Decorating Cupcakes with Fondant

I’ll be honest. I’ve always been a bit intimated by fondant.  The results are so gorgeous that I’ve always assumed that it was difficult. When I came across a fondant cupcake decorating class at a local shop called the Cake Professor, however, I decided to try working with fondant.  Guess what? It turns out simple fondant decorations that can make a cupcake look really pretty are super simple to make.  In a lot of ways working with fondant is a lot like playing with play-dough.

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Third Time’s a Charm – Another Coconut Cake

A couple of years ago I decided to bake the Peninsula Grill Coconut Cake, after finding a recipe for the cake on the Martha Stewart website. The cake was very time intensive to make.  Also, after seeing everything that went into the cake it lost just a bit of its charm.  Now, I don’t expect my cakes to be healthy, after all they are cakes, but the Peninsula Grill Coconut Cake is DECADENT even for a cake!

Coconut Cake

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Snowflake Sugar Cookie Recipe

Only three days until Christmas! This year went by so quickly, but there is still time to make a batch of cookies or two.  In fact, I plan to spend some time today baking. This is one of my favorite cookie recipes. I have made these cookies for many different occasions, including a baby shower and to celebrate the arrival of spring.  I made the latest batch for Jaime and my annual holiday dessert party.  To help give our party a cohesive elegant look we decided to make all of the desserts red and white.  Recently I have been a bit obsessed with snowflake cookie cutters and I figured that this was a perfect time to put them to use and make some snowflake cookies.  Earlier this season I put them to use to make salt dough snowflake ornaments.

Snowflake Sugar Cookies

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Hot Air Balloon Cake and Recipe for Vanilla Cake with Strawberry Filling

I was very excited to pick up this month’s Martha Stewart Living and see an article, “A Cake Takes Shape,” on using sheet cakes to make animal shaped cakes.  A couple of months ago Jaime and I did something similar to make a hot air balloon cake for a baby shower.

Hot Air Balloon CakeI was tasked with making a hot-air balloon themed cake for a friend’s baby shower, a task that I delightfully accepted and then promptly roped my husband into.  I didn’t want to have to buy new pans for the cake, after all I didn’t see myself making many hot-air balloon themed cakes, so I made do with two basic 9” round pans and a 9 x 13” sheet pan. We had quite a bit of extra cake that we didn’t need for the balloon, that we happily ate.  You could probably make this with three 9″ rounds.

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