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Craftsy Best of 2014 Sale

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Craftsy is having another amazing sale where every single class is on sale for $19.99 or less!  YAY!!

While this sale includes all Craftsy classes, of course I’m going to focus on the Cake Decorating and cooking classes!

Don’t know where to start?  Hare a few of my favorites:

Clean & Simple Cake Design

 

Clean & Simple Cake Design by Jessica Harris.  This is an all-time favorite.  This class is packed with information for beginners and seasoned cake decorators alike.  I’m convinced everybody can learn something from this class!

Modeling Chocolate Magic Lauren Kitchens

 

I was introduced to modeling chocolate in the Clean & Simple Cake Design class but this is the class that finally convinced me to start using it!!   I absolutely adored the Modeling Chocolate Magic Class.

Mini-Cakes Many Occasions

I cannot explain why I loved this class as much as I did, but it’s absolutely a favorite that I’ve gone back and watched parts of it again and again!  Maybe it’s because the cakes are so tiny… and perfect!?  Aren’t we all drawn to and fascinated by tiny things?

Anywho – I highly recommend Mini Cakes, Many Occasions.  It’s fabulous and Rachel Teufel might be my most favorite Craftsy instructor (although I love so many of them!).  You can read more about my experience with this class here.

So, you can scroll though and read all of my Craftsy posts by clicking here… I review several that I’ve taken and go over the basics of Craftsy too!  If you have questions, leave me a comment!

In the meantime, treat yourself to a new class for Christmas… or buy a gift card and share the Craftsy love with another cake decorator eager to learn – I promise they’ll thank you!! <3

If you’re ready to take a class, hurry and grab it now while they’re on sale!   But if you’re still not sure, please sign up for a free class and get a feel for Craftsy!  I’m sure you won’t be disappointed! 

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How to Organize Ribbons

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How to Organize Ribbons RoseAtwater.com

Do you ever feel like being a cake decorator means you must (by default) be a “Jack of All Trades”?   It’s true!!  You have to also be a photographer, accountant,  crafter, sculpter, customer service representative, math whiz, scientist… and the list goes on and on!

Anyway, I’ve off track here.  What got me to thinking about it is the fact that I’m not at all “crafty” so I would’ve never foreseen myself writing a blog post about How to Organize Ribbons.  But here I am.

Cakes with Ribbons

So, do you decorate your cake boards with ribbons – like those above?  It’s something I started doing several months ago and the more rolls of ribbon I collected, the more of a mess I seemed to have!  It’s the only thing I do with ribbons… I can’t tie a bow to save my life and I certainly don’t sew or make pillow case dresses or anything else ribbon-related.

Anyway, after my ribbons got out of control for the thousandth time, I was ready to pull my hair out.  That is… until I was browsing Pinterest one day and I saw my solution!    It only took several weeks for me to implement it, but I finally organized my ribbons and I shared pictures and details over at RoseAtwater.  Go see How to Organize Ribbons here.

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My Most Favorite Cake Books + 25% Off One Book at Amazon

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10 Most Favorite Cake Books

Amazon has released another coupon for 25% off any book … which nudged me to finish this post I started last week (oops!).    The code is at the bottom, but please check out my list of favorite cake books and leave me a comment if I’m missing one that you think I must have!!

A couple of weeks ago I shared my favorite cookbooks with you and I also wanted to share my most favorite cake books with you!   I’m always looking for new cake books to add to my collection, but for now – these are the ones I love and reach for most often!

1, 2, and 3.  Cake Mix Doctor Books by Anne Byrn:  if you like to bake starting with cake mixes, you need one or more of Anne’s books in your collection!

There are hundreds of recipes for every kind of cake under the sun in her books and she also has book on Baking Gluten Free and Cupcakes (I don’t have either of those – but I just though I’d share ;) )  Here are the ones I have:

4.  The Contemporary Buttercream Bible.   Ya’ll know buttercream and I don’t always get along… so I bought this book hoping to better my craft.  The truth is – the cakes in this book are out-of-this-world amazing and I’m still not sure I could pull them off!  The buttercream skills demonstrated in this book by by Valeri Valeriano and Christina Ong blow.my.mind.   

All I can say is one day…. maybe…. I’ll have a fraction of their skills!  If you want to up your buttercream game – this book is for YOU!

5.  Sharon Wee Creations: Adorable Cakes for All Occasions (not available on Amazon): As far as I can tell, this book is only available at BakingArts.com here in the US but if you live somewhere else, you can check availability here.  I bought a copy of this before it went to print and all I can say is – this book is beautiful.   The cakes are beautiful.  The tutorials are amazing!   It’s a book I could look at all day long and learn something new every time I pick it up!

6.  The Cake Bible.  I bought this book early on in my cake decorating ventures… when I was still trying to find my way, find recipes I loved, and learn my craft.  It is an encyclopedia of knowledge for a cake decorator at any level- especially if you want to learn the science behind scratch baking and all of the nuts & bolts of cake decorating.  It covers everything from cake recipes to frostings to techniques and equipment and structure… you name it – it’s in The Cake Bible!

7 & 8.  Debbie Brown Books.   If I could get my hands on them I’d own every book Debbie Brown has written regarding cake (and there are lots of them!!).  Her tutorials are fantastic and details and they lend themselves to cakes for every occasion!!   For now – I have two of them:  Easy Party Cakes and 50 Easy Party Cakes (not the same book!).

9.  The Complete Step-by-Step Guide to Cake Decorating.  Again, this is one of the very first books I bought when I was trying to learn about cake decorating.   It mostly focuses on fondant decorating and while I still use it as a reference from time-to-time, it’s definitely what I would consider a beginner book.  I learned a lot from it but the reviews on Amazon are mixed so really read all the details before you take the plunge on this one!Artisan Cake Company's Visual Guide to Cake Decorating

10.  (not in my photo) Artisan Cake Company’s Visual Guide to Cake Decorating.  This book is not in my picture because I don’t have it yet… I’m waiting for it to arrive in my mailbox!  :D  But I can say with confidence that I’m going to love it because I love everything Elizabeth Marek touches…. don’t you?  This book is brand new (released Dec. 1), so it would make a wonderful gift if you have a cake decorator in your life!!

And that’s it, I think!   After taking this photo and working on this post for a few days, I found a few other cake books on my shelf but I’ll save that for another day maybe.  If you want to buy one of these books (or any book for that matter), be sure to use code BOOKDEAL25 to get 25% off one book on Amazon!!

Tell me, tell me… what are YOUR favorite cake books for recipes, decorating, etc.?  I’d love to hear if I’m missing a must-have book on my shelf!!