Icing Swag Piped Gingerbread House

Royal Icing Piped Swag Gingerbread House Design

Here is a modeling chocolate figurine sitting in a pool of pink royal icing beside her strawberry-colored swag-piped gingerbread house. This design includes an optional chimney attachment. Follow this link to read my Royal Icing Wreath Tutorial The highlight of the … Continue reading

Chocolate & Cookie Waterfall

Gingerbread House Waterfall Tutorial

Here is how I made the chocolate waterfall for the Wonka Candy Factory Gingerbread House. First, I created a DIY paper gingerbread house template for the whole structure. Here’s a look at how the waterfall element evolved from creation to completion. Once the … Continue reading

Pink Cross Stitched Gingerbread House

Pink Cross Stitched Gingerbread House

Perched atop a cake crumb cliff, there is a pink gingerbread house with piped cross stitched royal icing and a modeling chocolate figurine in the front yard. This cookie house was decorated with fancy laced royal icing all around the window holes. … Continue reading

Gingerbread House Candy Ideas

Gingerbread House Candy Ideas

What’s the best thing about gingerbread houses? The candy! Here are some of my favorite candies for gingerbread cookie house decorating. The best place to shop for gingerbread house candy is in the kind of store with bins. That way, … Continue reading

How to Make Piping Cones

Parchment Paper Piping Cones

I like to use parchment paper cones to decorate cakes with melted chocolate, buttercream frosting, or royal icing. The cones allow for more control and better rotation with the wrist to accomplish swirls and finer detail work up close on cakes. They are disposable … Continue reading

Butter vs. Shortening

Butter Versus Shortening for Cake Frosting Recipes

While working as a pastry chef here in the U.S., I’ve noticed that many Americans prefer shortening-based cake frosting over real buttercream. Probably because it’s what’s used in supermarket cakes, it’s in the center of so many cream-filled goodies, and … Continue reading

How to Make a Car Cake

How to Make a Car Cake by Wicked Goodies

The 3D car is a wildly popular sculpted cake design for groom’s cakes, birthday cakes and father’s day cakes. Unfortunately, it is an especially time consuming shape to create. I have spent many late nights working on car cakes, realizing that I should either charge … Continue reading

How to Make a Piano Cake

Piano Cake Tutorial

This 3D piano cake design involves minimal carving. The cake presentation involves a raised stand that is simple to build out of cardboard, dowels, tape and screws. It helps the cake look like a real piano. Baking and Carving the Piano Cake Begin with … Continue reading

How to Store Piping Tips

Both at home and in a commercial kitchen, it’s hard to keep piping and decorating tips in order. Spool hangers work well. These handy hangers double both as a drying rack and viewable storage for your many tips and couplers. I highly … Continue reading