confectioners sugar frosting recipe

Confectioners’ Sugar Frosting

This confectioners’ sugar frosting recipe is very easy and is the go-to for many cake bakers. It is similar to canned frostings, which is a plus for many because it’s the nostalgic, sweet frosting from many of our childhoods. It is easy to make and has a basic vanilla flavor. The recipe makes enough to […]

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Easy Chocolate Cake

This picture shows the cake baked in 9-inch rounds and filled and frosted with espresso buttercream. The name is true but we turn to this easy chocolate cake recipe for its incredibly rich flavor, its deep, dark color and incomparably moist texture – and because it works every time. Every. Time. You don’t even need […]

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egg yolk lemon curd recipe

Egg Yolk Lemon Curd

When we make Italian meringue buttercream, angel food cakes or anything requiring egg whites, we have egg yolks left over. This egg yolk lemon curd recipe uses only the yolks, as opposed to whole eggs and additional yolks as in our classic Lemon Curd. It is the perfect use for your extra yolks. Print Egg […]

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lemon curd recipe

Lemon Curd

This tart, ultra-smooth lemon curd recipe is easy to make and adds a puckery addition to tarts, cakes, cupcakes, doughnuts and more. Any extra can be spread on muffins and scones. The zest adds more flavor, but a great texture as well. If you want the cream to stay silky smooth, leave it out. Also, […]

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Italian Meringue Buttercream

Our Favorite Buttercream This ultra-smooth buttercream is not too sweet and is our frosting of choice when we want a silken, elegant texture and delicate flavor. It is based on meringue and a cooked sugar syrup, so it is a more complex Italian meringue buttercream recipe than a standard confectioners’ sugar-based frosting, but we think […]

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whipped cream recipe

Whipped Cream

Knowing how to properly whip cream is very important for the baker and dessert maker. It is often called for to be folded into mousses or dolloped on top of a dessert. While the technique for whipping cream is the same for both applications, always read your recipe thoroughly so that you know how firm […]

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chocolate ganache recipe

Dark Chocolate Ganache

Ganache, at its most basic, is a blend of two ingredients: chocolate and cream (usually dark chocolate like in this recipe). As simple as it is, it is also extremely versatile and well worth learning how to make: While fluid, it can be poured and used as a glaze over a cake or used as […]

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Making Pie Crust by Hand

For speed, convenience and great results, we love to use the food processor for making pie crust, but making it by hand is a close second. All you need is a bowl and a pastry blender with sharp blades. We do find that the ones with blades, as opposed to wires, work best. If you […]

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Pie Crust

This pie crust recipe is the test kitchen’s favorite for its balance of favor, texture and eye appeal. The butter gives an incomparable rich flavor and golden color and the texture will be flaky if the dough is handled well. The key is cold ingredients, not working the fat into the flour too thoroughly and […]

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