Curbly Bookworm: Crazy for Cake Pops

by DIY Maven

Curbly Bookworm: Crazy for Cake Pops

Imagine this: On the eve of your 29th birthday you lose your job. What do you do? Well, if you're Molly Bakes you stay up until one in the morning baking and frosting 30 cupcakes for your friends. That evening proved pivotal for Molly, as it was the beginning of a love affair for baking and a new career.

Soon thereafter, she began selling cupcakes in Brick Lane Market in London's East side. It was then she came to another turning point. She discovered

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Roundup: Seven DIY Cake Stands

by DIY Maven

Roundup: Seven DIY Cake Stands

Yes, I know, DIY cake/cupcake stands aren't exactly new to the blogosphere, but I thought it was high time we had a round up of the best on The Curb. Some are ingenious in the materials used, some are simply pretty. All of them, however, prove that you can use just about ANYTHING to make a cake stand.

The cake stand pictured above was actually inspired by a stand spotted at Anthropologie. (I love the use of cups.)

I adore this one, and its...

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An Over-the-Moon Birthday

by Bruno Bornsztein

Our daughter, Ayla, is crazy about the moon (does that make her a lunatic?); she talks about it all the time, and can spot it anywhere in the sky, day or night. Also (unbeknownst to us when we chose it), her name means 'moon halo' in Turkish. So when it came time for her second birthday party, we knew just the theme:

Moon decorations for a birthday party.

Alicia made these great moon decorations out of craft foam and tissue paper. She just plastered on white tissue paper (and...

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Coffee and Donuts Cake

by Mod Home Ec Teacher

Coffee and Donuts Cake

Right off the bat I like this girl's style. Heather from SprinkleBakes just combined everything delicious into this one fantasmagoriasmic cake. She found a Gourmet magazine chocolate cake recipe (which includes its fair share of brewed coffee), Swiss buttercream icing, cake donuts with a chocolate glaze, sprinkled it with espresso powder and silver sugar crystals. No more need for that 5-Hour Energy Drink, eh?

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8 No-Bake Summer Cakes

by DIY Maven

Orange-Raspberry Dreamsicle Cake

Problem: It's hot out. Damn hot. The last thing you want to do is turn on the oven. But little Johnny's birthday is this weekend and you need to make a cake.

Solution: An ice-cream cake from Dairy Queen or--better yet--a homemade no-bake, birthday cake.

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Cake in a Cup

by Mod Home Ec Teacher

cake ina cup

Let me just be the transparency here for Karen's Cake in a Cup video tutorial. Yum-O! Just when you need an itty-bitty bit of chocolatey goodness, this microwave, mix it up in a cup concoction is the perfect fix. 

Here's the recipe, but you need to click here to see Karen and a friend making it on her now defunct show, Playing House. I mean this is surely one of the answers to all of life's problems.

CAKE IN A CUP!

4 Tbsps self-rising flour

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Make a Vintage Cake Stand from Secondhand Stuff

by DIY Maven

vintage cake stands

Christina shows us how to make the prettiest vintage cake stands from secondhand items that, when put together, look like a very upscale (code for 'expensive') serving piece. (Don't they look like they could be in a Martha magazine?) If you're as smitten as I with the idea, here's what we'll need to make one (the construction reminds me of my garden decor post from earlier this week):

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Mr. Mod's Souped Up Bunny Cake

by Mod Home Ec Teacher

Mr. Mod's Souped Up Bunny Cake

Foodie Fridays have made me feel all Home Ecky. However, it's Mr. Mod who's the baker around here. In response to my nagging, he agreed to supervise my attempt at baking by lending me the secret to his souped up German Chocolate Cake recipe. We started with a boxed German Chocolate cake and then turned it all creamy rich and dark chocolate-y. As if that's not enough, we've turbo-texturized the canned coconut pecan icing too.

The bow tie and other details are done with a simple butter cream icing tinted with food coloring. I was shooting for lavender, but we ended up with a preppy looking bunny.

Ready? Here we go...

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How To: Brain Cake.

by Chris Gardner

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I first saw this digustingly clever how-to over the summer, and thankfully, Instructables is giving it its due featurin' 'round Halloween time. From homemade fondant cranium folds to a tasty corn-syrupy blood accent, this project will provide quite a tasty conversation starter to you Hallow's Eve Bash.

Materials

1. Cake Mix
2. Frosting
3. Mini Marshmallows
4.Powdered Sugar
5. Cake dye, red and green
6. Oil

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How To: Roy G. Biv Cake.

by Chris Gardner

How To: Roy G. Biv Cake.

Kaitlin from WhiskKid has got a few things figured out: 1) cakes should always be created from layers; 2) the more thin layers, the better, as they allow for more frosting; and 3) if you're gonna have crazy layers to support the frosting, you might as well make those substrates amazing.

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'Happy Birthday' Cake Mold

by DIY Maven

'Happy Birthday' Cake Mold
Forget the buttercream, this cake writes the message itself. Made of food grade silicone, the mold is heat proof up to 300 degrees. You might balk at the $32 price tag, but it'll save you in icing and time. (Not to mention the aggravation when your pastry bag decides to blow a hole right in the middle of the ‘P's’ and your cake is suddenly drenched in purple icing because your niece insisted on ‘the writing part’ be in purple to match her...

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