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FREE Lalaloopsy Tutorial! WaaaWHOOO!!

I got somethin’ speeeeeeeeeeeciaaaaaaaaal……

Guess WHAT?  My wonderfully talented friend, Angela Morrison of Cakes By Angela Morrison, has so generously allowed me to offer you guys her Lalaloopsy doll tutorial….

FOR FREE!!!!!

Normally, you’d have to purchase this PDF in order to get the instructions to make her sweet doll, but now you gonna get it, FREEEEEE!!!  (And this is one VERY detailed tutorial, with a TON of reference pictures!  Like, SERiously.)

Which rhymes with SQUEEEEEEEEEEEEE!

(And also, hee hee ;) )

Alright, so without further adieu, here is Angela’s Lalaloopsy Doll Tutorial… for your viewing and cake decorating PLEASURE!

(Just click on the picture, below!)

(Oh, and  you simply MUST check out Angela’s Etsy shop, HERE.  She’s got some GREAT stuff on up in there… some great tools, and she can even make and send you your own cake topper if ya need one! Yes,  she’s all DAT.)

ENJOY, Y’ALL!! xX

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Wanna Make Some PUUUUUMPKINS?! New video class for only $5!

Fall is my favorite.  In fact, over here on the McGreevy homestead, Fall is EVERYONE’S favorite.

Why?  Well, I live in the Northeastern United States… and if you’ve never experienced Fall over ‘ere in our neck of the woods, then I dare say… you’ve NEVER experienced Fall.

The trees.

The trees are enough to make you cry out of sheer beauty and joy… and I’m really not all THAT sappy about plant life, usually.  But the glowing yellows, oranges and reds of our tall old trees in the autumn are a true sight to behold.

I’m lucky enough to live on several acres of maple trees that can… well… bring you to your knees this time of year.  It’s THAT beautiful, yes.

What else?  The air is crisp.  Not cold enough to chill you to the bone (mostly) but crisp enough to warrant stoking up the fireplace inside, after a long walk, outside.  A walk in which you were decidedly NOT accosted by a single bug… ’cause they’re all dead now.  (I’m sorry, was that a bit harsh?  Bugs and I… well, we don’t really coexist  super well.  But I digress…)

One more thing.  Fall is pumpkins.

Pumpkins on the front porch… pumpkins to decorate the house… pumpkin spiced tea… pumpkin latte… pumpkin pie….pumpkin pie CAKE (check out the DELICIOUS recipe I have for that in my recipe box, HERE)…

bright orange and even pretty white pumpkins EVERYWHERE.  And there’s just something about them that gets us all giddy over here.  Maybe it’s that they’re a sure sign of the kickoff of the season…  that we can now get our fall boots on and our corduroy jackets out, and rake up a pile of leaves to jump into.

Whatever it is, pumpkins mean Fall.  And we love them.  And I thought it might be fun to film a class on how to make a lovely pumpkin cake or two to help you celebrate this glorious season.

So I did. :)

This cake is a great cake for any level cake decorator, including beginners,  as it’s relatively easy to make, a good introduction to the wonderful world of modeling chocolate… and the design is about IMperfection.  It has room for error… no precision with this one, required!

In this class I show you, step by step, how to make this pumpkin cake, cover your board, and also how to make some pretty leaves and berries to embellish it.  I also show you how to alter the original design and turn it into a cute little cake to bring to a child’s fall party!

There are tons of ways you could design your pumpkin cake… to be used as a centerpiece for your Thanksgiving table or even at your next Halloween party.   And it’s a fun, easy cake that will have your guests wondering what ELSE you’ve got up your sleeve. ;)

This full length video tutorial is now available for $5 in my tutorials shop… or you can click on the picture below to check it out now…

 

If you do decide to give it a go, post a photo of your finished pumpkin to my wall on my Facebook page.  I’d LOVE to seeeee!!

 

And I wish you a very brisk but cozy, leaf glowing, pumpkin spice sipping, beautiful boot wearing, GLORIOUS Fall, everyone! Xx

 

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Painting Maleficent (Who is NOT the Mistress of Evil, as it turns out.)

I was asked by my crazy talented friend, Avalon Yarnes of Avalon Cakes, (um, yeah… you might have heard of her ;) ) if I wanted to be part of the Sugar Spooks cake collaboration again this year.

Alright, I’m going to be completely honest here (and I run the risk of seeming totally oddballish… as if that’s something new… but I digress)… I DON’T like spooky.  Or scary.  Or creepy.  Or gross.  (I don’t even like Halloween!  GASP!!  shhhhh….)

(painting video tutorial at the bottom of this post)

I know.  I’m a weirdo.  But here’s the thing…

You know how you grow up (well, some do anyway ;) ) and in the process you develop certain… ISSUES?  Yeah.  Well, one (of the thousands) I was riddled with was a severe “fear” issue.

No, really… I mean a large and IN charge, FEAR issue.

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As a tween, I started reading Stephen King novels.  Now, my parents were pretty strict… I couldn’t just watch anything on TV, and there were some pretty set regulations in our  house concerning… well, ALL things, but my dad did have a love for “the scary”, you see.

He loved Stephen King and Peter Straub stories… and he LOVED scary movies.  But HE wasn’t a scaredy cat.  It was fun for him.

So, naturally, he was completely fine with me reading such novels.  In fact, he would tell me which ones to read first, next, and so on.

But I am of a different breed, apparently.  It was thrilling in a sense to be scared, yes, but I simply was not of the countenance to “just have fun” with it and let it roll off of me.  I took it all in.  With EACH book, and EACH scary movie.

And eventually, I just became chock full of fear… sceered out of my GOURD of the things that go “bump” in the night.

It was bad.  Let me just say this… I couldn’t walk up the stairs alone at night.  EVEN when I was in college. (See… I told you it was bad.)

But then I met Thomas.

I still don’t know what I did to catch this guy… but I’m not exaggerating when I tell you that he has “saved” me in so many ways.

And he was NOT into scary.  And he saw what scary had done to me.  And he WASN’T havin’ it.

The man cut me off from all things scary.  No more scary movies… no more scary books, NOTHING that was going to feed my fear.  And really, he’s not the type of guy who forces his will upon me or anyone else for that matter.  But he saw how bad it was for me, and he knew something had to be done.

So I stopped.  I no longer indulged in anything of the sort.  In fact, I haven’t watched a scary movie in almost 15 years… and have ZERO desire to do so.

‘Cause, the truth is, he broke the hold fear had over me.  (Well, with the help of God, he did anyway.)  It worked.  And I’m just not afraid like I used to be.

Now don’t get me wrong… I still have the normal “parent” fears and all.  But those are more of the “worry” sort… you know, worrying about my kiddos and my family and such.  But the FEAR of the creatures that lurk the alleys and cellars is gone.  With the wind.  And I like it.  A LOT.  And I have a lingering distaste for all things scary, now, because of it.  (But please, don’t misunderstand me.  I’m not judging anyone who loves “scary”…heck, my father and brother still love their scary movies now and then.  I’m just not counted within their ranks, is all… and that’s the way I need to keep it, ya know?)

(Ohmygersh, I talk too much.)  Ok, WHAT IS MY POINT?!  My point is this…  how could I participate in a “scary” cake collaboration with all of THAT baggage?

I found a way.  First off, Avalon made it clear that our project did NOT have to be scary.  So for last year’s project, I made a She-pirate… which was a bit more “stern” than scary.  For this year’s theme, though, it did have to be “twisted”.  So I got the wheels turning.  And THEN I saw the new movie, “Maleficent” in the theaters.

You know… Maleficent, the Mistress of all Evil (*whoooooowaahhhhhhhaaaahhhaaahhhh* <—evil, scary laugh)?  Well, GUESS WHAT??  Disney went right on ahead and TWISTED the whole story all around… and ol’ Maley AIN’T evil anyomore!!  Turns out (according to the new, IMPROVED version of the story) she never was!!!  (Just a bit upset, is all.) ;)  I LUUUUUUUURVED the new story… I LUUUUURVED how they twisted it!!

And Avalon DID say “twisted” was this year’s theme, right?

So I did what any self-respecting, ex-fear-fighter would.  I got out my paints and went to town.

And I created my second Sugar Spooks Cake Collaboration piece…

Maleficent… the Mistress of All GOOD. (Yes, she had her moments… but don’t we all?) Xx

 

(Oh, and I thought I’d video the process of her being painted, as I was using a new medium this time and thought maybe some of you might kinda sorta wanna see?  So if ya do, here it is… )

 

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Hot Chocolate or English Tea toppers? Pick Your Poison…

My kids love the snow.

 

They nearly lose all self control with the first snowfall… begging to get their snow “gear” on the moment they see it.  And, as in numbers (four to be exact), they are a force to be reckoned with, I immediately bust open the “winter” chest and start tossing out the gloves and hats and scarves and snow pants… and the frenzy begins for another season.

They never quite tire of the snow.

But, once they are thoroughly frozen, from the tips of their toes to the icicles under their noses, they come tromping back inside, starting the strip down of their gear, and looking forward to the next part of this tradition as much as they did the snow frolicking.

They pull off their socks, situate themselves upside down on the chairs in front of the stoked, wood burning fireplace (highly inefficient but something we simply can not live without) so that their feet are basking in it’s heat…. and EAGERLY await their beloved mugs of hot chocolate.

Hot chocolate.  The good stuff.  Winter simply is NOT winter without it.

And that was the inspiration behind these steamy little toppers I made a few years back.  A symbol of something most of us Buffalonians hold dear… the sweet warmth in the midst of the frigid.

I put together a little video tutorial for you, back then, of how I made these guys.  They’re actually quite simple and easy to make if you use the silicone pan I show you in the video.

And they always impress the crowd.  ’Cause whether you actually drink hot chocolate or not… somehow, the sight of it just makes you feel all warm and fuzzy inside.  You know?

Here’s the video…

( You can click HERE to for a link to the silicone pan used in the video.)

AND, these little mugs can even be adapted to a pretty tea party theme… for spring… when the thought of more snow actually makes you want to vomit.  (What?  Spend ONE winter over here, and you’ll be singing the same song.  I guarantee it.  We are cold-hearty… but even WE have our limits.)

 

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Get a Smooth, Nearly Perfect, Buttercream Finish on Your Cakes!

I’ve got a li’l secret.

But it’s time I was free of it.  So here it goes…

When I first started out the whole business of caking (I know…caking?  The cheesy adjective many of us use to describe all o’ this craziness.  But it’s quick and easy, and it just works… so of this cheese, I shall partake) I was DEATHLY afraid of fondant.

Yes, it’s true… my first ever cake WAS covered in fondant… and though it was a sad, slightly strange little cake, I was ,like, RIDICULOUSLY proud of the thing.  And I am CONVINCED, beyond the shadow of a doubt, that God sent down his most talented angels to surround me that day, and make their best effort to guide my arms, and hands, and BRAIN into covering that cake without a hitch.  So that I would actually enjoy the episode… and start this crazy cake journey I’ve been on.

‘Cause I didn’t know WHAT on Earth I was doing… but that first cake covering somehow worked out well for me.

THAT time.

Unfortunately, it didn’t happen that way for about another… oh, TWOyears after that.EVERY time I tried to cover a cake with fondant from there on in, it was a complete and utter disaster.  Each one was an epic fail.  And so I stopped.  And let the fear take over.

But I still loved making cakes.

So I focused my energy on another path.  BUTTERCREAM.

I dug. I researched.  I attempted.  I cried.  I dug some more.  I attempted again.  I got close. (Prolly threw a few things across the room, here and there.  Maybe.)  I scoured and scoured, researched again.  I practiced some more.  I tweaked and adjusted.  And I FINALLY got it.

And then I turned myself into a buttercream finishing MACHINE.  (‘Cause the Lord knew, I wasn’t touching fondant again with a ten foot pole.)

All of that to say… almost all of the cakes I made for the first two years of my “caking” were finished in buttercream!  (Which, incidentally, my customers seemed overjoyed about.)

Did I KNOW that actually it was harder to work on a cake finished in buttercream than one covered in fondant?? No.

Did I KNOW that covering a cake with fondant could actually be easier than trying to get a perfect buttercream finish?  No.

I didn’t find these things out ’till years later, when I finally opened myself back up to the idea of the dreaded, nasty, evil fondant.  (Fear will blind you to many a thing.  Trust me.  I’m an expert in that realm.)

But in the end, I must admit… I’m happy that I started off this business learning how to master a buttercream finish.  ’Cause I now have that under my belt… and there’s a good chance I would have skipped it all together if I’d gotten the fondant thing down off the bat.  And then I’d have one more thing to be scared about.

(And quite frankly, tackling your fears is awfully exhausting… especially when my “list” to tackle often seems much more like a short novel.  But I digress…)

I gave an online class on achieving a smooth, (near) perfect buttercream finish last year, and I recorded it… so now I have a class video on how to tackle this beast!

In the video, I show you how I level and fill my cakes, how I achieve the smooth buttercream finish, and also how I pipe on some fun buttercream ruffles to add a li’l “pretty” to your project.  It’s also chock full of little tips and tricks I use to make most of my cakes… and I’m making it available to you now for only  $5.

SOOO… if ya ever wanted to know how to get one o’ those smooth, pretty finishes on a buttercreamed cake, you can click HERE, or on the picture below and get a full length video of me showing you how I do it (talking… working… with a bit of laughter mixed in) for, like, the cost of a trip to Starbucks.

Well, the cost of one of MY trips to Starbucks, anyway. :)

 

(Oh, and I’ll eventually be moving this video to a platform that allows payment by PayPal… but if you NEED to pay through PayPal right now, you can email me at mcgreevycakes@gmail.com and I’ll work it out for ya. :)

 

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