Kid-Crafted Birthday Cakes

Let your kids decorate their own birthday cakes! Mixing up marshmallow fondant is simple, and working with it is easier than you think.

Kid-Crafted Birthday Cakes | Flour Arrangements

Making birthday cakes for the people I love is one of my favorite things to do. We’ve celebrated annual milestones with cakes of all kinds: an erupting volcano, a dalmatian, a komodo dragon, and a Georgia O’Keeffe-inspired poppy cake.

While I love making special cakes for my loved ones, I learned that watching my daughter design and decorate her own birthday cake is infinitely more fulfilling than making a fancy one for her myself….

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Raspberry Cream Tart

Tucked between rich chocolate ganache and a chocolate shortbread crust, creamy raspberry filling adds bold flavor to this Raspberry Cream Tart.

Raspberry Cream Tart | Flour Arrangements

My daughter Eliza usually asks for a whole box of See’s raspberry creams for her birthday.  Wrapping up a box full of those perfect little treats is a pretty genius idea;  we all love them as much as Eliza does, and we’re usually fighting for the last one in any box of See’s candy.

So recently, when I wondered out loud if I could replicate the raspberry cream experience in tart form, you would have thought I’d offered to take my family to Disneyland. Everyone jumped on board and wanted to help me make it happen just as soon as possible….

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Dating | Food Labeling Hacks

These simple food labeling hacks will help you decide whether to eat or discard food stored in your kitchen.

Food Labeling Hacks | Flour Arrangements

You may not think of a Sharpie as a kitchen gadget.  While a Sharpie won’t mix or dice, it’s still one of the most essential tools to keep on hand. In a kitchen with an overloaded refrigerator like mine, foods tend to get lost and forgotten, and that’s where a Sharpie saves the day.

Of course foods like milk or yogurt have use-by dates clearly printed on their packaging, and this makes it easy to know when you should toss them, but what about everything else?  For items like jam or applesauce, deciding whether or not you really want to eat them often comes down to knowing when you opened the container.

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Balsamic Roasted Strawberries with Ginger-Spiced Waffles

Flavor-packed and delicious, Ginger-Spiced Waffles topped with Balsamic Roasted Strawberries works well as an indulgent breakfast or a simple dessert.

Balsamic Roasted Strawberries | Flour Arrangements

I‘ve been addicted to balsamic roasted strawberries since my husband mixed them into homemade ice cream a few years ago.  Tossing berries in balsamic vinegar before roasting cranks up their flavor and gives them a sassy edge.  Whenever we have loads of strawberries, many of them make it into the oven. It’s an especially great trick with berries that are a bit past their prime or aren’t super sweet.

Balsamic Roasted Strawberries | Flour Arrangements

Balsamic roasted berries make pretty much anything better. We’ve tucked them in profiteroles, sandwiched them in strawberry shortcake, and layered them on vanilla ice cream under a dollop of hot fudge. Once you start roasting strawberries, I guarantee that you’ll never run out of ways to eat them.

While you’re getting carried away with roasted strawberries, you’re going to want to try them with waffles, Ginger-Spiced Waffles to be exact….

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Peek-a-Boo! | DIY Peek-A-Boo Easter Eggs

Making Peek-A-Boo Easter Eggs is a fun, kid-friendly project. With a little help, kids can take charge of measuring, mixing, shaping, and decorating.

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When I was a kid, my grandmother got really into decorating cakes. For my one of my birthdays, she made me cake that looked like a basket full of flowers. Another time, she made me one of those princess cakes with a doll in the middle. In addition her spectacular cakes, she used her skills to create amazing peek-a-boo eggs that my mom still busts out for Easter every year.  It continues to amaze me that remain in near-perfect condition after at least 30 years.

If you’re not familiar with peek-a-boo eggs, they’re decorative confections — made almost exclusively of sugar — with spring-time scenes inside that are visible through a small peep hole.   My kids love picking up the ones grandma made so they can really take in the Easter-themed scenes. In the interest of trying to keep these ancient eggs intact, I decided it was about time to try creating our own peek-a-boo eggs.

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Undercover | Cake Frosting Tip

Learn how to keep your serving plate clean while frosting a cake. This simple trick uses items you already have on hand in your kitchen.

Learn how to keep your serving plate clean while frosting a cake. This simple trick uses items you already have on hand in your kitchen.  From Flour Arrangements.

Someday, I’ll learn to frost a cake without making a terrible mess. In the meantime, I’m content to wash the frosting off my arms, wipe down the counter, and toss a pile of frosting-smeared dish towels into the washing machine.

Learn how to keep your serving plate clean while frosting a cake. This simple trick uses items you already have on hand in your kitchen.  From Flour Arrangements.

The sticky aftermath of cake decorating never troubles me because it means I get to eat cake. Pretty cake.

Despite the fact that frosting ends up nearly everywhere, I usually manage to keep a cake’s serving platter spotless while I work.

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Angels & Devils | Angel Food Cake with Chocolate Frosting

This scratch Angel Food Cake recipe yields a lighter, more delicate cake than one mixed from a box. Topped with rich chocolate frosting, this sweet, airy dessert tastes heavenly.

Angel Food Cake with Chocolate Frosting | Flour Arrangements

Baking angel food cake from scratch has always seemed totally crazy to me. Every time I think about baking one, I peek at a recipe and decide against it. Why? For the simple reason that an angel food cake requires one dozen egg whites to bake.

The idea of having a dozen leftover egg yolks at the end of the project has always seemed more than a bit over-the-top.  And so, before a few weeks ago, whenever we’ve had a need for angel food cake, I’ve always used a box mix….

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Happy Pi Day! | Pi Day Pie Recipes

Celebrate Pi Day on 3.14.15 with help from this collection of pie recipes!

Pi Day Pie Recipes | Flour Arrangements

My family sent out Pi Day cards this year instead of the more traditional holiday cards people usually send in December.  Does this make us a hip family of cool, unconventional individuals  or one full of completely disorganized louts who can’t get their acts together until three months after Christmas?

You don’t have to answer that.

If you have no idea what Pi Day is, let me initiate you.

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