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God in the Business Plan

Posted on February 13, 2017 at 5:10 PM Comments comments (11900)

God in the Business Plan. God IS the Business Plan

(Or how an Estate Sale visit morphed into a cake decorator’s networking gig)

Today I had an out of body experience. Out of body, because events around me were just not of my initiating, but …………….. well, let me just tell you what happened.

I left home to go buy lunch for Michael. I remembered that I had seen an Estate Sale sign the day before, so headed in that direction. I would just...

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What's in a Name?

Posted on April 9, 2016 at 4:20 PM Comments comments (3104)

Marci's Masterpieces?  Really?  You think your cakes are masterpieces?  That is what I assume people's first reaction will be on hearing the newly minted name of my hobby bakery. It was my first reaction too after my friend suggested it.  We discussed it, I chewed on it, rejected it as too presumptuous, returned to it, chewed again and eventually accepted it as wholesome.

So this morning, as I considered writing this piece, I asked hubby "What's in a Nam...

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Egg white fun

Posted on April 2, 2016 at 3:35 PM Comments comments (5825)

I like to bake and decorate my cakes from scratch.  I try not to make anything using pre-packaged ingredients.  And this is why I was recently trying to separate egg whites from their yolks.  In the past, before I figured out what it was, I used meringue powder.  But now I was educated, and opted instead for the real deal.  I haven't yet acquired all the fancy gadgets the master bakers use, but there was a time before those gadgets existed.  

I found Alton ...

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Fondant Fail

Posted on April 2, 2016 at 3:00 PM Comments comments (9707)

I don't like fondant.  There are numerous bakers who swear by it, and it is undoubtedly a convenient medium for decorators.  I just don't think the taste can compare to a good buttercream frosting.  Buttercream is more unstable, and presents more challenges for decorating, but it's my go to, and I'm up to the challenge.

I did give fondant a try.  Once. I was working hard to complete a cake for entry into our annual cake contest at work.  As the initiator and org...

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The Cake the Baker Rejected

Posted on April 1, 2016 at 3:50 PM Comments comments (12315)

It was supposed to be part of the third layer of the hanging Easter cake.  It was going to be clothed in delicious buttercream frosting, then embelished with colored Peeps to enthrall the children coming in for the Easter egg hunt.  Slicing into it would reveal its secret - the multicolored cake hidden within.

Disaster ki...

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