Sneak Peek for St. Patrick’s Day Cake Decorations

Happy March!  I’ve been busy making decorations out of fondant that will adorn a St. Patrick’s Day cake I’m envisioning. I say “envisioning” because I have ideas of certain decorating elements and then I have to figure out how I’m going to make them. This is why I love the creative challenge of decorating cakes, cupcakes and cookies and seeing if I can make those ideas come to fruition. I always ask myself, “Can I figure out a way to… [Read More]

Chinese New Year/Lunar New Year Decorated Almond Cookies

Growing up, I was always aware of the Chinese New Year or Lunar New Year, as it’s becoming more commonly called it seems.  Both my brother and I were born in the heart of Chinatown in downtown Los Angeles and my mother would recollect that when my brother was born fireworks were going off.  Since his birthday is on Valentine’s Day there’s a good chance that this coincided with the Chinese New Year.  No fireworks for me when I arrived… [Read More]

Make-Ahead Frozen Buttercream Cake Decorations

As a Wilton brand Ambassador, I’m most fortunate to be able to try new products and create projects with existing ones.  For Valentine’s Day, I was sent Wilton’s Decorator’s Icings in pouches accompanied with sprinkles.  Remembering when my guys were little and to my room-mom days, I would have gladly welcomed the ease of ready made tinted icings since decorating cupcakes for the class party was usually done late the night before. One thing you can do to save time… [Read More]

Shaking It Up With Snow Globe Decorated Sugar Cookies

Have you heard of a Secret Santa/Cookie Exchange?  It’s a natural combination when you’re part of the Wilton Cake Decorating’s Sweet Treat Team. Hmmm, then I had an idea that had me shaken and stirred!  Mostly shaken.  🙂 As in shakin’ those sprinkles! Click on the video below and you might be shaken too!     Snow globe cookies! Watch it snow! ❄️ #cookies #decoratedcookies #decoratedsugarcookies #shakeitoff #snow #wiltontreatteam #wiltoncakes #wilton @wiltoncakes #sweetswap A video posted by Marilyn (Mac) ?… [Read More]

West Elm OC Valentine’s Cookie Decorating Workshop Recap and Glass Heart Cookie Tip

Hello and happy Valentine Week! Just a short recap of the wonderful morning making different Valentine’s Day cookies at the workshop held at West Elm OC on Saturday.  As usual, when I’m in ‘event mode’, I’m too busy to snap many photos but luckily there were plenty of photogs in the group. Here we are all set up and ready to go with my booklet of recipes, tips and techniques for baking and icing success.  I couldn’t resist giving everyone… [Read More]

Valentine’s Day Cookie Decorating Workshop at West Elm OC ~ Sneak Peek!

Just a sneak peek of a few of the treats we’ll be making at West Elm OC, Feb. 8 at 10AM to 11:30 at the Valentine’s Day Cookie Decorating Workshop. Next week I’ll give a recap of our event and share a newfound tip I learned by trial and error this time around on making glass heart cookies. Follow our sweet progression tomorrow on Instagram where I feel like I’m cheating on my blog and because I’m basically inept at… [Read More]

West Elm OC and My Cookie Decorating Workshop–Reservations Open Now!

Today I’m absolutely giddy to announce I’m partnering with West Elm OC at South Coast Plaza to teach a Valentine’s Day Cookie Decorating Workshop! Nothing says lovin’ like cookies from the oven and if you’re ready to get frosted and Disco Dusted and want to learn how to make some sweet treats to take home for your Valentine then come join us! The event will be held on Saturday, February 8 from 10:00 – 11:30 AM. Go to the West… [Read More]

Peppermint Candy Decorated Cookies for a Holiday Hostess Gift

Have you ever seen a cup that calls to you making you wonder, “What can I put in it besides the obvious?” or “What excuse can I come up with to justify buying an entire spool of baker’s twine with a sparkly red tinsel thread happily running through it?” or “To whom can I give a gift so I can play with the pretty letterpress gift tag that I had to buy so I could run my fingers over the… [Read More]

Free PicMonkey “Sweet Treats and Delicious Eats for the Holidays” eCookBook Download

I’ve got a special link for you today.  I was asked to participate in PicMonkey’s holiday’s treat eCookBook along with other baking bloggers.  As I was looking through it last night, I wanted to try darned near every recipe printed!  You’ll find many tasty treats with links to the participants’ blogs.  So fun to visit new sites and introduce oneself. Click on eCookBook cover below to be taken over to the PicMonkey Facebook page where you can download the cook… [Read More]

Pink Christmas Tree Cookies with Fondant Pennants

Happy December! I can’t believe the countdown has begun!  What have you got planned this holiday season? This year we’ve been invited to a few parties where, for some reason, I’ve been asked to bring cookies.  😉  I wanted to design a cookie that said fun + party with more of a generic feeling in the holiday affiliation area but still said “happy holidays”. Did you know I’m crazy for pennants?  What says fun + party more than pennants?  I… [Read More]