Killer Cakes – Issue 75

Posted on Oct 07 2013


Battered to Death CoverDrum roll, please! (Thumpety, thumpety, thumpety, thumpety, thump!)

The random number generator chose number 3 for our book giveaway winner! And that is…Sharon Dixon! Sharon, please send me your mailing address via private message to and I’ll get your book in the mail right away. Congratulations! I hope you enjoy the book!

If you didn’t win, there’s a giveaway going on at Goodreads through October 16 wherein five copies will be given away. Plus, I’m sure I’ll be doing more giveaways soon. After all, what’s Halloween without a treat or two? 🙂

Check out Cake Central’s Gatsby-themed cakes!

LeslieBruckman-MM-onlays-contest-001-398x600Isn’t this one by Leslie Bruckman of Nom Nom Sweetie breathtaking? If you enjoyed Gatsby and the era of the flappers, take a look at this gorgeous selection of cakes.

And speaking of gorgeous cakes….

I want to give a shout-out to Rosemary Galpin, whose recipes are included in BATTERED TO DEATH, for her success at this year’s Oklahoma State Sugar Art Show! Rosemary won first place in the Master’s Chocolate, Chocolate category for this gorgeous cake.

Rosemary, chocolate


And she won second place in the Master’s Tiered Cakes – Non Wedding for this beauty:

Rosemary, tiered

And…are you ready for this…? Our Rosemary Galpin won SECOND PLACE in the prestigious GRAND NATIONAL WEDDING CAKE COMPETITION with this stunning creation:

wedding2Congratulations, Rosemary! We’re proud of you!!!



Killer Cakes – Issue 73

Posted on Sep 09 2013


I’m not ready to say goodbye to summer yet! With dreams of the seashore still in my head, I share with you this video I found on Cake Central:


Killer Cakes – Issue 71

Posted on Aug 12 2013


If you’re a professional baker, you realize the importance of taking a good photograph for your portfolio. The photo at right shows a beautifully-photographed cake. Of course, it helps that it’s a gorgeous cake to begin with, but a bad photo wouldn’t do it justice.

Fortunately, the good folks at Cake Central have come up with a tutorial to help you make sure you’re photographing your cakes (or other projects) in a way that makes them look their best. Check it out.

Spotlight on: Moroccan Lace

Again, I have to thank the geniuses at Cake Central for providing a tutorial on making lovely Moroccan lace cakes using silicon onlays. See the step-by-step tutorial, and watch Chef Dominic Palazzolo demonstrate his technique.

Killer Cakes – Issue 70

Posted on Jul 29 2013


Cake Central does it again! The site has put up a wonderful tutorial for making a cowboy hat! They make it look so easy. 🙂

cowboy-hat-cake_tutorial-600x450Get the tutorial by clicking here. If you make a cowboy hat cake, please upload pictures to show me and the Killer Cakes readers! We’d love to see the results of your hard work.

Spotlight: Oklahoma State Sugar Art Show

Can you believe it? The Oklahoma State Sugar Art Show is celebrating its twentieth year this year! This year’s event takes place on September 28 and 29 (with competitor setup on September 27), and the theme is ballet.

Would you like to compete in this year’s show? If so, please see the entry forms, rules, and setup instructions HERE. Please note, entries must be postmarked no later than September 2, 2013.

Killer Cakes – Issue 67

Posted on Jun 03 2013



Cake Central has done a wonderful job in a recent newsletter extolling the virtues of wafer paper. Writer Leanne Winslow calls wafer paper “an under-appreciated decorating medium when it comes to cakes.” Check out her article for additional images of cakes made using wafer paper decorations. I love the delicate butterflies on this one!

If you’re interested in learning more about decorating with wafer paper, search Cake Central for additional articles and images. Also, check out the wafer paper rose tutorial by Deborah Stauch. Deborah gives readers a step-by-step, illustrated tutorial on making wafer paper roses.

Have you ever worked with wafer paper? If so, what are your thoughts on the medium?

wafer roses