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Flour Buttercream

This buttercream is light, fluffy, and delicious. It is made by first cooking a simple pudding made with milk, sugar and flour. Once this pudding base has cooled to room temperature, you add it to beaten butter by the spoonful. The result? A super smooth, light buttercream with a pale ivory color. More

Italian Buttercream

Italian buttercream is creamy, velvety, and delicious. Because it's made with Italian meringue, it's a lot lighter in color than most buttercreams and it looks almost pure white against a dark chocolate cake. It also holds up pretty well in warmer temperatures, so if you're planning a summer party outside, this is your go-to buttercream! More

German Buttercream

This German buttercream is incredibly smooth and delicious. It's made with a custard base, which gives it a natural yellow color. And although this buttercream contains a fair amount of butter and three egg yolks, it is surprisingly light, both in texture and taste. More

Apple-Pecan Bourbon-Caramel Pie

Apple pie and pecan pie: two world-famous classics. But let's be honest, one's a little wholesome and the other's a little too sweet. You know which is which. But what if we combine them into a single pie with an apple filling and pecan bourbon-caramel top "crust"? And what if we told you it's easier to make and assemble than either of the originals? This may be the greatest pie mashup ever. More

Domino's CinnaStix Apple Crisp

The combination of apples and cinnamon is a classic with good reason. It has a comforting warmth from autumnal spices and the hearty, tart apples. To fast foodify the dish, we turned to Domino's' CinnaStix: a bready, pizza dough byproduct topped with cinnamon and sugar and accompanied by a small well of sticky-sweet icing for optimal dunkage. Here, we balance the sweetness of our CinnaStix topping with a tart, boozy apple base. More

Calvados Omelette From 'Prune'

Like many of Gabrielle Hamilton's desserts in her new cookbook, Prune, the Calvados Omelette is both simple and strange, at least to our American palettes—sweet, enriched egg flambeed with apple brandy. We are not used to having our eggs for dessert, at least not served to us so unabashedly, instead of under the guise of custard or crepe or soufflé. And though the eggs here are mixed with a substantial amount of cream and a bit of flour, the end result is in fact just a plateful of sweet (buttery, boozy) eggs. But it comes off as elegant, urbane, and perfectly delicious. More

Apple Strudel

This classic Austrian dessert of tender apples and raisins stuffed inside a flaky dough is simpler to make than meets the eye. All it takes is a paper thin unleavened dough and a clean cloth to roll it with. This step-by-step recipe shows you how it's done. More

Halloween Waffle-Iron S'mores (S'moreffles)

Can you turn leftover Halloween candy into something that you might serve at the table as dessert? Yes, and this recipe for Halloween S'moreffles (s'mores waffles) is the proof. Based on the idea of s'mores, we start by making waffles designed to taste like graham crackers. Then, instead of filling them with chocolate and marshmallow, we fill it with chopped Halloween candy for similar effect. More

Derby Cookies From 'Baked Occasions'

To say that Matt and Renato, authors of Baked Occasions are fans of bourbon would be an understatement. They've made pies, cakes, and ice creams featuring the boozy, woodsy liquor. These Derby cookies were crafted in honor of the Kentucky Derby, bite-sized and perfect for a party. Even if you're not celebrating Derby Day, these cookies are delicious with or without an oversized hat. More

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