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We test bakers' best tricks for achieveng flat cakes.
Tips + Techniques
Cupcakes are a perfect little dessert — totally adorable, crazy-delicious, sooooo easy to make ... actually, scratch that last part.
Feeling flat? With cake, that's a good thing. A cake that comes out of the oven nice and level is like a perfect canvas; smooth and primed for whatever you want to create. Bakers swear by several tricks to achieve this feat of flatness, but some are definitely more effective than others. I put a few to the test to help ensure that your next cake is flawless.
Picture this: you've whipped up a seemingly-perfect batch of cake batter, poured it carefully in your pan and slid it into the oven. You expect a beautiful cake to come out ... only to notice it's completely sunk. Talk about a total bummer.
If you want to send a cake decorator into panic mode, mention you're planning a beach wedding. In August.
Humidity ruins our hair, our makeup and — you guessed it — our fondant. If you've spent much time with fondant, you know it gets hard to handle, sticky, and way too soft in balmy climates. And there's something completely cruel about wedding cake season being right in the thick of the summer, when fondant is on its worst behavior. Luckily, there are a few ways around this, so your cake decorations, figurines and fondant flowers can live on and avoid looking like a melty midsummer's mess.Set of 6 Cupcakes with Fondant DecorationsCheck these tips for working with fondant in humid climates
If you worry that the warmth of your hands will melt your piped flowers, here's a recipe that will help you keep your cool. It's from Joshua John Russell and it's just the thing for novices — the (sans-butter) buttercream can stand up to higher temperatures, so your flowers stay happy and perky. Let's pipe!
Working with royal icing can be a pretty daunting task for even the most seasoned cake or cookie designer. We decorate hundreds of sugar cookies per month and are often asked to add sweet royal icing details to wedding cakes yet we still have the odd icing mishap now and then! Whether you're flooding bridal shower cookies, piping delicate Swiss dots to a birthday cake or adding glorious string work to a fancy wedding design, our royal icing troubleshooting advice is bound to help you out!
Buttercream: The word alone can induce shivers of sugary joy. But sometimes working with the sweet stuff can be tricky. This FAQ will smooth the way to the buttercream experience every cake deserves.
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