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Decorating

  • How-To

    How to Frost a Layer Cake Like NYC's Baked

    At Baked in New York City, the cakes look modern and pretty. Here’s how they do it.

  • How-To

    How to Decorate Holiday Cookies

    Abby Dodge shares tips and tricks for shaping and decorating Christmas cookies (slice-and-bakes, cut-outs, and drop cookies).

  • How-To

    How to Pull and Torch Meringue Frosting

    A torched meringue frosting adds even more height and drama to a layer cake. Test kitchen contributor Nicki Sizemore shows how to make the meringue, sculpt it into peaks and spikes, and finally torch…

  • How-To

    How to Make Chocolate Leaves

    Chocolate leaves make a simple but stunning decoration for any dessert. Test kitchen contributor Nicki Sizemore demonstrates our simple method for making white chocolate leaves.

  • How-To

    How to Make Chocolate Shards

    Bittersweet chocolate shards add a beautiful element to all kinds of desserts, and they're surprisingly easy to make.

  • How-To

    How to make easy bittersweet chocolate shards

    The delicate chocolate shards decorating Alice Medrich's showstopping Cinnamon-Caramel-Ganache Cake are dead easy to make with this simple technique. Melt 4 oz. chopped bittersweet chocolate in a clean, dry heatproof bowl…

  • How-To

    An Autumn Leaf-Trimmed Pie Crust

    Leaves cut from leftover pie dough scraps make a gorgeous decoration for a Thanksgiving pie. Assistant Test Kitchen Manager Allison Ehri Kreitler demonstrates some tips for making realistic leaves and…

  • Article

    Birthday Cakes

    Surprise someone on their special day

  • How-To

    Garnish like a pro

    Add a special finishing touch to your next culinary creation with this simple garnishing trick.

  • Recipe

    Cardamom-Honey Cutouts

    These cookies are more than a mere canvas for decorating, with the honey's haunting sweetness and a subtle spiciness from the cardamom.     Watch our Virtual Cookie Exchange to see how…