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Wilton® Sweet Up & 2014 Baking Trends

A couple of weeks ago I had the pleasure of attending the Wilton® Sweet Up at their headquarters in Chicago. At this event they gave us a sneak peek of their new cake decorating courses, some of their new products that are arriving in our stores now and announced the baking trends for 2014.

While I was there, I had the chance to visit The Wilton® School in Darien, IL. We learned all about the history behind the company. Did you know that in 1929 Dewey McKinley Wilton first began to teach the now-famous “Wilton Method” that is taught in our stores?

History of Wilton

While at the school, we got a little hands-on experimentation with the new Decorator Preferred Fondant. It’s very soft and easy to work with. Trust me, that’s supposed to be a rose … it’s a work in progress.

fun-with-fondant

We practiced our icing skills:

Piping

And, we even partook in a friendly cake decorating competition. Our team took home the award for Most Varied Techniques.

cake-decorating-competitionChocolate Award

Next up, we took a stroll through the Wilton Store.  Yep, an entire store full of cake decorating supplies. It was a baker’s heaven for sure.

Wilton Store

After picking up some mini donut pans and new icing tips, I headed over to their Headquarters to get ready for the Sweet Up.

sweet-up

During this live press event Wilton announced the top baking trends for 2014.

1. Buttercream

lime-cake

Buttercream has been around for ages, but these are new trends in buttercream frosting like natural & organic colors and techniques. Keeping it simple, not overdone. This includes updating the texture of your decorating and adding new flavors like lime, rosewater or spirits.

2.  Frosting Techniques

Trends in Buttercream

Using simple, more modern techniques like vertical ribbons, dots, petals. Another trend gaining momentum is the messy frosted cake finished with flowers on top.

3. Tall Cakes

Tall Cakes

The more layers, the better! Cakes are trending in 4+ layers. Want to know a little trick? Add decoration on top to add even more height! As you can see from this picture, Naked Cakes are all the rage and they’re super easy to make!

4. Small Treats

Small Treats

We’re seeing this bite-size trend pop up everywhere for a few reasons: guests feel less guilty about indulging in a small treat, you have the option of trying more than one kind of treat when they’re tiny and, things that are mini are oh so cute! Try mini bundts, mini donuts, molten cakes, petit fours and pops!

5. Fondant

Square Fondant Cake

New trends in fondant are sleek and sweet. Square covered cakes, bubbles, painted fondant and imprinting are all the rage.

Have you used any of these new trends in your cake decorating? We’d love to see your cakes!

Host A Sweet Valentine’s Day Brunch

valentine's day brunch

It seems the moment that the holidays are over, signs of Cupid begin to pop up everywhere. Pink, red, hearts, candy, hugs, kisses … LOVE is in the air. This is wonderful for those that are happy in blissful la-la-land, but then there are those of us that reside in Singletown, population: 1.

So, instead of being bitter about spending Valentine’s Day without a boo, I rally ’round my girl friends and make the best of it. This year, I am dreaming up the most dainty and darling Valentin’es Day brunch to celebrate LOVE, in all its form.

decor

To get started, send out an invitation. Making it yourself is just one more way to show your love, and they’re super easy to create! Setting the scene for your brunch party doesn’t have to stress you out. Simple florals and love-filled artwork can take your space from boring to beauty in no time.

florals

Short on vases? Transform basic jars into gilded and glittered vases with spray paint, Mod Podge® & glitter. Here’s a tip: use a variety of jars for an eclectic look & varying heights!

Now, for the important part: FOOD. If you’re anything like me, brunch is the way to your heart. It’s the best of both worlds and it makes drinking champagne & eating cake before 2pm perfectly acceptable.

valentine's day brunchpancakescake

Whipping up a sweet spread doesn’t have to equal hours in the kitchen. Mold cinnamon rolls into a heart-shaped pan to create a Cinnamon Roll Sweetheart. Stack those pancakes to the sky, add fresh berries & a dusting of powdered sugar. And, I love the aqua frosting on this Pink Velvet Cake; it’s the perfect pop of color.

champagne

Of course, brunch doesn’t come without bubbly. There’s nothing that I love more than gold, glitter & champagne. So this Embellished Champagne Bottle is a no-brainer. Plus, it’s so easy to make, I’m pretty sure I’ll bring one to every party I attend this year!

glasse

Gold Champagne Glasses set the mood and just take a little metallic paint. Dress them up a little more with Wine Charms that are sweet, but edgy.

Last, and most importantly, don’t forget the laughs. Take the time to show your friends how much they mean to you and cherish these friendships that will last a lifetime.

With love,

Jillian

Yummy Mummy Treats

Halloween Treat Table

As All Hallow’s Eve creeps up just next week, I’m busy finishing last minute costume details and prepping for spooky soirées. Any time my friends throw a party, it goes unsaid that I will be bringing some sort of dessert. So as I brainstormed ideas on which Halloween treats to bake up, I looked for inspiration in Michaels Glitter & Ghouls play. Last Halloween, I created the most horrifying bleeding brain cupcakes. How am I going to top that?

Hmmm … maybe a Creepy Crawly Mummy Cake?

Mummy Treats

Creepy Crawly Mummy Cake, Sweet Sarcophagus Brownies & Mum’s the Word Whoopie Pies

 

I do love how the worms are crawling out of that cake carcass. It dances right along the line between delicious and disgusting. There are so many Mummy options though … Sweet Sarcophagus Brownies, Mum’s the Word Whoopie Pies, even Wrapper’s Delight Treat Pops. Perhaps suggestive of some baking soundtrack music?

Mummy Pops

Wilton® Wrapper’s Delight Treat Pops

 

These Mummy treat pops are not only super easy to make, they would go perfectly with the Halloween Printables that I’m crafting for the party.

The best part about all of these ideas is that they come with directions on how to make them. It really makes baking super simple. And, I need all the help I can get because I’m that person that will be up until 2am the night before painting, gluing and glittering the final details on my DIY costume, (thanks for the inspiration Studio DIY).

Now that I think about it… I better make a couple of different kinds of treats to feed all of those hungry little monsters! Are you doing any Halloween baking?

– Jillian

Mummy