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Below you will find links to our current selection of How-To articles.

Making IMBC (Video) Video demonstration: How to make Italian Meringue Buttercream (IMBC)
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external link Martha Stewart's IMBC An external link to Martha Stewart's own Italian Meringue Buttercream recipe. Don't be afraid of IMBC, it's really quite easy and darn nummy too!
Swiss Meringue Buttercream How to make Swiss Meringue Buttercream (SMBC). These are the steps only, no recipe included.
Cake Servings in English and Spanish Two slice charts in PDF format with English and Spanish headings
How to make a Fondant Tartan Step by Step instructions on creating a realistic tartan pattern on fondant using an airbrush and simple stencil.
external link Seed Bead piping A photo tutorial on how to create "Seed Beed" piping that can replicate a bride's lace.
3D Decorative Cake Painting Step by Step instructions on executing three dimensional painted designs on fondant-covered cakes.
3D Elmo Cake Topper Easy to follow instructions for building the famous kid's toy out of crispy cereal and fondant. The technique can be adapted to create other 3D designs.
Cake Pricing Matrix This matrix was based on another popular cake pricing matrix but adapted to Canadian products and resources. Customizable to your own needs.
Build a Tilted Cake How to make a tilted cake (a.k.a. "topsey turvey" or "mad hatter" cake) in 6 easy steps. Illustrated instructions based on the Whimsical Bakehouse book.
Carving a Shark Cake A three-page instructional on carving a cake in the shape of a shark, does not include cake recipe although it is recommended to use a dense butter cake. Covering is rolled fondant.
Baby Sneakers Instructions and pattern for creating baby sneakers in gumpaste.
Baking & Decorating Cookies An 8 page demonstration on how to bake and decorate cookies.
Making your own Gumpaste Step-by-steps instructions on making your own home-made gumpaste. Save money! Requires gelatin, icing sugar and either Gum-Tex™ (Wilton), tylose or gum tragacanth as the stiffeners.
Volume Requirements An Excel spreadsheet listing of multiple sizes and shapes of cake and their batter, icing and fondant requirements.
How to smooth SMBC "How do I get my buttercream smooth?" is a question you see all the time. This How To will answer that for you. Just follow these Step-by-step instructions on smoothing your Swiss Meringue Buttercream - these same steps will work well on many other frostings. It's not as difficult as you think to get a really smooth icing!
external link Sugar Rose Levy Beranbaum, author of The Cake Bible, posted an extremely detailed blog entry about sugar on her blog space.
external link Sugar's Functional Role "Sugar's Functional Role in Cooking is a 20-page PDF handbook detailing all the essential functional properties that sugar contibutes to foods and is a magnificent teaching tool for everyone from the average consumer to secondary school students to culinary professionals."
external link Types of Sugars A listing & description of standard sugar types for the Canadian market.
Fondant from Scratch Easy Step-by-Step illustrated instructions on how to make regular, good tasting, non-MMF fondant from scratch. So easy, even I can do it!
No marshmallows were harmed in the making of this fondant.
Making MMF Fondant MMF or Marshmallow Fondant is a very fast and easy way to make fondant. Got a microwave? You're halfway there.
Making a Fuchsia Illustrated step-by-sep instructions for making a fuchsia flower.
Gum Ball Baby Instructions on creating a gum paste or fondant topper using perfectly safe gumballs as your base structure. Original article by (and used with permission of) Geraldine Kidwell.
Ruffles 101 Illustrated step-by-sep instructions for making beautiful ruffles.
Making Flower Sprays A 6-page demonstration on making a cascading set of flower sprays.
Making Ribbon Roses the Choc-a-holic way Follow these instructions to make your very own, quick and simple fondant ribbon roses, the choc-a-holic way!
Making a Gumpaste Monkey Simple to follow instructions showing the process of making a gumpaste monkey... or twelve.
Quicky Fondant Roses Illustrated step-by-sep instructions for making easy and quick little fondant roses.
Making Basic Animals Easily create a zoo full of cute critters with this simple method.
Bejeweled Instructions and illustrations for making decorative jewelry for you cakes. Graciously provided by ICES member Jennifer Jones of


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