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Swirls Whirls Cake
This is our Swirls Whirls cake. It is one of our more popular cakes. This is  a three tiered cake with a different pattern on each tier. We added a bow on top with shooting stars. Generally, we like our bows to match the cake but we did as the customer wanted and put a white bow on with stripes. We let the customer pick out patterns that they like and we offer our assistance along the way. Wit...
Engagement Ring Box Cake
People like to mimic non edible things with cake. Here is an example of a engagement ring box cake. The customer wanted everything made out of fondant, but once we told her the price she changed her mind. We did let the customer know that we never guaranteed exact color or design (they are copyrighted you know) We finished this box and were please with the outcome along with the customer. ...
Fondant Jungle Baby Shower Cake
Here is a fondant jungle baby shower cake that my bakery made. It is very simple and was easy to make. Here is what I did Everything on here is fondant, with the exception of the tree. We wrapped a pretzel rod in chocolate fondant so it would stand up straight and be edible. We are big on everything being edible. I mean who would want to bite into a plastic straw, wooden dow, or metal wire...
Barbie Cake
Oh barbie, how we love thee! Barbie cakes are a huge seller at my bakery. Every little girl wants one. Here is just one of the many designs we make of the barbie cake. We can do any design that the customer thinks of. The only thing that stops their imagination sometimes is the rising price of their detailed designs. Decorating Instrucions The cake consist of  four 8 inch cakes, stacked o...
Baby Bottom Cake
We call this cake our Baby Bottom Cake. This is a cake that I have been getting a lot of orders for lately. I do not know who originally designed it, but I do not like it! This cake is  basically made to look like a baby's bottom with a blanket over it. It would be cute if the rest of the body was with it, but nope it's just the baby's bottom. Directions We first start off with a iced 10 in...
NY Yankees Cake
So baseball is beginning again and I can only imagine how many of theses cakes we will get orders for. Here is a example of a NY Yankees cake that we made over and over again! The cake is entirely fondant with the exception of the writing and baseball laces, which were made with buttercream.
Personal Sized Tiered Cakes
Every bride wants to have something special at her wedding. Some brides opt for small personal sized tiered cakes for each guest rather than one large cake. These cakes are basically made the same as their larger version with the exception of them being tiny. Many personal sized tiered cakes are two tiers. You can have the cake decorated in any fashion you want. Make sure to remember that the mor...
Fake Cakes
Why would you want a fake cake when you can have a real one? I charge the same amount for both real and fake. I know that I have to do one less step when making a fake cake but the labor is just as hard. It does not take me any less time when I am decorating a fake cake compared to a real one. So why would I charge less? In fact it might actually cost me more, due to me having to buy materials an...
Christmas Tree Cake
It's that time of year again where everything is merry and bright. Here is our first Christmas tree cake of the season! Ugly and gaudy I know, but the customers just love them. How it is done This Christmas tree cake was made in a shaped pan. It only comes in pound cake. It is iced in a poured fondant icing, tinted green. We covered the stump of the tree in chocolate buttercream and add but...
Baby Butt Cake
I am not a fan of this baby butt cake. I get the idea that the decorator was going for, but it is still just a baby butt cake with no head. Directions In order to create this cake the decorator used 2 cakes and set it up like a tradition tiered cake. On the top tier the decorator tried to round the cake so it was shaped more like a baby butt. She iced it white to look like a diaper, added some c...
Halloween Cakes
I just love everything about halloween. The best part about it for me, is making halloween cakes. I'm so over candy, I just want cake! This is a holiday where you can let your imagination take you anywhere it wants to go. Ghost, goblins, tombstones, and pumpkins are all perfect things to put on cake. You can make scary cakes or kiddy cakes, anything goes. Below are two examples of halloween cakes...
Hot Dog Cake Anyone
MMMM Hot Dog Cake Anyone! That's right, someone wanted a cake shaped like a hot dog. I think this cake looks pretty good. However the paper plates stuck under I do not feel was such a great idea. I mean I understand why they are there but it ruins the hot dog bun. I would suggest that instead of the plates to make condiments and put them around the cake instead.
Pea Pod Cake
Oh, how it bothers me to see decorations on plain white icing. Just think how nice this pea pod cake could have looked if it had a pretty green airbrushed background?
Flip Flop Cake
Just one shoe, where is the other one?
New York Yankees Cake
Be careful when adding a marbilized fondant ball border to your cakes. On this cake the New York Yankees logo is low and the border could almost obscure it. You can always add your border first than add your decorations.

Chocolate Poured Fondant Recipe

Posted By: admin on March 1, 2010 in Recipes - Comments: No Comments »

6 Cups 10x sugar

5 oz water

2 Tbsp corn syrup

1 Tbsp flavor

3 oz  chocolate

Sift the 10x so there are no lumps in your fondant. Place the 10x into a bowl than gradually add your water, corn syrup, and flavoring; mix well. Melt the chocolate, than add the poured fondant to your chocolate; stir fondant and chocolate over heat until blended. Once fully mixed store your fondant in a sealed container. When you are ready to use your fondant heat it up in a metal pot, when it is at your desired consisency it is ready for you to use it.

Champagne Icing

Posted By: admin on February 28, 2010 in Recipes - Comments: 1 Comment »

Making champagne icing is easy to do. Just cut your liquid in half and replace it with champagne. So if your recipe calls for 2 cups milk, add 1 cup milk  and 1 cup champagne.

Pink Champagne Cake Recipe

Posted By: admin on February 27, 2010 in Recipes - Comments: No Comments »

If you want to try something a little different from your usual boxed cake mixes why not try a champagne cake? Making a champagne cake is easy to do from just about any recipe. All that need to be done is for the liquids in the recipe to be replaced with champagne. So if your recipe calls for 1 cup water just replace it with 1 cup champagne. You can use whatever kind of champagne you prefer, you can even use wine. If you want to add a bit more of a pink color to your cake just add a drop of food coloring to your batter before you bake it.

Traditional Pound Cake

Posted By: admin on February 26, 2010 in Recipes - Comments: No Comments »

This is a traditional recipe for pound cake. It’s just a pound of everything! Now you can add to this recipe or even take away if you like. Some people like to add flavoring or fillings such as nuts or chocolate chips for their pound cake.  Whereas others want to make their cake healthier so they cut the butter by half and add oil to replace it and cut the sugar in half and add  splenda. No matter how you do your recipe this is the one you always start with.

1 Lb Flour

1 Lb Butter

1 Lb Eggs

1Lb Sugar

Poured Fondant

Posted By: admin on February 25, 2010 in Recipes - Comments: 1 Comment »

Poured Fondant Recipe

6 Cups 10x sugar

4 oz water

2 Tbsp corn syrup

1 Tbsp flavor

Sift the 10x so there are no lumps in your fondant. Place the 10x into a bowl than gradually add your water, corn syrup, and flavoring; mix well. Once fully mixed store your fondant in a sealed container. When you are ready to use your fondant heat it up in a metal pot, when it is at your desired consistency it is ready for you to use it.

Irish Potato Candy Recipe

Posted By: admin on February 16, 2010 in Recipes - Comments: 1 Comment »

Irish Potato Candy Recipe

Melt the butter, than add the corn syrup, vanilla, and salt to a bowl; than add your dry ingredients except for the cinnamon and mix well. The candy will be soft once mixed so I recommend to refrigerate it for an hour or two till it firms up. Once firm roll the candy into potato shaped balls and roll in cinnamon. ENJOY!

  • 1/3 cup butter
  • 1/3 cup corn syrup
  • 1/2 tsp. vanilla
  • 1/ tsp salt
  • 1 cup coconut
  • 1lb 10x sugar
  • cinnamon

Snow Ice Cream

Posted By: admin on February 10, 2010 in Recipes - Comments: 2 Comments »

Making snow ice cream is easy and fun to do. Kids love playing with snow and they love to eat it, so why not add some sugar to it! This recipe can also use lactose free milk for those of you who are lactose intolerant. You can add broken candy, cookies, or chopped fruit for a different spin on this vanilla ice cream.


12 oz milk

1 teaspoons vanilla extract

½ cup sugar

1 gallon clean snow

Add the milk, vanilla, and sugar in a bowl and mix until smooth; than add clean snow until you get the consistency you desire; add any additional flavors and enjoy!

Marzipan Recipe

Posted By: admin on February 5, 2010 in Recipes - Comments: 1 Comment »

Marzipan is a great medium to work with. It is usually used to make shaped fruits and animals. Whether tinted or airbrushed the marzipan holds color very well. It is also used to fill chocolates, as an ingredient in pastries, and to cover cakes. Some bakeries even add a layer of it underneath fondant so your cake taste even better! You can also flavor marzipan which is also a favorite of mine.

Here is my marzipan recipe

5 lbs Almond Paste

2 1/2 lbs 10x

2 1/2 lbs Poured Fondant

Substitute for Fat in Baking

Posted By: admin on February 4, 2010 in Recipes - Comments: No Comments »

When you want to change your recipe to make it healthier, why don’t you try cutting some of the fat.  By cutting some of the fat in the recipe and adding fruits such as bananas or applesauce in its place, you will make it healthier. However be carefully when adding fruits, it may change the taste of the finished product and the time it needs to bake.


Posted By: admin on February 2, 2010 in Recipes - Comments: No Comments »

Fastnacht Day means “fast night”. Fastnachts are donuts typically square with a slit in the top. They are sold on Fat Tuesday or Shrove Tuesday. They originated from the Pennsylvania Dutch as a way to use up the remaining fats and sugars forbidden during Lent. Fastnachts are yeast raised donuts made from potatoes and fried in lard. They are square to represent the 4 gospels.