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Pretty Sparkly Cupcakes March 08 2012, 1 Comment

Gold Star Edible Glitter, Pearly Gold Chunky Sugar

Silver Star Edible Glitter, Pearly Silver Chunky Sugar

Red Heart Edible Glitter, Rainbow Sanding Sugar

Rainbow Edible Glitter, Rainbow Sanding Sugar, Rainbow Chunky Sugar

Gold Star Edible Glitter, Chocolate Crunch Topping

We just got in some lovely new sprinkles so I whipped up some pink cupcakes to test out glitter/sugar combinations. Aren't these just SO pretty! I think I may sprinkle gold stars on my cereal tomorrow morning!

Cupcakes frosted using our Star Cupcake Tip.

♥ greta

Terrarium Cake March 05 2012, 5 Comments

I can't contain my excitement about this cake, how totally fun it is! I myself don't own a terrarium because I cannot be trusted to keep any plant alive, but I think terrariums are so cool. I've noticed how popular they are recently, so when we got these chocolate crunchies in I knew a terrarium cake must be made!

I filled my terrarium jar with chocolate cake batter about 1 inch deep, set the whole jar on a cookie sheet, and baked. I was a little nervous about baking in something not labeled for baking, but it worked beautifully! Please bake at your own risk though.

After cooling I poured in some chocolate crunchies, enough to resemble a nice layer of top soil. I then tinted decorator frosting with a 50/50 mix of leaf green and forest green gel paste coloring and filled my frosting bag fitted with a round cupcake frosting tip. I generously pipped in blobs and swirls of frosting and sprinkled with green non-pareils for a mossy feel.

Then I tucked in some candy rocks here and there and topped with 2 totally cute chocolate mushroom lollipops. Learn to make the mushrooms here.

I just love how this cake turned out and how really very simple it was to put together. I love projects like that!

♥ Supply List
• Glass Terrarium Jar
• Chocolate Cake Recipe or Mix
• Chocolate Crunchies
• Decorator Frosting
• Leaf Green Gel Paste Food Coloring
• Forest Green Gel Paste Food Coloring
• Green Non-Pareils
• Candy Rocks

Chocolate Mushroom Supply List
• 3D Mushroom Chocolate Mold
• Candy Melts
• Disposable Decorating Bags
• 4-1/2″ Paper Lollipop Sticks
• Flower Power Icing Flowers
• Chocolate Mushroom Tutorial

Blueberry Smoothie March 02 2012, 0 Comments

A morning smoothie with a fun paper straw is a staple in our house. My go to favorite is 1 banana, frozen blueberries, vanilla yogurt, and milk because its yummy and we always have these things on hand. I don't know about you, but I am not a morning person. Little things like fun straws in colorful smoothies seem to make mornings so much more enjoyable!

We carry 30 different colors and patterns of paper straws in packages of 24, or bulk packages of 100 for parties and events.  We also carry assorted packages if you want to try them all!

♥ greta

Chocolate Mushroom Lollipops February 28 2012, 1 Comment

I've been dying to try this 3D mushroom mold and now I'm so glad I did!  They're a little happiness on a stick. I love how the mushrooms have such a mod feel to them when made in pretty bright colors and topped with a little royal icing flower.

Here they are without sticks, just as cute!

I filled some of the cavities to the top, and others not quite, to create mushrooms of varying heights. After letting the chocolate set for just a minute or two it was firm enough that I could just push the sticks right in and they stayed upright all by themselves. Then into the freezer they went.

After about 10 minutes in the freezer, this depends on how warm your chocolate was, they popped right out. I'm very pleased with how shiny they are!

I let the mushroom parts come to room temperature, then attached them together with a little melted chocolate and propped up on the edge of a cookie sheet to set. Top with a little royal icing flower using a dab of melted chocolate if desired. For more detailed chocolate molding tips check out our Basic Chocolate Molding Tutorial.

♥ Supply List
• 3D Mushroom Chocolate Mold
• Candy Melts
• Disposable Decorating Bags
• 4-1/2" Paper Lollipop Sticks
• Flower Power Icing Flowers

♥ greta

Bakers Twine Dispenser February 23 2012, 1 Comment

I recently thrifted a charming vintage sugar shaker for my morning coffee. I had problems with the sugar clogging though, so I repurposed it as a bakers twine dispenser. It works perfectly and looks adorable! I'm working on building my collection of sugar shakers now.. only 12 more to go! Make that 16, our supplier just got in 4 new colors.. coming to the shop soon!

Shop our bakers twine here!

♥ greta

Chocolate Mustache Lollipops February 13 2012, 2 Comments

We make chocolate mustache lollipops often around here. They are just so fun that we never tire of them! They always seem to encourage giggles and silly mustached photos..

Today we made pink strawberry and dark chocolate mustache lollipops to share with our friends for Valentine's Day!

This is an easy peasy project that you can do with kiddos in an afternoon! Follow our Basic Chocolate Molding Tutorial if you're new to chocolate molding.

Tips: Roll the lollipop stick once in the mold to coat the whole top of the stick with chocolate, this makes the stick more secure. Get yourself more than one mold if you plan to make a lot, waiting for the chocolate to harden can become time consuming.

Supply List
• Candy Melts
• Flavoring Oil
• Mustache Lollipop Chocolate Mold
• 3-3/4" Paper Lollipop Sticks
• Disposable Decorating Bags
• 4-3/4" Cello Bags
• Twist Ties

♥ greta

Sugarlicious February 08 2012, 2 Comments

This week was the release date of the much anticipated edible art book Sugarlicious by bakers everywhere. I preordered my copy and when it arrived bright and early yesterday morning I snuggled in with some coffee and Sugarlicious and read it cover to cover. The projects were just lovely, the kind that make you smile instantly, and its organized so well! I was nearing the end when I turned to page 203 and what before my sparkling eyes did appear..

Thats right my friends.. listed in the resources section of the book! What a surprise!

Check out just a few of my favorites..

Made you smile didn't they?! Order yourself a copy of Sugarlicious and make sure to check out Meaghan's blog The Decorated Cookie for tons of baking inspiration! Thanks Meaghan!

♥ greta

Thanksgiving Weekend Coupon Code! November 24 2011, 0 Comments

Happy Thanksgiving friends! Now through Monday save 15% at with coupon code TURKEY15. Have a great holiday and weekend!

Gingerbread Feather Cookies November 16 2011, 0 Comments

Thanksgiving is just around the corner and I've got a few feather themed projects lined up for you this week that will add something extra special to your Thanksgiving table. First up are these festive gingerbread feather cookies.

I hand cut these cookies using a feather cut from card stock as my template. Hand cutting did take a little extra time so I recommend cutting and baking your feather cookies ahead of time if you are making a lot of them.

After rolling and cutting press a lollipop stick into the back of the cookie and press on a little extra dough to secure the stick.  Turn back over and bake cookies on a parchment lined cookie sheet.

Once cooled you are ready to decorate!  I used orange and blue candy melts, and orange and teal jimmies.  Melt your candy melts in the microwave 20 seconds at a time and once melted pour into a disposable decorating bag.  Pipe stripes of candy melt onto your cookies and coat with jimmies.  Let one color set before you move onto the next.

I've created a printable PDF for you that includes templates for all 4 feather themed projects created to help you celebrate this Thanksgiving. Download here: FeatherTemplate

Supply List
• Your favorite gingerbread recipe
• Orange Candy Melts
• Blue Candy Melts
• Orange Jimmies
• Teal Jimmies
• 4-1/2" Paper Lollipop Sticks
• Disposable Decorating Bag

♥ greta
My little helper happily got in on the action! She is the cutest!

Maple Cinnamon Pumpkin Seeds November 03 2011, 0 Comments

This is what I did with our pumpkin seeds this year.. really delicious!  Every year I'm the only one who eats them so I was looking for a way to jazz them up.  Maple syrup and cinnamon did the trick.

I packaged them up in Glassine Bakery Bags and sealed them with Maple Bakery Labels to share them with a few lucky family members.

2 cups pumpkin seeds (washed and patted dry)
2 tb maple syrup
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp sea salt

Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Spray a baking sheet with cooking spray. Mix all ingredients together and spread into a single layer on the cookie sheet. Bake for 40 minutes. Let cool completely on the baking sheet before storing or packaging. Some parts will be a bit gooey, others will be crunchy. Yum!

Packaging Supply List
• Glassine Bakery Bags 1/4LB
• Maple Bakery Labels

♥ greta

Gingerbread Deer & Coffee November 02 2011, 1 Comment

Hope you all had a happy Halloween! I have a fun month of autumn baking and entertaining ideas lined up for you, and the cutest Thanksgiving DIY's that I'm so excited about! They will make your Thanksgiving table so very special!

Starting off this month of November are these yummy gingerbread deer that pair fabulously with a fresh cup of hot coffee. A little bit campy, a little bit rustic.. they make me happy!

They don't require any decorating which makes them a breeze to whip up using the Layer Cake Shop Standing Deer Cutter. Just mix up a batch of your favorite gingerbread, roll, cut, bake, dunk and nibble. Yum.

They are the perfect autumn afternoon treat. Enjoy!
♥ greta

Gingerbread Acorn Cookie Friends October 24 2011, 0 Comments

This week was our week to bring a snack to Olive's preschool. The theme was Fall Fun, so we thought some Acorn Cookie Friends would be perfect. We served the cookies along with applesauce and milk.. they were a hit!

Olive cut out the the acorns, dipped them in chocolate, and also added the eyes.  She was very proud, and we loved how different and silly they all looked!

To make your own Acorn Cookie Friends follow our tutorial found HERE. We used our favorite gingerbread recipe instead of chocolate cookie dough, they are both delicious.

Supply List
• Acorn Cutter
• Milk Chocolate Candy Melts
• Royal Icing Eyes

♥ greta

Happy Apple Sandwiches October 20 2011, 0 Comments

If these don't make you smile, I don't know what will! Pretty adorable and just in time for fall. We made our Happy Apple Sandwiches using apple butter and almond butter. It was a very yummy combination!

♥ Supply List
• Apple Cutter
• Black Edible Ink Pens
• Jumbo Royal Icing Eyes

♥ greta

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♥ NEW at Layer Cake Shop ♥ October 19 2011, 0 Comments

29 new chocolate molds!

18" Disposable Decorating Bags

12" Disposable Decorating Bags now in packages of 100

Happy chocolate molding!
♥ greta

Good News! October 18 2011, 2 Comments

Our shop has some belated news to share! Over the summer Layer Cake Shop has changed from a partnership to a family run business. I miss my bff/partner so very much, but making the decision to move our family from Illinois to Wisconsin this summer just didn't make our partnership practical any longer.  Josh and I, along with our fantastic employees, now operate Layer Cake Shop full time together.  Working together as a family on our business is the very best, and what we have always wanted!  A huge thank you to all our fantastic customers who have helped make this dream of ours possible!

This summer I have also been working on growing a baby! That's the baby belly up there at the top. We are all crazy excited to meet this little one, but big sister Olive can hardly contain her excitement! We are planning on a late November arrival, but Olive was quite early, so it could happen any day now. Eek.. yay!

When I first launched the Daily Mixer I intended for it to be filled with baking inspiration, created in house, and a way to share shop news. However, our big move and this pregnancy has made it challenging to create as many baking inspiration projects as I would have liked. Knowing that there will soon be a newborn to snuggle a whole lot, I know for certain there will be less time to bake for a while!

Part of my Layer Cake Shop vision has always been to create original content for the sole purpose of inspiring people. I love, love, love to share ideas and inspire others to create.  So if it can't be all about baking for right now, I thought I'd transform this blog a bit to include all the other things I love and am working on.. babies, kids, vintage, thrifting, fashion, home, sewing, crafting, and certainly baking. A lifestyle inspiration blog maybe?

Just to be super duper clear, Layer Cake Shop is humming along just peachy and will continue to do so after baby is here. You can continue to expect the best products and service!

Cheers to changes!
♥ greta

♥ NEW at Layer Cake Shop ♥ October 04 2011, 0 Comments

Yummy new colors of Bakers Twine.. Halloween and Buttercream!

Fluorescent Paper Tags.. perfect for labeling Halloween goodies!

Pretty Cream Paper Tags to coordinate with our new Buttercream Bakers Twine!

♥ greta

♥ NEW at Layer Cake Shop ♥ September 27 2011, 3 Comments

We are so excited about our new paper straw colors!  Isn't the Aqua/Green Stripe gorgeous!!!  Like our other paper straws they are available in packages of 24 or 100.

We are just in love with these straws!  We carry paper straws in stripes, dots, and even stars and hearts.  We now have any color you would need to coordinate with your party or event.  They are very durable and eco-friendly to boot!

♥ greta

♥ NEW at Layer Cake Shop ♥ September 09 2011, 1 Comment

We just listed some adorable new paper bags.. they are just the sweetest!  I think I heard our employee Kellie squealing over them.  I had to play with them a little bit.  I think our Sixlets look just adorable in the mini bags.  Would make a perfect party favor!  We listed 17 different new paper bags so I won't post them all here.. but my oh my.. chevron, polka dots, stripes, notebook print, they are so sweet!  Here are just a few more of my favorites.

Light Blue Diagonal Stripe Paper Bags

Red Dot Paper Bags

Black Goodies Paper Bag

MINI Blue Notebook Paper Bags

♥ NEW at Layer Cake Shop ♥ August 29 2011, 1 Comment

Cotton Candy Pop Rocks

Strawberry Pop Rocks

Bubble Gum Pop Rocks.. that turn into gum as you chew!

We think sprinkling Pop Rocks on cupcakes would be so fun!  Check out these festive cookies CakeSpy made using Pop Rocks!

So fun right!

We also just got in these yummy.. very vintage.. goodies..

C Howards Violet Mints

C Howards Scented Gum

We are having fun expanding our Novelty Candy department this week.  If you have any suggestions we would love to hear them!

National Sugar Cookie Day Feature! July 11 2011, 2 Comments

We are honored to have our Cherry Cutout Cookies featured in Sugar & Meringue's National Sugar Cookie Day online booklet!  This adorable, extremely well put together, booklet full of fun cookie projects and recipes is free my friends! Make sure to treat yourself and check it out.

Emily of Sugar & Meringue is hands down one of my favorite cookie decorators. Her obvious love of vintage and color so suits my sensibilities, and tugs at my vintage loving heartstrings!  Here are some of my Sugar & Meringue favs..

Adorable Button Cookies

Yarn Ball Cupcakes

and these BEAUTIFUL gum paste flower cupcakes!

Thanks Emily!

♥ greta

♥ NEW at Layer Cake Shop ♥ July 09 2011, 0 Comments

3D Cupcake Candles

Tall Rainbow Stripe Candles

Short Skinny Sparkler Candles OBG

Short Skinny Sparkler Candles RWB

Magic Relight Twist Candles

We have had so many requests for a bigger birthday candle selection, so here are the latest shop additions. Those Tall Rainbow Stripe Candles are my personal favorite! We will continue to bring in new birthday candles, so check back soon!

♥ greta

♥ NEW ♥ Push Pop Containers June 30 2011, 5 Comments

Sorry we have been away so long.. more on that later.  We are in LOVE with our new Push Pop Containers!  Our first batch flew off the shelves, but have no fear, there are more on the way!  You can fill them with so many different yummy things.. cake, brownies, cookies, candy, pudding, ice cream, and more.  Layers of goodies between frosting looks so pretty!  They even come with a lid!

I made the above cake push pops by punching rounds of cake, from a sheet cake, using a circle cutter from our Round Circle Cutter Set.  I then layered yummy frosting between the cake and topped with sprinkles.  That easy!

Olive and I also made a few by layering frosting and mini cupcakes..

Um.. yes.. they were a hit!

We also carry them in mini size!

Our Mini Push Pop Containers are perfect for really rich treats because they only hold a few bites.  Somebody has got to make some fudge push pops stat!

♥ greta

♥ NEW at Layer Cake Shop ♥ March 23 2011, 0 Comments

Mini Squirrel Cutter

Mini Candle Cupcake Cutter

Mini Acorn Cutter

Mini Daisy Cutter

Mini Fruit Cutter Set

We just added these new totally adorable mini cutters to the shop.  That little squirrel is killing us!

♥ NEW at Layer Cake Shop ♥ March 16 2011, 1 Comment

Assorted Candy Melts

Peanut Butter Candy Melts

Gold Dragees

Honeydew Charteuse Bakers Twine

Bunny Face Sugars

Loafer Shoe Toppers

Large Baby Lamb Lollipop Mold

We have recently added quite a few new items to the shop and here are some of favorites!

Win a Layer Cake Shop Gift Card! March 07 2011, 0 Comments

The talented duo over at Icing Designs is hosting a couture cupcake contest and a gift card to our shop is one of the prizes!  In their words..

We are celebrating the one year anniversary of our blog this we figured we better do it in “style”, couture style that is!  We want you to send us a picture of your most “couture” (homemade) cupcake.

We are thrilled to have two of our sweet and very talented friends, Jill of Modern Cupcake and Rosie of Sweetapolita, judging this contest with us...two ladies that you can certainly draw plenty of inspiration from!
On March 16th we will announce the “Cupcake Couture” winner! Prizes will include a fabulous gift certificate to Layer Cake Shop, 12 Cupcake Couture petite invites and 12 coordinating note cards. Good luck, now get decorating...we can not wait to see what you come up with!

We know you all can come up with some amazing cupcakes!  Good luck and see their blog for rules and details.

We made Martha! March 04 2011, 1 Comment

We made Martha!  In case you missed it we added a nice red arrow for you.  They made a cute daffodil table setting project using our Mini Electric Yellow Baking Cups and Mini Electric Orange Baking Cups.  Really adorable!

This is a great day!  Martha Stewart, and her team of talent,  is our idol!

♥ NEW at Layer Cake Shop ♥ February 25 2011, 2 Comments

We promised you Mini Cupcake Decorating Tips earlier and now they are here!  A lovely Round Mini Cupcake Decorating Tip..

Star Mini Cupcake Decorating Tip..

Closed Star Mini Cupcake Decorating Tip..

and a French Mini Cupcake Decorating Tip to round out the selection!

We hope you love them as much as we do!

♥ NEW at Layer Cake Shop ♥ February 25 2011, 0 Comments

Rad Blossom Baking Cups .. these are a shop favorite.  A bit Betsy Johnson inspired don't you think?!

Brown Cheetah Baking Cups

Brown Giraffe Baking Cups

Black Ivy Baking Cups

Red Ivy Baking Cups

Purple Orchid Baking Cups

Black Hummingbird Baking Cups

These baking cups may only be available for a limited time so get them while you can!

Chocolate Kisses February 14 2011, 0 Comments

Happy Valentines Day everyone!  Here is a chocolate kisses project.. kisses from Layer Cake Shop to you!

Each little homemade chocolate wrapped up in foil feels like a little present!

To make your own chocolate kisses melt your Candy Melts, add a drop of Flavoring Oil, pour your melted Candy Melts into a Disposable Decorating Bag, and pipe into your Small Lips Chocolate Mold. Gently tap your mold on your counter to smooth the candy melt and bring any trapped air bubbles to the surface.  Place in the freezer for a few minutes until they pop right out when inverted.

For more detailed instructions check out our Basic Chocolate Molding Tutorial.

We thought these kisses looked adorable packaged in Hot Pink Glassine Lined Bakery Bags.

Supply List
• Milk Chocolate Candy Melts
• Flavoring Oil
• Small Lips Chocolate Mold
• Disposable Decorating Bags (1 for each color of candy melt)
• Red Foil Candy Wrappers
• Hot Pink Galssine Lined Bakery Bags

Chocolate Conversation Hearts February 10 2011, 1 Comment

Adorable, don't you think?  Classic conversation hearts, molded from chocolate, nestled in mini baking cups.  They look so happy!

To make your own chocolate conversation hearts melt your Candy Melts, add a drop of Flavoring Oil, pour your melted Candy Melts into a Disposable Decorating Bag, and pipe into your Conversation Hearts Chocolate Mold. Gently tap your mold on your counter to smooth the candy melt and bring any trapped air bubbles to the surface.  Place in the freezer for a few minutes until they pop right out when inverted.

To make pastel colored chocolate we used a ratio of 2/3 white candy melts to 1/3 colored candy melts.

For more detailed instructions check out our Basic Chocolate Molding Tutorial.

To package up for gift giving we used our new Clear Candy Boxes and Mini Baking Cups, tied up with vintage inspired Bakers Twine.

Supply List
• White Candy Melts
• Orange Candy Melts
• Yellow Candy Melts
• Green Candy Melts
• Light Blue Candy Melts
• Purple Candy Melts
• Conversation Heart Chocolate Mold
• Flavoring Oil
• Disposable Decorating Bags (1 for each color of candy melt)
• Clear Candy Boxes
• Mini Baking Cups
• Bakers Twine

♥ NEW at Layer Cake Shop ♥ February 10 2011, 0 Comments

There is something about sweet packaging that can turn the simplest treat into something extra special. We just got these little Clear Candy Boxes in the shop and we love them! They fit 4 Mini Baking Cups just perfectly which makes them ideal for packaging small chocolates.  Little chocolates look so sweet nestled in the Mini Baking Cups.  Some large chocolates fit in them as well, like the Horse Head Chocolate Mold, 3D Camera Chocolate Mold, Boom Box Chocolate Mold, and the Hollow Heart Chocolate Mold just to name a few.

Happy Packaging!

♥ NEW at Layer Cake Shop ♥ February 04 2011, 0 Comments

Heart Candy Shapes

Star Candy Shapes

Flying Saucer Candy Shapes

Fruit Candy Shapes

We think these would be just the cutest on top of cupcakes or packaged as party favors!

Scallop Heart Chocolate Lollipops February 04 2011, 0 Comments

We cannot stand how cute these chocolate lollipops are! So incredibly easy to make and perfect for giving to all your loved ones for Valentine's Day.

The Love Scallop Heart Lollipop Mold is new to our shop for Valentine's Day this year and we are in love. The vintage look and the adorable scallops are to die for!

To make your own chocolate lollipops melt your Red Candy Melts, add a drop of Flavoring Oil, pour your melted candy melts into a Disposable Decorating Bag, and pipe into your Love Scallop Heart Lollipop Mold. Gently tap your mold on your counter to smooth the candy melt.  Add your Lollipop Sticks and place in the freezer for a few minutes until they pop right out when inverted.

For more detailed instructions check out our Basic Chocolate Molding Tutorial.

For an extra sweet presentation add a little bow of our new Airmail Bakers Twine.

We couldn't resist a bite.. YUM!

Supply List
• Love Scallop Heart Lollipop Mold
• Red Candy Melts
• Flavoring Oil
• Lollipop Sticks
• Disposable Decorating Bags
• Airmail Bakers Twine

We ♥ Our New Business Cards February 03 2011, 1 Comment

Our new business cards from Print Place just arrived and we are ecstatic with how they turned out.  We love the rounded corners, how vibrant they are, and their satin finish.  You can expect to have one of these pretty things tucked inside your order to stash in your recipe box or share with a friend.  Don't they just look happy!

Indie Wed Recap February 02 2011, 1 Comment

We had a booth at Indie Wed this last Saturday and we had so much fun!

Our fantastic employee Devin helped us out.  Seriously people.. the guy is willing to wear a pink tie in public for us!

Doesn't our booth look like a parade float!?  We got a lucky spot.. the first booth right in front.

Devin workin' the crowd.

We couldn't bring one of everything, but we really packed a whole lot in.

We met so many wonderful new friends who love to bake.

Its always really fun to meet customers that have ordered from our website in the past.

We had a great time, handed out a ton of business cards, and hope to attend again next year!

We had to shamelessly include this photo of Olive (Greta's baby) who came to visit us at the show.  She found herself a lollipop.

Snow Storm! February 01 2011, 2 Comments

Kristen is from California, and admittedly afraid of this snow storm we are in right now. I however am from Wisconsin and snow doesn't scare me!  I am not one to stock up on groceries and hunker down, I always seem to find a way to go about my days in the midst of snowy weather.. until today!

Olive and I had to leave the shop early today for fear that we wouldn't be able to make it home safely if we waited an longer.  I think I made the right choice.  I'm at home looking out the window at snow flying horizontally, and the wind whistling through the windows.  Its CRAZY outside!

Kristen will be shipping on her own, without the help of the rest of the Layer Cake Shop team, for the next couple days.  If you've placed an order this week, hang in there, we are doing everything we can to get it to you as soon as humanly possible amidst this insane weather.

This is the perfect time to stay at home and bake your little heart out.. I think that's what I'll be doing!

♥ greta

Our Television Debut January 31 2011, 0 Comments

If you missed us on NBC's First Look here is a LINK to the segment.

Layer Cake Shop featured on NBC's First Look January 27 2011, 8 Comments

We have some exciting press news!  This Saturday, Jan 29th, we are going to be featured on NBC's First Look. The episode features a variety of online businesses. It airs nationally right after Saturday Night Live.  Just a few weeks ago Kimberly and Pat from NBC came out to our shop and filmed our interview in the shop, us packaging orders, and giving demos on how to use some of our products.. including our new Cupcake Decorating Tips.  They were so fun to work with and we had a blast. Make sure to watch our television debut!

Visit us at Indie Wed! January 26 2011, 0 Comments

Come and visit us Indie Wed this Saturday, Jan 29th, from 10-4!  The show will be held at Chicago's Ravenswood Event Center.  We would LOVE to see you there!  The show is really fun and certainly the best wedding show around.  Last year was a ton of fun and we are really looking forward to meeting so many of you in person!

See you soon!

♥ NEW at Layer Cake Shop ♥ January 24 2011, 0 Comments

We are SO EXCITED to finally have decorating tips and bags in our shop!  We have been wanting them forever, and so have our customers!

We listed our Cupcake Decorating Tips, just moments ago, and there is more to come.

Including lots of smaller tips, grass tips and even a really neat cupcake, or doughnut, filling tip.

We are really excited about our Decorating Tips section, there are so many more really fun tips to experiment with!  We were planning on having cupcake decorating tips for mini cupcakes as well, but some of tips we ordered weren't the perfect size.  Stay tuned.. they will be arriving soon!

Have fun piping!

I ♥ Macarons January 20 2011, 3 Comments

Have you ever made macarons?  I had never actually eaten a single one, but bought a macaron book a while ago intending to try them out.  Then, I think I got a bit intimidated.  I was starting to get the impression that there is some science behind making macarons and if you don't follow the directions exactly, they don't work.  And if you do follow the directions exactly they still might not work.

My mother-in-law is creating an Amy Atlas inspired dessert table for an upcoming baby shower, and we thought macarons would be perfect.  Our first batch worked!  There is a little "foot" and everything!

We used this book..

I don't feel like I've really dived into this book, so I hesitate to recommend it, but I love how its organized.  Macarons are just so pretty!  I want to make them in every color.

If you plan on trying macarons yourself visit our shop for your food coloring, flavoring and packaging needs!

♥ greta

a BIG thanks! January 08 2011, 1 Comment

Our Retro Baby Animals, featured in this months Country Living Magazine are back in stock!  Aren't they just the cutest.. one of our favorites!

We want to give a huge shout-out to our sweet customers for all the orders these last couple weeks!  They have been our busiest yet!  We are doing everything we can to keep our stock well supplied.  If you are waiting for something to come back in stock its most likely on order and will be in really soon.

Thanks again!

Happy Birthday Josh! January 05 2011, 4 Comments

It was my mans birthday this week and we had some delicious rice krispie bars with Rainbow Polka Dot Sprinkles to celebrate.  Happy 32nd Josh and thanks for being the best husband, daddy, and Layer Cake Shop supporter!  You're my favorite!

Love, greta

Layer Cake Shop in Country Living Magazine! January 02 2011, 22 Comments

What a way to ring in the new year.. we have been featured in Country Living Magazine!

The issue just hit the newstands and we are overjoyed with how it turned out.  We vote this the hardest secret to keep in 2010 and the very best thing of 2011.. so far!

The article, Making a Country Living, is a regular article that features a different female owned business each month.  Its right in the front on page 20!

They photographed a TON of different products, and ended up choosing our Small Deer Toppers and Retro Baby Animals. We had no way of knowing what they would feature, which made it a bit hard to stock up on these little guys.  We sold out of them really quick, but no worries, they are on order and will be here asap!  Make sure to sign up to be notified when they are back in stock if you are waiting for them.

Country Living contacted us at the end of September and we only had a few weeks to prepare.  I (greta) looked at about 300 dresses online to find just the right one.  I found this one from Anthropologie with the help of my BFF.. thanks Sara!  Then I was on the hunt for the perfect cardigan.  I spent many hours cardigan shopping! Kristen has an amazing collection of vintage clothes and already had that perfect little red puffed sleeve number..LOVE it!

There was hair dying to be done, hair cuts, raiding of the makeup drawers, curtains to be made, some touch up painting on the walls, oh and what to put on the bulletin board.   It was fun, and when your aiming for perfect it gets a little crazy!  There was a whole lot of laughing at the insanity of it all!

We were photographed by the awesome Aimee Herring, she was so much fun to work with!

Here is the cover!  Thanks Country Living!

It was a great experience and we are amazed at how our shop has grown from its tiny beginnings in just 2-1/2 years.  We couldn't have done it without all of you, our incredible customers!  We have received some of the sweetest emails from County Living readers, and a lot of questions.  We hope to do a little business related FAQ in the future to help answer some of them.  If you have any questions that you would like to add feel free to put them in the comments on this post, or email us.

Christmas Bark December 27 2010, 0 Comments

This year I tired something new for the holidays.. Candy Bark.  I was looking for something that Olive and I could do together.  Bark was the perfect project.  I spread the melted chocolate and she sprinkled.  We had a blast.

We made candy cane bark, which was my absolute favorite.

orange apricot bark..

and peanut butter bark.

They were all really yummy and a fun gift to give!

Candy Cane Bark Supply List
• Milk Chocolate Candy Melts
• White Candy Melts
• Red Candy Melts
• Peppermint Flavoring Oil
• 1 box of crushed candy canes

Orange Apricot Bark Supply List
• Milk Chocolate Candy Melts
• White Candy Melts
• Orange Candy Melts
• Orange Flavoring Oil
• 1/2 cup dried apricots, chopped

Peanut Butter Bark Supply List
• Milk Chocolate Candy Melts
• White Candy Melts
• 1/2 bag peanut butter chips
• 1 bag of small peanut butter cups, chopped

To make bark melt your Milk Chocolate Candy Melts just until melted, about 1 min, and spread on parchment paper.  Let cool.  Then mix your White Candy Melts with your PB chips, Red, or Orange Candy Melts.. 1 to 1 ratio.  Melt, add a couple drops of your flavoring oil, and spread over your milk chocolate.  Immediately sprinkle with your chopped candy or fruit.  Let cool.  Break up into pieces.

So easy, yummy and makes for a pretty gift any time of the year!

Merry Christmas! December 25 2010, 0 Comments

Merry Christmas everyone!  May your day be filled with family, laughter, giving and yummy treats!

Layer Cake Shop in Brides Magazine! December 21 2010, 2 Comments

How exciting is this!  Brides magazine so kindly featured our shop products in their Jan issue!  It just came out so run and get your copy!  We are super excited!

Flip to page 308.  The article is really great..

and the colors are fantastic!

Nothing tops the fact that we get to go to work at our own business and always have orders to ship.  We love each and every one of you for supporting our shop and can't thank you enough.  Press like this is really really fun though and is very high up on the list of what makes us giddy!  Time for an 80's dress up/dance party day in the shop, our favorite way to celebrate!

And a quick link to our products you see in the article..
Blue Polka Dot Baking Cups
Blue Gingham Baking Cups
Mini Blue Sweet Flower Baking Cups
Lemon Yellow Bakers Twine
Orange Swirl Baking Cups
Lime Green Polka Dot Baking Cups

Today's Cupcake December 21 2010, 0 Comments

Okay, okay, this is the last snowy cupcake for a while.  We just love the White Sugar Pearls and White Non-Pareils combo.. its makes for such a sweet snowy scene!  We also LOVE these pinecone picks, so vintage looking!

Supply List
• Deep Brown Baking Cups
• Pinecone Picks
• Bright White Gel Paste Food Coloring
• White Sugar Pearls
• White Non-Pareils