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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!
Bluprint
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.
Bluprint
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!
Bluprint
It’s time to shine! These wedding cakes are (almost) as radiant as the happy couple thanks to extra special, shimmery, and metallic accents.
Bluprint
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.
Bluprint
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
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
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
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
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.
Bluprint
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
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.
Bluprint
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
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.
Bluprint
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
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.
Bluprint
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
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
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
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
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
If you want to send a cake decorator into panic mode, mention you're planning a beach wedding. In August.
Jessie Oleson Moore
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
Cupcakes are a perfect little dessert — totally adorable, crazy-delicious, sooooo easy to make ... actually, scratch that last part.
Felicity and Krystle
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.
Bluprint
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.
Felicity and Krystle
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
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!
Felicity and Krystle
For an extra special occasion (your baby's first birthday! your BFF's bridal shower!) you definitely want an extra special cake.
Felicity and Krystle
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.
Kris Galicia Brown
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.
Wendy McGowan
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!
Bluprint
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.
Wendy McGowan
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. 
Jessie Oleson Moore
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.
Bluprint
If you want to surprise your Valentine with something sweet, we're pretty certain anyone would fall for this fondant love letter.
Felicity and Krystle
So you wanna build a snowman?! Awesome, so do we. Except instead of snow, we're gonna use fondant. Let's get rolling ....
Felicity and Krystle
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