A Roundup of Our Christmas & Winter Tutorials!

Christmas and Winter Cake Tutorials- MyCakeSchool.com

 

Hi everyone!  I hope that you are having a great week!  I’ve been scrolling through our Christmas and winter themed tutorials and realized that many of you may not know just how many cake and cupcake tutorials that we have to share!  We have quite a few free blog tutorials as well as video tutorials.  I had even forgotten about one or two of these myself!

Anyway, I have lots of cuteness to share with you… just click the photo to visit the tutorial!

 

I’ll start with our free blog tutorials!

Here we have a festive Christmas tree of buttons~

Christmas Tree of Buttons~ Blog Tutorial by MyCakeSchool.com

 

 

Elegant Chocolate Trees!  Chocolate candy/bark coating makes for a quick & easy design.  This time of year, when in doubt, I add a chocolate tree or two!

Elegant Chocolate Trees tutorial by MyCakeSchool.com

We made this little guy (and friends) in our first year of My Cake School!  Just a simple little strawberry & chocolate mouse, but isn’t he cute?

Sweet Strawberry Mouse tutorial by MyCakeSchool.com

Santa!! This is one of my favorite tutorials for Christmas.  He is a buttercream frosted cake with a cupcake pull-apart beard! ;0) So much fun.

Santa Cupcake Cake Tutorial by MyCakeSchool.com

Our ornament (truffle) wreath tutorial is a new favorite of mine!  So elegant (and nobody would guess how simple!)

Truffle Ornament Wreath Tutorial by MyCakeSchool.com

I just love buttercream, but if it can be ruffled buttercream , I love it even more!  This ruffled buttercream wreath is another simple and unique design. I made matching cupcakes too!

Buttercream Ruffled Wreath Tutorial by MyCakeSchool.com

This beautiful platter of Christmas cupcakes is from both a blog and video tutorial!  I think the snowmen & mittens are my favorite! ;0) Christmas Cupcakes Tutorial by MyCakeSchool.com

 

Another oldie, The Polar Express!  In this blog tutorial, you will learn to make a lovely sleigh bell topper.

Polar Express Cake tutorial by MyCakeSchool.com

Next, we have little mini candy bar reindeer!! Whether on a stick or on top of chocolate ice cream, these make adorable party treats!

Candy Bar Reindeer!  Tutorial by MyCakeSchool.com

And finally….from our list of free tutorials is our Red Velvet Cake!  Not so much a tutorial, but this recipe is a new family favorite of ours! PERFECT (if I do say so myself).

Red Velvet Cake Recipe by MyCakeSchool.com

 

Now for our Video Tutorials for Members!  Some tutorials have a way of getting lost in our member video library, and I wanted to make sure that you knew about them!

 

First, our recent gingerbread house cake video tutorial!   We had the best time decorating this one!

Gingerbread House Tutorial by MyCakeSchool.com

 

Our sledding snowmen!  Learn to carve a sledding hill into your cake along with some cheerful snowmen! ;0) One of my favorites!

Sledding Snowman Cake by MyCakeSchool.com

More cuteness!  We made this igloo cake with penguins a while back, and it still makes me smile ;0)

Igloo Cake with Penguins! Tutorial by MyCakeSchool.comHere’s our candle cake!  This video will teach you how to make a beautiful candle for your dessert table.  We lit ours for the photo! ;0)

 

Candle Cake Video by MyCakeSchool.com

Yule Log!  In this video, you’ll learn to make a cake roll & decorate as a yule log!  This cake is frosted with chocolate buttercream, even the pinecones & pine needles are edible.

Yule Log Cake Tutorial by MyCakeSchool.com

Crown your cake with a Gum Paste Poinsettia!

Beautiful Gum Paste Poinsettia Video by MyCakeSchool.com

This cheerful frosted Christmas Tree video tutorial with complete with dancing gingerbread men has been a Christmas favorite of mine for years!  I hope that you love it too ;0)

 

Christmas Tree Cake Video Tutorial by MyCakeSchool.com

Another happy cake video for you!  Have you ever made a tilted cake?  This video will show you how (plus one cute skiing snowman and lots of royal icing snowflakes!) ;0)

Tilted Cake Video Tutorial by MyCakeSchool.com

Need to make a sweet Santa & Rudolph?  This video will show you how! ;0) Santa and Rudolph Member Video by MyCakeSchool.com

Buttercream Poinsettias are so quick & easy, but so beautiful on a platter!  Learn to make them in this video!

Buttercream Poinsettia Cupcakes by MyCakeSchool.com

And finally, our beautiful Nativity Cake video tutorial. Sometimes the simplest decorations can be the most elegant, and I love the story that these simple gum-paste cut outs tell.  Enjoy the video!

Nativity Cake Video Tutorial by MyCakeSchool.com

 

Thanks for stopping by, I hope that you’ve found something to spark your interest or creativity! I have truly loved creating these Christmas tutorials over the years.  xo

 

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Ornament Wreath Cake~ Blog Tutorial

Hi everyone!

Today I’m going to share a cake with you that I think is so elegant, but the technique is very simple (yay!).  Our inspiration for this design is from the many beautiful ornament wreaths that I’ve seen floating around on Pinterest & on neighbors’ front doors.  Grab yourself a bag of white chocolate truffles and let’s get started! ;0)

White chocolate truffles are the perfect size, shape, and color for this project.  I used Lindor truffles, which I found at our local Rite Aid, but I’m sure that you can find them in a number of stores.  If you enjoy making cake truffles/cake balls, they would make a great alternative.

I wanted to add a bit of drama and shimmer to my truffles with a dusting of super pearl dust.  What a difference!  You could also use pearl spray (Wilton or PME brand for example).  If you don’t want to pearlize, we’ll show another option with sparkling sugar below.

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Some of our truffles were dressed up with sparkling sugar!  To make the sprinkles stick, I first brushed the truffles with piping gel.

Truffle Ornament Wreath Cake Tutorial by MyCakeSchool.com

Then, I poured the sparkling sugar into a ziplock bag, placed the sticky truffle into it, and gave it a good shake!

Truffle Ornament Cake Tutorial by MyCakeSchool.com

If you like piping and scrollwork (like me!), you may like to add some swirls to your truffles.  I melted candy coating, spooned into a piping bag with the tip snipped away, and some swirls and dots.  I chilled for a few minutes until set, and then dusted the swirls and dots with more pearl dust.

3-02-IMG_6344I dusted some of the other truffles with gold luster dust.  I went with a pearl and gold theme, but these would be so cute with colorful dots also…maybe even mix in a few peppermints.  There are so many options!
5-04-IMG_6361 Finally, as an optional step, I decided to add a few fondant snowflakes that I made with my PME snowflake plunger cutter.

 

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I arranged the truffle “ornaments” and snowflakes around the top of a 6″ round cake which was frosted with vanilla buttercream.  You can glue these truffles into place with a little frosting.

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Finally, I added a bow to my truffle/ornament wreath and secured with a dot of frosting.  I love the look!

Truffle Ornament Wreath Cake Tutorial! MyCakeSchool.com

Thanks for stopping by, I hope you’ll give this wreath of elegance and deliciousness a try this holiday season! :0)  Have a great weekend!

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Red Velvet Cake {Scratch Recipe}

 

Red Velvet Cake Recipe by MyCakeSchool.com

Hi everyone!  Today we wanted to share a recipe for red velvet cake that we have fallen in love with!  For me, it’s the perfect recipe.  It is moist without being overly soft or crumbly, it has just the right amount of chocolate, and it is stable enough to withstand the weight of fondant (or a giant coat of cream cheese frosting!) ;0)

I’ve piped on my Cream Cheese Frosting with a 2D fat star tip, and the white trees are just a simple decoration from candy coating, like the ones from THIS  tutorial!

I hope that you love the recipe as much as we do!  Enjoy!

 

Red Velvet Cake

The Reverse Creaming method is used with this recipe.

Ingredients:

3 large eggs
1 Tablespoon (12 g) vanilla extract
2 Tablespoons (24 g) red liquid food coloring
1 cup (242 g) sour cream
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1/3 cup (73 g) milk
2 1/2 cups (254 g) cake flour
2 cups (400 g) granulated sugar
4 Tablespoons (19 g) unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 teaspoon ( 3g) salt
1 Tablespoon (15 g) baking powder
1 1/2 sticks (12 T) (170 g) unsalted butter softened (Do not soften in microwave). I cut the butter into 1/4 inch slices onto waxed paper so it will soften quickly

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour two 8 x 2 inch pans.
In a separate bowl, combine eggs, vanilla, red food coloring, sour cream, veg. oil, and milk. Whisk to blend and set bowl aside.
Add the dry ingredients to the mixing bowl and blend with the mixer on medium speed for 30 seconds until the dry ingredients are well blended.
Slowly add the slices of butter a few at a time while the mixer is on medium speed. Beat for approximately 1 minute or until the dry ingredients are moistened by the butter. Scrape the sides and bottom of the bowl.
Gradually add approximately 1/2 of the egg mixture beating at medium speed for 1 1/2 minutes – the batter will be thick and fluffy. Scrape bottom and sides of bow. Add the remaining egg mixture in 2 pourings, scraping the bowl and beating for 20 seconds after each addition .

Bake at 350 degrees for 30 – 35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Let the cake cool in the pans 10 minutes then turn out.

7 cups cake batter

*We love this recipe with Cream Cheese Frosting.  If you are a fan of peppermint, add a little extract  (start with 1 tsp. and adjust to your liking from there) for peppermint cream cheese frosting! It’s a great combination.

 

Red Velvet Cake Recipe by MyCakeSchool.com

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Gingerbread Cake ~ A Doctored Cake Mix Recipe

Gingerbread Cake~A Doctored Cake Mix Recipe- by MyCakeSchool.com

This gingerbread cake recipe is delicious, and works great with the carving necessary for our Gingerbread House Cake Video Tutorial in our member library. I hope that you enjoy it!

Gingerbread Cake

This recipe is the same as our White Almond Sour Cream Cake – Doctored Cake Mix with just a few changes. The cake is dense enough for carving the roof of the Gingerbread House Cake.

Preheat oven to 325 degrees
Grease and flour cake pans

Do not follow ingredients on the back of the cake mix box, use the ingredients listed below.

1 box Spice Cake Mix, sifted….. I used Duncan Hines
1 cup (121g) all purpose flour
1 cup (200g) granulated sugar
1/2 (3 g) teaspoon salt
1 cup (242 g) sour cream
1/2 cup (118 g) water
1/2 cup (161g) Molasses,
3 large eggs
1 teaspoon (3 g) cinnamon
1 1/2 teaspoon (3 g) ginger
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg

THIS MAKES APPROXIMATELY 7 CUPS OF BATTER

In the bowl of your mixer combine the dry ingredients and whisk 30 seconds to throughly combine. To this add the remaining ingredients and mix on medium speed for 1 minute ( a bit longer if using a hand held mixer). Scrape the bottom and sides of the bowl and beat another minute. Pour into prepared pans and bake at 325 degrees. Check at 35 minutes, the cake will be slightly pulled away from the sides of the pan and a toothpick inserted in the center should pull out clean or with only a few crumbs.

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Gingerbread House Cake~Video Tutorial

Gingerbread House Cake! Member Video Library-MyCakeSchool.com!Today we are talking gingerbread houses. Or even better, how to build an adorable gingerbread house in cake form. We loved creating this cake..


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Add Drama with Chocolate Accents!~ Video

Create Dramatic Chocolate Accents!  Video by MyCakeSchool.comIn this video tutorial, you will learn to make beautiful, impressive chocolate accents from candy coating. These elegant decorations are quick and easy, and the options are endless!


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Pumpkin Spice Cake~ {Scratch Recipe}

I LOVE the flavors that go hand-in-hand with autumn baking.  Apples and cinnamon, caramel, and pumpkin…ahhhh.  This is my favorite season.  ;0) –  We have a few fall favorites in our recipes section, but this delicious Pumpkin Cake tops the list.  It’s the perfect blend of spices & pumpkin…it is tender and flavorful, and with our spiced cream cheese frosting, there is just nothing better!

If you’ve been searching for a wonderful pumpkin cake recipe–I’m happy to tell you that this is the one!

 

Pumpkin Spice Cake with Spiced Cream Cheese Frosting Recipe-  MyCakeSchool.com

 

Pumpkin Cake
2 3/4 cups (360g.) all-purpose flour (we use bleached)
1 Tablespoon (15 g) baking powder
1 teaspoon (5 g) baking soda
2 teaspoons (6 g) cinnamon
1 teaspoons (2 g) nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon ginger
2 cups (400 g) granulated sugar
1/2 teaspoon ( 3 g) salt

1 1/2 sticks (12 tablespoons) (170 g) unsalted butter – softened, do not soften in the microwave – I cut mine into 1/4 inch slices onto waxed paper so it will soften more quickly

4 large eggs
1/4 cup vegetable oil (54 g)
1 can (15oz) (425 g) pumpkin ( not pumpkin pie filling)
1/2 cup (121 g) milk
1 teaspoons (6 g) vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 350 degrees, grease and flour three 8 x 2 inch pans

(THIS RECIPE USES THE REVERSE CREAMING METHOD)

In your mixing bowl add the dry ingredients (flour and the next seven ingredients). Mix the dry ingredients for 30 seconds so all will be well blended. Slowly add the butter a few slices at a time. Beat for approximately 1 – 1 1/2 minutes until the dry ingredients are moistened by the butter. Scrape the sides and bottom of the bowl.

In another bowl combine eggs, oil, pumpkin, milk and vanilla. Whisk until well blended, set aside.

Gradually add approximately 1/2 of the egg mixture beating at medium speed for 1 1/2 minutes. Scrape bottom and sides of the bowl. Add the remaining egg mixture in 2 pourings and beating 20 seconds each.

Bake at 350 degrees 30 – 35 minutes, let cool in pans 10 minutes then turn out.

 

Spiced Cream Cheese Frosting

1 1/2 cups (3 sticks) (382 g) unsalted butter, softened
1 1/2 packages (339 g) cream cheese, softened
1 1/2 teaspoons (4 g) cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon (1 g) nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon ginger
1 teaspoon vanilla
6 – 6 1/2 cups confectioners’ sugar, sifted

Using your mixer beat the butter and cream cheese until well blended. Add the vanilla and spices. With the mixer on low speed gradually add the confectioners’ sugar and mix until it is a good piping consistency.

 

Pumpkin Spice Cake with Spiced Cream Cheese Frosting  Recipe by MyCakeSchool.com

 

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Caramel Apple Spice Cake Recipe

Every fall I crave apple spice cakes– and this year is no different!  I think that you will love this recipe too- a winning combination of  apples and cinnamon, caramel & all-around coziness ;0)

Ingredients~

1/2 cup (1stick) (113 g) unsalted butter, at room temperature
1/2 cup (107 g) vegetable oil
2 cups (400 g) granulated sugar
3 large eggs
2 teaspoons (6 g) vanilla extract
1 cup (252 g) applesauce (unsweetened)
3 cups (342 g) all purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon (3 g) salt
1 teaspoon (5 g) baking soda
1 Tablespoon ( 9 g) cinnamon
2 cups (250 g) grated apples, I used Granny Smith ( I used the large holes on a box grater
1 cup (100 g) chopped pecans or walnuts
Zest of 1 small lemon (optional)
1 Jar of Caramel Sauce/topping for spreading on layers and drizzling

Cream Cheese Frosting or your filling/frosting of choice.

Makes approximately 6 1/2 cups batter

Instructions~

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees
Grease and flour three 8 inch pans A WAXED PAPER circle should be put in the bottom of each pan (grease and flour also) there tends to be more of a sticking problem when recipes have fruit.

Cream the butter, add oil, sugar, eggs, vanilla and applesauce. Mix well.

Put the dry ingredients in a separate bowl and whisk to mix.

Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and mix to blend.

Fold in the grated apples, lemon zest and nuts.

Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes. Let cool in pans 10 minutes then turn out.

 

As I assembled my cake layers, I added another layer of flavor with a very thinly spread coating of caramel.  I used store bought.  I spread the top of each layer with a very thin layer before spreading my cream cheese filling.  After assembling, I frosted the cake with cream cheese frosting and drizzled with additional caramel sauce.

*I have also made this cake as a bundt cake, and as cupcakes with great results!

 

Caramel Apple Spice Cake Recipe by MyCakeSchool.com

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Quilling with Fondant Video~An Autumn Cake

Elegant Autumn Quilling in Fondant~Video by MyCakeSchool.comQuilling brings such a unique and elegant touch to cake decorating. While traditionally, quilling is done with paper, cake decorators can achieve a very similar look using thinly rolled strips of fondant....


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White Almond Sour Cream Cake~ A Scratch Recipe

We LOVE this white almond sour cream cake recipe. It’s delicious, moist, and it holds up perfectly to fondant. If you are not a fan of almond, simply leave out the almond flavoring! (*Note that if you prefer working with cake mixes, we also have a “WASC” recipe that starts with a mix.)
(*The method/order used in this recipe is known as the Reverse Creaming Method.)

Ingredients:

3 Large eggs
2 tsp. (8g) vanilla extract
1 tsp. (4g) almond extract
1/3 c (73g) milk
1 cup (242g) sour cream
2 1/2 c (285g) cake flour
1 1/2 c (300g) granulated sugar
2 1/2 teaspoons (12g) baking powder
1/2 teaspoon (3g) salt
1 1/2 sticks (12 T) (170g) unsalted butter, softened (Do not soften in microwave).  I like to cut the butter into 1/4 inch slices onto waxed paper so that it will soften more quickly.

Instructions:  
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour two 8 x 2 inch pans.
In a small bowl, combine eggs, vanilla, almond extract, milk, & sour cream. Whisk this egg mixture until blended & set aside.
Mix the dry ingredients (cake flour, granulated sugar, baking powder, and salt) in the mixer for 30 seconds so the baking powder and salt will be well incorporated into the flour and sugar.
Slowly add the slices of butter a few at a time while the mixer is on medium speed. Beat for approximately 1 minute or until the dry ingredients are crumbly and moistened by the butter. Scrape the sides and bottom of bowl.
Gradually add approx. 1/2 of the egg mixture beating at medium speed for 1½ minutes — the batter will be thick and fluffy. Scrape bottom and sides of bowl. Add the remaining egg mixture in 2 pourings, scraping the bowl and beating for 20 seconds after each addition. It is now ready to pour into pans.

Bake at 350 degrees for 30 to 35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Let the cake cool in the pans 10 minutes then turn out. Makes 7 cups batter.

 

Delicious Scratch White Almond Sour Cream Cake Recipe by MyCakeSchool.com

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