Royal Icing

Royal Icing

I wanted to avoid criticism. I wanted my hand to be steady, but piping royal icing is hard. “That’s supposed to be straight line. And even,” Suzen commented. She was across the counter eyeing the cookies I was trying to decorate. “I don’t want straight lines,” I lied....

Best Buttery Chocolate Frosting

For yesterday’s blog of a Very Vanilla Layer Cake you need a superior chocolate frosting. Superior. Back to Baking by Flavor and in the chocolate chapter there is Buttery Chocolate Frosting. It’s a bit dangerous to say that a frosting is the best you’ve ever had. I’ve...

Espresso Buttercream Frosting

I recently posted about a great yellow cake and said it went so very well with whipped cream. Well, I did find the whipped cream, infused with herbal scents, thoroughly sophisticated. But the truth is, brian generally likes his cakes frosted. Icing is fine, that thin...
The Sweeter Side of Amy’s Bread

The Sweeter Side of Amy’s Bread

While Brian has been the willing recipient of many goodies from Amy’s wonderful new book – country loaf, pecan rolls, challah, sour dough bread semolina bread, the list goes on – I have been the one really baking recipes from her book. Brian and I...