When your dessert needs a lift, here is is quick trick.
What you need:
• Store bought two-bit brownies
• A can Duncan Hines frosting,
• Pack of YouCake cookie toppers – 1.87 inch rounds.
You can order a pack of toppers at YouCake – they keep sealed for several months. We include a zip lock bag if you want to hang on to any extras for a quick dessert lift later. Kids photos, old photos, and a few ideas featured below are fun to have. I like the Duncan Hines brand when you don’t have time to make your own – (and it also freezes well with the topper).
Frost brownies, apply the edible toppers, let the toppers rest on the dessert un-refrigereated for 45-60 minutes, then it is ready to serve. Watch the video:
I luv my Mom (Dad also available) – these are 1.5 inch for mini cupcakes
My mother is an artist, see cardsbycathrina.com, and does a lot of entertaining and baking. She made edible toppers using her latest owl and bird drawings that she scanned and uploaded to YouCake. Below are the results along with a two-part how-to video— first the baking, then the decorating. She did not film the eating, but they are delicious. She used the following recipe from Eloises Easy Cookies Recipe. She flavored this batch with lemon, she has also done with orange. The top-tip to share is that she added some lemon juice when she thinned the royal frosting mix…a really, nice touch.
Since the toppers stay fresh in their sealed bags unopened for about a month, she took a pack with her to France. When she has guests come over she can make a batch of cookies and top them with her lovely owl art.
For my birthday, how to decorate my birthday cake? It is plenty easy to choose images for friends and family, but for my own cake?
I asked my husband which photo should make my birthday cake, what would best sum up the year and the occasion… Without hesitation, he pulled up his favorite picture of me during a trip to France. We had stopped at an itsy-bitsy town in France called Mons.
In Mons we walked into the middle ages, with steep, tiny streets. When we entered the town restaurant, we literally stepped off a cliff—the restaurant balcony hung above the steep mountain-side. Needless to say, the views were spectacular.
We settled in with a citron-presse (lemonade) in hand, marveling at the sites in this remote area, when a virtual feast was presented. I can’t recall the menu, but when treats come like this, especially at higher altitudes, you imagine you have found a slice of heaven.
If you have a gourmand food photo, I thought the cake required some attention. I chose to make a banana cake with a coconut butter cream frosting with fresh strawberries and whipped cream filling. Click here to make the cake topper and get the recipe at Epicurious! This worked for a 9×13 inch cake pan.
What could be better for Easter then homemade Carrot Cake cupcakes with cream cheese frosting. To make them festive and seasonal, decorate with the YouCake Easter Toppers. Toppers are edible images that apply to any frosted cake, cookie or cupcake. Here is the before and after.
The fist step is to find a yummy recipe for carrot cake cupcakes and cream cheese frosting. I used this recipe from Real Simple magazine. The only change I made was that I added some Bourbon soaked raisons and used a little less of the brown sugar.
The fun thing about carrot cake is that with all the carrots, topped with cream cheese, you can justify this cupcake as a breakfast treat : )
Now to decorate…once you make cupcakes and cream cheese frosting, give each cupcake a squirt of frosting. Remove the toppers from their sealed bag. Remove the wax paper backing they come with and press them flat on the cupcake. Make sure your hands are dry when you handle the edible images.
Just make sure that the topper is flat. Then, if you like, add some sprinkles.
Let the toppers set for 30 minutes, then eat. The toppers are 100% edible – extra pretty and fun frosting.
For those who like to prepare ahead. Cupcakes with the YouCake edible toppers freeze perfectly. De-thaw your frozen cupcake in the refrigerator. When de-thawing, remove the lid or cover of the container that they are being stored in to prevent any condensation that may drip onto the top of the cupcake.
Valentine’s Dessert Decorations, Edible Love Notes for the ones you Love!
This is a lovely holiday, Valentine’s Day. A day to share your love, with notes, and some sweet love bites. A little wiki history
The day was first associated with romantic love in the circle of Geoffrey Chaucer in the High Middle Ages, when the tradition of courtly love flourished. In 18th-century England, it evolved into an occasion in which lovers expressed their love for each other by presenting flowers, offering confectionery, and sending greeting cards (known as “valentines”). In Europe, Saint Valentine’s Keys are given to lovers “as a romantic symbol and an invitation to unlock the giver’s heart”, as well as to children, in order to ward off Saint Valentine’s Malady. Valentine’s Day symbols that are used today include the heart-shaped outline, doves, and the figure of the winged Cupid.
Keys, hearts, doves, Cupid…images and sentiments of courtly love with sweet confections makes this a popular holiday around the world. How sweet you’ll be if you adorn your Valentine’s Day treats with edible images expressing your affections. How about modernized expressions? Try out some emojicons on cupcakes or cookies…how many ways to say “I love you”!
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