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3 Ways to Use Wilton Tip 81

March 15th, 2019 by Desiree Smith

Often used to pipe succulents, chrysanthemums or fun zigzag patterns, Wilton tip 81 is a unique petal-shaped cake decorating tip with a “U” curve. Because of its unique shape, tip 81 adds fun texture and design to your next decorating project!

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How To Make Royal Icing Flowers

March 13th, 2019 by Desiree Smith

Want to brighten up your just-baked, freshly iced-treats? Top them with royal icing flowers you made yourself! If you’re thinking it would be nearly impossible because you’ve never done it before, have no fear. We’ve got the tips and tricks to make it a piece of cake, no pun intended.

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Your Spring Cleaning Checklist: Cleaning and Organizing the Kitchen

March 8th, 2019 by Desiree Smith

At this point, we’ve all gone through our homes to get rid of anything that doesn’t “spark joy” for us. Our tee-shirts are perfectly folded, our closets are straightened and organized by color, and our books sit neatly on clean, dusted shelves. However our kitchens seem to need constant cleaning!

Keeping your kitchen clean and organized doesn’t have to be a chore. With this spring cleaning checklist, you can create a stress-free, well organized cooking space your whole family can enjoy.

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Elephant Cake Ideas You’ll Love

March 6th, 2019 by Desiree Smith

Elephant cakes are a popular themed cake for children’s birthday parties and baby showers for a reason: long-lived, strong, loyal and smart, elephants are powerful symbols of our best qualities— plus those cute ears! Our Blue Ombre Elephant Cake combines bright shades of baby blue with a sweet baby elephant outline, his trunk lifting up as if to say hello to your guests.

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How to Make Flavored Buttercream Frosting

March 1st, 2019 by Desiree Smith

Wondering how to take your cake to the next level? Up your icing intensity with flavor! From traditional vanilla extract to gin or whiskey, this list of buttercream flavor add-ins makes it easy and fun to experiment in the kitchen.

While you certainly can flavor pre-made icing, we suggest busting out those measuring cups and making your buttercream from scratch. Using a homemade buttercream recipe gives you the freedom to adjust the ingredients, which is important when it comes to adding flavors.

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Easy Strawberry Desserts

February 27th, 2019 by Desiree Smith

February 27 is National Strawberry Day! These heart-shaped red berries are the perfect bridge between the red-themed desserts of Valentine’s Day and the beginning of the end of winter. Thoughts of warmer weather naturally lead to thoughts of crisp, delicious summer desserts. We’ve assembled a list of simple strawberry recipes that are easy to make. These delightful desserts use fresh strawberries and strawberry jam for that sweet taste of sunshine, making you feel warmer just thinking about them!

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7 Easy Breakfast for Dinner Ideas

February 22nd, 2019 by Desiree Smith

Do you remember when you were a kid and your parents made breakfast for dinner? You came home from soccer practice expecting the same old chicken or pork chops, but then, there you were at the dinner table eating pancakes — at night!  It all felt so daring, so fun, so… dare we say, genius?

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Easy Scone Recipe for Beginners

February 20th, 2019 by Desiree Smith

The weather outside may be frightful, but these scones are so delightful! Simple and delicious, this easy scone recipe is great for beginners and uses ingredients you most likely have in your kitchen already.

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Mardi Gras King Cake: Let the Good Times Roll

February 13th, 2019 by Desiree Smith

Laissez les bons temps rouler (let the good times roll) with a sweet confection that instantly turns any party into a proper Bourbon Street blowout. The classic Mardi Gras King Cake is a sweet brioche confection decorated in the traditional purple, gold and green colors of New Orleans’ world-famous “Fat Tuesday” celebration. There are many customs associated with the King Cake, including the belief that it must not be served before Carnival (lest it rain on Mardi Gras) and that luck will come to whoever finds the little baby figurine hidden within the cake. If you’re looking to try your luck this Shrove Tuesday, we’ve collected a krewe of sweets that you can parade from party to potluck.

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How to Make Red Frosting

February 8th, 2019 by Desiree Smith

Do you struggle with making bright red buttercream frosting? You’re not alone! Learning how to make red frosting that’s actually red and not pinkish red can be a challenge, but we’re up for the task!

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