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Winter Cupcake Trees

11/01/2012 | Cake Decorating Ideas | Duff Baking

These wintry cupcake trees are a fun project for the whole family to make together with Duff Goldman by Gartner Studios baking and decorating products.


Start with a Duff Goldman by Gartner Studios cake mix(s) in a flavor of your choice. We used white cake mix for this project. Bake cupcakes according to package directions in 3 sizes in paper baking cups: jumbo, regular, and mini. After baking and cooling, stack them up largest on the bottom to smallest on the top then insert a bamboo skewer through the cupcakes to secure the tower. Trim the skewer to size if necessary.

Next, cut down a sugar ice cream cone, in about 1/2, and place it on top of the top mini cupcake. Using a small star tip (#16) on a tube of Duff’s white icing, pipe a double row of branches around the tops of the 3 cupcakes and follow up the cone. Decorate immediately with a sprinkle of edible glitter or sprinkles, your choice. Top off the tree with a star. You can make the stay by using a rolling pin to roll a gumdrop flat in sugar, then cutting out a small star with a cookie cutter. Attach the star with additional icing.


Duff White Cake Mix

Duff White Buttercream Frosting or White Icing Pouch

White Cupcake Liners

Small Star Tip #16


Santa’s In The Chimney Cake

11/01/2012 | Cake Decorating Ideas | Duff Baking

This crazy cake pokes sweet fun at Santa getting stuck in the chimney. This is a fun project for the whole family to make together with Duff Goldman by Gartner Studios baking and decorating products.

Santa In The Chimney Cake


Bake a Duff red velvet cake in a 9″ x 13″ inch cake pan, following package directions. Remove from pan when cool, then freeze the cake. If frozen the next steps become much easier. Cut the cake into 3″ squares, then cut each square horizontally into fourths using a sharp serrated knife.

Using a pastry bag, pipe white icing between each of the four layers, stacking as you go. Next, pipe vertical lines to complete the vertical brick pattern. Top off the chimney with additional white icing and sprinkle with coconut if desired for a snowy effect.

Mold Santa’s legs and feet using Duff colored fondant in red and black, then insert the feet into the top of the chimney. We made the white trim on Santa’s boots with a slice of a small white gumdrop. White fondant would also work well.


Duff Red Velvet Cake Mix

Duff White Buttercream Frosting

Duff Fondant in red, black, and white

Coconut (optional)

White gumdrops

Bird Nest Chocolate Cake

01/27/2012 | Cake Decorating Ideas | birds nest

Looking for a great cake options for a spring party or for a wedding or baby shower? Try baking this adorable bird’s nest chocolate cake.

Bird Nest Cake Idea

Bake two or three layers of your favorite cake according to package directions (chocolate cake from Duff Goldman by Gartner Studios is recommended, of course). Cool layers after baking. Frost between layers and stack.

Using a small knife, carve out a slight impression in the top of the cake to create a “nest.” Chill cake.

Make a ganache for frosting the cake. Heat 2/3 cup heavy cream until hot (do not boil). Remove from heat. Add 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips and let sit for five minutes. Mix well until smooth. Cool until slightly thickened. Gently spoon ganache over cake. Let it run down the sides and into the nest area until the cake is entirely covered. Clean up any excess that may have dripped onto the serving plate.

Using a chocolate bar and potato peeler, make a nest by gently peeling the edge of the chocolate bar onto a paper plate. Arrange the shreds into the impression at the top of the cake. Hey – it’s a nest!

Make cake pops (pre-baked, crumbled cake mixed with frosting) and shape cake pops into eggs and chill in the fridge. Melt blue dipping chocolate. Carefully dip the chilled cake pop eggs into the melted candy coating and place onto wax paper. Refrigerate to set and then place into nest.

Finish the cake by piping a reverse shell border around the bottom edge of the cake. Use a pastry bag and #18 star tip.

Melting Snowman Cake Pops

11/17/2011 | Cake Decorating Ideas | Duff Baking

They’re melllllting! Cake pops are crazy fun, especially these “melting snowman” cake pops. Make your standard snowman cake pop, or have some silly fun with the melting snowman instead! This is a fun project for the whole family to make together with Duff Goldman by Gartner Studios baking and decorating products.

Melting Snowmen Cake Pops

1 hour and 15 minutes  /  LEVEL: INTERMEDIATE

Bake a Duff cake in a flavor of your choice in a 9″ x 13″ cake pan. Cool the cake complete, then crumble the cake into a bowl. (yes, we said crumble the cake.) Mix in some cake icing and then roll the cake mixture into balls in two sizes, one slightly smaller than the other.

Stack the two cake balls together, with the small one on top. Use your hand to flatten them slightly to create a “melted” look. Insert a cake pop stick into the top of each, then refrigerate. After about 15 minutes, remove the cake pops from the refrigerator and dip in white melting chocolate, letting the excess coating puddle under each snowman on wax paper, giving it a melted effect. When the coating has set, decorate the snowmen using mini chocolate chips for eyes and buttons and a sliver of an orange gumdrop for the nose (attached with more melted coating). The mouth is made by piping dots of melted mini chocolate chips. Make the hat with a small black gumdrop.


Duff Cake Mix, in your favorite flavor

Duff White Buttercream Icing

White Melting Chocolates

Mini Chocolate Chips

Gumdrops, in orange and black

Duff Black Shimmer Piping Gel