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Contrary to its name, pastry cream -- a classic custard filling for cakes, tarts, pastries, and other baked goods -- contains no cream, only milk. Be sure to bring the mixture to a full boil to activate the cornstarch and ensure proper thickening.This recipe is from "Martha Stewart's Cupcakes."

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Croquembouche means "crunch in the mouth" and is a mound of pastry cream-filled puffs stuck together with shiny caramel. Nougat cut into decorative shapes adorns it. Guests pluck off the puffs with their fingers. This recipe is from "Entertaining," by Martha Stewart.

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