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Methods and Techniques for Desserts

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Measuring and Sifting Basics for Cookie-Making

In regular cooking, you can get away with adding a pinch of this and some of that. But in cookie baking, it's important to pay attention to the quantities of ingredients that each recipe calls for. If [more…]

What Are Fruit Cobblers and Crisps?

Baked-fruit desserts fall into two main categories - cobblers and crisps. Popular fruits to use in both cobblers and crisps are apples, peaches, and berries. Whichever flavor you prefer, who can resist [more…]

Baking a Better Cake

Baking cakes is kind of an art, and the more experience you have, the more comfortable you’ll become with the cake-baking process. Keep these tips in mind when you start baking cakes: [more…]

Improving Your Cookie-Baking Technique

If your cookie-baking technique consists of supermarket slice-n-bake, consider making your own. You’ll know exactly what’s in your own dough, and cookie-baking techniques will get passed on to your kids [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…]

How to Temper Chocolate for Making Candy

If you’re making candy, chocolate is pretty much a staple ingredient. It’s often the finishing coat for a collection of other sweet treats that you dip into it. The process for getting chocolate to the [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…]

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