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Whip up something sweet this Valentine's Day with heart-shaped strawberry meringues. They're a fun, adorable and delicious dessert to snack on or gift to the one you love. Make 'em even cuter with a quick drizzle of white chocolate you can top off with sprinkles.
Felicity and Krystle
Show off just how sweet you can be with a delicious roll cake on Valentine's Day. (Or serve it on nights you watch The Bachelor.) The stunning rose pattern doesn't require any fancy-schmancy artistic skills either — if you can trace and pipe, you can decorate this dessert.
Erin Gardner
It's easy to get caught up in the romance of old-fashioned wax seals — especially when they're edible and used to adorn Valentine's Day cakes and cupcakes. Make 'em this year to send a love-letter in a totally unique way that's 100 percent delicious.
Felicity and Krystle
Heart cakes are basically the cutest dessert you could make for Valentine's Day, and they're actually super easy to pull off. In fact, our method doesn't require any carving at all — just one round cake, one square cake and some nifty Tetris skills to pull it all together.
Erin Gardner
Whether it's Valentine's Day, a birthday or a special anniversary, celebrate love with a fantastic spray of fondant hearts. This project is a fun way to top any cake, and the method can be used with any shape — meaning all those cutters you have on-hand are about to be put to good use.
Erin Gardner
There's no better way to say "I love you" than with sugar cookies — especially ones decorated to look this good. This Valentine's Day, celebrate your special someone with beautiful sugary treats.
Callye Alvarado
When decorating sugar cookies, color is key. But it's not always easy to find the perfect shade, so knowing how to color royal icing is a must. With a few tips and the correct supplies, it's easy to color red and green for Christmas cookies, or perfect more subtle shades for pumpkin pie sugar cookies, flip-flops and heart-shaped Valentine's Day treats.
Lisa Snyder
If you're into creative cake decorating, meet your next make: gelatin plastic. Once hardened and dry, gelatin plastic maintains a beautiful shape and translucent consistency, which mimics rock candy or even stained glass. It's a simple way to create an avant-garde look to your sweets, especially if you twist it into spirals or a bow.
Jessie Oleson Moore
Take your sweets to a whole new level this Chinese New Year and top your cupcakes with fondant lanterns. They look fancy, but are actually a cinch to make — you'll be ready to celebrate in no time.
Lynlee North Beckett
Ring in the Chinese New Year with a little bit of (sugary) luck. This fondant topper is simple to sculpt and a festive detail for any celebration.
Lynlee North Beckett
This cake has all the right moves for a modern bash. The winner is the two-toned buttercream, which makes the piping pop and feel extra vibrant. Best part: you only need one piping bag and tip to pull off this simple-yet-stunning design — easy cleanup, for the win!
Lyndsay Sung
There's a lot to love about gingerbread cookies, whether served on their own or as part of a larger gingerbread house project. Either way, these little guys' royal icing smiles and heart-shaped cheeks are the perfect way to celebrate the holiday season.
Lisa Snyder
Monogramming adds a personal detail to any project: piped icing on cake designs, embroidered stitches on home decor, stamped initials on stationary, even custom details on quilt or sewing projects. And these days, you can pretty much design your monograms however you want. But if you want to keep things more traditional, there are a few monogram etiquette rules to consider following.
Debbie Henry
'Tis the season for gingerbread houses! But after you bake your cookies, don't reach for the candy canes just yet — you've gotta know which icing to use, or risk sub-par houses. Because in the realm of royal icing, fondant and buttercream, one stands out from the rest as the best icing for gingerbread houses — and there's one you should most definitely avoid.
Felicity and Krystle
Decorating gingerbread houses is a fun tradition the whole fam can take part in. And you only need a few basic things: a delicious recipe, frosting and candy! That last one is particularly important, because whether your preferred style is simple and sweet or ornate and highly detailed, you need the best candies to help your gingerbread house shine. Here are our favorites.
Kris Galicia Brown
Turn your kitchen into Santa's workshop and sculpt cute elves for your cupcakes. Fair warning: these little guys are so adorable, you may not want to actually eat them.
Lynlee North Beckett
Whether you're throwing an epic holiday party or just baking something for the fam to enjoy, the holidays are the perfect reason to go all out with your cakes. Get all the Christmas cake design inspo you crave, then head to the kitchen!
Yes, these Santa cupcakes really are good (for goodness sake!). And even if you've never molded cupcake toppers before, the fondant design is totally forgiving and beginner-friendly. Make 'em and you're guaranteed to impress a crowd!
Felicity and Krystle
While we wouldn't suggest putting edible cupcakes on your tree, these ornaments are cute enough to do just that. They're sweet, festive and will definitely bring the holiday cheer!
Lynlee North Beckett
If you're not ready to commit to a full-on gingerbread village, get started with a mini gingerbread house cake topper. It's a quick project that will add a festive touch to your favorite cake recipe.
Felicity and Krystle
There are so many sweets to make for the holiday season, but nothing is more stress-free (while still being cute!) than a cupcake wreath. It's fun, seasonal and there are endless ways to decorate it to fit your personal style.
Felicity and Krystle
Fact: the best flowers are buttercream flowers, and the same is true for poinsettias. This holiday design is beautiful, festive and totally deserves a spot on your dessert table.
Erin Gardner
Not all holiday treats need to be big and elaborate. This easy-to-make buttercream is packed with holiday flavor, making it perfect for all your Christmas cakes and cupcakes.
Felicity and Krystle
It may look like a legit pumpkin, but instead of the messy, stringy insides you'll only find sugar and buttercream. That's right: we put a sweet spin on our favorite fall gourd, sculpting a pumpkin-shaped cake that's sure to impress a crowd. Your turn!
Wendy McGowan
This skull cake will make you scream because it's aaahhh-dorable. It's a pretty pop-punk take on Halloween, and so easy you can make it in an afternoon. The best part? You can create the whole thing without any molds!
Erin Gardner
Take your treats up a notch and top 'em with roses — strawberry roses. It's a fun (not to mention gorgeous) addition for anything that traditionally calls for strawberries — on a fruit plate, as a cupcake or cake topper, even as a garnish for pancakes, waffles or oatmeal. This tutorial features an ombré cake, but feel free to use your imagination!
Erin Gardner
Thanksgiving is fast approaching, and it's time to talk turkey — cake pops, that is. Whether you prefer your birds with feathers and wattles, or want to recreate that famous main dish, we've got the perfect pop for you. Our reco: try the classic round version first, then the sculpted sweet for a truly terrific Turkey Day.
The air is crisp, the leaves are falling and it's the perfect day to stay inside and bake. Cupcake toppers designed to look like beautiful mums and fallen leaves are the perfect way to add some seasonality to your sweets.
Erin Gardner
Erin Gardner
Got leftover dough from making a Halloween cake? Instead of throwing it out, mash it up and turn it into scarily good cake pops. These bites are easy and fun to make, so start mashing up those sheet cakes and break out the buttercream — it's time to get poppin'.
Here's a spooky fact: these cake pops have been known to mysteriously vanish into thin air — or into your guests' mouths! Play it safe and make a big batch for this year's Halloween festivities.
Kris Galicia Brown
Devour at your own risk! These werewolf cake pops are as delicious as they are scary, and will have your guests howling for more. Best part: they're crazy easy to make!
Kris Galicia Brown
No Thanksgiving feast is complete without pumpkin pie. But that doesn't mean you have to go the traditional route. Instead, put a new twist on the classic dessert with pumpkin pie slice cookies.
Callye Alvarado
This cupcake's a dream for chocolate fiends. (Or should we say nightmare because, hello, Halloween? !) Make custom headstones and arrange them into your own deliciously spooky cemetery.
Felicity and Krystle
These vibrant cupcakes are just right for the little monsters at your Halloween party. You can use whatever color buttercream you like or, if you're feeling extra festive, go with rainbow!
Felicity and Krystle
Gimme some brains! For those who love the gorier side of Halloween (or are just really into The Return of the Living Dead), you can make cupcakes that any zombie would love to munch on. And it's all done with simple piping!
Felicity and Krystle
This spooky season, celebrate with a classic Halloween staple: ghosts! The best ones are obviously made of cake (hello, you can actually eat them), and they're incredibly easy to make — even if you've never tried forming different shapes. Get ready to have a scary good time!
Wendy McGowan
This Halloween treat is sure to make your mummy proud! These fun little guys are easy to whip up and a guaranteed hit for this year's party.
Wendy McGowan
Maker, beware: there's a sugar rush ahead. These spook-ified Halloween cakes and cupcakes are just as delicious as they are scary, so pick your poison and get piping.
Whether they're made from fondant, buttercream or royal icing, edible sugar flowers are the perfect accents for cakes and pastries. And one of the simplest flowers anyone can make is a quick piped rosette. While you could pipe them directly onto your cake with buttercream, using royal icing gives you so much more freedom. After all, they can be perfected and dried before you arrange them!
Tessa Huff
Adding hand-painted names, greetings and even monograms onto fondant can be nerve-wracking no matter what your experience level. But with these smart tips and our fun tutorial, your freshly baked treats are sure to send a sweet message.
Felicity and Krystle
Sometime your cake calls for a little extra oomph, and that's where sparkly fondant shines. Whether you buy your fondant or make it from scratch, it's easy to add some shimmer with these genius methods.
Felicity and Krystle
If you're only using your fondant tools for fondant, — surprise! — you're not getting the best bang for your buck. From adding special details to texturing buttercream, it's so much fun to find nontraditional ways to use your molds, cutters and other decorating tools. Here are four genius ways to make those tools pull double-duty — let it serve as inspiration to find other creative hacks for stuff you already own!
Felicity and Krystle
With just one simple trick, you can add glitz and glam to any buttercream-topped treat. The secret: luster dust. You may have already used it with fondant, but it's just as fast and fun to play with when you have buttercream on hand — so long as you do it right. Here are some things to keep in mind when bedazzling your buttercream.
Felicity and Krystle
Dust! Spray! Pipe! Who knew that there were so many different ways to make a watercolor cake? This artistic trend has made a big splash in the cake world, and it's definitely an awesome way to add gorgeous color to your desserts. Best part: you don't need to be a painting pro to master these techniques!
Honestly, there's nothing more satisfying than flooding a sugar cookie with royal icing. But as fun as decorating can be, it's also super easy to make mistakes. Don't fret: for all the common errors cookie decorators can make, there are simple ways to fix 'em. Soon you'll even learn how to avoid them altogether!
Felicity and Krystle
We know, we know: you make the SAME cookies every year, and every single person loves them. But if you're itching to try out a new recipe (or five), consider these tasty — not to mention adorably cute — options.
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!
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
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!
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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