Behind The Scenes – Display Cakes The art of Cakes with Amanda

Have you ever wondered what the difference is between the cakes you order and the ones you see on display in our stores? We get that question pretty often! Although the display cakes are not made with real cake, they do still have real frosting, and they’re made with just as much time and attention to detail.

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Confectionery Calligraphy Cake Writing

Confectionery Calligraphy - Cake Writing The art of Cakes with Amanda

You’ve spent the last hour decorating your perfect cake. The theme is expertly reflected. Maybe it’s robot dinosaurs. Perhaps it’s a sophisticated retirement cake with a hand painted lake scene. Now for the inscription. What are you going to do? Use your normal cursive? Yeah. That’s alright. It’s nice and it’s readable. But what if you continued your theme into the words? What if you made your inscription part of the decorations versus something you snuck in at the end? Continue reading “Confectionery Calligraphy Cake Writing”

DIY: Beary Cute Cake

DIY: Beary Cute Cake The art of Cakes with Amanda

Let’s make a sculpted cake. No! Don’t run away! It’s easier than you think! I’m going to break it down for you into “beary” little steps and you’ll be serving up a “beary” cute little teddy bear in no time.

Things to gather up:

  • An 8” round cake and 2 cupcakes.
  • 2 cake spatulas, on big one, one small one. Yes you can get by with just one.
  • A large round tip (size 8 to 10) , a small round tip (size 2 to 4).
  • A large grass tip. The bigger the better. Small one is ok too, but it’s going to be more squeezing time for you.
  • Decorating bags. One for each color.
  • 2 lbs frosting in your main color. 1/2 lb frosting in an accent color. A dollop of black frosting. A smidgen of white (optional, for eyes).DIY: Beary Cute Cake How To

Begin by cutting your 8” round cake in half. Next, cut the top of one cupcake off and then cut the cupcake top in half. These will be your ears. The other cupcake you can simply shave off one side to make a flat base, this will be the snout. Next, take your 8” halves and stick them together like a sandwich with frosting.

Next base ice the cake with your main color. It doesn’t need to look pretty because soon you’ll be covering it in bear fluff.

Attach the cupcakes as shown. I have the flat part of the cupcake tops facing forward. Pro tip! If your cupcakes are soft and your ears seem a bit wobbly, chill them in the freezer to make them easier to ice.

Using the accent color, cover the fronts of the ears and the snout. I used a coupler, no ring or tip, to do this. I was able to get an even layer of frosting on the ears with having to go back and smooth it out.

Grab you little cake spatula and smooth out the icing on the snout. It’s a little tricky being as it’s so “beary” tiny, but just breathe and keep working that frosting over. If you want it smoother you can let the frosting set up and then pat it with your finger to make it a little flatter. Have I mentioned you should be washing your hands?

For the next step we’ll be adding fur with your grass tip. I have my main color bagged up and left 2 dots to remind me where the eyes will go. Start squeezing. Cover up the head with fur.

The ears need fur too. It’s not that hard. There isn’t a base coat of frosting on these (you can, but you’ll be fine without it) so make sure you keep your fur plops nice and close to cover the cake.

You’ve covered the whole thing! “Beary” good! Now for the final finishing touches.

Add in the eyes, nose, and mouth. Eyes are big dots made with a large round tip. For the nose I used the same size 10 tip and made a modified heart shape. With a size 3 or 4 you can draw the line down and a smile to finish off his face. And at this point if you want you can add the little white fleck in the eyes to give him a little sparkle feel free to do so!

And just like that you’ve made a sculpted cake!

Using these steps you can let your creativity take over. You could do a pink bear, or make him not so furry and add stitches for a teddy bear with a sewn look. Or why not go crazy and make the ears pointy and try out a cat!

And you didn’t think you could sculpt a cake without a special pan… When you break it down, it’s “beary” possible!

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

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DIY: Beary Cute Cake
  • 8" Round Cake
  • 2 Cupcakes
  • Cake Spatula
  • Decorating Bags for each color
  • 1 Large Round Tip (Size 8 to 10)
  • 1 Small Round Tip (Size 2 to 4)
  • 1 Large Grass Tip
  • 2 lbs Frosting in your main color
  • ½ lb Frosting in accent color
  • Dollop of black frosting
  • Dollop of white frosting for eyes
  1. Cut 8" Round Cake in half.
  2. Cut the top off one Cupcake then cut the top in half for the ears.
  3. Shave off one side of the other cupcake for snout.
  4. Stick 8" halves together with frosting.
  5. Base ice Cake with main color.
  6. Attach Cupcakes as shown in photo.
  7. Ice ears and snout with accent color.
  8. Smooth out icing on snout.
  9. Cover head and ears with fur using a grass tip.
  10. Add eyes with large round tip, nose with size 10 tip and mouth with size 3 or 4






Coborn's Cake Decorator WINS BIG!

Coborn's Blog: Coborn's Cake Decorator WINS BIG at Upper Midwest Bakery Association Annual Convention with her "Storybook" Cake

Well, she has done it again. Coborn’s Cake Decorator, Amanda Hansen, has walked away with many accolades from the Upper Midwest Bakery Association Annual Convention again this year. Amanda has worked for Coborn’s for seven years and has been a Cake Decorator at our Coborn’s store in Sauk Rapids, Minnesota for the past three. This is her fourth year competing in this event and the fourth year receiving an award.

Coborn's Blog: Baby cake receives Silver medal at Upper Midwest Bakery Association Annual ConventionThis year Amanda submitted two entries. She took home a silver medal for her baby cake. However, the cake that stole the show was her amazing storybook cake. This cake stands thirty-five inches tall, has fifteen pounds of fondant, and took thirty-five hours to create. Amanda’s cake features 10 different stories including; Cinderella, The Princess and the Pea, Snow White, Rapunzel, Sleeping Beauty, Jack and the Bean Stock, The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, Hansel and Gretel and The Frog Prince. When asked what her inspiration for the cake was Amanda replied, “I wasn’t feeling very creative so I started with a stack of books. I was then hit with a creative fever and it all took off from there.” It may come as no surprise that this cake received a gold medal in the category of Advanced Fondant Novelty/Specialty Cakes. Amanda’s cake also won the People’s Choice award, voted on by the attendees, and the Best of Show award, voted on by the judges. This is quite the accomplishment considering the voting of the People’s Choice and Best of Show included all sixty cakes entered and not just the cakes in Amanda’s category.

We are so proud of Amanda’s accomplishments and are excited to see what she comes up with for next year! To have Amanda make a cake for your next event you can visit her at our Coborn’s location in Sauk Rapids, Minnesota or give her a call at 320-252-2141.

Congratulations Amanda!

Coborn's Blog: Coborn's Cake Decorator WINS BIG at Upper Midwest Bakery Association Annual Convention

Celebrate With Cake!

Coborn’s Bakeries Celebrate Graduation and Summer Weddings

Coborn's Cakes

It is hard to believe but graduation and summer weddings will soon be here. For our Coborn’s Bakeries, this means we will sell 47,000 cakes – that’s WAAYYY more than any other time of the year! Back in March, we visited with Amanda Hansen, an all-star Cake Decorator who recently won her second gold medal at the annual Upper Midwest Bakery Convention. Today, we reconnected with her to learn more about the stunning cakes she and our entire team of Cake Decorators create.

Cake decorating is an art of its own that allows decorators to channel their creativity.  What types of cake or themes do you have the most fun creating?

Mostly I enjoy decorating for Halloween. Some of my favorites (and customer favorites, too) have involved Frankenstein’s monster and his bride, dragons, a zombie bride and groom, and a 3-D standing skeletal horse.  Continue reading “Celebrate With Cake!”