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Discover the breathtaking techniques, delectable recipes and decorating essentials that will make your cakes stand out from the crowd!

Happy National Donut and Chocolate Ice Cream Day!

By Lesley
National Donut DaySo, after the winter holidays, birthdays and Mother’s and Father’s Day, what’s the best day of all? Could it be June 7th? The day when we enjoy both National Donut Day and National Chocolate Ice Cream Day? To celebrate this tastiest of double dates, here’s a large scoop of the best donut and ice cream cakes around. Read more »

Food Lover Friday: Delectable Drinks from Simple Syrups

By Ashley Rodriguez
Simple SyrupsAt its most basic form a simple syrup is water and sugar that has been cooked together until the sugar dissolves. The standard ratio is 1 part sugar to 1 part water. For a richer and more syrupy simple syrup use 2 parts sugar to 1 part water. This syrup adds a rich texture to cocktails and allows you to use half the amount of simple syrup for the same amount of sweetness so you aren’t diluting the cocktail. Learn all about variations on simple syrups here! Read more »
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How to Stabilize Whipped Cream

By Jessie Oleson Moore

Stabilized whipped cream may sound sort of like a science experiment. But there’s no need to panic or break out the old chemistry books: really, what it amounts to is whipped cream which is fortified with added ingredients to make it firmer and sturdier in texture.

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Vegetable Stock: Add Flavor to Any Recipe

By Ashley Rodriguez
Cooking Vegetable StockCarrots, celery and onions are the basis for so many recipes and vegetable stock is no different. You want to start with those ingredients for your base and then from there you can add almost any other type of vegetable you might have lying around. Find out how to create a fragrant stock that can be used in any recipe to add a rich flavor. Read more »

15 Minute Desserts: Speedy Sweets Not to be Missed

By Ashley Rodriguez
Quick DessertsWhether it’s a simple dinner party or a weeknight meal, having a dessert at the end of it marks an occasion and suddenly makes the meal feel special. Everyone loves to end on a sweet note but it is so often the dessert that makes the dinner planning feel hectic and a chore that can’t be won. Simple or not a dessert is always appreciated and with these recipes of sweets that can be thrown together in 15 minutes or less, there’s no reason we shouldn’t end with a bit of sweetness. Read more »

Transform Your Cooking with Vinaigrettes

By Ashley Rodriguez
Cooking with VinaigrettesUnderstanding how to make a simple vinaigrette can transform your cooking. First of all, your salads and your grocery budget will thank you. Secondly, you’ll quickly learn that vinaigrettes are for so much more than just salads; they also boost the flavors of meat, pastas and vegetables. Read more »

Brownie Basics: Perfecting Your Chunk of Chocolate Heaven

By Karly Campbell
Brownie BasicsEveryone has different opinions when it comes to brownies. I think we can agree that most people love a good brownie, but agreeing on just what constitutes a good brownie can be difficult. Regardless of your preferences, whether cakey or fudgy, I’m full of tips to help you achieve the perfect brownie! Read more »

Types of Cakes: Foam, Butter, & More

By Jessie Oleson Moore
Types of CakesThere are so many wonderful cakes in the world. From Angel Food and Birthday Cake to Red Velvet and Strawberry Shortcake, there are infinite glorious variations on this luscious and inherently happy food. But did you know that most cakes are just variations of a few simple types? It’s true. Learn the basic types of cakes, and you have a base of batter knowledge that you can take in hundreds of different cake decorating and flavor directions! Read more »