How To: Properly Frost a Cake

created at: 09/06/2012

I’ve always wondered what the secret was to those perfectly messy frosted cakes. Now I know!   

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I’ve tried to replicate the messy frosted look once or twice for birthdays, but I could never get it right. Next time, I’ll try cooling the cake in the freezer for a few hours before I start icing, like this tutorial from Oh Happy Day suggests. Maybe that will do the trick.

For more photos and instructions on frosting a perfectly messy cake, visit Oh Happy Day. Continue Reading

Bake It: Back-to-School Pencil Push-Up Cake Pops

created at: 08/09/2012
Can you believe it’s back-to-school season already?? I swear the summer was just getting started! (I haven’t even been to the pool yet… how sad is that?) To kick off all these school shenanigans, here’s a very clever treat to bake, make, and give!    
Would you be surprised to know that this sweet treat idea comes from Angie Dudley of Bakerella fame? Probably not, right? That lady is all kinds of creative, I tell ya.

This “Pencil Push-Up Cake Pop” requires a simple white cake recipe and frosting (along with a bit of food coloring, of course) and some push-pop containers, which you can find in abundance online or at specialty kitchen and cookware shops. Continue Reading

How To: Make Fruity and Delicious Striped Ice Cream Cake

created at: 07/26/2012
If this doesn’t look and taste like summer, I don’t know what does! Layers of fruity sorbet and ice cream stack up to create a delicious, seasonal treat.    

The angel food cake base kicks things off and then things just get tastier and tastier from there. Blueberry, raspberry, and peach — oh my! Grab the recipe, and get some great tips on how to easily spread ice cream and sorbet, over on Martha Stewart!

Happy summer!

How To: Make a Polka Dot Cake — On the Inside!

created at: 07/19/2012
Polka dots make anything more festive, but polka dots inside a cake?? That’s a whole other level of festivity, my friends!    

I’m telling you, this cake will definitely take your next cake-eating occasion up a notch. Deborah from Once Upon a Pedestal has all the tricks and tips you’ll need to make your polka dot cake baking experiment a success — check it out!

P.S. Read through some of the comments on her post for extra tips!

Curbly Bookworm: Crazy for Cake Pops

Imagine this: On the eve of your 29th birthday you lose your job. What do you do? Well, if you’re Molly Bakes you stay up until one in the morning baking and frosting 30 cupcakes for your friends. That evening proved pivotal for Molly, as it was the beginning of a love affair for baking and a new career.

Soon thereafter, she began selling cupcakes in Brick Lane Market in London’s East side. It was then she came to another turning point. Continue Reading

Roundup: Seven DIY Cake Stands

created at: 06/10/2011

Yes, I know, DIY cake/cupcake stands aren’t exactly new to the blogosphere, but I thought it was high time we had a round up of the best on The Curb. Some are ingenious in the materials used, some are simply pretty. All of them, however, prove that you can use just about ANYTHING to make a cake stand.

The cake stand pictured above was actually inspired by a stand spotted at Anthropologie. (I love the use of cups.)

I adore this one, and its maker, Once Wed, says it only cost about 8 bucks! Continue Reading

An Over-the-Moon Birthday

Our daughter, Ayla, is crazy about the moon (does that make her a lunatic?); she talks about it all the time, and can spot it anywhere in the sky, day or night. Also (unbeknownst to us when we chose it), her name means ‘moon halo’ in Turkish. So when it came time for her second birthday party, we knew just the theme:

Moon decorations for a birthday party.

Alicia made these great moon decorations out of craft foam and tissue paper. Continue Reading

Four Melted Snowman Treats

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Frosting, marshmallows, marzipan. All together, these melted snowman treats were just waiting to be made.

The ones pictured above come to us from Truly Custom Cakery. Here’s their shopping list:

  • Large Marshmallows
  • Royal Icing 
  • Icing Colors
  • Silver Dragees, Mini Chocolate Chips, or other little candy pieces you could use for buttons and accessories on your snowman.
  • Parchment Paper 
  • Shortening 

These next snowmen don’t look quite as happy to be melting.

created at: 12/17/2010

These graham alternatives couldn’t be easier to make: 

Finally, check out this cake from Lioness123 at Deviant Art. Continue Reading

Coffee and Donuts Cake

Right off the bat I like this girl’s style. Heather from SprinkleBakes just combined everything delicious into this one fantasmagoriasmic cake. She found a Gourmet magazine chocolate cake recipe (which includes its fair share of brewed coffee), Swiss buttercream icing, cake donuts with a chocolate glaze, sprinkled it with espresso powder and silver sugar crystals. No more need for that 5-Hour Energy Drink, eh?

The entire recipe plus more photo are right here. Print this one for safekeeping.