Every blog of mine has tips and tricks hidden within it to help you learn how to make creations as fun and creative as mine. But this category, The Art of Baking and Decorating, is a place for my blogs that get right down to the nitty-gritty. Here you’ll find tips and resources to assist you in enhancing your craft!

Practice Makes Perfect!

By |July 16th, 2015|

Starting a new hobby can be daunting.  Especially if you’re not a natural from the get-go.  Now, I know a lot of my La Hoot fans think I’m this artsy-fartsy talent explosion. ;)  And when it comes to some of my cupcake-cake designs, I might begin to agree with you a tad bit.  But […]

Fixing Chunky Chocolate

By |February 4th, 2015|

So sometimes melting chocolate is my worst enemy.  It can be quite the frustration.  One wrong move and you’ll find yourself with chunky chocolate that seems like it’s past all hope.  But lucky for you, I’ve found a new way to fix it!

First, if it’s extremely thick AND chunky, then you need to add […]

Basket Weave Technique

By |July 28th, 2014|

In my latest blog, A Baby Buggy Cupcake Cake, I used the basket weave decorating technique to make a perfect bottom to the baby buggy.  Sometimes pictures don’t do teaching justice and a video is MUCH more helpful.  Now, hopefully the day will come where I make some videos of my own to show […]

The Right Cupcake Liners Make a Difference

By |September 3rd, 2013|

Have you found your cupcakes to come out all out of shape in their cupcake liners like this?

The picture isn’t as good as seeing this cupcake with the naked eye, but if you look closely, the sides aren’t straight and they buckle in.  You probably thought it was an issue with your skills when […]

Getting the Cake Out of the Pan!

By |June 25th, 2013|

This can be everyone’s nightmare, right?  You just spent 20 minutes mixing the perfect cake, 40 minutes baking it, and now it fell into pieces when you flipped it out of the pan.  Frustrating!  Well, here are the steps I’ve found to be helpful in successfully getting the cake out of the pan nearly […]

Using Cooling Racks to the Fullest

By |June 7th, 2013|

Before I started really getting into baking, and especially before La Hoot got started, I hardly (if ever) used my cooling racks.  I got them as a wedding present and then they proceeded to sit in my cupboard.  I guess I always figured that when making the occasional chocolate chip cookie, the cookies would […]

La Hoot’s First Secret Recipe. Chocolate!

By |April 15th, 2013|

While we’ve been making our cakes from scratch all along, we thought it was time to come up with our own recipe rather than relying on the use of various cookbooks and google searches.  It took some time, some research, and some taste tests, but La Hoot officially has their first recipe that you […]

How to ship cake pops tutorial

By |October 27th, 2012|

You may have read about our lemon cake pops here.  These were made in Akron, OH and shipped to Lawrence, KS.

This was a first for La Hoot, so I googled “shipping cake pops” to get some ideas. I wasn’t able to find much information that was really detailed, outside of one site that was […]