Cake Decorating Articles
If you want to send a cake decorator into panic mode, mention you're planning a beach wedding. In August.
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.
Cupcakes are a perfect little dessert — totally adorable, crazy-delicious, sooooo easy to make ... actually, scratch that last part.
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.
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.
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!
For an extra special occasion (your baby's first birthday! your BFF's bridal shower!) you definitely want an extra special cake.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
If you want to surprise your Valentine with something sweet, we're pretty certain anyone would fall for this fondant love letter.
So you wanna build a snowman?! Awesome, so do we. Except instead of snow, we're gonna use fondant. Let's get rolling ....
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.
These seriously adorable, crazy delicious cupcakes will have you wondering why you ever made full-sized cakes in the first place.
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!
Who you calling basic (buttercream)? Grab your tips, fill your bags, and get ready to explore a whole new universe of piping ideas.
It only happens once a year, so you gotta make it count! These incredible cakes are what birthday wishes are made of.
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.
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.
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.)
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.
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?)
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.
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.
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.
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.]
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.)
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.
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."
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.
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.