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How to Pipe Icing Roses

How to Pipe Icing Roses
I baked this spring bouquet of cupcakes for my Weekend Baker post on the Cooking Channel blog. I was limited in space and wanted to go into a bit lot more detail on how to pipe the icing roses. Creating these flowers is not at all difficult, but it helps to have some simple tricks of the trade. With a little practice and the right tools you can easily recreate these flowers. The contrasting color that tips the petals is one of those easy tricks that takes them from ordinary roses to extraordinary. Here is how I did it: You can find my recipe for the cupcakes on the Cooking Channel Piping Icing (This recipe is easy to pipe with and it has lots of body, so the flowers will have structure and not flop over. (makes about 8 large roses. 8 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened 2 tablespoons shortening (This gives a little insurance that it won’t melt in your hands as you are piping) 4 cups confectioners’ sugar pinch salt Food Coloring (I prefer gel or paste for intense colors) (Ateco #914)

SugarBlog - Homemade Hostess Cupcake Cake Balls This is not a lie... this is the truth... There are times when I will have lots of yummy, homemade baked goods in my house and I will drive to the gas station to get a Hostess Cupcake. They are my favorite. And they are adorable.... They are served in that really cute little tray. Now... you all know I love cake balls. Anyways... This whole thing is easy just a bit time consuming... several steps... but worth it! Now you know for the cake balls you will need to bake the cake and let it cool completely. Then add 1/2 container of cream cheese cake frosting and mix with hands. I used my trusty cookie scoop to make the balls. Then just hollowed them out with my finger :). Once this is done place them in the freezer while you are making the cream filling. Also... The hardest part to this recipe was finding an easy and tasteful cream filling recipe.. but I found one! Cream Filling You will need: 2 tsp very hot water, not boiling 1/4 tsp salt 1 jar marshmallow creme 1/2 cup shortening 1/2 tsp vanilla

DIY Cupcake Frosting Color Chart :: Handmade Charlotte The May issue of Food Net­work Mag­a­zine has one of the coolest fea­tures ever inside: a cup­cake icing color chart! The chart shows you how to make lovely pas­tel frost­ing shades in every color using a basic food col­or­ing kit (red, yel­low, blue, and green). The mag­a­zine also includes a recipe for white frost­ing to use as a base for the col­ors and a vanilla cup­cake recipe. Want to make the col­ors pop even more? Make the frost­ing metal­lic using lus­ter dust, a non-toxic edi­ble powder. For those who missed out when the issue hit the news­stands, Food Net­work posted the frost­ing color recipes on their web­site. Need help adding tex­ture to your col­or­ful new treats? Be sure to let me know how your new & improved cup­cakes turn out! Related

Honeyed Pears in Puff Pastry Poaching fruit is one of my favorite things to do when cold weather arrives. It's so warming to stand over a boiling pot of fragrant spices and lose yourself in thought. When I made these, I couldn't help but daydream as I stirred; if I were a pear... I wouldn't want to spend my days on the shelf of a cold produce department. I'd want to be taken to a warm home and placed in a jacuzzi of honey and spices. That sounds a little silly, but that's what I'd want... if I were a pear. The idea for these came from the Pepperidge Farm website. On a personal note, our Christmas tree is already up courtesy of Mr. Since poaching is a relatively easy task, I'll skip to some helpful tips for wrapping the pears in puff pastry. The poaching liquid has a high concentration of sugar, so your pears will be sticky. When you reach the top, tuck in the end piece of pastry behind the last spiral. 4 small pears 1 sheet of ready made puff pastry dough, thawed 4 cups water 2 cups sugar 1 cup honey 1/2 lemon

Irish Car Bomb Cupcakes Recipe As I mentioned on Friday, I have been doing some experimentation with the beer and chocolate combination. The Guinness-chocolate ice cream that I made totally kicked butt, so I couldn’t wait to see how I liked beer and chocolate in my cake. The answer? These cupcakes consist of a Guinness-chocolate cake base, which has a wonderful depth of flavor and is also supremely moist. While you can’t really taste the beer in the cupcakes (it serves as more of a flavor enhancer for the chocolate), you can definitely taste the alcohol in the filling and the frosting. I think I need to start converting more drinks into baked goods, this was too much fun (and way delicious!). Two year ago: Sour Cream Coffee CakeThree years ago: Pot Roast in the Crock Pot Yield: 24 cupcakesPrep Time: 40 minutesCook Time: 17 minutesTotal Time: 1 hour Guinness cupcakes with a Jameson whiskey ganache center and topped with a Baileys Irish Cream frosting.

Hangover Food: The Best and Worst Foods to Cure a Hangover It’s one of those mornings: Last night was a crazy one and getting out of bed feels tougher than climbing out of a subterranean pit. College wisdom preaches reaching for cold pizza or a greasy bacon sandwich, but wait—certain foods are scientifically proven to help cure a hangover! Read on to learn which foods can alleviate post-party symptoms and which should be avoided like that plastic cup full of last night’s beer. Wrath of Grapes—The Need-to-Know First thing's first, let’s talk science. Good Morning, Sunshine—Your Action Plan Drinks that Help: Water. Foods That Help: Bananas, kiwi, and spinach. Foods and Drinks to Avoid: Greasy food. What’s your favorite hangover food?

bake sale week: raspberry lemonade bars I know this seems like a bit of a cop out, seeing as last year I made those lime bars, but the name of these just makes you want one, doesn’t it? It’s like one last throw back to the summertime captured in a cookie. raspberry lemonade bars for the crust: 9 tablespoons unsalted butter (1 stick, plus one tablespoon) 1/4 cup (50g) superfine sugar (or regular granulated) 1 cup (100g) of unbleached all-purpose flour pinch salt for the filling: 1 1/2 cups (287g) superfine sugar (or regular granulated) 3 egg whites 1 egg 2/3 cup (150mL) freshly squeezed lemon juice (from 3 lemons) 2 tablespoons lemon zest (from 2 lemons) 2/3 cup (65g) unbleached, all-purpose flour pinch of salt 1-2 cups (150-275g) of frozen raspberries, defrosted 1 tablespoon confectioner’s sugar 1. 2. 3. 4.

Banana Split Cupcakes Banana Split Cupcakes ~ It’s been what, a little over 30 days since I posted a cupcake, so of course I went crazy with dipping, rimming, stuffing and stacking this Banana Split Cupcake with all kinds of cupcakey goodness. Banana Split Cupcakes Remember these Banana Split Bites stuffed with ice cream from last year? It’s actually the same banana cream custard I used in this Mini Banana Cream Pie recipe. By now, I’m sure you’re beginning to sense that I have a deep, serious love for anything banana flavored. Until then, I hope you love this riff on a banana split dessert recipe as much as I do. A few notes: Advance preparation: The banana cream custard filling can be prepared up to a day in advance. Banana Split Cupcakes Adapted from Magnolia’s Vanilla Cupcake | Makes 20-24 cupcakes Preparation: Heat oven to 350 degrees F. Ingredients: Cupcakes: Banana Cream Custard Filling: Classic Vanilla Buttercream Frosting: Instructions: 1. 2. 1. 1. Chocolate Dipping Sauce: 1. To assemble: 1. 2.

The Complete Guide to Starbucks Caffeine Starbucks has some of the highest caffeine amounts of any coffee chain. These charts were compiled using data from Starbucks in-store leaflets, their website, and from independent laboratory tests. Caffeine in coffee can vary (due to coffee origin and blend used) and may be more or less than the amounts shown. Starbucks Hot Beverage Caffeine USAUK/Europe Note: The caffeine amounts in Teavana retail teas are found here. Starbucks K Cups It is difficult to determine caffeine amounts per blend in Keurig K Cups. Get discounted Starbucks K Cups here at Amazon. How Many Shots? The caffeine amounts of the espresso-based drinks show that a Tall Latte (and Cappuccino) has just a single shot of coffee. Most conscientious coffee vendors serve at least a double-shot in drinks over 8 ounces. Frappuccinos, Iced Coffees, Iced Teas, Refreshers Caffeine in Starbucks Via, Bottled, and Canned Drinks * Canned and bottled Starbucks’ drinks are produced and distributed by PepsiCo. Tazo Tea Caffeine: Retail vs Outlet

How to Make Ice Cream Without a Machine My year abroad in Paris has taught me many things, like how to wear high heels on the subway without falling over, how to converse with slightly aggressive old ladies in fur coats, and, more importantly, the answer to the timeless question of how many sandwiches I can eat in a day without wanting to die (five). But one thing I really miss from the states (aside from going out dancing without having to listen to techno) is ice cream. During the winter the only place to buy it in my neighborhood are the cafes that sell Berthillon, which claims to be the world's best and oldest ice creamery, for close to ten euros a scoop. Not worth it! So I started making it for myself, and now I'm going to show you how to make your own seasonally inappropriate ice cream. If you’re worrying about your lack of an ice cream machine, don’t! For the base you will need: -1 cup whole milk -¾ cup sugar -2 cups heavy cream (keep cold!) -5 (yes 5!) Side note: Does anyone know why all the dairy here come in boxes?

Banana Caramel Cupcakes Banana Caramel Cupcakes Banana Caramel Cupcakes ~ If you love bananas, banana bread and caramel sauce, you will go crazy for this cupcake that masquerades as a cake. Banana Caramel Cupcakes I made this just a few weeks ago and did not have any luck keeping them around. We ended up eating them all before they could be photographed. This time around I gorged on three of these little babies straight out of the oven and set aside a few for the family, then hid the rest to photograph. Subtly sweet and flavorful on its own, my family enjoys these Banana Caramel Cupcakes undressed and plain, as much as they liked them filled and frosted. In fact, we love this recipe so much I no longer make banana bread. A few notes: Make two batches as this recipe does not do well doubled up.The tops will flatten out slightly as they cool.For a variation, I sometimes throw in bittersweet chocolate bits.For the caramel sauce try my homemade version. {Printer Version} Yields 12 cupcakes Bake at 350 F. Ingredients: 1.

Freezing Sandwiches | UNL Food Peanut butter & jelly sandwiches are one of several types of sandwiches you can freeze. Printer-friendly PDF copy It's often reported the word "sandwich" originated with John Montagu, 4th Earl of Sandwich. The Earl supposedly ate bits of meat between pieces of bread so he could continue to play cards while eating and not get his hands greasy from the meat. Sandwich ingredients that DO and DO NOT freeze well Some common sandwich fillings that DO freeze well include: Peanut butter and other nut buttersCanned tuna and salmonCooked roast beef, chicken and turkey (especially tasty when the meat is finely chopped and mixed with a "salad dressing," such as Miracle Whip, to add flavor and moistness.)Natural or processed hard and semi-hard cheeses, such as Swiss, Cheddar. Some common sandwich fillings that DO NOT freeze well include: IMPORTANT: "Salad dressings," such as Miracle Whip, work better as a binder in sandwiches than mayonnaise. Basic steps in assembling, freezing and thawing sandwiches

Fun Summer Dessert: Watermelon Pie One of my summertime childhood memories is eating the yummy watermelon sherbet dessert at Friendly’s restaurant. I loved it, so I decided to try to replicate this dessert for my own kids’ summertime memories! I made some “watermelon pie” for our 4th of July feast this year…to great success! My 4-year-old daughter loved it – like mother, like daughter! She saw it in the pan before I sliced it up…at that point it was still just a circle. When I started to cut the pie, making the watermelon slices, she exclaimed very earnestly, “Wow! The best part…watermelon pie was super simple to make! Ingredients: - Lime Sherbet - Vanilla ice cream or Pineapple sherbet - Red/Pink-colored sherbet…I couldn’t find this, so I bought Raspberry/Pineapple/Orange swirl sherbet, mixed it up with red food coloring and it was perfect! Directions:1. A funny tip…I served the watermelon pie on paper plates, but wanted to take a nice picture for this post, so I put my own slice on a real dish. Tagged as: pie

Mint Chocolate Chip Cake Chocolate cake and I have had a very interesting romance. I started off with quite an intense dislike of chocolate cake. I KNOW. But try not to judge me too harshly, I had many bad experiences with store-bought dry, dense mudcakes covered in grainy baking chocolate icing. So every year when I asked Regex Man what cake he would like for his birthday and every year he replied me with "Chocolate So this year for Regex Man's birthday I offered to do a chocolate cake even though he said it didn't have to be chocolate this year. I used David Lebovitz's devil's food cake recipe again, my new favourite chocolate cake since making it for my raspberry cupcakes when I launched the new site. Originally I was going to arrange the scoops of icing around the edge of the cake, but I realised I didn't have quite enough icing to do that so I ended up just doing a few of them in the middle. Mint Chocolate Chip Cake Mix together the coffee and milk. Happy Birthday Regex Man!

How to Pack a Week's Worth of Make-Ahead Salads | Salad is often my go-to lunch. I’ve mastered the art of packing salads ahead of time because who has time to chop veggies in the morning? Not me. Here are some tips I’ve learned along the way to keep lunch salads tasting fresh all week long. Simply prep the greens, veggies, protein and dressing ahead of time, then toss in any-last minute ingredients on your way out the door in the morning. 1. When it comes to packing the salads, my favorite way is to layer the ingredients in a quart-size canning jar. 2. The best way to layer the salads is to start with the chopped veggies on the bottom and end with the leafy greens on top. Chop the veggies all at once when you’re prepping. 3. I like to buy pre-washed greens, either a spring mix or baby spinach, because it saves time washing and drying the greens. 4. To make salads more hearty and filling, add protein. 5. Dressing can also be made in advance. 6. With a little bit of prep time you’ll be enjoying yummy, healthy salads all week long!