Erin Gardner
Craftsy Instructor

Dover, NH

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After developing her cake skills as a pastry chef in numerous New England kitchens, Erin's cake decorating adventure led her to New York City for a sugar-flower class with Ron Ben-Israel. Erin would eventually meet up with Ron again, this time on an episode of his Food Network show, Sweet Genius, which she won. Today, Erin's shop, Wild Orchid Baking Company, has been named by both Brides Magazine and Martha Stewart Weddings ... Read Full Bio »

Erin's Craftsy Classes

Delicious Decorations

Make nine varieties of scrumptious, striking chocolate flowers with cake artist Erin Gardner. Temper chocolate with ease for smooth, glossy results. Make flowers without tools: peonies layered with gorgeous color, perfect pansies with realistic details, and more. Work with egg molds to create a simply beautiful tulip, a ruffled parrot tulip and a lovely ranunculus. Use veiners and molds to create textured anemones, dainty stephanotises and a variety of leaves. Bring radiant sunflowers and sweet butterflies to life with surprisingly simple techniques. Plus, create woodgrain or birch textures that offer a rustic cake surface for chocolate flower arrangements. Learn how to make chocolate flowers: Decorate your most impressive, irresistible cakes and treats with these luscious embellishments.

$29.99 $39.99

Cakes in Full Bloom

Use modern design principles and cake artist Erin Gardner's smart techniques to create radiant, floral-inspired cakes. You'll make statement flowers like the open peony, honeycomb dahlia and trendy ranunculus, as well as fun fillers like billy balls, eucalyptus leaves and hellebore flowers. Then, decorate Erin's Confetti Cake, covering one tier with vibrant rainbow confetti and the other with an understated pattern of matte dots set against a shimmering background. Decorate the I Heart Cake with a top tier encrusted in gold sequins and a bottom tier of horizontal stripes with inset hearts. Bring the Monoglam Cake to life with a gilded topper, vertical stripes and a Swiss dot pattern of gilded bows. Complement enticing cake designs with vibrant sugar-flower arrangements that make an irresistible showpiece for any event.

$39.99

Simply Stunning: Hand-Stamped Cakes

Bring captivating cakes to life with creative handmade stamps. Join award-winning cake decorator Erin Gardner, and explore new skills as she guides you through hand-painting a picturesque blue sky with translucent stamped clouds and gum paste hot air balloons. Find out how to capture the glamour of a garden of roses, lilacs and ranunculus flowers using just fruits and vegetables. You'll even learn an approachable method for creating a clean, chic chevron pattern, sure to be envied by everyone! Plus, Erin reveals her innovative techniques for making any design into a custom stamp using money-saving household materials.

$24.99

What's New

Oct 16, 2013
Join me on CakeFu.com this Wednesday at 1:30PM EST. I'll be chatting about my class, Hand-Stamped Cakes, as well as doing a live tutorial of one of the stamping techniques! One lucky viewer willl win a class, the cutters, and acrylic blocks used in the tutorial :) 

Erin's Projects

Black and white fabric inspired cake
Hearts and flowers
Inspiration Challenge Cake
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