This light and fluffy Italian meringue buttercream is slightly sweet and extremely workable.
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My favorite recipe for making sugar cookies with royal icing comes from the venerable Martha Stewart. It's a classic recipe for perfect sugar cookies, the kind that are light and crisp and perfect for decorating. I recommend using brandy or cognac, which adds a butterscotch note to the cookies.
This recipe is inspired by the Chocolate-Covered Hi-Hats from Elinor Klivans in em>Cupcakes!
What looks like an innocent enough poppyseed bagel with cream cheese is in fact a clever cover for a doughnut sandwich with buttercream frosting. We won't tell if you don't.
Decorating cakes the way the pros do takes years of dedication and practice, but knowing a few cool tricks can definitely make the difference between a boring cake and a cake that looks elegant and special. With just a basic set of metal piping tips, there are many impressive designs that you can create to jazz up a cake.
Now that it's become de rigueur to cover and decorate celebration cakes with fondant, the flexible sugar dough that's become exceedingly popular thanks to cake TV shows, Swiss buttercream has become an afterthought. For me, a cook who believes that it's never worth it to sacrifice flavor for appearance, the demise of buttercream cakes is a travesty.
This recipe is extremely versatile and can be used with any flavored extracts. Or, if you prefer to make a natural vanilla bean buttercream, use the seeds scraped from the inside of a vanilla bean. If your flavoring does not impart color, this recipe is great for adding color too. I recommend gel color instead of liquid food coloring, because it contains less liquid and you don't need much to get the results you want.
Tender yellow cake with smooth chocolate frosting, this is birthday cake done right.
This is pastry chef Elizabeth Falkner's recipe. It's bar-none the quickest, easiest, fudgiest frosting I've ever come across. Just make sure you get sweetened condensed milk, NOT evaporated (I've made that mistake plenty of times myself). This recipe makes enough...
It's not easy being green. It is, however, exceedingly easy to eat green, especially when we're talking about zucchini cake.
Ahh, icing and cake. Few foods bring about more childlike joy. And yet, trying to bring these two together without a little know-how can make you feel like a five-year-old with two left hands. Here are a few pointers to make the next go-round less messy.
Jumbles are cookies originally documented as early as the late 1500s in Europe. Since they fared well on long sea voyages, they were one of the first cookies brought over to the colonies. Strictly speaking, they aren't really a remarkable cookie. Made with a basic mix of butter, sugar, eggs, and flour, they're more of an empty canvas, taking their personality from various mix-ins.
Photo from Boots In The OvenAnother triumph for the happy union of sweet and salty. Logan at Boots In The Oven recalls a favorite snack from childhood that he's never given up: canned frosting on crackers. "Yup, my favorite is cream cheese frosting with Premium brand saltines," he says. "Original flavor." Sweet and gooey on salty and crunchy... almost like Nutella on tortilla chips....
From left: icing; frosting. Or is it the other way around?! Is this an issue of semantics? Like jimmies versus sprinkles? And banana peppers versus pepperoncini? Cakespy says the terms are ultimately interchangeable, but a little research in Cake, the new Williams-Sonoma cookbook, proves "an icing is generally thinner and glossier," while frosting is "a thick, fluffy mixture, such as buttercream, used to coat the outside of a cake." Then there's glaze (oy!) which is more slippery and thinner than the other two. Where do you stand on the debate? Don't fret too much. At the end of the day, our veins are full of sugar and happy cells....