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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:

  • Cake flour

  • Unsalted butter for baking and mixing frostings

  • White granulated sugar

  • Confectioners’ sugar for frostings and icings

  • Eggs, at room temperature

  • Whole milk

  • Pasteurized egg whites for royal icing

  • Coloring gels, in a variety of colors, to shade frostings

  • Baking powder

  • Baking soda

  • Flavorings and extracts

  • Edible embellishments such as hard candies, chocolates, nuts, fruits, sprinkles, sanding sugars, and nonpareils, as well as marzipan for modeling

  • Nonedible embellishments such as candles and fresh flowers

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