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    Default Cake decorating tips and good frosting and cake recipies.

    My soon to be 2 year old wants a purple cake... I got a cake decorating set and need tips.



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    Not sure if you're looking for a chocolate recipe, but if you are this is by far the best chocolate cake I have ever had. It comes out great for me every time. I always halve the recipe. This post also has some great tips.
    http://smittenkitchen.com/2009/03/la...hday-cake-yet/

    As for buttercream, this is my favorite recipe. The cream in it makes it light and fluffy.
    http://www.thekitchenmagpie.com/how-...er-cream-icing

    The best tip for frosting your cake that I can give you is do a crumb coat! Spread a thin layer of frosting over the whole cake, catching all the crumbs, and then put it in the fridge or freezer for 30 minutes to let the frosting harden. Then frost as normal and you wont get any crumbs showing! Good luck and have fun!



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    A child wouldn't appreciate this but it's one of the best cakes and frostings in existence in my opinion.

    Mahogany Cake

    1 cup butter, softened
    1 1/2 cups sugar
    2 cups flour
    3 Tbs. cocoa--the Hershey's kind, not the Dutched kind
    1 teaspoon soda
    1 cup buttermilk
    1 teaspoon vanilla
    4 eggs, separated

    Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
    Prepare two 9 in or 10 inch cake pans by buttering and flouring all sides.

    Cream butter and sugar together until light and fluffy.
    Add well beaten egg yolks and vanilla.
    Slow mixer to slowest speed and add sifted and whisked dry ingredients alternately with buttermilk. Fold in well beaten egg whites.

    Bake for approximately 25 minutes.

    Cool.

    Icing
    1 stick softened butter
    1 box confectioner's sugar--I think this means a pound
    1 egg
    1 teaspoon instant coffee
    2 squares melted chocolate--this probably means unsweetened
    1 teaspoon vanilla
    1/2 cut chopped toasted pecans
    grated rind of 1 small orange.
    cream
    grated toasted pecans

    Place butter, sugar, egg and coffee in mixing bowl and beat until light and fluffy. Ad melted chocolate, vanilla, nuts and grated rind. If the icing needs to be thinned to spread add cream, a little bit at time, until it reaches the right consistency. (I've also added a bit of orange juice from the small orange). Put half a cup of the grated nuts on the top and sides of the cake after icing.

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    Go with fondant get easy recipe using marshmallows. work it like play doh
    easy to cut patterns too.
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    Do NOT... do NOT... use the Wilton cake recipe for "frosting" made with powdered sugar, crisco, and fake flavorings.

    A simple cream cheese frosting is much better - cream cheese, butter, powdered sugar, vanilla.
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    Yum! What a great topic. I can't wait to try these recipes. My favorite frosting recipe is:

    2 sticks butter
    1 bag of confectioner's sugar
    enough powdered Cocoa to make it look chocolate 1/2 cup?
    2 tablespoons of heavy cream
    1 tsp Vanilla extract



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    I use the Wilton recipe but with butter in place of the shortening, I HATE shortening :P I also use natural vanilla and ignore the buy our 101 artificial things to make the icing perfectly white scam they have going on, I prefer my off-white and tasty icing thanks! I do like the icing colours they make though...
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    If we're going to share favorite cake and frosting recipes, I have to dive in. I found my new favorite cake (that's saying something -- I HATE cake normally!) and frosting recipe this summer. I liked it so much I made it for my own birthday!

    This cake cuts SUPER clean and is very dense and moist.

    Chocolate Cake

    2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
    2 teaspoons baking soda
    1/2 teaspoon salt
    1/2 cup butter
    2 1/2 cups packed brown sugar
    3 eggs
    1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
    6 (1 ounce) squares unsweetened chocolate, melted
    1 cup sour cream
    1 cup boiling water

    1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
    2. Sift together the flour, baking soda and salt. Set aside.
    3. In a large bowl, beat 1/2 cup butter or margarine and 2 1/2 cups brown sugar until well mixed. Add eggs one at a time. Beat in the vanilla and melted chocolate squares. Add 1/2 the sour cream and then 1/2 the dry ingredients to the butter mixture until well blended.
    4. Add the remaining sour cream and dry ingredients to the batter. Stir in boiling water.
    5. Bake in a greased 9 X 13 inch pan for 35 minutes.
    6. Let cool before frosting.



    Cream Cheese Frosting

    2 (8 ounce) packages cream cheese, softened
    1/2 cup butter, softened
    2 cups sifted confectioners' sugar
    1 teaspoon vanilla extract
    (you can add cocoa to this to make it chocolate frosting, if you wish)
    1.In a medium bowl, cream together the cream cheese and butter until creamy. Mix in the vanilla, then gradually stir in the confectioners' sugar. Store in the refrigerator after use.
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    4Martini

    Google cake central, I didn't put up a direct link 'cos you will find EXACTLY what you are looking for listed under the google heading with links. It is a massive site, gallery's for any cake imaginable, recipes galore and heaps of great ideas. Have fun.

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    Just some thoughts on purple cake.

    Would it matter if the cake that is dyed is white or yellow? White cake is rather more difficult than yellow cake. If you can make a good rich, yellow cake and dye it purple, you would actually have something edible. Or would the kid be happy with any cake with purple frosting? I think a cooked white frosting would dye very well.

    Snowy white Frosting (this will do 1 13 x 9 single layer or two 8 incher)

    In the top of a double boiler combine
    2/3 cup sugar
    3 tablespoons light corn syrup (Karo)
    1 egg white
    2 tablespoons water
    1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
    1/8 teaspoon salt

    Cook over rapidly boiling water, beating with an electric or rotary mixer (y'all remember those?) until the mixture stands in stiff peaks. Add 1/2 teaspoon vanilla and your purple dye; continue beating until of spreading consistency.

    Sea Foam Frosting is made the same way with the following ingredients:
    3/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar (I guess if you're going dye the frosting it doesn't matter that you started with brown sugar)
    1/4 cup light corn syrup
    2 egg whites
    2 tablespoons sugar 1/4 teaspoon salt
    1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar

    Both of these make fluffy white icings.
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    Depending how crazy you want to get with the decorating you might have to use some shortening... BUT, use hi-ratio shortening (you can get it from a baking store, or a bakery might be able to tell you where you can find it.) It doesn't have that weird flavor that the Crisco has and it helps it stiffen up after you decorate. Otherwise you get droopy, greasy decorations.

    The recipe I use (which makes a lot, you could probably halve it) is 1 stick of butter, 1lb shortening, 1 Tbsp vanilla, 2 cups powdered sugar, drizzle of water as necessary at the end.

    Aside from that, have fun and experiment! I took a couple classes this year and now I'm always asking people if I can make them a cake. Have yet to make a horse cake though... Anyone out there have a birthday coming up?
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