Aug 302013
 

Summer 2013 Issue Edible Artists Network MagazineBefore I even begin, let me just say that I’m not a fan of the name Edible Artists Network. To me it sounds like a group of artists you can eat, and since I’m not into cannibalism, I guess I’ll just have to push aside my pedantic tendencies because it’s actually a really cool website for edible art enthusiasts. Continue reading »

Aug 242013
 

Paleo Banana Peanut Butter and Chocolate Torte CakeFor all you lucky people of the world who don’t have to contend with food sensitivities and can pretty much eat whatever you like whenever the mood strikes you, please understand that those of us who can’t tolerate gluten, dairy, soy, etc. have different expectations when it comes to baked goods. Continue reading »

Aug 162013
 

ices2013logoLast week I drove up to Lexington, KY for the International Cake Exploration Societé Annual Convention. In my recent bread mix review I promised to post updates from convention because I would have my trusty Chromebook and iPhone. Well, I couldn’t connect to the hotel’s wifi for some reason, and I was so busy (plus tired by the end of each day) that I really didn’t want to spend the time or effort fighting with it. Continue reading »

Jul 312013
 

Hodgson Mill Gluten Free Bread MixIt has been too long since I last updated this blog, and for that I apologize. The summer has slipped away from me while I’ve been happily distracted with other things.

I plan to continue with my “Cake Blogging 101” series, as I have a few more topics I’d like to cover, and in a week I’ll be in Lexington, KY for the ICES Annual Convention. I’m packing my Chromebook and will have my iPhone, so if you follow me on Instagram, look forward to photos and maybe even some video clips. But for now, here’s the review for that gluten-free bread mix I used over a month ago. Finally. Continue reading »

Jul 042013
 

This is the fourth (and long overdue) installment in my Cake Blogging 101 series. Past topics include getting started with free blogging platforms, how to set up a Facebook page, and sharing your pictures online. This post offers a basic rundown of the more well-known social media services. You don’t have to join them all, but it’s a good idea to have a presence across multiple sites so you reach more potential customers. Continue reading »

Apr 222013
 

This is the third installment in a series of posts offering helpful hints and tips for those interested in setting up a blog to promote their cake decorating business or talents. I’ve already covered getting started with free blogging platforms and how to set up a Facebook page. Even if you decide not to do either of those things, you can still share your cake photos online. 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 192013
 

This is the second in a series of posts covering how to promote your cake decorating services, or just share your creative talents, online. In the first Cake Blogging 101 post I covered the bare-bones basics o f starting a website using a free blogging platform and custom domain redirect. If that seems too overwhelming or for those with limited time, setting up a Facebook page is a quick and relatively easy alternative. Continue reading »

Apr 172013
 

Not too long ago I was asked to give a presentation to a small group of cake decorators about starting a business and the basics of promoting it online via social media. I’m by no means an expert in this field, but I may have some useful advice for those who are totally new to blogging and social media, so I decided to do a series of posts covering the basics. 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 »