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Too Nice To Slice, #011 -- Get Out Of Your Comfort Zone!
August 21, 2009

Too Nice To Slice Newsletter, Issue #011 -- Get Out Of Your Comfort Zone!

August 21st, 2009

This newsletter is brought to you from the Easy Cake Ideas website. Each issue brings you up to date with fabulous new cake additions, contests, tutorials, reader questions, decorating tips & tricks and more. Together we'll unleash your inner 'cake diva'...

Getting Out Of Your Comfort Zone.

In cake decorating, as in life, it's good to push yourself a little. Get out of your comfort zone and try something new. Try a new recipe, try a new technique, explore a new just might be surprised. I was.

I jumped right in the deep end this month and told everyone I was entering my first ever cake contest. After some moments of sheer terror, during which I questioned my sanity, and one very long night of decorating after the kids went to bed, I was finished.

Here are the results:

Side note: the cake was awarded "Best In Show"

So, push yourself a little. Try something new this month. You'll be glad you did!

Best regards,


What's New At Easy Cake Ideas?

New tutorials added this month:

Try a new technique. Expand your cake decorating horizons.

New cakes added this month:

These are just some of the great new cakes added this month:

  • Who lives in a pineapple under the sea? Why, this Spongebob cake or course.
  • It's luau season. Make this elegant luau cake inspired by vintage Hawaiian bark cloth designs.
  • a Princess castle cake is always a hit with the little girls.

Check our "What's New" page for more new articles and inspiration! The "What's New" page points you to all the newest cake projects, tips and techniques the moment they're added so you don't miss a thing!

There's new ideas bubbling up around here all the time.

Wear Your Cake And Eat It Too.

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Introducing "Cakelover" by easy cake ideas, a fabulous collection of witty, wearable tees, totes and bakewear that tell it how it really is...

  • "nothing great was ever achieved without cake"
  • "love: a temporary insanity curable with cake"
  • "No matter the question, cake is the answer"

Tons of other great designs available in the store.

You've Got Questions...We've Got Answers!

If there's a cake related question that's been bugging you, check for answers in the "Ask A Cake Question" area. If no-one has asked that question yet, post your question and you'll become part of this great free resource.

The questions have been pouring in this month from all over the place.

Here are some of the most recent:

Don't be shy. Come on over and join the conversation. Everyone's welcome to contribute the knowledge pool.

See you there!

My Favorite Cake Books - A New Feature.

I am often asked, "can you recommend a good cake book for a beginning decorator/baker?"

So I've added a new section to the newsletter, where I'll feature reviews of some of my all time favorite cake books.

This month I'm talking about one of the most treasured books in my collection:

The Whimsical Bakehouse

The Whimsical Bakehouse: Fun-to-Make Cakes That Taste as Good as They Look! , by Kaye and Liv Hansen, is one of the first cake decorating books I ever purchased. I love, love, love this book.

It remains one of my favorites because the authors style suits my cake decorating sensibilities. I like a more colorful, less traditional, more three-dimensional approach to cakes.

There are step-by-step tutorials for making beautiful chocolate decorations, including single and multi-color transfers and relief.

There are also a ton of great cake recipes, including a to-die-for mocha choc chip cheesecake recipe that even men drool over.

There's a great color mixing chart that makes it easy to achieve all the bright, modern colors you're going to want to mix up after reading this book. There's also a section of really useful charts with number of servings in each cake size, amounts of cake batter in each pan size and amounts of frosting and filling required for different cake sizes and, of course, a list of recommended equipment and supplies to get you started.

All of the recipes, cake designs and tutorials are well written and contain more than enough detail for even amateur bakers and decorators to be successful.

There are so many amazing cake designs in here, you'll have trouble deciding where to start. The best thing you'll take away is a new way to think about decorating cakes.

I credit this book with really pushing me down the path to better cake decorating.

Do yourself a favor and check this book out - it's truly inspirational.

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As our site and community grows, I hope that you drop me a line and tell me what creative cake stuff you are up to! Did you make a masterpiece that was inspired by something on our site? Pretty please play "show and tell" with the rest of us. After all, the more we all share, the better we all get!

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