Archive for the ‘How To’ Category

How to Make a Giant Cupcake

Wednesday, February 6th, 2019

You have our giant cupcake cake pan but aren’t sure how to use it? Let us walk you through some easy steps and tips that will help you make anything from an adorable first-birthday smash cake to a quirky anniversary cake using just this one pan.  Read through our instructions below (or if you’re more the visual type, watch the video at the end) and get ready for a giant success.

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Buttercream Frosting Ingredients 101

Friday, February 1st, 2019

Like all the best recipes, the perfect buttercream frosting comes down to using the right ingredients. Fat, sugar, liquid and salt are key to making the best icing – but why?

To understand how buttercream works, it’s helpful to know how these ingredients work together and how they affect the outcome. Learning more about what each of these ingredients do will also better give you the ability to make tweaks and substitutions to fit your needs.

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Baking 101: How to Bake a Cake

Wednesday, January 23rd, 2019

Baking the perfect cake comes down to a few simple rules. From picking the right pan to learning how to properly measure your ingredients, this video guide will outline how to bake a cake you’ll be proud to show off.

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How to Make Buttercream Frosting

Friday, January 4th, 2019

How to Make Buttercream Frosting

Learn how to make buttercream frosting with this easy and delicious recipe. Great for piping, spreading, filling, decorating and more, this homemade buttercream is certainly one of our favorites!

Unlike other buttercreams out there, this recipe allows you to adjust the consistency of your icing. You can make a stiff or medium consistency for piping flowers or boarders, or you can thin the buttercream down to make a silky frosting, perfect for icing a cake. This buttercream also works as a great base for adding different flavors or colors.

A simple recipe for beginners to add to their wheelhouse, this homemade buttercream frosting will have you ditching store-bought stuff and going for the real deal.

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Three Ways To Use the Star Decorating Tip

Friday, December 28th, 2018

For you cake decorating lovers out there, have we got the tool for you! Wilton’s 4B tip is a versatile superstar – literally – when it comes to creating patterns and designs on your sweet treats to your culinary creations.

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How to Decorate a Gingerbread House

Monday, December 17th, 2018

How to Decorate a Gingerbread House

There’s nothing quite like gathering the family together and decorating a gingerbread house.

Often purchased as a kit with several decorating supplies included, gingerbread houses give you the freedom to follow the instructions or make the house your own. And whether you’re a by-the-book decorator or a creative mind with a whimsical idea, there’s no denying that this is where holiday memories are built.

But like any sturdy house, it’s all about laying a strong foundation. With these simple tips and tricks, you can design and decorate a house that will stand the test of time.

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Different Types of Icing: Our Comprehensive Cookie Guide

Monday, December 3rd, 2018

Cookie sheets clattering in and out of the oven, the smell of butter and sugar in the air…this could only mean one thing… Tis the season for cookies!

Whether you’re packaging cookies for shipping, gifting them to friends and neighbors or just arranging a platter for Santa Claus himself, there’s no denying that half the fun of baking holiday cookies is decorating them! But which frosting is best for shipping? How do you store your cookies once they’re done? And how the heck do you actually USE royal icing?

Well, we’re here to answer all these questions and more. From traditional buttercream to fondant, this collection of six cookie frostings will help you determine the best way to spruce up your holiday treats!

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How to Decorate Cookies Like a Pro: Cookie Icing and Decorating

Friday, November 30th, 2018

cookie icing and decorating

How to Decorate Cookies Like a Pro      

Cookie icing is a baking basic, but one that is oddly enough sometimes difficult to master. Getting creative with icing to decorate a fresh batch of cookies is a surefire way to impress guests and family as they dig in to your newest homemade creations this holiday season.

This handy tips and troubleshooting guide will help you with your next baking excursion to make sure your cookies look as stellar as they taste.  (more…)

Fondant and Gum Paste – What’s the Difference?

Wednesday, May 30th, 2018

Fondant Cake

 

At first glance, fondant and gum paste appear very similar. They are both soft doughs that can be kneaded and used for cake decorating. But don’t be fooled, these two cake decorating mediums are actually quite different. Let’s take a look at what distinguishes these two!

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What is Shortening?

Tuesday, May 22nd, 2018

If we had a nickel for every time someone asked us this question! If you’ve ever baked a pie from scratch or made our buttercream frosting for the first time, you might have found yourself wondering the same thing or what you can use as a substitute. We asked our test kitchen to give us the 411 on this mysterious ingredient.
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