How to Pipe Basketweave

step-by-step tutorial on how to pipe basket weave

Being so close to Easter, I thought now would be a good time to have a little tutorial on how to pipe basketweave.  It is a fairly easy decorating technique that visually packs a lot of punch.  First, you want to start off with a basketweave tip 🙂  I use mostly Wilton tips and so the Wilton basketweave tip is tip number … Read More

What Is Meringue Powder?

what is meringue powder

It came up over the Christmas season, from a good friend of mine, that not everyone might know what meringue powder is.  Considering it is a key ingredient in royal icing, it would probably be useful information to have. What is meringue powder? Meringue powder is basically powdered egg whites.  (Not powdered egg yolks, which are also available in stores, … Read More

How To Freeze Leftover Frosting

How to freeze leftover frosting

For some reason, it took me far to long to realize that you can freeze your leftover frosting.  I would bake cakes and cupcakes and I would find myself frustrated with having a dab of this kind of frosting or a bit of that kind of frosting leftover.  I first read about freezing your leftover frosting from Rose Levy Beranbaum … Read More

How to use straws for cake support (instead of dowel rods)

Using straws instead of dowel rods as supports for your cake is a quick, easy, and cheap way to make your cake strong. That Rose Levy Beranbaum is one smart lady.  This is another tip that I learned from her book The Cake Bible and it has saved my butt like a million times.  Use straws instead of dowel rods … Read More

How to fill a piping bag

how to fill a piping bag

When I first started decorating cakes and cupcakes, I used to get extremely frustrated filling my piping bag.  I would hold the empty bag in one hand and try and scoop frosting in with the other.  I somehow would manage to get frosting all over the outside of the bag and would often have trouble scooping the icing out of … Read More

How To Make Fondant Strawberries

how to make fondant strawberries

  These strawberry patch cupcakes were inspired by Martha Stewart from her Cupcakes book.  She recommends using marzipan, however, I had some red and green fondant lying around so that is what I used. How to make fondant strawberries: For a dozen cupcakes, I made about 20 strawberries.  I found that the cupcakes looked the nicest when there was some … Read More

Just a good idea

I can’t remember where I saw this, but adding some of that gripper shelf paper to my cake carrier changed my life.  Seriously.  I take dessert a lot of places and up until last Christmas I did not have a cake carrier.  I thought my cake carrier was awesome, but then I read about putting this non skid shelf paper … Read More