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Introduction to Peggy Weaver

Peggy Weaver"I was born in California and lived in Hawaii until 1975. After that, I have lived in California, Idaho, Nevada, Colorado, and back to Idaho because of my husband’s computer job.

We now have 3 ferrets, 1 dog, and 3 cats. My hobbies are baking (of course), needlework, stained glass, beading, painting, master leather tooler, and I’m a licensed pilot (yes, I used to own my own plane).

I have a few precious things that I never want to lose in this life: my husband and my daughter and her family. All other things I can gather together again. My motto: I believe that folks come into my life, at the right time, to teach and guide me. All I have to do is listen, observe, and follow through."


Peggy Weaver's Baking Corner - Cakes:

All of the cakes, cookies, and cookie cutters listed below have detailed decorating instructions.

Ski Slope Cake
Ski Slope Cake
It is cold outside where I live and the local ski areas are making a fine living.  Many busy folks need to take a cake to a Christmas or winter gathering so here is an easy one that the kids can help with. 

Chocolate Amaretto Snowball Cake
Chocolate Amaretto Snowball Cake
Many folks need a fairly easy cake that is dressed up for the Holidays. That is what the Snowball cake is. For this Saturday’s party, I made an Amaretto Chocolate Cake with Buttercream Icing. 
 


Crop Circle Cake
Crop Circle Cake
It is Fall and many of the farmers seem to have trouble at this time of year with strange things in their fields. I think I found out part of the problem.  It’s those darn UFO’s that are making Crop Circles and spooking all of the critters.


Ear of Corn Cupcake

Ear of Corn Cupcakes
This is the best time of year for corn on the cob so I decided that I should make corn decorated cupcakes. I love to find more uses for a specialty pan so for this cupcake we are going to use for the Mini Easter Egg pan.
 


Baptismal/Christening Cake
Baptismal/Christening Cake
With lots of June brides, there are lots of babies. My new neighbor inspired this cake. This cake will be very easy to make and to decorate. My thought here is that friends and family members that plan baby occasions are also usually very busy people.


Dogwood Cake
Dogwood Cake
Working with gum paste scares many people, but it can be as simple or as hard as you want it to be.  I find it to be very addictive. I’ve started teaching the Dogwood because it is a very simple flower to make and quite impressive to look at.
 


Father's Day Tie Cake
Father's Day Tie Cake

Father’s are very special people and we should show them everyday how much we care and do something special on Father’s Day. 


Mother's Day Triangle Cake


Mother's Day Triangle Cake
My train of thought is that it is likely a young person will be making a dessert for Mom on Mother’s Day. Time is usually in short supply and young folks are just learning their way around the kitchen. So, this is my very simple version of a Triangle Cake.

 

4th of July Top Hat Cake
4th of July Top Hat Cake
For years now, when I think of the 4th of July, I have had a mental flash of the Uncle Sam Poster where he has his finger pointing at you and says “I want YOU”.  One of the things that strike me is his Top Hat. That Hat has fascinated me for some reason, so I decided to do something about it. 
 

Valentine's Day Cake
Valentine's Day Cake
This year I decided to make a 6-inch cake because an intimate dinner for two calls for a smaller dessert.  

 


Sunflower Cupcakes

Sunflower Cupcakes
This style of decorating is about the easiest there is. It is very free flowing so you don’t have to worry about so many decorating rules. Techniques are almost exactly the same for Daisies, Sunflowers and Poinsettias.

 


Easter Egg Cake

Easter Egg Cake
The cake that I’m going to use for this Easter Egg Cake is a dense, moist cake that will hold its shape under the weight of what can be a heavy bit of icing and decorations.

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Author: Peggy Weaver

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Check out Peggy Weaver's many Cake Decorating Articles, Tutorials, and Q&A pages below. Please, please first check the categories below before emailing, as Peggy gets many repeat questions.

Fondant Icing/Covering:

Fondant Icing Recipe - Marshmallow Fondant
Recipe and tutorial on making and using marshmallow fondant icing.

Making Fondant Icing
Q&As on making fondant icing.

Fondant Recipes
Additional fondant recipes plus Q&As on making other flavors of fondant icing.

Bubbles in the Fondant
What causes bubbles in your fondant icing and how to fix the problem.

Covering Cakes with Fondant Icing
Peggy's hints and tips for covering your cakes with Fondant Icing.

Decorating Cakes with Fondant Icing
How to add color, how to make fondant flowers, using fondant decorations, repairing tears, and much more.

Marbling Fondant Icing
Learn how to marble fondant icing.

Buttercream Icing/Covering:

Buttercream Icing 101
Recipe and tutorial on making and using buttercream icing.

Buttercream Recipes
Additional buttercream recipes plus Q&As on making other flavors of buttercream icing.

Decorating with Buttercream
How to use decorations on buttercream icing.


Wedding Cakes:

Assembling Cakes/Wedding Cakes

Cake Fillings
How to use caking fillings with wedding cakes.

Covering Wedding Cakes with Fondant

Decorating Wedding Cakes
Lots of Q&A's on decorating wedding cakes.

Other Cake Baking and Decoration Topics:

Recipes & Baking Ingredients
Q&As on different cake baking ingredients.

Miscellaneous

Cookies & Cookie Cutters

Comments From Bakers

Peggy's Cake Decorating Idea Photos
This idea page has photos only and no decorating instructions.

Miscellaneous

Cookies & Cookie Cutters

Comments From Bakers

Peggy's Cake Decorating Idea Photos
This idea page has photos only and no detailed decorating instructions.
 


Looking for fondant icing tools and/or equipment and Gum Paste to help you decorate your cakes using MM (Marshmallow) Fondant Icing.

snowflake decorating package
 



Cookies and Cookie Cutters:


Gingerbread Cookies
Gingerbread Cookies
The gingerbread houses are about 4 x 4 inches. I make my own cookie cutters using a coil of copper 1-inch wide.


Snowflake Cookies

Snowflake Cookies
These cookies are so gorgeous! They make great gifts if you make little holes and thread them through with ribbon to hang from a tree or window. They don't necessarily have to be eaten.
 


Make your own cookie cutters

Make your own Cookie Cutters
and Gumpaste Cutters




Peggy Weaver's Favorite Cake Cookbooks:

 

Cakes by Design: The Magical World of Sugar Art
By Scott Clark Woolley, Michael G. Farace

Peggy says, "I personally adore the book Cakes by Design. The author  used to teach hands on gumpaste flowers, but has put that to the side for awhile. He is making videos about gumpaste flowers that are really easy to understand."

 

Sweet Celebrations: The Art of Decorating Beautiful Cakes
By Sylvia Weinstock

Peggy says, "This is also a great reference book to use for your cake decorating."

 

Wedding Cakes You Can Make: Designing, Baking, and Decorating the Perfect Wedding Cake
By Dede Wilson

 

The Cake Bible
By Rose Levy Beranbaum

Peggy say, "I use this book 3 or 4 times a week to help answer all the many questions on cake decorating to help me keep people out of trouble or try to get them out of it.

 

 

The Cake Mix Doctor Returns!: With 160 All-New Recipes
By Anne Byrn


 

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