are so inclined!) . As my luck would have it, they're also my son's favorite special treat. He passes up cupcakes and cake, but always goes for the cookies.
These seriously adorable, crazy delicious cupcakes will have you wondering why you ever made full-sized cakes in the first place.
We can think of approximately zero reasons not to love cake pops. When you're holding one in your hand, your day is looking pretty good — and if you were having a bad day a minute ago, you aren't anymore. Because, cake pops!
Who you calling basic (buttercream)? Grab your tips, fill your bags, and get ready to explore a whole new universe of piping ideas.
It only happens once a year, so you gotta make it count! These incredible cakes are what birthday wishes are made of.
You've made up your mind to finally take a crack at knitting, cake decorating, paper crafting … whatever. And here’s the truth: The best way to make this happen is to just go start already.
You might not think of a "crust" as something you want on a cake, but your buttercream disagrees. A crusting buttercream is one that'll set up firmly enough so that it can be touched lightly without making a mark, so it's basically a sugary insurance policy.
Here’s a real winter treat: snow you don’t have to shovel, trek through, or clean off your car! These sweet snowflake decorations are made of fondant and don’t require any special cutters. (They do require some patience, but the results are #worthit.)
Cake pops should definitely be pure enjoyment. But in reality, making the little guys can go from fun to frustrating FAST. So learn from my mistakes and spare yourself some pain.
Even for a cake novice, this cute holiday penguin is not as difficult as it looks. In fact, it's the perfect project to wow your fam and explore basic sculpting and piping skills. All it takes is a little bit of pract-ice. (Ice... because it's a penguin. Get it?)
Nothing says winter fun like building a snowman! But if you're short on the white stuff, this cake is your next best bet. Even better: Our melting snowman cake tutorial is the perfect easy project for newbies to hone their fondant skills.
Oh the weather outside is frightful... so stay inside and bake! This winter cake is perfect for holidays, birthdays, or as a special snow day treat. Plus, it's easy to customize to whatever you're celebrating.
For some people, a classic chocolate buttercream is always and forever the cake filling of choice. It's so rich, so smooth, so good. [Insert dreamy smile here.]