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Cheesecake with Graham Cracker Crust

This cheesecake recipe calls for a graham cracker crust, which is an American twist on the European pastry crust. The recipe tops this cheesecake with sour cream frosting, which makes a tart contrast to [more…]

Blueberry French Toast Cobbler

This blueberry cobbler uses French bread, which makes the best French toast (and therefore the best blueberry French toast cobbler), but it isn’t the only kind of bread you can use. If you don’t have French [more…]

Key Lime Cheesecake

Key limes are native to the Florida Keys (hence the name). Although it’s called Key lime cheesecake, you can make this cheesecake with regular green limes, with equally delicious results! [more…]

Pineapple Upside-Down Cake

The pineapple upside-down cake in this recipe develops a nice caramelized bottom (or is it top?) because of the caramel. A pineapple upside-down cake is called that because . . . well, you flip it over [more…]

Hazelnut Cake

This hazelnut cake recipe comes from the Piedmont region in northwestern Italy. You can serve this tasty hazelnut cake on its own, but it’s better with a dollop of ice cream. [more…]

Devil’s Food Cake with Vanilla Buttercream

This devil’s food cake with vanilla buttercream takes a bit of work, but it’s worth the effort. To give this cake the best devil’s food chocolate flavor, be sure to use natural, not Dutch-processed or [more…]

Nutty Funnel Cakes

A summertime fairground favorite, you can make funnel cakes at home. Top your funnel cakes with cinnamon-sugar, which this recipe specifies, or confectioners’ sugar, fruit, and just about anything else [more…]

Super-Fudgy Brownies

These brownies are the quintessential fudgy brownies, with deep chocolate flavor. Eat these fudge brownies topped with ice cream and accompanied by a cold glass of milk or a cup of steaming hot coffee. [more…]

Grilled Pound Cake and Fruit with Brandy Sauce

This dessert brings together a heavenly combination of grilled fruit and grilled pound cake, and a wonderful brandy sauce. This fruit and pound cake dessert can really wow your dinner guests — and they [more…]

Chocolate-Spice Bundt Cake with Orange-Ginger Caramel Sauce

A blend of warm spices gives extra zip to this chocolate Bundt cake. Because of the lovely shape the Bundt pan gives, this chocolate-spice cake needs no decoration. This recipe calls for a 10-cup Bundt [more…]

Blueberry Poppy Seed Cake

This blueberry poppy seed cake is a holiday favorite — a relatively light finale of long, caloric celebrations. You can also have blueberry poppy seed cake as a delicious breakfast snack. [more…]

Fruit and Bran Muffins

Personalize this hearty fruit and bran muffin by using your favorite dried fruits. Macadamia nuts offer a tropical twist to these bran muffins, but if you prefer, you can substitute almonds, pecans, or [more…]

How to Make Royal Icing

Royal Icing for decorating sugar cookies is easy to make and can be tinted any color. Cookies decorated with Royal Icing harden to a solid finish, making the cookies perfect for hanging on the Christmas [more…]

Classic Sugar Cookies with Royal Icing

Nothing says “Christmas” like these delectable sugar cookies with icing. Bake them for the family or offer them as small holiday gifts to friends and coworkers. Enjoy the sugar cookies plain, or dress [more…]

Cake Decorating Supplies Checklist

Certain tools and equipment (some common, some specialized) are required for cake decorating. Be prepared ahead of time by organizing your cake decorating equipment into a kit. These things are what you’ll [more…]

Cake Decorating Ingredients You Need

Having a variety of fresh high-quality products will help you to bake and decorate great cakes. Common ingredients you should have stocked in your kitchen are: [more…]

How to Frost Your Cake

When frosting your cake, make sure you have the right tools, time, and attention to detail. Follow these easy steps for frosting your cake. (The directions are for a double-layer, 9 inch cake but can be [more…]

Quick Cake Decorating Ideas

If you’re running short on time, you can still create a cake that will draw oohs and ahs of admiration. Try these last-minute cake decorating toppings and methods: [more…]

A Pre-Showtime Check of Your Cake

Before you unveil your masterpiece, go through this checklist to make sure your cake looks its best and is securely stored for safe travel, if needed: [more…]

Cake Decorating For Dummies Cheat Sheet

Before you bake and decorate a cake, make sure you have the right cake decorating ingredients and supplies readily available. Take your time and follow easy decorating steps when you frost your cake. If [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…]

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…]

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