Making intricate cookies doesn’t always require hours of tedious piping – you can get the same eye-catching results with silicone molds! These time-saving tools are typically reserved for making fondant or gum paste decorations, but they can also be used to add terrific detail to sugar cookies.
Fondant is a terrific cake decorating medium, but it comes with a catch: You have to plan ahead to give your fondant decorations enough time to dry before using them on a cake. When you need to whip up a cake in a flash, here are my 5 top tips for how to dry fondant fast.
Shower your next dessert with a rainbow of sweetness with colored powdered sugar! Colorful powdered sugar is great for adding a touch of fun to cakes, muffins, cookies or other baked goods – without using of frosting or fondant. We’ve found four simple methods for turning plain old confectioner’s sugar into an eye-catching, colorful decoration.
Whipping up a tasty treat for your sweetie doesn’t need to require a lot of time or effort! The easiest heart cake ever comes together in a flash with NO carving required. Spend more time nuzzling your honey bunny and less time in the kitchen by finishing this simple heart cake with one of my four fast and fun decorating techniques.
Roses are red and they taste good, too! Use easy-to-make strawberry roses to dress up a cake for your sweetheart on Valentine’s Day or to show you mom some love on Mother’s Day. Strawberry roses are a fun addition anywhere you would use strawberries – on a fruit plate, as cupcake toppers or as a stunning garnish for pancakes, waffles or even oatmeal!
For a cake decorating gadget to earn a spot in my toolkit it has to be more than a one-trick pony. I scoop up new fondant molds like it’s my job (well, it kind of is) and love finding new and creative ways to use them.
Baby, it’s cold outside! What better excuse to stay warm and cozy inside making a fun and festive buttercream igloo cake? The best part? No carving required! Let a heatproof stainless steel bowl and a single cupcake do the shaping work for you.
Sweeten up your holiday season with a piped bouquet of festive flowers! A buttercream poinsettia comes together in a flash, and you only need one piping tip to create both the petals and leaves. Quick, easy and delicious – my kind of holiday treat!
Cake pops are tons of fun and a big party-pleaser, but you can’t just set them on a cake stand like you can with other cake creations. Still, figuring out how to display cake pops doesn’t have to be a hassle.
Layers got you stressed? Time not on your side? Beer budget and champagne taste? Skip the stack and make a simple sheet cake! Image via Craftsy instructor Corrie Rasmussen. Towering tiered confections make for stunning centerpieces, but they are also time consuming.
Your little sweetie will swoon when she sees this quick, fun and delicious buttercream butterfly cake! No carving skills required – just two quick cuts stand between you and this fluttery cake. I used a 6″ round cake, but this technique will work with any size round cake.
You’ll fall in love with these simple but effective techniques for creating a buttercream birch tree cake! Birch tree cake designs have gone from trendy to mainstay, especially for weddings cakes, with more and more couples opting for nature-inspired wedding details.
Dust off your ball gown and put on your dancing shoes. It’s time again for the Cake Masters Magazine Awards! Once a year in Birmingham, England, the creme de la creme of the cake world gather to mix, mingle and celebrate the talents of its most accomplished members at what’s become known as the #CakeOscars.
You don’t have to be a sugar flower expert to know that making them is a labor of love. Want to speed up the process? Here are 7 great tips for whipping up stellar sugar flowers when time is not on your side. Then plan some more.
Skip the trip to the cake supply store and make a checkerboard cake without buying specialty pans! All that stands between you and your checked masterpiece are some simple measurements and a few quick cuts. Not into food coloring? Follow my lead and create a fun patterned design using different flavors of cake.
Creating gold royal icing with a metallic finish (or any color metallic color) is an easy and effective way to add drama and depth to your cake and cookie decorating projects. Unfortunately, the cake wizards have yet to come up with a royal icing recipe that pipes with a metallic sheen straight from the bag.
Use your cake decorating tools to their fullest potential and think beyond the instructions that come on the box! The grass icing tip or multi-opening piping tip (Wilton 233) can be used to create a ton of fun textures and designs.
Put down the piping bag and set the fondant flowers aside. Decorate a cake with fruit on top, and let nature add the flair to your next cake! Decorating a cake with fresh fruit is a quick and delicious way to turn a simple frosted cake into a garden-fresh masterpiece.
One-tier wedding cakes are a terrific option for couples dealing with a food allergy, looking to cut back on their budget or if they just aren’t cake people (but want to satisfy grandma and grandpa). As a former wedding cake shop owner, I’ve made more than my fair share of tiny masterpieces.
Russian piping tips have taken the buttercream flower world by storm, and for good reason. These new all-in-one piping tips allow you to easily pipe simple flowers complete with detailed centers and delicate petals. All images via Erin Bakes.
Making a tie-dye cake is easier than it looks! Those colorful swirls may look like they were arranged by the hand of an artist, but all it takes is a little bit of food coloring and a few simple tools to give a cake that tie-dye look – inside and out!
Catch more Pokémon (or at least Pokémon fans) with this fun and easy Pokémon Go! Pokéball cake. No need to be a Pokémon cake master! This cake requires no special tools and is easy enough to make with the kids. All images via Erin Bakes.
You love to bake. You make gorgeous cakes. Friends and family ooh and ahh over your latest creations. Everyone tells you, “OMG! You should start a cake business from home!” Should you? That’s something only you can answer after asking yourself a few questions first.
You’d never believe how easy this adorable onesie cake is. No special pans. No carving skills required. Just a classic, rectangular baking dish and a few simple tools are all you’ll need to create this cake cutie. Bonus tip: Looking for a creative take on a gender reveal cake?
Flowers aren’t just for decorating cakes – you can make them an edible part of the dessert! Edible flowers are a beautiful, unexpected and delicious way to dress up you cake designs. Designing a cake with edible flowers is a wonderful way to tie in seasonal elements while adding another layer of flavor.
Well, owl be darned! Making an owl cake is easier than it seems. Save complex cake carving for another day, and whip up this feathery cutie with a few simple tools and treats from the grocery store. Trim the domed top of your cake so that it’s level.
One amazing tool can not only help you make a stunning ruffled cake, but you can also maximize return on your tool purchases, cut down on clutter and minimize decorating time. The Easiest Rose Ever Sugar Flower Cutter may look like a simple cutter, but read on to find how it can be used to make four stunning designs, including flowers, leaves and even ruffles!
Make jaws drop with this on-trend piped buttercream succulent cake! Succulents are a fun group of plants to start with if you’ve never attempted buttercream flowers before. They come in a ton of shapes and colors and require far less precision than most formal buttercream flowers.
A cupcake bouquet is a sweet and stunning alternative to a traditional floral arrangement – doing double duty as centerpiece and dessert. Make the base in advance and customize the floral colors to match the theme of your next baby shower, bridal shower or birthday bash.
Edible icing sheets may seem like a mystery, but they’re actually a cake decorator’s dream! Follow my tips for icing sheet success, and you’ll be whipping up dramatic and trendy cake designs in a flash. Edible icing sheets are paper-thin sheets of flexible, printable frosting that easily adhere to buttercream, fondant, chocolate, isomalt and royal icing.
Fondant is the medium of choice for many cake decorators because of its limitless design possibilities. But fondant is notorious for having a less-than-appealing flavor. This chocolate fondant recipe lets cake decorators explore all kinds of design ideas with the added feature of fantastic flavor.
You scream, I scream, we all scream for buttercream! Brush up on your buttercream skills with 30 of our finest FREE recipes, tips, and tutorials.
Spring party season is here, and we have an easy idea to make every party on your calendar just a bit sweeter! Make decorated sugar cubes for your Mother’s Day celebration, a baby or bridal shower or simply to dress up tea time on a Tuesday afternoon. All images via Erin Bakes.
Whose milkshakes bring all the boys to the yard? Your milkshakes will bring all the boys to the yard with these ultimate milkshake ideas! Milkshake fanatics have been lining up in droves in NYC to get their hands on a Black Tap milkshake. At Pâtissez in Australia, fans can’t stop talking about their signature “FreakShake.”
Rolled or poured, stretched or dipped, fondant comes in many forms and has a variety of uses. It’s hard to keep track of everything available to you and all the ways to use it. If you’re new to the world of fondant (or if you just can’t remember of all your options!)
There are certain cake themes, styles and techniques that every cake designer will be called upon to make throughout their caking career. Topsy turvy? Check. Gum paste flowers? Check. A graduation, birthday or anniversary cake bursting with wired fondant stars? You betcha.
If learning how to ice a wedding cake with buttercream was a college course, it would be called Caking 101! Frosting, assembling and perfecting a tiered buttercream cake is a skill you’ll use over and over again, so it’s best to learn the right way to do it.
Roses are red, violets are blue, I’ve got a fun Valentine cake for you! Show your sweetie just how sweet they are with a stunning rose patterned roll cake. No fancy-schmancy artistic skills required! All you have to do is print and trace the template I’ve created for you here: Rose Roll Cake Template.
Making homemade chocolate candy with soft creamy fillings may seem like pastry sorcery best left to chocolatiers, but they’re actually a breeze with a little prep and the right tools. With thin, crisp, chocolatey shells and sweet creamy fillings, these delectable molded chocolates will make you look like a seasoned pro.
With the new year upon us, it’s time to whip out the cakey crystal ball and attempt to forecast what the sweet world will hold in 2016. I gazed deeply into my buttercream smeared looking glass, consulted with my Ouija board, and gave my Magic 8 ball one last shake before predicting what the cake trends will be in 2016.
Chocolate covered Oreos are more than just a double dip of awesomeness, they’re also a fun and trendy way to dress up a dessert buffet. Their smooth sleek surface creates the perfect little canvas to add more color and design to your sweet spread.
In the world of teeny, tiny sweet treats, petit fours are king. Petit fours are little squares of cake wrapped in a crunchy, sweet fondant shell. Today, we’ll teach you how to make petit fours at home. Petit fours are traditionally decorated in soft pastels and topped with miniature piped royal icing flowers.
Marbling fondant is a quick, easy and fun way to create an elegant and timeless cake finish. Just remember – roll, twist, bend, squish! The more times you repeat that process, the more marbled your fondant will be.
Ho, ho, oooh! Guess what time it is? It’s ugly sweater season! Sorry moms, but the sweaters you once wore with holiday pride are now the butt of the joke at ugly sweater holiday parties. It’s all in good fun, though! If reindeer and dancing snowmen are your thing, then rock that sweater with pride.
Ermine frosting, flour buttercream, cooked milk buttercream…whatever you call it – it’s delicious! Photos via ErinBakes I had ignored it for years because of my devotion to Swiss meringue buttercream and because of its less-than-appealing names. Who wants a mouthful of flour? This should really be called pudding buttercream or cooked custard frosting.
When a cake problem comes along. You must stick it. Water alone is not too strong. You must stick it. Keep appliqués from going wrong. You must stick it. Now stick it. Into shape. Make edible glue. Work on that cake!
They’re all luscious, delectable and perfect for enhancing your favorites treats, but of all the different types of buttercream, is there one that beats out all the rest? We’ll leave that up to you to decide, but keep reading to find out more about each of these delicious varieties.
A game day get-together is often a no-fuss, no-muss kinds of deal. But even the most low key of celebrations calls for a cool cake! Learn how to make a football cake – no special football-shaped pan or carving skills necessary.
“> Cakers…we’re an odd bunch. We keep strange hours. We have a language all our own, and we have many interesting experiences unique to our breed. If you find yourself nodding along as you read through this list, then you, my friend, are one of us.
Halloween is one of my most favorite times of the year, but I have a few requirements for Halloween cake decorating projects: It must be no-fuss (Halloween is just for fun!), easy enough to make with kids and it must use candy! This simple, spooktacular skull cake fits the bill.
More and more parents-to-be are opting to find out whether their little bundle of joy is a girl or a boy by sharing the news with their friends and family in creative ways. One of those ways is with a gender reveal cake! Making gender reveal cakes was one of my most favorite tasks at my bakery.
It all starts with a little bean. The cocoa bean! It’s harvested, dried and fermented. What remains is called the cocoa nib. Nibs are the purest form of chocolate and serve plenty of uses on their own. Photo via Erin Bakes When nibs are processed, they’re first ground into a paste.
If you own a retail bakery, you have two choices: Wake up at 3 a.m. to bake everything from scratch every day (um, pass), or learn some quick tricks and work-arounds to achieve fresh-baked goodness in a flash. My retail bakery days are long gone, but I still use the methods I learned and developed there.
When creating sugar flower arrangements, it’s easy to get hung up on big, bold open peonies or large ruffly garden roses. Think beyond those focal flowers and really bring your arrangements to life by adding filler flowers! When building sugar floral arrangements, cake designers generally combine focal flowers and filler flowers to create lush, balanced designs.
Wedding cupcakes don’t have to be fussy or overly complicated in order to make a statement. With just a few piping tips, sparkly sprinkles and basic fondant decorations, you can create beautiful designs that will wow even the pickiest of brides.
Buttercream has made a huge comeback over the past few years! Decorators are thinking outside of the box, finding more and more ways to create new buttercream textures using simple tools. The petal-finished cake is one of those techniques. Buttercream petals are very versatile.
Welcome your little one into the world by letting them know you’ll love them to the moon and back! These sparkly and sweet baby moon and star cupcakes are perfect for celebrating a little girl, a little boy, or for those waiting to learn the gender of their little bundle of joy.
Fondant and buttercream are probably the most common mediums for decorating a cake, but did you know you can also bake a design right into your cake before baking?You can easily recreate this impressive but simple design with just a few basic supplies and the right kind of recipe.
The written word is a wonderful way to express your deepest thoughts and feelings, but sometimes emotions are bigger than words. Sometimes you just have to say it with…emojis! This fun emoji cake is easily customizable and comes together in a flash!
You can easily turn any image into a beautifully piped design by creating a frozen buttercream transfer. All photos via Erin Bakes This is an old-school bakery technique for adding images to cakes. First, you use buttercream piping to trace an image onto waxed paper. Layers of buttercream help create the details in the image.
Phyllo, filo or fillo – this crispy, thin, and flakey dough is delicious no matter what you call it! All images via Erin Bakes Phyllo is a very thin, almost translucent, sheet of dough. We have the Greeks to thank for this pastry wonder, although it’s also frequently used by many other cultures within the Mediterranean and the Middle East.
Simple gelatin bubbles are an easy and quick way to dress up any cake design! They’d be right at home on a rubber ducky cake for a baby shower, a champagne-inspired design, or even on a classic wedding cake. While gelatin is edible, these bubbles aren’t exactly something that you’d want to go chomping into.
It’s one of the holy grails of baking – a cake flat and level straight from the oven. Bakers have quite a few tricks up their sleeves to achieve this feat. I put a few to the test and the results were surprising!
I’ve got a few reoccurring themes in my cake designs. Even my 4-year-old has picked up on my favs. He recently told me, “Mommy, I’m going to draw you a picture. You like hearts and rainbows!” What can I say, he knows me! I’m not the only one into colorful creations these days.
I receive all sorts of questions from students in my Craftsy classes, but one of the most frequently asked questions is, “What is piping gel and where can I find it?” It may seem like some fancy-schmancy-secret cake supply, but piping gel is nothing more than a thickened corn syrup.
Croquembouche is a classic French pastry consisting of a tower of cream puffs held together with crisp golden caramel. The name of the dessert literally translates to “crunch in mouth,” describing the sensation of biting into one of the delicious caramel dipped pate choux puffs.
It seems like everywhere you look these days, wedding cakes are stripping off the frosting and going naked! Since Christina Tosi, the chef, owner, and founder of Momofuku Milk Bar, originated this style with her deliciously decadent cakes, brides everywhere have been asking bakers for this rustic-chic style.
Whether it’s smooth as silk or beautifully textured, buttercream-iced cakes are a popular request from clients and friends. Along with buttercream’s popularity is a resurgence in piped buttercream flowers. Cake designers are thinking beyond the supermarket bakery case and updating their piped flowers by using modern colors and floral varieties.
Hand-painted watercolor cakes can be seriously stunning! While beautiful, it’s easy to feel intimidated when trying to create a watercolor cake of your own. Especially if you don’t fancy yourself an artist! Why not let buttercream do the work for you? Just a few colors of buttercream plus a simple frosting technique equals impressive results.
Yay for cupcakes! And double-yay for flat top buttercream cupcakes! I’ve always loved the look of silky smooth fondant covered cupcakes. They’re so clean and perfect for adding piping or delicate decorations. What I don’t love (and many of my customers didn’t love) was the amount of fondant needed on a cupcake to achieve the look.
Start celebrating spring with this simple step-by-step tutorial for a gum paste daisy! Here’s one of my favorite daisy cake designs, inspired by the childhood game of “loves me, loves me not.” I hope it inspires you to create your own bright and cheery daisy cake!
Easter is a wonderful time of year when many people gather around the table to celebrate with family and friends. Such a special meal deserves a beautiful show-stopping dessert as a grand finale! These beautiful decorated gum paste eggs will make the perfect end to any Easter celebration!
Informative Craftsy Cake Decorating Blog posts about running a cake business, running a wedding cake business, cake decorating, the cake industry, buttercream cakes, fondant designed cakes, cupcakes, gum paste flowers, and more! Pastry Chef and cake designer, Erin Gardner, shares her recipes, tips, and cake decorating tutorials.