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How to Crown your Cookies:  Royal Icing

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How to Crown your Cookies: Royal Icing

Now when it comes to icings, I am all about the buttercream (check out my blog for my Swiss Meringue Buttercream Recipe).  While buttercream is great in a sandwich cookie or as a dip for sugar cookies, it is not optimal for decorating as it remains soft and will squish and smudge. For detailed decorating you need to use royal icing.  Royal icing is a simple mixture of egg whites, icing sugar and flavour that is easy to pipe with and dries hard so your cookies can be moved, stacked and stored without the risk of smearing. 

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The World of Buttercream

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The World of Buttercream

In previous posts, I have given you recipes for the best (in my opinion) chocolate, white and yellow cakes.  As I am making a birthday cake for Glambaby #1 (chocolate, with chocolate icing, long sprinkles and round sprinkles, and a Power Ranger on top, in case you were wondering), I realized that cake is not really cake without icing!  To be honest, I was never a fan of the icing as I always found it too sweet, but then I discovered buttercream and I was won over.  I am going to teach about the various types of buttercream (not all buttercreams are created equal) and share my favourite go-to icing, Swiss Buttercream.

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Smash that Cake!

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Smash that Cake!

If you have a toddler in your life, then you have heard of Smash Cakes.  For those of you living adult only lives, smash cakes are all the rage for celebrating first birthdays.  The birthday boy or girl is given a small cake of their very own to, you guessed it, smash it!

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Easter Basket Staples:  The Best Sugar Cookies

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Easter Basket Staples: The Best Sugar Cookies

Unfortunately, many of the recipes out there can be quite bland and decorating them with royal-icing just adds sweetness not flavour.  After many attempts, I finally landed on the recipe below for Vanilla Sugar Cookies from Williams-Sonoma.  The addition of vanilla bean makes them exceptionally tasty.

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