typography cake

Typography Birthday Cake!

My oldest child turning 9 was a pretty big deal in this house. This meant that I had officially been a mom for just about 10 years. (Pregnancy counts… just ask any mom!) This meant that I had made 10 years of parenting mistakes on my precious first born. This meant that I had given […]

Sunflower Cupcakes

Buttercream Sunflower Cupcakes! {video hot-to}

Simple decorated Sunflower Cupcakes are fun for every age level. This is the perfect cupcakes for any occasion that involves flowers! Next time it’s your turn to bring cupcakes to school/church/work/party be sure to consider these! They are fun, always leave people in awe, and definitely delicious! Here is a quick video on how to […]

Zucchini Double Chocolate Cake

Double Chocolate Zucchini Cake with Chocolate Ganache!

This is the best Chocolate Zucchini Cake, ever. Totally moist, full of amazing flavor, and destined to be your go-to recipe! And while I did add poured chocolate ganache AND piped chocolate ganache… the truth is that this cake really doesn’t need any frosting at all. All on its own it’s full of rich chocolate […]

Red, White, & Blue Cake {Patriotic Cake}

Patriotic Red, White, & Blue Cake!

Making a patriotic red, white, and blue cake for the Holidays just got a lot easier! I just love the simpleness of this patriotic cake. It is not only simple in design, but easy to execute! All that is needed is a #18 tip, a cake, and red, white, and blue frosting! Here is a […]

Yellow Rose Cake {with a happy surprise}

My Signature Rosette Cake!

Creating my signature rosette cake is quick and easy~ any level of baker can do it! And you should. You really should! This sweet little cake is yellow. Don’t you love when I state the obvious? I created a fun little surprise with this unassuming little cake~ Sorry the video gets a little dark at […]

Elmo Cupcakes

How to Pipe Elmo in Buttercream (video)

You knew it was coming right? After tackling Cookie Monster and Oscar the Grouch I just had to try Elmo. He is such a cutie! And not as hard as I had imagined. The nose is what was throwing me… I didn’t know how I was going to make it perfect! But a #12 tip […]

How to Pipe a Carnation

How to Pipe a Buttercream Carnation! (video)

Piping out a carnation with buttercream frosting is not only easy, but it is fun! I kinda stumbled on this technique as I was playing around today. I did it, then sat back and thought, “What flower is that?” A carnation immediately came to mind. Upon looking up pictures of carnations, I realized that I […]

Father’s Day Cake

An Easy and Fun Father's Day Cake!

This cake is a fun way for everyone to show dad just how much they love him! Mastering this simple piping technique can be done in just moments! This is a basic chocolate cake that I baked in a 9×13 pan. When the cake is cool, invert onto a flat surface where you can cover […]

Sunset Cake

Sunset Cake ~ Done with a #233 grass tip

This sweet little sunset cake is easy to do and has a big impact!   A few years ago I did a “challenge” on my blog. Readers could vote on a specific decorators tip and I would make three different cakes using one tip. Wouldn’t you know they voted on the #233 grass tip? Well, […]

Olivia’s Birthday Cake {Pink & White Ruffle Cake}

Olivia's Birthday Cake~ Pink & White Ruffle Cake!

My little baby turned 2 a couple weeks ago. It was a last minute celebration. I think I was in denial that my baby was turning 2 and didn’t really want to call attention to the event, so nothing ever got planned. But that was selfish and common sense prevailed. She deserved a party. So […]

cookie monster cupcakes

Cookie Monster Cupcakes!

A quick video tutorial on how to make the most adorable and fun Cookie Monster Cupcakes! (both mini and regular size) Is there anything better than Cookie Monster? I know I grew up loving that friendly face and loving how he attacked cookies with wild abandon! I may or may not do that myself.  These […]

Banana Cake with Fresh Banana Curd

Homemade Banana Cake with Fresh Banana Curd!

This banana cake is one for the archives… lovely and rich and the perfect combination of naturally sweet and satisfying! At the grocery store the other day I saw that they had big bags of ripe banana’s on sale for .29 a pound. So naturally I bought 20+ pounds. It made perfect sense to me. […]

How to Pipe a Buttercream Peony

Buttercream Pink Peony

Peony’s are definitely one of my favorite flowers! It’s a close race between hydrangea and peony, but usually peony wins. I think it’s because they offer up so much variation and color and style. Just so darn stunning! I took my inspiration from this image: This is from Clemson University. The peonies were prepared by Karen […]

Spring Layer Cake with Pink Buttercream Flowers

Pink Buttercream Flower Cake inspired by HGTV

I still love getting magazines. I know they are supposedly not as popular now that everything is available online, but I love thumbing through a magazine with a cup of good coffee and a comfortable sofa. One of my favorite magazines to get in the mail is HGTV Magazine. And do you know what my […]

ruffle & dot cake

How to Pipe a Ruffle & Dot Cake

I shared this unique cake decorating technique for the first time in my book, Surprise-Inside Cakes. (Quite honestly, developing and sharing brand new frosting techniques is a bit of a passion of mine!) I thought that a little video might help to show you how I do this technique. A few disclaimers: My first couple […]

whipped chocolate buttercream frosting

Whipped Chocolate Buttercream Rose Cake!

Is there anything better than light, fluffy, rich and flavorful Chocolate Buttercream Frosting? No. The answer is no. I have this recipe on my blog way over here,  but it gets lost next to that beautiful marble cake deliciousness, so I decided to make sure this fantastic recipe got it’s turn in the spotlight. This […]

homemade funfetti cake mix

Homemade Funfetti Cake! The BEST Yellow Cake with Glorious Sprinkles!

This Homemade Funfetti Cake Mix is the best way to enjoy a sprinkle filled cake! You will find that this is one of the best tasting cakes you will ever have, not to mention fun to look at! This recipe is totally based on my Homemade Yellow Cake recipe except with one fun addition… SPRINKLES! […]

Homemade Chocolate Cake Mix

Homemade Chocolate Cake MIx - Ditch the box mix!

Life is all about transitions, right? We grow and learn and make better choices when we know better. At least, that’s the hope. While I will not ever judge someone for choosing box mix, I am finding that baking from scratch is something that has become more and more important to me. I will still […]

Pink Cherry Cake with Fudge Frosting

Pink Cherry Cake with Glossy Fudge Frosting

I have been waiting this book for a long, long time.  The amazing Rosie, the powerhouse of talent behind Sweetapolita, is the Queen of Baking in my mind. She wears so many hats; baker, decorator, photographer, stylist, writer, etc. and wears them all beautifully. Her book, The Sweetapolita Bakebook is nothing short of stunning. I […]

Root Beer Cheesecake Cake

Root Beer Cheesecake Cake!

So, this whole “cheesecake cake” thing is kinda taking over my blog. My Snickers Cheesecake Cake is now the most requested recipe I have. And I have a lot! Let me talk to you a little bit about this one. It is a Root Beer Cheesecake. Surrounded by two layers of Cream Cake. Covered in […]