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Leveling a Cake

Generally a cake will not come fresh out of the oven perfectly flat and level. Even if you have used baking strips (for more information about these, see my Secrets of the Cake Decorating Pros e-book) there will still be some kind of dome on the top of your cake. You will notice that no…

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How to Make Simple Fondant Roses

These are some REALLY simple fondant roses for you to add to your cakes that will make you look like you have been cake decorating forever! They are often referred to as ‘ribbon roses’ although I like to call them ‘modern roses’ as they are a bit more funky and fun than a traditional, old-school…

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Bakerella “Cake Pops” Book Review

Cake Pops. Wow, what an amazing world of creativity! It feels like cake pops may have been a fad that didn’t last too long but some cake makers still offer these as a treat or add-on to their regular cakes. They are quite simply time consuming. Fiddly. But so impressive! A cake pop is a…

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How To Cover A Cake With Fondant

Covering a cake in fondant is a skill that takes time to master. While they look so effective and have become ‘everyday’ for many events, getting the fondant thin and smooth without tears or bubbles is a real challenge! I once had a friend ask me to give her a quick lesson in a text…

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Cake Decorating 101 For Beginners

Plan your cake Before you race out to the shops, you will need to plan your cake and decide on what you would like the finished masterpiece to look like. In cake decorating, planning is key to making a professional cake. Things to consider: how many people you’re feeding? will the cake act as dessert…

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Online Tutorials – Reviews

It seems to me that there are a growing number of online cake decorating tutorials online now… which is great! When I first started learning I relied on YouTube for pointers but Googled for actual online courses and found it really hard to find any. Since then, and probably thanks to Facebook making suggestions to…

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Baking a level cake

All professional cakes are flat. The cake is level without the dreaded dome sitting on top. So what are the tricks to baking a flat cake? Here are some tips… How to bake a level cake This may sound simple but if you are trying your hand at making professional looking cakes, there are some…

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Soccer Ball Cake / Paul’s 50th

The brief for this cake was to make something related to soccer for a friend of ours by his wife. They were throwing a party for about 50 people for Paul’s 50th. She didn’t mind what flavor it was but did like the idea of mud cake. The Soccer Ball I decided to make this design so…

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Christmas Cake Pops

In the lead up to Christmas, my friend and I decided to enrol in a cake pops course one night after work. We wanted to learn some quick tricks to making Christmas characters. And let’s be honest – cake pops are more fun without all the preparation of ingredients and mess!!! 😉 I let someone…

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In the really early days…

Just after the discovery of my delicious buttercake recipe I began to bake like crazy! Here are some samples of my early experiments… Cookie Monster Cupcakes Little Critter Cupcakes Chocolate Cake My first chocolate mud cake following an old fashioned recipe. I also practiced ganashing with a smooth finish and sharp edges and my shell…

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