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{ Cake Decorating } Invaluable Post on Royal Icing

13 Apr

If you have ever worked with Royal Icing you know how difficult it is in many ways!  BUT look how beautiful it can be . . . the options are endless.

I found this fabulous post by The sweet adventures of Sugar Belle.  If you are at all interested in making your cookies look like this . . .

you need to see this post!

In this post you will even find a color chart to mix your colors to a perfect hue, a tip for thinning the icing, a simple solution for an easy pastry bag ~ it is a must see post for anyone interested in Cookie art, or fancy additions to cake decorating.

Happy Baking

~Lia

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{ Tips on Tuesday } Trick to a Moist Chocolate Cake

22 Mar

My trick to a moist chocolate cake that doesn’t become crumbly . . .

Some of you may know I spent a few years as a cake decorator and have a few tricks up my sleeve!  One thing I have noticed and heard people talk about, is how difficult it is to get a really moist chocolate cake.  For some reason chocolate cake often tends to be a tad dry and develops a crumbly texture.  Well, I’ve heard all kinds of things, but what I have found is just a simple solution that works well for me every time . . .

Ready???

{{Drum roll}}

Slightly under-bake it!  I always try to take my chocolate cake out of the oven a few minutes earlier than the time called for in the recipe.  As it cools it always sets up nicely and is never dry.

Try it.  Let me know what you think . . . I love your comments {{ wink }}