pancake muffins {lifehack}

LIFEHACK! Pancake Muffins~ seriously the best!

With a large family breakfast usually goes one of two ways: 1. Make just enough and everyone is happy and full. 2. Make way too much and have lots of leftovers. (or does this happen with every size family??) Well, this sweet “lifehack” is kinda the best find ever. I am still making the same […]

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 […]

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 […]

patriotic hi-hat cupcakes

Patriotic Hi-Hat Cupcakes! (with a fun surprise-inside!)

I think it’s safe to say that I love all things surprise-inside.  These hi-hat cupcakes are a perfect way to celebrate with the classic red, white and blue theme, but to pleasantly surprise family and friends!   I really enjoy making hi-hat cupcakes and since I make them so often, I really experimented with these. […]

four ways to frost a cupcake with an open star tip

Four Easy Ways to Frost a Cupcakes with an Open Star Tip! #chocolate #buttercream #cupcakedecorating

Today I am sharing four easy and beautiful ways to frost a cupcake using any open star tip. I am a huge huge fan of the open star tip.  I use it on 90% of my cake designs and 99.9% of my cupcakes. Today I thought I would show you four really easy techniques to decorate […]

“Frozen” Inspired Layer Cake

Disney's "Frozen" Inspired Layer Cake! #frozen #elsaandanna #elsacake #annacake #layercake

My daughter is obsessed with Frozen. And I think there are at least 29,000,000 moms who can say the exact same thing. Just in case you haven’t heard it enough times, click here to listen to “Let it Go” while learning how to make your very own Frozen Inspired Cake. So I decided to make […]

Countdown Cake Tutorial {surprise inside cake}

New Years Eve Countdown Cake #surpriseinsidecake

Here is the tutorial for the Countdown Cake! My timing could be better, I know.  So I am doing something a bit unorthodox and posting to my blog twice in one day, just in case there are any of you who want to make the countdown cake! Here is a video tutorial on how to […]

Spider Chocolate Chip Cookies

Chocolate Chip Spider Cookies #halloween #spiders #scary #cookies

So there is this image floating around the internet.  I am just going to link to it (I was not able to find the owner and get permission!) but I do encourage you to check it out.  It is a chocolate chip cookie with spiders superimposed on it. I kid you not I stared at […]

Candy Corn Cake {cake decorating tutorial}

Candy Corn Cake & cake decorating tutorial! #cakedecorating #halloween #cake

I have something very serious to talk with you about today.  There is a great travesty occurring in our nation. A great injustice!  And I cannot, no I WILL NOT sit idly by for one moment longer. And please forgive my boldness as I callously divert from the true spirit of this blog.  I try […]

BOO surprise inside cake tutorial

Surprise Inside Cake!  The PERFECT #Halloween #cake!

I love the idea of having words inside a cake and this tutorial will share just one method of achieving that.  I actually did my first already baked surprise inside cake for my book, Surprise-Inside Cakes, back in 2011.  (The book is out this March!)  Cant wait to show you that one! I created this […]

How to Build a Layer Cake

How to Build and Decorate a Layer Cake

One of the most common emails I get is “Can you do a tutorial on how to make a layer cake?” And while I am no expert, I would love to share the tips and tricks that I use!   This is the SUPER FAST and EASY version. Use a good recipe.  This can be […]

Daffodil Cake Tutorial

Did you want to know how you can make this fun cake? I put together a tutorial for you!  But instead of on a cake I put them on cupcakes. I hope you are able to translate the look into any medium that you want! Make your favorite flavor cupcakes.  Then make a batch of […]

Shamrock and Mini Heart Cake Tutorial

Here we go folks.  I am again sharing with you a Surprise Inside Cake tutorial.  This time… How to make the Mini Heart Cake and Shamrock Cake !   I will be writing out the instructions for the Shamrock Cake, and put the (brief) instructions for the Mini Heart Cake at the end of the […]

Saint Patrick’s Day Cupcakes {Beer Mugs}

I made these cupcakes last year, but never shared the tutorial for them on my blog.  Since they are so easy and SO fun, I couldnt resist sharing them this year!   Pin It Not only are these beer mug St. Patrick’s Day cupcakes fun and easy to do, but they’re actually made with beer, thanks to […]

Snow Globe Cake Tutorial

You know how much I love Surprise Inside Cakes.  But sometimes, they can get hard to do and the last thing I want to do is add any stress to your baking!  So that is why I love the option of Rice Crispy treats. Pin It The best description I can think of is this: […]

Velvet Spice Pumpkin Cake Tutorial

This Velvet Spice cake with candied pumpkin seeds is truly one of the easiest surprise inside cakes I have done.  And now I will show you how you can achieve the same results! Start by making or purchasing your candied pumpkin seeds.  My recipe is here. Now bake your cake.  I used my little ole copper pan […]

Homemade Cake Flour {Baking with Aunt Inga}

Homemade Cake Flour!  from

IF YOU ARE LOOKING FOR CROSS CUPCAKES, CLICK HERE! Today I have another guest contributor. But she isn’t like the others.  I mean, I know she is family and all so must love me, but I am not sure she likes me too much! A couple warnings: I am not sure where Aunt Inga is […]

Lilac Cake Tutorial

Kinda. I wasn't planning on doing a tutorial, but had a few requests so figured why not. But… the tutorial is actually on a cupcake.  I hope this will be enough information for you wonderful bakers to translate it into any application that works best for you! Now.  For the very in depth and grueling […]

Pink Cake

I decorated this cake in six minutes last night. Seriously.  It took maybe six minutes to cover the whole cake.  I did that because I wanted to show you the tutorial that I promised on how to make this delish Chocolate Hazelnut cake. So now YOU can decorate a cake in six minutes. They sure […]