The Best Baking Tips We've Ever Published

It's time to polish that Best Baker on the Block trophy, because these no-fail tips will take your baking to the next level.

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Bloody Mary Recipes

Whip up an amazing Bloody Mary recipe from our wide selection of beverages featuring variations made with vodka, tequila, and even beer. Plus, we throw in ideas for unique drink garnishes, along with our best tips for hosting a cocktail party. Cheers!

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All-Time Favorite Christmas Cookies

It's simple: These very merry Christmas cookie recipes are favorites that you'll want to save, hand down, and make again and again. We've got all the classics, including sugar cookie recipes, Christmas spritz cookies, and spiced gingerbread recipes. Try one of our cookie recipes to share this Christmas!

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60-Minute (and Under) Dinner Rolls

One of the most time-consuming parts of any holiday meal: making the dinner rolls. With the time it takes to prepare the dough, wait for it to rise, and bake, traditional dinner roll recipes can be an all-day affair! Making dinner rolls doesn't have to take all day, though. Whether you make them from scratch or start with a little extra help, you can make delicious dinner rolls in just one hour. So, make preparing your holiday dinner a little easier with these eight quick dinner roll recipes that are all ready in 60 minutes or less!

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Snowman Jars You Can Make in Bulk for Christmas Gifting

Add a frosty flare to your mason jars with this holiday craft that you can make for anyone on your gift list.

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Creative Cake-Decorating Ideas

Planning a party or birthday bash? Put a creative spin on any kind of cake with these fun and fuss-free decorating ideas, from sprinkles and frosting to fruit toppers and more. Many of these cakes start with a purchased cake mix so you can focus on the decorating. If you prefer, swap in your favorite chocolate or vanilla cake recipe for a from-scratch celebration.


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    • Balloon Cake

      Bright and colorful frostings turn small wafer cookies into whimsical balloons. Sky-blue frosting and white sprinkles create a cloudlike backdrop.

      Editor's Tip: Serve extra "balloons" on the side or as sweet cupcake toppers so each guest gets one.

    • Cute Owl Cake

      Hoo wouldn't love this charming owl cake? All you need is frosting, almonds, mini powdered doughnuts, malted milk balls, and a pink chewy square for that oh-so-darling bow.

    • Cherry Flower Cake

      This cheery cherry-flavored flower cake is easier to decorate than you think. Just use spring-color candy clay (we've got the recipe—it requires just four ingredients!) to shape the pretty petals and their spiral centers.

    • 11 So-Cute Candy Decorations

      In two minutes you'll have 11 new ideas.

    • Artist's Palette Cake

      Go artsy with this adorable palette cake. Start by trimming your chocolate sheet cake into a jelly bean shape. A blend of vanilla and chocolate frostings provides the wooden palette look. Use five edible gels in your favorite colors to resemble paint, and as a finishing touch, add sprinkles for extra shimmer. Follow the recipe link for all the specifics.

    • Sprinkle-Me-Happy Cake

      All you need to decorate this life-of-the-party cake is a plethora of pretty-color sprinkles and our vanilla buttercream frosting. Sculpt the supersweet rounded toppers using candy clay, corn syrup, and sprinkles.

    • Lollipop Cake

      Sweet and swirly, our playful lolliop cake makes a statement on a party table. To make the bright topping, twist 2-foot strips of multicolor fondant into one long rope—it's easier than you think!

    • Orange Chiffon Cake with Marshmallow Flowers

      Coat citrus-chiffon cake in a light honey glaze and top with sugared flowers to create this in-bloom look. For the flowers we used marshmallow slices, colored sugars, and pearl candy beads.

    • White Chocolate Layer Cake

      Cascading rows of white chocolate rosettes create a dreamy effect for this pretty-in-pink cake. Be sure to use a decorating bag with a large star tip for that extra-luscious look.

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      Tropical Fish Cake

      Take the kids on an adventure under the sea with this bubbly, fish-shape dessert. All the pieces are cut from a single sheet of moist vanilla cake. Using a thin metal spatula, swirl frosting to resemble fins and scales. Cupcakes serve as the bubbles.

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      Celebration Cake

      This wedding-worthy cake gets its gorgeous look from glitzy decorations like sugar pearls, tinted frosting, and a cute-as-a-button bow. Use pastry bags with various tips to make fun floral, swirly, or simple line designs.

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      Rainbow Pinwheel Cake

      Whisk friends and family away with a colorful sprinkle-coated pinwheel cake. To achieve clean, defined lines, use strips of waxed paper to provide borders. The rainbow inside the cake comes courtesy of food coloring.

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      Vanilla Ruffle Cake

      Play dress-up with a plain-Jane cake by adding soft rows of sweet ruffles made with our cherry-almond butter frosting. Use a decorating bag with a petal tip for smooth and easy application.

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      Gum Ball Machine Cake

      No coins necessary here. Just bring your sweet tooth and a few fun toppers. Use gum balls, a thin chocolate square, and a scoop-shape corn chip to create this old-school, candy-theme cake.

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      Opera Cake

      This delectable four-flavor cake is sure to make your taste buds sing. Use melted white chocolate for the musical topping, then sprinkle with edible glitter for a finish worthy of applause.

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      Red Velvet Heart Cake

      When it's topped with so many delicious flavors, you can't help but fall in love with this heart-shape cake. We used juicy cherries, fresh raspberries, almonds, and pecans to make these ravishing rows of toppings.

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      Chocolaty Harvest Fruit-Topped Cake

      Forget sprinkles and frosting—this cake is all about the fruit. We topped ours with warm pears, apples, and cranberries, all dripping in a smooth and creamy caramel sauce.

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      Rocky Road Cake Topper

      Three pantry ingredients—waffle cones, mini marshmallows, and peanuts—are piled high on a double-chocolate cake to make this sweet favorite the star of the party. Drizzle with chocolate syrup to finish.

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      Banana Split Cake Topper

      Topped with toasted coconut, sliced bananas, whipped cream, and maraschino cherries, a frosted banana- or vanilla-flavor cake takes on the flavors of the ice cream sundae treat.

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      Berries and Cookies Cake Topper

      Fresh fruit and cream-filled cookies add a summery touch to this chocolaty layer cake. Press halved sandwich cookies and sliced strawberries into the sides of a chocolate-frosted cake, then top the cake with additional cookies and a strawberry.

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      Rich and Creamy Cheesecakes

      Make an irresistible cheesecake recipe--we can help! These creative cheesecakes simply expand on the classic with mouthwatering flavors, such as pumpkin, cherry, or raspberry liqueur, as well as new twists on peanut butter, lemon, and chocolate cheesecakes. We've even got a no-bake cheesecake that takes just 35 minutes of prep.
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