Category Archives: Fancy cakes

Product Review: Russian Piping Tips

A big trend going around cake decorator circles for the last six months or so has been “Russian piping tips”, which are large, multi-holed icing tips that are supposed to instantly give you all kinds of floral effects. And I … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday To Me

I recently picked up one of Lakeland’s “anti gravity” cake kits by CakeFrame and decided to try to entire their November online contest to win £50 worth of store vouchers. I didn’t win the contest, but it was an excuse … Continue reading

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BB-8 All The Cake

I had intended to do a crazy, nerdy gingerbread thing for my husband’s work Christmas party, but I had a colossal failure. So instead I made a BB-8 cake. Which is fine, except I know it’s going to be a … Continue reading

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Vermicelli Hair at Birmingham Cake Show

Okay, going to a cake show where you’re not a volunteer or part of the core management team is a whole different experience than I’m used to! At the Cake International show at the Birmingham NEC – one of the … Continue reading

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Blow Thine Hunger To Cakey Bits

My older daughter’s best friend asked me last year when her father was diagnosed with a serious illness if I’d make him a Holy Hand Grenade cake for his birthday. Of course I said yes! Part of why I was … Continue reading

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Itty Bitty Widdle Waddles!

First, in the early days of my cake decorating, there was the Large Turkey. Then came the Mini Turkeys. Lots of them, in costume and in rainbow colours. Now behold…THE CAKE BALL TURKEY! I know, I know, you’re thinking, “Isn’t … Continue reading

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If You Prick Our Brains, Do They Not Bleed?

You know you’re getting your Halloween baking right when you’re constantly asked if you watch Dexter. I wanted to make a bleeding brain skull cake for the Halloween party thrown my by husband’s employer last year, especially since I spent … Continue reading

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This Is The Very Model Of a Modern Melty Chocolate Cake

My daughter Peo is slightly obsessed with “The Pirates of Penzance.” But when she asked for her eighth birthday party to have a Penzance theme, I pointed out that most other kids her age – even at her very nerdy … Continue reading

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Fondant On, Fondant Off

I made a cake for a fundraiser for SunDragon Martial Arts studio where my daughter takes karate lessons. It’s a wonderful dojo in south Austin with a self-defense focus and a very female-positive attitude. I highly recommend it and was … Continue reading

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Easter Cupcakes (Or Brush Embroidery Part 2: No Really, Try It!)

Last week I tried the technique known as brush embroidery for the first time and told you all how easy it is. For Easter weekend, my seven-year-old daughter and I made some cupcakes using the same technique and she’d like … Continue reading

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