1,000 Ideas for Decorating Cupcakes, Cookies, & Cakes

Friday, April 30, 2010

Rockport Publishers/Quarry Books has released a number of a "1,000 series" books such as 1,000 Jewelry Inspirations, 1,000 Ideas for Creative Re-use, 1,000 Artisan Textiles, etc and I'm pleased to share with you that their newest addition is 1,000 Ideas for Decorating Cupcakes, Cookies, & Cakes

Seven of our portfolio cakes will be featured alongside 993 great sweets :)  This is definitely a book you should get if you need design inspiration, want to see various techniques for all three mediums, or simply like looking at pretty desserts!  It's also a great book to give as a gift to all the home bakers in your life. 

The book will be out in November, but you can pre-order copies now at Amazon.

TLC's Ultimate Cake Off

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

A couple months ago I went to California to assist Katie Robinson of The Painted Lily with a cake competition: TLC's Ultimate Cake Off.  Well, it aired last night and if you missed it you can watch the entire episode on TLC's website!   It was a fun experience and it was awesome to meet all the contestants, judges, crew, and the other girls on the team.

 Left to Right: Alison, Katie, myself, Eva
   The assistants


Damask has been an increasingly popular pattern to apply on cakes and here is one version we did for a cake this past weekend. 

Cymbidiums are so pretty :)

Cricut cake

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

If you're an avid scrapbooker or crafter, you've probably have heard of the Cricut.  It's a paper cutting machine and there are various cartridges with many designs you can choose from.  Well....just last night Cricut Cake was launched for purchase on HSN.  Although it was midnight and I rarely tune in to home shopping channels, I was curious and found myself watching the demo for Cricut Cake and I'll admit, it's pretty cool.  You just have to load a thin sheet of gumpaste into the machine, choose your design, and press cut.  What you are left with is a clean, fast, and easy applique for your cakes, cookies, and cupcakes.  I think it's an innovative product for beginning/home bakers, but you've got to be making a lot of treats to make up for the price of this machine and the cartridges :)  As for me, I think I'll be sticking to my own devices (aka my hands and an x-acto)

Here are some examples of cakes decorated with the Cricut Cake from their website. 

Tables Galore

Monday, April 12, 2010

The current issue of Brides Magazine features incredible dessert tables by Amy Atlas.  We had the opportunity to work with her in creating a few different treats for the three setups.  Fuchsia dahlia cupcakes, blossom motif cookies, raspberry and chocolate cupcakes, chevron patterned cookies and cupcakes!  Also, look at the beautiful cakes created by Kate Sullivan :) 

* Three images of tables + chevron cupcakes via AmyAtlas Blog.

Also, check out Lollipop Designs Blog for some "inspiration-to-creations" of our cakes.    This one was inspired by the pinwheel appliques on a Jcrew cardigan :)


Friday, April 2, 2010

Wow, my friend told me today to check out the website to a company in the UK called Cox & Cox.  It's like a combination of the Pottery Barn, Williams Sonoma, Anthropologie, Kate's Paperie, Etsy....a mix of everything that is good.  :)  They have things for the home, toys, gardening, crafts, and wedding stuff.  While browsing all the things they offer, I found some awesome baking stuff. (Yes, they ship internationally)

Cookie cutters with built in slits, so you can have milk and cookies (tea and biscuits) all in one hand.  Genius.