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 {Sweetapolita Bakebook}

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 […]

how to make mini chocolate curls

How to Make Mini-Chocolate Curls!

I recently shared my Birthday Cake for 2015, which was covered in hundreds of little pink chocolate curls. Here is a quick and simple tutorial on how you can make these as well! For these little guys it’s all about the process. Here is what I do: 1 bag candy melts. (I love Bakerella’s new […]

snickers cheesecake cake

Snickers Cheesecake Cake!

“MOM STOP!!!” “What? What is it?” “IT’S SPILLING EVERYWHERE!” Yes, it most definitely is. But I could not help myself. It was magical, that spilling forth of sugary sweet rich chocolate ganache and Snickers® frosting. Yes, I said Snickers® frosting. Poured on a cake. A cake with a Snickers® cheesecake inside. Sandwiched between layers of […]

red velvet buttercream rose cake

Red Velvet Buttercream Rose Cake

It’s all about that cake, bout that cake, bout that cake… Sorry. But that song (with my personalized cake-y lyrics) is stuck in my head. Funny thing about it is, it is NOT all about that cake. At least, not for this blog post! It’s all about that buttercream. Red Velvet Buttercream. Deep, rich, vibrant […]

my birthday cake

Chocolate Layer Cake with Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Layers and Chocolate Buttercream!

As is the tradition in our home, I make my birthday cake. Not because others won’t, but because baking cakes is my passion as well as my profession. My birthday is one of the few times a year that I throw all good business sense out the window (easy recipes, easy assembly, less time, etc.) […]

skinny chocolate raspberry cake

Skinny Chocolate Raspberry Cake with Raspberry Buttercream!

I will only eat a skinny cake if it tastes like it is a fat cake. Because if I am eating cake, I want a good cake.  I think it’s safe to say that bad cake makes unicorns and newborn babies cry. Unicorns and newborn babies are sensitive to these things, of this I know. […]

breakfast donut ball coffee cake recipe

Coffee Breakfast Cake! A layer coffee cake covered in donut balls covered in glaze!

This decadent breakfast cake made from classic coffee cake recipe and donut balls is a indulgent and beautiful way to start any day! Not really sure why I did this, but I can’t say I am ashamed. I mean, I know it’s wrong. Here it is January and everyone is making green smoothies and eating […]

chocolate peppermint cake

Chocolate Peppermint Cake!

Peppermint in December is it. Chocolate is good any time of year, but when paired with the refreshingly cool tones of peppermint, my heads spins a little.  I love taking a breath right after a bite of this cake; the rich chocolate flavor lingers, but the air traveling down my windpipe seems to be coated […]

Naked Cakes and Live TV

Naked Fruit Cake!

One of the perks of living in MN is Twin Cities Live.  It is a local show that is nationally recognized for the talent and quality of programming.  I am slightly biased because I happen to adore one of the hosts (well both actually!!) , Elizabeth Ries.  But even if I didn’t know her, I […]

caramel cake with apple cider whipped cream

Caramel Cake with Caramel Frosting and Apple Cinnamon Whipped Cream!

This cake. It’s… well.   It’s one of the best tasting cakes I have ever had the privilege of making. But here is the thing… I am going to share TWO recipes for this cake.  The reason being is that when I made it from scratch I used Rose’s Caramel Cake.  I made it and […]

Puppy Chow surprise-inside cake

Puppy Chow Surprise Inside Cake HOW TO

I love this cake. Every little thing about it.  From the amazing chocolate flavor to the chocolate sprinkles to the glorious surprise waiting inside. Delicious. Beautiful. (in my opinion!) and Easy. Let’s get to it! After assembling the layers of this cake I covered it in a thin coat of buttercream.  I used about 1 […]

Patriotic Cake {surprise inside cake}

Red White and Blue Surprise-Inside Cake! #usa

So I do this thing with cakes where I hide surprises on the inside.  I have been doing it for about 4 years now.  I even wrote a whole book about it. It’s kinda my thing. I can’t help but love this cake.  I am so excited by this new way to share a surprise-inside […]

the last first birthday cake

Surprise-Inside First Birthday Cake!

Last Saturday was a bittersweet day.   My sweet baby Olivia turned one. I sat in the chair and watched her play with a wonderful contraption that grandma had bought her, full of bells and whistles and shiny moving parts that can keep a little one entertained for hours. She moved the pieces with her […]