Killer Cakes – Issue #110

Posted on Apr 20 2015


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Coming August 4, 2015!

Daphne Martin’s wedding to Ben Jacobs is only a couple of weeks away. An award-winning cake decorator, Daphne is busy designing their wedding cake. Her twin nephew and niece, Lucas and Leslie, are excited about being in the wedding party. And Daphne’s brother-in-law Jason is planning a bachelor party for Ben. Everything is going beautifully until Daphne’s ex-husband Todd shows up. Just released from prison after serving a sentence based on his shooting a gun at Daphne, Todd comes to Brea Ridge to profess his undying love for her.

Despite Daphne’s attempts to make Todd leave town, he insists on hanging around to reconnect with people he used to know. When he’s found murdered, Daphne finds herself at the center of the investigation. Now she must track down Todd’s killer before she becomes the next victim. Can she still make it to the church on time?

Killer Cakes – Issue 89

Posted on Apr 21 2014


Today is a very special day–it’s Lucas and Leslie’s birthday! In honor of the occasion, I rounded up some cakes for twins. Most of these are for babies or smaller children, but they’re still beautiful.


Killer Cakes – Issue 88

Posted on Apr 07 2014


It’s time to inspire your Easter cakes!

Killer Cakes – Issue 78

Posted on Nov 18 2013


Today Shawna McGreevy shows us how to make a beautiful fondant portrait!


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 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?

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Killer Cakes – Issue 66

Posted on May 20 2013


Battered to Death CoverI’m excited that my friend Gayle Trent has finished my latest adventure, BATTERED TO DEATH, and it’s scheduled to be released on September 24, 2013. I know I’m getting a little ahead of myself, but I wanted to share the wonderful things people are saying!

“One day I found myself happily reading . . . mysteries by Gayle Trent. If she can win me over . . . she’s got a great future.”

—Dean Koontz, #1 New York Times bestselling author

“Trent has written an absolutely captivating cozy, complete with all the traditional elements of the genre. . . . I hadn’t even read past page seven, and I had laughed out loud numerous times. The dialogue in this book is filled with snappy wit.”

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“Entertaining…and tasty read” 

–Entertainment Weekly

“It has been an absolutely fabulous experience knowing Gayle as a good friend and a genuine pleasure watching her mature into a very accomplished storyteller. The fact that she can weave a mystery about the things that we both find enchanting while drawing in a mainstream audience illustrates her skill with words. Daphne gets to investigate the complexities of the human condition, with one hand on her mixer and the other wielding a piping bag while embracing the craft that I love so much. Both Gayle and I are fascinated with the ins and outs of baking and decorating and the convoluted backstories that make it all so exciting; the crème de la crème for a mystery writer. A must read for cake bakers and anyone who has ever spent creative time in the kitchen!”

–Kerry Vincent, Food Network Challenge Judge and Master Sugar Artist

Does it get any better than that? Wow!

Here’s what the book is about:

Daphne Martin’s life is pretty sweet right now—she has a loving boyfriend, a popular cake decorating company, and has recently entered into a cake competition in town. But when she attends a class with a famously ornery celebrity chef, all of that threatens to change. The chef is found beaten to death with a cake stand after his first lesson, and he has more enemies than anyone can count. So it’s a shock to Daphne when she immediately comes under police suspicion. And on top of that, her boyfriend tells her he’s considering a career move—to Kentucky. To a company run by an old girlfriend! And, there’s still the cake competition Daphne has to win.

Daphne will need to put her wits to the test again—with the help of her nosy friend Myra—in order to clear her name, win the competition, and salvage her romance.

If you’d like, you can go ahead and pre-order the book!


Killer Cakes – Issue 50

Posted on Sep 24 2012


I have fall wedding cakes on the brain! No, don’t get all excited on me–no one in Brea Ridge is getting married…at least, not that they’ve made me aware of yet. But, in case anybody does–for all I know, Lancelot and Guinevere (Belinda Fremont’s guinea pigs) might be planning a wedding!–I want to be prepared.

Check out some of these beauties from Pink Cake Box:
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So, tell me? Which one do you like best? I have to say I’m partial to the one with the orchids and roses.

Killer Cakes – Issue 30

Posted on Oct 03 2011


Thanks to the incomparable Kerry Vincent, Killer Sweet Tooth debuted at the 2011 Oklahoma Sugar Art Show in Tulsa this past weekend. (Pictured is Karen Portaleo’s entry at last year’s show.)  Ms. Vincent was instrumental in getting some pre-publication buzz for Daphne’s third adventure among the premiere cake decorators in the country.  Both Gayle and I appreciate Ms. Vincent’s kindness and generosity!

Please note, we’ll be having a contest prior to Killer Sweet Tooth‘s release on October 11 (next Tuesday). So please stay tuned for details. There will be lots of great prizes to be won, including, of course, copies of Killer Sweet Tooth.

Killer Cakes – Issue 16

Posted on Sep 27 2010


This weekend–October 1-3–Kerry Vincent will be hosting the Oklahoma State Sugar Art Show. Set up will take place on Friday, October 1. Below is the 2009 Grand Prize winning cake decorated by Mercedes Strachwsky of Florida. Mercedes’ cake beautifully illustrated the show’s theme, “Of Sea and Shore.”

On Saturday, October 2, visitors can attend the show from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m.  On Sunday, October 3, the event will be open to the public from 10 a.m. until 6:30 p.m. (or the conclusion of the awards ceremony).

The Grand National Wedding Cake Competition’s 2010 theme is Mansions and Monasteries. Contestants will “create a showpiece depicting elements from an existing mansion or monastery.”

A special guest to the show this year will be Richard Ruskell. To date, Chef Ruskell has won the most Food Network Challenge comeptitions. Additional guest “stars” include Corporate Chef Donald Wressell, “Cake Chicks” Cheri Elder, Bronwen Weber, and Carolyn Wanke Mangold, and the award-winning chef Andrew Shotts.

If you’re attending the Oklahoma State Sugar Art Show, be sure to check out all the wonderful vendors on hand. You can get some terrific items there–at least, I know I did! Also, if you go, please say hello to Kerry and give her a hug from Daphne and Gayle!