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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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Golden Opportunity! Here's How to Bedazzle Your Cakes With Edible Glitter, Luster Dust and Lustrous Paint
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.
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.
Butterflies and leaves, borders and waves, pearls and alphabet letters: if you can dream it, there's a mold or mat for it!
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.
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.
Don't know your ganache from your fudge buttercream? Hazy on the difference between glaze and royal icing?
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?"
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!).
Whether your wedding is all about those traditions or totally unique to you, it’s hard not to swoon over these gorgeous white cakes!
It’s time to shine! These wedding cakes are (almost) as radiant as the happy couple thanks to extra special, shimmery, and metallic accents.
If you love decorating the things you bake but don't think of yourself as an artist, this cake inspired by Claude Monet's famous Water Lilies paintings just might adjust your attitude.
If you're anything like us, you've amassed quite a collection (some might call it a hoard) of piping tips and nozzles. We even have tips we've never used even once, just on the off-off-off chance we might need them.
Roses are red, roses are blue, roses are ... totally impressive when you make them yourself out of gum paste (a kind of sugar dough). Those gorgeous flowers are a classic way to decorate everything from a birthday cake to a wedding cake, and if you make them well they might even fool a florist for, like, a good five seconds.
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 creamy buttercream swirl, 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.