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blackberry buttercream close up in clear bowl
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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!
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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
Pink cupcake with white buttercream
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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
top view of ginger buttercream with ginger on the side
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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.
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red cupcake with fondant envelope
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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
snowman cookies on white cake stand
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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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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
Macaron cupcake
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These seriously adorable, crazy delicious cupcakes will have you wondering why you ever made full-sized cakes in the first place.
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White chocolate octopus cake
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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?
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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
Ruffle cake
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Who you calling basic (buttercream)? Grab your tips, fill your bags, and get ready to explore a whole new universe of piping ideas.
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DIY Narwhal Cake
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It only happens once a year, so you gotta make it count! These incredible cakes are what birthday wishes are made of.
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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
How To Make An Easy Football Cake | Erin Gardner | Craftsy
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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
hands knitting
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You've made up your mind to finally take a crack at knitting, cake decorating, paper crafting … whatever. But how to make it happen when there are so many options? The truth: Just. Go. Start.
Liz Callahan Schnabolk
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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
3-D fondant clouds on a pink unicorn cake
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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
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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
cake covered in piped buttercream succulents
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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
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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
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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
finished penguin cake with christmas lights sweater and snowy background
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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?)
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melted snowman cake on cake stand
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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
final melted snowman cupcake
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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
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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
three pi2D gingerbread houses
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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
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Don't get us wrong, we love a good knitting project. But we might love cake more.
Kris Galicia Brown
Doodle Cake Tutorial by Juniper Cakery - Cake Decorating
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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
chocolate cake on white stand with chocolate balls on top
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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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Once you've gone to the trouble to create adorable cake pops, you can't just stick them on a plate and call it a day. You need something that's going to prop them up straight and prevent the dreaded cake-pop flop.
Erin Gardner
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Rudolph's rosy red nose shines even brighter when he's all done up in cake-pop form. These crafty cuties are great for a Christmas party dessert table, wrapped up as favors, or even used as place card holders (just nestle a name card in the antlers).
Felicity and Krystle
Cake frosted with white buttercream on a cake stand
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Let's be real: Cakes are just as much about looks as they are taste. Our creations have got to tempt the eyes and the palate, so knowing how to frost is definitely the skill to master.
Erin Gardner
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Warning: This brown sugar buttercream is so good, it might not make it onto the cake. (Insert spoon in mouth here.) It tastes kind of like chocolate chip cookie dough without the chips, and works beautifully on just about any type of cake.
Jessie Oleson Moore
three cupcakes with tall christmas trees on top
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These fun Christmas tree cupcakes have a secret: there's an ice cream cone under there! That means you get to make a big splash at the holiday party with remarkably little stress.
Felicity and Krystle
mint green cake with colorful gelatin bubbles
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Gelatin bubbles are floating through the air and landing gently on all kinds of cakes. Look from them on a rubber-ducky cake for a baby shower, a Champagne-themed cake for an anniversary dinner, even a wedding cake. They can add a pop of color wherever you want it.
Erin Gardner
final decorated graham cracker gingerbread house on a plate
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In a perfect holiday season we'd have aaalll the time in the world to joyously bake up gingerbread dough and make the most beautiful little houses. But, thankfully for those who are in a hurry (or are just a little impatient), there are graham crackers! And you know what? Houses made of these store-bought cookies are just as much fun to decorate as the real deal. (Plus they're mini ... which automatically means cuter.)
Felicity and Krystle
green and white Mad Hatter cake
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To sculpt a masterpiece out of cake it helps to start with the perfect base. If you're wondering what "perfect" means in this context, I define it as a tight yet tender crumb and a firm texture that won't fall apart as you carve and shape it.
Jessie Oleson Moore
row of ice cream cones with cake and sprinkles
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They look like dipped ice cream cones, but they're actually cake! (Joshua John Russell cake; the best cake of all.) To make this, you'll need a few JJR recipes — but of course, we've got you covered. Follow these steps and make everyone who takes a bite exclaim, "Niiiiice."
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tiered white and black lace cake with pink bow
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Don't reserve lace just for wedding dresses and doilies: The edible kind will make your cakes look classic, elegant and oh so beautiful. There are three simple techniques for decorating your cakes with edible lace; try them all and see which one best suits your baking style.
Kara Andretta
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Buttercream unicorn cakes have become a mega trend, causing a frenzy whenever they magically appear. But you may be amazed to learn how easy they are to make.
Felicity and Krystle
final stand up menorah cookies
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Hanukkah's about to get lit! These stand-up menorah cookies, which are made by attaching cookie pieces to the back for balance, are the perfect way to end any of those 8 festive nights.
Felicity and Krystle
white cake with gold flower details
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Scroll through Pinterest and you'll find a bevy of rose-gold cakes. With good reason — this blush metallic is everywhere (including maybe on the phone or laptop you're reading these words on). Besides being trendy, rose gold is practical. It's just as versatile as traditional gold leaf or paint but it's one of the few metallics that works with similar as well as contrasting tones.
Felicity and Krystle
top view of clear bowl of buttercream
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You'll go back to this basic buttercream by Joshua John Russell again and again, whether you keep it classic or change it up with new flavors. Oreos and mint are just the beginning!
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Placing pink fondant over a layer cake with a rolling pin
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If your fondant-covered cakes are turning into #Pinterestfails, you're not alone. Working with fondant can be challenging. Everything from humidity to a brand-new-to-you type of fondant can work against you. The result: cracked, lumpy or torn icing instead of Cake Boss wonders.
Felicity and Krystle
blue and gold dreidel cookie with candy spilling out
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Dreidel, dreidel, dreidel I made you out of… cookies! (That’s how the song goes, right?!) No matter, these surprise-inside treats are the perfect way to get your whole crew excited for the Festival of Lights. Make ’em together, then dig in post-latkes.
Felicity and Krystle
browned butter cream cheese recipe
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This chocolate carrot cake is extremely delicious — but it would be even better covered in browned butter cream cheese frosting. Joshua John Russell has outdone himself. You just need to plan ahead, because the browned butter needs to firm overnight.
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Your cakes are all over Instagram and now you're fantasizing about becoming your own cake boss. Exciting! But there's at least one tricky question to figure out first: how much to charge. Here are nine things to keep in mind about pricing.
Wendy McGowan
glass bowl of italian meringue maple buttercream
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You may have heard of Joshua John Russell's (justifiably!) famous Swiss meringue buttercream — now, meet its distant Italian cousin. This Man About Cake recipe is super easy to make in a stand mixer. JJR's genius tweak: He whips the egg whites with hot maple syrup instead of the usual sugar syrup.
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top view of two spice cakes with spices
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This Man About Cake recipe is perfect for sweater weather. Just picture it: There's a chill in the night air but your kitchen is warm and cozy, the pumpkin-spice candle is lit, and a slice of this marvelous spice cake sits in front of you. Make the dream a reality.
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sprinkles on star-shaped cookies
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It seems there are as many different ways to say "sprinkle" as there are (sugar) stars in the sky. But understanding the differences among all these sweet goodies, and when and how to use each kind, can make dessert projects even more fun.
Jessie Oleson Moore
swirl of burgundy frosting on gray background
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When your frosting #goals include deep, dark color — maroon red, say, or jewel-toned purple — you're going to need a few tricks to get the results you want. Because if you mess up, you might end up with a dull tone, a runny or sticky frosting or an icky food-coloring aftertaste. Read on to learn our secrets.
Felicity and Krystle
Browned buttercream in glass bowl
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Man About Cake's Swiss meringue buttercream is everything. But if you want a new experience, try this twist. Be sure to plan ahead — after you brown the butter, it has to cool overnight.
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