Baking Blog

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

By Wendy
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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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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Mile High Club: Tips and Tricks for High Altitude Baking

By Jessie Oleson Moore
High Altitude Cupcakes

If you live and bake more than 3,500 feet above sea level, you're going to have to learn how to bake at high altitude. Even if you're a professional at sea level, the casualties that can befall sweets with high altitude baking are many: flat-as-a-pancake cookies, cakes that bubble over the edges of the pan, cupcakes that puff up dramatically, only to sink once taken out of the oven. Get the tips and tricks you need for successful high altitude baking here!

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Our Cups Runneth Over: Types of Measuring Cups (and Spoons)

By Jessie Oleson Moore
Measuring Cup Filled with Flour

Do you understand the types of measuring cups and spoons? Even though it might seem elementary, educating yourself on the proper measuring vessels for both liquid and dry ingredients is an important aspect of food and cooking. Using the proper measuring cup for the project at hand will help you attain consistent, delicious results -- regardless of what you're cooking, from rich sauces to risotto to light and airy decorating cakes.

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