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How to Make Strawberry Sugar

How to Make Strawberry Sugar

Vanilla sugar is the most common flavored sugar, and it’s one that you’ve probably made – it’s a great way to use up spent vanilla beans – or sprinkled on top of hot or cold cereal for breakfast. I keep a big container of it in my pantry and use it to add extra vanilla flavor to cookies and quick breads, too. But vanilla sugar ... Read More »

How to Substitute for Buttermilk in Baking

How to Substitute for Buttermilk in Baking

Buttermilk┬áis an ingredient that I always keep in my refrigerator because I use it a lot for baking. It not only adds great flavor to baked goods, but it helps to tenderize cakes, muffins and other treats, too. Although I usually have it in stock, buttermilk is an ingredient that you might not always have on hand when you decided to do a little baking. ... Read More »

How To Crack a Pound Cake

How To Crack a Pound Cake

Pound cake, unlike other cakes, is supposed to crack on top as it bakes. This is primarily because the batter is very dense. The dense batter requires a very looking cooking time to bake all the way through, and the exterior of the cake sets up before the interior does. As the cake continues to bake, the majority of the heat/steam being released from the ... Read More »

How to Add Food Coloring to Cake Batter

How to Add Food Coloring To Cake Batter

Multi-colored cakes can be fun for a lot of reasons. They can help you show team spirit on an important game day, turn plain cupcakes into a great theme dessert or simply hint at the flavor inside a baked good. It is easy to add food coloring into cake batter, but there are some challenges to ensuring your cake comes out the way you envision ... Read More »

Wilton Spray-N-Seal Crumb Sealing Spray

Spray n' Seal

When you are making a layer cake, one of the most important steps in decorating it is applying a crumb coat. The crumb coat is a very thin layer of icing that you cover the entire cake with, and the purpose is to contain any crumbs that might have come loose as a result of leveling the cake layers or might otherwise be sitting on ... Read More »

Make Your Own Easter Egg Nest Cupcake Toppers

Make Your Own Easter Egg Cupcake Toppers

Easter has some of the most colorful candies and decorations of any holiday. Some holidays, like Halloween and Christmas, are deeply connected to specific colors. Easter is a little bit of a free-for-all when it comes to colors, thanks to the fact that it falls in the springtime when flowers are starting to bloom and fresh fruit is starting to fill up store shelves. The ... Read More »

How to Make Your Own Peeps

Homemade Peeps

Marshmallow Peeps are an Easter staple – or, at least, they were for me. As much as I like chocolate, I was always excited to get a package of Peeps in my Easter basket. They were cute, colorful and light enough to be the perfect contrast to a heavy chocolate egg. I still buy lots of Peeps around Easter and I’ll always have a soft ... Read More »

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 »

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