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Caking with Kids: Supplies for Junior Cake Decorators

Say you’ve got a prodigious little caking buddy, who loves baking and wants to start decorating cakes with you. How much of this material is necessary for, say, a fourth-grader, or a middle-schooler?  Though the answer depends on what their current goals are (fondant or buttercream? Single tier or stacked? Do you already own a…

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Cake Basics: How to Cut Your Cake

In response to all the questions about how to cut your beautiful torted and filled cake, here’s a tutorial just for that! The knife I use in the video is HERE… and HERE is a similar one by Ateco (I’ve never personally used it, but Ateco is a brand I use regularly and trust). The…

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Cake Basics 6 – It’s Pronounced Fondant, Not Fondant.

Here it is, guys! The last step before actual cake construction – simple and straightforward fondant placement! If you haven’t followed along, HERE is a link to the different types of fondant, and HERE is one for the few tools you will need. Remember the main thing is not the fondant, but the icing layer…

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Cake Basics 5 – Fondant Supplies and the ever-important Internal Structure Supplies

Guys! I cannot emphasize enough how very very important an internal structure is to a cake. I don’t care if you’re doing two tiers, or eight. If you have a good internal structure, you’ll be fine. If you don’t … you may still be fine … or you may not. And after having spent the…

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Cake Basics 4 – a Word on Fondants

As with everything else, there are many different ways to skin a cat when it comes to fondant work!  I used to make my own fondant. The marshmallow recipes were always frustratingly inconsistent, and it was a total crap shoot whether or not it would be perfect for what I needed, when I needed it.…

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Cake Basics 3 – Filling and Icing and STRAIGHT SIDES

Here’s where you see how I use all those tools I told you about in my list, guys! It’ll get you through to the crumbcoat (and the final coat, if you’re doing buttercream/ganache final coat), to just before fondant. Let me know if you have any questions! Ganache A combination of chocolate and cream. That’s…

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Cake Basics 2 – Getting the Cake in the Oven

Many of us are already comfortable with the basics of baking a cake layer, so though I’ll go into a very simple recipe below, I won’t belabor the point. But there are some nice basics and tips I want to go over with you (and I want to show you how I use some of…

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Cake Basics – Material and Tools You’ll Need to Get Started

I am starting up a list of caking equipment that I typically use, and therefore recommend (though please keep in mind that what I want from my caking equipment may not necessarily be what you want, and that there are many different ways of doing things) … still, I’ve gone through so many products over…

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The Night Circus In Town for Anya’s 13th

If you haven’t read The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern, we sincerely think you should. It’s one of my favorites, and it’s one of Anya’s favorites (you know … because she has such great taste). Featuring a magical black-and-white circus, this book gave us plenty to work with for Anya’s 13th birthday this year. The…

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William’s 11th Birthday Party – Star Wars Praetorian Guard Theme

The Jedi love is strong with this one. We’ve done Star Wars for birthday parties several times over the years. The new series has just rekindled our love, and given us more fodder for party material. The fight scene with the Elite Praetorian Guards in The Last Jedi was William’s ultimate inspiration for his 11th…

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