I am a sugar cookie artist, teacher, and homemade recipe lover! Let me show you how you can create beautifully decorated sugar cookies and tasty homemade cakes and sweets!

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My recipes are recipes to share the experience of having old family recipes with your family today.
Many people think cakes are all box made, think cookie decorating is for pros, think that it’s impossible to learn these techniques without going to culinary school. These statements are NOT TRUE!

You CAN bake great tasting scratch goodies at home, you CAN be the mom/grandma/nana that can decorate cakes for her family, you CAN learn techniques that you enjoy in the privacy of your own home and on your own schedule.

That’s where The Cake Way can help.

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Love this group! Joann is a great instructor. I enjoy decorating cookies. And this is the place to do it! Her tutorials are very educational. Thanks Joann for all that you do. Your the best! 

— Lynn V. Caldwell Collins

I love the way JoAnn explains everything. I have tried a few of her recipes and they were delicious! I love her website!!

Edna M. Broussard

I love your voice and your techniques! So enjoyable! Thank you

Lydia Wohltman

JoAnn explains things so clearly that I was able to follow along and decorate at the same time. Awesome teacher

Merrilee Frazier

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Cookie Photography for Non-Photographers

Cookie Photography for Non-Photographers | Cookie Photography for Non-Photographers will show you how to make the most out of the equipment that you currently have to take beautiful pictures. | https://www.thecakeway.com/cookie-photography-for-non-photographers

Fall Pumpkin Sugar Cookies Decorated

Fall Pumpkin Sugar Cookies Decorated | FALL Pumpkin Sugar Cookies Decorated will show you how to decorate a pumpkin stack cookie set with royal icing using a number of techniques. | https://www.thecakeway.com/fall-pumpkin-sugar-cookies-decorated

How to Make Royal Icing Transfers

How to Make Royal Icing Transfers | How to Make Royal Icing Pumpkin Piping Transfers Video. Download your free Pumpkin Piping Template also!| https://www.thecakeway.com/how-to-make-royal-icing-transfers

How to Add Dimension to Decorated Sugar Cookies

How to Add Dimension to Decorated Sugar Cookies | This blog post and the accompanying video will show you how to add dimension and detail to decorated sugar cookies | https://www.thecakeway.com/how-to-add-dimension-to-decorated-sugar-cookies

A Step-by-Step Back To School Cookie Decorating Video

Whooo doesn’t love a step by step back to school cookie decorating video? See inside for video…

Wooden Plank Cookie Design

Wooden Plank Cookie Design| This wooden plank cookie design is just a simple yet beautiful way to add interest and texture, and farmhouse fashion into a cookie. | https://thecakeway.com/wooden-plank-cookie-design/

Rose Embellishments Cookie Decorated

Rose Embellishments | A simply beautiful cookie that is versatile enough to be paired with any theme and is easy enough for a beginner cookie decorator to recreate! Learn how to decorate it! | https://thecakeway.com/rose-embellishments-cookie-decorated/

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Protected: Practice Piping Guide Video and Worksheets

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Christmas Candy

Christmas Candy | Some things just make Christmas extra special; like Christmas Candy and Candy Canes especially candies that are actually cookies. | https://thecakeway.com/christmas-candy/

2019 Black Friday Special

2019 Black Friday Special | Access an epic and Elegant Christmas this year with complete access to a Cookie Decorating Party from wherever you are in the world! | https://thecakeway.com/2019-black-friday-special/

Sugar Cookie Decorating World Record

Sugar Cookie Decorating World Record | You’ll want to read further; you’ll be surprised to learn who won the Sugar Cookie Decorating World Record and just how they did it. | https://thecakeway.com/sugar-cookie-decorating-world-record/

Christmas Holly Cookies Decorated

Christmas Holly Cookies Decorated | Some things just make Christmas extra special; like Christmas Holly Cookies that are decorated | https://thecakeway.com/christmas-holly-cookies-decorated/

Coffee and Cherry Pie Cookies Decorated

We're taking a deep dive into a day after Thanksgiving delight! Coffee and a slice of pie; so grab your favorite coffee mug and tune in! Scroll down to watch the tutorial video! Coffee and Cherry Pie Cookies Decorated Whether it's the day after Thanksgiving or just a...

Sugar Skull Cookies Decorated

Cookie decorating video tutorial for a baking theme set of cookies. Watch along to see how these kitchen-themed cookies were decorated.

Sunflower Bouquet Cookies Decorated

Cookie decorating video tutorial for a baking theme set of cookies. Watch along to see how these kitchen-themed cookies were decorated.

Baking Themed Cookies Decorated

Cookie decorating video tutorial for a baking theme set of cookies. Watch along to see how these kitchen-themed cookies were decorated.

Sweater Pumpkin Cookies Decorated

Learn to decorate pumpkin cookies that are perfect for fall, cool weather, and pumpkins. Sweater Pumpkin Cookies Decorated Sweater Pumpkin cookies are such a favorite this time of year because of their combination of fall, cool weather, and pumpkins. As the cool...

Painted Fall Leaf Cookies

These Painted Fall Leaf Cookies are the perfect way to bring out a little bit of Fall even with cookies. The cookies were created using an awesome painting effect that gave them the depth that I just love that makes them look real.

How to add spooky faces to Halloween cookies

How to add spooly faces to Halloween Cookies with downloadable guide | www.thecakeway.com/how-to-add-spooky-faces-to-halloween-cookies

Top 10 Must-Have Cookie Decorating Tools

Best Tools for Cookie Decorators | https://thecakeway.com/top-10-must-have-cookie-decorating-tools/

3 Ways to Write on Cookies

Learn three methods to use today to write on cookies and when to use each method! Learn All the Things about Cookie Decorating today!

Easy Homemade Apple Pie

No one can resist the smell of a homemade apple pie baking; and likewise, no one can resist the taste of a delicious homemade apple pie. This pie is one of my favorite All-Time desserts. I call it All-Time because, unlike other pies that are great in the fall or...

Patriotic Berry Marshmallow Fluff Recipe

Nothing says screams of summer louder than patriotic colors, backyard bar-be-ques, and no-bake desserts. Here in North Texas, the weather is warming up quite nicely and quickly I might add; with high temperatures in the upper 90's. This gives way to beautiful sunny...

Baseball Themed Decorated Cookies

These Baseball themed Decorated Cookies were made just for the end of spring beginning of summer season when baseball games are ever so prevalent and oh so enjoying. So sit back, relax, and watch as these Baseball themed cookies are decorated. The tutorial video has...

How to Make Red, White, and Blue Cake Pops

Memorial Day, Flag Day, & Fourth of July - a trifecta of patriotic holidays right around the corner, that is the perfect reason to whip up some delicious red, white, and blue cake pops! Cake pops are a great dessert option for the summer - not only are they a...

Easy Graduation Dessert Idea

Ingredients 12 cupcakes made from your favorite recipe or boxed mix 3 to 4 cups blue frosting (Pictured: Pillsbury Funfetti Aqua Blue Vanilla Frosting, 15.6-Ounce) 12 Rolo Chewy Caramels, unwrapped 12 Ghirardelli Chocolate Squares, unwrapped (Pictured: Ghirardelli...

Decorated Cookies for Graduations

 Have you ever thought about decorating cookies for graduations? May is the time of year for graduations whether it be college, high school, graduate school or even preschool.  Decorated cookies can be such a personal gift.  Do you know someone graduating soon that...

Homemade Breakfast Muffins

Simple Raspberry White Chocolate Chip Breakfast Muffins A simple and easy breakfast muffin recipe made with Raspberries and White Chocolate Chips. This homemade breakfast muffin recipe idea will satisfy the sweet tooth and provide a healthy and tasty breakfast....

Low-Calorie Strawberry Shortcake Snack

Low-Calorie Strawberry Shortcake  Whether you are seriously looking for a low-calorie snack or just hoping to find something worth snacking on, this dessert fits the bill.  This dessert is a low-calorie snack with only 160 calories per snack. With caloric...

Bunny Ear Cookies Decorated

Bunny -eared cookies are what's in, and what's totally cute this Easter season.  In the video below, I'm decorating three super cute bunny cookies, a bunny-eared chick, a bunny-eared headband, and a chick emerging out of an Easter egg.  What's even better, these bunny...

Cross Cupcakes

When I think back to how Easter was for me as a child, I remember it being centered on religion. Spring break was always the week before Easter or Holy Week. Each day of the week was a memorial for a certain activity that coincided with a biblical story.  My...

Easter Egg Cookies

Easter bunnies and Easter Eggs are what Easter is all about for little kids! It's so much fun to see the kids get excited over decorating Easter eggs and playing with the cute little Easter toys. Even more, is fun to mix cookies and icing in the mix and let them...

Bunny Bottom Cookies

This bunny bottom idea was sent to me by a dear friend Carmelita. She periodically sends me cute ideas and pictures and one day she sent a picture of a cake that inspired these bunny cookies. It was the perfect find that day. I knew almost the instant that I saw it...

Stained Glass Easter Egg Cookies

Stained Glass Easter Egg Cookies with Jolly Ranchers  An easy way to add interest, design and extra flavor in your cookies is to create Stained Glass Easter Egg Cookies. This video recipe combines jolly rancher candies with a traditional sugar cookie recipe to create...

Keto No-Bake Mini Cheesecake Bites

Keto Easter no-bake Mini cheesecake bites Keto No-Bake Mini Cheesecake Bites are the perfect bite sized dessert that is also low calorie and fits into the Ketogenic diet. These mini cheesecake bites are made with a nut based flour and a sugar alternative to yield a...

Tic Tac Toe Easter Cookies Decorated

Are you looking for super cute ideas that you can make for Easter Basket Fillers? If so, then you certainly don't want to miss out on this Tic Tac Toe Easter Cookies Decorated Set. I'm sure by now you've noticed that the cover photo for this set only has six of the...

20 Peeps Inspired Easter Dessert Recipes

20 Peeps Inspired Easter Dessert Recipes 20 Adorable Kid-Friendly Easter Peeps Recipes! These 20 bright, colorful, kid-friendly peeps recipes are just what you're Easter dessert table is missing! Not only are they super cute, but they are also fun, vibrant, and easy...

Peeps Easter Basket Cupcakes

Peeps Easter Basket Cupcakes Easter Basket Cupcakes are a creative and simple way to turn traditional cupcakes into Easter Masterpieces. These treats are made even more special with the addition of Peeps. Peeps make everything Easter extra special. Get the little...

Easy Green Bean Casserole-Subscriber

What goes very well with Thanksgiving dinner is an awesome, easy green bean casserole. This recipe is simply 5 ingredients. Usually, when prepping Thanksgiving dinner, I bake all of my sweets on the day before and dedicate all of my time thereafter with prepping the...

Southern Cornbread Dressing Recipe-Subscriber

One of my favorite Thanksgiving dishes is Cornbread dressing; I love the smell of cornbread dressing baking in the oven.  Now that I have a family of my own, I find myself wanting to give my children the same holiday memories that I had growing up. ...

Stained Glass Cookies

Shamrock Stained Glass Cookies These stained glass cookies are a unique and tasty treat to bring out the luck of clover. Making stained glass cookies may seem like they are super difficult to make but in actuality, are not at all. This blog post will go into detail...

Nativity Cookie Decorating

12 Days of Decorating Nativity Cookies Nativity Cookie Decorating - 12 Day Series   It's the Christmas Season! And what better gift to give is the gift that keeps on giving! The gift of KNOWLEDGE! The gift of knowing the REASON for the SEASON!  This...

How to Make Mini King Cakes

     King Cakes are a southern Louisiana tradition! King cakes are made by usually braiding three strands of dough into a loose knot and filling with some type of yummy cream filling like bavarian cream or even maple bacon! King Cakes are sprinked with traditional...

Cookie Decorating Ideas Valentine

Are you looking for cute, punny, cookie decorating ideas for Valentine's Day! If so, yay! This post is dedicated to that! Sit back, relax, and let's get decorating! And once again, the holiday season is already upon us. It seems to me like you prepare and get into the...

Gluten Free Red Velvet Cupcake Recipe

Gluten-Free Red Velvet Cupcake and Cream Cheese Recipe Gluten-Free Red Velvet Cupcake Recipe; for lovers of the velvety goodness of the Red Velvet flavor with the allergy tolerance of gluten-free! Red Velvet Cupcakes are the ultimate Valentine's Day treats. I'd even...

Kawaii Santa cookie decorating video

Kawaii Santa Cookie Decorating Video Learn to decorate Kawaii Santa and Mrs. Claus in this Kawaii Santa Cookie Decorating Video. In this video, we go over steps to recreate this Santa and Mrs. Claus cookies. These lovely cookies are perfect for man and wife, grandma...

How to Decorate Fish Cookies for Valentine’s Day

How to Decorate Fish Cookies for Valentine's Day Have you ever wanted to learn how to decorate cookies like a professional? If so, then you are in the right place. Take a minute to learn all about how TheCakeWay can help you. I am JoAnn and I teach beginners how to...

XOXO Cookies

Learn to decorate two unique XOXO cookies using a variety of techniques in cookie decorating. Decorating Valentine's Day Inspired XOXO Cookies has never been this easy. Watch this easy to follow cookie decorating video and checkout these other videos by liking and...

28 Sweet Treats for Valentine’s Day

28 Sweet Treats for Valentine's Day Valentine’s Day has its perks with all the sweet treats that you can eat! If you are not sure of what to make first, this list of 28 Sweet Treats for Valentine’s Day will leave you with so many choices. I have such a hard time...

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