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Our Most Beautiful Desserts
Cakes and cupcakes are blank canvases for your creativity. Dress them up in dreamy buttercream flowers, shape them into animals, or top them with swoops and swirls. In “The Best of Martha Stewart: Cakes & Cupcakes,” we've collected dozens of our very favorites.
Click through the gallery for a sneak peek of these stunning sweet treats. For more of our best recipes plus decorating techniques and test kitchen tips, look for this special issue on newsstands now. Also, download a digital version, complete with how-to videos, as part of the Martha Stewart Living iPad app.
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Do-it-yourself stencils make it a cinch to create graphic patterns on a cake –- or several. These four-inch versions look great as a group.
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What's better than a slice of cheesecake? Bite-size versions of the creamy, graham-cracker-crusted dessert. Whimsical hearts, shaped from tiny dollops of raspberry puree, make these the perfect treats to share with the people you love.
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Surprise your true love with this twist on a Valentine's Day box of chocolates. A six-inch heart-shaped Sacher torte –- a celebrated Viennese cake –- showcases handmade truffles dusted with cocoa powder in three different shades.
One or two sugared rose petals make an elegant finish for cupcakes. Rose water flavors the tinted pink glaze, which sets to a very smooth sheen atop these gingery cakes.
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Three of our favorite ingredients? Chocolate, chocolate, and more chocolate! Two types of mousse, bittersweet and milk chocolate, are stacked on rounds of cake. A large, plain pastry tip is used to pipe the mousses in even layers on top of the cake, which is baked in a ramekin. Garnish each with a single chocolate curl.
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Three piped-chrysanthemum cupcakes stacked atop one another make a super sweet display for a wedding or a bridal shower. Just as the cupcakes are graduated in size, from jumbo to mini, the buttercream is tinted in varying degrees of the same shade to create this budding beauty.
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A rocket-shaped cake counts down to liftoff at an outer-space party. No special pans are required –- the shapes are cut from a standard-size sheet cake. The astronaut toy and star-patterned background help to make the display out of this world.
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Just three quick-to-pipe petals and a scattering of seeds make up these dreamy flowers. Working with a flower nail allows you to form and chill the flowers ahead of time; it also lets you pick and choose your favorites for the cupcake tops. Gel-paste food coloring is essential to getting just the right brilliant shade of red.
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More friendly than fierce, this handsome fellow is king of the birthday cakes. Caramel buttercream tinted in various shades is swirled into shape with a few open-star tips to produce his glorious mane.