Swiss Meringue Buttercream by Sweetapolita
--I do not recommend this recipe. I followed it exactly how it was written and it actually made the process about 3 hours longer than it should have been. I recommend Martha Stewart's recipe. It is fabulous and very easy to follow.
Vanilla Cake: Perfectly Delightful Vanilla Cake by Sweetapolita
--I like this recipe because it bakes 4 8 inch layers without having to double it.
Cookies: Chocolate Sugar Cookies by Lila Loa. (She is hilarious and her work is fabulous!)
--I tried making chocolate cut out sugar cookies for the first time. They were very well received, the cookies were very easy to make, and you didn't have to chill the dough to use it. I personally did not like the taste of chocolate cookie with royal icing but they do provide a very nice contrast with the icing colors.
Polka Dot Cake by Snowy Bliss
--I left my polka dots whole--less work!
Ruffle Cake by Sweet and Saucy
So, so, so easy to do and looks gorgeous every time! Melody Brandon was the first to create this technique and it has been seen EVERYWHERE. She is, by far, my all time favorite cake designer. Love her! I took her buttercream class and it was phenomenal.
Thanks for reading!