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It’s Spring and the perfect time to share this “Having a Ball” Mason Jar Cake with Flowers.  With the jar carved from a sheet cake and cupcakes for the flowers, it’s a very easy, impressive cake!  Keep reading for a picture tutorial and details!

Having a Ball Mason Jar Cake with Bouquet of Flowers made from cupcakes on silver cake board

I made this Mason Jar Cake back in 2016. And for whatever (dumb) reason, I never posted it on the blog. But recently something triggered my memory and I decided I wanted to share the cake. Even if my pictures aren’t my best work.

When I started combing through my thousands of pictures looking for the original, I actually discovered that I’d taken a few step-by-step tutorial pictures when making it. Again, they aren’t my best work but for anyone hoping to make a cake like this, I think they’ll be helpful to you.

So let’s get started and I’ll show you how I made the cake…

“Having a Ball” Mason Jar Cake with Flowers

First, you’re going to need a sheet cake for the jar. I used this alphabet pan to bake my cake, but you could use any size/shape sheet cake that will work for you. I’d think a 9×13 cake pan would be a pretty common size that most cake decorators will have and will work great.

Jar shaped cake baked in alphabet pan for "Having a Ball" Mason Jar Cake with Flowers

Because the alphabet pan comes with the squares used to make different letters, I used a couple of them to make the rough jar shape.  Again, if you don’t have this pan, you can easily just carve out the jar shape from a rectangle.

Jar shaped cake baked in alphabet pan for "Having a Ball" Mason Jar Cake with Flowers

Using the alphabet pan gave me a slightly skinnier/taller “jar”, but personally I don’t think it would be a big deal for your jar to be wider and shorter as long as you have a recognizable shape.

Even with the pan I used, I still had to do some carving:

Jar shaped cake baked in alphabet pan for "Having a Ball" Mason Jar Cake with Flowers

I cut off the sharp corners and all of the top edges to get a more rounded finish.  My favorite knife for carving cake is this watermelon knife.  After the cake was trimmed, I popped it into the freezer for 20-30 minutes to firm it up before frosting.

Cake frosted in blue buttercream for "Having a Ball" Mason Jar Cake with Flowers

Then I mixed up the pale blue vanilla frosting and covered the cake. I used Viva paper towels to smooth it and round off the edges.  For the color, I’m pretty sure I used a tiny drop of Americolor Teal gel coloring.

blue frosting in piping bag for "Having a Ball" Mason Jar Cake with Flowers

Then for the writing on the cake, I added another drop of gel color to darken it. Then I put it in a piping bag with a #3 round tip and added all the text and lines for dimension:

Jar shaped cake baked in alphabet pan for "Having a Ball" Mason Jar Cake with Flowers

I don’t have pictures of piping the cupcakes, but you can see me piping rose cupcakes in this post.  After decorating them with an Ateco #825 tip and some with a #104 petal tip, I used a dot of buttercream to attach them to the board above the jar.

Flower cupcakes for "Having a Ball" Mason Jar Cake with Flowers

I think the colors were Americolor Ivory, then some Americolor Orange and Americolor Electric Pink.  I added a few sugar pearls to the centers of the pink ones 🌸🌸🌸

And that was that… an easy, impressive “Having a Ball” Mason Jar Cake with Flowers!

"Having a Ball" Mason Jar Cake with Flowers on silver cake board

If you have any questions about this cake, please leave me a comment and I’ll answer if I can!

 

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This Instant Pot Key Lime Cheesecake is a combination of two of my most favorite desserts.. Key Lime Pie and Cheesecake!  It’s sweet and tangy, super creamy and delicious!!

Instant Pot Key Lime Cheesecake

Aaaaand, since it’s a pressure cooker recipe, I’ve shared the whole thing over on my other blog, Pressure Cooker Meals.

If you’re an Instant Pot user, I’d love for you to sign up for my email newsletter for Pressure Cooker meals here and follow along as I start to share more and more Instant Pot recipes!

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Easy Flower Oreo Cookies https://rosebakes.com/easy-flower-oreo-cookies-mothers-day-spring/ https://rosebakes.com/easy-flower-oreo-cookies-mothers-day-spring/#respond Fri, 03 May 2019 21:37:35 +0000 https://rosebakes.com/?p=42626 These Easy Flower OREO Cookies are perfect for Spring or Mother’s Day.   Easy enough for anyone to make – including kids. These DIY cookies would make for a great craft or gift for Mom – or add them to your dessert menu!  I’m all about pink and these are the prettiest, simplest OREO treat I…Continue Reading

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These Easy Flower OREO Cookies are perfect for Spring or Mother’s Day.   Easy enough for anyone to make – including kids. These DIY cookies would make for a great craft or gift for Mom – or add them to your dessert menu! 

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I’m all about pink and these are the prettiest, simplest OREO treat I could think of for a Spring or Mother’s Day treat.  They’re so simple and forgiving – I’d be willing to bet almost anyone could make them.

And seriously – can you go wrong with OREOs?  I think not. And by using premade decorations, the process for decorating these is just all but fool-proof.

easy flower oreos - pink with pink flowers and leaves on pink lace

Easy Flower Oreo Cookies

Here’s what you’ll need:

Once you have all of your supplies together, it’s time to

Start by lining a baking sheet with waxed paper.  Parchment paper would work too but I prefer wax paper.

Next you’re going to want to melt the pink candy coating according to package directions. If the candy is too thick to pour, add 1 teaspoon coconut oil or vegetable shortening. Stir well. Do not add water. You can add up to 1 tablespoon of coconut oil per bag of candy wafers.  I have more tips for thinning candy melts here.

oreo dipped in candy melts for easy oreo flower cookies

Then you’ll dip each cookie into melted candy. Remove cookie, tapping gently against the side of the bowl, allowing excess candy to return to the bowl. If air bubbles form, pop them with a toothpick. Place the cookie onto the waxed paper.  I like to use a fork to hold the cookies!

Before the candy melts begin to set, immediately press one leaf and one flower icing decoration on to each cookie:

oreo dipped in pink candy melts with green leaf for easy oreo flower cookies

chocolate setting on wax paper for easy oreo flower cookies Last, you’ll just allow cookies to set completely at room temperature or refrigerate for faster results. Store in an airtight container as room temperature.  See how easy that was?  You’re already done with the Easy Flower Oreo Cookies!

And they’re soooo pretty!

easy flower oreo cookies on wax paper

If you’re making them as a gift for your Mom, serve them on a pretty platter or box them up and add a bow!  Small details go a long way and I know you and/or she will love these!!

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Here’s the printable recipe for you:

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Easy Flower Oreo Cookies


  • Author: Rose
  • Prep Time: 30
  • Total Time: 30
  • Yield: 20

Description

These Easy Flower OREO Cookies are perfect for Spring or Mother’s Day.   Easy enough for anyone to make – including kids. These DIY cookies would make for a great craft or gift for Mom – or add them to your dessert menu! 


Ingredients

1 (15.35 ounce) package Double Stuf Oreo Chocolate Sandwich Cookies

1 (12 ounce) package pink candy melts wafers

Flower icing decorations

Leaf icing decorations


Instructions

  1. Line a baking sheet with waxed paper.
  2. Melt pink candy coating according to package directions. If the candy is too thick to pour, add 1 teaspoon coconut oil or vegetable shortening. Stir well. Do not add water. You can add up to 1 tablespoon of coconut oil per bag of candy wafers.
  3. Dip each cookie into melted candy. Remove cookie, tapping gently against the side of the bowl, allowing excess candy to return to the bowl. If air bubbles form, pop them with a toothpick. Place the cookie onto the waxed paper.
  4. Immediately press one leaf and one flower icing decoration on to each cookie.
  5. Allow cookie to set completely at room temperature or refrigerate for faster results. Store in an airtight container as room temperature.

  • Category: Desserts
  • Method: No Bake
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: Oreos, Oreo, Cookies, Mothers Day, Flowers, Spring, Treats, Craft, Oreo Cookies,

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Sports Themed Grooms Cake https://rosebakes.com/sports-themed-grooms-cake/ https://rosebakes.com/sports-themed-grooms-cake/#comments Tue, 30 Apr 2019 02:19:47 +0000 https://rosebakes.com/?p=42635 This Sports Themed Grooms Cake is every sport-loving man’s dream cake!  Teams edited (of course) to match the groom’s favorite teams!! 🙂  It’s six tiers of chocolate cake with chocolate ganache and chocolate buttercream… what more could you ask for? Many of you emailed back and asked questions about this cake when I sent it…Continue Reading

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This Sports Themed Grooms Cake is every sport-loving man’s dream cake!  Teams edited (of course) to match the groom’s favorite teams!! 🙂  It’s six tiers of chocolate cake with chocolate ganache and chocolate buttercream… what more could you ask for?

six tiered sports themed grooms cake

Many of you emailed back and asked questions about this cake when I sent it out in my weekly newsletter. So I thought I’d go ahead and post the cake with as many details as possible to help you.

Let’s get to it:

Six Tiered Sports Themed Grooms Cake Details:

First up – this six tier cake has a dummy tier on the bottom, then the top five tiers are real cake. The reason for the dummy cake was quite simply – my client didn’t need that much cake. The top five tiers, (4″, 6″, 8″, 10″ and 12″ squares) totaled 180 servings.

  • I baked the cakes in these Fat Daddio square cake pans. If you’ve been reading Rose Bakes for very long, you know I much prefer Magic Line pans. But I bought this square set when I baked my very first wedding cake before my business was really a business and I didn’t know anything about different brands of cake pans.  And because I’m cheap and don’t bake square cakes that often, I’ve just stuck with them. There’s absolutely nothing wrong with this brand – I just like the Magic Line ones best.
  • For the bottom tier, I ordered a 14″ square foam dummy (5″ tall), then painted it with sugar glue and applied the fondant panels. I don’t have tutorials for this, but I can share where I got my information…

If you’re going to do paneling on a square cake, cut out the panels and freeze them for about 10 minutes before applying to the cake. It makes putting them on so much easier!!

  • I learned how to panel cakes in this Make-Ahead Cakes class (except I used fondant – not modeling chocolate) and I’m pretty sure I also learned more about paneling in this Clean & Simple Birthday Cakes class (although it’s been ages since I watched it, so I could be wrong).  The bottom line is – the sharp corners on this cake were accomplished by fondant paneling techniques I learned in [**Bluprint classes (formerly known as Craftsy)**](https://shareasale.com/u.cfm?d=586389&m=29190&u=395707&afftrack=).
  • The cakes were chocolate cake filled with chocolate buttercream, then covered in chocolate ganache.
  • All cakes were covered in different colors of Satin Ice Fondant : red, blue, white, green, black and burgundy.

sports themed groom's cake on table with plates

Hand-cut Logos on Cake:

Other than questions about the sharp corners, several of you also asked about the logos.  They really weren’t that hard to do.

Since most of my cake tiers usually work out to 4.5-5 inches tall, I found logos online for each team and resized them to an approximate 4″ height. Then I printed them on regular paper and cut them out with scissors.

It’s kind of hard to explain, but next I rolled out the color of fondant that was on the outside of each logo to be the “back” piece.

For example, for the top New York logo, the back was white. So I rolled out white fondant, laid the cut out logo on top of the fondant and cut out the “back” with a scalpel. Then I took the paper off, and cut away the white outside edge. The blue was the next biggest color, so I rolled out blue fondant and cut out the blue shape.

I brushed some shortening over the white, laid the blue on top, then cut away the blue from the paper and individually cut out the white letters, white stripes and red triangles. I laid those individually on red and white fondant (respectively) and cut those out of fondant. Then laid those on the blue.

Each layer of fondant was as thin as I could get it without it tearing and I used shortening to attached fondant to fondant.

Does that make sense? It was tedious. It was time-consuming. But it was worth it!

The time decorating was worth it!

For some of the smaller details/letters on the cake, I actually just put the cut out (paper) letters directly on the fondant logos.  (😲 – yes I did).

I’d already told the client that the logos wouldn’t be edible because I’d be leaving them out overnight to dry/harden, so I didn’t have to worry about the ink, etc.  It was so much neater to put the paper details vs. the cut-out fondant for the really tiny stuff so I rolled with it and my clients were overhwhelmingly happy with the results. I only used paper on the very front/top layers of the logos so it was never in contact with any of the fondant that might be eaten.

I also used edible paint and food markers for some of the details on the different logos… it was a combination of many techniques but I hope I’ve given you enough basics to get you started!

sports grooms cake on wooden cake stand

In the end, this Sports Themed Grooms Cake all turned out so much better than I hoped!  I stacked the cakes on an 18″ black square cake drum and wrapped the edges with black ribbon. I wanted it to sort of disappear against the wood stand that the groom was using – it had great sentimental value.

In a perfect world, I would’ve assembled the cake directly on the stand but ya’ll know I’ve had some issues with assembling cakes in front of a crowd (that was also a 6 tiered cake… or it was supposed to be) so I avoid it like the plague. 😜

I didn’t measure the finished height or weight of the cake, but one of my kids snapped this picture of me just after I put the top tier on:

assembling six tiered sports grooms cake

Yep. I was on a step stool. The cake was so big and tall that I used a turntable expander so I didn’t have to worry about the drum bending or tipping off the stand.  I also have the sketch below that I sent the mother-of-the-groom ahead of time. The only change was that we switched the background colors of the top two tiers to better compliment the logos.

sports grooms cake sketch

Alrighty – that’s all I have for you on this cake! Please don’t hesitate to ask questions if I’ve forgotten anything!  Also, check out my other sports themed cakes here!!

Happy Caking!

Rose

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Beatrix Potter Cake with Peter Rabbit & Jemima Puddle-duck https://rosebakes.com/beatrix-potter-cake-with-peter-rabbit-jemima-puddle-duck/ https://rosebakes.com/beatrix-potter-cake-with-peter-rabbit-jemima-puddle-duck/#comments Sat, 27 Apr 2019 03:40:02 +0000 https://rosebakes.com/?p=42598 Get all the details of this Beatrix Potter Cake – perfect for a baby shower or Beatrix Potter themed birthday party.  All fondant and gum paste decorations with hand-painted Peter Rabbit and Jemima Puddle-duck characters. This precious Beatrix Potter Cake is an attempt at replicating the perfect original by Steel Penny Cakes here.  When my client,…Continue Reading

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Get all the details of this Beatrix Potter Cake – perfect for a baby shower or Beatrix Potter themed birthday party.  All fondant and gum paste decorations with hand-painted Peter Rabbit and Jemima Puddle-duck characters.

Beatrix Potter Cake for a birthday with Peter Rabbit and Jemima Puddle-duck

This precious Beatrix Potter Cake is an attempt at replicating the perfect original by Steel Penny Cakes here

When my client, Jennifer, first reached out about me doing this cake, I knew I had a lot to live up to. Everything Elysia makes over at Steel Penny Cakes is flawless and her Beatrix Potter Cake is famous.  It’s been replicated time and time again and I really wanted to do it justice.

The original cake was made for a baby shower but my copy of the cake was for a baby’s first birthday. The thing is, this sweet Beatrix Potter Cake is perfect for either celebration!

So let’s get to it …

Beatrix Potter Cake with Peter Rabbit & Jemima Puddle-duck

foxgloves flowers on Beatrix Potter Birthday Cake

The most intimidating part of this cake for me was the foxgloves flowers on the sides of the cake.  The tiny bell-like flowers and the leaves in different sizes took at least a couple of hours to make. Then they were left to dry overnight.

I realized later on when I zoomed in on a picture of real flowers that mine were not botanically correct, but I felt like they were close enough for me to not have to redo them.

After covering the cakes (by paneling with fondant), the first thing I did was use Edible Arts Paint from Sweet sticks to paint on the grass and flower stalks in pink and green. I went back and used my food markers to make some darker and more defined marks in the grass.

Beatrix Potter Cake with white fence and foxglove flowers

Then I used royal icing to “glue” on the leaves and flowers… and dots of pink royal icing to do the smaller “flowers” and stalks. I also had my daughter make the white flowers used around the cake.  She used a flower plunger cutter similiar to this and painted the centers yellow with Edible Arts Paint again.

For the fence, I used a wood grain impression mat to make the texture, then cut out the individual boards. It was all attached and put together with a light coating of shortening.

Initial cake topper on Beatrix Potter Birthday Cake

Sadly, this is the best picture I got of the intial “A” on top. I didn’t have a large enough cutter so this letter was hand-cut out of pink gum paste. After it dried hard overnight, I attached a lollipop stick to the back with melted candy melts and stood it up on the cake.

Jemima Puddle-duck

jemima puddle-duck cake character on Beatrix Potter Cake

hand-painted jemima puddle-duck cake character on Beatrix Potter Cake

A Beatrix Potter Cake wouldn’t be complete without Peter Rabbit and Jemima Puddle-duck. For these characters, I printed some images that I had sized to around 4.5 inches tall, then cut them out with scissors.

paper peter rabbit and hand cut gumpaste peter rabbit painted with edible paint

I rolled out gum paste pretty thin, then layed the characters on top and cut out the shapes with a scalpel. After letting them dry a bit, I began by drawing the black outlines with food markers. ThenI used a mixture of different colors from my Edible Arts paints to paint the characters.

Peter Rabbit

hand-painted peter rabbit cake character on Beatrix Potter Cake

hand-painted jemima peter rabbit cake character on Beatrix Potter Cake

I also used food markers to go back and add some more depth to the colors. I’m not sure if I’ve mentioned it before or not but I minored in art in college and I really love painting. I don’t do it nearly enough!!  I couldn’t have been more pleased with how they turned out!

After letting them dry overnight, I attached them to the cake with melted candy melts.

name plaque on Beatrix Potter Peter Rabbit Cake

Just before attaching the characters, I placed the plaque with the birthday girl’s name on the top tier. I cut it out with a plaque cookie cutter. I cut the letters with these block Tappit cutters. See how I use Tappit cutters here. I attached the letters with a light coat of shortening and I painted the border with pink edible paint.

I can’t wrap up this post without sharing the smash cake:

Beatrix Potter Smash Cake with Foxglove flowers in buttercream

It was a tiny 5″ round cake covered in vanilla buttercream. Except for the white flowers, I painted on the stalks and piped on all the flowers with buttercream.

I think that’s all I can share about decorating this cake.  Now, back to the basics…

Details of the Beatrix Potter Birthday Cake:

  • This cake was 5″ and 8″ tiers of wedding cake (white almond sour cream cake) filled and frosted with vanilla buttercream. The cakes were baked in my favorite Magic Line pans.
  • Satin Ice fondant was used to cover the cakes and all decorations were Satin Ice Fondant or Satin Ice Gum Paste.  Normally I use homemade marshmallow fondant but my husband always makes it and his work schedule didn’t allow it this time.  So Satin Ice for the save!!
  • As mentioned above, I used Edible Arts Paint and Gourmet Food Markers for most of the artistic work on the cake. I used Americolor Forest Green, Leaf Green and Soft Pink for coloring the fondant and gum paste.
  • You’ll find my royal icing recipe here I used #3 piping tips to pipe on the flowers.

Did I miss any details? I’d love for you to leave me a comment!

Happy Caking!

Rose

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Mother’s Day Gift Guide for Cake Decorators https://rosebakes.com/mothers-day-gift-guide-for-cake-decorators/ https://rosebakes.com/mothers-day-gift-guide-for-cake-decorators/#respond Fri, 26 Apr 2019 04:35:35 +0000 https://rosebakes.com/?p=42578 With Mother’s Day just around the corner, I thought it would be a great time to write a Mother’s Day Gift Guide for Cake Decorators. That way, if you want to give a little hint to your kids or husband, you can just refer them here. Or if you happen to be looking for a…Continue Reading

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With Mother’s Day just around the corner, I thought it would be a great time to write a Mother’s Day Gift Guide for Cake Decorators. That way, if you want to give a little hint to your kids or husband, you can just refer them here. Or if you happen to be looking for a gift for the cake decorator in your life – look no more!

Being a serious baker means that you need some professional cake decorating accessories to help refine your craft. When it comes to baking cakes, the process goes well beyond just whipping up the ingredients and baking the cake.

You must know how to decorate that cake to perfection. Whether the cake decorator is you or someone special in your life, here are 10 must-have accessories to take cake decorating to the next level.

Bosch Universal Mixer

Home bakers and cake decorators need a mixer that can stand up to daily or weekly baking again and again. After almost five years of use, I can say with confidence that the Bosch Universal Mixer is the best mixer for cake decorators.  See the best deal on the Bosch here.

You can make buttercream without a cloud of powdered sugar in your kitchen or make triple batches of vanilla cake all at once. Those are just a couple of the reasons I love my Bosch.  You can read why I ditched my Kitchenaid here and see how it holds up to 16 cups of flour here for a batch of cookie dough that yields over 400 chocolate chip cookies!

Revolving Cake Decorating Stand

Every serious baker needs to own this Revolving Cake Decorating Stand. Made of aluminum and cast iron, this cake stand means business! This cake decorating stand includes a non-slip surface and is made in the USA.

Decorating your next cake will be a cinch when you have this revolving cake decorating stand in your kitchen. No more stopping to turn the cake during the decorating process. If your gift recipient doesn’t have one of these, surprise them with one!

Offset Cake Icing Spatula Set

Every serious baker must have an Offset Cake Icing Spatula Set to help frost the cake without issue. Spatulas are one of those most basic tools that you won’t be able to live without!

This icing spatula kit comes with three different sized cake icing spatulas for every application you can think of. You’ll be able to easily apply icing on cupcakes right up to a tiered wedding cake using this Offset Cake Icing Spatula Set.

Wilton Master Decorating Tip Set

If you’re like me and have been decorating for a while, you likely have a collection of piping tips already in your collection. But if you’re new to cake decroating, this Wilton Master Decorating Tip Set includes a huge variety of decorating tips to get your started and it allows you to keep your cake decorating tips organized for ease of access.

Have you ever been ready to decorate a cake and had a difficult time finding the right tip? Well, you won’t have that issue anymore with this Master Decorating Tip Set. Get creative with these tips that include round, star, ruffle, petal, leaf, basketweave, drop flower and specialty tips. Cake decorators will love this set – makes the perfect gift!

Wilton Decorator Preferred Cake Decorating Tool Caddy

Never lose a cake decorating tool again with this Wilton Decorator Preferred Cake Decorating Tool Caddy.  There’s nothing more frustrating than needing a tool in the middle of decorating a cake and not being able tof ind it.

It’s so important to have quick access to your cake decorating tools so that you can finish decorating their cake from beginning to end without searching kitchen cabinets and drawers for the necessary cake decorating tools.

The caddy includes a top tray for storing decorating tips, couplers and more. The bottom compartment has adjustable dividers for easy customization for your tools. Makes a truly thoughtful gift!  (tools not included)

Magic Line Round Cake Pans Set

For anyone planning to have a serious cake business, high quality pans are a must. I switched to Magic Line pans years ago and have never regretted my decision.

This Magic Line Round Cake Pans Set includes the most common sizes of round cake pans you’ll need for birthday cakes, graduation cakes, wedding cakes and every other celebration cake. The set includes 5 sizes… 4″, 6″, 8″, 10″ and 12″. These commerical grade pans are made in the USA, made of the highest quality, heavy gauge aluminum to provide even heat distribution and will last you for many years to come.

Cake Decorating Modeling Tool Set

This Cake Decorating Modeling Tool Set is a must have for anyone who plans to do fondant work or sculpting of any kind when cake decorating.  I use tools included in this set almost every single week when rolling out my orders.

From dotting tools to sculpture tools and everything in between this set will truly let you become an artist with your next cake decorating project. This set gives you a variety of carving shapes and sizes to help refine your decorating skills.

Cake Boss Decorating Tools Airbrushing Kit

With the cake as your canvas, use this Cake Boss Decorating Tools Airbrushing Kit to create amazing edible cake art.  I’ll be honest and tell you I don’t use my airbrush nearly as much as I’d like to because I’m just not confident with it. But the without a doubt, using an airbrush on cake absolutely takes cake art to a new level.

This easy to use compressor airbrush gives your three adjustable levels to cover large surfaces, create airbrush designs or do fine script writing. Create your own designs or use stencils. Comes with a case and instruction booklet.  Makes a great gift for the serious cake decorator!

Edible Printer Art Package

This Edible Printer Art Package is on my personal wish list. I keep talking myself out of ordering it because I don’t really have space to store it, but I find myself wishing I had one more and mroe.

This cake decorating accessory will allow you to take your cake decorating skills even further with icing sheets, wafer sheets and everything you need to make an edible art design for your next cake decorating session.  It will allow you to add details and personalization to your cakes that you couldn’t accomplish otherise.  Surprise your recipient with this ultimate cake decorating gift!

The Complete Photo Guide to Cake Decorating

There are hundreds (thousands?) of cake decorating tutorials online these days and more recipes than you could read in a lifetime. But for some, an old fashioned book that you can hold with your hands is the way to go!

Learn the beautiful and creative art of cake decorating with The Complete Photo Guide to Cake Decorating by Autumn Carpenter. Go beyond the fundamentals with these gorgeous photos and easy to follow instructions. You’ll learn the art of assembling, layering, writing, gumpaste flowers and many other cake decorating essentials. This is a book you’ll refer to again and again. Makes an excellent gift.

Cake decorating is an art and having the proper tools is essential to success.  Any of these products of this Gift Guide for Cake Decorators would make a wonderful and thoughtful gift, showing the hobby cake decorator or someone more experienced that you care!

Surprise them with any one of these gifts that will inspire their creativity and passion!

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Andes Mint Chocolate Chip Cookies https://rosebakes.com/andes-mint-chocolate-chip-cookies/ https://rosebakes.com/andes-mint-chocolate-chip-cookies/#comments Thu, 25 Apr 2019 04:59:44 +0000 https://rosebakes.com/?p=42568 These Andes Mint Chocolate Chip Cookies are perfectly soft and chewy – and packed with delicious chocolatey-minty Andes flavor! I’ll admit, I have a lot of favorites when it comes to sweets, but Andes Mints are one of my favorite favorites.  😉 The problem is… if I buy a bag of Andes Mints, I can easily sit and…Continue Reading

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These Andes Mint Chocolate Chip Cookies are perfectly soft and chewy – and packed with delicious chocolatey-minty Andes flavor!

Andes Mint Chocolate Chip Cookies on cutting board with glass of milk and Pinterest text

I’ll admit, I have a lot of favorites when it comes to sweets, but Andes Mints are one of my favorite favorites.  😉 The problem is… if I buy a bag of Andes Mints, I can easily sit and eat the whole bag without even realizing it. Especially if I’m working or watching TV… they’re gone before I know it.

It’s embarrassing.

Anyway… today I’m combining two of my favorite things. Andes Mints and Chocolate Chip Cookies…

Andes Mint Chocolate Chip Cookies on glass of milk with other cookies on cutting board

Andes Mint Chocolate Chip Cookies

And this is no willy-nilly combo. These are amazingly soft and delicious and chewy cookies.  If you start eating them right out of the oven, the melty goodness of the Andes Mint Chips might have you eating way more than you should. 🍪🍪🍪

I know most people usually think of minty desserts like this around the holidays, but I’m being a rebel and baking them in the spring. But you better believe I’ll be baking these again for Christmas… and maybe a dozen times before then. Ha!

Andes Mint Chocolate Chip Cookies on cutting board with glass of milk

So let me give you the quick rundown on these cookies. There are no surprise ingredients – just a perfect combination of your basic cookie ingredients with a double does of chocolate: semi-sweet chocolate chips and Andes Mints Creme de Menth Baking Chips.

Andes Mints Chocolate Chip Cookies Ingredients

And here’s how to make them:

bowl of eggs sugar, brown sugar vanilla for Andes Mint Chocolate Chip Cookies

Preheat the oven to 350°F and start by combining the softened butter, egg, egg yolk, vanilla extract, and sugars.

mixed up ingredients for Andes Mint Chocolate Chip Cookies

With that all mixed up, then fold in the flour and baking soda.

adding chocolate chips and Andes Mints to Andes Mint Chocolate Chip Cookies

Add in the chocolate chips and Andes Mints Creme de Menth Baking Chips.  

Andes Mint Chocolate Chip Cookies dough in white bowl

Stir until well combined, then place the dough in the fridge to firm up for about 15-20 minutes.

I like to use a silicone baking mat on my cookie sheet for easy clean-up and 100% guarantee my cookies never stick!

Use a 2″ cookie scoop to scoop the cookie dough into balls and place 2-3″ apart on a baking sheet.

Bake 10-12 minutes.

Andes Mint Chocolate Chip Cookies with milk on a cutting board

Then enjoy them fresh out of the oven (for the BEST Andes Mint Chocolate Chip cookies!) or let them  cool and store in an airtight container. They were still amazing the next day!!

Here’s the printable recipe for you:

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Andes Mint Chocolate Chip Cookies


  • Author: Rose
  • Prep Time: 10
  • Cook Time: 12
  • Total Time: 22 minutes
  • Yield: 2

Description

These Andes Mint Chocolate Chip Cookies are perfectly soft and chewy – and packed with delicious chocolatey-minty Andes flavor!


Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup butter, softened to room temperature
  • 1 egg
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar 
  • 1 tbsp. vanilla extract 
  • 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • 2 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup Andes mint baking bits
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. 
  2. Combine the softened butter, egg, egg yolk, vanilla extract, and sugars. 
  3. Fold in the flour and baking soda.
  4. Add in the chocolate chips and Andes baking bits.
  5. Place the dough in the fridge to firm up for about 15-20 minutes. 
  6. Use a 2″ cookie scoop to scoop the cookie dough into balls and place 2-3″ apart on a baking sheet. 
  7. Bake 10-12 minutes.

  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: cookies, chocolate chip, chocolate chip cookies, Andes Mints, Andes Mints Cookies,

 

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Save $$$ on this Bosch Mixer Package + FREE Shipping! https://rosebakes.com/save-136-bosch-mixer-package-free-shipping/ https://rosebakes.com/save-136-bosch-mixer-package-free-shipping/#comments Tue, 23 Apr 2019 17:16:43 +0000 https://rosebakes.com/?p=40598 Last year I shared with you why I quit buying Kitchenaid Mixers.  And today I’m sharing a deal where you can save get the Baker’s Pack for FREE with the Universal Bosch Mixer + FREE Shipping with code MDBAKERMIXER! If you read that first post, you know that for the past 4 years, I’ve been using…Continue Reading

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Last year I shared with you why I quit buying Kitchenaid Mixers.  And today I’m sharing a deal where you can save get the Baker’s Pack for FREE with the Universal Bosch Mixer + FREE Shipping with code MDBAKERMIXER!

If you read that first post, you know that for the past 4 years, I’ve been using a Bosch mixer and I’m hooked! If you missed the post – go read it here.

Bottom line: no more powdered sugar clouds in my kitchen when making frosting. No more stripped gears or bogged down beater blades. And triple batches of cake batter at ONE TIME. Need I say more?

So, with coupon code MDMIXERBAKER, you can save get a FREE Baker’s Pack with the Bosch Univeral Mixer and you get FREE Shipping!

This deal is better than the price on Amazon!

But if you buy it on the Bosch website, you’ll get the Universal Mixer Plus AND the Baker’s Pack for less than the price of the mixer alone! This is the best price we’ve seen since the holiday sales at the end of 2018!

So for all of you who read my previous post and decided you wanted one of these mixers – this Mother’s Day sale is good through May 17 at 11:59pm. Here’s how to get the deal:

If you’d like to order a Bosch during the Mother’s Day sale, here’s how to do it:

  • Click here: http://shrsl.com/1kkht.
  • Click on the top image with the Bosch Universal Mixer with Free Baker’s Pack.
  • Click “Add to cart”.
  • Use code **MDMIXERBAKER** and it should take off $66.
  • Total should be $389 with Free Shipping (and any applicable taxes).
  • Proceed to checkout, add your payment method and shipping info and youre done!

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Classic Deviled Eggs (the BEST recipe!!) https://rosebakes.com/classic-deviled-eggs-best-recipe/ https://rosebakes.com/classic-deviled-eggs-best-recipe/#respond Thu, 18 Apr 2019 04:37:05 +0000 https://rosebakes.com/?p=42514 These Classic Deviled Eggs are sure to be a crowd pleaser whenever you serve them!   Make the most basic of recipes or add in your favorite ingredients for what your family loves! Without a doubt, if we’re going to run out of a food that has been gobbled up quickly at a family gathering, it’s…Continue Reading

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These Classic Deviled Eggs are sure to be a crowd pleaser whenever you serve them!   Make the most basic of recipes or add in your favorite ingredients for what your family loves!

classic deviled eggs on white platter with pinterest text

Without a doubt, if we’re going to run out of a food that has been gobbled up quickly at a family gathering, it’s going to be the Classic Deviled Eggs. 🥚🥚🥚

Everybody loves them. And this is not true for just family – same goes for our church. If we had a potluck, the deviled eggs are the first thing to go!

But there’s this thing that we must discuss regarding deviled eggs.  Are you ready?

Deviled Eggs with relish? or without?

classic deviled eggs on white platter perfect for Easter

Which camp are you in? I personally don’t mind relish. But if I get to choose, we do deviled eggs without relish. And for this recipe, what I consider my very best deviled eggs recipe, I’m leaving the relish out.

But I know, without a doubt that there’s a great debate on this topic and most people are passionately in one camp or the other. Deviled Eggs can cause quite the controversy 😜

classic deviled eggs on platter perfect for easter

Come to think of it, there are a few other ingredients that are controversial regarding Deviled Eggs… onions, bacon, pickles, cheese, pimentos and even olives.  I’ve seen any and all of these ingredients mixed into deviled eggs here in the South and by golly… most of them are delicious! The one thing I personally cannot tolerate is the raw onion.

But then again, I don’t eat raw onion in or on anything so I’m definitely not going to mess up my deviled eggs with onion.  Bleh!

Anywhoo… the bottom line is – this deviled eggs recipe is classic, simple, delicious, and non-controversial 😉  The only ingredients for the classic recipe are mayonaise, spicy mustard, salt and pepper! Easy-peasy!!

You could use regular plain mustard, but we find that the spicy mustard adds another layer of flavor that is heavenly!! Give it a try if you haven’t before!!

perfect classic deviled eggs for easter on white platter

And of course I’m sharing just in time for Easter 🙂  You may notice in the picture that I piped in the filling. You could, of course, spoon it in, but piping it in makes it pretty and it’s super easy. Even if you’re not a cake decorator, you can use one of these cheapy kits to fancy things up a bit!

I even made a little video for you:

 

Deviled Eggs Tips

  • Boiled eggs TWO ways. You can boil your eggs the traditional way – on the stove top OR if you’re an Instant Pot user (like myself), I just added a foolproof pressure cooker recipe for hard boiled eggs over on my other blog, Pressure Cooker Meals here.
  • This recipe multiplies! Usually I double or triple this recipe for our family because there are lots of us 😉
  • Add in your favorite “extras” … chopped pickles, relish, onions, chives, cheese, bacon, pimentos, olives, or something else creative. The sky is the limit!
  • Deviled Eggs can be made ahead!!  You can boil the eggs and make the filling up to 3 days ahead of time. Just refrigerate them separately in air-tight containers and assemble just before you’re ready to serve.
  • Leftovers? Never at my house, but if you happen to have extra uneaten Deviled Eggs, chop them up and make an egg salad sandwich… delish!!

More Easter Recipes…

Here’s the printable Classic Deviled Eggs recipe for you:

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Classic Deviled Eggs


  • Author: Rose
  • Prep Time: 15
  • Cook Time: 15
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 12

Description

These Classic Deviled Eggs are sure to be a crowd pleaser whenever you serve them!   Make the most basic of recipes or add in your favorite ingredients for what your family loves!


Ingredients

6 hard-boiled eggs (check out my fool-proof Instant Pot boiled eggs here)

1/4 cup mayonaise

2 tsp spicy mustard

salt & pepper, to taste

paprika, for garnish (optional)

Optional add-ins: relish, chopped pickles, onions, chives, bacon, cheese, pimentos, olives


Instructions

  1. Slice the eggs in half length-wise and scoop out the yolks into a small mixing bowl.
  2. Add the mayo, mustard, salt & pepper to the yolks, then mash up with a fork until smooth.
  3. Spoon or pipe the filling back into the egg whites, then sprinkle with paprika.
  4. Serve immediatley or cover tightly and chill until ready to eat!
  5. Enjoy!!

Notes

This recipe doubles or triples easily!

  • Category: Side Dish
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: deviled eggs, eggs, deviled, best deviled eggs, easy deviled eggs, classic, classic deviled eggs, southern, southern deviled eggs, no relish

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Rainbow Fiesta Cake with Cactus Toppers https://rosebakes.com/rainbow-fiesta-cake-cactus-toppers/ https://rosebakes.com/rainbow-fiesta-cake-cactus-toppers/#comments Wed, 10 Apr 2019 22:31:50 +0000 https://rosebakes.com/?p=42405 Rainbow Fiesta Cake with Cactus Toppers – this cake was the perfect centerpiece for a fiesta-themed party! The rainbow buttercream ruffles, fondant cactus toppers and the bright ribbon bunting make for a perfectly festive birthday cake! One of my most favorite and faithful clients, Rebecca, hosted a Fiesta themed party for her little girl and…Continue Reading

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Rainbow Fiesta Cake with Cactus Toppers – this cake was the perfect centerpiece for a fiesta-themed party! The rainbow buttercream ruffles, fondant cactus toppers and the bright ribbon bunting make for a perfectly festive birthday cake!

rainbow ruffles buttercream fiesta cake on red cake stand with pinterest text

One of my most favorite and faithful clients, Rebecca, hosted a Fiesta themed party for her little girl and this was the cake for the day!

I’m gonna be (cake-decorator) honest with you and tell you that making all the colors of buttercream and having to use a zillion piping bags and washing that piping tip a dozen times is not fun. But – and this is a BIG “but” – it’s SO worth it to see the final effect.

Rainbow buttercream ruffles take me to my happy place every single time!

Rainbow Fiesta Cake with Cactus Toppers

Rebecca sent a photo of a similiar Fiesta cake but I really wanted to change things up. Instead of fondant ruffles (which take forever to make and are not fun to eat), I offered to do the buttercream.  She thought that was a perfect idea!

rainbow buttercream ruffles fiesta cake with cactus cake toppers and ribbon bunting on red cake stand

So, I used Amercolor gel colors in in my vanilla buttercream to do all the ruffles. These are the colors I used:

 

rainbow buttercream ruffles cake on red cake stand with cactus topper for fiesta cake

Piping the ruffles was pretty easy using a Wilton #104 tip. I used disposable piping bags (doubled-up) so it was easy to rinse out the piping tip and load the next color! I started at the top and worked my way down.

This is the way I’ve always done ruffles but this time I had some trouble when I got near the bottom and the teal ruffles were a little messy. However, for this style of cake, I didn’t stress over it too much 🙂  If any of you pipe ruffles like this, I’d love to hear – do you start at the top or bottom of the cake?

Cactus Cake Toppers

cactus cake topper and ribbon bunting on fiesta cake

The inspiration cake had a single cactus cake topper. However, Rebecca requested a 9″ round cake and the single cactus just looked lonely. So I ended up making a second cactus and a sombrero.

To make the cacti, I mixed tylose into green Satin Ice fondant and shaped them around a bamboo skewer. I used toothpicks on the inside to help support the arms of the cacti.

After they dried and hardened (overnight), I used melted lighter green candy melts to paint over the fondant. Before the candy melts hardened, I sprinkled them with white nonpariels for dimension extra character.

cactus cake topper with ribbon bunting on fiesta cake with rainbow buttercream ruffles

When I finished the cacti, the cake still didn’t seem complete and I didn’t like the bunting on the inspiration cake, so I brainstormed and finally it hit me – ribbon bunting! I’ve done something similiar here  and I knew with lots of bright colored ribbon, I could get a topper I loved.

In the end, the rainbow ribbon bunting was perfect, if you ask me 😉 It was also really easy to make! I cut several strips of different colored ribbons and tied simple knots over and over again until I was happy with the look! Honestly, I could’ve added a dozen more and loved it but I didn’t want to go overboard.

You can get an idea of how to do a bunting topper like this here (different type of ribbon, but same idea).

Oh – one other detail. I used a “tan” colored buttercream on top to mimmick sand, then added some confetti sprinkles and more nonpariels.

Fiesta Cake Details

fiesta cake with rainbow buttercream ruffles and cactus topper and ribbon bunting

Last but not least, as mentioned above, this Fiesta Cake was a 9″ round cake.  Magic Line pans are my go-to brand and I use them for 99% of my cake baking.  The flavor was butter cake with vanilla buttercream.

Here are some of the supplies I used:

 

If you do a Fiesta themed party, you might also want to make some Cactus Pretzel Rods for your treats table or party favors!  Click here for the tutorial.

cactus pretzel rods on platter

If I forgot any details, please leave me a comment/question and I’ll answser if I can!  Do you love ruffle cakes? Check out these others I’ve done:

Rainbows & Ruffles Cake

 

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Pink & Gold Flamingo Cake & Party (with Flamingo Cake Topper Tutorial) https://rosebakes.com/pink-gold-flamingo-cake-party-flamingo-cake-topper-tutorial/ https://rosebakes.com/pink-gold-flamingo-cake-party-flamingo-cake-topper-tutorial/#comments Fri, 05 Apr 2019 14:37:10 +0000 https://rosebakes.com/?p=42437 This Pink & Gold Flamingo Cake is a perfect spring or summer cake design for a Flamingo Party! I’m also including an (impromptu) Flamingo Cake Topper Tutorial video. Last week was a blur. I even missed writing my weekly newsletter last Saturday.   Why?  Well… I was busy, busy, busy preparing for and hosting my niece…Continue Reading

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This Pink & Gold Flamingo Cake is a perfect spring or summer cake design for a Flamingo Party! I’m also including an (impromptu) Flamingo Cake Topper Tutorial video.

Pink and Gold Flamingo Cake for a Flamingo Party

Last week was a blur. I even missed writing my weekly newsletter last Saturday.   Why?  Well… I was busy, busy, busy preparing for and hosting my niece Perry’s 5th birthday party!  Quite honestly, it didn’t occur to me until Monday (I think it was) that I’d even forgotten the newsletter.

The thing is, I absolutely love hosting parties. Love, love, LOVE it.  Our backyard is perfect for things like this and it was ideal for the Flamingo themed party!

Flamingo Party

In fact, one reason we were so thrilled to buy this beautiful big property is so we could have people over all the time. But as much as I love it – this Mommy was exhausted by the time the weekend ended.

Much of Thursday and all of Friday was spent preparing for the party. Cleaning, baking, and cleaning some more (because with 6 kids… it never stays clean for long).  Before I knew it, it was party day and I hadn’t started on the cake…

Flamingo Party Balloon Arch

Balloon Display for Flamingo Party with Flamingo Cake Centerpiece

Thanks goodness my sister-in-law and her Mom were doing the party decorating and all the other food or I’d have been a complete failure.  And speaking of decorating… they did a fantastic job!!  What about that balloon display huh??

Let me back up and say I did have some cake work done.. the cake was baked.  It was 4″, 6″‘ and 8″ tiers of this strawberry cake. And thanks to help from Sarah, the tiers were filled and crumb-coated. But decorated? No.

As of Saturday morning at 9am, I had not done a single thing as far as decorating the Flamingo Cake. I hadn’t even made a topper and I knew I wanted a 3-D flamingo topper.

So what’s a girl to do? Throw it into high-gear and get busy, that’s what!

Pink & Gold Flamingo Cake

Pink and Gold Flamingo Cake for Flamingo Party on white cake stand

First, I had to decide on a design and run with it.  For the sake of time and ease, I decided on an (almost) all-buttercream cake. The week before I’d done the yellow striped buttercream cake (seen here) and I wanted to try a different technique to get the stripes, so that was my top and bottom tier.

Pink and Gold Gum paste flowers on Buttercream Flamingo Cake

Ariel had told me she wanted the cake to be shades of pink, white and gold with maybe some flowers.  Pre-made gum paste flowers are something I keep on hand (a variety of flowers in different shapes and sizes), so I chose a handful of those to add to the cake too

Gold drip was added to the solid pink middle tier (although it was a little runnier than I prefer and melted easily) – and painted some of the flowers gold.

Pink and Gold Gum Paste Flowers with Gold Drip on Buttercream Flamingo Cake

I also used Wilton Colormist to spray some of the flowers pink and voila! – I was almost done.  Doing all of that took about an hour.

Lastly, I had to get a topper on the cake. Since modeling chocolate is the easiest medium to work with when you need something ready to use quickly, I decided to make the flamingo out of pink modeling chocolate.  (Learn more about modeling chocolate in this Modeling Chocolate Magic cake decorating class)

Pink Flamingo Cake Topper on Buttercream Flamingo Cake with Gum Paste flowers

Actually, I had decided about the modeling chocolate first thing that morning (when I was in panic mode) so I made it first and let it be setting up in the fridge while I decorated the cake.

By the time the cake was decorated, the modeling chocolate was ready to work with. After sharing the Flamingo Cake Topper on Facebook, several of you asked for a tutorial, so I actually made a second flamingo on live video.  In the end, it was not quite as cute as the first, but you can definitely get the gist of how to make it.

Flamingo Cake Topper Supplies:

Watch the video tutorial here:

 

You can find a little info on the video here in my Facebook group. The short version is, video is way outside my comfort zone and I’m well-aware that it’s far from perfect, but if it helps some of you, then my job is done!

Pink and Gold Flamingo Cake for Flamingo Party on Gold Cake Stand

Alrighty – I’m going to share some information about the cake and then we’ll wrap this up!!

Flamingo Cake Details

Okay – that’s all I’ve got for you! If you have questions, leave me a comment below!

Happy Caking!

Rose

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Duck Hunting Groom’s Cake https://rosebakes.com/duck-hunting-grooms-cake/ https://rosebakes.com/duck-hunting-grooms-cake/#comments Wed, 27 Mar 2019 03:48:02 +0000 https://rosebakes.com/?p=40543 This Duck Hunting Groom’s Cake is one of my favorites – perfect for the outdoorsman or duck hunter in your life. This was a groom’s cake but it would also be a fantastic birthday cake! This Duck Hunting Cake design was inspired by the amazing Duck Hunting Cakes from Jaime at The Cake Barn. This cake…Continue Reading

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This Duck Hunting Groom’s Cake is one of my favorites – perfect for the outdoorsman or duck hunter in your life. This was a groom’s cake but it would also be a fantastic birthday cake!

duck hunting groom's cake on black cake stand

This Duck Hunting Cake design was inspired by the amazing Duck Hunting Cakes from Jaime at The Cake Barn.

This cake was a collaborative effort put together by me and my friend (and assistant) Susan.  I could not be prouder of the cakes we delivered that weekend.  And there were actually four cakes that weekend… two wedding cakes and two groom’s cakes. This is the first I’ve posted of any of them!

Susan came up that weekend because the wedding cake that went along with this groom’s cake required a truck-load of piping.  And I do mean a truck-load.  It was a 4 tiered cake with words covering every square inch.

With my always-achy hands, I knew that piping would be torture for me and Susan kindly offered to come stay the weekend and help me.  Ya’ll… best.decision.ever.

PSA: If you have a friend who can and will help you when you need it, don’t be too proud to accept the help.

So anyway… let me tell you about the different parts of the cake.

Duck Hunting Groom’s Cake

mallard duck cake topper with wafer paper grass and reeds behind it on duck hunting groom's cake

First up, the topper. I shaped the duck out of rice cereal treats then covered it in modeling chocolate.  I don’t know much about ducks, but the bride gave me some pictures of the type of ducks her groom hunted.

With those photos on hand, Susan hand-painted the duck using these amazing edible paints. PS – if you want edible paint – get this kind. It’s nothing short of fantastic.

I wanted every detail of the cake to be edible, if possible.  Wafer paper is one of my favorite mediums for cake decorating (remember the flowers I made?), so I decided to make the grass from wafer paper. I cut strips, painted them different shades of green with a little gold and brown, and let them dry. Wafer paper naturally curls when damp so the effect was really nice.

Then I sandwiched two together with a spaghetti noodle in between (using piping gel for glue) and used the noodle as the “stem” to stick into the cake..

The Top Tier

mallard duck cake topper with wafer paper grass and reeds behind it on duck hunting groom's cake

The reeds were also made with uncooked spaghetti noodles and brown fondant on top.   I added the grass & reeds behind the duck and also on the side. The little sign, “The Hunt is Over” was fondant and the rocks were these jelly beans.

The top tier was just textured cream cheese buttercream – using this buttercream comb.  It was colored brown with gel coloring – it was not chocolate. Tricky, huh? 🙂

The Middle Tier

hand painted sillouettes on duck hunting groom's cake middle tier

The middle tier was a little more involved. I covered the tier in white buttercream, then went back and did a watercolor effect on it. I added patches of yellow and light orange buttercream, then smoothed them to get a sunset (or sunrise) sky. When I was happy with the look, I popped it in the freezer.

After it was really set, I used a small paintbrush and black gel coloring to paint on the silouhettes. The buttercream thawed pretty quickly so I had to work fast.  When it was all put together, I piped the grass around the bottom of that tier using this tip.

The Bottom Tier

The bottom tier was a lot of fun. I first covered it in more of the brown cream cheese buttercream. Then I used chocolate curls (not sure what else to call them) to make the bark.

To get that look, I spread melted chocolate on wax paper, Then I rolled it up and froze it.  After severeal minutes, I unrolled it and the chocolate broke into curved pieces perfect for bark!  Isn’t that fun?! I stuck those to the buttercream and easily got the look of tree bark.

Lastly, the board was covered in green fondant, then I piped more grass and added some fondant shotgun shells. I purchased a fondant mold for the shotgun shells here on Etsy. I used Satin Ice red fondant to make them.

When they were dry/hardened, I painted the ends gold.  To get the gold, I mixed Imperial Luster Dust and lemon extract.  That combination gives the best gold in my opinion.

The Reception

So – I think that’s all the cake details. Now let me show you a couple of pictures from the reception.

duck hunting groom's cake on wheel table at wedding reception

The cake was displayed on a huge wooden spool and no detail was spared for the decorations!

groom's table with duck hunting groom's cake and other hunting decor

Isn’t that gorgeous?!  There was camo and stumps and greenery and ducks and it was all just so woodsy and manly!  Perfect in my opinion!

The Duck Hunting Groom’s Cake was 6″, 8″ and 10″ tiers of red velvet cake. I baked them in my favorite Magic Line pans and filled frosted them all with this cream cheese buttercream.

Did I miss any details?  Do you have any questions? Leave me a comment!

Happy Caking!

Rose

Looking for other duck cake ideas?

Check out some of my other duck cakes here:

duck hunting cake with sillouettes and grass and reeds

Details of this Duck Hunting Cake here.

duck hunting groom's cake

Duck Hunting Groom’s Cake

dead duck on duck hunting groom's cake

And then there was this Dead Duck Cake. It caused quite a stir on Facebook, but you know… the groom was a duck hunter and he wanted something unique 😉

 

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How to Make Cactus Pretzel Rods https://rosebakes.com/cactus-pretzel-rods/ https://rosebakes.com/cactus-pretzel-rods/#respond Sun, 24 Mar 2019 17:49:40 +0000 https://rosebakes.com/?p=42381 How to Make Cactus Pretzel Rods. These are one of the easiest and most festive treats and the cactus theme is everywhere right now!  With only three ingredients – these sweet and salty snacks can be made in a snap and they’re perfect for party favors or dessert tables. These cactus pretzel rods will go with so many…Continue Reading

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How to Make Cactus Pretzel Rods. These are one of the easiest and most festive treats and the cactus theme is everywhere right now!  With only three ingredients – these sweet and salty snacks can be made in a snap and they’re perfect for party favors or dessert tables.

how to make cactus pretzel rods - made with candy melts on brown platter

These cactus pretzel rods will go with so many party themes… a Fiesta party, a Llama party, a Flamingo party or even a straight-up Cactus themed party!  I made them for my sister-in-law’s Llama-themed baby shower 🌵🌵🌵

Okay – are you ready to see what you’ll need to make these?  Here you go…

Cactus Pretzel Rod Supplies & Ingredients:

cactus pretzel rods supplies and ingredients on white counter

And while I didn’t take pics, I did make a video for you showing just how easy these Cactus Pretzel Rods are to make:


You might notice in the pic below that I didn’t use the same sprinkles on all of them.

how to make cactus pretzel rods - on brown platter with green candy melts and white sprinkles

You see – the day before the baby shower, it was sort of a last minute request from our pastor’s wife for me to make these Cactus Pretzel Rods for the shower. She’d seen something similiar on Pinterest and thought they’d be perfect!

So, without time to order supplies, I had to “make do” with what I had on hand… I used White Jimmies (from this jar of mixed sprinkles), some sparkling chunky white sugar, and some white confetti sprinkles.  If I’d had my pick, I’d have just ordered a big jar of white jimmies to do them all!

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How to make Cactus Pretzel Rods

  • Pour the green candy melts into a tall (skinny-ish) microwave-safe container. Add a couple of teaspoons of shortening (or check this post for other ideas to help thin them).
  • Melt green candy according to package instructions. I put mine in the microwave for a minute, stirred, then again in 30 second increments until completely melted and smooth.
  • Dip the pretzels, one at a time, tapping off the excess candy.
  • Place them on a parchment paper, wax paper, or a cookie sheet with a silicone baking mat. Sprinkle with jimmies.  You can let them set at room temperature (it takes awhile) or pop them in the fridge for 5-10 minutes.

And that’s that – easy-peasy!

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Here is a printable instructions/recipe card for you:

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Cactus Pretzel Rods


  • Author: Rose
  • Prep Time: 20
  • Cook Time: 5
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 30

Description

How to Make Cactus Pretzel Rods. These are the easiest and most festive treats and the cactus theme is everywhere right now!  With only three ingredients – these sweet and salty snacks can be made in a snap and they’re perfect for party favors or dessert tables. #pretzels #pretzelrods #cactus #cactuspretzels #cactuspretzelrods #candy #candymelts #dessert #llama #llamaparty #fiesta #tropical #party


Ingredients


Instructions

  • Pour the green candy melts into a tall (skinny-ish) microwave-safe container. Add a couple of teaspoons of shortening (or check this post for other ideas to help thin them). .
  • Melt green candy according to package instructions. I put mine in the microwave for a minute, stirred, then again in 30 second increments until completely melted and smooth.
  • Dip the pretzels, one at a time, tapping off the excess candy.
  • Place them on a parchment or wax paper covered cookie sheet. Sprinkle with jimmies.  You can let them set at room temperature (it takes awhile) or pop them in the fridge for 5-10 minutes.
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Microwave
  • Cuisine: American

 

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Easter Rice Krispies Pops https://rosebakes.com/easter-rice-krispies-pops/ https://rosebakes.com/easter-rice-krispies-pops/#comments Thu, 21 Mar 2019 16:16:23 +0000 https://rosebakes.com/?p=42342 These Easter Rice Krispies Pops are so pretty and easy to make! They’re perfect for kids classrooms or Easter parties and the kids can even help make them! Here’s what you’ll need for these yummy, fun treats… Ingredients: 3 tablespoons butter 10 oz marshmallows 6 cups Rice Krispies Pink Vanilla Candy Melts Easter sprinkles Cake…Continue Reading

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These Easter Rice Krispies Pops are so pretty and easy to make! They’re perfect for kids classrooms or Easter parties and the kids can even help make them!

Easter Rice Krispies Pops with Pink Candy Melts and Easter Sprinkles and text

Here’s what you’ll need for these yummy, fun treats…

Ingredients:

easter rice krispies pops ingredients on white table

You’ll also need bowls, a 9×13 dish, knife for cutting up the treats, and wax paper!  Once you have everything ready, it’s time to get started!

Make the Rice Krispies Treats

First, you’ll want to melt the butter in a large saucepan over low heat.  It’s really helpful if you use a non-stick pan!  OR, you can do actually make the Rice Krispies Treats in the microave if you like!  I have instructions for that here –> Microwave Rice Krispies Treats.

melting butter for Easter Rice Krispies Pops

Then add the marshmallows and stir until completely melted.

melting marshmallows for Easter Rice Krispies Pops

Remove from heat.

pouring rice krispies treats into buttered dish for Easter Rice Krispies Treats

Add Rice Krispies cereal. Stir until well coated.  Then using a buttered spatula or wax paper evenly press mixture into 13 x 9 x 2-inch pan coated with cooking spray.

rice krispies treats cut into rectangles for Easter Rice Krispies Treats

Cool. Cut into 2-inch x 3-inch bars.

Making the Easter Treats!

Next you’ll Melt candy melts according to package directions in a small bowl.

pushing a lollipop stick into rice krispies treat for Easter Rice Krispies Pops

Grab the cake pop sticks and push one into each Rice Krispies bar.

Dip in melted pink candy. They’re really pretty if you dip at least an inch or a little more than an inch into the candy.

Add Sprinkles!

Set down on tray lined with wax or parchment paper (for easier clean up) and immediately top with sprinkles.

Repeat until all Rice Krispies bars are coated in candy and sprinkles.

You can let these set up at room temperature or speed up the process by popping them into the refrigerator for a little while.

Enjoy!!  If you want to take these for classroom treats or a Sunday School party, you can wrap them in treat bags and add pretty ribbons!

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Easter Rice Krispies Pops


  • Author: Rose
  • Prep Time: 15
  • Cook Time: 5
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 24

Description

These Easter Rice Krispies Pops are so pretty and easy to make! They’re perfect for kids classrooms or Easter parties and the kids can even help make them!

 


Ingredients

  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 10 oz marshmallows
  • 6 cups Rice Krispies
  • Pink Vanilla Candy Melts
  • Easter sprinkles
  • Cake pop sticks

Instructions

In large saucepan melt butter over low heat. Add marshmallows and stir until completely melted. Remove from heat.

Add Rice Krispies cereal. Stir until well coated.

Using buttered spatula or wax paper evenly press mixture into 13 x 9 x 2-inch pan coated with cooking spray. Cool. Cut into 2-inch x 3-inch bars.

Melt candy melts according to package directions.

Insert a cake pop stick into each Rice Krispies bar. Dip in pink candy.

Set down on tray lined with wax paper (for easier clean up) and immediately top with sprinkles. Repeat until all Rice Krispies bars are coated in candy and sprinkles.

Refrigerate for about an hour to harden the candy and enjoy!


  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: rice cereal treats, rice krispies treats, marshmallows, Easter, pops

 

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My FAVORITE Cookie Sheets are on SALE (lowest price EVER)!! https://rosebakes.com/favorite-cookie-sheets-sale-lowest-price-ever/ https://rosebakes.com/favorite-cookie-sheets-sale-lowest-price-ever/#comments Thu, 14 Mar 2019 03:34:08 +0000 https://rosebakes.com/?p=42332 Friends… my FAVORITE Cookie Sheets are on SALE!!  In this short & sweet post, I’m going to share a sneak-peak with you and share a great deal. So first… sneak peak.  Ya’ll may or may not have been following along to know that we are remodeling our kitchen.  I haven’t shared a full reveal  yet, because I’m…Continue Reading

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Friends… my FAVORITE Cookie Sheets are on SALE!!  In this short & sweet post, I’m going to share a sneak-peak with you and share a great deal.

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So first… sneak peak.  Ya’ll may or may not have been following along to know that we are remodeling our kitchen.  I haven’t shared a full reveal  yet, because I’m a terrible blogger I’m eternally behind on all the things and life is just… life.  You know.

But today – to illustrate how much I love my cookie sheets (see all the ones I own here), I’m sharing the special space I had made just for them in my new kitchen!!  This glorious cabinet is above my refrigerator and has all the room for all of my various cookie sheets and their lids and enough extra space to even store my cutting boards.

I love this space so, so much and it’s one thing I’m 110% sure I got right in this re-design. I have a couple of regrets where I realized I didn’t design this or that just right (hello – I didn’t plan a place to store spices… ugh!), but this cookie sheet cabinet is not something I regret.

I actually wonder how I’ve lived without it for my whole life.  Ha!

So here it is… my awesome cookie-sheet cabinet :

Ya’ll. I cannot tell you how much I love this cabinet. I actually love my entire kitchen and can’t wait to show it to you!!  You can see where it ends up being in this post (above the fridge).

Anyway, last year I shared with you how I believe Nordic sheet pans are the best ever made and right now, Amazon has the Half Sheet pans on sale for lowest price I’ve ever seen!  You an get a 2-pack for only $16.99!!

As you can see above and in this post, I own a lot the half sheet sizeof these pans and is what I have the most of.

I know I have at least a dozen of them – I never can get a count because I always have one or two in the freezer with petit fours, one or two or five dirty, and the rest scattered between the cabinet and on my counter with various projects going on.

What do I use these cookie sheets for?

Chocolate Chip Cookies

Roll-Out Sugar Cookies

Bakery Style Sugar Cookies (the best!!)

Are  you seeing a trend? I use these pans for all cookies and when I’m decorating!

My super popular Petit Fours

The (fake) King Cake I made recently… I could go on and on. You get the point.  They’re the best!!

Okay – so as always with Amazon, I have no idea how long this price will last so hurry on over and order yours now.

Happy Baking!

Rose

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