Baking Blog

Kiss Me, I’m Irish Soda Bread: A Delectable Free Recipe

By Jessie Oleson Moore
Irish Soda Bread Recipe

With Saint Patrick’s day coming up, it’s the perfect time to learn how to make Irish soda bread. This traditional Irish loaf is moist, extremely dense and massively satisfying, whether it’s served alongside a warming meat and potato-based stew, slow cooked corned beef or simply with a thick smear of rich salted butter. Get the free recipe and step-by-step tutorial here.

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Win a FREE Copy of Surprise-Inside Cakes by Amanda Rettke

By Kelsey Loughman
It's time for a sweet surprise! Cake decorator Amanda Rettke, instructor of "Decorating From the Inside Out" and author of "Surprise-Inside Cakes," has taken the time to chat with us about her brand new Craftsy class, writing her book, and her life as a baker, mom and blogger. Plus, we're giving away copies of her new cookbook to some lucky readers! Read on to find out how to enter! Read more »

Cake Decorating 101: How to Fill a Cake in 4 Easy Steps

By Wendy McGowan
How to Fill a Cake -- Tutorial on Craftsy

Long before the cake decorating can begin, we need to make sure we have a strong, clean base or in other words, a well-constructed cake. We begin with filling our cakes with yummy goodness. Follow this step-by-step tutorial to learn how to fill a cake for perfect results every time.

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What Is Torting a Cake?

By Wendy McGowan
Torting the Layers of a Cake

By definition, a torte is a type of cake made with many eggs and often nuts. Torte is also the German word for cake, but nowhere in the dictionary is the word or definition of “torting” available, as in “torting a cake.” So what is torting a cake, and can torte be used as a verb?

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How to make cookie cutters

Getting in Shape: How to Make a Cookie Cutter

By Jessie Oleson Moore

Believe it or not, making a cookie cutter or making fondant cutters is actually quite easy. It will require a trip to the hardware store, which may be foreign territory for some cake decorators, but it's worthwhile. The ability to create the decorations of your dreams is well worth seeking out the materials.

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Have You Ever Heard of a Naked Baby in a Cake?

By Jessie Oleson Moore
King Cake

King Cake—which, in a way, is more of a pastry—is a delicacy of food and cooking so garish that you can't help but smile. After all, this yeast-risen, ring-shaped cake, often stuffed with a decadent praline or cream cheese filling, resplendent with a shimmering coating of gold-, purple- and green-tinted confectioners' sugar icing, and sometimes even garnished with a paper crown and plenty of brightly colored plastic beads, is associated with the living-out-loud festival in New Orleans known as Mardi Gras. And what occasion would call for a more ostentatiously appointed treat? Create your own with this step-by-step tutorial and learn its fascinating history! Read more »

How to Make a Paris-Brest: A Tutorial by Colette Christian

By Craftsy
Heart Shaped Paris Brest

Paris–Brest is a classic French dessert that was created in 1891 to commemorate the Paris-Brest bicycle race. Classically, the pastry is piped in the shape of a bicycle wheel. Ours is piped in the shape of a heart in honor of Valentine’s Day. Make one for your Valentine – they will be delighted and the results are scrumptious.

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