How to Make Caramelized Chocolate

How to Make Caramelized Chocolate

Have you baked with caramelized chocolate? If not, then hold on to the baking mitts and turn on the oven because adding this tidbit to your cookbook will be the best thing ever!

It’s a win-win!

Roasting chocolate in the oven creates a strong nutty fragrance and produces something slightly less sweet with an assertive caramel flavor.

And in this blog post, I’m going to show you how to make caramelized chocolate.

It so easy to do. You’ll love it!

How to Make Caramelized Chocolate

Let’s get started roasting the chocolate. Using an 8″ baking pan stir in 9-ounces of white chocolate and 1/8 teaspoon of salt. Bake @ 250°F (130°C).

According to your oven, the chocolate needs to be stirred every 10 to 15 minutes until the chocolate becomes a peanut butter color (approximately 1 hr/30 min).

Watching the YouTube video will give the end-results of the color and the texture of the caramelized chocolate.

In addition, the caramelized chocolate needs to rest overnight. The next morning, break into pieces, and store in an airtight container. The chocolate will stay fresh for up to 4 months.

So, don’t forget to make extra for all the baking goodies and don’t miss out on the ganache recipe. It’s coming soon!

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How to Make Square Cupcakes

How to Make Square Cupcakes

Ever wonder how to make square cupcakes and where do you purchase square cupcake liners? I did. Over and over again, the internet yielded no answers to my inquiries.

For all my effort, it was a waste of time.

Since you buzzed the hive, life has gotten easier. It’s a simple answer to a perplexing question. And as a result, ya gotta love me!

To give the design ‘pizzazz’, square cupcakes can be glazed (above photo), icing dripped or decorated with squares of chocolate (below is Lindt White Coconut) or add fondant toppers.

The elegance of square cupcakes beats the drum with style & grace.

Lest don’t forget, all the Minecraft or Sponge Bob parties that need squares to compliment the celebration theme. By the way, It’s hip to be square.

There is one more thing I need to mention: cupcake liners with foil inside the paper are easier to shape into squares.

In conclusion to the blog post, here’s a quick YouTube video.

How to Make Square Cupcakes YouTube

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How to Make Trendy Cakes Using Template Designs

How to Make Trendy Cakes Using Template Designs

How to make trendy cakes using template designs will make your cakin’ life easier and less stressful.

Learning design dimensions as a newbie was a hard lesson. And without a firm design, there was disappointment and times the cakes looked weird or off-balance and there was redo – over ‘n over.

Now, I’m not saying ALL the cakes made  winging the design was a total wash-out. But looking back on those newbie days, I wish I’d learn a ‘wee’ bit quicker on how important designing and cakin’ meshed together for success.

How to Make Trendy Cakes Using Template Designs

And in this short YouTube video are cake tips and information about the cakes that are designed with templates. My gift to you!

Use the power of the PIN … scroll down to the end of the blog post … innocent

Throughout my cakin’ journery, I’ll make a few comments of what I did … not exactly right? And there are multiple examples when stopping to think. Keep in mind, this gal doesn’t exert herself over-the-stove to make a livin’. Kudos who do! I feel your back pain.

Now don’t think too much of this image, I was a newbie and Photoshop was __?  With that in mind, how could I have made this design more amazing?

Simple. The bottom tier was less equal in height to the top. Sigh. All that sugar work (including the ducky) was a step below of being what? Awesome. And that logo? Seriously … it needs to be? Smaller?

Okay … don’t look at the HUGE distorted logo. Sigh. My turning point for cake design was this Bas Relief Candle Cake.

Proud of this wedding cake. I began to get it right. And all it took was a designated sketch dimensional design. Whew!

Yeah, I know all of these cakes look pretty darn good (for a newbie) but just take a step back and know that with a template … it’s a darn sure thang!

So my gift to you is to help you to be successful in knowing … how to make trendy cakes using template designs.

Ya gotta love me! smile

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And if you’re gonna create one of my template designs, check-out Liz Marek, Sugar Geek Show’s blog post and video on how to make an Easy Barrel Cake. 

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Can I Refrigerate a Fondant Cake?

Can I Refrigerate a Fondant Cake?

Can I refrigerate a fondant cake? How do I keep my fondant decorations from melting?  I read these questions in Facebook groups all the time.

And yes you can! Let me show you how.

Here are examples of decorated cakes that were refrigerated. Yep, these cakes were in the fridge fully decorated before these photos.

Unicorn Princess Cake – An enchanting buttercream cake with fondant decorations and gorgeous Unicorn Sprinkle Pop sprinkles. 

Flamingo Shower CakeBella the Flamingo fondant cake with fondant and gumpaste decorations accented with Wilton Easter sprinkles on a buttercream border. Can I refridgerate the fondant designs and sprinkles? Yes, you can!

Mermaid Cake – Color dusted Merry the Mermaid on a fondant cake with fondant ruffles accented with cookie sand and candy pearls. Can I refridgerate a fondant cake? And all these decorations? Yes, you can!

Princess Cake – a 2-tier fondant ruffled Princess cake (except the crown) with the brooch and pearls.

And photo down below: the top tier of a wedding cake (excuse the pic, it’s one of the 1st and before my camera) covered in fondant with a sugar lace design. The tier is in the refrigerator waiting for assembly. 

The best part of a chilled cake? It stabilizes the cake for delivery. With this technique, you will never post, Can I refrigerate a fondant cake? again. And if you live in a humid hot area, this technique will keep the flowers and toppers from wilting.
I can still remember the 1st fondant cake. I had a panic attack with nightmares that the fondant had slowly slid off the buttercream. I’d wake up and check to make sure the cake was still standing. It was dismal. And then Erica O’Brien saved the day. I’d actually like to take credit for this cake problem solver, but it wouldn’t be fair.  Thanks Erica, I sleep like a babe now.

How not to ask, Can I refrigerate a fondant cake?

Let’s get started…

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How to Make a Pokémon Cake Pop Stand

How to Make a Pokémon Cake Pop Stand


Arriving one by one, the young boys stopped to admire the Gengar cake and then their palms reached out to touch the Pokémon Cake Pop Stand to give the pokéball a moment of reverential silence. Snatching Pikachu Peeps from the crown of the pokéball, the boys all gathered around in wonderment.

The Pokémon pilgrimage continued until one wide-eyed boy with awe in his voice looked up at me and asked, ‘Is that a real Poké Ball?’

Yeah, I know. As a GlamMa with a warped sense of humor, this was an invitation to really up my Pokémon game.

Seriously, some of these guys still believe in Santa.

What was a GlamMa to do? I was stuck somewhere between a Pokéball and the Great Ball in Pokémon land with the Pokémon Cake Pop Stand.

Luckily for me, I was swiped by a Pokémon berry when the sugar from the Pikachu Peeps began to surge through the dudes’ bloodstreams and then someone outside shouted in glee, ‘Bouncy house, bouncy house!!’

Saved by a Bounce-Bounce.

Darn….

Pokemon Cake Pop Stand

Be sure to catch the DIY Wooden Cupcake StandPokémon Cupcakes and the Pokémon Cupcake Topper tutorials for your Pokémon party!

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DIY Wooden Cupcake Stand

DIY Wooden Cupcake Stand


I don’t mean to sound paranoid but going into the hardware store to design this DIY Wooden Cupcake Stand gave me a mega dose of *sigh* paranoia.

The uneasy feeling began as soon as I parked my Corvette in the contractor’s parking lot.

I honestly didn’t know if was because men are naturally attracted to sports cars or if the male stares were wondering what kind of building supplies would actually fit in the hatch and I’m blonde.

Surely the blonde factor doesn’t apply here?

DIY Wooden Cupcake Stand

I mean…seriously…the store stocks nuts and screws!

What’s the big deal?

And that’s when I took a deep breath and made a calm decision that it was probably raging testosterone car admiration.

Sashaying toward the front entrance, I gained a smidgen of confidence just knowing that there are times I’ve gotten smirks and chuckles from both sexes when shopping at the local Sam’s Club and that’s okay ‘cause I’m an expert on arranging purchases.

And just between me and you, I sincerely enjoy seeing amazement on faces when smugly closing down the hatch.

It’s always ‘high-five’ time on my steering wheel.

But the rednecks inside the hardware store had a completely different look on their faces. And those ‘eye squints’ with the ‘raised eyebrows’ were the ultimate worse. Those rude men would glance at my face and then stare in wonderment at my breasts.

What the heck? Did they ever watch the news?

So…not…cool.

The worst part was, I got all the way to aisle B-17 before bending over to check out the wooden buns to realize that it wasn’t my breasts getting all the ogles, it was the blasted Canon camera strapped around my neck.

Boy…did I feel…??

DIY Wooden Cupcake Stand

Yep, that’s when I got my ‘mojo’ for this DIY Wooden Cupcake Stand blog post. And to not ‘bore’ you with all the redneck guy photos that are now on my Canon while overcoming a traumatic trip to Lowe’s, I’ll spare your eyes with a suggested list of supplies.

 (3) Ash Bun Foot 

(2) High Old English Wood Table Leg Bun Foot

(1) Square Taper Hardwood Bun Foot

(1) Display Cake Board Footed Round 35 cm (13.7 Inch) 

Natural Unfinished Wood Napkin Rings

Clear Contact Paper

Spray Paint (color of choice)

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Mosey on over for the Pokémon Cupcakes and  Pokémon Cupcake Toppers to compliment this one-of-a-kind cupcake display stand.

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The Perfect Cake Hack

The Perfect Cake Hack


My cake life spiraled 180 degrees upon discovering  The Perfect Cake Hack. I’ve discarded the old ways to torte and level a cake.

No more long nights of baking, filling and crumb coating a cake. No more frustrations to achieve sharp edges on a cake. And anxiety wrecking the kitchen, nevermore.

My cake baking life is simply a cake walk journey.

And perfecting a Naked Cake is as simple as 1..2..3.

I’ll let you in on a  little sugar secret. I’ve gone over to Kristen’s Cake Side. She’s super wicked.

Wicked as can be!

Kristen is Wicked Goodies.

Perfect Cake Hack(Click-on to see inside Kristen’s book.)

There are times when God places someone special in your life.

Kristen is one of those amazing people living in the universe. She’s encouraged my sugar art journey and I cannot be more thankful for her guidance.

And once again, Kristen came to my rescue.

Stressed with a five-layered wedding cake, an email arrived into my inbox. A remedy to halt long sleepless nights appeared right before my eyes.

The Perfect Cake Hack!

In that instance, my cake life changed for the better.

My cake life changed FOREVER!

Time spent applying buttercream onto a cake has been reduced. No more cake worries about straight and even sides. And side bulges on cakes covered with fondant and modeling chocolate, nevermore.

Now it’s a relaxing time spent to decorate a cake.

No stress. And it’s easy as 1..2..3.

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 The Perfect Cake Hack – Equipment Required

You didn’t think I’d spill all of Kristen’s secrets? Now mosey on over to Wicked Goodies and watch the, ‘New Layer Cake Video Series – Part 2 – Filling and Depanning.’

Here’s the link:

Note: Kristen uses a torch instead of a heat gun to depan cakes. She’s a professional chef with 17+ years of experience in the baking industry.

I stared at the torch for days and never got up the nerve to flick the switch.

Visions of the kitchen going up in smoke. Bangs being crispy fried. And the worse possible scenario flittered around my thinking process.

When I opened the Wagner Heat Gun, I knew that it was the solution to my fear issue.

The heat gun works like a charm.  Easy to use with a high and low heat switch. And the cake depans like a dream.

Thanks for dropping by! The Perfect Cake Hack method will make your life sweeter, one cake at a time. Mosey on over and checkout the Perfect Cake Board Hack.

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Gumpaste Wired Leaf Hack – Fast & Easy!

Gumpaste Wired Leaf Hack – Fast & Easy!

Forget the time-consuming groove board and use this Gumpaste Wired Leaf Hack. Step-up your sugar paste game because it’s ‘assembly line time!’ Hi! My name is Brenda and I was a leaf procrastinator. I’ve turned over a new leaf since creating this fast and easy hack. And with all due respect, do proclaim that I’ve never returned nor even contemplated returning back to the dark groove side. I’m an enlightened groove-free leaf survivor.

In the olden days, when making a leaf for a flower, I’d put a small amount of gumpaste on a groove board, roll it to make a groove, use a leaf cutter, slowly insert the wire, thin the edges and then place the leaf into a leaf veiner.

Making a wired gumpaste leaf was tedious work.

After making sugar flowers, I’d always spend a few days admiring their beauty and then <bam> leaf reality would lift its wormy head blasting in a panic, ‘It’s all about the leaves…oh noooo….it’s the time for leaves!!’

It was a royal pain in the booty!

One afternoon, sitting and <ahem> staring  <okay procrastinating> at the second wired leaf for the day and dreading the third, I studied the groove board on the craft desk and mulled over the main reason for using the board.

Then it dawned on me, ‘All I needed was a piece of gumpaste the size of the groove to use with the leaf veiner.’

And it was <drum roll please> leaf paradise.

Admiring an effortless dozen leaves drying on the foam pad was the perfect time to turn-on some oldies but goodies & dance the leaf line dance.

It was amazing. The sugar hack worked. I was leafstein! And at that very moment, I turned over a new leaf.

Now it’s time for the Gumpaste Wired Leaf Hack tutorial. Hitch up your boots and stay awhile. ‘Cause it’s time to crank up the music & learn the new leaf  line dance!

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Update: the YouTube Easy & Fast Fondant Wired Leaves video is faster & easier if you’re making a small amount of leaves.  Add tylose powder mixed in with the fondant instead gumpaste.

Gumpaste Wired Leaf Hack – Equipment Required

Sugar tip: after coloring the gumpaste green, it’s time to sit down and make a batch and save the leaves in a sealed container. When a leaf or two is required, just add color dust and the flower.

It’s procrastination, nevermore!

Step 1: Color the gumpaste using Lime Green and Spring Green food-safe colors. Wrap the gumpaste tightly with plastic wrap; allow to rest for an hour.

Step 2: Using the Wilton 9″ rolling pin, roll out the gumpaste into a rectangle; even thickness.

Place the end of the gumpaste into the pasta roller on the #7 setting. Continue to roll the gumpaste thinner until reaching the #4 setting.

Step 3. Cut out leaf shapes on the self-healing mat. To keep the gumpaste pliable, place the cut out leaves into a sleeve of a gumpaste storage board.

Step 4: With a CelPin, thin around the edges of the leaf. Once thinned, place the leaf back into the gumpaste storage board.
Step 5: Form a piece of gumpaste into a log and insert into the sugar extruder. Cut the extruded piece of gumpaste in half.
Step 6: Flatten the extruded piece with your fingers.
Step 7: With a brush, dampen the extruded piece with a dab of water.
Step 8: Attach the flattened gumpaste to the floral wire and place into the center crevice of the leaf veiner.
Step 9: Place the cut out leaf on top of the extruded wired gumpaste. Note: if using 50 fondant/50 gumpaste, lightly dust the veiner with cornstarch.
Step 10: Place the top of the leaf veiner over the bottom; press firmly.
Step 11. Remove the wired gumpaste leaf from the leaf veiner.
Step 12: Allow the wired gumpaste leaves to dry on a foam mat overnight.

Fast & easy! Now all you have to do is shade and color the leaves with a mixture of edible dusts to compliment beautiful sugar flowers.

Hope you enjoyed the Gumpaste Wired Leaf Hack tutorial. Take off your boots & stay awhile. For more sugar hacks mosey on over to the Perfect Cake Hack & Perfect Cake Board Hack.

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