DIY: Edible Graduation Cap

Graduation season brings a lot of cake!! It is always fun to add a 3 dimensional element to a graduation cake. Common adornments include diplomas and graduation caps.

This step by step post shows you how to make your own edible graduation cap using gum paste, fondant, Rice Krispie treats and a jumbo muffin tin.

Step 1: Make the Cap

For this you’ll need a jumbo muffin tin lined with parchment paper strips and greased. Put your Rice Krispie treat mixture into the cavities. The parchment paper strips make it easy to remove the Rice Krispie treats. Continue reading

Nancy & Rob’s Wedding

July 7, 2017

I had the opportunity to bake for a friend’s family wedding this summer! Nancy and Rob live in Colorado and they came out to the Finger Lakes region for their wedding because his sister Barb lives in the area. Barb recommended me to them (thanks so much) and I met with them in the late spring of this year.

As is quite customary in today’s wedding world, Rob and Nancy came with Pinterest pictures for me to look at while they tasted cake. It is a lot of fun to look at the different inspiration pictures and use them to hone in on what we’re going to work toward for the wedding. Continue reading

Strawberry Cake

Of all the cakes, strawberry cake has been the most challenging to develop a recipe for.  I have created several recipes for strawberry cake, and ultimately none of them have been good enough, until now. This cake was inspired by a recipe in a book that came with my Kitchen Aid mixer. The original recipe is for orange cake, but it modified well for a strawberry cake.

There are a couple of things to consider. This batter is a lovely pink color before it goes into the oven, but then it emerges from the oven with much less pink. If the color is important to you, you can add food coloring to keep the pink hue. It will have a stronger strawberry flavor if you use concentrated strawberry juice instead of just drained juice. You can make your own by reducing the strawberry juice, or you can purchase strawberry juice concentrate online. The cake does still have a lovely taste if you just use strawberry juice drained from the berries, but it won’t have an incredibly strong strawberry flavor. You could also add a tablespoon of freeze dried strawberry powder to give it an extra strawberry kick. If you use the powder, you will also get a stronger color for the cake. If you have time and access to great local strawberries, make your own fruit powder. As I write this, we’re midway into strawberry season!! I usually freeze a lot of berries, but am ready to pull out my dehydrator this year to make some awesome fruit powder. Check out this the Cupcake Project to learn how to make your own.

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Strawberry Cake

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A delicious cake filled with strawberries! Who doesn't love strawberry everything? This is perfect for strawberry season or any season.

You'll Need...

  • 2 1/2 cups cupcake flour blend*
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, softened but still firm
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 4 large eggs, room temperature
  • 3/4 cup strawberry juice (or 1/4 cup concentrated juice and 1/2 cup water)
  • 1/4 cup strawberry puree
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon strawberry powder, optional but helpful


  1. Preheat oven to 350 (325 convection)
  2. Sift the dry ingredients together. Add the strawberry powder to the dry ingredients if using.
  3. Cream the butter for 30 seconds and then add the sugar slowly. Beat until light and fluffy, 2-3 minutes.
  4. Add eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition. Scrape the sides of the bowl as needed.
  5. Combine the strawberry juice, puree and vanilla.
  6. With the mixer on low, add some dry ingredients followed by some of the juice mixture. Continue alternating, ending with the dry ingredients. Scrape down the bowl as needed.
  7. Divide batter evenly between two 8 inch pans. Bake until firm in the center, about 25-30 minutes.
  8. Cool in pans.

Additional Notes

Use the cupcake flour blend in the "other recipes" section of my site. You may also use cake flour or a blend of cake flour and all purpose flour with similar results.