10 Base ingredient recipes

Swiss meringue buttercream

This is a medium-advanced cake cream, that requires some more work than buttercream, but also makes for a more fluffy, creamy icing. It's still not the hardest one, and definitely worth the effort! You will love the silky texture and firm, almost buttery-like consistency. It's a clear winner for cakes and decorative, ornamental (ruffles, anyone?) cupcake decorations.

PS: The picture shows decorated cupcake with the swiss meringue buttercream, look how amazing the ruffle looks, and the silky smooth surface is! :-)

Difficulty

Easy: 4 steps, 25 minutes
February 29, 2016 by Paul

Buttercream

I started my cake-making adventure lately, and the first, most basic cream used to ice the cake is the buttercream — it's very simple, and makes a delicious, thick and stable cake cream that you will love!

As you can see in the recipe image, I used it already in my vanilla butterscotch cupcakes, which got rave reviews from my friends and coworkers! :-) Unfortunately the cream alone is rather not spectacular, just a sweet, delicious blob of butter and sugar ;-)

Egg pasta

I got a pasta machine as a gift, and it turned out to be a perfect gift for me — I'm a big pasta lover and I have many ideas for thick and runny sauces, stuffings, and general pasta shenanigans :-)

And believe me when I say, that you can really feel a difference between home-made pasta and the one you buy at the store. It's springy, perfectly tasty, easy to prepare and so much fun. It's also a great basic ingredient that you can prepare on lazy evening, dry a bit, freeze, and use when needed during the week!

Difficulty

Easy: 5 steps, 23 minutes
February 02, 2016 by Paul

Butterscotch

I was always afraid of making caramel from scratch, but it turns out it's a piece of... cake ;-) This creamy, buttery and smooth caramel cream is delicious on a crisp cake, or as a drizzle. Prepare some upfront and store it safely for 7-10 days in the fridge.

Simple puff pastry

Do you remember these delightful ideas for folding puff pastry? This pastry dough is a miracle and the biggest accomplishment of French cooks. It's buttery in taste and fluffy, delicate and perfect for almost any baked recipe that is destined to impress. While this simple puff pastry is not as good as the original French recipe, it skips all that butter drama and difficulty, which will be a plus for less advanced cooks! Lightly knead the dough, let it rest in the refrigerator for some time and roll in one session.