Birthday
While there’s something delish about a good buttercream flower on cakes, these days fresh flowers, due to their unfussy and colorful qualities, are blooming on cakes for birthdays, holidays, weddings and beyond.
While the thought of chomping on a flower petal can seem kind of unreal, it's totally not. Edible flower petals are a major game-changer for cake decorating, and when they're coated in sugar and candied, the flavor is next-level.
Erin Gardner
At peak season, why mess around with strawberry-esque or strawberry-flavored recipes when you can treat your taste buds to the real deal? It may take an extra step to make these authentic beauties, but they hit all the marks: moist, delicious, fresh, flavorful. Whip 'em up for Mother's Day, Easter or any random day of the week — when a recipe's this tasty, you don't need an excuse to bake it.
Kris Galicia Brown
Yes, there's a secret hiding inside this cat cake. Instead of baking a traditional cake and covering it in fondant, there are crispy, crunchy rice cereal treats inside. Using these as a base provides structure and strength, allowing you to really give this cute critter a pop of personality. Serve him up at your next birthday party and guests will be purring with delight.
Rachael Teufel
Rachael Teufel
Finish up with a mashup of the Crying Onion and Mini Monster Cake! Sculpt and decorate a monster of your own with fur-like buttercream and fondant limbs and horns.
JJR’s Gothic Cake looks magnificent in crimson and gold. Work with royal icing and practice your piping skills. Then learn to color royal icing in shimmering gold.
Get started with an approachable version of JJR's Agate Geode Cake. Learn how to cut the geode, properly cover it and add finishing details, including gold, of course!
Learn how to make a smaller (but still awesome) version of James' Succulent Wedding Cake. Gold accents, gum paste succulents and eye-catching colors make this cake shine brighter than the rest.
Release a Choctopus of your own! With eight tentacles, it's more modestly sized to fit in your kitchen. You'll need lots of modeling chocolate, but no copper piping (and no glue gun… remember the glue gun?).
Joshua John Russell, award-winning cake designer and star of our Man About Cake (MAC) series, creates five cakes inspired by his most popular designs. These smaller scale, beginner-friendly cakes are just as impressive as the originals, and achievable for any home baker.
Joshua John Russell
Joshua John Russell
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