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.
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!
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.
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!
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.)
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.