Posts by Lesley

Lesley is English, but has lived in California for three years. She has been baking full-time since May 2011, and counts herself as very lucky that she doesn’t have to do a proper job as well! Lesley runs a small bakery business from home and creates just one or two cakes a week for customers. She spends the rest of the time on her Facebook Page, or thinking, talking and writing about cake. Although she’d rather eat a bag of potato chips than a slice of cake, she’s a big fan of chocolate ganache and is often to be seen eating leftovers with a spoon. Lesley has one husband, one son and one cockatiel, which she thinks is quite enough of each.

Go From Drab to Fab With This Quilted Cake Board Tutorial!

Quilted Cake Board With Simple White Cake - Craftsy Cake boards don't have to be left plain and drab. Create an oh-so-girly quilted board, perfect for displaying the simplest or most elaborate of cakes. Add some pearls for a touch of vintage opulence. This step-by-step tutorial will show you how to give your cake board a pretty, puffy quilted look. No special tools are needed, just a little time and patience. Read more »

Tiny Delights: How to Make a Mini Birthday Cake

Step 17: Finishing Your Cake With a Fondant Strawberry and Candles! Want to learn how to make a mini birthday cake? Mini cakes make perfect individual servings for a birthday boy or girl, but they also can be added as the perfect addition to a cake board. Read on for a tutorial on making this mini cake with drippy icing and swirls of fondant "whipped cream." Read more »

Using Fondant Molds

Molding fondant

Fondant molds are wonderful time-savers and a boon for anyone to whom modeling doesn’t come easily. They’re not foolproof though. If you’ve ever tried and failed to get the fondant in or out of silicone molds, these simple tips and tricks should help you be master of the mold!

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The Last Word on Letter Cutters

Airplane Birthday CakeFunky, curly or formal, there are letter cutters for every cake occasion. Probably the most popular are FMM Block Alphabet Tappits, but they are notoriously difficult to master. A few simple changes to your Tappit routine should have you tapping them out quickly and easily! Read more »

The Caking Dead: A Zombie Cake Roundup

Plants vs. Zombies CakeSeason 4 of the hit TV series "The Walking Dead" premieres tonight in the U.S. Whether or not you’re a fan of the zombie genre and all the gore and brains that goes along with it, there’s no denying it’s popular stuff. And they're perfect for Halloween, too. To celebrate both the spooky Halloween season and the return of The Walking Dead, here's a look at some of the best zombie cakes around. Read more »

Be Prepared! The Essential Cake Delivery Kit

Cake Delivery KitPut together a cake delivery kit and you’ll be able to handle any small emergency during the journey or at the venue. If you can, pack a bag and keep it packed, so all you have to do it pick up and you’re on your way to another successful delivery! Read more »

Ice Cream “Accident” Cake Topper Tutorial

Accident Ice Cream Cake TopperWouldn’t any candy or junk food look great with a dollop of ice cream on the side? This ice cream "accident" cake topper tutorial will show you how to put a fun and original twist on any sweet treat! Read more »

Oh, Baby! Cute Little Fondant Faces Tutorial

Sculpted Fondant Baby FacesThis simple tutorial will help get you started with modeling faces. Quite often, the hardest part of any face and head is the hair - so let’s keep things simple by starting with a baby. They don’t have much hair for us to worry about! Read more »

Tiny Fondant Sneaker Tutorial

Tiny Fondant SneakersThis tiny sneaker tutorial will help you create the perfect addition to any baby shower cake or cupcakes. In pink, blue, or perhaps white for the babies that are still a surprise, they are sure to get an ‘awww!’ from party guests. They also make a cute keepsake for the parents-to-be! Read more »