Red Wine Chocolate Cake

Boy have I got a cake for you today! This Red Wine Chocolate Cake might be one of my favorite cakes I've ever made. Not only is it super moist and amazing in flavor, but I had so much fun decorating it! I can't even tell you how badly I've been dying to share it.So this post is going to be jam-packed. Feel free to scroll right down to the recipe, but if you are interested in the decorating part keep reading. :)You may or may not know by now, but one of my favorite things to make is cakes. All kinds of cake really, but layered cakes are especially fun to decorate. I'm totally a fan of decorating cakes in more simple ways too. The less I have to deal with fondant the better. While this cake may not look super simple to make, it's not hard. It's really just covered in a some raspberries and a bunch … [Read more...]

How to frost a smooth cake with buttercream

Today’s tutorial is all about how to frost a smooth cake. Getting that nice, smooth finish when icing a cake can take some practice, but I have been asked so many times about how I get my icing so smooth, I’ve finally put together some instructions that I hope will be helpful. Just remember you have to be patient. My first cake did not look like my current cakes. It took practice - and the right tools.So to start, let’s talk about the tools you’ll need:Icing tips (this one - Wilton #789 - for icing the sides and this one - Ateco 844 - for piping the border) Icing bags Turntable (I use this one) Icing smoother (I 100% recommend this one over any other) 9 inch offset spatula (I use this one) Fondant smoother (I use this one) Viva paper towels (Viva brand specifically)Let’s talk about that … [Read more...]

Sparkly Pom Pom Cake

This Sparkly Pom Pom Cake is so fun and so easy to make! It makes a great celebration cake and would even be fun with various colors for different holidays. I've been really excited to share it with you.So today's post is a little different because it doesn't have a recipe in it. Crazy! But it is still all about the cake.Believe it or not, back when I started this blog, I'd fully intended on including tutorials on decorating cakes. I really do enjoy doing it when I have time and that was actually what got me started reading blogs and blogging myself. If you haven't seen some of my very early posts, there were a couple tutorials (here, here, here). A good, old fashioned walk down memory lane. :)So I guess you could say I'm going back to my roots a little with this one. But while those older … [Read more...]

My Dad’s 70th Birthday and How to Make a Hat Cake

I can't believe I'm just now posting this. My dad's birthday was in August. Better late than never though, right? At least I'm posting it in the same year. I figured it had to go up before we reached 2013. :)Anyways, for my dad's big 70th birthday my parents and siblings (minus one who couldn't come) got together in Atlanta. It just so happened that the weekend of his birthday the LA Dodgers were coming to Atlanta to play the Braves. My dad has been an LA Dodgers fan for as long as I can remember. He's been a fan since they were the Brooklyn Dodgers. He said all he wanted for his birthday was for everyone to go to the game together all wearing Dodgers gear. So we did.So naturally, that became the theme for the weekend. The night before the game, we had a dinner with some of our other family (we … [Read more...]

Tutorial: Doily Cake Pops

I'm into doilies right now. They can really dress things up, they're kind of sweet, they give things a natural feel and add great texture. And I love texture. I've seen a number of amazing cakes with doilies on them that make me drool. And while I'd love to dive right into making one of them, I just don't have a reason to make a large doily cake (other than sheer fun) right now. So I decided to go small and make a doily cake pop. I personally think they are awesome and pair perfectly with my ruffly flower pops. So sweet. So here's a little tutorial on how to make them yourself. Pretty quick and easy. Just how I like it.Supplies you need:Fondant or gumpaste (or a 50/50 mix of both) Rolling pin Rose cutters (large and small) Gum glue (mix of gumpaste and water) Rolling … [Read more...]

Tutorial: Ruffle Fantasy Flower Cake Pops

I love ruffles! Anything with ruffles! If I wasn't married, lived in a bachelorette pad and had the money to decorate however I wanted, I would be surrounded in awesome girly-ness, including ruffles. I'd actually need multiple places or multiple rooms, because I would have a different theme in each. And one would be ruffles.Fortunately, I've managed to squeeze ruffles into a few places in our house without too much protesting from the hubs. For example, I have ruffle throw pillows mixed in with other pillows on our couch. Initially I got some protesting, but once he saw how good the looked, he totally caved. :)So these cake pops are a fantasy of ruffles for me. And yet with the brown and ivory colors they have kind of a rustic feel, which is another theme I'd have in a room. I'm a fan of that … [Read more...]

Recipe and Tutorial: Red Velvet Cheesecake Pops

These Red Velvet Cheesecake Pops are a bite size version of the Ultimate Red Velvet Cheesecake from The Cheesecake Factory. A ball of cheesecake covered in red velvet cake. Does is get any better than that?Truth be told, my favorite cheesecake from there is the Fresh Banana Cream. I am a banana flavor kid all the way.But ever since I found Bakerella's Red Velvet Cake Recipe I have been more of a red velvet fan.And I have always been a lover of cheesecake.So to me, these pops are the perfect treat of two amazing things covered in white chocolate (which is my preferred chocolate - naturally, since it's the least nutritious of the chocolate options).Here's how to make them:[amd-zlrecipe-recipe:76]As always, thanks for reading!  … [Read more...]

Tutorial: Hand-painting pretty words onto fondant cake

One of my favorite parts about the cake that I recently made for my mom's birthday is the personalized things written on the fondant around the top layer. It made the cake special and it made my mom cry. Rock on.However I was slightly terrified of actually writing onto the cake, since my handwriting tends to be messy and slanted without a line to write on. So I came up with a way to write on the cake in a pretty font. If it seems hard or intimidating, trust me, it's not. And it actually went pretty quickly.Check out the tutorial below. I hope you find it easy to follow. Feel free to ask questions if something isn't clear.1. I started off by measuring around the cake to see how much space I had. I got the length around and the height of the area I had to work in.2. I created a box that … [Read more...]

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