DIY Vertical Layer Cake


Inspired by I Am Baker, I decided to try her tutorial for a vertically layered cake. Her site is full of great ideas and the tutorials are super easy to follow. I’m not much of a baker but found her tips super helpful. She recommends freezing your cakes before working with them. I made my cakes from a gluten-free cake mix, and there’s no way I could have man-handled them if I hadn’t frozen them. Another tip she gave was to use a simply syrup to hold layers together in order to avoid icing seems between layers. I made my simple syrup with honey and water, my preferred sweetener of choice.


I ended up with a checkered cake because you either end up with two separate cakes or you can just add the two layers. Although there’s kits to make such cakes, I loved that I could just grab some round bowls and plates, set them on my cake layers, and take a sharp carving knife around the bowl to cut my vertical rings.

Be sure to check out her blog for other creative ideas!


Cupcake Decorating Party


We had a Cupcake Decorating Party today. Thought it would be a good creative outlet while socializing (and it let me finally use my new Martha Stewart Cake Decorating Kit). We had about 15 gals show up to decorate.


I jazzed up the house by decorating with a cupcake theme. I covered existing hangings with cupcake art I made using scrapbook paper. I made a festive curtain using matching fabric scraps and tied cupcake ornaments to it.


My family helped me bake a bajillion cupcakes ahead of time as well as icing. We laid them out on the tables along with sprinkles so we could get down to business.


You didn’t have to tell this bunch of girls twice to get started!


This is like coloring for adults. Everyone really got into it and enjoyed playing around with different tips.


There was even an attempt at a tie dye cupcake. Pretty neat if you ask me.


Even the kids got involved. I made sugar-free, gluten-free, dairy-free cupcakes from scratch for them. We even made the icing sugar-free and dairy-free by using Ideal xylitol and Earth’s Balance.


Guests took home cupcakes in these cute carriers I found at Big Lots. In the end I think it was kind of therapuetic and a fresh twist on the holiday cookie decorating. Nothing’s better than spending an afternoon with friends than adding cupcakes to the mix!