Making Marzipan from Scratch

Marzipan is an almond-based confection used as a filling for candy centers, but it can also be used to cover cakes and form edible decorative desserts. Marzipan’s base is made up of almond paste, so it has a richer and nuttier flavor than normal fondant. Its soft, clay-like texture can be rolled out or shaped […]

Cakes From Middle Earth

Cakes From Middle Earth Prepare to have your mind blown with this sugar art collaboration brought to you by 31 of New Zealand’s Cake Decorators & Sugar Artists, celebrating the amazing films of Sir Peter Jackson. From Gollum to Lead by Mel Todd and her admin team; Jo Orr, Nina Blackburn & Zeena Bode   […]

How To Make A Two Tier Cake with Ruffles Part 4

How To Make A Two Tier Cake with Ruffles Part 4     This is Part 3 of a 3 part series in creating a cake from start to finish. This video shows you how to make your Teddy Bear topper. This is a super quick and easy introduction to modelling and this easy technique […]

Useful Gumpaste Tips

What makes gumpaste different from other pastes is the addition of a special ingredient – a gum – to add strength and flexibility to it, so that it can be rolled out much thinner than your average fondant, resulting into a more realistic cake decor. This important ingredient makes the gumpaste stretchable and elastic, just […]

Troubleshoot Gumpaste

Working with gumpaste to create beautiful cake decorations is not the easiest of tasks. In fact, it takes a fair amount of work to produce great results. Can you count the number of times you have wasted money by throwing out gumpaste that’s too hard or too dry? Well, now you can stop wasting your […]

A Quick Guide to Commercial Gumpaste

There are times in a cake decorator’s life when things get too busy, like when there’s a looming deadline for a huge volume of cake orders. When this happens, there is no time at all to make gumpaste from scratch, and buying commercial gumpaste will simply have to do. Nothing wrong with that, of course. […]

The Must-Have Cake Decorating Tools for Beginners

You have already perfected the art of baking cakes, so now is the perfect time to move on to the next level, which is mastering the art of cake decorating. Unlike baking where you have to master and improve on recipes, cake decorating is an entirely different animal. Cake decorating can be something as simple […]

Cake Decorating Tools for the Advanced Cake Decorator

The cake has been elevated to an art form, and with the many ways that a cake can be decorated, the possibilities are truly endless. In fact, in recent years, many people have expressed their interest in becoming cake decorators. If you are one of those people who plan to make a career as a […]

How to Make Modeling Paste from Scratch

In cake decorating, there are many different variants of pastes that can be used. The paste you will use will have to depend on the project you are working. For example, if you want to decorate your cake with delicate flowers, you use gum paste. If you want to cover your cake with icing, you […]

How to Make Modeling Chocolate from Scratch

Modeling chocolate, also known as chocolate clay, is used to decorate and cover cakes. It is also used as a sculpting material to form figures and shapes. If you love the appearance of fondant on your cakes but you don’t particularly like its taste, modeling chocolate is an alternative to look into. It tastes much […]

Useful Modeling Chocolate Tips

Modeling chocolate, also known as candy clay, is a versatile paste to use for cake sculpting and modeling. It holds its own shape very well when you cut and make intricate shapes out of it, yet it is soft and pliable enough to be made into figures. Unfortunately, for the inexperienced cake decorator, working with […]

Troubleshoot Modeling Chocolate

Working with modeling chocolate will be hard at first, and you may encounter several problems along the way. You will also notice that most of the issues with modeling chocolate happen during the mixing stage of the chocolate and corn syrup. Good thing that there are actually quick fixes to these problems. Although modeling chocolate […]

Chocolate Products You Can Use as Modeling Chocolate

The great thing about modeling chocolate is that it stays pliable for a long time, giving you ample time to create your flowers and figures, unlike with fondant or gumpaste where you have to work really fast because they dry out and harden quickly. Its versatile nature allows you to make use of so many […]

A Quick Guide to Food Coloring

Decorating your cake with color is important, as this will help you set the right tone and mood for the occasion. When you are still in the process of planning your cake, after you have chosen the kind of frosting you will use, the next step would be choosing what to tint your frosting with. […]

Cake Decorating Using Wafer Paper

Wafer paper, also known as rice paper, are delicate sheets of paper that are safe for consumption. Its versatile nature can be used in a number of different ways, making it a useful and invaluable tool when it comes to cake decor and designs. You can buy individual sheets or you can buy a set […]

Isomalt in Sugarcrafting

Isomalt is a healthier alternative to sugar. It has the taste, texture, as well as physical properties of real sugar, but half its calories. Made from beet sugar, the reduced sweetness of Isomalt is a major selling point for sugar craft artisans, because sometimes desserts can become too sickeningly sweet if you add all of […]

How to Make Royal Icing from Scratch

Royal icing is mainly known as the icing used to decorate cookies. Its smooth, pure- white icing dries down to a hard, matte finish, which is frequently used to make cake decorations that will last for a long time. Its hardness makes it popular for baked goodies that need to be packed and shipped, without […]

How to Make Buttercream Icing from Scratch

Compared to other icings, buttercream is softer, more spreadable and manageable. Use it to pipe borders and to frost your cakes. Use it to write names and greetings. Use it to top your cupcakes. You should know that there is a LOT of buttercream icing recipes that you can try. However, it always comes in […]

Most Common Cake Construction Methods

So you’ve already perfected your recipe for baking the perfect birthday or wedding cake. You’ve already finished filling and frosting it, and now you’re on the last part of the journey: assembling and decorating the cake. Don’t be misled by how pretty those cakes look like! They can be quite heavy, which is why ensuring […]

Lovebirds Cake

The second cake of the month, from the creator of the cutest figurines, Pixie is back with a super adorable couple! Sitting on their tree trunk boy bird thinks that now is the time to move closer…while Lady bird plays hard to get. Just like in real life, right?  🙂 With our step by step […]

Crazy Rabbit Cake

For the first video this month we have Pixie making the Crazy Rabbit Cake, which is a carved cake with a figurine on top. Since it is an easter rabbit cake we made it from a classic carrot cake with marmalade and buttercream. Depending on your local conditions you might want to use a mud cake with […]

The Wedding Dress Good Enough To Eat

Lynette Stokies’s wedding dress looked son good you could eat it – and her guests did just that. But it wasn’t the bride’s actual gown they chowed down on. Ms Stokie’s friend and baker extraordinaire Belinda Hibbert made a 9 layer chocolate mud cake copy of the dress for the 27-year-old and her new husband, […]

Cakes From Middle Earth

Cakes From Middle Earth Prepare to have your mind blown by this sugar art collaboration brought to you by 31 of New Zealand’s Cake Decorators & Sugar Artists, celebrating the amazing films of Sir Peter Jackson. From the creepy Gollum to dragons and Tin Tin, this is one awesome collaboration of cakes. Lead by Mel […]

Could this be the worlds ultimate dessert?

Every once in a while we see something that makes us just want to leap into our computer screen and start eating! Post by Randa Hafez.   Well perhaps we can’t quite do that but we did nearly start licking our screen. Could this be the world’s ultimate dessert? Read more from Learn Cake Decorating […]

Worlds Largest Cake Sculpture

A team of cake decorators in the UK have cracked the world record in their attempt to make the worlds largest cake. The project that was created to raise money for the Make A Wish Foundation in the UK enlisted a huge team of bakers and decorators to give the project a fighting chance. A […]

How to make a Teddy Bear Cake Topper Part 3

How to make a Teddy Bear Cake Topper Part 3 This is Part 3 of a 3 part series in creating a cake from start to finish. This video shows you how to make a cute Teddy cake topper for your cake.   Watch Part 1 here where we show you how to set up […]

How to make Marshmallow fondant

How to make Marshmallow fondant I hear people asking all the time about how to make marshmallow fondant. I do buy premade fondant for all my cakes so I thought I would share this marshmallow fondant recipe from Liz at the Artisan Cake Company that has had rave reviews   To watch more tutorials Have […]

Buddy Valastro arrested over more than a piece of cake!

 Buddy Valastro arrested over more than a piece of cake! It seems Cake Boss‘ Buddy Valastro tucked into more than a piece of cake this week! He has been charged with a DWI and DWAI in New York City. The 42-year-old baker was arrested on Thursday near Penn Station, a New York City Police Department […]

How to make an Adventure Time Cake

How to make an Adventure Time Cake Do your kids love this show? My daughter just goes crazy for these guys and she would go crazy for this cake too from How to Cook That with Anne Reardon   To watch more how to videos check out out FREE tutorials section https://www.learncakedecoratingonline.com/category/freetutorials/

Jennifer Lawrence Hunger Games cake wins gold

Jennifer Lawrence Hunger Games cake wins gold Lara Clarke has taken out gold for the second year in a row at Cakes International this year with a life-sized Jennifer Lawrence cake, that took her 2 months to make! Lara, won the award with her 5ft 10in (1.7m) creation, inspired by the Hunger Games star.   […]

How to make a 2 tier cake with Ruffles Part 2

How to make a 2 tier cake with Ruffles Part 2 This is Part 2 of a 3 part series in creating a cake from start to finish. This video shows you how to make your ruffles. Cake ruffles are so wildly popular at the moment and this easy technique will have you making them […]

The Big Slice 19th September 2014

Cakers! Its FRIDAY!!!!!!!!!! Who is busy getting cakes ready for the weekend?   There has been some huge things happening online this week both on our website and around the world. We have been uploading NEW DOWNLOADABLE VIDEO TUTORIALS You have been asking us for individual downloadable tutorials and we have listened. We are releasing […]

Move Your Body, Get In The Groove – New Cake Playlist

Move Your Body, Get In The Groove – New Cake Playlist I like to work to some music and if you are working through the day or late into the night on your cakes or on your business, I reckon some new tunes will make your caking just a little bit sweeter…..       […]

How to Cover Your Cake in Fondant

How to Cover Your Cake in Fondant – Part 2 of a 4 part series A few weeks ago we posted a video series about creating a cake from start to finish and you loved it! The only problems was that we forgot part 2! Covering the cake! So here it is. You can find […]

The Best Wedding Cake of the Year

The Best Wedding Cake of the Year In a world surrounded by mine is better than yours and super competitiveness that leads to discontent, my heart filled with joy when I saw the gorgeous cake made by little cutie Pax for his very famous parents Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie. I see a lot of […]

Why you should never work for free

Why you should never work for free Cake decorators are a talented bunch. Creative, full of free flowing ideas and passionate. But everything that makes them all kinds of wonderful are the very things that trip them up.                                   […]

How to Pipe in Chocolate

How to Pipe in Chocolate Create easy decorations for cakes by piping chocolate onto non-stick acetate or baking paper. Super quick, easy and effective! 1. Fill a piping bag with tempered chocolate and snip off the tip.(If you want more instructions on tempering your chocolate see our easy tempering guide here) If you don’t know […]

New member tutorials and a peek behind the scenes!

New member tutorials and a peek behind the scenes! We always get a bit excited at the start of the month here at LCDO HQ. We have always been super busy getting out new tutorials ready for you in the week leading up to the 1st of the month, editing video, getting ebooks ready and […]

Its time to make a change in the cake world

 Its time to make a change in the cake world In the cake decorating world, I see masses of creativity and light and for many people cake decorating is their happy place, their creative outlet, where they go to escape the often brutal reality of life. They may not be the best cake decorators, they […]

How to Make a Paper Piping Bag

How to Make  a Paper Piping Bag from baking paper I find that I have so much more control with a homemade bag as it is smaller and much easier to use. If you haven’t tried it make sure you give it a go. It may take a few tries but it is so worth […]

How to Make Sugar Pearls

How to Make Sugar Pearls I know they say that diamonds are a girls best friend but I am quite partial to a pearl myself. Something about that old world feel and a gentle nod to my British heritage of pearls and a twin set! Pearls are just a gorgeous addition to a cake and […]

How to Bake BIG Cakes

How to Bake BIG Cakes – Baking Tips for Big Cakes The questions we get asked so often are …. How do I bake a large cake, so that the inside is cooked and the outside isn’t overcooked ? How do I prevent my cake doming and cracking? How do I get a high cake? […]

How to Make “Noah Spreads His Love”

How to Make “Noah Spreads His Love” Today I am so excited to share this fabulous tutorial from the lovely Trish at Cakicature. Trish shares my love for big dogs with slobbery mouths and today her dog Noah is sharing a bit of his love around!                   […]

How to get all the forms you need for your cake business

DOWNLOAD my  PRICING and Marketing Forms Pack NOW How to get all the forms you need for your cake business When  you start a business, it can take just so long to get all your ducks in a row. I know for me this part of my business took so much trial and error and […]

Top 3 Sugar Flower Books

Top 3 Sugar Flower Books In the years that I have been cake decorating, lets just say I have accumulated quite a collection of cake decorating books quite aside from the regular books that I seem to acquire. For the longest time I had bookcases dedicated to just cook books and decorating books. Now I […]

How To Make Ombre Sugar Hearts

How To Make Ombre Sugar Hearts I am loving these little sugar hearts! I made these a while ago for a cake and took some photos along the way and then promptly forgot about them! Luckily for you I stumbled across them and made this cutie patootie tutorial for you. And the best part….they are […]

The Big Slice 1st August 2014

The Big Slice 1st August 2014 Good Morning Cakers! Its been another huge week at LCDO HQ where we have been busy all week getting the new tutorials for you! I can’t wait to show you. Truffle Cake with Adam Cremona Adam shows you how to make this gorgeous cake which is such a lovely […]

Behind The Scenes of an LCDO Tutorial shoot

Behind The Scenes of an LCDO Tutorial shoot After a huge week filming new tutorials last week, I thought it would be fun to take you behind the scenes of one of our shoots for our member tutorials. We usually film at my house in a corner of my living room, but our the next […]

7 Top Tips for Photographing Your Cakes

7 Top Tips for Photographing Your Cakes Lets improve your cake photography with a few simple tips. LIGHTING If you only learn one thing from this article, make sure its this one! It is ALL about lighting. The light source you have will make or break your images. Natural light is always best and a […]

The Big Slice 24th July

The Big Slice 24th July Good Morning Cakers! Its been another huge week this week at LCDO HQ where we busy all week filming new tutorials for you! I can’t wait to show them to you Now to what’s trending this week……    1. How to Price Your Cake This week I wrote an article […]

How to Photograph Your Cake with A White Background

How to Photograph Your Cake with A White Background I see this being asked all the time in cakey forums and some decorators have in fact made photographing their cakes this way their signature look. It can be tricky especially if you don’t have a nice big window and or enough light sources. There are […]

How to put Stripes on a Fondant Cake

This is Part 2 of a 3 part series in creating a cake from start to finish. This video shows you how to add stripes to a fondant cake. Louise Vansleve, founder of Learn Cake and Learn Cake Decorating Online shows you just how to create your cake from start to finish!

OUR TOP 5 CAKE APPS

OUR TOP 5 CAKE APPS. Apps, so many of us use them these days, but’s what’s out there for the cake decorator? Using apps is fast becoming an easy, convenient way to help you learn new skills, price your cakes and even work out how much ganache to use. So here you have them, our […]

The Big Slice 18th July

THE BIG SLICE 18th July Where we bring you the best of the week’s cake news. At Learn Cake Decorating Online, we bring you the best of what the cake world has to offer. Great news stories from around the globe and locally, extraordinary work, amazing tutorials, helpful hints and tips – and of course […]

Noah in the Bath Cake Topper

Noah in the Bath Cake Topper Today we welcome our new guest blogger Trish Barber from Cakicature with the first in her Poocha series. Lets just say Trish is a figurine goddess and I would say we will be seeing quite a bit more of her around the cakey traps! 1. To make a Noah […]

Differentiating Your Cake Business

Differentiating Your Cake Business in a Crowded Marketplace There has been a surge in interest in cake decorating for some years now. Over time as with any growth area hobbyists naturally transition to other areas within the field. This has meant that more and more cake decorators are thinking about starting their own businesses and […]

How to Ganache a Cake

How to Ganache a Cake This is the first in our 3 part series of the next 3 Tuesdays teaching you how to make a fondant cake right from the basics. Part 1 this week will show you how to properly set up and ganache a cake. Materials – some items are for the next […]

The Big Slice 11th July

THE BIG SLICE Where we bring you the best of the week’s cake news. At Learn Cake Decorating Online, we bring you the best of what the cake world has to offer. Great news stories from around the globe and locally, extraordinary work, amazing tutorials, helpful hints and tips – and of course posts to […]

Cointreau and Rosemary Cake Recipe

Here is the only collection of triple-tested recipes that you will ever need.

Together with chef Adam Cremona, we came up together with a range of mouth watering cakes that can be used as dessert cakes and cakes under fondant or buttercream.

We have also included ganaches, buttercreams, syrups and jellies to be used as accompaniments to your cakes.

You will see a guide with each cake

GF - Gluten FREE

FC - Perfect for Fondant Cakes

BC - Perfect for Buttercream Cakes

DC - Dessert Cakes - Perfect just as they are

I hope you enjoy cooking with and using these recipes as much as we have enjoyed creating, styling, photographing and eating them!

Top Tips for Perfect Mud Cakes

Top Tips for Perfect Mud Cakes The mud cake is relative newcomer to the cake scene, seeming to have popped up somewhere in the 1970’s. The first mud cakes came from America descending from the famed Brownie and Fudge, and originally contained marshmallow. Other derivatives of this cake are the Mississippi Mud Pie and Dirt […]

Gorgeous Marble Cake Recipe

Gorgeous Marble Cake Recipe This cake and the accompanying photo, was one of my favourites from the book shoot for our new book “For The Love of Cake”. The gorgeous swirls of Neapolitan colours made me think of the simple pleasure of baking and texture of this cake has the most perfect home baked buttery […]

The Big Slice – 4th July 2014

THE BIG SLICE Where we bring you the best of the week’s cake news. At Learn Cake Decorating Online, we bring you the best of what the cake world has to offer. Great news stories from around the globe and locally, extraordinary work, amazing tutorials, helpful hints and tips – and of course posts to […]

For The Love of Cake – Our Ultimate Cake Recipe Book

Here is the only collection of triple-tested recipes that you will ever need.

Together with chef Adam Cremona, we came up together with a range of mouth watering cakes that can be used as dessert cakes and cakes under fondant or buttercream.

We have also included ganaches, buttercreams, syrups and jellies to be used as accompaniments to your cakes.

You will see a guide with each cake

GF - Gluten FREE

FC - Perfect for Fondant Cakes

BC - Perfect for Buttercream Cakes

DC - Dessert Cakes - Perfect just as they are

I hope you enjoy cooking with and using these recipes as much as we have enjoyed creating, styling, photographing and eating them!

15 Things a Cake Decorator Never Wants to Hear Ever…

15 Things a Cake Decorator Never Wants to Hear Ever… Was it really supposed to look like that? “Mum, I know you’re finished, but should there be a big bubble on this side,?”… OMG I’m afraid it didn’t quite make it to the venue in one piece… No no no. The name is spelt with […]

How to Cover Cupcakes Perfectly

How to Cover Cupcakes Perfectly In this short video Handi Mulyana teaches you how to cover a cupcake perfectly, providing you with a super smooth base to put your cupcake decorations on. Materials • Ganache • Sugar or jam syrup • Blue, Green, Pink, Red, Yellow, Brown, Beige, Black and White fondant • Cupcakes Equipment […]

Better Baking Basics

Here at Learn Cake Decorating Online we get lots of questions about just how to get perfect cakes.  This week resident expert Pam Doyle gives an answer to a very common and confusing area of baking. “I’m having a hard time following recipes, I don’t understand measurements .  I never learned how to measure liquids […]

The Big Slice Friday 26th June

THE BIG SLICE – Where we bring you the best of the week’s cake news. At Learn Cake Decorating Online, we bring you the best of what the cake world has to offer. Great news stories from around the globe and locally, extraordinary work, amazing tutorials, helpful hints and tips – and of course posts […]

Sticky Honey, Almond and Amaretto Cake

Do you know much about bees? Did you know they are dying? Many people don’t realise just how critical to our ecosystem these little creatures are. I know if one stings you it can be a little annoying. Ok well maybe also annoying. But what will be even more annoying is living in a time […]

Dulce De Luche Chocolate Brownies

Dulce De Luche Chocolate Brownies Sometimes you just have to be bad. Like ridiculously, downright naughty kind of bad. Like lick your finger, lick the bowl and scrape out the last dribble of caramel from the jug kind of bad. So I have been. Bad, that is. Not the petrol station hold up kind, just […]

Girl With Cake

Girl With Cake “Everyone should feel the love of a specially baked cake.” – Nerine Gardiner  Every so often someone jumps into your sphere with a smile that lights up the world.  When that happens, you can’t help but want to know a little more.  You want to look a little closer and see just […]

Rhubarb Yoghurt Cake with Sticky Rhubarb Sauce

Rhubarb Yoghurt Cake with Sticky Rhubarb Sauce I have been a rhubarb lover since I was a kid. Stewed rhubarb and apple had a regular and much loved place on our dessert table as kids and so when I spied the Wild Strawberry and Rhubarb Yoghurt flavour, it was the first to be popped into […]

Almond and Pecan Coffee Crumble Cake Recipe

Here is the only collection of triple-tested recipes that you will ever need.

Together with chef Adam Cremona, we came up together with a range of mouth watering cakes that can be used as dessert cakes and cakes under fondant or buttercream.

We have also included ganaches, buttercreams, syrups and jellies to be used as accompaniments to your cakes.

You will see a guide with each cake

GF - Gluten FREE

FC - Perfect for Fondant Cakes

BC - Perfect for Buttercream Cakes

DC - Dessert Cakes - Perfect just as they are

I hope you enjoy cooking with and using these recipes as much as we have enjoyed creating, styling, photographing and eating them!

How to Make a Lion Cupcake

Learn how to make these awesome and easy Lion cupcakes with Handi Mulyana from the Learn Cake Decorating Online Team. The kids will absolutely love these and with any Safari, Zoo or Jungle themed party.  Materials • Ganache • Sugar or jam syrup • Blue, Green, Pink, Red, Yellow, Brown, Beige, Black and White fondant […]

First Time Cake Decorator – What was your first time like?

Today was the day – my first cake decorating class and I was so excited I couldn’t sleep the night before. I felt I was graduating from the Women’s Weekly School of Birthday Cakes to the big league. I arrived in plenty of time and I presumed that like me, everyone there had no other […]

Classic Sponge Cake

Here is the only collection of triple-tested recipes that you will ever need.

Together with chef Adam Cremona, we came up together with a range of mouth watering cakes that can be used as dessert cakes and cakes under fondant or buttercream.

We have also included ganaches, buttercreams, syrups and jellies to be used as accompaniments to your cakes.

You will see a guide with each cake

GF - Gluten FREE

FC - Perfect for Fondant Cakes

BC - Perfect for Buttercream Cakes

DC - Dessert Cakes - Perfect just as they are

I hope you enjoy cooking with and using these recipes as much as we have enjoyed creating, styling, photographing and eating them!

How to make Berry Clafoutis

How to make Berry Clafoutis They say in life that one door closes and another opens. It sounds so cliched , but its true. This is exactly what is happening to me this week. I am literally closing a door. A door on something that just didn’t work and you know what, I couldn’t be […]

Can Cheesecake make you happy?

Lime and Pistachio Cheesecake. I promise it will make you happy. Maggie Beer, arguably one of Australia’s happiest personalities sat on a panel at a previous years Happiness and its Causes conference discussing the link between happiness and food and spoke with her customary warmth and energy about “the feeling of warmth that comes not […]

Doughnuts – Spiced Pumpkin Doughnuts Recipe

Chai Spiced Pumpkin Doughnuts Its doughnut day and what better way to celebrate than to cook doughnuts! I had never made doughnuts before and for some reason always thought they would be really hard! They actually are not! There are some recipes out there that use yeast and are a little bit trickier  but this […]

Boca Negra Cake – Most Amazing Cake Ever

MOST AMAZING CAKE EVER! This Boca Negra cake is like a giant chocolate truffle! I kid you not! And its gluten free! Adam Cremona popped over for dinner a few weeks ago with this goodness and I just had to pull out my camera, take a shot, write the recipe on a serviette and share […]