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How to Make Royal Icing

Royal Icing

Royal icing is a hard white icing made from egg whites and confectioners’ sugar. It is described as a “hard” icing because it dries hard, unlike buttercream frostings which remain soft even after they have sat out for a long period of time. It is typically made from meringue powder, rather than fresh egg whites, because the eggs are uncooked in this type of frosting ... Read More »

How to Store Leftover Buttercream

Leftover Buttercream in a Piping Bag

There are several different styles of buttercream out there, including basic American buttercream and slightly more labor-intensive Italian and Swiss buttercreams. All are delicious ways to frost a cake or top a batch of cupcakes. I usually recommend that people make more buttercream than they need when they are planning to decorate a cake or cupcakes, since running out of frosting part-way through a project ... Read More »

What is acidulated water?

Acidulated Water

Acidulated water is water that an acid has been added to it, usually lemon juice, lime juice or vinegar. Citric acid and ascorbic acid can also be used. The water is used to prevent the cut skin of fruits and vegetables from browning when they are exposed to air. Recipes often call for tossing apples, avocados or artichokes in acidulated water because these are all ... Read More »

How to Roast and Skin Hazelnuts

Roasted Hazelnuts

Toasted nuts almost always taste better than untoasted nuts, whether you’re eating them as-is or incorporating them into a recipe. They have a crisper texture and a more pronounced nuttiness, with less of the vegetal notes that some raw nuts can have. Toasting hazelnuts makes them especially delicious because it gives them a much better texture and brings out a butteriness that compliments their nuttiness ... Read More »

How To Make A Christmas Lights Cake

Christmas Lights Cake

During the holidays, I feel a lot more inspired to go over-the-top with cake and cookie decorations. I want to make desserts that are just as vibrant as all those decorations that you’ll find on a Christmas tree. In fact, those twinkling strings of tree lights were the inspiration for this Christmas Lights Cake! The design is very simple and makes a cake with a ... Read More »

Tips for Troubleshooting Pie Crusts

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Pie crusts are intimidating to many bakers because we always hear how difficult and temperamental they are to make. Pie crusts are not that difficult to make, but there are quite a few problems that you can encounter with them and, unfortunately, sometimes you won’t know what is wrong with a pie until after you have baked it, so make sure to read through these ... Read More »

What is blind baking?

Blind Baking

Blind baking is a term used to describe the process of pre-baking a pie or tart crust before it has been filled. Blind baking crusts can be partially baked before filling or baked completely, depending on the pie recipe you are using. There are a couple of reasons that a pie crust might need to be blind baked. The first is that some pie fillings ... Read More »

How to Make Sugar Skulls

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Sugar skulls are a decoration that is closely associated with the Dia de los Muertos, or the day of the dead. The traditional folk art have been made for centuries in Mexico. The skulls represent the souls of loved ones who have died, and they are typically decorated with colorful icing, ribbons and other decorations to celebrate the life of the departed. Sugar skull making ... Read More »

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