Tag: Cakes

“How To Cake It” Makes A Delicious Read

Yolanda Gampp is a self-taught cake artist who started out baking novelty cakes in her mother’s kitchen and is now one of the forces behind How To Cake It, a hugely successful, Webby Award-winning YouTube channel and online community of over six million cake enthusiasts from around the world.

Yolanda and her work have been featured on the Today Show, and in Buzzfeed, Daily Mail, and Cosmopolitan, while Yolanda has served as a guest judge on popular Food Network shows such as Cake Wars and Sugar Showdown.

Inspired by her father, who worked as a baker, Yolanda graduated from chef’s school and discovered that her true passion was working with sweets. Yolanda lives in Toronto, Canada with her husband (Mr. Cake) and young son.

We at Momma Braga had the pleasure of reading, How to Cake It by Yolanda Gampp and it was a delicious read to say the least. The book reflects on Yolanda’s own experience going from a beginner baker to a cake artist. It is designed to grow your skills whether you are just starting out or perfecting your cake skills.

In this beautiful book you will get detailed recipes, tips, designs and so much more. We love the way the book is divided into different sections. You begin at the “Bake It” section and “Yo’s Recipe Box”, where Yolanda lays out the foundation by sharing the recipes for the cakes that you will need to carry out her magnificent designs. Then there is “Yo Knows” where she shares her tips, tricks, and fundamental skills for success in caking. After the real fun begins when the art begins in “Cake It.”

What I love is that in this section it is broken down a bit further depending on the level you are comfortable with. Beginners can start with, “Caking Your First Steps,” then as you progress you can do “Cake It Up A Notch” and finish off with “Cake It To The Limit.” There are just so many amazing skills that you can learn through this great book. I only touched the icing on the cake. 😉

So how easy are the recipes in the book? I put it to the test and I am a perfect example as I am not great at following recipes. I was so nervous about trying it out that I had to call in for some back up which was my sister who loves to bake. We set up a date for our cake day and of course my three year old daughter was excited to join in the fun too.

Since I am a chocolate lover it was only natural to pick, Yo’s Ultimate Chocolate Cake recipe. After reading the recipe, it appeared to be much simpler than I was anticipating. I got all the ingredients listed and was ready to start!

We went through each step to make the batter for our Ultimate Chocolate Cake. I have to note that the instructions were very simple and easy to follow especially for me as I don’t follow recipes well but this one made sense to me.

We got our batter into a pan and placed into the pre-heated oven. We waited patiently and it was smelling great. Before we knew it, it was all ready. We removed it from the oven and waited for it to cool down before we did our taste test.

Now it was the moment that I was waiting for since we started putting the ingredients together – eating it! We cut a piece and of course we made sure to have our glass of milk ready to wash it down with. We took a bite and it was delicious! I couldn’t believe that I actually baked something from scratch and it tasted amazing. We couldn’t help but notice how moist it was (even on the next day) and the chocolate taste was perfection. We now had dessert to offer to our weekend guests and it was loved by all.

This #MelandNikkiReview was really fun to do as we got to try a yummy recipe. For this review we give, How to Cake It, 5 Yo’s out of 5. Yolanda beautifully articulates recipes, trick and tips in this must have cake book.

This Cake book is not just a book full of recipes, it is an opportunity to create memories with your family. It is a book that can be opened up in your kitchen and followed at your finger tips. It can be passed on to your children and then their children. They hold those memories that are made with each page turn especially if you accidentally let batter hit the pages. Those are all precious moments that can not be obtained through an online recipe but one that is forever shared in a book. This book is definitely one that can be used for a lifetime and just think of all the wonderful cakes that can be shared at the dinner table with all your loved ones.

To get your copy of How to Cake It, you can click here. Make sure to follow Yolanda on YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to see what other remarkable creations she does.

Until next time…Happy Parenting!

– Momma Braga

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Creating Cake Masterpieces Until There Are no Krumbz Left

This month’s “Mom of the Month” is a wife and mother of two children who keep her on her toes every moment of every day. This mom comes from a long line of creative geniuses both in the artistic and culinary fields. So it was only natural for her to follow in her parents footsteps.

This mom incorporated her love for art and creativity into a delicious way to express herself in ways that make people happy. Everything she has learned about cake decorating has been self-taught through books and lots of trial and errors which have moulded her into the cake designer that she is today. Her work has not gone unnoticed as she has earned many cake decorating awards along the years and has been acknowledged by other professionals in her field.

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It is a pleasure to introduce Maria of Cake Krumbz as our Mom of the Month.

I had a chance to connect with Maria to learn more about her and her delicious company for this special feature.

1. What does your company do?

“My company specializes in custom cake designs for any occasion, from weddings to birthday cakes and everything in between.”
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2. When did you start your business?

“I started my business roughly about 19 years ago. My first taste of cake decorating was when I modelled a cake topper for my nephew’s first birthday, from that day on I was hooked and I haven’t looked back since.

My sister was a professionally trained cake decorator and needed my help from time to time. That turned into a business partnership between me, her and my mom who brought her many years of culinary experience into the mix. After many years, my mom retired and my sister went her separate way and I carried on with the business.”

3. How did you come up with the idea?

“Ideas for cakes could come from anywhere, it could be a colour, shape or even a certain fabric pattern, which makes ideas truly endless. My inspiration comes from talking to my clients and getting to know a bit about their personalities. I always like to incorporate a bit of “them” into each piece that I create. I think that is the key ingredient to taking an ordinary cake and turning it into something special and meaningful.”

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4. How did you come up with the business name?

“My business name came to me after my family had made a comment that every time I made a cake for a family gathering the one thing that was left were the crumbs! And that’s when the birth of Cake Krumbz happened.”

5. What do you hope each creation you make accomplishes?

“My creations not only allow me to be part of the good memories that my clients will have but also my cakes makes the occasion extra special for them, which makes what I do all worth it!”

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6. Where would you like to see your business in 5 years?

“In 5 years, I wish to be teaching full-time. I would like to be able to teach fellow mommies who love to be creative for their kids but don’t quite know how to do it. I have taught fellow cake decorators before and I absolutely fell in love with it. I think being able to get people who really don’t have the experience and showing them what they are capable of doing with their hands and ideas, and seeing their faces light up when they see what they have created is an amazing feeling.”

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7. As a busy working mom, how do you find the time to balance it all?

“I am not going to lie, some days I rise very early and go to bed very late, sometimes I don’t even get to go to bed…..It’s not glamorous but it’s the only way to manage all that needs to be done in a day. Having a good schedule and good time management set up for both home and business is key not to go crazy, although most days things don’t ever go the way you plan but I always manage to get things done.

When I have a crazy week with orders, I am very thankful that my husband steps in and takes on a bit more to help me with meals and the kids. And sometimes he even helps me with my orders which is a bonus when you feel totally overwhelmed. Having a great partner is absolutely a bonus!”
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8. If people are interested in ordering from you, what is the process?

“If you have an idea that you would like to bring to life in cake form, you can simply contact me through email or Facebook. The process is fairly simple, I discuss what ideas the client might have such as design, colours, flavours and budget. Then moving forward to booking the order, a deposit is made to save your date and I handle the rest.”

You can follow Maria and all her amazing creations on social media.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/cakekrumbz
Instagram: @cakekrumbzdesigns

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I have the pleasure to order from Maria and she is a pleasure to deal with from beginning to end. She truly does listen to everything that you want and offers creative designs to pick from to ensure that you stay on budget which I love! I highly recommend her for your special event sweet needs.

Maria is a talented, creative person who goes beyond to ensure that all her clients are happy with the masterpieces that she creates for their special event. She is an inspiring person who doesn’t forget that she is a great mom but also a woman with dreams.

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“When we become mothers we tend to make the mistake to always put others first, house, kids and husband. I did that for many, many years until both my kids were going to school full time. Then I finally decided that it was time to remember who I was and what I was passionate about before I had kids. Not only do I feel better about myself but I can see the difference in the way I design things for other people. For all of you mommies out there, it is possible to follow your passion and be a mom too. It takes a lot of sacrifices but at the end it is all worth it,” says Maria.

That is beautifully said Maria and thank you for your time! You are such an inspiration and I am thrilled to have you as our “Mom of the Month.”

Until next time…..Happy Parenting!

–          Momma Braga