Tip Toe Through the Trees TUTORIAL

Why is making really pretty trees out of sugar so hard?  I’m not judging others efforts at all because it’s hard!  My advice is to make evergreens/Christmas trees!  They are really easy!  Our friends were making a cake for a charity and they needed trees of  a tall variety.  This is a picture tutorial of our efforts.  Some were better than others but I hope you can take something away from my experiments.

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Fairyland Club Wedding

This is such a simple, elegant cake that there isn’t much to say but it’s pretty eye candy. The texture was done just with a small offset spatula. It’s not hard but not easy, so practice ahead of time. We delivered this cake to the Fairlyland Club on Lookout Mountain near Chattanooga TN. The florist was The Clay Pot, and they did some WONDERFUL arrangements for this wedding.

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Custom Cake Pricing

How easy is this cake?  Well of course that depends on your skill level.  I’ve been at it for about ten years and it takes me about four hours to do a cake like this.  I find getting a cake smooth tends to be the hardest part to learn for most people.  All you need to make the rest of this cake is some small circle cutters and a knife.  Well some colors,

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Mickey Wedding & Pet Peeves

We will make this week’s blog short and a little sour….. Is there something you see in your line of work that bugs the fool out of you? We all do I’m sure. In cake decorating we all start as beginners and I never judge those people. If you charge money, and sometimes a lot of money for a cake then it should be well executed. Piping should be neat and consistent. I’m not the best at piping so I use a small paint brush to even out and blend in my lines.

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Art Party Birthday

Birthday parties now are fancy! Kids get to have all kinds of parties! Art, laser, pottery, cupcake, bouncy houses, and paint ball just to name a few. We were lucky to have pin the tail on the donkey! We did a little cake to go along with a fun painting party. It was colorful and pretty easy to create. We made a letter template on the computer and just free formed the splatters and drips.

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Walnut Hill Fresh Flower Wedding

 

How could I ever make flowers this pretty!?!?  I arrive at the venue, Walnut Hill Farm, and the florist has left me the MOST gorgeous bunch of flowers!  Ranunculus, Peonies, perfect roses, hydrangeas and some lambs ear for greenery.   I was in love with all of them!!!  Here are some “professional baker tips” for the week.

1,  Allow yourself PLENTY of time when fresh flowers go on the cake.  If the florist is gone,

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Cornhole Groom’s Cake Photo Tutorial

Whether you call it cornhole, bean bag toss, or Baggo, people are playing this toss game everywhere – tailgate parties,family picnics, and even weddings.  So I guess when a client asked for one as a groom’s cake I shouldn’t have been surprised.  And since it’s basically a sheet cake on an incline, they’re actually pretty easy to make.

 

We’ll start with a board to fit our cake (a 12×18),

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Golden Inspiration Wedding Cake

Edible sequins are one of the new big trends in cake design, at least with Chattanooga wedding cakes  We shared one a few weeks ago that had “large” sequins but now we have one with tiny sequins.  I’m just going to say it, I used A LOT of gold! But it’s SO pretty! We baked and iced a 6/8/10/12″ combination in all buttercream.  We created the lines with a little pairing knife dipped in warm water every few minutes. 

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Our Cross Country Cake Adventures

 A few months ago I was approached with a rather odd request… make my nephew’s wedding cake.  Now I know that upon first read that doesn’t seem terribly odd, but let me finish… his wedding was going to be in New Hampshire, and I live WAYYY down south in GA.  Yeah, see?  But Sean and his fiance Kirsten were such a cute couple that I just couldn’t turn them down.

Delivering a fully decorated wedding cake 17 hours and and little over a 1000 miles away can be a daunting task and honestly one that I didn’t feel I (nor my cake) was up to. 

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Muppet Birthday Cake

We just love a cake where we get to “play”!  This sweet mom gave us lots of freedom for Henry’s 2nd birthday.  I know it’s nothing earth shattering new, but we do such few birthday cakes, that I really enjoy the ones we do make.  My advice for this type of cake is to make the character first because you will have to redo it a couple of times.  Don’t get discouraged if you can’t make your famous character the first time.

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