Category Archives: Fancy cakes

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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Brush Embroidery Is Easy – You Should Try It

My cake friends kept saying that but since I don’t make a lot of pretty cakes, I didn’t really have much chance to give it a go. Then I saw on the Bake A Wish list that an open-design cake … Continue reading

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Austin Cake Show Wrap-Up

It was another exciting year at the That Takes the Cake! Sugar Arts Show here in Austin, and I’m thrilled to report that I accomplished my goal in winning the Innovator Award. This was a new prize at the show, … Continue reading

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Multiple Layers of Wrong…and Chocolate!

The cutest alien ever on Doctor Who is undoubtedly the Adipose, which are little living lumps of fatty tissue. So when I decided to make a cake for my friend Kyla (who is also president of our cake club and … Continue reading

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Hello Kitty “Wedding” Cake for Bake a Wish

‘Tis the season of giving, so when I saw a request on the Bake a Wish board for a girl turning 11 who wanted a Hello Kitty wedding-style cake (with assurances from the staff that they were only requesting a … Continue reading

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Random Cake Decorating Quick Tip #1

I should start doing more of these. You can use white gel food colouring to create really cool effects on dark fondant. My avatar all over the internet is this fondant Marvin. His head is made out of black fondant … Continue reading

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The Beheading of the Bird

Chandra Achberger is a very talented photographer and snapped this perfect photo as her family decapitated the Artist Turkey they bought from the school bake sale: Reprinted with permission from her blog post here. I may have told her daughter … Continue reading

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Happy Thanksgiving!

Or as my friends back in Canada call today, “Happy Thursday!” Either way, it’s always a good day for amusingly decorated cake! Last year I donated two large turkey cakes and four mini ones to my daughter’s school bake sale. … Continue reading

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Rainbow Turkey Cake

So I said to my husband, “I’m going to make a rainbow turkey cake to show how folks can alter the instructions in the Turkey Cake ebook to be creative. And because it amuses me. And because it’d be an … Continue reading

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