Try This Clever Hack for Making Super-Vibrant Buttercream (Without a Ton of Food Dye)Skills
You can make vibrant buttercream without tons of food dye — just use this one simple tool.
This Simple Tip Makes Decorating Beautiful Drip Cakes So Much EasierSkills
No more puddles at the bottom of the cake!
Frosting Cakes Is Easier with This $2 Household StapleSkills
Don’t have a cake scraper? Use this unexpected kitchen item to help get those sides super smooth.
The Secret of This Ingenious Cake-Frosting Hack Is a $7 Amazon FindSkills
If you have trouble getting the edges nice and sharp, try this hack to get the job done.
5 Mistakes to Avoid When Making ButtercreamSkills
While I certainly enjoy the cake portion of a slice of cake or a cupcake, I’m really in it for the buttercream frosting. That thick, sugary frosting brings the sweetest finishing touch to these desserts. There are a few different styles of buttercream, but no matter which one you make, be sure to avoid these mistakes.
This Clever Trick Helps Make Buttercream Bright White (While Still Using Real Butter)Skills
Perfectly white frosting without sacrificing flavor!
This Simple Hack Will Upgrade Your DIY Pastry Bags ForeverSkills
Wait — why didn’t I think of that?!
How to Store Homemade Frosting So It Lasts for MonthsSkills
Have some extra homemade frosting? Here's how to store and use it.
This Simple Method Will Give You Two-Toned Frosting for Your Baked GoodsSkills
The method is so easy, you'll wish you knew it sooner.
Mar 3, 2022
I Tried Juicing a Lemon “Butt Up” Versus the WRONG Way, and I’ll Give You One Guess as to What HappenedSkills
In a recent TikTok video with 3 million likes, a woman shows the proper way to juice your lemons and limes.
Aug 6, 2020
This Is the Easiest Way to Decorate a Bundt CakeSkills
When it comes to making a beautiful Bundt, the decorating portion of this job is a total piece of cake. Forget what you know about dolling up layer cakes — none of that is necessary here. Save the buttercream for another day because the very best, and easiest, way to decorate a Bundt cake (beyond powdered sugar, of course) is drizzling a glaze or simple sauce over the top. You see, Bundt cakes are simply stunning the way they are.
Jan 21, 2020
My Go-To Trick for No-Mess Cookie Decor with KidsSkills
Cookie decorating is supposed to be a joyous celebration of the holiday season — you’re making holiday memories plus gifts for friends, neighbors, and maybe a cookie plate for Santa too. Except cookie decorating with tiny, sugar-fueled, and sprinkled-eyed humans can be more frustrating and messy than we expect and leave us holiday harried parents more stressed than joyful.
May 30, 2019
French Buttercream: What’s the Difference?Skills
Ah, buttercream. Our cupcakes wouldn’t be the same without you, birthday cakes would be a fleeting memory, and licking the beaters wouldn’t be nearly as enticing. But all this we know. But did you know that all buttercreams aren’t created equal? Buttercream is a beloved frosting made with a combination of fat and sugar. At my house, we’re all about the butter + confectioners sugar variety.
May 2, 2019
How To Pipe Buttercream or Meringue: The VideoSkills
Last week we showed you a video that illustrated how to whip egg whites and make meringue. Today we’re going to do something with that meringue — pipe it into pretty star cookies. This method of piping using a pastry bag and tip is standard, however, for any kind of icing. So come and watch this video and see how easy it can be to create pretty designs with a simple decorating bag and tip.
May 2, 2019
6 Quick Ways to Decorate a Cake Without FrostingSkills
Frosting is often the first thing we turn to when it comes to decorating a cake (it is totally delicious, after all), but this sweet topping just scratches the surface when it comes to decorating. There are so many different and simple ways to put the finishing touches on a cake that turn out impressive results, like glazes and sauces, fruit, and edible flowers, to name a few.
May 17, 2017
An Easier Way to Fill a Pastry BagSkills
Culinary School: Week 9 (of 12 weeks) Last Week’s Diary: Don’t Like the Taste of Egg Yolk? Try Adding Lemon Peel! In a fantasy life I would work in pastry in either a restaurant or a bakeshop. There is just something so soothing about working in pastry. Everything is so precise. You can work with the same four ingredients and get vastly different results depending on ratios or when the ingredients are added to the recipe.
Sep 4, 2014
The Easiest Two-Ingredient Chocolate Buttercream IcingSkills
Growing up, my mom always made cream cheese frosting to have with our birthday cakes and cupcakes and so, to this day, that’s what I most prefer. Buttercream often comes off as a bit greasy to me and not all that interesting flavor-wise whereas cream cheese frosting has that wonderful tanginess. But lately, I’ve been swayed on occasion by this delicious (and simple) recipe.
Aug 22, 2013
Don’t Smudge the Icing! An Easy Way to Cover Decorated Cakes and DessertsSkills
No cake carrier? No problem. Here’s an easy way to keep your frosted and whip-cream-topped desserts looking as pretty as ever.First, lay out an extra-long piece of plastic wrap on your counter. Set the cake on its plate in the centre. Insert toothpicks around the circumference of the cake and a few in the middle. Make sure there is a half inch or so of toothpick visible above the frosting or whipped cream.
Jul 26, 2012
Party Trick: Use Tonic Water To Make Your Frosting Glow!Skills
It’s Friday, folks. What’s that mean? Well here at The Kitchn we’re letting down our collective hair and taking a look at glow-in-the-dark cupcakes. Wait? What? Oh you heard me. Glow in the dark cupcakes, baby! I recently checked in on Camber over at Food Snots. Camber was challenged to create a glow-in-the-dark, or rather, glow-in-the-black-light frosting for a party.
Jul 13, 2012
What Frostings and Icings Won’t Melt in the Heat?Skills
Q: What is a good icing that won’t melt in the heat?I’m taking cupcakes to a graduation party on the beach soon and I don’t want to have soupy icing.Sent by AmyEditor: Amy, my first instinct would be to go with a meringue icing. Since it’s cooked it is a bit more stable. You could also try a cooked buttercream.
May 23, 2011
Cake Frosting Tip: Leave the Sides Naked!Skills
The hardest part of making a pretty layer cake is usually frosting around the sides—filling in gaps, spreading at an awkward angle, working fast enough so that the icing doesn’t slide onto the countertop… But if you want to keep the process stress-free, try leaving the sides un-frosted. It can be just as pretty.This technique works great if you have a fluffy filling, maybe one dotted with fruit or nuts.
Apr 26, 2011
How To Make Whipped Chocolate GanacheSkills
A chocolate ganache is just chocolate melted and beaten into heavy cream. It’s a magic substance; it can be a glaze, a filling, a coating, a solid truffle — it just depends on the ratio of cream to chocolate. I like a ratio of a bit more cream to chocolate for a whipped filling; this ensures that it doesn’t get too hard and difficult to spread.
Dec 9, 2008
Recipe Rescue! How to Save a Broken ButtercreamSkills
If you’ve been baking long enough or simply made enough frosting, surely you’ve had your lovely buttercream break into greasy, grainy clumps of sugary butter at least once. If not, at least tell us you have because it’s certainly happened to us – and significantly more than once, too!
Nov 13, 2008