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A semi sweet chocolate glaze for yellow cupcakes

I have on hand semi sweet chocolate chips, butter, honey, confectioner's sugar, vanilla, whole milk. Can I substitute honey for light corn syrup? Or, can I substitute milk and butter for heavy cream? [more inside]
posted by maggieb on Aug 26, 2013 - 5 answers

Why does a low refrigerant charge cause an evaporator to ice up?

I have read that a low refrigerant charge in a refrigeration system can cause the system's evaporator to ice up. I happen to have a dehumidifier which is exhibiting this symptom. I do not expect to be able to repair the dehumidifier but, as something of an HVAC enthusiast, I am curious as to why and how this happens. [more inside]
posted by Juffo-Wup on Jun 22, 2013 - 6 answers

Cake Storage Strategies: Whipped Meringue Frosting Edition

I just frosted a cake using Martha Stewart's whipped frosting recipe, and now I'm stressing out about how to store the cake until tomorrow. Please help! [more inside]
posted by Narrative Priorities on Jun 12, 2013 - 6 answers

Pastry chefs--what's up with Vreamay?

I'm getting married soon, and the baker making the cake sez they use Vreamay, a vegetable-derived shortening, in the icing. I was expecting good ole buttercream, so I'm a bit skeeved out about the Vreamay--we eat pretty low-down on the food chain normally, and Vreamay has trans-fats. Any professionals, or clever amateurs, out there want to weigh in on how this stuff tastes and what, in fact, it is? I suppose Vreamay is cheaper... but why else is it used instead of butter?
posted by Zerowensboring on Apr 3, 2013 - 12 answers

calling all cake decorators

Calling all cake decorators: I want to construct a cake that looks like the EDP Wasp synthesizer. Having problems wrapping my head around the specific logistics. Halp. [more inside]
posted by ifjuly on Mar 3, 2013 - 11 answers

Completely average, completely delicious chocolate frosting?

Frost my cupcakes! Please suggest your best recipe for an excellent middle-of-the-road chocolate frosting-- not too dark, not too heavy, not too fragile, not too sugary. [more inside]
posted by Bardolph on Oct 26, 2012 - 19 answers

Cake-decorating filter: Help me make a queso fundido cake!

Cake-decorating filter: Help me make a queso fundido & chips cake! [more inside]
posted by stachemaster on Jan 26, 2012 - 6 answers

Cake decorating ideas without fondant

I am looking for a cake decorating book that does not use fondant (except for things like flowers on top of the cake). I despise the taste of fondant and refuse to cover the entire cake with a layer of it just to have a smooth surface. Buttercream and royal icing, and ideally -- but not necessarily -- also gum paste. [more inside]
posted by jeather on Jan 11, 2011 - 6 answers

Cake Decorating Help Needed!

I want to make something special for my mother's upcoming birthday. I've been looking around and I got inspired to make a cake with rad decorations on it. I've got a few questions tough, namely regarding icing, and I'd love some pointers. [more inside]
posted by CelebrenIthil on Aug 15, 2010 - 6 answers

Or should I just spend $19.95 for those OMG delicious (and pretty) shortbreads?

I want to make these cookies for Boyfriend and mail them to him. Which shortbread recipe should I use, and how do I paint the clover on to them? [more inside]
posted by halogen on Feb 27, 2009 - 5 answers

Where can I find packaged seven-minute frosting in Alberta Canada?

Wondering if anyone's familiar with a packaged seven-minute type frosting that I used to be able to find until a few years ago. It came in a pouch and you whipped it with hot water in an electric mixer. The frosting was the marshmallow type you would put on an angel food cake. Availability in Alberta, Canada would be helpful too.
posted by albertagirl on Feb 18, 2009 - 7 answers

Wherever there is fun, there's always... Coca-Cola-Cake?

Coca-Cola Chocolate Cake recipes, please! [more inside]
posted by pseudostrabismus on Feb 13, 2009 - 7 answers

Dairy-free frosting alternatives, please.

What are some non-dairy alternatives to cake frosting? [more inside]
posted by messylissa on Jan 29, 2009 - 25 answers

Cupcakes take over the World.

How can I make nice, thick, non-buttercream frosting for my cupcakes as seen on these Candy Cakes cupcakes in London?
posted by santojulieta on Dec 17, 2008 - 11 answers

I want to have my cake & frost it, too!

[Cupcake-Filter]: Why is my cream cheese frosting an irreparable mess? How can I make some that is temperature stable? [more inside]
posted by numinous on Oct 13, 2008 - 16 answers

If you give me frosting, I'll give you cake

What is your best frosting recipe that doesn't use confectioners' sugar but does use a liqueur? [more inside]
posted by Polychrome on Jun 21, 2008 - 8 answers

Buttercream Battle

Can my batch of (sorta)buttercream frosting be saved? [more inside]
posted by tuff on May 29, 2008 - 14 answers

Where can I get a chocolate brownie with chocolate icing in NYC?

Where can I get a good chocolate brownie with chocolate icing in NYC or Brooklyn? I've got a craving for one... Any recommendations?
posted by yeoz on Mar 22, 2007 - 3 answers

Recent Easy Bake Graduate Seeks Instruction From 'Real Baker'

Two questions about baking. [more inside]
posted by Medieval Maven on Mar 1, 2007 - 13 answers

Why does red icing taste so bitter?

What is the cause of the bitter taste in some kinds of red/pink icing? [more inside]
posted by amicamentis on Feb 14, 2006 - 11 answers

Icing, icing baby

Do you have a killer icing recipe? I'm making a cavalcade of cupcakes for my birthday next week and I want to make some yummy buttercream icing to go with. [more inside]
posted by sugarfish on Dec 26, 2005 - 11 answers

Corn syrup vs honey

I'm going to ice a cake and the icing recipe calls for 1 tsp (5 mL) light corn syrup. Can I use honey instead? [more inside]
posted by cardboard on Dec 22, 2005 - 13 answers

Icing Recipe?

I'm in dire need of a chocolate icing recipe. I know the basic ingredients but need the ratios. 2 cakes await! [more inside]
posted by Lord_Pall on Mar 26, 2005 - 8 answers

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