Julia continues her latest botanical series with these cookies inspired by the very beauties climbing her own garden arbor. (Or we should say “arbors”; she grows many varieties of clematis!) This edible variety is made entirely of royal icing transfers, some contoured and others stenciled, like the delicate trellis in the background. After drying, each piece is individually airbrushed and then assembled together on the cookie to create this masterpiece. A labor of love, no doubt, but definitely a project anyone can do with Julia’s detailed step-by-step instructions.









2023 Competition

After two years of running her annual cookie art competition online due to COVID, Julia returned with her judging team to That Takes the Cake (TTTC) Show in Round Rock, Texas at the end of March 2023. The turnout was terrific, especially for this comeback to in-person competition, and the quality of entrants’ work was as astounding as ever. 

Winners were announced at the show on April 2, and nearly $18,000 in prizes was awarded to 12 very deserving winners in both 2-D and 3-D cookie categories. To see all of the winning entries and to learn more about each winner, see Julia’s in-depth winner reveal on the blog by clicking on the button below.

Please also check out the competition’s sponsors on Julia’s “FRIENDS” page. And then show them your love for their very generous contributions by visiting their sites and dropping them thank-you emails!

More information about the 2024 competition will come in the fall of this year, so please stay tuned!

Upcoming Classes & Events

Following an unwelcome COVID-induced break in travel and in-person classes, Julia is thrilled to be on the class circuit again in 2023! She’s teaching at most of the major cake shows in the US and also traveling as far afield as Brazil. Of course, she’ll try to keep up a steady stream of Zoom classes and online events too.

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Just in time for summer wedding season, my latest 3-D cake tutorial is sure to wow – though it hasn’t a single crumb of actual cake in it! It’s all cookie, modeling chocolate, and royal icing. Another plus: it’s a lot easier to make than it looks! Though my four-tier version embraces my more-is-more mentality, the project can easily be scaled down by making fewer tiers. My tutorial also details every single step so that even beginners can follow along.

To celebrate its launch, I’m offering 50% OFF ALL OF MY TUTORIALS AND CLASS RECORDINGS through June. Just use CODE WOW50 at checkout. – Julia