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Baumkuchen (Tree Cake)

Baumkuchen (Tree Cake)

Here’s a little known fact – I lived in Germany as a child.  In Munich to be precise.  This was a long time ago, but there are things that stay with you – memories of tastes, sounds and sights, right?  This Baumkuchen brings back vivid […]

Steampunk Cake Gears without Molds

Steampunk Cake Gears without Molds

Do I really need to buy another tool? If you decorate cakes, you know that for every teeny weeny task, there is probably a tool, a cutter, a mold or something out there that you could buy.  If you’re like me, either you don’t have […]

Lino-Cut Cake

Lino-Cut Cake

What is Lino-Cut? Do you remember, perhaps in elementary school, when the art teacher would give you a bit of linoleum and some sharp tools and let you whittle away at it, and then you’d coat it in paint with a roller and smack it […]

Elf on a shelf…sort of

Elf on a shelf…sort of

If a cake stand is a shelf, then, ta-da!  Poof – a Christmas elf on a shelf! (Always watching) There is a current unicorn cake craze (don’t get me started) that uses single tiered cakes, implied closed eyes and simple decorations to create the essence […]

Caramel and Curry?

Caramel and Curry?

Why would I put Caramel and Curry in the same sentence?  Well, when my friend Scott over at 7 Ravens Bakehouse told me he had made a smoked cheesecake, I was completely intrigued.  I have eaten (and enjoyed) smoked cheeses in my time – smoked […]

Pans….release!

Pans….release!

Sort of sounds like a Harry Potter charm, doesn’t it? Where’s my wand? Anyhow, sometimes it feels like getting cakes to release from their pans is a magical trick in itself. So, I thought I would share some tricks that I use to release my […]

Take cover (for your boards, that is!) – Marbleizing and Economizing

Take cover (for your boards, that is!) – Marbleizing and Economizing

Why cover your board?  We eat with our eyes first Cliche, I know and in the food world, you have probably heard this a thousand times.  But, it’s true, right?  If something looks appetizing, you’re far more likely to be interested in eating it than […]

It’s a Bird, It’s a Pie – nope, it’s a cake!

It’s a Bird, It’s a Pie – nope, it’s a cake!

Pie or Cake So Mother’s Day was about to arrive and I was in charge of dessert (natch).  As those of us who “cake” know, we are usually expected to bring dessert and usually expected to bring a cake.  I didn’t want to bring a […]

For a successful competition cake,  U – B – U

For a successful competition cake, U – B – U

Huh? Let me explain Ok…well, say it out loud:  U-B-U Yes, that’s right, you be you.  Or me be me.  You get the picture. I had an epiphany this past weekend about me, cakes and art.   I’m still working through what it means, but […]

Oooh, Shiny things! (AKA let me introduce myself)

Oooh, Shiny things! (AKA let me introduce myself)

Welcome! I am so glad you are here with me.  You are the first to participate in the virgin voyage of the Shiny Ball Cake Blog – it’s bound to be a slightly bumpy ride with me as your captain, but I intend for us […]


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