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How to cover a cake in fondant

Smoothing fondant

Covering a cake with fondant can seem intimidating if you’ve never tried it. It’s the same way that frosting a layer cake can seem intimidating if you’ve only ever spread frosting on top of a sheet cake that is still in the pan it was baked in. But just like getting past that first layer cake, covering a cake with fondant isn’t as difficult a ... Read More »

Duff Goldman Cake Decorating Products

Duff Cakes

It’s hard not to be inspired to bake when you’re watching a show like Ace of Cakes on the Food Network, where Duff Goldman and his team create edible works of art out of little more than cake, frosting and fondant. Duff now has a whole line of cake decorating equipment, from box cake mixes to texture tiles that give fondant a finished look, out ... Read More »

How to make Coconut Grass

Coconut Grass

Coconut grass seems to be a key decorating element of Easter desserts, or desserts for any spring holiday. It’s easy to see why, since its color can really add a splash of brightness to a display, and it is a lot more appropriate (and versatile) for accenting food than the plastic Easter grass you can buy for filling up Easter baskets. Coconut grass is nothing ... Read More »

Baking Bites 2nd Annual Holiday Cupcake Contest!

It’s that time of year again – time for holiday treats, Christmas cookies, big retail sales and jingle bell-centric music. It’s also time for Baking Bites 2nd Annual Holiday Cupcake Contest! I kicked off this contest last year and enjoyed seeing everyone’s creative holiday entries so much that I’ve decided to make it a tradition. All you have to do to enter the contest is ... Read More »

What is a crumb coat?

Crumb coat being applied

A  crumb coat is a term that comes up fairly often for those of us who like to bake cakes, but it is not often well defined in recipes. Sometimes, it isn’t mentioned at all, although anyone who has ever tried to frost a cake and ended up with lots of crumbs stuck in the frosting would certainly find that knowing how to apply a ... Read More »

Sweet treats that look like fast food

A few years ago, I heard about a restaurant in Japan that was selling desserts that looked like “regular” food. Mamido’s Burger looks like a typical fast food restaurant, but served up burgers with sponge cake buns, chocolate cream patties and kiwi slice pickles. The fries are not potatoes, but slices of deep-fried custard. The place was a hit with locals and tourists. I heard ... Read More »

Baking Bites Holiday Cupcake Contest!

Baking Bites' Holiday Cupcake Contest

It’s been far too long since I’ve had a contest here on Baking Bites, and after the great time I had hosting a holiday contest last year, I know I couldn’t let the season pass without running another. So today, I’m kicking off the Baking Bites Holiday Cupcake Contest! The contest is a simple one, inspired by the way last year’s gingerbread-themed contest ran. All ... Read More »

Make your own cupcake stencils

A plain cupcake is practically a muffin, so frosting is definitely a necessary element of the cupcake equation. Vanilla and chocolate are nice, but one of the joys of having mini cakes is that you can be a bit more creative in decorating them than you can with full-size cakes. Sprinkles and jimmies, as well as colored sugars, are the easiest way to go. One ... Read More »

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