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Candy Making For Dummies Cheat Sheet

You need some special utensils and skills for candy making, as well as some special (and yummy) ingredients. After you learn how to temper chocolate (people eating chocolate are generally in a good temper [more…]

How to Choose a Ripe, Juicy Watermelon

Watermelon is a staple of many summertime picnics and cookouts. The next time you’re at the neighborhood produce stand, keep these tips in mind to ensure you select the ripest, juiciest melon for your [more…]

How to Make Pie Crust: Rolling Out the Dough

Rolling our dough for pie crust is pretty easy: After you make and chill your pie dough, take it out from the fridge and grab a rolling pin. The rolling pin does double duty, also helping you transfer [more…]

How to Cut a Round Cake

No matter how great your round cake looks, the way you cut it can make or break it. You want to cut clean, uniform pieces from your cake. Who wants to eat a mush-up pile of crumbs and frosting? [more…]

How to Bake and Assemble a Napoleon

Napoleons are the towering, crunchy, luxurious condominiums of the dessert world. Made from layers of puff pastry, napoleons are usually coated with a light sugar glaze or a dusting of confectioners' sugar [more…]

How to Make Pie Crust: Making the Dough

Many people find making pie crust from scratch challenging. When you make the dough for pie crust, measure your ingredients precisely and don’t overwork the dough: The dough-making process is simple, but [more…]

Cherry and Pistachio Parfait

Cherry and pistachio parfait (or nougat glacé ) is a classic French dessert. Flecks of red, green, and orange stand out against the delicate, white meringue base. This colorful treat is a lovely dessert [more…]

Heirloom Jam Cake with Old-Time Icing

This recipe for Jam Cake with Old-Time Icing was handed down from generation to generation (as so many cast-iron recipes are). The ingredient list calls for blackberry jam, but you can use whatever flavor [more…]

Anise Drop Cookies

Anise, the licorice-flavored seed, has been a vital element in dessert-making for centuries. Today, anise is widely used in cakes and cookies. Anise drop cookies are so named because they supposedly can [more…]

How to Make a Chocolate Cocoa Cake

This fudgy chocolate cake is the base for spooky haunted mansion cake that is perfect for a child’s Halloween party. Although you have to stack up a few cakes for this creation, you don’t have to worry [more…]

How to Make Stiff Decorator Frosting

If you have a lot of ground to cover decorating-wise on your cake, or if the intricacy of the design will require time and patience, this frosting is an excellent choice because it holds its shape for [more…]

How to Make Buttercream Frosting

This is a versatile buttercream that you can use to decorate your Halloween jack o’lantern or skating rink cake, but keep this recipe on hand for other cakes as well! It spreads and pipes wonderfully, [more…]

Milk Chocolate Frosting for a Cornucopia Cake

This versatile frosting adds a nice (and decadent) depth to any cake. If you are using it for a cornucopia cake, you will need to make two batches. Use this festive cake as a table centerpiece for a Thanksgiving [more…]

How to Make a Brown Sugar Cake

The caramel flavor of this cake always makes it a hit. It pairs well with milk chocolate frosting. If you are baking this to assemble a jack o’lantern cake for a Halloween celebration, you will need to [more…]

How to Make a Halloween Jack-O-Lantern Cake

Let this festive jack-o-lantern cake be the center piece of your Halloween party. A fluted bundt pan creates a realistic look, and the Brown Sugar Cake fits the tenor of October . . . but is delicious [more…]

How to Decorate Your Halloween Haunted Mansion Cake

This cake is a fun centerpiece to any Halloween party. After you bake 2 recipes of the Chocolate Cocoa Cake and whip up three batches of stiff decorator frosting, follow these steps to finish a ghostly [more…]

How to Make a Cornucopia Cake for Your Thanksgiving Gathering

If you’re eager to incorporate cake into your Thanksgiving buffet — or if you just want to lay off the pumpkin pie for a change — this not-too-sweet confection won’t disappoint. Taking some time with the [more…]

White Chocolate Bûche de Noël

Bûche de Noël is French for Christmas log. This dessert with the fancy name is found in every pastry-shop window in France during the month of December. It’s simply a yellow sponge cake rolled around a [more…]

How to Assemble and Decorate Your Bûche de Noël

Bûche de Noël is a special Christmas desert made of yellow sponge cake rolled around a cherry and white chocolate filling. After you have made the cake, and the fillings, follow the steps here to assemble [more…]

Pumpkin Toffee Cheesecake

This creamy pumpkin cheesecake is a special treat. Serve it at Thanksgiving or at a Christmas gathering and be prepared to get compliments. It sits on a gingersnap crust and is crowned by a creamy sour [more…]

Chocolate Pecan Pie

Pecan pie is a holiday classic. Christmas or Thanksgiving meals may not be complete without one. But this is not your average pecan pie. It’s still rich and gooey, but it has chocolate added for good measure [more…]

How to Make the Perfect Pie Crust

Although you can buy ready-made pie crusts, making your own is easy and they’ll taste better too. Use this recipe during the holidays — or any time — for making pies. This recipe can be used for two pumpkin [more…]

How to Make Pear-Almond Trifle

This pear-almond trifle makes a show-stopping dessert for your Christmas gatherings. Don’t be intimidated by the number of ingredients or the assembly instructions. This pear trifle is easy to make and [more…]

How to Make Cranberry-Orange Quick Bread

Cranberry bread has become a Christmas tradition. This cranberry bread is the easiest bread you’ll ever make. Double the recipe, so you make extra loaves for gifts. To make it a family Christmas activity [more…]

How to Make Cranberry Cider Sorbet

Cranberries are associated with the meals that are typically served for Thanksgiving and Christmas. Fresh cranberries are available during the fall months and they complement the flavors of turkey and [more…]

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