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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
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
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. 
Erin Gardner
These seriously adorable, crazy delicious cupcakes will have you wondering why you ever made full-sized cakes in the first place.
Bluprint
From sweetly simple to un-be-lievably elaborate, these are the cakes we just can't wait to make. Which one will you tackle first?
Bluprint
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!
Wendy McGowan
Who you calling basic (buttercream)? Grab your tips, fill your bags, and get ready to explore a whole new universe of piping ideas.
Bluprint
It only happens once a year, so you gotta make it count! These incredible cakes are what birthday wishes are made of.
Bluprint
When you're talking about color, sometimes less is really more. Especially when you swap dayglo frosting frills for an unexpected cool, glittery monochrome theme that's literally out of this world.
Erin Gardner
The big game definitely deserves an awesome cake! (Especially for those of us who are slightly more interested in the snacks than the actual sports.) And this one is so easy, you're basically guaranteed a win.
Erin Gardner
Lifestyle
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.
Liz Callahan Schnabolk
Whether you're feeling that crisp bite in the air or not, it's always apple-picking season, thanks to these adorable pops.
Kris Galicia Brown
Wouldn't every kiddo's cake be more fun with a few 3D fondant clouds added in? You can use them to add whimsical charm, hide an imperfection... whatever. Plus they're seriously easy to make, so let's do it!
Felicity and Krystle
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.
Jessie Oleson Moore
Succulent plants are fascinating to look at, in a desert or on a dessert. Seriously, just check out the piped-buttercream design above. The shapes! The colors!
Erin Gardner
Erin Gardner
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.)
Felicity and Krystle
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.
Kris Galicia Brown
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?)
Bluprint
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.
Felicity and Krystle
Hurry guys, these half-melted snowman cupcakes are about to be half-eaten, too! This beginner-friendly fondant tutorial is super easy and loaded with personality.
Felicity and Krystle
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.
Lyndsay Sung
These gingerbread house cookies are fun to bake, decorate, gift ... and SO much easier to eat than their 3D counterparts. (Gotta love that in late December!)
Felicity and Krystle
Don't get us wrong, we love a good knitting project. But we might love cake more.
Kris Galicia Brown
Forget the pressure of decorating a last-minute cake. Instead, play it cool by making a crisp white cake and helping your kids doodle some fun illustrations and heartfelt messages across it!
Felicity and Krystle
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.]
Felicity and Krystle
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