Jan 232015

Gluten-Free Sour Cream Coffee CakeApologies for not being a more diligent blogger. For some reason, in my mind posting on this blog seems to be more of a production than the quick little updates I often post on Tumblr. I’m not sure why that is, except maybe since I pay for the hosting on this blog (whereas Tumblr is free) I feel obligated to make things at least appear more professional, like having better photos and stuff, but I’m going to try and let that go since a long lapse in between posts isn’t good. 

It’s not that I haven’t done anything cake-related for the past few months, it’s just that I’ve also been doing other stuff. And I will freely admit that I have a bad habit of procrastinating. I need to work on that. Continue reading »

Jan 072014
Rolled Fondant Snowflakes Cake

Well, I guess it IS January. Happy New Year everybody!

The weather where I live is bitterly cold at the moment, with record-low temperatures and crazy wind chills. This means I’ve been staying indoors as much as possible because I hate the cold, which gives me an opportunity to update my blog, and since the last post was about my new iPad, I thought I’d share some of the cake decorating videos I’ve made with it–if only to prove that I’m now using it for more than playing games. Continue reading »

Dec 092013

iPad AirIt’s one of the new iPad Airs. I actually had the money to buy one in October but was advised to wait until Apple came out with the next generation or whatever, so I did. I got mine on November 1st from the local Apple Store, and I’ve spent the past 5 weeks or so playing My Singing Monsters and Clash of Clans on a big screen. Which is awesome. Continue reading »

Apr 202013

Music City Suds Friends in Aloe Places SoapEvery once in a while I force my kids to go outside, and today was a lovely day for it. Sunny and warm, but not at all humid, with blue skies and fluffy white clouds, it was the ideal April Saturday. So, mid-morning I hustled everyone into the minivan and drove to Nashville for the Honeybee Festival at East-Centric Pavilion. Continue reading »

Apr 142013

I have not done a good job maintaining my blog. That’s stating the obvious, I know, but I feel like I need to explain why. It’s not that I haven’t been doing anything. Quite the contrary, in fact, because I’ve been rather busy. Maybe not so much with cake decorating classes and birthday parties, although there have been a few here and there, and while it’s been ages since I shared a recipe, I have been making stuff. If you follow me on Tumblr or Instagram you’ve seen what I get up to when I don’t have time to do a full blog post about it, like the new gluten-free pancake and waffle mix I tried and pictures of some new cake decorating tools Wilton sent me. Continue reading »

Mar 182013

Samsung ChromebookI’ve had my new Chromebook for more than a week now, and I’m still very happy with it. The only thing I don’t particularly like about the machine itself is that it’s hard to open. That probably sounds crazy, but with my MacBook, which is bigger and heavier, I just lift up the lid. Thanks to the way my Chromebook closes and the fact that it’s so light, if I try to lift the lid, I end up flipping the whole thing over. Continue reading »

Mar 082013

Samsung ChromebookI’m anxiously waiting for my new Chromebook to make its way home to me. It’s supposed to arrive some time today, and I seriously hope it does. I made the decision to buy one this past Tuesday, and silly, naive me thought it would be as simple as walking into Best Buy and picking one up. Ha! I posted the whole story on Tumblr, but basically I ended up having to order my Chromebook online. Which, of course, means waiting for delivery. Continue reading »

Jan 072013

I hope you all had a fantastic holiday season and ate way too much. I know I did. Well, until I got the flu, and then I went a few days without eating much of anything, but that still didn’t cancel out all those days I stuffed my face. Continue reading »

Jul 172012

Quick announcement: Darla’s Cake Blog welcomes a new author!

My oldest son likes to cook occasionally, and since most kids need an outlet I decided to add him as a contributor to this blog. He’s known elsewhere online as Slashno, so that’s also his username here. His posts will appear whenever he has something to share. I hope you enjoy them!

Jul 052012

Honeyville Blanched Almond FlourI’m a huge fan of almond flour and use it often. It’s a fantastic high-protein, grain-free ingredient, and it makes terrific gluten-free baked goods. All of the recipes in one of my favorite gluten-free cookbooks (Elana Amsterdam’s Gluten-Free Almond Flour Cookbook) call for blanched almond flour, which I initially had trouble finding. Despite the book’s warning, I tried to make cookies with some leftover almond meal I found in my pantry, but they were a disaster. The flour and oil separated and made a nasty, runny, gooey, disgusting mess, so I didn’t post it on here, but now I wish I had. Continue reading »