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Blue Royal Icing Cookies with White Dots
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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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stencil cake
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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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Cake decorating with buttercream flowers
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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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Buttercream Cake by Erica OBrien
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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
Onsie baby shower cake
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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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Party Perfect Cake pops
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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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JJR succulent cake
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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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Galaxy cookies
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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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Mini cakes with Russian piping
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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
top view of a bowl of swiss meringue buttercream
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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
kitchenaid mixer stirring white frosting in a clear bowl
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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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three pink and gold rose cupcakes
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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
Combed texture buttercream cake
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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
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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
rose gold sequins cake with pink flower
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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
Cake with a white pastillage topper
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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
fondant shaped into flowers and buttons using molds
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Butterflies and leaves, borders and waves, pearls and alphabet letters: if you can dream it, there's a mold or mat for it!
Lesley
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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
white green and floral cake on black cake stand
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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
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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
Silver sequin wedding cake with big flowers
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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
Cake frosted with white buttercream on a cake stand
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Don't know your ganache from your fudge buttercream? Hazy on the difference between glaze and royal icing?
Jessie Oleson Moore
colorful pony and rainbow cake toppers on vanilla cupcakes
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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
vanilla cake with hidden rainbow heart design inside
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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
Pink ombre buttercream cake by Erica OBrien
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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
Three tier ruffled buttercream cake
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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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metallic cake
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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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peony cake header
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Centerpieces, bouquets, boutonnieres …. but why stop there? If there’s ever a time to go overboard on blooms, it’s definitely your wedding. And these cake ideas prove that everything is prettier with a floral touch.
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finished watercolor monet cake with flower on top
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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.
Erin Gardner
closed star piping tips and piped pink buttercream
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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.
Felicity and Krystle
pink rolled fondant rose
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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.
Wendy McGowan
cupcakes with pipped buttercream flowers
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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.
Erin Gardner
two round rainbow sprinkle cakes with sprinkles beside them
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Give your cake an extra sprinkle of F-U-N. This recipe from Man About Cake' s Joshua John Russell is soooo easy to make and so delicious.
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Covering a cake with pink flavored fondant
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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.
Jessie Oleson Moore
vanilla cake with rainbow frosting
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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.
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elevated white, gold and pink wedding cake
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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.
Felicity and Krystle
white baked meringues on black surface
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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.
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Cake frosted with white buttercream on a cake stand
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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?!
Erin Gardner
close up of pumpkin buttercream in glass bowl
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The perfect dessert to pair with your pumpkin spice latte (or to enjoy even after PSL season)? Anything frosted with pumpkin buttercream, via Man About Cake' s very own Joshua John Russell. Let's get baking.
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grumpy cat sculpted cake
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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!
Kara Andretta
gold royal icing circles
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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.
Erin Gardner
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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.
Wendy McGowan
chocolate cake sunken in and cracked
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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.
Jessie Oleson Moore
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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.
Jessie Oleson Moore
icing a cake in chocolate frosting
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If you want to send a cake decorator into panic mode, mention you're planning a beach wedding. In August.
Jessie Oleson Moore
rolled pink fondant flowers on top of cake
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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.
Jessie Oleson Moore
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Cupcakes are a perfect little dessert — totally adorable, crazy-delicious, sooooo easy to make ... actually, scratch that last part.
Felicity and Krystle
Easy football cake
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Wings, nachos, dip … you’ve got all the usual football foods covered. But when it comes to the championship game, you’ve got to pull out all the dessert stops, too. Consider yourself ready for overtime.
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cupcake with pink and white frosting and white sprinkles
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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.
Felicity and Krystle
final pokemon cake pop
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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.
Kris Galicia Brown
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