Oct 282012

Gluten Free Cupcakes Crumb and TextureI’m not entirely sure what possessed me to attempt more gluten-free cupcakes, but I stumbled upon this recipe from Elana Amsterdam’s archives while searching for something else, and I was curious how it would turn out. The other cupcake recipe of hers that I tried uses almond flour, and while still yummy, those cupcakes are dense, heavy, and moist to the point of almost seeming soggy. Continue reading »

May 222012

Last summer I offered two cake decorating camps at the Franklin Rec center: Essential Skills and Rolled Fondant. This year, not only am I teaching those camps again in June at the Franklin facility, but I also have them scheduled in July at the Spring Hill Longview Rec center. Plus, at both locations I’ve added a Sweet Treats Camp for younger students. Continue reading »

Mar 092012

Luau Tiki Men Cupcakes Cake Decorating Rolled FondantEvery year about this time the Scholastic Book Fair comes to my kid’s school. For an entire week, the library turns into a book store, all decked out according to the theme. This year it’s a Luau. Continue reading »

Feb 162012

Betty Crocker Gluten-Free Cake Mix ReviewIf you didn’t already know, Betty Crocker does gluten-free cake, cookie, and brownie mixes now. Actually, these have been around for a while, but I’m honestly not a fan of Betty Crocker. Or cake mixes in general for that matter. But if I have to use a cake mix, I’m more than likely not going to eat it, so I usually go for Duncan Hines if it’s on sale or Pillsbury, whichever is cheaper. Continue reading »

Oct 012011

Bake Sale Cupcakes Cake DecoratingI suffer from ongoing internet connection issues. This is a recurring problem that has never been truly resolved, mainly because the company that I pay to provide me with internet service doesn’t really care if I have it consistently or not because they get paid either way. Continue reading »

Sep 202011

Gluten Free Vanilla Cupcakes With Chocolate Icing RecipeI finally tried the Very Vanilla Cupcakes recipe in Elana Amsterdam’s Gluten Free Almond Flour Cookbook. I’ve been wanting to make them ever since I got the book, but for one reason or another I just didn’t get around to it. Probably because I usually end up making her chocolate chip cookies, which are exceedingly addictive and rarely last more than a few days around our house, if that long. Continue reading »

Feb 122011

The kids are on “Winter Break” until Wednesday, and my genius child had a great idea: host a Yummy Treats Decorating mini-camp for him and his friends. One day for cupcakes, one day for cake pops, and another day for cookies. We’re having to skip a day for other obligations, but today was the day for cupcakes. Continue reading »

Jan 182011

I haven’t baked anything exciting lately, so I don’t have a recipe to share, but I am going to show pictures of some display samples I’ve put together. These aren’t difficult to make, but they have been somewhat time consuming and are the main reason I don’t have a recipe to post. But don’t worry, once I have all of these completed I’ll get back to making edible stuff. Continue reading »

Jan 142011

WOW! We had 133 entries in this giveaway, which is very impressive. Thank you to everyone for participating. I really appreciate it. The lucky number chosen by Random.org is… Continue reading »

Jan 052011

As some of you may already know, I’m starting a new cake decorating class series this month at the Franklin Recreation Complex. The facility is hosting an “Art Sparks” event on Saturday, January 29 from 10:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. to promote all the arts and crafts programs they offer. Continue reading »