Monday, March 19, 2018

How to Make Wafer Paper Flowers in a Dahlia or Daisy Style

Making a wafer paper dahlia or daisy, or any flower that has longer petals, is fairly easy. You can make the petals as realistic or as "fantasy" as you like...In this case I made them a little more rounded to match some other flowers that were going with the cake.

Start with some strips of wafer paper, cut about 1 1/2" wide.

Using fringe scissors or a regular pair, cut one side of the strip into a fringe.

Use a short skewer or a toothpick to build the flower on.

Cut the fringe part so that it's uneven and not the same length all the way across.

Use vodka or a little water and brush it onto the uncut edge of the wafer paper.

Wrap the strip around the skewer.

Press it firmly to stick the bottom of the strip together.

Dampen the top of the fringed side with a tiny bit of the vodka or water.

Press the fringes together to form a loose cone shaped center.

Insert the skewer into a piece of Styrofoam to let them dry.

Cut a strip of short petals or individual short petals that are about 1" long. I used a paper strip punch but you don't need to, just cut them freehand or use individual petals.

Here's the strip of wafer paper petals...Wet it at the bottom like you did for the fringed section.

Wrap it around the center on the skewer, pinching it to make sure it sticks to the center.

Here it is with the petal strip wrapped around the center. You could stop now and use this as a smaller flower, but you could add more petals if you want it to be larger.

Cut out some longer petals on a strip. Make them as round or pointed as you want, you can always cut the tips if you don't like the way that it looks once it's on the flower. Do the same thing with this strip as with the other ones, dampen the bottom and wrap it around the center on the skewer.

I decided to cut the petals to make them more curved after doing the first one, so the next strips that I did weren't as pointed.

This is the curve of the next layers that I cut out...Less pointed.

Now cut out some longer individual petals and stick them to the back of the flower. Overlap them so that the outer petals cover up any gaps in the wrapped sections.

Keep adding petals until the flower is as large as you want it to be.

Here's the finished flower, but it's a little stiff, so I steamed it by holding the flower over a pan of boiling water.

As the petals soften you'll be able to manipulate them into shape and curve them so that they look less stiff and more natural.

Experiment and shape them until you like the way that the flower looks.

Here's a before and after, the steamed flower is on the right.


And here are the finished flowers grouped together. You can make these in a solid color, or use different colors for the centers and outer petals to give them some variety.

For plain wafer paper, click here

Kara Buntin owns A Cake To Remember LLC,  online cake supplies at and

Friday, March 16, 2018

Cake Decorating Video: How To Make Painted Chocolate Seashells

There are a few ways to get a multicolored effect on seashells. This video shows the method of painting the mold itself so that there are contrasting details once the chocolate is poured into the mold on top of the painted areas.

Click here to see the molds: Seashell molds

Kara Buntin owns A Cake To Remember LLC,  online cake supplies at and

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

When Is It Time To Stop Selling Something?

When you have any type of business, there will inevitably come a time when you have to decide if you want to keep selling an item or not.

First, ask yourself these questions:

  • Does making this thing make me want to die?
  • When I get an order for it, do I shudder a little?
  • Am I making so little on it I think it's not worth the time?
  • If I stop making it, will it affect my income so much I'll feel the pinch?
Now, you might think that the last two questions are contradictory, but sometimes they're what's causing the problem. If you raised the price of this thing, whatever it is, would it make a difference? Maybe if you increased how much you're charging you wouldn't get as many orders, but you'd be making a larger profit, so it might not affect your income as much as you think. Plus, you wouldn't be working as hard on something that kills your soul.

So think about raising prices first.

If you've raised your prices and still hate making the thing, it might be time to eliminate it from your products.

There's nothing wrong with saying "nope, I'm not making mini cupcakes anymore, they kill my soul." Or "no more smash cakes, they just make me want to smash something."

I stopped selling a few things this year because whenever I got an order for them I cried a little. When you stop appreciating orders for a specific item it could just be time to give yourself permission to stop making them. Somewhere out there, someone else enjoys making the thing that you hate, so let them have that order.

Give yourself permission to NOT make the things that you hate making. Spend your time doing things that you like, or just ones that don't make you feel like your spirit is being crushed, at the very least. You're not going to love everything that you make, but there's no reason to do things that you can't stand.

Kara Buntin owns A Cake To Remember LLC,  online cake supplies at and

Monday, March 5, 2018

How to Make Edible Eyes, Or, Isomalt Eyeballs for Everyone!

How many times have you done a 3D animal cake and needed realistic eyes for it? Okay, maybe not too often, but wouldn't it be good to have a way to make some realistic ones? Or just have some eyes to put on cupcakes to freak out the kids...

Well, here's how to make them using isomalt, wafer paper, and a mold to make the round part. You can use the mold with clear resin, too, and just use paper eyes glued on to make the colored part.

I have these eyes listed in my paper shop on Etsy to make 1" pinback buttons, but I reduced the size to fit the eye molds. I printed them on wafer paper and cut them out. They're about 3/4" across, so they would fit a mold that was a little larger or smaller than that.

 Making them is really easy--

Fill the mold cavities about 3/4 full.

Use a spatula to push any bubbles out to the side so that the surface is smooth.

Take the wafer paper and place it face down on top of the isomalt.

Press gently to make sure that the image is flat on the surface of the isomalt.

Fill the mold the rest of the way up with isomalt to encapsulate the wafer paper.

Let the eyes set up until the isomalt is totally cooled. When you remove the eyes it will look like this:

This particular mold has two cavity sizes so the eyes can be a little larger or smaller.

You can use this method with any rounded mold that will take the heat of the isomalt. You can also do this, as I mentioned before, with resin and regular paper to make plastic eyes for craft projects, you just need to size the eyes to the mold.

For a kit that's enough to make 30 eyes of different styles and colors, click here: Edible eye set
And if you don't want to make them yourself, you can click here to get premade ones.

Kara Buntin owns A Cake To Remember LLC,  online cake supplies at and

Friday, March 2, 2018

How to Make Wafer Paper Sunflowers with Wired Wafer Paper Centers

I was wondering about whether I could make wired wafer paper centers for some larger flowers to avoid having to combine gumpaste and wafer paper in one flower, and yes, you can. So Here's how to make the centers:

And here's how to make the flowers:

You could make centers for all types of flowers like ranunculus, daisies, sunflowers, etc. Basically anything that has a flat center if you're using this method. Start with wafer paper that's colored in the final center color to make it easier, or paint them after they dry completely.

Kara Buntin owns A Cake To Remember LLC,  online cake supplies at and

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Cake Business Interview-- Amy's Cakes & Candies in Greensboro NC

Here's a look at a home-based cake business and some advice for people thinking about going into the field of custom cakes. My guest blogger today is Amy Filipoff from Amy's Cakes N Candies in Greensboro NC.

What’s your background, and how did you get started with your business?

I have a BFA in Theatre Design. I worked at a bakery all through college and learned the basics of baking and cake decorating then. I went to work in the corporate sector for 10 years, making cakes still as a hobby for friends and family. My start in this as a real business came after My company was making cuts and I was offered a severance package around the same time my husband was offered a new position in a different state. I was in a state that, at the time, didn’t allow home baking business and we moved to a state that did. So it just made sense.

What kind of cakes do you make the most? Weddings, birthday, dessert cakes etc. What’s the “cake economy” like where you are? Have prices gone up or down in the last few years? 

I focus on wedding cakes but I do all types of celebration cakes. I have found that the wedding cake economy is on a slight uptick in the past few years but fewer people are willing to pay custom cake prices for birthdays and smaller celebrations. Prices have gone up slightly.

To earn a full-time income with a home-based cake business, how many hours per week do you think people have to work? 

I only work part time. That is by choice. If I needed to get a full time income out of making cakes from my home I would need to put in around 50-55 hours a week.

If you are looking to make a lot of money, run the other way. You have to love doing it or you will burn out quick. Also, you have to treat it like a business. I think this is the hardest part for hobbyists starting a business. I was fortunate to have those 10 years of business experience to learn how to sell myself and my products. If you don’t price to consider ALL your expenses PLUS an income for you then you are putting in a lot of effort for nothing.

What do you think will surprise people who want to start a custom cake business most about owning a home-based business? In other words, what do you think people find out the hard way about it? 

For me the hardest part is that there is no separation from your home and work life. Since I work in my home kitchen I can't just shut the door and come back to something later. I must be completely cleaned up with everything tucked away by the time my kids get home from school. Also, incomplete work is constantly nagging at me when I try to relax or step away. Also, it’s difficult for customers to understand that just because I work from home doesn’t mean I am “ on the clock” 24/7. And I get a lot of calls from people looking for a cash and carry cake, I feel like I need a recording to play that explains how my business works and why I don’t just have a cake you can pick up at any time.

What do you like most and least about working in the custom cake industry? 

I love the reactions I get from my cakes, mostly you are part of very happy times in peoples lives and it’s cool to be part of that. I love the opportunity to be creative and make a little money doing it.

What advice would you give someone who wants to start a home-based cake business?

Be ready to put in a lot of time and effort. Treat it like a business and don’t forget to cover your legalities ( inspection, licensing, insurance etc.)


Thanks, Amy, for the insight into your business! You can find Amy on Facebook at Amy's Cakes N Candies

If you have a home-based cake business and would like to submit a guest blogger post, just answer the questions here and email them to me at Or if you'd like to write about a different topic, including business tips or a decorating tutorial, email me and let me know what you'd like to write about!

Kara Buntin owns A Cake To Remember LLC,  online cake supplies at and

Monday, February 19, 2018

How To Use The Beer Bottle Mold

If you're making any cooler cakes this year, you would do yourself a favor to get a silicone bottle mold. I added a different type of silicone into my product line recently to make molds of larger items, and I thought about adding bottle molds to my website.

THOSE SUCKERS ARE EXPENSIVE!!!! I knew it, but looking into the pricing was a little horrifying. They do take a lot of silicone to make, and the room for error in making them needs to be higher because it's pretty easy to mess them up, so the pricing is understandable. But if you're only making one cake and you don't want to invest $100 in a 3D mold, that's understandable too!

So I decided to add half-bottle molds, which seem to be what more people need anyway. If you're making a cooler cake, you don't need a full bottle mold, you just need the top half that sticks out of the cooler. So here's a video of the mold I can up with and how you would use it. You could use isomalt, regular sugar, or chocolate in the mold. (If you're doing other crafts it will also work for resin, soap and wax.

Click here for the mold:

Kara Buntin owns A Cake To Remember LLC,  online cake supplies at and

Monday, February 5, 2018

How To Make Isomalt Geodes With A Silicone Mold for Cupcake Toppers

Have you had customers asking for geode crystal cupcake toppers yet? I'd be surprised if you haven't, because I've been selling them like crazy for the last year or so. I recently decided to add the molds that I use to make them to my shop because I figured that people could probably use as well as the ready-made ones.

The mold set includes one piece that has three sections and one piece that makes two individual crystals.

You can use them by themselves or with each other to make larger crystals. Here's the video showing how to make the geodes:

Click here for the molds: Silicone Geode Crystal Mold,
and click here for precooked isomalt: Isomalt for the geode molds

Kara Buntin owns A Cake To Remember LLC,  online cake supplies at and