Covering a cake with fondant

I remember when I first started making cakes and I decided I would try to cover a cake in fondant. To say it was a disaster is kind. The result was OK but the process was full of stress and uncertainty. That was also in the days before internet tutorials!!

In the years that have followed I’ve learned to cover cakes well, but I do not love that it does feel like a workout just to get the fondant rolled out. This morning I found myself with a little time on my hands and watched Alan Tetreault’s Global Sugar Art tutorial video. He has some great fondant rolling tips!

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How to Make Mermaid Tail Cupcakes


Early this month I received an order for mermaid cupcakes. The party was just 3 days out so I popped into Google Images to look for mermaid cupcake ideas. Turns out there are a lot of mermaid tail cupcakes! The trouble? You need a mermaid tail mold. With the tight timeline, I didn’t even have time to confirm with my customer if she liked the idea of mermaid tails. I found a mold I liked, and then just crossed my fingers, dashed off an email telling her I took the leap and ordered while hoping for the best.

A day later I headed out for a one day ski trip with my husband, hoping to return to my mermaid tail molds on Saturday. On our way home Saturday I called the kids and asked if they had arrived. “A package came, Mom, so I think so.” Whew, I thought. I could stick with plan A. Mermaid tail cupcakes it is! Continue reading

The Very Hungry Caterpillar Cake

Ava turned 1 in February and I was blessed with the opportunity to bake for her party! Just a couple of years ago, I baked her parents’ wedding cake. It is crazy how fast time flies.

Parents Shane and Cassandra sent me pictures of some cakes for inspiration. Ava LOVES Eric Carle’s book, The Very Hungry Caterpillar so naturally that was our cake theme. I have done one other Hungry Caterpillar cake so I was excited to revisit this theme. Read about my first Hungry Caterpillar cake.

The inspiration cakes

Shane and Cassandra liked the interior of the left cake and then they liked the design of the cake on the right. Neither is a fan of fondant, so they asked that the cake be frosted in buttercream instead of having the fondant coat on top. 

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