How to Host a Cake Decorating Party

Posted on Dec 20, 2014 in Cooking Tips and Tricks, Desserts | 2 comments

Thank you, Cake Boss and Michael’s for sponsoring today’s post!

cake boss cake decorating party

A couple of weeks ago I hosted a cake decorating party full of goodies from the Cake Boss’ line of awesome STUFF. We had frosting, fondant of all kinds, icing, sprinkles and all sorts of handy tools to make it “easy” for us. At least, it looks so easy when they are doing it on TV! :)

cake decorating party sprinkles

I made 9″ round cakes and little flower cakelettes for everyone at the party using the Cake Boss cake mix. It was so moist! Everyone commented on how delicious the cake and frosting were. Nothing was overly sweet and the cakes stayed moist for several days after the party. We each grabbed a cake and got started!

Tip #1: Make your cakes a day early, wrap tightly in plastic, and refrigerate until the party. Just be sure to unwrap them and let them sit for an hour before decorating so the fondant doesn’t “sweat.”

decorating collageThe boxes of fondant were enough to cover a two-layered 9″ cake with extra. None of us had ever worked with fondant before, but it’s so easy to use and makes a cake look finished! Just take it out of the box, knead it for a bit and then roll it out! Use cornstarch to lightly dust the counter so it doesn’t stick. After a few minutes, it became obvious that rolling on tile wasn’t going to work, so I pulled out plastic cutting boards for everyone so the surface was flat.

Tip #2: Have everyone bring their own rolling pin.

decorating toolsHaving the right tools really does make a difference when you are working in the kitchen! The spoonula and spreader in the top picture there were in everyone’s swag bag when they went home and they were so excited to have their own. They make frosting the cake much easier! Next, you see my favorite party fuel, Diet Coke. :) That box with the swirly looking white things is a really cool fondant cutter. You can set it to cut ribbons in a strip of fondant. It’s a huge time saver and gives you nice even stripes of fondant. On the bottom, you see Jamie using a very important tool, Pinterest, to get some inspiration for her cake. :) The last photo shows my favorite tool: a great collection of piping tips!

Tip #3: Have extra “couplers” for the tips so more than one person can use a piping bag or icing pouch at a time.

finished cakes collageDidn’t the cakes turn out so well? OK, for total newbies they turned out well. :) Carrie definitely wins with that adorable watermelon cake! The colors we had were just perfect for a slice of watermelon.

Cake Boss flower cakelette

I loved the way these flowers came straight out of the pan! They tasted great and were so cute. The only problem was trying to figure out how to frost them! :) I think we settled on just piping some icing on top and leaving them before we made a bigger mess. :)

flower cakes

Tip #4: Cover your work surface with a plastic tablecloth. It makes cleanup WAY easier. Trust me.

cake decorating

Only a few minutes in and this is what my counter looked like. We were also working around the dining room table. It helped to have a couple work surfaces. And fortunately, the table was covered. Because THIS is the aftermath:

aftermath

As you can see, everyone dove right in and got their hands (and my house) dirty. :) We all had a great time playing with all the different Cake Boss products. I think my guests were the happiest about their swag bags full of frosting, sprinkles and the tools!

gift bags

 

If you want to be cool like us, you can find all these products and more fun stuff at Michael’s. The cake plate is my absolute favorite. I LOVE it! It’s very retro/vintage looking and makes a so-so cake look impressive. :)

cake party supplies

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Posted on Dec 19, 2014 in Beverages, Desserts, Holiday | 7 comments

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #Keurig400 #CollectiveBias

gift

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Let’s Get Real #70

Posted on Dec 18, 2014 in Link Party | 5 comments

Woot! Woot! Let’s get this Friday started. Let’s Get Real is all about Healthy Living. That’s right! It’s all about Real Food, fitness, health and wellness, and home life tips and tricks from Real people. That’s you! Grab a cup of coffee (or other preferred beverage ). Relax into a comfy spot and take some time to get to know the great folks that link up here.

**Note:  We will be taking off next week.  Merry Christmas!

** If you are interested in co-hosting Let’s Get Real with us, we would love to have you. Please email Christina at: jugglingrealfoodandreallife@gmail.com. It’s super easy to host and a whole lot of fun.

Let's Get Real Friday Party
I’m not big on rules (since this is what I do for fun), but I do have a couple of guidelines.
 
1) Follow all your co-hosts. We follow back! Leave a comment for us on the post and we will know you are a new follower.
2) Please don’t link and run! Follow and comment on at least 3 other blogs. The more effort you put into getting to know everyone, the more you will get in return. Everyone is here to get more readers and traffic to their blogs so let’s show them some love!
3) Let people know where you party! Add our party badge or link back to the party on your blog or post.
http://www.jugglingrealfoodandreallife.com

 

We will be pinning our favorites!!
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Posted on Dec 18, 2014 in Blogging, Home and Garden | 7 comments

everyday organization ideas

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Posted on Dec 17, 2014 in Appetizers/Snacks, Desserts, Holiday | 1 comment

soft baked cranberry cookies

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Posted on Dec 16, 2014 in Appetizers/Snacks, Desserts, Featured, Holiday | 4 comments

 

lumps of coal treats

A friend of mine posted a photo in our Pinterest, Posts and Pals Facebook group (please join us!) with chocolate bars labeled as “lumps of coal” made with OREOS. Being the skeptic that I am, I was forced to test this recipe for myself. It seemed a bit easy and I didn’t think it would really work, but I was happily proven wrong! These lumps of coal are yummy and as easy to make as Rice Krispie Treats! They may not have the most nuanced and refined flavors, but they look awesome. You’re going to hope you’re on the Naughty List if these are the lumps of coal in your stocking! :)

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Posted on Dec 15, 2014 in Desserts, Featured, Holiday | 8 comments

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seasoned greetings tabasco cookies

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