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Sunflower Cupcake Decorating Project

June 8th, 2018 by Desiree Smith

WiltonSunflowerHeroNow that summer is fast-approaching, the sun is out and we’re looking forward to all the beauty that sunshine brings. At the top of our list are floral desserts – specifically big, bright, beautiful sunflowers! Made using two common decorating tips, these sunflower cupcakes are great for beginning decorators and are a fun way to brighten up your summer celebration!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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A Simple Father’s Day Cake to Make Pop Proud

June 6th, 2018 by Desiree Smith

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Father’s Day is the perfect reason to celebrate dear old dad and the hobbies that make him unique. Show him how much he means to you with a personalized cake! To celebrate this Father’s Day, we dreamed up a flannel-inspired creation you can easily decorate to pay homage to a few of your dad’s favorite things. Use our example of campfires, tents and trees for the great outdoorsman in your life — or get creative: computers, glasses and books for the ultimate geek dad or forks, frying pans and carrots for the Top Chef in your family. The sky’s the limit!
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First Friday: Sangria Cupcakes For the Summer!

June 1st, 2018 by Desiree Smith

SangriaCupcakesSquareHappy June! We know the first day of summer is a few weeks away but we’re celebrating like it’s already here! On this unofficial First Friday of summer we ‘re sharing our recipe for our stellar sangria cupcakes, combining one of our favorite summer drinks with one of our favorite all-time desserts. This delightful pairing of fruit infused wine and citrus cake mix will be a favorite for summertime BBQs and birthday parties alike!

 

 

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Fondant and Gum Paste – What’s the Difference?

May 30th, 2018 by Desiree Smith

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At first glance, fondant and gum paste appear very similar. They are both soft doughs that can be kneaded and used for cake decorating. But don’t be fooled, these two cake decorating mediums are actually quite different. Let’s take a look at what distinguishes these two!

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5 Stunning Buttercream Succulent Desserts!

May 25th, 2018 by Desiree Smith

Stunning Succulent Cakes

Adding buttercream succulents to your birthday cake or favorite dessert is a great way to turn a simple sweet into a trendy treat! Use variegated natural colors to impress your guests and really bring these edible plants to life!

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What is Shortening?

May 22nd, 2018 by Desiree Smith

If we had a nickel for every time someone asked us this question! If you’ve ever baked a pie from scratch or made our buttercream frosting for the first time, you might have found yourself wondering the same thing or what you can use as a substitute. We asked our test kitchen to give us the 411 on this mysterious ingredient.
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Cactus Cakes & Desserts to Make Your Favorite Cowboy/Cowgirl

May 17th, 2018 by Desiree Smith

Calling all cowboys and cowgirls — if you or someone you know loves all things Western, take a gander at this desert-inspired spread. We can’t get enough of the cactus cakes and desserts cropping up all over the web, so we made our own! Perfect for birthday parties, themed soirée or your weekly Westworld viewing party, these treats are sure to impress. Read the rest of this post »

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The 2018 Wilton Annual Outlet Sale!

May 15th, 2018 by Desiree Smith

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If you love to bake and decorate fun, engaging desserts that delight your friends and family, you know how important it is to have quality bakeware and cake decorating tools in your collection. Come shop the Wilton Outlet Sale in Naperville, Illinois in June (every day!) and get up to 50% off of your favorite bakeware and cake and cookie decorating supplies!

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Graduation Party Ideas and Cakes!

May 11th, 2018 by Desiree Smith

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Congratulations, you did it! You studied, applied yourself, tested and walked across the stage in your cap and gown – and now it’s time to party! Graduation parties are a wonderful way to celebrate your achievements with family and friends and look forward to what the future holds. Check out some of our favorite graduation cakes for a fun, themed graduation party!

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Mother’s Day Brunch Idea: Watercolor Sweets

May 9th, 2018 by Desiree Smith

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They care for scraped knees, dry teary eyes, help with science fair projects and do routine sweeps for monsters under the bed. That’s right, today we’re talking about the women who do it all — moms! These real life superheroes should be celebrated every darn day, but Mother’s Day is definitely the time to go all out. And since Mother’s Day is one of the busiest restaurant days of the year, what better way to celebrate than a colorful and relaxing brunch at home? For home bakers who want to take their festivities up a notch, here are some unique watercolor-inspired Mother’s Day brunch ideas to liven up your tablescape.
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