Erin Gardner: Contributor

Erin Gardner began her career in sweets as a pastry chef in numerous New England kitchens, most notably at Boston’s legendary Locke Ober.  After a sugar flower class in NYC, she struck out on her own and opened Wild Orchid Baking Co.  Finding her passion in sugar flowers, Erin finally felt at home baking, designing, and decorating cakes.  After opening her shop, Erin competed and won on Food Network’s Sweet Genius, and received nods from both Martha Stewart Weddings and Brides Magazine as one of the top wedding cake pros in the country.  Brides also included a cake of Erin’s as one of America’s Prettiest Wedding Cakes.

With baby #2 on the way and increased writing and teaching demands, Erin decided to move on from Wild Orchid Baking Co. and launch her new website, ErinBakes.com. There, she shares fun and accessible recipes and techniques that combine her fine pastry skills and modern cake designs.

In her first book, Great Cake Decorating, Erin demystifies working with fondant for the home-baker, encouraging decorators of all levels to dive in and create their own delicious and beautiful works of sugar art!

When not playing with cake, you’ll find Erin enjoying the gorgeous New Hampshire seacoast with her husband and kids.

Erins cakes have been featured in Brides, Martha Stewart Weddings, Town & Country, The Knot, OK Magazine, The Huffington Post, Grace Ormonde, HGTVs DIY Network, TLCs Parentables, American Cake Decorating, Cake Masters, and on many cake decorating and wedding blogs.


Erin Gardner is also a Craftsy instructor.  Her class Cakes in Full Bloom is currently available online at Craftsy.com.  Find all three of her classes here.

Learn Cake Decorating with Erin Gardner on Craftsy.com


 

MORE FROM ERIN GARDNER:

DIY Chocolate Daffodils | impressive yet surprisingly simple addition to your Spring and Easter cakes | by Erin Gardner for TheCakeBlog.com DIY Chocolate DaffodilsOur contributor, Erin Gardner of Erin Bakes, is back with a new tutorial today! My obsession with chocolate flowers continues! It’s been so much fun for me to continue working with this medium, coming up with new and beautiful designs that are also completely delicious. These flowers are absolutely perfect for Easter and spring celebrations, where candy is already part of the party!

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How to make a Candy Flower Cake using Airheads and Laffy Taffy | by Erin Gardner on TheCakeBlog.com Candy Flower CakeOur contributor, Erin Gardner of Erin Bakes, is back with a new tutorial today! Join along as she shares a new cake project with a step-by-step tutorial. Spring is coming! Or at least that’s what I keep telling myself as I stare out of my window at mounds of snow. Until the real blossoms start popping, I’ll settle for the next best thing - bright, bold, and tasty candy flowers. Today we're decorating a cake with chewy candy flowers made from Airheads and Laffy Taffy!

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2015 Wedding Cake Trends | Organically styled florals made from chocolate | by Erin Bakes on TheCakeBlog.com 2015 Wedding Cake Trends : Organically Styled FloralsIt's day six of our brand new cake series - The 2015 Wedding Cake Preview! Our sixth design showcases a wedding trend that we see moving into the cake world in 2015 - organically styled florals. These loose floral arrangements are filled with seasonal blooms, creating a sense of movement and natural beauty. We love their unique mix of character and moodiness, charm and personality. Today's cake recreates this gorgeous look out of chocolate!

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DIY Chocolate Poinsettias | a step-by-step tutorial by Erin Gardner for TheCakeBlog.com Chocolate Poinsettia TutorialOur contributor, Erin Gardner of Wild Orchid Baking Company, is back with a new tutorial today! Join along as she shares a new cake project with a step-by-step tutorial.... I’ve come to the conclusion that making flowers is my absolute favorite part of cake decorating. Fondant, sugar, chocolate - you name it, I love it! Lately, I’ve particularly come to enjoy making chocolate flowers. They aren’t only beautiful, they’re also entirely edible and delicious! (Sadly, not something I can say about their pretty gum paste cousins.) This makes them ideal for decorating buttercream finished cakes or for topping cupcakes.

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DIY Glammy Monster Cakes | by Erin Gardner for TheCakeBlog.com DIY: Glammy Monster CakesOur contributor, Erin Gardner of Wild Orchid Baking Company, is here with a new tutorial for you. A fun way to add a touch of glam to your Halloween bash! Halloween has to be one of my favorite days of the year. It's so fun to dress up and pretend like you're someone else. This year I'll be going as organized and ahead of schedule - ha! Confetti covered cakes have been all the rage this past year! The technique has primarily been used on glamorous cakes in shimmery gold and silver (because metallics give great color coverage over the pastel confetti quins). For this project I tried something new and gave my confetti covered cakes a spooky-fun twist. These little treats are glammed up enough for your grown-up party, but still fun enough for your little monster's get together.

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Sweater Weather Cake | by Erin Gardner for TheCakeBlog.com Technique + Imagination (II)Today is Day 2 of a new mini series all about cake artistry! Three of our contributors teamed up on a project conceived to challenge each other while inspiring all of us. We talk about inspiration and techniques all the time here on The Cake Blog. But how do you take those concepts and translate them into your own cake designs? It's a process that every cake designer must go through, time and time again, as they build their skill set and define their own personal style. Because really, cake artistry starts with a solid foundation of technique and then blooms with imagination and creativity. Next up is Erin Gardner...

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Make edible sand from cake | great for summer cakes | DIY Cake Tutorial by Erin Gardner for TheCakeBlog.com What to Do With Cake Scraps?Our contributor, Erin Gardner of Wild Orchid Baking Company, is here with a new tutorial for you. A simple way to add an extra touch of fun to your summer cakes. And make the most of your cake scraps.... Cake scraps! Also fondly known as Cake Top. You know what I'm talking about.... the extra dome of cake that gets cut off during the leveling process. We all have cake scraps and no one likes to throw them away. If you don’t immediately give in to the temptation of snacking on your scraps, you can use them to create “sand” or “dirt” for your next cake design. I love this trick because it saves you time and money. No more wasted cake and no need to buy extra brown sugar or ground up cookies when creating your beachy cake designs.

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How to Build a Cake | split and fill like a pro | Great Cake Decorating by Erin Gardner on TheCakeBlog.com How To Build a Cake Like a ProDecorating a cake is sort of like solving a puzzle. There are numerous pieces that have to come together, just so, for everything to align beautifully. The process itself can be exciting, challenging and even a little exasperating at times. But when the last piece is finally placed, you can step back and smile at what you've accomplished. So today we're taking a look at some of the basic fundamentals of a gorgeous cake. These building blocks apply to cakes of all shapes and sizes and will help you create beautiful cakes, each and every time you bake. It all comes to us from the new book, Great Cake Decorating, written by our very own contributor, Erin Gardner of Wild Orchid Baking Co. Erin has been wowing us with her stylish designs and teaching us her techniques for several years now. So needless to say, we are thrilled to see her new book out in stores for all to enjoy! Filled with hundreds of creative ideas, tips, and techniques, Erin's book has something for everyone. Beginners will find what they need to get started with recipes, tools of the trade, and the basics thoroughly explained and paired with gorgeous images by Mark Davidson Photography. More advanced decorators will find inspiration and step-by-step tutorials to create countless designs including some of Erin's most popular cakes here on the blog, like her Rainbow Hearts Cake and her Stars and Stripes Cake originally create for our 4th of July cake series back in 2012. If you ever wondered how Erin created that beautifully swagged bunting, now you can learn how. Within the pages of Great Cake Decorating, Erin is helping us solve the cake decorating puzzle. And today, we're excited to share a little peek inside this new book! So let's get to the tutorial. We're learning how to level, split and fill a cake like a pro!

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Holly Cake | by Wild Orchid Baking Co | #12CakesOfChristmas The 7th Cake of ChristmasIt’s our third annual holiday series…. The 12 Cakes of Christmas!!  We’re oohing and aahing over twelve marvelous cake designs, created especially for this series!  All brand new, never seen before, and created by some of your favorite bakers!    For our theme this year, we’re taking a moment to reflect on our favorite Christmas […]

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DIY Sparkling Glitter Acorns  |  by Erin Gardner DIY: Sparkling Glitter AcornsOur contributor, Erin Gardner of Wild Orchid Baking Company, is here with a glittery new tutorial for you. A sparkling addition to your holiday dessert tables and displays... If you’re a cake designer, you totally understand that inspiration can strike at the strangest times! I had one of those moments not too long ago strolling through the store, shopping for Christmas decorations with my son. I literally stopped in my tracks when I spotted a twisted branch wreath decorated with the most darling little glittered acorns. Did I stop and whip out my cell phone and start taking pictures like a crazy person because I wanted this wreath hanging on my front door? Nope! I stopped in my tracks because I thought, “I can make those acorns!” Cue the chocolate and disco dust.

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Pretty Black Cake | by Wild Orchid Baking Co | TheCakeBlog.com Pretty Black Wedding CakeOur contributor, Erin Gardner of Wild Orchid Baking Company, is sharing a fabulous new design with us today... A few years ago, after the Vera Wang black wedding gown collection came out and rocked the bridal world, I became obsessed with the idea of doing a black wedding cake. Here in preppy/rustic/vintage/nautical New England that was highly unlikely to happen. I see my fair share of modern contemporary brides, but black is still considered way over the top! My black cake ideas had always been very dramatic, ruffly, and somewhat goth inspired.

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Victorian Cake Display | by Wild Orchid Baking Co | Pink Week on TheCakeBlog.com Pink Week : Pink Ribbon Dessert DiplayIn honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, The Cake Blog is going pink! For an entire week, we’ll take a break from the Fall and Halloween inspiration to celebrate with pink. To remember, honor and support all of those who’s lives have been touched by breast cancer. We kicked off the week on Monday with this gorgeous Pink Awareness Cake. And today we're back for more! Our feature today is one of sweet abundance filled with pink desserts of every kind with a vintage flair too pretty for words. Brimming with pink ribbons, this Victorian dessert display has an ultra-feminine look, but with a modern twist. It starts with a table draped in lace and topped with pink cake stands, stacked double high. The fun continues with bite-sized sweets and mini desserts, with a few extra dashes of pink. Gorgeously creative details, like tea bag shaped cookies, add to the romantic charm. While a pink ribbon cake takes center stage. It comes to us from Erin Gardner, owner of Wild Orchid Baking Company in in New Hampshire. And well, it's a perfect fit for our Pink Week!

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Spooky Splatter Halloween Cake  |  A DIY by Erin Gardner  |  TheCakeBlog.com DIY: Spooky Splatter HalloweenIt's time for a spooktacular new tutorial from our contributor, Erin Gardner, owner of Wild Orchid Baking Company! She's teaching us how to make a spooky splatter cake perfect for Halloween. With the help of a $1 spray bottle, Erin creates an airbrush look that's inexpensive and totally achievable by all! Under the glow of the moon, a starry sky is filled with flying bats.... I find a certain joy in turning dollar store purchases into cake tools. Especially when a find does the job of one of the most expensive items in any decorator’s kit - the airbrush! Don’t get me wrong, my on-the-cheap spray bottles can’t replace such a fine piece of equipment entirely. But for a fun and fast splatter paint design they definitely do the trick (or treat)!

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Rustic Ruffle & Stars Cake  |  by Wild Orchid Baking Co  |  TheCakeBlog.com Rustic Hipster Cake TrioSometimes, the least expected detail turns out to be THE detail that transforms a beautiful cake into an extraordinary cake! And today's feature is the perfect example of a little detail that speaks volumes. This stunning cake trio comes to us from Erin Gardner, owner of Wild Orchid Baking Company in in New Hampshire. Three separate cakes, three separate designs. All perfectly tied together with their soft white fondant, flirty ruffles, and incredible sugar flowers. And a scattering of gold stars. Tiny gold stars, specifically requested by the bride, which turned this traditional ruffle cake into a personalized design full of charm. Now, don't get me wrong. This cake trio would be gorgeous with or without the gold stars. But that extra little detail not only adds a pop of gold but a touch of character, creating a design that is as unique as it is delightful. Let's take a look at this Rustic Hipster Cake Trio!

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DIY Celery Stamp Rose Cake by Wild Orchid Baking Co  |  TheCakeBlog.com DIY: Celery Stamp Rose CakeI’ve always believed that great cake decorating doesn’t have to mean using intricate techniques or buying fancy tools (well at least not all the time). Sometimes the best tools can be found right in your own fridge or pantry. This project uses a fridge staple - celery - to create an oh-so-pretty rose pattern with a hand-painted feel. Take a look through your own fridge and see what you can create with what you have on hand. You’ll never look at your veggies the same way again!

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Black & White Ruffle Cake by Wild Orchid Baking Co  |  TheCakeBlog.com Black & Ivory Ruffle CakeHappy Monday! We're kicking off the week with a cake that is nothing short of dreamy. There's something so sophisticated and refined about a classic color combination like black and ivory. So when you add in a touch of shimmering gold and an abundance of flowing ruffles, you've got sweet perfection. Inspired by a wedding dress, today's cake is ready to waltz down the aisle. You're seriously going to love this one! I mean, LOVE! With its rows upon rows of scalloped ruffles, elegant black sash and antique brooch... it is just too fabulous. Join me in swooning over another gorgeous creation by Erin Gardner, owner of Wild Orchid Baking Company in Dover, NH.

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Christmas Garland by Wild Orchid Baking Co  |  TheCakeBlog.com 1st Cake of ChristmasThe first cake in our series comes to us from Erin Gardner, owner of Wild Orchid Baking Company in Dover, NH. Erin was a newcomer to this site in 2012. But over the course of the last year, she has definitely left her mark on the pages of this blog. You've pinned, liked and retweeted many of Erin's gorgeous cakes (like her rainbow cake and her vintage bunting cake). Well you better start searching for a 'LOVE' button because Erin is about to wow you again! Inspired by a festive card from Rifle Paper Co, this cake is sending out a greeting full of cheer! It's the 1st Cake of Christmas!!

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Voodoo Goth Halloween Cake by Wild Orchid  |  TheCakeBlog.com Halloween Week : Vintage GothEEEK, It's Halloween Week! This fifth Halloween cake comes to us from Erin Gardner, owner of Wild Orchid Baking Company in North Hampton, NH. You may remember Erin from previous features on our site (like her rainbow cake and her vintage bunting cake). Erin has a talent for transforming trends into sophisticated cake designs and today's feature is yet another great example of this skill. Erin's design is delightfully dark and transcends us into a scene of tall candelabras, wax-dripping candles and heavy black curtains. A world where black orchids, black petunias and inky fingers are the flowers of choice. Where graveyard-inspired iron fencing is covered in cobwebs and a menacing skull is on display. Erin's cake is a fabulous cross between beautiful and foreboding, creepy and cool. Refined yet frightful, it's a Vintage Goth Halloween Cake!

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Vintage Patriotic Bunting Cake by Wild Orchid :: TheCakeBlog.com The 2nd Cake of JulyToday is day two in our new cake series, The 4 Cakes of July! Four talented bakers were asked to create new designs inspired by the 4th of July holiday. This second American beauty comes to us from Erin Gardner, owner of Wild Orchid Baking Company. You may remember Erin from previous features on our site (like her rainbow cake and this honeycomb cake too). Erin's vintage-inspired creation takes you back to small town America on Independence Day. White picket fences line with the stars and stripes. Flag waving children eagerly awaiting the upcoming parade. The fire truck making its way down main street, siren blaring, to start the festivities. It's pure patriotic fun! And it's The 2nd Cake of July!!

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Modern Snow White Wedding Cake Modern Snow White CakeMirror mirror on the wall. Who is the fairest of them all? Why, today's cake of course! Today's featured cake is a modern Snow White theme that will take your breath away! We're not talking singing woodland animals and Disney characters here. This cake is more befitting the original Brothers Grimm story or this summer's darker Snow White and the Huntsman movie. You know. The one where the evil queen proclaims "Skin white as snow... Lips red as blood... Hair black as night. Bring me the heart of dear, dear Snow White." Geez. Maybe the queen could have be satisfied with a piece of this gorgeous cake? I know it makes me happy! Let's all enjoy the pure beauty of this Modern Snow White Cake by Erin Gardner of Wild Orchid Baking Company.

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Rainbow Heart Cake I ♥ Rainbows CakeFor the love of rainbows and hearts and all things pretty! We're starting off the week with an incredible cake that will simply make your heart smile! From the rainbow colors to the diagonal heart pattern, this cake is incredibly delightful. It would be the perfect addition to a rainbow birthday party or any event that could use a pop of color! What better way to brighten this post-holiday Monday than with a cheerful I ♥ Rainbows Cake by Erin Gardner of Wild Orchid Baking Company.

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Honeycomb & Golden Bee Wedding Cake Honeycomb & Gilded Bee CakeWhen I first saw today's featured cake, I instantly wanted a re-do on my own wedding cake! When it comes to cake style, my first love will always be simple sophistication. Timeless. Classic. Elegant. With its subtle use of pattern and great white-on-white texture, today's design by Erin Gardner of Wild Orchid Baking Company would be perfect for any preppy-chic-loving bride. Can we say impeccable style? Featuring a gorgeous honeycomb pattern, delicate magnolias and a single golden bee... I've fallen for this Honeycomb & Gilded Bee Wedding Cake!

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