Blog: Appearances

Need one of Julia’s foolproof recipes? Some stunning cookie decorating ideas? Or a quick fix on Julia’s latest news and events? Well then, you’re in the right place! Here, you can stay up-to-the-minute current on everything that’s happening in Julia’s kitchen and studio – and in that always-churning mind of hers! IMPORTANT: Julia is still formatting blog entries prior to 2021 to conform to the new site layout. Please don’t be surprised if some back entries look a little wacky, and please be patient as she edits them over time.
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Advance Your Airbrushing Demo

Overview: Join Julia at SoFlo Cake & Candy Expo for a one-hour, info-filled demo about airbrush handling and triggering techniques, particularly as applied to multi-color, layered cookie stencil designs. She’ll reveal her tricks for getting into closely spaced areas with several

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Do It with Dimension

Overview: Take your cookie decorating to new heights – literally. In this demo at SoFlo Cake & Candy Expo 2023, Julia will design and decorate a dimensional mixed media cookie (or two or three!), perfect for springtime weddings and other

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Tantalizing Textures

Overview: Take your cookie decorating to new heights – literally! In this 45-minute demo, part of That Takes the Cake Show’s special Cookie Track, Julia will design and decorate a dimensional mixed media cookie (or two), perfect for springtime weddings

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Julia’s Cookie Art Competition 2023

After two years of running her competition online due to COVID, Julia returns with her judging team to That Takes the Cake (TTTC) Show in Round Rock, Texas in March 2023. She can’t wait to see your entries in person!

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Cookie Connection Challenge #51

Earlier in 2022, Cookie Connection‘s popular Practice Bakes Perfect challenges got a makeover, and Challenge #51, which opened on July 20, was the first challenge bearing this brand new look. Woo hoo! Hosted by longtime Cookie Connection contributor Manu Pezzopane,

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American Cake Awards 2023

After a successful sold-out launch event in 2022, the American Cake Awards is back! You won’t want to miss this night of celebration with North America’s sweetest cookie and cake artists! Join Julia and many other sugar heroes for this

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American Cake Awards 2020 in 2022

Join North America’s sweetest sugar artists for a night of celebration at the brand new American Cake Awards. The culmination of a rigorous online competition, these awards recognize North American talent in the sugar arts across a spectrum of categories and

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Literally! With my in-depth heart box tutorial, you can have this stunning heart cookie and later eat it too! From now until Valentine’s Day (midnight CT), get 25% off this 3-D cookie lesson using code HEARTBOX25 at checkout. 

Originally recorded as a Facebook Live for the prestigious Cake International, this tutorial includes over two hours of instruction (complete with live student Q&A) and an extensive 20-page class handout with recipes, inspiration images, sources, and technique tips. Happy (early) Valentine’s Day, and live sweetly! – Julia