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Great Ideas with Flex Forms

About 8 months ago we launched our new silicone Simi Flex Forms©, and we couldn’t be happier with all the exciting ways that many amazing sugar artists have used them and found new ideas to create with them!  We had a blast with them; we knew there would be others who would too! We originally created the molds to be used as free form frames to fill with isomalt and chocolate to create unique toppers and centerpieces, but we quickly found out that other products that work with them!!  We found that you can use Icing Images paper underneath the…
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Plane Travel Tips

"Going through security is always fun because our silicone molds we use in class and sell at the vendor booth have a very close resemblance to plastic explosives, which are frowned upon to bring to airports." We spend a bit of time traveling out of ; We thought it would be fun to share with you some of our experiences with traveling with our cake supplies!  We try to drive wherever we go, but sometimes we do take planes to get to our various shows and classes around the country/world (we can’t drive to the Netherlands).  When we do take…
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Beginner Cakes

Summer Sunglass Cookies

These retro spotted sunglass cookies almost look like the real thing. Melted candies make yummy edible lenses and multi-colored sprinkles create quick polka dots. A perfect treat for any summer party table. YOU WILL NEED: 1 RECIPE CAKEGIRLS SUGAR COOKIE DOUGH HARD CANDIES (SUCH AS JOLLY RANCHERS) SMALL BREADSTICKS (SUCH AS WHEAT THINS HONEY STIX) BIKINI TOP COOKIE CUTTER 1 1/4" OVAL COOKIE CUTTER 2 BAGS ROYAL ICING MIX SQUEEZE BOTTLES EDIBLE PASTEL CONFETTI DISPOSABLE PIPING BAG 1/2 SHEET TRAY COVERED IN PARCHMENT PAPER TOOTHPICKS  STEP 1: ROLL, CUT AND BAKE COOKIES Prepare the cookie dough per the recipe and…
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Cake Pop Baby Rattles

Please note: All the products for this project can be found at   INGREDIENTS: 1 - 10 oz. Frozen Pound Cake (such as Sara Lee) 1 - 16oz. Tub Icing 1 lb. Pink Colored Coating Discs Paramount Crystals Pink Sanding Sugar Piping Gel SUPPLIES: Large Glass Measuring Cup 2 - 1/2 Sheet Trays Lined With Parchment Small Ice Cream Scoop Sucker Sticks Paintbrush Ribbon   STEP 1: PREPARE THE CAKE POP FILLING Cut the pound cake into cubes and place in the bowl of a food processor. Pulse until the mixture is even, fine crumbs. Place 1/3 tub of icing…
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Cookie Decorating – How Ingredients Behave In A Cookie Recipe

Cookie Decorating Cookie chemistry! Learn what ingredients do in a cookie recipe and how to change them for different cookie results. Did you know that cookie recipes with more eggs will rise more and spread less? Or that the rule of thumb for cookie baking is to always keep the amount of fat and sugar used relatively equal? In my research (cookie decorating) to find the perfect sugar cookie recipe, I learned alot about what the ingredients in a cookie recipe do and how to tinker with them to change the outcome of the recipe. To learn about the five…
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Colored Dough Heart Cookies

If you've never made cookies using colored dough before, you're missing out. It's super easy to do and if you're not in the mood to decorate with icing, you still have pretty cookies! Today I'm going to share with your how I made these cute little heart cookies. They're pretty enough to be the main event but they also make a great accent piece for a platter of cookies or other sweets.   Supplies for Colored Dough Heart Cookies To make colored dough heart cookies you will need: Cookie dough made from your favorite sugar cookie recipe Heart cookie cutters…
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Cottage Food Laws

In the past couple of years, there have been lots of talks, discussions, articles, blogs websites and books dealing with Cottage Food Laws and how to start a Cottage Food Business. With that said, I’m assuming that most everyone is familiar with Cottage Food Laws, what they represent and how they work. But, just in case you haven’t been keeping up, here’s a brief description:             Cottage Food Laws (sometimes referred to as Home-Food Processing Rules, Cottage Food Rules or Baker’s Bills) govern baking/food preparation businesses that are operated from the home kitchen. Cottage Food Laws allow a person to…
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Snowman Cake Pops

If you're thinking about making cake pops for the holidays, snowmen are the perfect subject. Perfectly round heads on top of perfectly round bodies, plus all those cute little it would almost be a waste to make one out of snow instead of cake and candy coating! Supplies for Snowman Christmas Cake Pops To make snowman cake pops you will need: White cake balls Lollipop sticks Green and white candy melts Green and white sparkling sugar Black confetti sprinkles Orange candy-coated sunflower seeds Chocolate jimmies Red shoestring candy Jumbo red heart sprinkles Sour candy belts Toothpicks Tweezers (clean and used…
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How did you get started?

In an effort to get to know all of you a little better we started a “tagging” game on Facebook yesterday, I’ve spent the last few hours jumping from page to page to read your aw inspiring stories, and quickly realized that your stories are so fascinating that we simply have to compile them and share. With that being said our developer (who just so happens to be my little sister) quickly came up with a place on our website named – My Cake Story. Please join our family and share your story with us. Here is the question that…
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Birthday Cookies with Sprinkles

I have to confess, I'm a bit of a sprinkles addict. I have a growing collection in every color, shape, and size you can imagine. My pantry stores jars of sprinkles from basic nonpareils to pig-shaped sprinkles. That's why when it came time to make these birthday cookies I knew the design needed to include one thing above all sprinkles! Supplies for Present and Balloon Birthday Cookies Cookies made from your favorite sugar cookie recipe and cut using a present and balloon cookie cutter (an oval cookie cutter will work for the balloon too) Royal icing in white (12-count consistency)…
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Peanut Butter Cupcakes + PB & Marshmallow Frosting… My Current #1 Most-Requested Flavour!

I grew up with peanut butter & grape jelly sandwiches in Virginia & California, & love anything with peanut butter (PB) even now. When I first moved to the UK over a decade ago, I have to say that people were like, “Whaaaaat?” Having now served PB variations of cupcakes, macarons, brownies, cookies, etc. at various parties, it seems I have converted a few peeps & now PB & Marshmallow is my most-requested/ordered flavour. YAY!  I personally love my choc/vanilla cake, filled with caramel & marshmallow, topped with PB & sometimes jelly frosting, but that might be a bit much…
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Your Cottage Food Law…Working? Not Working?

With more than half the states having signed legislation for Cottage Food Laws, several states with Restricted Home Food Processing, a couple of states with Pending Legislation and a few states with Cottage-Food-Law Petitions, there are only a few states remaining with no Cottage Food Laws or any type of  home-baking allowances. Sounds like we’re making great progress!  We’re getting there!  Or, are we?  With any new product, service or – in this case – new law the most important opinions come from the people who will ultimately make use of the product, service or ; When it comes to…
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Sugarveil Tutorial

Created by Edible Artists Network for the use of Sugarveil icing on the Sugarveil mat.  A client request lace on a wedding cake and I immediately thought of Sugarveil.  My first attempt a few months ago was a complete disaster, but I was determined to master this wonderful sugar craft. I broke down and ordered the Sugarveil mat from Global Sugar Art. (more…)
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Box Macaron Mix? (Misspelled & a “Miss,” Not a Hit)

Let me preface this by saying that I REALLY wanted this to ; (A) Because I know quite a number of people who have struggled with making macarons from scratch, so I thought this could be something I could suggest as an alternative, and (B) I love this brand so much so that I couldn’t bear to name & shame them (You’ll notice I covered the brand name in the first image below).  But, I should have known from the misspelling of MACARON on the box (c’mon peeps – macaroons are the coconut desserts, macarons are the French almond meringue…
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Strawberry Marshallows! (With Fresh Strawberry Puree)…

Those who know me know I have a "thing" for ; I LOVE IT! Seriously, I'll put it on, or in, or around, anything and everything!  I've done homemade versions of marvelous marshmallow in all its guises: for piping, for frosting, for filling, for toasting, for eating, and/or for licking (always!)  Super-dope Strawberry Marshmallows! (more…)
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Jen – a.k.a. Macaron Stalker

How much do I love macarons?  I’m talking about the French macaron variety and not the coconut macaroon variety – though I do love both, macarons just speak to ; I’ve been fortunate enough to do a fair bit of travelling, here, there, everywhere. From “home” in the San Francisco Bay Area to Wokingham, Berkshire (UK), to various parts of Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia… How lucky is that!?  But seriously, no matter where in the world I am, if there’s a macaron to be found, I’ll find it!   So I was recently in The Côte d'Azur –…
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