Valentine’s Arrow Donuts The art of Cakes with Amanda

Your sweetheart will feel the love when they are hit by these cupid’s arrow donuts. These are so simple and fun you’ll want to make a whole tray full! All you will need are a few simple items:
• Cake donuts
• Donut Holes
• ½ lb of buttercream
• Stir sticks, straws or skewers
• Whipped Cream (optional)
•Strawberries (optional)
•Powdered Sugar (optional)
•Sprinkles (optional)

Frosting Donut Heart
The process of building your cupid’s arrow donut is the same no matter what you top it with. First, you can either split a donut hole in half or just shave off part of a donut hole to make a flat spot and then use 2 donut holes for your heart.

Next you’ll want to trim your cake donut into a heart shape. I spun my donut around a little looking for any spot that seemed a little pointier, that became the bottom for my heart. Trim your donut with a sharp knife to create the pointed part of your heart. It should look somewhat like the corner of a square.

The next cut is on top. Cut out a triangle wedge from the top of your donut, centered above the angled bottom you just created. After I cut my triangle out I shaved the edges a little to round off and blend into the curved part of the donut. You should end up with a mostly heart shaped donut.

I used a stir stick, like the kind you use for your morning coffee, for my arrow. Simply insert the straw into your donut on one side and out the other. Be gentle with this step. I like the stir stick because it’s skinny and passes through the donut and the donut holes more neatly.

Grab your donut holes and put one hole on each end of the stir stick. I found that one you add icing to your donut holes there is a chance they will become top heavy and flip around on the stick. You may want to do the decorating and additional topping the plate you’ll be eating it from. But, if you are careful, it is manageable to move the donuts around from a prep area to your serving plate.

Color your icing and bag it up. I used a size 6 round tip to draw on some details to the arrow. I piped the little feathers at the back of the arrow and then drew the head of the arrow on the opposite side. You can draw the head of the arrow as a triangle or make it look like a little heart.

There are a few ways to finish off your heart donut. One way would be to use the frosting to pipe the outline of a heart. This option makes sure your sweetheart gets the message. Speaking of messages, if you are feeling brave you could use a size 2 or 3 round tip to write a short message to your valentine.

Powdered Sugar Donut
I also finished one of my donuts with a simple sprinkling of powdered sugar and did a little variation on the arrow. Instead of using donut holes I used a large strawberry. Cut the leaves off of your strawberry and then cut your strawberry in half from top to tip. One half we’ll use as is and the other half will be sliced into 3 pieces, giving you 3 half-moon shapes. Slide the 3 pieces on to the stir stick with the smallest piece closest to the donut heart. Leave a little space between the pieces, this is now the feather end of the arrow. The other strawberry half goes on the stir stick as the head of the arrow, smallest end pointing away from your donut. Whatever arrow you do end up choosing remember the pieces may rotate as you skooch them around and feel free to trim your stir stick or straw to the right length, I gave mine a few snips here and there to change the length of my arrow.

Strawberry  Chocolate 
For an extra breakfast treat grab yourself some whipped cream or whipped icing. Pipe a big ol’ pile of that stuff on your donut and added strawberry pieces and chocolate sprinkles. It’s Valentine ’s Day, you can have dessert for breakfast if you want to!

Have fun creating and customizing your cupid’s donuts, your valentine will be so surprised at your delicious craftiness. And remember, you should to make one for yourself too!

Coborn’s Cake Decorator
Sartell, MN – Pine Cone Road

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Spooky Spider Cupcakes

Spooky Spider Cupcakes The art of Cakes with Amanda

Put some creep in your cupcakes this Halloween with these spider treats! To create this critters you’ll need cupcakes, frostings, chocolate sandwich cookies with chocolate filling, malted milk ball candies, and black licorice. Continue reading “Spooky Spider Cupcakes”

Will it Glow? Making Glow In The Dark Cupcakes

HDR The art of Cakes with Amanda

While browsing cake photos in the vast world of the Internet, I kept coming across these glow in the dark cakes. Vividly glowing cakes in neon colors! A crazy awesome party with the cake acting as a beacon of birthday light in the center! Giving off light so bright you could read a book by it!

Well, of course I had to try this out. I did a little poking around and found a few ways that bakers are making their cakes glow. We’ll try and go about this in a somewhat scientific manner, as in, gather supplies and try and light it up! Continue reading “Will it Glow? Making Glow In The Dark Cupcakes”

A Piece of Cake

A Piece of Cake The art of Cakes with Amanda

It’s what on the inside that counts. As much as everyone loves an expertly decorated cake at the end of the day you know what everyone is looking forward to. Eating it! The most popular cake flavor I send out around here is marble. It’s a very Minnesotan choice. A little white cake, a little chocolate cake, everyone gets a little of what they want. Why not surprise your guests with something just a little different? The best way to jazz up your cake, whether it’s white, marble, chocolate, or beyond, is to add a filling. If one flavor is good, why not boost it with two? Here are some fun pairings to tempt your taste buds. Continue reading “A Piece of Cake”

Photo Cakes The art of Cakes with Amanda

Celebrate someone or embarrass someone. We have that power. With our photo printing system we can add a special touch to anyone’s cake. I’ve added pictures of adorable babies and toothless elementary students from the 1950’s to cakes. Vintage wedding photos look amazing when bordered with roses on an anniversary cake. Have a picture of your best friend from the 80’s in their acid washed jeans and crimped hair? Let’s put it on their cake!

I’d like to give you some tips on the do and don’ts of getting one of these fun cakes.

First, how does work? Well, the most important thing you should know is we won’t be harming your photo. It’s all digital as far as resizing and making things edible. All your decorator needs is either a physical print of the photo you want or a digital copy. Our machines have CD drives, USB ports and slots for memory cards.

Things to know about choosing digital photo files for your cake. Our machine only recognizes jpg format. So, if you spend time making your own fun photo collage with borders and writing, please remember to save it as a jpg so our machine can read it. There are ways we could force it to work, but remember, not all of us decorators are technology wizards. We are frosting wizards! You can also make this process a little smoother by bringing in only the photo files you’d like us to use. My machine won’t keep the photos neatly organized into folders like you see on your computer. I’ll have to look through thumbnails of all 227 photo of your family vacation to find that one funny picture of your mom hulu dancing. If you can’t make it into the store or your picture is hanging out on your cellphone you can also ask your bakery for their email address and send the photo to them via email attachment. This is a great option for phone orders.

If you have a paper photo you would like used we have a scanner on our photo machines. Sometimes people bring me in items for scanning that have been folded in half, they have scratches or discoloration. I don’t have a photo program to fix these flaws. The scanner will pick these up and you will see them in the print. I can’t adjust color or do any touchups to old photos as much as I’d like to do minor adjustments. Also, I wouldn’t recommend printing off the photo at home on computer paper and bringing that in. These typically end up with small lines running through them, a quality issue on the cake. If the photo is on your computer it would be best to get us the digital copy to use, the final print on the cake will look much better. Remember, we are printing on edible paper with edible ink and then letting the image melt into the frosting. The better the starter image the better the final result. Long story short, when we scan your photo, the scan is as good as the image we start with.

Once we have your photo on our screen we can resize, crop the photo, add words, or frame it with a variety of digital options. After we’ve gotten the picture to our liking we just hit the print button. We can print on sheets of paper approximately the size of traditional computer paper. I also use sheets with 3 inch circles or 2 inch circle from time to time. These are great for decorating cookies or even cupcakes.

After the printer rolls out my edible image it’s time to get the scissors and trim it up. From here we apply the photo to fresh frosting. After a few hours the image will meld into the frosting becoming less paper like and more like a screen printed image that is part of the cake. From here we can decorate, decorate, decorate! If you see a design in your bakery, let’s say a graduation cake, that doesn’t have a picture, the decorator can usually rework the design to fit in your picture. So, if you have a picture you really want to use, bring it into the store. We can work it in to existing designs or even better, design a whole cake around your unique photo.

One last thing I should mention is the main limitation of our photo printing. While we love making your photos in to cake decorations or using one of our hundreds of photo cake character designs, we can’t go too nuts as far as making copies go. We aren’t allowed to scan your invites or paper plates with your favorite character on it, just like we can’t grab images from online or free hand draw or sculpt them. I know sometimes the little ones get their heart set on a very specific image for their birthday cake, but copy write laws just don’t allow for us to do some things. But our creative cake designers would love to talk about the many, many, other options we can provide for cake happiness.

Coborn’s Cake Decorator
Sartell, MN – Pine Cone Road

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