Cake Ideas 101

Welcome to Cake Ideas 101 – a place where people who enjoy decorating cakes can come for cake decorating tips and hints and general cake ideas. Be sure to check out all the 'tabs' at the top of this page that show different aspects of this site that you might be interested in. The information on this site will assist you in  finding tips, ideas, and pictures for creating your masterpiece.   We hope you enjoy your visit here!

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Cake ideas sometimes have to be learned from professionals if you don't have friends or family that can show you how to get started or how to improve on your skills. At Craftsy, they currently offer 55 different classes on cake decorating, with some being very specific techniques. They also offer some of these classes at a discount when they are having a sale. You can get access to them over and over while learning the techniques and do it when it's convenient for you. Craftsy classes give you hours of professionally designed video content to watch whenever you have time. When you arrive at the Craftsy site, just click on 'Cake Decorating' and it will open up a lot of choices to select from on the left hand side. There is even a link for 'Free Mini-Classes' listed at the very bottom of the choices :)

 

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Don't put off what you've been looking for! Get specific with what you would like to learn about cake decorating in particular with Craftsy's 55 different classes on that subject to choose from. And remember….. you can learn at your own speed and as many times as you want because of the online video method they are presented in.

Oh, and if you have other crafts that you like to do when you are not baking and decorating cakes, they have classes for that too!!!!!

 

Online Cake Decorating Class

Cake ideas have always been at the forefront of planning events. But now, candy buffets have been proven to be one of the top features people remember from a wedding reception or bridal shower. Gorgeous displays of colorful bulk candy are popular at weddings and events because they provide a wow factor like no other party decor can. Color coordination to match the colors of the party is popular, as is loading up on all colors and having a candyland buffet table. Either way guests will be awe-inspired.

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Candy buffet tables have grown in popularity over the past decade as candy makers have found new and innovative ways to create candy in individual colors. Now, color coordinated candy display stations are a hit at many wedding receptions, bridal showers, baby showers and all kinds of events. With great colors like blue, pink, green and purple, you can match your party theme colors with a great assortment of different types of candy all in the same color.

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When putting together a candy buffet, it's usually best to have extra candy on hand. If they candy level gets low, you will want to top it off. Also, most people over-estimate how much candy they are buying. Give yourself some breathing room by purchasing a little bit more than you think you will need. The last thing you need when planning an event is to start setting up and realize you are short on your key decorative feature. The most important thing about a candy buffet table is to make your own and have a blast. And remember, your colorful candy buffet can be be used on its own, or incorporated as part of your traditional cake ideas.

 

A lot of people enjoy baking cakes and then decorating them, and to do this well you will need some good cake decorating supplies. You can find out the right way to do this here.

An exciting activity that you can engage yourself in during your free time, as a hobby, or as a business is making cakes. When you make a cake, you get to decorate it in whichever manner you like. However, in order to do a good job of decorating your cake, you will have to use the right supplies as well as equipment. Examples of the supplies that are used for the purpose of cake decoration include the cake and icing ingredients and devices with which you can actually make different kinds of shapes on cakes. These can be very expensive if you don't know where to shop. In order to find good cake decorating supplies, you have to keep some vital things in mind.

An excellent way by which you can find cake decoration supplies is by first deciding what sort of cake that you want to make. Make a list of what you will need as far as ingredients, pans, and decorations. It's a good idea to also make a list of supplies both online and offline. However if it is your desire to open a baking establishment of your own, then you will need to procure the best supplies for cake decorating in the market. By doing so, you will be able to draw the attention of your customers to the cakes that you make.

Another fantastic tip which you can consider if you want to know how to look for bulk baking supplies is to search for such supplies on the internet and get them at cheaper rates. The online stores are filled with numerous kinds of the bulk baking supplies. This is because some of the baking supplies which are sold online are often used items. You need to ensure that you can use these items over the long term even if you can get them at discounted rates. One place this type of service is available is through ebay. Be sure to check out the ebay widget on the right side of this website that will take you directly to cake decorating items from this page. You can also find many bargains at Amazon by clicking here or by clicking the 'Store' tab above and then selecting a category you are interested in shopping for.

A good way by which you can come across supplies for baking is by working with professional cake decorators. Such people will be likely to have easy access to the supplies for baking as they deal in large volumes. The professional cake decorators can also provide you with very useful advice as to what sort of decorations you should opt for when making a cake. To do this however, you must search properly on the internet and only purchase your cake decoration supplies from the suppliers who deal with the professional bakeries. You can buy your supplies from those who provide tools to the professional bakeries in bulk.

Hopefully these are some various useful tips which you can keep in mind in order to be able to find supplies for cake decorating quickly and at cheaper prices.

 

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Cake Ideas – Hobby Lobby 40% off any One Item

Cake Ideas can require the purchase of new items occasionally. Well, you have till October 13, 2012 to use the '40% off any one item of regular price' coupon found by CLICKING HERE or on the coupon below.  So go there and print off the coupon and run to your local Hobby Lobby and grab up some cake decorating item you have been wanting. Great for purchase of a Wilton product. Hurry! Only a few days to use it.

 

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Cake Ideas – Tips for Great Cakes

Cake ideas become sought after when you become tired of baking cakes that don't quite come out right. Do you have heavy consistencies, cracked tops, sticky tops, crumbs in your frosting? These problems are all too common, but entirely preventable. Follow these five easy tips which can help you bake cakes you'll be proud to serve, every time.
 

1. If you want to be sure your cake will be very moist, you can substitute half the oil in the recipe with unsweetened applesauce or plain yogurt. This not only makes cakes more moist, but cuts the fat and calories in the recipe back a bit, too. When you're making a dense cake, like a fruit cake or a pound cake, place a pan filled with water on the bottom rack of the oven during baking. Add more water to the pan as needed. When making a chocolate cake, combine the baking soda with a teaspoon of vinegar before you add it to the batter.

2. If cracking or consistency are a problem, try these suggestions. Adding an envelope of unflavored gelatin to the cake batter will help keep the top of the cake from splitting. For the lightest, fluffiest cake, cream a teaspoon of lemon juice into the butter and sugar before mixing in the rest of the ingredients. When creaming the butter, be thorough about it. Run the mixer for at least five minutes before adding the sugarFree Articles, and then cream them together for a few minutes more.

3. To reduce the chance that your cake will come out with a sort of rounded hump on the top, make sure you fill the cake pan no more than two thirds full. After the batter is in the pan, gently rotate the pan sideways very slightly on all sides, so that the batter reaches up along each side. The middle and edges will meet during baking and rise more evenly. If the cake rose high and humped in the middle, no need to panic. Simply slice a bit off across the top before removing the cake from the pan, using the sides of the pan as a level guide for your knife. It helps to use a long, sharp knife.

4. If your cake sticks to the pan when you try to remove it, place a thick towel in the sink and pour a kettle of boiling hot water over the towel to heat it. Set the cake pan on the hot towel and leave it for a minute or two, and then try to remove the cake ? it should disengage from the pan in a snap. Alternatively, you can turn the cake pan over on a sheet of wax paper or a cooling rack, and place a cotton towel on top of the cake pan. Use a hot steam iron to heat the bottom of the pan for a few minutes before trying to remove it from the cake. It should lift away cleanly. Before you try to remove the cake from the pan, carefully run a knife between the outside of the cake and the inside of the pan. This will help loosen the cake.

5. Lots of things can go wrong when frosting a cake, but if you follow these tips, your cakes will be frosted beautifully, every time. Never try to ice a cake until it's completely cool. Before you begin, brush the cake lightly with a pastry brush to remove any excess crumbs. Instead of trying to ice the cake all at once, start by coating it with a thin layer of frosting, then placing it in the refrigerator for an hour. When you get it out to complete the frosting, you'll notice that crumbs are fully contained. If your icing is a bit too thin, use a pastry brush to dust the top of the cake very lightly with flour before frosting to help the icing hold onto the cake.

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Cake Ideas – “Cake Mix + Diet Soda” Recipe

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Soda Cake Recipe
 

All you need to make a soda cake is a box of your favorite cake mix and a 12oz. can of any flavored diet soda! :-D (If you don’t have any cans, just measure out 12oz.)  This is one of the EASIEST cake recipes I know of!  And although it’s hard to call cake or soda “healthy”, it’s definitely a better option than the full eggs & oil recipe!

Soda Cake

Directions:

  1. Pour cake mix into large mixing bowl.
  2. Dump 12oz. can of diet soda in with cake mix.
  3. *Optional: Add 1-2 egg whites ( for a little extra “fluff”)
  4. Mix together with an electric mixer.
  5. Bake according to directions on the box!

 

Possible cake mix and soda combinations:

angel or yellow cake + diet orange soda

banana cake mix + diet root beer

cherry chip cake + A& W diet Cream soda

chocolate cake or devils food + diet pepsi

chocolate cake + diet vanilla coke

chocolate cake + diet root beer

devils food + diet wild cherry pepsi

french vanilla cake + diet orange soda

lemon cake mix + diet 7-up

lemon cake + diet ginger ale

lemon + diet lemon-lime soda

marble cake + diet cream soda

red velvet + diet cherry vanilla Dr. Pepper

spice cake + diet lemon-lime

spice cake + diet orange

white cake + diet ginger ale

white cake + diet orange

white cake + diet sprite

yellow cake + diet orange
 
 

There is definitely no way around the fact that this frosting is NOT healthy…but it’s out of this world! :)

Vanilla Buttercream Frosting

- 1/2 cup butter, softened

- 3 cups confectioners sugar

- 1 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract

- 2 to 3 tbsp milk

Cream together butter and sugar.  Add vanilla and 1 tbsp. milk.  Continue to add milk until desired consistency is achieved. (I ended up using almost 3 tbsp).

 
 Enjoy!!! The possibilities are ENDLESS!
 
 
 

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Even though it is simple to grab a tub of frosting from the food store, prepackaged frosting cannot compare to the taste of homemade. Making icing over completely from scratch can be as easy as combining three ingredients inside the mixer and letting it to blend until smooth. Confectioners’ sugar, egg whites and vanilla flavoring form a basic frosting that can be used as is or turned into a variety of flavors. Using coconut extract instead of vanilla and adding shredded coconut constitutes a tropical topping that is well suited for fruity cupcakes, while adding cocoa can produce a chocolatey frosting that goes well with all of cupcake flavors.

Buttercream frosting is another popular topping for cupcakes. It really is produced from a mixture of confectioners’ sugar, milk, vanilla flavoring and, obviously, butter. The creamy, rich flavor is the perfect finish to your cupcake. Buttercream frosting can be enhanced to assist those cupcakes that could take advantage of a little bit more boost of flavor. Substituting fresh lemon juice for milk and omitting vanilla will make the light, citrus frosting that goes well with vanilla cupcakes, while replacing the milk with hot coffee, lowering the vanilla, and adding cocoa will make a mocha buttercream that produces a great complimentary topping to chocolate cupcakes. Cooking the butter until it’s brown before adding it towards the mix will make a burnt buttercream frosting that tastes great within coating of shredded coconut or dried fruit.

Lack of butter makes whipped cream frosting just a little lighter than buttercream, even though heavy or whipping cream is substituted for your milk. Omitting the sugar and vanilla and adding crushed peppermint candies constitutes a wonderful minty variation that tastes great on chocolate or marbled cupcakes and it is especially useful round the holidays. Adding shredded orange peel and orange extract constitutes a refreshing, light flavor that tastes great during the summer season.

Along with buttercream and whipped cream frosting, there are many other toppings that will make cupcakes special. Your best option for spiced cakes and carrot cakes is really a sweet cream cheese frosting or even a generous sprinkling of powdered sugar. Semisweet or dark chocolate glazes are perfect for any moist cake recipe, and a thick ganache can be a terrific topping for a fruity cupcake. Fondant may be rolled and cut into rounds and decorative shapes for any smooth finish with flare. Whether choosing one of these brilliant topping or using standard frosting or buttercream, skipping the store-bought tub and which makes it homemade is well-worth your time and effort.

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The Cricut Personal Electronic Cutter is the future of crafting today. They are cutting devices which save you time and effort whilst greatly enhancing your crafting projects. If you don't know anything about them, then keep reading to find out how these amazing machines can revolutionize your crafting. If you have heard of them, you may be wondering how to decide which of the cutting machines is most suitable for you. The purpose of writing this is to aid you in deciding which Cricut machine is best for you. You'll see how the machines compare against each other in the areas most important to the decision making process. With the cutter range automatically cuts from a range of different materials, from paper and card to edible gum paste. This opens up a wide range of applications for the Cricut Personal Electronic Cutter from paper crafting and scrapbooking to intricate cake decoration.

The 4 cutters we'll be comparing here are the Cricut Personal Electronic Cutter, the Cricut Expression, the Cricut Cake and the Cricut Create.

We'll begin with Cricut Cake, as it's the odd one out in the range. It is different to the others, because it is designed with one purpose in mind. Whereas the other models are for paper crafts and similar, this model is solely for decorating cakes. It can cut shapes from dough, fondant, gum paste and other edible materials. It is very similar to the Cricut Expression machine, except that the working parts have been altered to make them suitable for processing food. That means parts that need to be cleaned can be easily removed. For making shapes and designs you can eat – this is the only one you can go for. This model retails from around $270.

With the Cake out of the way, the discussion now turns to the other Cricut Personal Electronic Cutter crafting models. Suitable substances you can use in all cutters are vinyl, paper, vellum and cardboard. You will need to decide on a cutter by considering your budget and any particular cutting needs you may have.

Cost

1. Working from low to high, you can get the standard Cricut Personal Electronic Cutter new for as little as $100.
2. Next up is the Cricut Create, coming in at $160 and upwards.
3. The most expensive machine is Cricut Expression, retailing at around $220.

Requirements

All models are compatible with the full range of Cricut Cartridges. As such, with any of the machines, your choice of design is only limited by the cartridges you've bought. I've boiled down the final choosing process to two key variables. Most important of these is the size of the machine and its cutting size capabilities, and second is the set of options and functions you can use to cut.

- If portability is what you're after, your choice is between the Cricut Create and the basic Cricut Personal Electronic Cutter. Output designs for each machine can be anywhere up to 11 1/2 " across. If you want a bigger set of cutting options, Cricut Create is the one to go for.

- If you're not interested in moving it around and want a little more from your cutter, Cricut Expression is probably the best fit. You can create shapes and fonts in the range of 23-1/2 " across, with a number of different cutting modes available.

Now you know what to think about, it should be a simple process to select the correct Cricut Personal Electronic Cutter.

You should be informed in choosing the correct Cricut Personal Electronic Cutter for your budget. We advise that you research into the whole product range – a favorite is the Cricut Create but that may not be the same for you, so you know how to use them before you buy one.

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How To Pick Out The Best Birthday Party Supplies

The birthday party supplies that you choose for your child’s party are going to make or break the occasion. There really is so much that goes into planning a successful party for a child! You don’t want to let the pressure of the whole thing take the fun out of it! Just start by picking a really fun theme that your child will love, and everything else begins to fall into place. Let’s go over some of the requirements necessary to make your party run smoothly:

• You need a super-yummy cake, and delicious snacks! Whatever character or theme your child is into at the moment can probably be painted on the cake, so just ask! When those kids see their favorite cartoon plastered on something they get to eat, they are going to flip! Plus, most grocery stores and specialty cake stores will gladly personalize any cake for your child. You can even get them their own little separate cupcake or mini-cake with their name on it! How cute is that?

• You need matching invitations. Try to find invitations that match the cake if you can, but if not just go for something bright that suggests that this party is going to be lots of fun! The other children whom you invite will get excited over the brightly colored invitations you send. You want your little guests to be just as excited about the party as your child is! It makes for a better atmosphere.
• Don’t forget about the balloons! Whether they are the classic variety or the shiny mylar ones, all kids (and adults for that matter) love balloons! There is just something about them, they make people happy! You can probably get balloons that match your theme, but if not it’s ok. Just as long as they are bright and cheerful! Also, the bigger the better!

• Get some fun decorations! You can get confetti, streamers, fun plates and cups, signs, table runners or anything you find with “Happy Birthday” on it! There are lots of birthday supplies out there to choose from, just keep your child’s personality in mind when you are deciding what to get. Don’t forget the candles!

• Every party needs favors! This includes hats, prizes for games and gift bags. Little kids love those gift bags. You can throw in things like stickers, pencils, rings, bracelets, erasers etc. Just make sure that everything you put in the bags is age appropriate, no choking hazards for the little ones that are 3 and under!

All parents want to make lasting memories on their child’s birthday. This is why it becomes such a big deal when it’s time to plan the party. You want everyone who shows up to have an unforgettable, fun and happy day. That’s a lot of pressure for a parent! This is why choosing the right birthday party supplies ends up being so vital. If you make the right decisions in this department, it will set a positive mood for the whole day!

One of the most well thought of mixers that you can buy today is the kitchenaid mixer. They are by far the most popular mixer on the market today for good reason. With a reasonable price point, and high standards for design and quality, the kitchenaid professional 600 stand mixer is the perfect choice for many people. The kitchenaid artisan mixer is also highly regarded as well.

There are a couple of differences between these two models which I will now discuss. First, the artisan mixer has a five quart steel bowl while the 600 series uses a six quart size bowl. Either of these will be okay for most people who use them because the size differential is not very noticeable.

The other main difference is that the size of the motors on the two mixers is quite different. The kitchenaid professional 600 stand mixer has a large 575 watt powerful motor. The kitchenaid artisan mixer however has a 325 watt motor. While it remains a very capable motor, a lot of people may prefer the extra power that the 600 series uses. Great sales can be found on both mixers, and the price difference can be small if a good sale price is discovered.

Either of these two exceptional models may be purchased in a large range of colors. Some of the colors available include silver, white, red, pink, black, blue, grey, green, and many others. With so many to choose from, there is always going to be one to fit your kitchen theme and style.

These mixers are built to last a lifetime. When mixing up foods, they do not move around at all because they have enough weight. Both motors have ten different speeds to choose from. When finished mixing, there is an easy tilt feature so that you can have easy access to the bowl. This can come in very handy at many times.

Furthermore, both the kitchenaid professional 600 and kitchenaid artisan mixer come with a one year warranty. If it happens to break, which I highly doubt on these sturdy mixers, the warranty will cover it. There are several mixing tools that come with these machines. There is a dough tool, a flat masher, and a wire whip. If this is your first time using an appliance like this, there are instructions on how to properly use each different tool. Each shape and style of tool provides a different type of action when mixing. When making dough for instance, compared to mashing potatoes, it can be very important to use the correct tool extension. When it comes to mixing the ingredients together, the two really have quite different requirements needed, which is why you get the various attachments. There really is not a bad decision when it comes to picking one of these two models, and you can be excited to get either one.

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