Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Fashionista Witch's Hat

It's Halloween MONTH! (that is why I look ridiculous in this costume!)

This week we are Mixing-It-Up in the kitchen with a Fashion forward cake in the shape of a Witch’s Hat with some bling!  It’s the perfect cake to make for the center of your HALLOWEEN Table.

WATCH our video HERE



Cake- four 4.5-inch rounds from sheet cake


4.5-inch round cardboard
9-inch round cardboard
Serrated knife
*Pre-dyed black and purple fondant
Rolling pin
Vegetable shortening
Piping gel
Paring Knife
White Glue
Tape Measurer

(Optional) For the Hat pin/brooch:
Small ball of fondant or Gum paste
Jewel Brooch Mold from Marvelous Molds: Gatsby
Luster dusts: gold, orchid pink
Lemon Extract
Black gel
Royal Icing
Small brushes

*(Fondarific brand is suggested)

1)Cut out cake with 4.5” round cutter
2)Place on cardboard, stack layers of cake and buttercream
3)Freeze cake
4)Cover 9-inch cardboard with Black fondant and cut away center with 4.5” ring (3/4 of a pound)
5)Carve cake
6)Frost cake
7)Cover with1.5 pounds black fondant
8)Roll out and apply purple band around cake
9)Make mold
10)Paint with luster, gels and royal- attach to hat

More info:

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Thursday, September 26, 2013

NEW VIDEO- How-to Sock Monkey Cupcake Topper

I've had a LONG history with Sock Monkeys. Here's a new video how-to make a cuddly cute sock monkey

From my very first Food Network Cake Challenge to one of my last Food Network  Cake Challenges: EXTREME CAKES (I won- yeah!)

First Food Network Competition

EXTREME Food Network Competition
Now I made a super cute and yummy version perfect for any cake or cupcake topper.

I also made a sculpted cake involving a sock monkey in our second book: Confetti Cakes for Kids

Sock Monkeys for all!

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Oh and here is a list of the stuff you'll need:

Decorated cake or cupcakes
* I used #12 pastry tip to make polka-dots

Vegetable shortening
*Sculpting/Modeling Chocolate (4 ounces)
Pastry tips: #2  (for nostrils), #6 (for eyes)
Stitching tool
Brown powdered food coloring
Lemon extract
*Pre-dyed red, black and orange fondant
Paring knife
Veining tool
Small brush with stiff bristles
Small soft brush
Dish of water
Royal Icing (optional)
Black food safe marker (optional for eyebrows)

*(Fondarific brand is suggested)

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Hot Air Balloon and Cloud Cookies-Dr. Seuss Style!

Cookies were inspired by Dr. Seuss's book, Oh, the places you'll go!
To make these cookies watch our video here!


  • Sugar Cookies
  • Royal Icing 
    • (Recipes at THIS link)

  • *Light Brown Pre-dyed Fondant
  • Hello Kitty Strawberry Marshmallow Candy (25 pc bag)
  • Food color gels (yellow, pink, blue)
*(Fondarific brand is suggested)


  • Pastry bags and Pastry tips #2 and #3
  • Small Rolling pin
  • Toothpicks
  • Paring knife
  • Scissors
  • Round cutters: 1.5, 2.75 and 3.5-inches
  • Square cutter: 1 3/8-inches
  • Small dish with water
  • Small brush
This is how I remember everything I used in video!
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Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Hello Kitty Backpack Cake

 To make this backpack cake watch our video here 

One cake will feed about 10-15 people

  • One 9” x 13” sheet cake (one box of cake mix or half of my cake recipes)
  • Buttercream/Filling (about 8 cups)

  • Vegetable shortening
  • *Pink Pre-dyed Fondant (2 pounds)
  • *Red Pre-dyed Fondant (1 pound)
  • White Gum paste (size of a large marble)
  • Yellow and black gum paste (small amounts)

*(Fondarific brand is suggested)

  • X-acto Knife
  • One 5 x 3.5-inch rectangular cardboard or foam core
  • Tape measure
  • Ruler
  • Pastry bag and large pastry tip (#806)
  • Small brush
  • Rolling pin
  • Scissors
  • Small serrated knife
  • Small off-set spatula
  • Hello Kitty (or any Logo) template
  • Tracing wheel (stitching tool)
  • Toothpicks
  • Clay gun
  • Paring knife
  • Dog bone tool (optional)
  • Scalpel (optional)
  • Turntable (good to have)
  • Heart cutters: 1.5 and 2.5-inches
  • Air Heads-Xtremes sweetly sour candy (rainbow berry flavor)

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Wednesday, August 28, 2013

End of Summer Treats

Welcome to the first Blog post for our new YouTube series: 
 Mixing-It Up!

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One half-sheet of cake will make about: 
12 "Ice cream"cupcakes and 12 "hot dog" cakes

  • One half-sheet cake (13” x 18” x 1”)-use either 2 cake mixes or one recipe from Confetti Cakes Books
  • Buttercream- either a can or make your own!
  • Cupcake frosting: recipe is in this blog posting
  • Royal Icing (for “mustard”)

  • Piping Gel (for shiny hot fudge)
  • Yellow and Brown powdered food coloring
  • SprinklesVegetable shortening
  • *Red and Brown Pre-dyed Fondant
  • *Sculpting Chocolate (or Ivory Fondant) 
*(Fondarific brand is suggested)

  • Yellow & White containers from link here
  • Small brushes
  • Small rolling pin
  • Scalpel
  • Veining tool
  • Pastry bag with small pastry tip (#2)
  • 2" round cutter
  • Small serrated knife
  • Small off-set spatula
  • Large Pastry tip (#806)
  • 2-inch long green cloth covered wire (optional)
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Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Where does the cake go?

Over the years I've created many cakes not for a specific recipient but for television, magazine/book shoots or videos.

Joey's "Head" a number of years ago- we all enjoyed the cake!

People always ask, "Where does the cake go?" A six-foot tall sock monkey, a life-sized dress form, wedding cakes, an alligator handbag, a realistic sculpted dog...they've all been made for on-camera usage but it would be a crime to have them wasted.

The original Joey cake was made for my dad. We recorded it so the world can see the sped up process. Now people can watch the full version and learn from the templates, course materials and hours of video. (subscribe to my YouTube Channel so you can see more videos like this!)

Many cakes have gone to the crew, to my friends, family and neighbors- but at the end of my last video shoot at a very special girl received a delicious vanilla birthday cake, in the shape of a labradoodle. After the shoot, Abby's mom Heather, who works at Craftsy was able to bring the cake to her daughter's birthday party! I'm so happy she and her friends had a chance to enjoy the cake. I think the photos tell it all...

Abby hiding behind her b-day cake's head!

 And if you want to WIN a free Dog Video for LIFE enter the contest at Cakespy


Monday, May 20, 2013

Two ways to win a FREE Craftsy Class

I'm doing a webinar tomorrow for  

I will be on camera showing some fun stuff and will be happy to answer your questions too.

Plus will be offering a give-away for one of my classes.....

And, Craftsy is doing a giveaway for a FREE class- you have until this Weds, May 22nd:

AND if you just CAN't WAIT; You can buy the class fro 50% OFF: