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Visit the 'Weddings' page for tips on how to find your baker, plus more.

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Order these cupcakes to make an edible fashion statement!

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Oh Baby!

Reveal the surprise with a pink or blue cake to cut into.

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Blow out the Candles

What a better way to say happy birthday than surprising that special someone with a couture cake! With over 25 flavors, I'm sure we can oblige.

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Spring Pops and Cupcakes

It's Spring again! Enjoy our popular Easter themed cupcakes this season.

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Apr 16, 2014

Seasonal in Spring (10 Seasonal Fruits & Recipes)

Spring has officially shut down the chills of Winter. It was a steeping 80 degrees here on the East Coast today. It may be difficult for me to endure (winter baby), but I love watching the flowers and trees bloom and regain life. One of my favorite things about heading into Spring is the transition of foods. We let go of the hearty stews for a light spinach salad, yum.  This is the season for fresh fruit tarts, sponge cakes, and petit fours. It can be very hard keeping track of which fruits and vegetables are in season and what to do with them, seeing as how most fruits are now offered year-round. So here's a list of just that:

 10 Seasonal Spring Fruits
(for your cakes and bakes)


Grapefruit

Winter through Spring


Recipe

Hollywood Brown Derby's Grapefruit Cake

As soon as I think Grapefruit, I think of the Hollywood Brown Derby's grapefruit cake. If you were lucky enough to try this cake in Disney, then you know why. I only had two bites, but those two bites took me into citrus heaven. This is a perfect layer cake. Dense but extremely moist cake layers, cream cheese frosting and a grapefruit filling. I dare you to try this recipe, it's not for the faint of heart. If you succeed, you deserve an applause.


Kiwis

Winter through Spring 


Recipe
Ricotta Cheesecake with Ginger and Kiwi

Kiwis to me are beautiful little green gems that make a perfect breakfast or late night snack. They're definitely best in their peak season which is the Spring. These delicious beauties are best left fresh and cold. So here's a cheesecake that I'm sure will do it justice. It has a combination of beautiful flavors and is light enough for a relaxing Spring day.



Kumquats

Winter through Spring

 

Recipe
Kumquat Flaugnarde

Here's a fruit that you may have heard of but never tried. If that's the case, then we're in the same boat. They're in the citrus family and actually look like mini oranges. So what to do with them you ask? Well, this is a fruit that is perfect for cooking and baking which brings out all of its sweet and tangy flavors. You can find them in many markets around the U.S., so head out to your local supermarket and give this recipe a try.



Lemons

Winter and Spring


Recipe
Lemon Sponge Cake 

Ahhhh ... our friend the Lemon. This one will have you fooled because lemons are such a common fruit and offered year round, but they are in fact only 'in season' during the Winter and Spring. Regardless, I usually know what to do with this one, put the juice in a pitcher with sugar and water. But no, I'm going to share a recipe that I love. Something so simple, so traditional, and oh so Spring.



Oranges

Spring through Summer


Recipe
Frosty Orange Cream Layered Dessert

One thing that I've always loved as a kid was an orange creamsicle. When I found this recipe I thought it was the perfect combination of elegance and fun. It's a quick and easy frozen dessert. Something rich and delicious to pop out of the freezer and slice up when your guests come over on a hot day. I wish I had this in my freezer two days ago...



Cherries 

Late Spring, Early Summer


Recipe
Cherry Strudel

There's nothing like a handful of cold cherries. These refreshing 'stone fruit' are available late Spring through early Summer. They're usually not offered year round unless in the form of a maraschino cherry which is sweetened then jarred and can be used for multiple dishes. Want an amazing 'sweet and sour' sauce?Combine maraschino cherry and pineapple juice, then cook until thickened. If you'll be picking up some fresh cherries this season, try this simple Cherry Strudel served warm over vanilla bean ice cream. Mmmm..... :)

Apricots

Late Spring, Early Summer

Recipe
Apricot Almond Upside Down Cake

Apricots are available in most markets come the Spring. You can find them at most markets and available at many orchards for picking. This is one versatile fruit that brightens up any dish. Add sliced apricots to cereal, diced apricots to sweetened hot tea, or roasted apricots for a sweet treat - you can't go wrong. This is why I chose this amazing upside down cake. Swap the pineapple for an apricot and give this recipe a try!


Beets

Year round

Recipe
Beet Chocolate Brownies

Beets are available year round and can be found at most markets fresh or jarred. They may not have as large a fan base of some of the others but they definitely deserve their spot for all of their health benefits. In case you haven't tried cooking with beets yet, here's a sinful dessert that you won't want to pass up. Another thing about beets is that they're a great replacement for that red food dye in your velvet cakes and foods.


Rhubarb

Spring

Recipe
Strawberry Rhubarb Dessert Bars

This is another one that gained popularity and interest in the past couple of decades, especially because of the famous rhubarb pie. Many aren't sure if rhubarb lands in the fruit or vegetable category. Rhubarb is a plant that is considered a vegetable but treated more like a fruit...make sense? Well this should top off your confusion: In 1947, a court of law decided that rhubarb would be considered what it is most commonly used as, a fruit. Either way, there's a great number of things both savory and sweet that you can do with rhubarb. These tempting dessert bars are filled with a strawberry rhubarb sauce and packed with fiber. Great for a breakfast on the go. 

Strawberries

Spring, Summer

Recipe
Fresh Strawberry Meringue Cake

Last but not least, the oh-so-popular Strawberry. Another one that is offered year round, but at its
best during the Spring and Summer seasons. My favorite strawberry desserts are ones with whole pieces of fresh strawberries and whipped cream or cream cheese for dipping...which leads me to choose a light Strawberry Meringue Cake. The meringue layers are quick and easy to create, which makes this dessert a great last minute go-to when you're in the mood for something light and sweet.


I hope this helps...
Happy baking!


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Apr 4, 2014

Faux Airbrushing

Happy Spring Cakenistas!

I have a wonderful technique that will save you a buck or three hundred. 
In the leopard print video, I needed a back splash of brown and orange hues for this cat friendly pattern. To create that realistic look, I used one thing that you probably all have in your kitchens....paper towel. 
At the time I didn't realize what I was doing , all I knew was that I didn't have an airbrush machine, but I wanted that look. Unfortunately, this technique will only work on fondant cakes. 


To get this look:
Simply dab your paper towel into the colors of your choice. Then lightly swipe in whatever direction the design of your cake calls for. You can even do a sponge effect with a small unused makeup sponge by dipping that into your food dye and tapping lightly onto your cake. 

There's so many ways to create texture and flare to your cakes, so get creative!

Leopard Print Cake





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Mar 8, 2014

Quick Buttercream Frosting Recipe

Hey guys!
I thought I'd share my version of a classic buttercream. This buttercream is perfect for most cakes with it's fluffy and smooth texture. Some say it reminds them of icecream, in that factor you can't go wrong. 
A recipe is just a template to work with so remember to tweak the recipe to your liking and needed consistency. Press play below to watch the Youtube Tutorial. 


FLUFFY QUICK BUTTERCREAM FROSTING 


Makes enough for one 6" cake or two dozen cupcakes. 

Ingredients:
1 1/2 sticks or 3/4 C Unsalted Butter (room temp.)
3/4 C Vegetable Shortening (optional)
3 C Confectioners Sugar
1 tsp. Vanilla Extract
1 pinch Salt

Equipment:
Mixer with Whisk Attachment
Rubber Spatula
  1. Place butter into mixing bowl and begin to whisk on low speed gradually bringing it up to medium. Whip for two minutes. Scrape up any butter that may be stuck to the bottom of the bowl and continue to whip again for one minute. 
  2. Add the shortening to the butter and whip on medium speed. Your butter should start to have a creamier consistency and be paler in color. Continue to whisk for two minutes.
  3. Measure out the confectioners sugar in a bowl and set aside. Turn the mixer off completely and add half of the confectioners sugar to the bowl. Begin to whisk in the sugar using the lowest setting. When all of the sugar has been incorporated, turn the mixer off once again and add the remaining sugar. Mix on the lowest setting for one minute. 
  4. When all of the sugar is incorporated, use the rubber spatula to scrape down the sides and bottom of the bowl. Begin to whip the frosting starting on low speed and gradually working to medium high. At this stage the frosting should go from clumpy to smooth in texture. Allow frosting to whip for five minutes on medium speed.
  5. Scrape down the sides of the bowl one last time and add the salt and vanilla. Continue to whip for three minutes to dissolve the salt. By now the frosting should be a pale yellow and have almost doubled in volume. Take time to test the consistency. For a stiffer frosting add a 1/2 C more of the confectioners sugar. For a thinner frosting add milk 1 tsp. at a time. 

*Try adding fresh lemon zest for a lemon frosting. 
*The frosting takes on flavors and colors very well. Play around with extracts for a flavor that you can call your own. 

What did I do with my frosting?


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Feb 5, 2014

Five Edible Treats that say "I ♡ YOU"

I   YOU ALL SO MUCH...
That I decided to make a post of some delicious treats that you can make for your sweetie-pie (or yourself) this Valentine's Day.

FIVE OF MY FAVORITE EDIBLE V-DAY GIFTS 
and what I'd prefer to get for Valentine's Day.

1. Cupcakes

Yes, you knew I had to. Cupcakes are great for every occasion, especially when you order them from yours truly ;) But, if you'd like to make them at home as a way to show your love then you know I've got some tips for ya!
  • Top the cupcakes with heart candies or even a drizzle of pink candy melt.
  • Add some crushed strawberries to your frosting to naturally give it a beautifully speckled pink tone. 
  • Tie a cute ribbon around the cupcake for an elegant look. 
  • Watch Marisha's DIY Heart Cake Topper vid.

2. Chocolate Covered Strawberries 

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Me + Chocolate Cov. Strawberries= Sweet Danger
I love love love these. The feeling reminds me of the movie Ratatouille when he combined the grapes and cheese then nearly passes out from the perfect combination of flavors. They're super easy as long as you remember some key tips. 
  • Soak your strawberries for at least ten minutes to get rid of pesticides. Pat dry.
  • Let your strawberries air dry. When the berries are wet the chocolate slides right off and doesn't set up properly.
  • Finish with drizzles of chocolate, chopped nuts, coconut flakes or leave plain.

3. Red Velvet Whoopie Pies

Red Velvet anything this time of year would be perfect. But, I love the convenience of a three bite cake sandwich. These are high on the popularity list this year and they're sure to put a smile on your sweeties face.
  • If using store bought frosting, take a little time to whip it up using a mixer. This will make a fluffy frosting and a tastier sandwich.
  • Make a heart shape by using a circle tip and piping out two tear drop shapes.

4. Chocolate Nut Clusters

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These are a classic and I'm sure they're already on every store shelf. But, why not make them a little more special by making them yourself. You can make a variety or keep it simple. Trust me, it's not as tedious as it sounds. 
  • Try making chocolate cashew clusters by adding chopped cashews to a bowl of tempered chocolate. Spoon the chocolate out onto parchment and allow to harden.

 5. Cake Truffles



As fancy and difficult as the word sounds, a cake truffle is just a cake ball. If you know how to roll a ball and dip, you can make a cake truffle. To make these, simply add a small amount of frosting to a freshly baked cake (cooled) crumble and roll into small balls. Harden the balls in the freezer, then dip in candy melt, dark, white, or milk chocolate.

  • Don't use too much frosting, this will affect the stability of your cake truffle.
  • Make sure to freeze for at least a half hour.
  • To easily dip, use a fork. Roll the truffle in plenty of melted chocolate, pick up with your fork allow to dry for a few seconds and roll in your favorite toppings (crushed pretzels, coconut, chopped nuts).
  • These are pink on the inside. To watch the DIY click here.
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Jan 25, 2014

Love is in the air....

Hey there Cake Lovers. Love is in the air, and it smells sweet and chocolatey.

I'm sure some of you have started making plans for Valentine's Day. I've been brainstorming for a few delicious ideas myself. I've actually been on a crafty splurge: A 'what can I do with this' type of vibe. One thing I have PLENTY of are cupcake and candy liners. When I first started baking I gave each flavor its' own distinct printed liner. Very cute but not very efficient considering it's sometimes hard to find the same liners twice. So, I'm sticking with a nice plain white liner and leaving the special liners up for request. Meaning, I've probably got a few hundred liners of different patters from tiny to jumbo so I've come up with a great no, FANTASTIC way to use these liners. Cupcake and Cake Toppers!!! I've been trying to come up with something to offer you all that's made with my own two hands. I call this Cakenista Couture at its' finest!

I introduce to you all the POM POM CAKE TOPPERS:


Click below to watch the tutorial  



THE VALENTINE'S DAY HEART CAKE TOPPERS!


Click below to watch the tutorial



What's not to love, they're fashionable, cute, and bring out the couture in a cupcake. OH! See what I just did there!?

These are also available for order to top your lovely cakes! If you haven't visited the Channel on Youtube yet please do so by clicking the videos in this post or along the left side bar. 

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Jan 10, 2014

Fondant Ruffle Flowers and Happy New Year!!

HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE!

I hope you all brought in the New Year with a bang even if that bang only involved a pillow and a night light. I brought in the New Year with a quick game of monopoly, greens for wealth and black eyed peas for luck. 
 ~~~
The first video of the year is uploading as we speak. Fondant Ruffle Flowers. I've been meaning to try these out all year and they are incredibly simple. I think they only took me about a half hour to complete. This Saturday I'll be knocking out as many flowers as I can with my last bit of fondant. So before I get to work, I figured I'd give you guys a step by step post on these gorgeous ruffle flowers! 
Click here to watch the video. 

Fondant Ruffle Flowers


1. Start out with rolled fondant (color of your choice). Use 1 medium and 1 small circle cookie cutter. Each flower will take 3 layers; Cut out 2 of the medium shapes and 1 of the small. 




2. Use a toothpick or something similar to gently roll out the edges of the shapes. It's extremely easy. With the tip of the tool roll back and forth around the perimeter of the circles, staying along the edge of your pieces. You can choose to create a dramatic flare by pressing harder or a subtle flare by pressing lightly. 















3. Place your ruffled pieces into a cupcake pan and let dry over night or at least until slightly hardened. I like to have some flexibility with the flowers so I'd prefer not letting them get completely hard. 


4. When ready, assemble your pieces by size. Medium, medium and topping with small, using a dab of water to act as your glue in between each layer. For  an optional elegant addition. Just cut them in half 

5. Create your center piece by rolling a small ball of fondant and lightly pressing to create a button shape. Finish by pricking the piece with your toothpick to add texture. Dab the bottom with water and place in the center of the flower and over the ---.

Optional: Finish the look with luster dust. I used a silver pearl color. Voila, gorgeous ruffle flowers for your cupcakes and cakes!



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Dec 14, 2013

My Top 5 Fav Christmas Desserts

Seasons Greetings!

I just had to share some of the Christmas desserts that always make it to our Holiday table. Along with a few tips and quick recipes for making them at home! Enjoy.


5. Chocolate Torte

This is my mother's favorite. A decadent 7 layer chocolate torte is usually on the table welcoming guests to cut a slice. It's covered and filled with rich dark chocolate ganache and decorated beautifully for the holiday season. 

To make at home: 
  • Bake your favorite chocolate (or vanilla) cake recipe in a square cake pan.
  • Using a cake leveler or long carving knife, slice your cake into 4 layers. Then slice in half to create 8 total layers. 
  • Carefully stack and fill each layer with fruit preserves, ganache or frosting. Safely transfer and stack cake layers using a cookie sheet, cake board or cake spatula. 
  • Make a chocolate ganache by combining equal parts of warm cream with chocolate. Stir until smooth and room temperature.
  • Sit cake on a rack and carefully pour ganache over cake. Add design using toothpicks or cake decorating comb. Chill and enjoy!


4. Apple Pie


My Grandmother always makes sure to include a glazed apple pie for our Thanksgiving and Christmas dinner. The combination of tart apples, raisins and a sweet glaze defines the taste of the season. 

To make at home:
  • Peel, Core and slice a variety of 4 large apples and toss with a squeeze of lemon juice.
  • In a separate bowl mix 1/8 C flour, 1/2 C white sugar, 1/4 C brown sugar & 1 tsp cinnamon.
  • Add dry mixture to apples and coat evenly. Place into a prepared pie crust.
  • Cut 2 tbsp butter into small pats and place on top of apples. Finish with a top crust & crimp edges.
  • Beat an egg and a tbsp of milk to brush over the pie. Cut a slit in the center. Bake for 15 min. at 423 then reduce heat to 350 and bake for another 40 minutes. Allow pie to fully cool. 

3. Cheesecake

Whether it be Cranberry, Marble or Pumpkin, we've always received a cheesecake around the holidays. In my household a good cheesecake is decadent and rich, which is what makes this a treat and something something to eat too often. 


2. Spritz Cookies


I love preparing a large batch of these buttery cookies to give as gifts while visiting the family. They go as fast as they are prepared. Not to mention, Santa loves them too!

To make at home:
  • Heat oven to 400 degrees. Beat 1 C butter, 1/2 C sugar, and 1/4 tsp almond or lemon extract in a large bowl (food color can also be added).
  • Stir in flour, salt and egg until dough forms. 
  • Place dough in a cookie press or in a piping bag with a large tip. Jams can be placed in the center. 
  • Bake for 5-8 minutes or until set. Top with sprinkles, sugars, ganache.


1. Sweet Potato Pie

My number 1 and all time favorite holiday dessert...SWEET POTATO PIE. This one is a classic Fall and Holiday dessert and can be made many different ways with only a few ingredients. The secret to an amazing sweet potato pie...a touch of lemon or orange zest.


I'd share the recipe...but then I'd have to...well, Happy Holidays!!!!