Sunday, April 1, 2012

Decorate That Cake!

Dotted Swiss and Rose Garden Glamour Bonnet

Look what's just around the corner: Mother's Day, Father's Day, graduations, wedding showers, anniversaries. Nothing turns those occasions into celebrations like a beautifully decorated cake. And nothing says "extra special" like a cake you baked and decorated yourself. Too difficult for all but professionally trained bakers, you say? Not at all! Our cake-decorating consultants are here to show you how you can create gorgeously decorated cakes for any occasion with some simple equipment, ingredients, and techniques.

Baker's Profile

Rebecca Sutterby

Rebecca Sutterby

During a three-and-a-half-hour drive south of Kansas City to deliver a wedding cake last summer, master cake artist Rebecca Sutterby watched her car’s outside temperature gauge rise to 106 degrees. “I had the air conditioning turned on all the way and I was bundled up in three jackets,” she says. “I was so worried the cake was going to fall apart!” Luckily, only small repairs were required when she delivered the cake to its happy recipients.

In the News

Sweet Competition

Kerry Vincent
We were a little intimidated when we called Kerry Vincent to talk about cake design and baking competitions. After all, she’s had a reputation as the “mean judge” on “Food Network Challenge” since 2002: sharp-tongued, unsmiling, capable of reducing a contestant to tears. She’s a towering figure in cake design: an inventor of several cake-decorating techniques (including one that’s named for her: Vincent marquetry), an internationally honored expert in sugar art and cake design, and the co-founder of two important competitions, the Oklahoma State Sugar Art Show and the Grand National Wedding Cake Competition. To top it all off, she’s a member of the Dessert Professional Hall of Fame and the International Cake Exploration Societé Hall of Fame.