Yes, you can buy tubes of frosting and decorating gels that have pen-like tips, but everyone knows that homemade frosting is almost always superior than the store-bought stuff. Those pens, are very handy, however.With Cuisipro's Decorating Pen ($10) we can now have the convenience of a writing instrument without sacrificing taste. It can produce fine or thick lines and is top-shelf dishwasher safe.
CraftyCrafty has assembled a gallery of eery edibles. Some cute, some creepy and some downright gross!
New from Williams-Sonoma is their absolutely darling Acorn Cakelet Pan. The detail in each of the 18 acorns it bakes is remarkable. I'm imagining little acorn corn breads served with jambalya or chilli this fall. Mmmmm. Perfect for cakes as well, just pop the little devils out of the pan and dust them with powdered sugar for a no-fuss yet fancy desert. The pan overall measures 15 1/4" x 11 3/4" x 1" high while the acorns it produces are 2 1/4"...
Wilton’s giant cupcake pan makes a, well, giant cupcake. The pan itself is divided, so you bake the top part and the bottom part separately. Then, you ‘glue’ them together with icing. It’s available through target.com and Sur la table for 30 bucks. (For more inspiration on decorating ideas, check out the adorable pics at Sur la table.)
Fluffing up mashed potatoes with baking powder? Using baking soda to tenderize meat? Using a funnel to separate eggs?? These are just a few of the ideas included in Tipnut’s list of 50 Quick Kitchen Tips. For the entire breakdown, mosey on over to Tipnut! And, while you’re at it, you might want to check out their ‘quick tips for baking substitutes’ article as well.
Image courtesy of Tipnut.
Besides Lego Cakes, I can’t think of a better birthday surprise for the Curbly inclined as these Color Wheel Cupcakes. They’re easy to make and even simpler to decorate!
1 2-layer-size package of red velvet, chocolate, white or yellow cake mix.
1 16-ounce can of white frosting
Candy-coated red, orange, yellow, green and blue milk chocolate pieces. Decorative sugar in the colors. Paint strips--courtesy of the paint store.
Everybody’s favorite woman in an apron, Betty Crocker, has a tutorial for making these darling LEGO cakes. The Crock’s super-easy technique starts with a box cake-mix, of course. And those round nubby things on top? They’re large marshmallows that have been cut in half!
If the first thing that comes to mind are swirls of white butter cream frosting when considering the quintessential confection commemorating couplehood, think again. Sweet Art Cakes takes a fun and fresh turn at creating some very cool and contemporary wedding cakes. (Note: Sweet Art Cakes is a UK company and ships only in the UK, but the cakes picture in their on-line portfolio could be duplicated by a bakery near you.)