'buttercream' on Serious Eats

Let Them Eat: Tender Citrus Sour Cream Cake

You'll find this cake moist, tender, and citrusy, holding a touch of spice from pungent cinnamon. The whole things is soaked with a mixture of condensed milk and heavy cream, then covered with a generous blanket of ultra-smooth Swiss buttercream frosting after a brief spell in the icebox. This cake doesn't need layers to be decadent or awesome. More

Let Them Eat: Orange Cake with Mulled Wine Cranberry Jam

My Thanksgiving table isn't complete without an assortment of cranberry sauces. I like to have a basic back-of-the-bag recipe flanked by versions spiked with wine, studded with different fruits, punched up with spices and zest. The sauces are usually only perfunctorily spooned on plates, given the limited real estate, but that translates into ample leftovers. This year, I wanted to showcase the ruby red, tart cranberry sauce and give it its due by putting it on a pedestal (or cake stand). More

Sweet Technique: Piping 101

Decorating cakes the way the pros do takes years of dedication and practice, but knowing a few cool tricks can definitely make the difference between a boring cake and a cake that looks elegant and special. With just a basic set of metal piping tips, there are many impressive designs that you can create to jazz up a cake. More

Bake the Book: Chocolate Whoopie Pies with Banana Buttercream

For our second foray into the world of whoopies I was all set to share a classic chocolate cake-vanilla butter cream filled pie from Sarah Billingsley's and Amy Treadwell's Whoopie Pies. That was until I glanced over at the bananas sitting on my kitchen counter creeping into past-their-prime territory. Chocolate and banana in whoopie form? Yup, that sounded like an even tastier plan. More

Bake the Book: Jalapeño Cornbread Whoopie Pies with Honey Buttercream

These Jalapeño Cornbread Whoopie Pies with Honey Buttercream are certainly on the wilder side of their whoopie creations—little rounds of brown sugar sweetened, jalapeño-flecked cornbread filled with a honeyed buttercream. The natural sweet springiness of the cornbread makes it a perfect candidate for a whoopie cookie, and the heat that those little bits of jalapeño contribute is balanced beautifully by the rich buttercream filling. More

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