kitchen tour

Hello! This is my catering kitchen where I prepare cakes and food for catering. I have a collection of items over the years, as I opened in 1986. You will see a commercial pizza oven that was left when I moved into...

Interview #16: Karen Portaleo

Bio I studied art at the Ringling School of Art and Design, jewellery at Georgia State University, jewellery, enamelling, copper smithing, glass and porcelain at Penland School, and received a Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Art from the Atlanta...

Painted cakes #1: My American Cake Decorating Magazine Debut

I am so thrilled to share that I was in the July/August issue of American Cake Magazine with a short tutorial on how to paint a cake with edible food coloring. I hope that you were able to get a copy. Here is my post on my blog with a video...

How to make a Nerf Gun Cake

https://youtu.be/ZTbuLxPcuBU This looks like the real deal! Create this awesome Nerf Gun cake for any young boy or girl and watch the amazement as they discover it’s not another Nerf Gun but actually a cake! Simple and easy birthday cake for...

Lemon Cake

2 1/2 cups flour 1 1/2 cups sugar 3 eggs 3 teaspoons baking powder 1 cup orange juice or 1 cup apricot nectar 1 cup vegetable oil (canola works best) 3 teaspoons lemon extract (I used lemon juice) Preheat oven to 350 degrees...

Making a 6" Round Battenberg Cake for a Wedding Cake

This was my practice session for the top tier of the Kenyan Roses Wedding cake. The bride and groom asked for the top tier to be a 6" round Battenberg. I made this tester cake using a guide I found on www.cookgoodfood.com. This was made using two...

Decorating a dummy cake for Easter

Hi! This is the cake that me and my sister Stefania made for Easter. If you like it, here are the step by step photographs and some instructions. Here’s what you need round cake dummy 8 “x 3” h cake tray 10" 40 oz. fondant to cover and...

Santa Christmas Cake Pops

Supplies White cake balls Lollipop sticks Red, white, and peach candy melts Marshmallow bits Red disco dust (optional) White sparkling sugar White tiny sugar pearls Pink sugar pearls Pink luster dust (optional) Black confetti...

Poinsettia cake tutorial

Here is a simply but beautiful cake for Christmas. I hope you like it! Here’s what you need a sponge cake of 26 cm a cake tray 700 gr fondant to cover and decorate cake powder or gel food color rolling pin 40 cm – rolling...

Wedding Cake Rescue

On Friday evening I returned from cooking with the kids at my local Youth Club and checked my phone to see a number of missed calls, a voicemail and text messages. My best friends nieces 4 tier wedding cake has collapsed en route from the baker...